Monthly Archives: March 2002

Jessie (Evie) LaFever

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

Jessie “Evie” LaFever, 87, of Franklin, passed away March 5, 2002.
LaFever was the son of Bethyl and Alice Certain Young.
She attended Johnson’s Chapel Baptist Church and was retired from the Sparta Shirt Factory as a machine operator.
LaFever was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert LaFever; five sisters, Laura Clouse, Delee Frailey, Dela Williams, Vella Looney and Evelyn Young..
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Leslie and Barbara Ann LaFever of Franklin and Clyde Albert and Kay LaFever of Franklin; two grandsons, Robert LaFever of Franklin and Gregory LaFever and his wife, Tina, of Franklin; one great granddaughter, Camille LaFever of Franklin; two step … Read More


William Luther (Luke) Merriman Jr.

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

William Luther (Luke) Merriman Jr., 85, of Doyle, passed away March 7, 2002, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Merriman was born Oct. 8, 1916, in Bridgeport, Ala., to William Luther Merriman Sr. and Lillie Fridell Merriman.
He attended Quebeck Church of Christ and was a member of Warren Lodge #125. Merriman was retired from Powermatic Foundry as a foreman.
Merriman was preceded in death by three brothers, Creed Merriman, Bill Merriman and Gaither Merriman and three sisters, Jessie Randall, Gladys Massey and Rena Madge Burnett.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Frances Davis Merriman of Doyle; two sons and one daughter-in-law, William Luther Merriman III and Kay Merriman … Read More


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 … Read More


Providing White County with commitment and service

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

Kim Swindell Wood
The word “farm” has always depicted a visual image of a hard-working family functioning together to accomplish great things for its members. Vaughn Walker, agency manager for White County Farm Bureau since 1997, hopes the community feels the same sense of family with a membership of 4,800 in White County.
Walker is proud of the history of the Farm Bureau, with Tennessee Farm Bureau holding the title of the largest in the United States. “We surpassed Texas years ago,” he said.
White County Farm Bureau had its beginnings in the early 1930’s, with the help of T.L. Leonard, the vocational agriculture teacher, County Agent W.F. … Read More


Carson Newman suffers loss in regional final

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

Tammy Wilhite


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 … Read More


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.… Read More


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 … Read More


Mitchell ends with 30 point performance

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

Tammy Wilhite


Deciphering local politics

Posted on March 7, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
Some people liken politics to cryptography in that the workings of elected officials seem, at times, to be a puzzle for regular citizens.
But elect a cryptographer to public office, and things might become much clearer for everyone.
Margaret Donovan Pearson, former Washington cryptanalyst, began her life in Nashville and went on to excel locally in academics.
After earning B.S and M.A. degrees from two universities, Vanderbilt and Peabody, Margaret was recruited by the Army Signal Corps to use her skills in deciphering sensitive enemy communications and documents.
“The Signal Corps was recruiting people who had graduated from college, and it sounded exciting, and a way … Read More


Griffin speaks to local plant managers about hearing tests for infants

Posted on March 7, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Hearing loss in newborns can cause a child to be developmentally slow if the problem is not discovered before six months of age, and that is why Dr. Chad Griffin is devoted to giving every infant a fighting chance by securing the proper equipment.
Griffin has spoken recently at several gatherings, including the Chamber of Commerce Plant Managers’ Meeting on Wednesday. He explained hearing problems are more easily correctable when discovered at an early age.
According to Griffin, otoacoustic emissions are sounds produced by the normally functioning inner ear. The OAE is typically used as a preliminary screening test. The procedure involves placing a small … Read More


A personal touch in

Posted on March 7, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

home medical equipment
Kim Swindell Wood
Commitment to their careers is the driving force behind the staff and management at RX Home Medical, and they have been serving White County and surrounding counties since April 1999.
“We take of our patients here,” said Carla Cox, general manager. “Trust is a big thing with our patients and we provide that for them.”
In addition to Carla, RX Home Medical has four full-time employees: Jim Cox, operations manager; Roger Threet, medical equipment technician; Travis Shirley, medical equipment technician; and Jennifer Stamps, customer service representative. The husband and wife team of Jim and Carla Cox provides a sense of extra personal … Read More


Juanita Elese Kirby Eller

Posted on March 7, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Juanita Elese Kirby Eller, 80, of Sparta, passed away March 4, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Eller was born May 11, 1921, in White County, to John and Cora Frances Harris Kirby.
She was a retired seamstress.
Eller was preceded in death by three sisters, Ora Sarten, Irene Maxwell and Odessa Robinson and four brothers, Floyd Kirby, Ruben Kirby, Dalton Kirby and Harley Kirby.
Survivors include her husband, Herman Eller of Sparta; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Ed Howard of Baton Rouge, La. and Kay and Clyde LaFever of Franklin; one son and daughter-in-law, Vic and June Eller of Sparta; one sister, Billie Moon of … Read More


Frances Lorene Gibson

Posted on March 7, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Frances Lorene Gibson, 74, of Dayton, passed away March 5, 2002, at Hospice of Dayton.
Gibson was a member of Miami Valley Worship Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dillard and Lizzie Ann Rice; two sisters, Mattie Hall and Bertha Winnett; and two brothers, Roscoe Rice and Arzo Rice.
Survivors include her husband, Roscoe Gibson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Dennie and June Cannon of Dayton and Rev. Michael and Donna Gibson of Beavercreek; six grandchildren, Chuck Jr., Kim, Terry, Sherry and Michael Adam; seven great grandchildren; one sister, Ilene Rice of Morristown; two brothers, Willard Rice and Arlen Rice both of Sparta; and many … Read More


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