Monthly Archives: October 2002

Ricky Alfred Haston

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

Ricky Alfred Haston, 42, of Doyle, passed away Oct. 6, 2002.
Haston was born Jan. 27, 1960, in White County.
He had been employed in construction.
Survivors include his mother, Reba Carter of Doyle; father and step mother, John and Anna Haston of Bone Cave; three sisters, Janice Haston of Nashville, Marilyn Cunningham of McMinnville and Theresa Ware of Bone Cave; nieces and nephews, Paul McCormick, Becky Collins, Jodi Gentry and Jeanna Morton; one great niece; and four great nephews.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 9, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Garvin Haley and John Murphy will officiate.… Read More


YMCA gets a face-lift

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

Dawn Bailey
Remodeling is currently taking place at the YMCA. When a member enters the building, they will enter through a new foyer and continue through to the reception area. There is also a new lounge area, which is not quite complete. There is fresh paint throughout most of the building and new carpet in the tumbling room. According to YMCA Director Richard Minchey, the weight room has also been renovated. There is a new floor, new paint, new equipment and the walls have been fixed.
The walls and bleachers have also been painted in the gymnasium. “I want to thank the City of Sparta and everyone who … Read More


Kentucky woman injured in wreck on Hwy 111

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

Dawn Bailey
Authorities transported Barbara A. Sawyer, 45, of Kentucky, to the White County Community Hospital after she sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 111 and Roosevelt Drive, at approximately 2:42 p.m., Friday.
According to the report taken by Ptl. Dale Dodson, Norma G. Kirby, 66, of Sparta, was traveling eastbound on Roosevelt Drive in a 1994 Buick. Kirby was attempting to cross Highway 111, on the green light, when she was involved in an accident.
Sawyer was traveling north, on Highway 111, in a 1996 Toyota when the crash occurred. Authorities said Sawyer failed to stop for the red light when the two vehicles … Read More


Final countdown is underway for Liberty Square Celebration

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Pumpkins and corn shucks are on display in downtown Sparta, and the entire Liberty Square area resembles a beautiful fall harvest. The scene is set, and all city employees, along with business owners and patrons, are anticipating the big day.
The 5th Annual Liberty Square Celebration is just around the corner, and final preparations are being made for this spectacular event. A day of old fashioned fun and entertainment will begin at the Sparta Amphitheater at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 19, 2002, which will officially kick off the 12-hour extravaganza.
Judy Null, Sparta city clerk and coordinator for the celebration, said the response has been overwhelming. … Read More


Expositor to celebrate National Newspaper Week with open house

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

Kim Swindell Wood
The key to keeping a community abreast of the latest and most accurate information and news has always been the responsibility of the media. With over 100 years of service to the people of White County, The Expositor is proud to celebrate this time-honored tradition during National Newspaper Week.
The inner workings of a newspaper are still a mystery to most individuals. The finished product, which is full of stories written by the reporters and advertisements from local and area businesses, requires planning and hard work to achieve the best possible quality workmanship.
The Expositor is extremely grateful to its readers and would like to … Read More


Kristina L. Spivey

Posted on October 3, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kristina L. Spivey, 14, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 1, 2002, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.
Spivey was born Sept. 9, 1988, in White County, to Jamie DeWayne Spivey and Melanie Ann Howard.
She was a student at White County High School.
Spivey was preceded in death by her grandmother, Deborah Adcock Howard.
Survivors include her mother, Melanie Howard Savage of Sparta; father, Jamie Spivey of Sparta; grandparents, Ralph and Sue Howard of Quebeck, and Charles and Wanda Spivey of Sparta; great grandmother, Laura Belle Adcock of Sparta; great grandfather, Fred Winnett of Sparta; uncles, Robert Howard and Randy Anderson, both of Sparta, Steven Anderson of New … Read More


Tennessee Fall Homecoming set for October 10-13, 2002

Posted on October 3, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
The American Bus Association has chosen it twice as one of the “Top 100 Events in North America.” The Southeast Tourism Society has voted it as one of the “Top Twenty October Events” in the 10 southeastern states for the past 11 years. The event is often referred to as the most extensive and authentic gathering of old-time musicians and pioneer-type craftspeople in the country. It is called the Museum of Appalachia’s Tennessee Fall Homecoming. It features several hundred people engaged in frontier, mountain, and rural activities, along with over 300 traditional, folk, early country and bluegrass musicians, including such nationally famous folks as Doc Watson, … Read More


Another White County youth loses life in tragic death

Posted on October 3, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
For the fourth time in less than two months, White County has experienced the tragic death of another young person. On Monday night, 14-year-old Kristina L. Spivey lost her life when she was allegedly shot by her stepfather, Tracy Kevin Savage, 38. The chain of events, which led to the shooting, allegedly began in the parking lot of White County Community Hospital.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, city officers received a call at approximately 7:46 p.m., Sept. 30, 2002, from E-911 about an assault, which had occurred in the parking lot at the hospital. Upon arrival at the scene, Patrolman Troy Carlile and … Read More


Vehicle flips, injuring two women

Posted on October 3, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
Ruby Howell Nash, 87, of Cookeville and Doris Laree Wilson, 57, of Sparta,
were transported to the White County Community Hospital after they sustained minor injuries when their vehicle flipped on Highway 70E.
The Emergency 911 Center dispatched emergency personnel to 5756 Crossville Highway, on Wednesday afternoon, at approximately 3:15 p.m. First responders arrived on the scene and evaluated the condition of the two injured women in the vehicle. The crew worked together and helped remove both patients from the vehicle and White County EMS transported them to the hospital.
According to Trooper Randy Crain of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver, Nash, was traveling eastbound … Read More


Tracy Kevin Savage

Posted on October 3, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tracy Kevin Savage, 38, of Doyle, passed away Sept. 30, 2002.
Savage was born Feb. 14, 2002, in White County, to Charles Mack Savage and Katherine Guy Savage.
He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Gregory Dean Savage and Charles Mack Savage Jr.
Survivors include his mother, Katherine Guy Savage of Doyle; one son, Tim Savage of Sparta; one sister, Stephanie Booth of Texas; his grandmothers, Sarah Savage and Flora Davis both of Sparta; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 4, 2002, at Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Bro. John Murphy and … Read More


Joe Reece McBride

Posted on October 3, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joe Reece McBride, 56, of Chicago, Ill., passed away Sept. 28, 2002.
McBride was born Dec. 21, 1945, in Sparta, to Joe Lester McBride and Marie McBride.
He had worked for HollyHunt Limited.
McBride was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Virgil Reece Stewart, Zeta Frances Baker Stewart, Lester McBride and Maggie Huddleston McBride Shinkle.
Services will be held at 3 p.m., Oct. 5, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Robert Winger and Stancel Stewart will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Bernice Dycus Graves

Posted on October 3, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bernice Dycus Graves, 81, of Dunedin, Fla., passed away Sept. 26, 2002, at Manor Care Dunedin nursing home.
Graves was born in Sparta. She was also a member of Community Chapel Church of God, Zephyrhills. She was an avid Phillies fan and enjoyed shelling and her political club.
Survivors include three daughters, Carol Ann Millstead of Zephyrhills, Janis Passons of Knoxville and Joyce Godleski of Anderson, Ind.; one brother, Bonnie Dycus of Sparta; one sister, Pauline Guy of Sparta; nine grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Dunedin Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Local Baptists begin crusade against lottery

Posted on October 3, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
On Nov. 5, 2002, Tennesseans will be going to the polls to cast their votes for the candidates of their choice. Along with the myriad of political races, one controversial item on the ballot has sparked another type of race. According to the Union Association of Southern Baptists, they are in a race to save the residents of Tennessee from a possible economic downfall.
According to Lofton Graves, director of missions, the association recently voted on a resolution against gambling. “We would like for other churches to cross the denominational line and join us in voting ‘no’ on the lottery issue,” he said.
Doug Benningfield, … Read More


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