Monthly Archives: December 2001

The savior is born

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
The Christmas story of Jesus’ birth began many years ago in the town of Bethlehem. There were kings, wisemen and shepherds who made their way to the manger to see the babe wrapped in swaddling cloths.
Shepherds were living out in the fields tending their sheep one night when behold, an angel of the Lord stood in front of them and the glory of the Lord shone around them.
The shepherds were afraid at what they had seen but the angel said to them “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there … CONTINUED


A WHITE (county) CHRISTMAS

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
T’was the night before Christmas, and all through White County
The children were dreaming of holiday bounty.
The mayor and sheriff and city commission
Were at home relaxing in yuletide tradition.
And I, in my PJ’s, was watching TV
Just hoping that Santa would come visit me.
Well, all of a sudden, I heard in the pasture
A neighing and braying that seemed like disaster!
Away to my window I flew like a flash,
Tripped over my cat (got a quite nasty gash),
And when I came to, I looked outside to see
A man in red overalls waving at me!
He sat in a wagon … CONTINUED


Johnsons donate land for new public library

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
The highlight of the White County Commission meeting on Monday was a gift to the county of land from Bill and Rena Johnson to be used as the building site for the new White County Public Library.
The Johnsons donated the property, located near the intersection of Bockman Way and Church Street, and Herd Sullivan accepted the donation on behalf of White County.
Bill Johnson stated he was proud of the new jail and commended the county commission and Sheriff for completing the much needed facility.
“While the new jail is essential, it serves the negative and unlawful elements in our community,” Bill added.
“In the … CONTINUED


High school teams Georgia bound after Christmas

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Tennessee Farm Bureau completes successful year

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Submitted

The year 2001 was remembered as the year of “Grassroots Patriotism” by the Tennessee Farm Bureau during their 80th annual meeting held December 2-4 in Nashville. During the meeting’s events and programs, a patriotic theme of red, white and blue kept a continuous reminder of our nation’s dedication to win the war effort.
Tennessee Farm Bureau members across the state after September 11, joined in the fight to do whatever they could to help each other, to support our country, and as other generations before them, work to keep this nation strong and safe. More than $8,000 was given by county Farm Bureaus to assist families in New … CONTINUED


Willie Dean Prater

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Willie Dean Prater, 44, of Cookeville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Dec. 19, 2001.
Prater was born May 5, 1957, in Sparta to Woodrow Carroll and Christine Waggoner Prater.
He was a laborer.
Prater was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one son, Willie Dean Prater III of Sparta; two sisters, Wilma Jean Brymer of Quebeck and Eva Redmon of Smithville; six brothers, Dennis Prater of Cookeville and Lester Prater, Ronnie Prater, Alston Prater, Glenn Prater and Stevie Prater all of Sparta.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Dec. 23, 2001, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Rose Cemetery. David Lee England officiated.
Hunter Funeral


Daisy Doney Webb

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Daisy Doney Webb, 84, of Doyle, passed away Dec. 18, 2001.
Webb was born March 8, 1917, in White County, to Sol and Sally Brady Doney.
She was a member of the Church of Christ and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Clark Webb; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include three daughters, Ruby Jo Pickrell and Hilda Parsons both of Noblesville, Ind. and Shirley Wilmoth of Algood; four sons, Clarence Clark Webb Jr. and Cecil Edward Webb both of Noblesville, Ind., Charles Eugene Webb of Concord, N.C. and David Webb of Tullahoma; 19 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and two … CONTINUED


James Richard Barger

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Richard Barger, 73, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 21, 2001.
Barger was born April 7, 1928, in Harriman, to Fred and Fannie Shubert Barger.
He was a laborer.
Barger was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; four sisters; and one grandson.
Survivors include his wife, Nellie Fern Dove Barger of Sparta; two sons, Phillip (Woody Phillips) Wood of Sparta and William Thomas (Bill) Wood of LaPorte, Ind.; two daughters, Jane Barger Bennett of Cookeville and Leoretta Barger Sharpe of Phoenix, Ariz.; one sister, Margaret “Polly” Cooley of LaPorte, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 11 … CONTINUED


Howard V. Black

Posted on December 24, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Howard V. Black, 65, of Sparta, formerly of Detroit, Mich. and Saluda N.C., passed away Dec. 15, 2001.
Black was born July 27, 1936, to Vernon H. Black and Elma Cain Black.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Judy C. Black.
Survivors include his wife, Janet Black; four daughters, Brenda Ripley of New Trenton Ind., Linda Laughter of Saluda N.C., Sharon Walden of East Flat Rock N.C. and Barbara Black of Columbus, N.C.; one son, Vernon Black of Florida; one step son, Robert Collins of Indiana; three brothers, Carson Black of Louisville, Ky. and Fred Black and Harvey Black both of Michigan; nine grandchildren; five … CONTINUED


When elves wear leather

Posted on December 20, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
The long line of Harley Davidson tail lights on Memorial Highway on December 8 resembled a bright string of Christmas bulbs as members of the Cumberland Valley Harley Riders (CVHR) enjoyed acting as Santa’s elves.
Transporting over 100 toys and over $3,000 in monetary donations to the YMCA to assist efforts in their Wish Upon A Star program, CVHR riders braved the rain to discover hot chili, beverages and homemade desserts awaiting them when they arrived with their bundles of gifts and dollars.
This year marked the second annual Harley Toy Run, and CVHR members plan to continue their donations to the YMCA for many years … CONTINUED


SpartaExpositor.com has arrived

Posted on December 20, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
For over four years, online readers have enjoyed The Expositor via the world wide web, and now they have reason to enjoy it even more with the arrival of the new web site, SpartaExpositor.com.
Premiering today, SpartaExpositor.com has the print staff of The Expositor excited for many reasons: the radical redesign of the site, its easy navigation and, among other new features, a completely searchable article database.
“Readers have been asking for years to be able to access a wider online range of news items,” said Suzanne Dickerson, Expositor publisher.
“Our new web site allows them to do that with ease.”
The internal search engine for … CONTINUED


Daisy Doney Webb

Posted on December 20, 2001 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Daisy Doney Webb, 84, of Doyle, passed away Dec. 18, 2001.
Webb was born March 8, 1917, in White County, to Sol and Sally Brady Doney.
She was a member of the Church of Christ and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Clark Webb; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include three daughters, Ruby Jo Pickrell and Hilda Parsons both of Noblesville, Ind. and Shirley Wilmoth of Algood; four sons, Clarence Clark Webb Jr. and Cecil Edward Webb both of Noblesville, Ind., Charles Eugene Webb of Concord, N.C. and David Webb of Tullahoma; 19 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and two … CONTINUED


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