Monthly Archives: January 2002

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. … Read More


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, … Read More


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, … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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.


Norman L. Bouchard

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

Norman L. Bouchard, 72, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 23, 2002.
Bouchard was born July 8, 1929, in Missouri, to Joe and Ruby Bouchard.
He worked for General Motors for 30 years, and was owner of a trucking company for 17 years.
Bouchard was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jerry.
Survivors include his wife, Nadine Bouchard; two sons, Rick and Gary; one daughter, Debra; one brother, Stan; one sister, Pat; and five grandchildren, Shannon, Lindsay, Matthew, Lauren and Ashley.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Jan. 26, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Big Springs Cemetery. Lehman Flatt officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home


Humphrey guilty of second-degree murder

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

Emily Moorehead
(Editor’s note:
Due to the extensive coverage of the Earnest Gwen Humphrey murder trial, the entire story is found in this edition.)
The first murder case to be tried in the new courtrooms of the White County Justice Center resulted in a conviction of second degree murder for Earnest Gwen Humphrey in the shooting death on April, 18, 2001, of Joey Jones.
The Honorable Lillie Ann Sells presided over the proceedings as the defense began its presentation of the evidence on Wednesday morning. After the judge charged the jury with the court’s expectations of their purpose, she ascertained the jurors knew the bounds of their duties, … Read More


Robert R. Carrick

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

Robert R. Carrick, 70, of Gordonsville, passed away Jan. 22, 2002, at Smith County Memorial Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Lancaster Carrick of Gordonsville; four children and their spouses, David and Carolina Mixon of Lebanon, Robert Carrick Jr. of Cookeville, Verness and William Davis of Carthage and Angela and Anthony Tubbs of Smithville; six grandchildren, Emisha, Anthonique, Shanessa, Veronica, Brady and Carlos Marcelo; three brothers, Henry Carrick, William Carrick and Bethel Carrick all of Sparta; and two sisters, Mary Carrick of Sparta and Georgia Carrick of Little Rock, Ark.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Jan. 25, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Davis Cemetery. … Read More


Ola Mae Sparkman

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

Ola Mae Sparkman, 92, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 24, 2002, at Cumberland River Hospital in North Carolina.
Sparkman was born Jan. 18, 1910, in Quebeck, to Mount and Eva Denton Mason.
She had been employed in the garment industry.
Sparkman was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Alonzo Sparkman.
Survivors include three daughters and one son-in-law, Alma and W.C. Davis and Clara Hodges all of Spencer and Linda Haston of Celina; two step daughters, Ruby Jo Broom of Chattanooga and Ernestine Robinson of Florida; one sister, Nannie Belle Slatten of Sparta; one sister-in-law, Iva Denton of McMinnville; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and six … Read More


War on methamphetamine wins another battle

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

Dawn Bailey
A very large meth lab, possibly the largest ever in White County, was confiscated Friday night. Authorities seized a rather large amount of ephedrine, more than four, gallon sized plastic freezer bags full of marijuana and 53 guns.
Two guns were already identified as stolen, according to White County Sheriff Guy Goff.
Deputy Lester Dolente, Corporal Jeffrey Bulakowski, Deputy Charlie Sims, Deputy Dennis and Deputy Steven Williamson of the White County Sheriff’s Department arrived at a residence on Three Island Road, to serve an arrest warrant on Jerry Graham for charges from DeKalb County. The deputies knocked on the front door of the residence and could … Read More


Radio Shack has new owners

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

Emily Moorehead
Joyce and Richard C. Webb may be the new owners of the Radio Shack in Sparta, but the two are veterans to the wonders of electronic marvels.
The Webbs, who met each other at David Lipscomb University in Nashville, opened a Radio Shack in Crossville 21 years ago, after Richard had worked for five years at the chain’s corporate headquarters.
At first, the store employees included only Richard, with Joyce using her bookkeeping skills to manage the finances.
As the business grew, both amassed a wealth of knowledge in electronics, computer technology, audio systems and more.
On December 17, 2001, the Webbs purchased the White County … Read More


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