Monthly Archives: January 2002

Gunman at Woodland Park under $900,000 bond

Posted on January 31, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
In a matter of minutes, an ordinary school day at Woodland Park Elementary turned into an unforgettable crisis that will linger in the minds of staff and faculty, as well as parents and children.
At approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, E-911 received a call that an unidentified gunman had entered Woodland Park Elementary, and had made his way into the office area of the facility. Officers of the Sparta Police Department immediately responded and were on the scene in approximately three minutes.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, officers surrounded the perimeter of the school. Patrolman J. T. King gained access through the gymnasium … CONTINUED


WCHS falls victim to Lebanon twice

Posted on January 31, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Warrior Seth England gets ready to go up for two of his 15 points against Lebanon.
The Blue Devils defeated the Warriors 67-48.
The Warriors and Warriorettes travel to Murfreesboro to take on Blackman in another District 7AAA encounter.
Directions to Blackman High School are on Page 4B.
Photos by Tammy Wilhite


Elza C. Spivey

Posted on January 31, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Elza C. Spivey, 73, passed away on January 28, 2002.
Spivey was born on February 25, 1928, in Jackson County.
He was a retired bricklayer and a World War II veteran.
His parents were Bedford Spivey and Little Rosette Emerton Spivey.
He was preceded in death by his mother; two daughters, Mary Cynthia Spivey and Janet Faye Spivey; his wife, Mary Alice Williams Spivey; and son, Billy D. Spivey.
Survivors include his wife Sharon Hauskins of Springfield; Shirley Ann Draught of Ravenscroft,
Rita Rosetta Parris of Midland, North Carolina; Katherine Richie of Ravenscroft, Tennessee; Barbara Jarney of Gastonia, N. C.; three sons, Bennie Spivey, Senior, of Sparta; Elza … CONTINUED


The Promenaders are still fiddlin’ around

Posted on January 31, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Take a group of energetic, life-loving individuals, add a couple of fiddles, sprinkle in a dash of petticoats and pantaloons, stir up a whirlwind of excitement…..and you have the recipe for one of the greatest square dance teams in the history of White County, known as The Promenaders.
Three former members of the illustrious dancing dynamos met last Friday afternoon, and reminisced about their adventures and escapades. According to Margaret Eller, Frances Burgess and Charlie Roberts, their favorite memories were from The Promenaders’ days of dancing on the stage of The Grand Ole Opry.
According to Burgess, they began dancing at the Opry around 1969. … CONTINUED


WCMS takes pair of wins over DeKalb

Posted on January 31, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
White County Middle School eighth grade Warrior, Colby Holman, takes the ball down the middle and goes around a DeKalb County defender.
The WCMS seventh and eighth grade teams will all host Warren County tonight for homecoming.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


Disaster relief arrives in White County

Posted on January 31, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Services arrived Wednesday morning to assist families who were affected by the heavy rains and flooding from last week. Office Manager Doris Gamble of the Sparta Chapter of the American Red Cross and Family Service Workers, Larry Barnard and Paul Zimmerman, both of the Hamblen County Chapter of the American Red Cross, visited several homes in White County to assess the damage done by flooding. Barnard said, “We are here to assist families in recovery from the flood.” Doris Gamble said the American Red Cross is able to help with food, shelter and clothing for one month. Barnard also stated, … CONTINUED


Chamber of Commerce welcomes Technology Store

Posted on January 31, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
The Sparta/White county Chamber of Commerce held a Red Carpet ceremony for the Benjamin family’s Technology Store on Spring Street.
Welcoming the new business to town were Chamber members, and special guests Brandon Waymire of SunCom, and James DeRosa of DirecTV.
From L to R: Wallace Austin, Chamber president; Christy Hampton, Expositor Advertising; Waymire; DeRosa; David, Richard and Phyllis Benjamin, Mark Cain, administrator of White County Community Hospital; Marsha Brown of M. L. Brown Realty; Suzanne Dickerson, Expositor publisher; and Mike Hollman of Cumberland Insurance.


Convicted murderer attempts escape

Posted on January 31, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
Sheriff Guy Goff informed the media Wednesday of an attempted escape by convicted murderer, Earnest Gwen Humphrey.
Humphrey had been transported to White County Hospital where he was admitted for the evening.
In a report of the incident from Corrections Officer Rhonda Green, Humphrey was shackled but had not yet been restrained to the hospital bed.
Green said in her report Humphrey asked if she had a gun and would she shoot him.
She said she advised Humphrey she did not have a gun.
Green said Humphrey then stated he would not hurt her, and asked would she give him five minutes alone, stating he could … CONTINUED


Myrtle Marie Lance Bray

Posted on January 31, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Myrtle Marie Lance Bray, 75,
passed away on January 24, 2002.
Bray was born on October 10, 1926, in Pennsylvania, and worked at Mallory Controls.
Her parents were James Lance and Victoria Price Lance.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Amos Arley Bray of Sparta; sons Von and Betty Bray of Sparta; Denny and Donna Bray of Sparta; David Bray of Sparta; and Dale and Brenda Bray of Doyle; one daughter Tammy Bray of Sparta; two sisters, Alma Dickerson of Sparta and Mary K. Campbell of Webster, Florida; four grandsons Tony Bray, Brandon Rice, Kyle Judd and Tyler Judd.
Services were held … CONTINUED


Nell Roberts Ray

Posted on January 31, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Nell Roberts Ray, 86,
passed away on January 30, 2002, at Master’s Healthcare Center.
Ray was born on March 27, 1915 in Putnam County.
Ray worked in sales at L & E Apparel.
Her parents were Andrew Jackson Roberts and Martilia Bray, and she was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Erbie Ray.
Survivors include three daughters and a son; Rosemary Lowe and her husband Doyle of Sparta; Patricia and Bill Brady of Sparta; Deborah and James Green of Cookeville; Glenn Ray and Dianna of Sparta; sisters Jean Cunningham of Georgia and Willie B. Thomas of Cookeville.
Grandchildren include Mark Ray, Marty Robinson, Gina Shockley, … CONTINUED


Warriors end losing skid with win over Livingston

Posted on January 28, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriorettes fall hard to Livingston

Posted on January 28, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


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