Monthly Archives: December 2002

Sparta man faces embezzlement charges

Posted on December 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Chris Tramel
A Sparta man is facing embezzlement charges after Smithville Police and a food company investigator discovered several thousands of dollars missing from a Smithville grocery store.
Smithville Officer Gary Harris told The Middle Tennessee Times 25-year-old Brian Keith Brock, of Gaines Street, Sparta, was recently by Putnam County authorities and extradited to DeKalb County.
Brock was indicted on December 3 by the DeKalb County Grand Jury on charges he embezzled over $17,000 of funds from the Smithville Food Lion store.
Smithville Police say Food Lion’s Loss Prevention Investigator Kimberly Shrader approached them about the case on August 5. At that time, Shrader claimed almost $3,000 in … CONTINUED


Business of the Week

Posted on December 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Domino’s is locally owned and operated and has been in Sparta since July 2002. John and Danielle Powers, owners, help with non-profit organizations and fundraisers for White County schools. They offer free delivery and daily lunch specials. Domino’s opens at 10:30 a.m., 7
days a week; closes at 11 p.m. on weeknights and 12 a.m. on weekends. For convenience, they also have a drive-thru window for their customers. Domino’s is located at 402 North Spring St.
Call 837-9999.


Mary Katherine Templeton

Posted on December 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Katherine Templeton, 83, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 23, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Templeton was born Nov. 9, 1919, in Decatur, to James Trusley and Betty Ingle Trusley.
She had been a homemaker.
Templeton was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Curtis Templeton.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann Templeton and Johnnie Templeton both of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Linda Templeton; one brother, Jay Trusley of Decatur; and three grandchildren, Leslie, Regina Ann and Sherry Beth Templeton all of Sparta.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Dec. 27, 200, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Molloy … CONTINUED


Betty Jean Gardner

Posted on December 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Betty Jean Gardner, 42, of Baxter, passed away Dec. 23, 2002.
Gardner had been a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thurman Ray Gardner; grandparents, Jack and Pearl Lewis and George and Evelyn Gardner; one uncle, Ralph Gardner; and two aunts, Evelyn Gardner and Trave Gardner.
Survivors include her mother and step father, Georgia and Howard Sherfey of Algood; stepmother, Becky Young of Sparta; two brothers, Jack Gardner and Randy Gardner both of Baxter; three sisters, Sheila Hammock of Cookeville, Pennie Kelly of Double Springs and Judy Tallent of Sparta; and seven nieces and nephews, Jessica and Vanessa Hammock, Cody Gardner, Jack James, Crystal and … CONTINUED


Johnie Lee Briggs

Posted on December 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Johnie Lee Briggs, 59, of Bowling Green, Ky., passed away Dec. 24, 2002.
Briggs was born Aug. 8, 1943, in White County, to Claude and Monnie Hitchcock Briggs.
He had been an insurance salesman.
Briggs was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Viola Horton and Aline Rozzell; and one brother, James William Briggs.
Survivors include three brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter and Lorene Briggs of
Sparta, Quill and Dot Briggs of McMinnville and Charles and Donna Briggs of Davis, Calif.; two sisters, Rachael Weaver of Southfield, Mich. and Elizabeth Briggs of Tallahassee, Fla.; special friends, Sonya Jewel and Mike Jewel both of Bowling Green, Ky.; and several … CONTINUED


Beulah Clouse Henry

Posted on December 30, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Beulah Clouse Henry, 95, of Cookeville, passed away Dec. 26, 2002, at NHC Healthcare.
Henry was born Jan. 26, 1907, in Putnam County, to Chester and Mattie Finley Clouse.
She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Free Will Baptist Church and had been a homemaker.
Henry was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hollis Henry; two sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Dorothy Henry of Aurora, Colo., Herman and Rachel Henry of Morgan Hill, Calif., Hoyt and Willene Henry of Celina and Jere and Donna Henry of Napa, Calif.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Ruth and C.D. Farley and Ila … CONTINUED


McDonald new Relay For Life chairman

Posted on December 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“It’s never been about them,” said Elizabeth McDonald, referring to the American Cancer Society. “It’s always about what they can do to help you.”
Approximately six years ago, McDonald was a law student with plans for a bright and successful future. One unsuspecting day, her world came crashing down around her. McDonald’s 17-year-old son was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and approximately two years later, she would be told she had breast cancer. Because of her very personal connection to the disease, McDonald has volunteered to be the new chairman for White County’s Relay For Life.
John McDonald was an independent young man, who had a … CONTINUED


Rickey Allen “Little Rayburn” Lee

Posted on December 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rickey Allen “Little Rayburn” Lee, 37, passed away Dec. 23, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Lee was born May 3, 1965, in Van Buren County, to Jim Ed Lee and Betty Jean Stinnett Lee.
He attended a Baptist church and was disabled.
Survivors include his mother, Betty Jean Lee of Spencer; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Freddie and Lisa Lee of Dunlap, Jeff and Melissa Lee of Spencer and Jimmy Dale Lee of McMinnville; two sisters, Sherry Lee of Spencer and Lisa King of McMinnville; grandmother, Myrtle Lee of Spencer and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Dec. 24, 2002, at Love-Cantrell … CONTINUED


James Edward Cox

Posted on December 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Edward Cox, 73, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 10, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Cox was born Oct. 22, 1929, in White County, to Green Cox and Rosa Lee White Cox.
He had been employed at the Shirt Factory.
Cox was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, George Cox, Beecher Cox, Henry Cox and one infant brother; and two sisters, Dora Mae Cox and Mary Lou Cox.
Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Ollie Rhea Cox Geer and Bob Geer of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Dec. 12, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home … CONTINUED


Commodities recertification January 2-31

Posted on December 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released new Temporary Emergency Food Program products for the 2003 “Commodity” distributions, announced Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s executive director, Phyllis R. Bennett.
Commodities are surplus agricultural items that are given back to American families through government agencies. Here in the Upper Cumberland region, the UCHRA distributes commodities in Cannon, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Overton Pickett, Putnam, Warren, White and Van Buren Counties. “UCHRA holds distributions every other month with several hours of distribution at each location,” said Rebecca Christian, commodity director.
This year, recertification is being done differently to allow more time to sign up because recertification must be complete … CONTINUED


Polliwog’s welcomed to Sparta by Chamber

Posted on December 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Terri Brock
Polliwog’s, Sparta’s newest family restaurant, celebrated their recent Chamber membership on December 20 with a traditional Red Carpet Ceremony.
Sparta-White County Chamber President, Wallace Austin was on hand to welcome Polliwog’s owner,
Charles Steward, and his staff, as the Chamber’s newest member.
Several representatives from area businesses were present to share their support for the restaurant and to wish them well.
Charles and his staff invite everyone to stop by Sparta’s new family restaurant, Polliwog’s, at 115 Mayberry Street.
Photo by Terri Brock


New Year’s Day celebrations

Posted on December 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Not all countries celebrate New Year at the same time, nor in the same way. This is because people in different parts of the world use different calendars. Long ago, people divided time into days, months, and years. Some calendars are based on the movement of the moon, others are based on the position of the sun, while others are based on both the sun and the moon. All over the world, there are special beliefs about New Year.
Long Ago Festivals
– Ancient Egypt
In ancient Egypt, New Year was celebrated at the time the River Nile flooded, which was near the end of September. … CONTINUED


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