Monthly Archives: March 2002

Robert Eston Marsh Sr.

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Eston Marsh Sr., 68, of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2002, at Vanderbilt Hospital.
Marsh was born Oct. 10, 1933, in White County, to Jack and Maggie Emerton Marsh.
He was a self-employed grocer.
Marsh was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jim Marsh and Tom Marsh.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Allison Marsh of Sparta; three sons, Robert Marsh Jr. of Lewisburg, Stanley Marsh of Trimble and Billy Marsh of Sparta; eight daughters, Bobbie Marsh and Shirley Raney both of Beech Grove, Bonnie Hobby of Lewisburg, Florence Walker and Pam Edwards both of Shelbyville and Anita Scott and Lisa Elkins both of Sparta; … CONTINUED


Sparta Office Supplies: a place to call home

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A person’s definition of hometown usually depicts his or her place of birth, but Don Pearson of Sparta Office Supplies calls Sparta his hometown, even though he did not move to White County until 1966.
According to Pearson, he was employed by Malone and Hyde and his job was to help the company open new stores and expedite the sale of the business. He and his family moved to Sparta as a part of his job and Pearson opened the Cooper and Martin grocery store. Pearson said plans for the store did not proceed as had been anticipated, and the proposed buyer changed his mind … CONTINUED


Calling all volunteers

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A sense of pride and community abound within the perimeters of White County, and individuals helping each other are the common factors in making Sparta a great place to call home. That is the reason Christmas in April needs the support of local volunteers for this year’s projects.
Sylvia Kennedy, Christmas in April board member and volunteer, is a true believer in the
of the goals of a project that give aid to those in need. Christmas in April funds, which are donated by individuals or businesses, are used to repair homes of people who may not have the financial means to accomplish the needed … CONTINUED


Good entertainment brewing for Coffee House concert

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
Students led by Chorus Director David Schroeder, far right, are giving their all in preparation for the Coffee House Concert presented by the WCHS chorus.
The concert takes place on March 19 in the multi-purpose room at WCHS, and doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for students, and Schroeder suggests arriving early as prior coffee house concerts have played to full houses.
He wants it crisp; he wants it clean: David Schroeder is hard at work polishing the sound of the White County High School (WCHS) chorus in preparation for their 2002 Coffee House concert on March 19.
He isn’t a … CONTINUED


Waiting for a new chance at life with God’s help

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The beautiful smile of Kathy Greene exudes the glow of a woman who has complete faith in the healing power of prayer, but her radiance cannot hide the harsh reality of the health problems that have dominated her life for many years.
Green contracted nephritis when she was approximately 10-years-old. Nephritis is inflammation of the kidneys that is generally caused by an infection or an immune reaction that goes awry and injures the kidneys. An abnormal immune reaction can come about in two ways: (1) An antibody can attack either the kidney itself or an antigen (a substance that stimulates an immune reaction) attached to … CONTINUED


Crossing the ocean to a world of love

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The depth of a person’s love for another human being is a strong and powerful emotion, and the bond between a man and woman in love is even greater. When Gertrud Emily met Larkin Paul Austin in war-torn Germany, she was unaware of the changes that were about to take place in her life.
Gerta, as family and friends know her, worked in a mess hall at Rhine-Mein Air Force Base in Frankfurt, Germany. She could not speak English, even though she came in contact with Americans on a daily basis. According to Gerta, there was an incident of food poisoning and because of security … CONTINUED


John L. Camp

Posted on March 14, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John L. Camp, 62, of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2002.
Camp maintained a law practice with his step son, Richard House, in the Sparta firm of Camp & Camp. He was formerly city judge in Carthage, a White County Commissioner and member of the Tennessee Board of Governors. Camp was elected as a delegate to the 1977 Constitutional convention and the 1979 Tennessee State Democratic Committee. He was also a member of numerous organizations, including the American and Tennessee Bar Association and Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association.
Camp was preceded in death by his wife and former law partner, Angela Ashe Camp.
Survivors include his mother, Eloise Camp; … CONTINUED


On fire, but not too hot to handle

Posted on March 11, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
“My daddy was a dispatcher before 911, so I listened to him every night on the radio,” said Mary Beth Clouse of her early interest in community service.
“I was so proud.
That’s back when they had only one person doing it.
He did that for 18 years, so I thought emergency services were so cool.”
Clouse said before she graduated from White County High School, she considered a career in law enforcement.
After the birth of her son, Brandon, she worked various jobs, and then a friend, Ed Hensley, chief of the Mt. Gilead Fire Department, was instrumental in her decision to become a volunteer … CONTINUED


Guth and Selby honored for meth lab eradication

Posted on March 11, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Suzanne Dickerson
Two of Sparta’s finest were honored by their peers at a ceremony in Cookeville on Thursday.
Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth and Investigator Allen Selby were both commended for their role in the eradication of methamphetamine labs in the law enforcement effort known as Operation Stop Gap. The combined efforts gained the honor of the Case Of The Year for the entire Southeast District including seven states for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).
Selby was given a special honor, a plaque and cup, in recognition of his contribution to the effort in Middle Tennessee, presented by the Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA) Atlanta office.… CONTINUED


Controlled burn, a bit threatening

Posted on March 11, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
Authorities were burning old brush off the hillside behind Magic Video, near the old Sheriff’s Department and cemetery, on Friday morning. Apparently the fire got out of control and the Sparta Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.
The Emergency 911 Center dispatched firemen to the brush fire at approximately 9:23 a.m. and they arrived at 9:24 a.m., on March 8, 2002. Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay along with approximately seven firefighters had the fire under control within a short amount of time. Authorities were on the scene until approximately 9:50 a.m.
-Outbuildings destroyed by fire
Two small buildings and their contents, along with several acres … CONTINUED


Calling all Easter bunnies: The hunt begins March 23

Posted on March 11, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Her love of children and wanting to provide them with an exciting and fun childhood is what inspired Cindy Judd Howell to initiate many of her projects for elementary school-age youngsters.
Howell, along with several family members, will be conducting the fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt at Doyle Elementary School on March 23. “My family and I thought the egg hunt would be good for the community and the kids,” said Howell. “The first year we had approximately 85 children participate, and each year it has steadily grown.”
All children through fifth grade are invited to attend and participate in the fun and games. Registration … CONTINUED


Mitchell ends with 30 point performance

Posted on March 11, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


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