Monthly Archives: November 2002

Quebeck residents may get convenience center

Posted on November 27, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The small courtroom of the White County Courthouse was overflowing with members of the Quebeck-Walling area during the meeting of the Solid Waste Committee on Monday, and their mission was to tell the county commissioners they wanted a convenience center. However, it did not take much persuasion and Raymond England, commissioner for the 5th district, was ready with a solution to the problem.
Kenneth Milligan, chairman of the committee, opened the meeting and immediately asked for any comments from the crowd. Jerry Thacker, who lives on Lawson Road in Quebeck, was ready with his response. Thacker had previously appeared before the county commission during the … Read More


Fencing is the name of the game

Posted on November 27, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Hard work and determination has been the backbone of America since the day the Pilgrims first set foot on Plymouth Rock. With the combination of strong-willed family bloodlines and a supportive wife, Mike Cloyd has watched his dream become reality, with the initiation of Cloyd’s Fencing.
Cloyd, 34, had been working at Fleetguard for 14 years, and he enjoyed his job. However, in the last few years, he realized he wanted more than being confined to an inside job. He had attempted to secure other positions in the area. “I would always make the final cut and make it down to the final two or … Read More


Riding for the children

Posted on November 27, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Landon Dickerson
For the last few years now Dan Lafever has been riding his Harley with a purpose.
He and his friends make up the family-oriented Cumberland Valley Harley Riders, and they have been supporting the local YMCA by riding for charity.
The project is appropriately labeled as “Toy Runs”, and they collect food, toys, and cash for those in need over the holiday season.
They also ride to support the Second Harvest Food Bank, which provides food for the elderly.
On average, they have about 50-75 riders. However, in good weather Lafever expects over 100.
The first year they encountered snow and the second some cold rain, … Read More


Ralph B. Orris

Posted on November 27, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ralph B. Orris, 75, of Quebeck, passed away Nov. 25, 2002.
Orris was born March 8, 1927, in Detroit, Mich., to Wilber W. Orris and Nancy Eshelmen Orris.
He had served in the U.S. Navy.
Orris was preceded in death by his parents; several brothers and sisters, including, David Orris, Virnon Orris, Herbert Orris, Lucille Porter, Mary Shattuck and Dorothy Williams.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Swack Orris of Quebeck; children, Stanley Ray Orris, Patricia Lynn Orris Latham, both of Cookeville, and Mark Roger Orris of Cookeville; brothers and sisters, Helen Buyce, Jean Elfrink Robert Orris and Pearl Slook, all of Michigan, and Warren Orris, of Florida; grandchildren, … Read More


Hunter resigns as assessor of property

Posted on November 27, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Kathy Hunter, White County assessor of property, has officially tendered her resignation from her elected position, effective Dec. 27, 2002. Hunter recently turned in her resignation to Herd Sullivan, White County executive. According to Sullivan, Hunter is expected to move from the area. See Monday’s edition of The Expositor for details about Hunter’s career in service to the county and her plans for the future.


Ten steps to a picture perfect turkey

Posted on November 27, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Every year, the Butterball Test Kitchen staff roasts numerous turkeys to determine the method that will produce the best-tasting, picture-perfect turkey. Follow these 10 easy steps to create a picture-perfect turkey.
How much to buy? We recommend allowing 1-1/2 pounds of turkey (net weight on tag) per adult for a generous serving with leftovers, slightly more for a frozen pre-stuffed turkey. If you have light eaters or are not concerned about leftovers, allow 1 per pound per adult. For children, allowing 1/2 per child should be sufficient.
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If turkey is frozen, thaw in the refrigerator or cold water. When ready to cook, remove the wrapper. … Read More


Hodges house is damaged in blaze

Posted on November 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A residence on Bethel Hollow Road was destroyed by fire on Friday, which firefighters believe was ignited by an electrical mishap.
According to Dewayne Kress, Doyle Volunteer Fire Department chief, the home of Larry Hodges suffered extensive damage. The White County EMS was also called to the scene to administer aid to Hodges’ son, who had attempted to extinguish the fire and suffered smoke inhalation.
Approximately 14 firefighters, from the Doyle Fire Department and Mt. Gilead Fire Department,
were on the scene for about 1 1/2 hours.
The fire is still under investigation.
– Driving with no lights results in drug charges
Two White County … Read More


Willie Reed Brymer

Posted on November 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Willie Reed Brymer, 75, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 23, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Brymer was born April 23, 1927, in Van Buren County, to Pal and Pearl Barnes Brymer.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been a sawmill worker.
Brymer was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Lee Brady Brymer; one sister, Josie Kirby; and two step children, Hazel Mabe and Geraldine Anderson.
Survivors include two brothers, Willard Brymer of Cumberland Furnace and Sylvester Brymer of Cookeville; five step brothers and sisters, John Miller, Fred Miller, Kitty Parrish, Merkey Holman and Novella Reels all of Sparta; six step … Read More


Business of the Week

Posted on November 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Caney Fork Electric Cooperative provides electric power to approximately 29,000 cooperative members in White, Van Buren and DeKalb counties.
With a workforce of 85 employees, the cooperative serves its members with low electric rates and dependable service.
Their local office is located at 498 West Bockman Way.
For more information call 836-3129.


Economy showing growth in White County

Posted on November 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The unexpected tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, gave Americans a sense of camaraderie, with a sudden surge in patriotism and strengthened religious beliefs. However, despite the negative financial publicity during the aftermath of this catastrophic event and the current threat of military repercussions overseas, White County’s economy is on an uphill swing.
According to Wallace Austin, president of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, White County’s economy is thriving. “The unemployment rate is currently 5.6 percent, from the latest statistics issued in August,” said Austin. “This is a low figure.”
Several White County businesses have told Austin their revenues are excellent for this time of year. … Read More


Fred G. Simmons

Posted on November 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Fred G. Simmons, 73, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 20, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Simmons served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He had been a Master Mason with the Donleson Masonic Lodge and was a retired business agent for the Carpenters Council.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther H. and Nannie Lou Davis Simmons.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Simmons of Sparta; three daughters, Jerri Lynn Neely of Donelson, Kristy Hennessee of Mt. Juliet and Brenda Reed of Battle Creek, Mich.; five sons, Terry Lee Simmons of Dallas, Texas, Freddy Joe Simmons and Donald Ray Simmons both of … Read More


Rev. John Dempsy Norris

Posted on November 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rev. John Dempsy Norris, 82, of Cookeville, passed away Nov. 22, 2002.
Norris was born Dec. 18, 1919, in Algood, to Lowery D. and Scytha Stockton Norris.
He had been a minister over 48 years.
Norris also served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a carpenter. He appeared on the Christian Gospel Hour on WHUB Radio Station, in Cookeville, over 20 years.
Norris was preceded in death by one son-in-law, David Moore; one sister, Katie Law; and two brothers, Dennis Norris and Carl Norris.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Ethel Sullivan Norris of Cookeville; one daughter, Virginia Moore of Cookeville; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Jeff … Read More


Student council collects food

Posted on November 25, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mike Dickerson
The White County High School Student Council has once again come through for the needy with food donations, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The council conducted a food drive, sponsoring and organizing the effort, while encouraging their fellow students to pitch in with non-perishable food items.
The student body responded with an overwhelming gift of food items, all slated to go to the Help Center in Sparta.
High school principal Charles Dycus explained the drive has been a part of the council activities for several years, and once again, this year’s effort was a great success.
The food consisted of almost 2,500 items, gathered … Read More


Salena S. Dunn

Posted on November 21, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Salena S. Dunn, 89, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 17, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Dunn was born Sept. 19, 1913, in White County, to Verda Sherrell and Maggie Hutson Sherrell.
She had been a homemaker.
Dunn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willie Dunn; one son, J.V. Dunn; one half-brother; and one half-sister.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Myree and Bill Sparks of Sparta; one daughter-in-law, Geraldean Dunn of Morristown; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Nov. 20, 2002, at Pistole Baptist Church with burial in Saylors Cemetery. Bro. Steve Farris and … Read More


Mrs. Jessie Faye Green Dukes

Posted on November 21, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mrs. Jessie Faye Green Dukes, 64, of Sparta, passed way Nov. 18, 2002.
Dukes was born Dec. 13, 1937, in Grundy County, to Charlie Rhea and Alma Gertrude King Green.
She had been a housewife.
Dukes was preceded in death by her mother and her husband, Joe Parker Payne.
Survivors include her father, Charlie Rhea Green of Sparta; husband, Marvin Dukes of Sparta; three son and daughters-in-law, Danny and Gail Payne of Sparta, Randy and Sheila Payne of Chattanooga, and Michael and Jeanette of Chattanooga; one daughter, Sharon Lack of Sparta; two brothers, Bobby Green of Knoxville and Charles Green of Spencer; two sisters, Joyce Armstrong and Elsie … Read More


Two Sparta youth die in crash

Posted on November 21, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Two Sparta teens lost their lives in a one-vehicle collision on Bon Air mountain Monday.
Charles Mansour, 16, and Mackinszy Simpson, 12, both of Sparta, lost their lives after their 1998 Ford Contour crashed into a tree beside Coal Bank Road on Monday evening.
Authorities were dispatched to the scene at approximately 7:05 p.m. According to the report by
Trooper Michael Jolley, the Contour was traveling west on Coal Bank Road, going around a curve. As it approached the intersection of Flatt Rock Road and Coal Bank Road, the vehicle ran off the road on the left-hand side.
It then went through a chain link fence … Read More


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