Monthly Archives: February 2002

Nathan C. Hopkins

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

Nathan C. Hopkins, 26, a student at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts, passed away Feb. 25, 2002, in Chicopee, Mass.
Hopkins was born May 15, 1975, in Northampton, Mass. to Willard Hopkins and Pamela Rybski Hopkins.
Survivors include his parents, Willard and Pamela Hopkins of Sparta; one brother, Willard W. Hopkins of Germany; one sister, Jennifer Hollingsworth of Tennessee; maternal grandparents, Chester and Dorothy Rybski of Holyoke, Mass.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., March 2, 2002, at Love-Cantrell & Cope Spencer Chapel with burial in Seitz Cemetery. Ricky Rigsby will officiate.
Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home in


Suspicious fire destroyed H & H Auction

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

Dawn Bailey
Fire totally destroyed what local White Countians remember as H & H Auction Service on McMinnville Highway.
The owner of the property and structure is Katherine Hyder, and the owner of the contents lost inside the burned structure is Mac Horn. Authorities are still investigating.
Mac Horn is not only known as an auctioneer, but as a friend to many local citizens. According to Susan Rogers, he has done many benefits for needy children and families, donating his time, talent and merchandise. “Thursday was the bargain day,”
said Rogers. “If you were looking for a box deal or little treasure, that’s the day to go.”
“We … Read More


Gertie M. Price

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

Gertie M. Price, 69, of Putnam County, passed away Feb. 27,2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Price was born May 29, 1932, in McMinnville, to Kie Neal and Joyce Fisher Neal.
She attended Clark’s Chapel Church of God and was a housewife.
Price was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Neal and James Edward Neal.
Survivors include her husband, Herman (Jack) Price of Spencer; one half sister, Frances Fults of McMinnville; and several cousins, nephews, nieces and special friends.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., March 1, 2002, with burial in Cummingsville Cemetery. Danny Rogers will officiate.
Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral home in McMinnville is in


Loan funds arrive for City of Sparta

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

Dawn Bailey
Mayor Claude Bradley is presented with a check, in the amount of $51,234, by Terry Ellis from the Department of Economic and Community Development (Energy Division). The City of Sparta had applied for a loan from the State of Tennessee Department of Energy Program to pay for the cost of a new boiler and chiller to replace the old heating and cooling system. According to Ellis, the energy loan program will lend up to $500,000 to help with energy projects. The program is set up for 7 years and the City of Sparta has to make one payment a year toward the repayment of the loan, … Read More


Patray speaks at Republican Party meeting

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

Kim Swindell Wood
The White County Republican Party was host to Bobbie Patray, president of Eagle Forum at their meeting on Tuesday night. The Forum’s mission is to enable conservative and pro-family men and women to participate in the process of self-government and public policy making.
Patray stressed the importance of party loyalty and
beliefs of the Republican Party. “Nothing is standing in our way but our own apathy that keeps us from voting,” said Patray.
Several candidates for public office were also present including Mike Green, former Commissioner of Safety, who is a candidate for U.S. Congress; Patrick Haller, candidate of White County Commissioner; Paul Bailey, candidate … Read More


Family honors

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

Emily Moorehead
“We’ve almost always done the same things our whole lives,” said Daniel Knox, White County High School (WCHS) senior who had the second highest overall cumulative grade average in the 2002 graduating class.
“A key for me has been help from my parents and David.
It’s been good with both of us being able to push each other to do our best.”
The David in question is Daniel’s brother who happened to place third in overall cumulative grade average.
Interesting that brothers —twins at that— won two of the top three honors awards.
What’s even more interesting is the fact the two valedictorians of the 2002 … Read More


Surprises abound at 6th annual Expositor Citizen of the Year Awards

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

Emily Moorehead
The sun played peek-a-boo with White County all day on Tuesday, finally finding a break in the clouds toward mid-afternoon as if to mimic the spotlight about to shine on a few unique White County residents.
Secrets among friends were quietly whispered throughout the county, as the lightest of snow flurries sparkled to the ground, and clandestine activities were being planned for after the awards ceremony.
“She is going to be so surprised!” was spoken sometime in the late afternoon, and knowing winks were exchanged with hidden glee in many White County homes.
“It’s not easy for one person to keep a secret, let alone an … Read More


Emergency Planning Committee focuses on disaster preparedness

Posted on February 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The uncertainty of safety in the community has been the primary concern of Americans since the onset of the terrorists attacks on the United States. White Countians came face-to-face with reality when a gunman recently entered a local elementary school and held school officials at gunpoint, as law enforcement officers attempted to diffuse the situation. These incidents have led to the reinforcement of the need for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (L.E.P.C.).
On Thursday morning, a group of approximately 30 individuals met in the conference room at the White County Courthouse to reestablish the policies and procedures for the L.E.P.C., which was formed several years … Read More


Jolly, Mitchell named Academic All District

Posted on February 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Etta Howell Clouse

Posted on February 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Etta Howell Clouse, 87, of Ohio, formerly of Sparta, passed away Feb. 18, 2002, at Walton Manor Healthcare Center in Ohio.
Clouse was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Clouse.
Survivors include one daughter, Deanna Clouse Wallish of Sparta; one son, Charles Clouse of Port Clinton, Ohio; three grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Graveside services were held at the Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery in Ohio.
Johnson and Romito Funeral Home in Forthfield, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements.
This information is courtesy of Thurman Funeral Home.


Willie Edd Swindell

Posted on February 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Willie Edd Swindell, 82, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 20, 2002, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Swindell was born May 4, 1919, in Winchester, to Isaac and Sara Nelson Swindell.
He had served in the U. S. Army during World War II. Swindell had been an engineer at Chrysler Corporation for 30 years.
Swindell was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Mae Goodwin Swindell.
Survivors include one daughter, Sonja Elaine Jenkins of Sparta; one granddaughter and spouse, Maleigha and Mickey Greene; one grandson, Chad Jenkins; two great granddaughters, Michaela and MacKenzie Greene both of Sparta; one brother, Murrell Swindell of Mentor, Ohio; two sisters, Annie Carter and … Read More


Shelby D. Stanley

Posted on February 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Shelby D. Stanley, 63, of Smithville, passed away Feb. 18, 2002, at Baptist DeKalb Hospital.
Stanley was the daughter of Walter and Minnie Demps Robinson.
She attended the Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two step sons, Jerry and Ray Stanley;
and one brother, Bud Robinson.
Survivors include her husband, Lenzy Stanley of Smithville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Wayne Bogle of Woodbury, Jennifer and Robbie Kincaid of Cookeville and Tonya and Wade Youngblood of Dowelltown; one step son and wife, Donnie and Darlene Stanley of Smithville; one sister, Janice Minnear of Florida; two brothers, Sam Robinson of Denver, … Read More


WCHS softball getting back to basics

Posted on February 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Grace Norene Hensley

Posted on February 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Grace Norene Hensley, 85, of Cookeville, passed away Feb. 23, 2002, at Cookeville Regional medical Center.
Hensley was born June 20, 1916, in DeKalb County to Marshall and Norene Vantrease.
She attended Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Hensley was a Red Cross volunteer and was active in Women’s Missionary Society. She was a teacher’s assistant for several years and a member of Cookeville Art Society and Home Demonstration Club.
Hensley was preceded in death by her parents and aunt and guardian, Nora Pointer.
Survivors include her husband, Claude Hensley of Cookeville; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Ron and Georgia Hensley of Cookeville and Harold Hensley of Sparta; four grandchildren, Greg, … Read More


Nannie Mae Grissom

Posted on February 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Nannie Mae Grissom, 97, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 20, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Grissom was born Sept. 14, 1904, in White County, to Robert Cole and Levonia Brogden Cole.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Juanita and John Ross Anderson of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Anita Grissom of Chattanooga; and 14 grandchildren.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Feb. 23, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Jericho Cemetery. Bro. Ray Scoggins and Bro. John Pippin officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Citizen of the Year Awards Ceremony pays tribute to deserving individuals

Posted on February 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The heart of a community revolves around a circle of individuals who selflessly give of their time for the betterment of their town. They help the county move forward toward prosperity. Monetary contributions are not necessarily the focal point of their assistance, but their concern about future generations and how to develop a plan for a better tomorrow is at the top of their list.
On Feb. 26, 2002, The Expositor will be having their sixth annual Citizen of the Year Awards Ceremony, which also includes Unsung Heroes and Golden Apple Teacher Award, along with special recognition of individuals who have exemplified themselves in service … Read More


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