Monthly Archives: April 2002

Local soccer update

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Roy Melvin Burchett

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Roy Melvin Burchett, 72, of Quebeck, passed away April 15, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Burchett was born Dec. 2, 1925, in Clay County, to Elmer Winton Burchett and Sara Etta Davis Burchett.
He was a logger.
Burchett was preceded in death by his parents; brothers; one son; and one daughter.
Survivors include his wife, Hallie Burchett of Quebeck; three daughters, Lill Marie Burchett of McMinnville and Sarah Hillis and Melba Hennessee both of Rock Island; one son, James “Jimmy” Burchett of Nashville; four sisters, Arrie Belle Neely of Manchester, Thelma Cunningham of Sparta, Venita Tindle of Memphis and Reba Clark of Quebeck; three brothers. Delbert Burchett … Read More


WCHS softball picks up win # 4

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Legislative luncheon hosted by Chamber of Commerce

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The budgetary problems for the State of Tennessee are still a hotly debated item at political gatherings, and White Countians had the opportunity to directly question legislators during a luncheon held on Friday.
The Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a legislative luncheon at White County Community Hospital, with State Senator Charlotte Burks and State Representative Charles Curtiss answering questions posed by those in attendance.
Curtiss reviewed items he felt were top priority in the budget crisis. “When we left this session, we were 256 million in the red,” he said.
Curtiss referred to the controversial use of tobacco settlement monies used to help with … Read More


Over 1,200 attended Women’s Show

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
Angie Saylors, one of the four winners of a Styled and Polished make over during the 2002 Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women, looked stunning with her new appearance.
Saylors received a free make over courtesy of Styled and Polished salon, a free outfit from The Outlet in Cookeville and complimentary shoes from The Shoe Sensation.
See more pictures from the 2002 Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women in the April 18 edition of Living.


Cecil Victor Smith

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Cecil Victor Smith, 74, of Sparta, passed away April 15, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Smith was born Feb. 6, 1928, in Jackson County, to Cordell Hull Smith and Fannie B. Anderson Smith.
He was a retired service station manager from Mapco.
Smith was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charlie Ray Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Enloit Smith of Sparta; two sons, Dr. Kevin Cecil Smith of Sparta and Roger Dale Smith of Illinois; two brothers, Paul Smith of Warren, Mich. and James Harold Smith of Cookeville; eight sisters, Kathleen Ragland, Christine Bryant, Norma Bennett Stewart, Mary L. Burgess all of Cookeville, Jewell … Read More


Burgess Falls reopens

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Budget crunches in the state financial situation led to the closure of several state parks in Tennessee, but last week, officials announced some parks would be temporarily reopened. Burgess Falls State Park, located in White County was among the selected group to benefit from the decision.
State Representative Charles Curtiss said the state legislature actually funded the parks last year, but the attorney general ruled the legislators did not have the authority to say the parks could remain open.
“When the governor saw we didn’t have revenue, he chose to close the parks,” said Curtiss. “But, he operated within his right.”
Burgess Falls State Park … Read More


Illegal gambling devices seized

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
Authorities worked together to seize illegal gambling devices on Wednesday. “We are working with the District Attorney’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,” said Sheriff Guy Goff.
Members of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the White County Sheriff’s Dept. seized illegal gambling devices from several White County businesses. This operation was the result of a recent Supreme Court decision in the case of State of Tennessee vs. Rhonda Burkhart which declared certain video devices are deemed to be illegal gambling devices. Under Tennessee state law, it is illegal to possess gambling devices.
TBI members and White County deputies arrived at Lazy Day’s Deli … Read More


Gunman robs Ace TV Rentals

Posted on April 15, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
Authorities responded to Ace TV Rentals at 219
Mose Drive after a masked gunman held store employees at gun point on Saturday. Officers made an attempt to pursue the subject and brought in a tracking unit from Cookeville.
The subject had apparently entered the back door, wearing black clothing and a black ski mask. According to the report, the robber held employees at gun point with a semi-automatic handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the building.
At approximately 7:10 p.m., Saturday, Ptl. Roy Gooch, Ptl. Jeff Glass and Lt. Ken McCormick of the Sparta Police Dept. arrived on the scene to investigate. … Read More


Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Posted on April 15, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
A lucky lady won a half-carat diamond ring from Big J Jewelry during the 2002 Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women on Saturday.
See Thursday’s Living section of The Expositor for more coverage.
Photo by
Emily Moorehead


Complaints voiced against Justice Center offices

Posted on April 15, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
“Henry Foster himself told me I would have to deal with the F.B.I. to sign a complaint,” said Susan McDaniel at the recent meeting the White County Commission’s Steering B Committee.
“I have gone up there three times to sign a complaint and was denied.”
McDaniel appeared before Steering B Committee to lodge numerous complaints concerning the White County Jail and the manner in which she claimed she was treated by employees of the White County Circuit Court Clerk’s office.
McDaniel related events she said took place at her home when members of the White County Sheriff’s Department came to her residence with the charge she … Read More


Warriors take last inning win over Coffee County

Posted on April 15, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Dale Carnegie luncheon informative to local businesspeople

Posted on April 15, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The recent executive luncheon to announce the opportunity to bring the Dale Carnegie Course to Sparta was an overwhelming success, according to Jim Crawford of Glyn Ed Newton & Associates, regional Carnegie franchisee.
The luncheon was sponsored by The Expositor as a means of exposing local and regional businesses to the overall areas on which the Dale Carnegie Course focuses in helping people turn potential into performance.
“We were extremely impressed and, quite frankly a bit surprised, at the number of attendees,” Crawford said.
“Typically, 15-20 percent of those making reservations won’t attend the luncheon.
This wasn’t the case last Tuesday.
Only a handful weren’t able to attend.”… Read More


James Harrison Gambrell

Posted on April 15, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Harrison Gambrell, 64, of Sparta, passed away April 9, 2002.
Gambrell was born May 2, 1937, in DeKalb County, to Harley Lewis and Verta Seabolt Gambrell.
He was a mechanic.
Gambrell was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Brock Gambrell of Sparta; two daughters and one son-in-law, Darlene and Jerry O’Connor of Sparta and Jamie Gambrell of Knoxville; and two sisters, Alice Pearl Elrod of Sparta and Elizabeth Dobbs of Baxter.
Services were held at 2 p.m., April 11, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Gambrell Family Cemetery. Linn Lynch officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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