Monthly Archives: December 2002

Miller sworn in as new assessor of property

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

Terri Brock
Tina Miller was officially sworn in as White County’s new assessor of property at 4 p.m., Dec. 27, 2002. Herd Sullivan, White County executive, administered the oath in the third floor courtroom of the White County Courthouse. Miller was appointed to the position by commissioners on Dec. 16, 2002, following the resignation of former assessor, Kathy Hunter.
Miller’s husband David and her son Matthew, along with other family members and friends, were also present to show their support.


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.


Robert Taylor Young Sr.

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

Robert Taylor Young Sr., 70, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 27, 2002, at Life Care Center of
Sparta.
Young was born Aug. 13, 1932, in White County, to Claude Young and Ova Lea Young.
He had served in the U.S. Navy.
Young was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his mother, Ova Lea Young of Sparta; two daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa and Matthew Hackworth of Sumter, S.C. and Angela and Karl Neubner of Columbia, S.C.; one son, Robert Taylor Young Jr. of Sumter, S.C.; one brother, Lloyd Young of Sparta; one sister, Laura Mae Poston of Sparta; and three grandchildren, Nicholas and Taylor Neubner and Ashley … Read More


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 … Read More


Joseph Puckett

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

Joseph Puckett, 81, of Jamestown, passed away Dec. 24, 2002, at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
Puckett was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lucy Pace Puckett and one son-in-law, Donald W. Rinenour.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys Phillips Puckett of Jamestown; three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Pat Puckett of Allardt, Jerry and Joyce Puckett of Sparta and Joey and Lila Puckett of Oneida; five daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Charles Story of Nashville, Sandra and Bill Feltner of Lilburn, Ga., Karen and Tom Tryggestad of Macon, Ga., Janet and Roger Kalonick of Decatur, Ala. and Jill and Mike Norman of Robbins; one brother, Walt Puckett … Read More


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 … Read More


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


A little help from Poppa

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Opening Christmas presents can be a big task for a little fellow, but he can always count on Poppa to lend his assistance. Logan Cavanah excitedly opened his first present of the day, as he sat in the lap of his great grandfather, James Cavanah.
Photo by Kim Swindell Wood


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. … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


Behold, the Son of God

Posted on December 23, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were … Read More


Franklin Baker Jr.

Posted on December 23, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Franklin Baker Jr., 75, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 17, 2002.
Baker was born July 21, 1922, in White County, to Frank Hutchings and Minnie Margaret Baker.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Baker was preceded in death by his father; mother; step-father, Obe Petty; two daughters. Brenda Baker Phillips and Patty Baker; and one sister, Obeline Petty.
Survivors include his wife, Vivian Iris Garrett Baker of Sparta; two daughters and sons-in-law, Starr and John T. Toney and Susan Martin and Martin H. Barlow III all of Sparta; three sisters, Carolyn Mabe of Doyle, Linda Robinson of Sparta and Johnny Ruth Pitman of South … Read More


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