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Sparta Bidding Out Materials To Construct New North Carter Street Pavilion

Sparta plans to build a new pavilion at North Carter Street Park by this summer. The Board of Aldermen recently approved soliciting bids for materials. Public Works Director Dillard Quick said city employees will then construct the facility in-house. “The city is just trying to make the parks as nice as what we can,” Quick said. “South Carter has a ... Read More »

Sparta Updates Tap Fees To Keep Up With Material Costs

Sparta more than doubling its water and sewer tap fees in March due to rising installation costs. Mayor Jerry Lowery said the city was losing too much money at the current rates. “The reason we did that is, because the materials were going up,” Lowery said. “We were charging x number of dollars, and it was costing us more. We ... Read More »

Sparta Accepting Applications For New Financial Director

Sparta has started the process to fill its vacant financial director position. The Board of Aldermen approved opening the application portal after Financial Director Tonya Tindle was hired as city administrator. Tindle said four candidates have already applied. “It’s very important, because as small as Sparta is, it’s usually one person doing that job,” Tindle said. “There’s not a lot ... Read More »

Sparta Mayor Starts Conversation With TVA On Second Substation

What would it take to get a second substation in Sparta? That is what Mayor Jerry Lowery asked TVA in a meeting last week. Lowery said the city needs to explore a long term plan to create a second power source. “I asked TVA and said what do we have to do,” Lowery said. “They said it is a long, ... Read More »

Sparta Aldermen Approve Tonya Tindle As Next City Administrator

Sparta has a new city administrator. “I really do appreciate it,” City Administrator Tonya Tindle said. “I’ll do everything I can to do the best job possible for the city.” The Board of Aldermen unanimously approved City Recorder and Certified Municipal Finance Officer Tonya Tindle to fill the position Thursday. Tindle served as interim since October after City Administrator Brad ... Read More »

Sparta Aldermen Amend Contract To Repair Leaking Sewer Line

Contractors found a major source of sewer overflow in Sparta that has been a source for the city’s sewer issues. The Board of Aldermen amended an ongoing manhole project contract to repair the issue Thursday night. Mayor Jerry Lowery said a large hole was found that is taking in a high volume of water. “They said they would repair that ... Read More »

Sparta Aldermen Pay Invoice For Unapproved Legal Services

Mayor Jerry Lowery said a roughly $30,000 invoice for 2022 legal services had apparently not been board approved. Lowery said the bill comes from the past administration dealing with an ongoing water pollution lawsuit. “I can’t find it in the minutes. It was never board approved,” Lowery said. “That is a wrong. I’m just saying we were left in the ... Read More »

Sparta’s Fall Paving Pushed Back Until The Spring

Sparta facing a slight delay in paving efforts with its fall projects now pushed back until the spring. Public Works Director Dillard Quick said the city’s approved paver rescheduled after a separate state road project took priority. “They had more work this fall than anticipated,” Quick said. “That doesn’t mean we are not going to do our paving this year. ... Read More »

Sparta Christmas Parade Grand Marshal Excited For Saturday

The Sparta Rotary Club Christmas Parade happening Saturday will be led by a longtime local business owner and active community member. Ernie Cheek one of the two men that will be grand marshals leading the parade. Cheek moved to the community in 1968 and later purchased an insurance company known as Cheek Insurance Agency today. Cheek said as a parade ... Read More »

Former Overton SRO Arrested For Solicitation Of Minor

A former Overton County School Resource Officer jailed on charges of sexual offenses. 39-year-old Dustin James Farris of DeKalb County arrested Thursday for solicitation of a minor by electronic means, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual contact with a minor by an authority figure. Incidents leading to the charges ranged from May to July of this ... Read More »