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Several citations have been issued against a Sparta man after he hit a 52 year old woman, and dragged her more than 80 feet. According to the Sparta-Expositor, 73 year old Henry Clay Parsley approached the crosswalk in his 1989 Chevrolet C-15 pickup truck. Police reports say the man nearly came to a stop at the Wal-Mart parking lot crosswalk, but proceeded forward, striking the victim with his pickup truck. The victim reportedly fell and become pinned underneath the truck, where she was dragged as Parsley continued forward. The victim was transported to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained. Parsley was cited for careless driving and failure to yield.
A reception for award winning artist John Simms will be held this Friday, November 1st from 3-5pm at the Art Circle Public Library. Friends hosting the reception say it celebrates not only the opening of Simm's fine art exhibition, but to also honor his accomplishments while he stands in faith against cancer. Simm's fine art exhibition will run from November 1 to December 24th. The library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday until 7 PM. It closes at 4 pm on Wednesdays. You are asked to RSVP to the reception.
Two people have been arrested for murder in Smith County. According to officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 38 year old Melinda Bush, and 34 year old Stephone Berry have each been charged with one count of first degree murder for the death of 29-year-old Dawn Duke of Carthage. Duke's body was found along Thomas Ridge Road in Smith County with multiple stab wounds. Bush and Berry were reportedly friends with Duke. Bush and Berry were booked into the Smith County Jail.
A chemistry experiment gone wrong is to blame for a fire in an Oak Ridge High School classroom Friday night. Authorities say fire crews responded to the school after receiving reports of smoke in one of the classrooms. After putting out the blaze, they discovered the small fire was the result of waste products from a chemistry experiment that reacted in a fire-resistant container. There were no injuries or damage reported.
The White County Warriors took advantage of Stone Memorial turnovers and built a 10 point first half lead in their game Friday night in Sparta. SMHS trimmed the margin to three late in the third quarter as Justin Johnson scored on a 33-yard run. The Warriors answered with a pair of scores and posted a 22-7 victory. The Panthers, now 6 and 3 on the season, are still on course for a berth in the State Playoffs. SMHS will close out the regular season as they play host to Rhea County Friday, November 1st.