Monthly Archives: October 2002

Gene Dale Lafever

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

Gene Dale Lafever, 60, of Baxter, passed away Oct. 6, 2002.
Lafever was born Oct. 22, 1941, in Putnam County, to Orby and Ezma Allison Lafever.
He was a member of Boiling Springs Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Willene Massa Lafever of Baxter; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Miranda Lafever and Chad and Jennifer Lafever all of Baxter; one brother and sister-in-law, Glynn and Nancy Lafever of Crossville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara “Bobbie” and Louis Serianni of Detroit, Mich. and Donna and Pete Turner of Florida; and four grandchildren, Aspen, Macey, Blake and Savannah Lafever.
Services were … CONTINUED


Sue Stringer

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

Sue Stringer, 63, of Putnam County, passed away Oct. 7, 2002.
Stringer was born Nov. 16, 1938, in Putnam County, to Crockett and Stella Lafever Randolph
She was a member of Free Will Baptist Church
Survivors include her husband, Jimmy E. Stringer of Cookeville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul A. and Teresa Stringer of Livingston and Ronald Edwin and Melissa Stringer of Smithville; one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and John Ours of Smithville; one brother, Clayton Randolph of Baxter; five sisters, Margie Parham, Jewell Watts, Ruth Holman and Juanita Wilson all of Cookeville and Dorothy Spivey of Sparta; grandchildren, Jason and Shannon Ours, Alan Stringer, Kristin Stringer, Elicia … 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.


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


Juveniles assault and rob elderly couple

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

Dawn Bailey
An elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus Brock, of BonDeCroft, were assaulted and robbed by three juveniles early Tuesday evening. The couple was taken to the emergency room and treated for their injuries.
According to the report, several deputies from the White County Sheriff’s Department were originally dispatched to 8680 Crossville Highway, in reference to a runaway juvenile. After authorities arrived on the scene, at approximately 5 p.m., they discovered Mr. and Mrs. Brock had been attacked, at 8626 Crossville Highway, by three juveniles who had escaped custody in Putnam County.
BonDeCroft First Responders and White County EMS were dispatched to the residence and both Mr. … 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


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


Willa Ruth Vinson Weaver

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

Willa Ruth Vinson Weaver, 86, of LaVergne, passed away Sept. 22, 2002.
Weaver as born Feb. 4, 1916, in White County, to James and Mary Vinson.
She had been a homemaker.
Weaver was preceded in death by her husband, Milus Avery Weaver and her parents.
Survivors include two daughters, Rita Rippy of Nashville and Nelda Triebert of LaVergne; two sons, James Weaver of St. Cloud, Minn. and Ronald Weaver of Nashville; two sisters, Mary McBride and Dot Selby both of Sparta; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Sept. 25, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Fate Wilson officiated.… CONTINUED


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. … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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.… CONTINUED


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