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Sparta Skate Park To Move Across The River

The Sparta Skateboard Park will not reopen after the demolition completed on the Old Sparta Hardware facility. Crews completed that demolition last week. Mayor Jerry Lowery said the park was closed for safety concerns in March when the building began to crumble. He said the skate park will be moved out of the historic district and across the river to ... Read More »

Old Sparta Hardware Store Demolished, No Issues

The Old Sparta Hardware Store on Bockman Way demolished around 10:00pm Tuesday night and roads are reopened. Sparta Mayor Jerry Lowery said the property owner ended up taking down the building. The city had also bid out the project due to a miscommunication with the owner, but Lowery said this turned out to be the best-case scenario. “For the residents ... Read More »

Ringing Bells For White County Memorial Day

White County’s Memorial Day ceremony Monday will honor those from the county who have given their lives in service to the country. Veterans Museum Curator Sandy Witt said the event will have music performed by Army Veteran and Sparta native Gene Hodge. Witt said there will also be a bell-ringing ceremony for the deceased veterans from White County. “The girl ... Read More »

No Decision On Golden Mountain/Hale Issues

While there may be consensus about safety issues along Sparta’s Golden Mountain Road and Hale Street, what to do about it remains a question. Sparta Aldermen heard from several residents Thursday night concerned about possible solutions as well as the road itself. White County Resident Lynn Holloway said one potential fix, a stop sign, would make things worse. “We cannot ... Read More »

Sparta Considering Changes At Golden Mountain & Hale

The city of Sparta is working on a solution to a dangerous traffic pattern at the intersection of Golden Mountain Road and Hale Street. Sparta Mayor Jerry Lowery said residents have planted trees that block the view of drivers coming around the curve to the intersection. He said one resident told him that turning onto the road is a game ... Read More »

Aldermen Approve Sealed Bid Process For Poles

Sparta Electric wants to replace at least seven wooden utility poles with steel poles in an attempt to improve reliability. Aldermen approved taking sealed bids for the project Thursday night, because of the costs involved. Utility Manager Belva Bess said the city wants to budget for gradual replacements of the older infrastructure. “Some of our main poles that do more ... Read More »

Sparta Starting Discussions On Increased Rec Options

The city of Sparta considering potential properties for a park, greenway trail, and kayak dock. Mayor Jerry Lowery said while it is far too early to know what exactly a new space would look like, he is excited about the new possibility. Lowery said he is specifically interested examining one property that he believes might be a good fit. “There’s ... Read More »

Sparta’s Auxiliary Officer Program Starting Well

Sparta’s new auxiliary police officer program off to an even better start than expected. The program aims to supplement the city’s officer shortage. Sparta Police Chief Nick Dunn said in the first month, one officer has already been hired and many inquiries from several other officers. “With a reserve officer, if they’re not post certified, they have to ride with ... Read More »

Sparta’s South Church Street Faces Extended Closure

Sparta Mayor Jerry Lowery said South Church Street is expected to remain closed for “awhile” as the city works to clear debris from the crumbling Old Sparta Hardware Store. Brick from the back corner of the building tumbled onto the street Monday night. As of Thursday, the street remained covered in rubble. Lowery said demolition of the rest of the ... Read More »

Sparta Adopting 4% Hotel/Motel Tax For Tourism

Sparta Aldermen voted Thursday night to implement a four percent hotel/motel tax to generate revenue for tourism development. Sparta Mayor Jerry Lowery said while the city does not have a hotel, the city will be paid a fee when visitors rent Airbnbs and other local rental properties. He said Sparta and White County are behind on this revenue source, as ... Read More »