Monthly Archives: April 2002

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


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.


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


Katherine Ann Nist Martin

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

Katherine Ann Nist Martin, 69, of Sparta, passed away April 13, 2002, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Knoxville.
Martin was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years,m James F. Martin Jr. of Sparta; two daughters, Rebecca (Becky) Kincer of Sparta and Virginia Gardner of Monroe, N.C.; three sons, James F. (Buck) Martin III and Christopher M. Martin both of Sparta and Bret M. Martin of Monroe, N.C.; five grandchildren, Kenneth B. (Bud) Kincer III, Sarah A. Rittenberry, Christopher S. Martin and Matthew R. Martin all of Sparta and Brice C. Martin of Monroe, N.C. four great grandchildren; one nephew, John … Read More


Virginia M. Bolding

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

Virginia M. Bolding, 67, of Hartsville, passed away April 11, 2002, at Comprehensive Care Center o Hartsville.
Bolding was born May 29, 1934, in Shelby Anna, Ky., to Aaron Robinson and Bertha Seagrace Robinson.
Her attended the Church of God.
Bolding was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a special, truly loved friend, William Alonzo Baker Jr. and eight children.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Bill Collins of Alabama and Dorthy and Richard Creekmore of Spencer; two sons and one daughter-in-law, James E. and Dimple Bolding of Sparta and B.J. Bolding of Alabama; two sisters, Nancy Honiker of Hopkinsville, Ky. and Clara Powers … Read More


Melda June Echterling Humphrey

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

Melda June Echterling Humphrey, infant daughter of Darin Humphrey and Jennifer June Echterling, passed away April 11, 2002, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Melda June was born April 11, 2002.
Survivors include her parents, both of Hermitage; maternal grandmother, Cynthia Echterling of Indiana; paternal grandparents, Linton and Sandra Humphrey of Sparta and Mary Ann and Don Taylor of Mt. Juliet; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services were held at 2 p.m., April 13, 2002, at Spring Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Tony Hudson and Donald Howard officiated.
Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville was in charge of arrangements.


Daniel Marcel Young

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

Daniel Marcel Young, 19,m of Gainesboro, passed away April 10, 2002.
Young was born March 4, 1983, in Lebanon.
He was a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church in Gainesboro.
Young was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Benton and Mary Young and Reed and Irene Dunn.
Survivors include two daughters, Jordyn Leannn and Kylee Hope both of Gainesboro; father and step mother, Marty and Janice Young of Crossville; mother and step father, Feleshia and Lawrence Christian of Sparta; two brothers, Wesley Massa of Sparta and Jason Young of Gainesboro; and grandparents, Hubert and Bonnie Young of Gainesboro and Charles and Wylodean Reed of Doyle.
Services were … Read More


Ida Arlena Grimsley

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

Ida Arlena Grimsley, 74, of Cookeville, passed away April 10, 2002, at NHC Healthcare in Cookeville.
Grimsley’s attended the Baptist Church and was a factory worker for Acme Boot Co. for 36 years.
Grimsley was born July 22, 1927, in Putnam County, to William Bryan and Maggie Lou Adcock Grimsley.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one brother, William Grimsley of Cookeville; one sister, Ila Burns of Hixson; one niece, Phyllis Byrd; one nephew, Randy Burns; and two great nieces, Rachel and Robyn Burns.
Services were held at 1 p.m., April 12, 2002, at the chapel of Dyer Funeral Home with burial in Smith … 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.


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


WCHS soccer out kicked by Cookeville

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

Tammy Wilhite


Warriors take last inning win over Coffee County

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

Tammy Wilhite


Ready? Set? Show!!

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

Emily Moorehead
This Saturday marks the second annual Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women and the first 100 women through the door will receive a free decorative wrought iron garden stake (a $12 value), and The Expositor will hold drawings and games for cash prizes between noon and 2 p.m.
The 2002 Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women takes place on April 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Many special activities are already planned for attendees including educational clinics sponsored by numerous area merchants.
They include:
– Oreck vacuum demonstrations — Morgan Furniture Center
– Beauty tips — Styled and Polished
– Real Estate tips — Century 21
– … Read More


Chicago arrests lead to local charges

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

Dawn Bailey
Authorities discovered items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine when they investigated a residence, on Saylors Street. Apparently the items were located in a storage shed behind the property.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., Saturday, the Sparta Police Dept. was contacted in reference to a suspected meth lab at 116 Saylors Street. Sgt. Jeff Hutson and Ptl. Dale Dodson arrived at the location and met with Wanda Webb, of Knoxville, who is the owner of the property.
Wanda Webb told authorities she rented the property to her daughter, Alison Webb and Alison’s boyfriend, Johnny Grissom. According to the report, Wanda Webb had received a call from a … Read More


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