Monthly Archives: October 2002

Edna Marie Myers Smith

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

Edna Marie Myers Smith, 94, of Quebeck, passed away Oct. 12, 2002,at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Smith was born Jan. 2, 1908, in White County, to Sam Anderson and Ollie Jane Taylor Myers.
She had been a homemaker.
Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Hicks Smith.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Benny J. and Almedia Smith of Quebeck; one daughter, Helen M. Smith Land of Chattanooga; one sister, Thelma Lee Worley of Warren, Mich.; five grandchildren, Rose Marie Vineyard of Quebeck, N.Y., Anita Ann Worthington of Dayton, Ronald Joe Smith of Atlanta, Ga. and Thomas Land and Joseph Land both of Chattanooga; six … CONTINUED


Nina M. Robinson

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

Nina M. Robinson, 86, of Spencer, passed away Oct. 11, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Robinson was born Sept. 20, 1916, in White County, to Jim Black and Maude Bohannon Black.
She had been a homemaker.
Robinson was preceded in death by her parents and one son, L.V. Robinson,
Survivors include her husband, Hebron Robinson of Spencer; four children, Ruby Lawson of Fayetteville, Ga., Virginia Selby of Cookeville and Harold Ray Robinson and Terry Robinson both of Spencer; one nephew, Gerald Revis of Anchorage, Alaska; 10 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m., Oct. 13, 2002, at Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Thomas Farmer … CONTINUED


Lillie Vanatta Dobbs

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

Lillie Vanatta Dobbs, 86, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 10, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Dobbs was born June 24, 1916, in White County, to Tom Vanatta and Amie Young Vanatta.
She had been a dietary supervisor at a nursing home.
Dobbs was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry Dobbs; one son, Clark Dobbs; four sisters, Bertha Jackson, Sarah Kirby, Melissa Robinson and Nola Slatten; and three brothers, Herman Vanatta, Erby Clark Vanatta and Willie Lee Vanatta.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Doris Dobbs of Texas and Larry and Ruth Dobbs of Kansas; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; several nieces and … CONTINUED


Several injured in Hutchings College collision

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

Dawn Bailey
Two vehicles collided on Hutchings College Road at approximately 3 p.m., on Saturday. Darla Flatt, 33, of Sparta, was transported to the White County Community Hospital, by White County EMS, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. Authorities said Sue Sparkman, 67, of Sparta, refused transport by EMS, but went to the hospital by private vehicle.
According to Trooper Mark Dial, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Flatt was traveling east on Hutchings College Road, with her two children, in a 1986 Chevy pickup truck. Sue Sparkman, 67, of Sparta, was traveling west on Hutchings College Road in a 1998 Jeep Cherokee when the vehicles … CONTINUED


James M. Johnson

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

James M. Johnson, 81, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 11, 2002.
Johnson was born March 8, 1921, in Grundy County, to Dewey Johnson and Lucy Adkins Johnson.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy during World War II. Johnson had been a carpenter.
Johnson was preceded in death by his parents and three sons, Larry Johnson, William Nathan Johnson and Bruce Dewayne Johnson.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Johnson of Bon Air in White County; one daughter, Vonda Johnson of Bon Air in White County; two sons, James Johnson and R.E. Johnson both of Bon Air in White County; one sister, Loretta Thomas of Dunlap; … CONTINUED


The Business of the Week

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

Expositor Report
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Chamber hears plans for Oldham Theater

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

Sara Arthur
The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met last week for their regular monthly meeting to discuss issues of local phone service. Levoy Knowles, with Ben Lomand Telephone, was on hand to answer questions.
Knowles discussed in length, with members of the board, aspects of toll-free calling between Sparta and Cookeville.
According to Knowles, the ability to call toll-free to an area can sometimes increase by eight times the amount of calls received in that area
Members of the board commented on the effect this type of increase would have on local businesses if toll-free calling were available from Cookeville to Sparta. Tommy Pedigo, mayor of … CONTINUED


Robert Owen Spakes

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

Robert Owen Spakes, 83, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 10, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Spakes was born Nov. 13, 1918, in White County, to Kendrick and Lizzie Hale Spakes.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked 44 years for White County.
Spakes was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Judith Elaine Spakes; and one brother, Howard Spakes.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Lynn and Janice Spakes of Sparta and Charles and Debbie Spakes of Doyle; one sister, Sallie Anderson of Doyle; one brother, Bill Spakes of Doyle; two grandsons, Josh Spakes and Jonathan Spakes; one granddaughter, Angie Payne; … CONTINUED


Back on their feet and ready to go

Posted on October 10, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Adversity and hard times have not defeated the members of the Mt. Gilead community. With the recent shutdown of the fire department by the county government because of financial mismanagement by the previous administration, residents have come together to prove District 10 still has the “right stuff.”
During a meeting held Sept. 12, 2002, at the fire hall, members of the community decided to appoint a committee to represent the interests of the residents. Many familiar faces of men and women, who were former members of the department, were on hand to offer their assistance.
Mt. Gilead residents proved their confidence in the original “crew” … CONTINUED


Life has just gotten better for breast cancer survivor

Posted on October 10, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“I just had this inner feeling something was wrong with my body,” said Linda Smith, referring to when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I thought I was going to die.”
Smith never dreamed she had cancer when she went to see her physician. She had an ultrasound, and her worst fears soon become reality. “It was obvious something was there,” said Smith. “We did a biopsy and discovered the cancer was on the chest wall.”
According to Smith, she was in a state of shock for several hours. “I have a sister who is a registered nurse in Murfreesboro,” she said. “She felt I … CONTINUED


West Nile Virus found in White County

Posted on October 10, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
According to Pamela J. Allen, Environmental Specialist for White County, on October 3, 2002, the White County Health Department received information that, of the several specimens submitted to the State Department of Health Division of Laboratory Services, two blue jays and one crow were found to be “positive” for West Nile Virus. Other specimens remain to be tested by the Nashville facility.
Department of HeaIth protocol states once three “positive” specimens are identified in a Tennessee county, specimen submission will be suspended. This means that, in White County, no more birds will be sent to the State Laboratory at this time.
West Nile Virus is mosquito-borne, … CONTINUED


Business of the Week

Posted on October 10, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
White County Concrete – Now Open For Business! Locally owned and operated – located on North Spring St. behind Sparta Block and Tank. 837-8020.


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