Monthly Archives: February 2003

Jennie Vee Hogan Abney Tayse

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jennie Vee Hogan Abney Tayse, 77, passed away Feb. 21, 2003.
Tayse was born June 6, 1923, to John B. Hogan and Cassie J. Dyer Hogan.
She was retired from Fleetguard in Cookeville.
Tayse was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl Ray Abney and her parents.
Survivors include her husband, James Tayse of Sparta; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Larry and Melba Abney of Harrison, Mich. and Dennis Ray Abney of Sparta; one stepson and wife, Gene and Kay Abney of Oklahoma; one sister, Alberta Petty of Hazel Park, Mich.; one brother, Paul E. Hogan of Chesterfield, Mich.; four grandchildren, Michele Cunningham, Patricia Heckler, Aimee Abney … CONTINUED


Local pharmacists speak out about recent armed robbery

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The scenario of a peaceful small-town lifestyle has drawn many people to Sparta. However, one local pharmacist has had more than her share of “big-town” crime, since her business has been robbed three times since December 2002.
Sabra Rinio, pharmacist and owner of Sparta Discount Drugs, is still recovering emotionally after a local man, who was allegedly carrying a concealed weapon, came into her pharmacy Monday demanding narcotics and fled the crime scene with undisclosed quantities Schedule II drugs.
Rinio spoke with Expositor staff writer Billy Jarvis Tuesday and stated Sparta Discount Drugs would no longer be stocking or filling prescriptions for certain narcotics because … CONTINUED


James Grady Bertram

Posted on February 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Grady Bertram, 42, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 24, 2003.
Bertram was born Feb. 9, 1961, in Marrow, Ohio, to Claude William Bertram and Edna Mae Brown.
He had been a mechanic at Wagner.
Survivors include his wife, Pam Brock Bertram of Sparta; one son, James Jeremy Bertram of Crossville; one daughter, Alicia Brittany Bertram of Crossville; one step son, Brandon Crawford of Sparta; parents, Claude and Edna Bertram of Crossville; one brother, William Bates Bertram of Crossville; and one sister, Debe Flynn of Crossville.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Feb. 28, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Bolin Cemetery in … CONTINUED


Fair board approves July 4th festivities

Posted on February 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The celebration of Independence Day is only five months away, and plans have already been set in motion for the 2003 July 4th Blackberry Festival. During a Thursday night meeting of the White County Fair Association, Woody Phillips, chairman for the festival, formally requested the use of the fairgrounds, which has been the location of the event since it began in 1998.
Jim Teeple, fair board president, recognized Phillips and gave him an opportunity to speak to the entire board. Phillips explained the July 4th celebration committee was appreciative of the board’s donation of the fairgrounds in past years and would like to request permission … CONTINUED


Jennie Vee Hogan Abney Tayse

Posted on February 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jennie Vee Hogan Abney Tayse, 77, passed away at home Feb. 1, 2003.
Tayse was born June 6, 1923, to John B. Hogan and Cassie J. Dyer Hogan.
She was retired from Fleetguard in Cookeville.
Tayse was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl Ray Abney and her parents.
Survivors include her husband, James Tayse of Sparta; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Larry and Melba Abney of Harrison, Mich. and Dennis Ray Abney of Sparta; one stepson and wife, Gene and Kay Abney of Oklahoma; one sister, Alberta Petty of Hazel Park, Mich.; one brother, Paul E. Hogan of Chesterfield, Mich.; four grandchildren, Michele Cunningham, Patricia Heckler, … CONTINUED


Board of Mayor and Alderman discuss Charter Communication business hours

Posted on February 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
The Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen led their Thursday meeting at Sparta City Hall by discussing the issue of Charter Communications’ compliance with a proposed city ordinance, which grants the cable television franchise the right to operate a system in Sparta.
Specifically, an agenda ordinance was considered for a second reading that would amend the current ordinance relative to Charter Communications’ office in Sparta. In part, the proposed ordinance requires Charter Communications to maintain a local business office within the corporate limits of the city, and further requires the office to be staffed at all times during normal business hours.
During the first reading of … CONTINUED


WCMS Warriors’s defeated by Blackman Middle

Posted on February 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Richard Dale “Big Daddy” Measles

Posted on February 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Richard Dale “Big Daddy” Measles, 58, of Castalian Springs, passed away Feb. 21, 2003, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Murfreesboro.
Measles was born July 7, 1944, in Sparta, to Paskell Woodrow and Louvena Jones Measles.
He had
served in the U. S. Army and had been employed in road construction.
Measles was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ronald Wayne Measles.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Measles of Castalian Springs and Fancy Kellye of Carthage; two grandchildren, Victoria Sims of Sparta and Tabatha Crowson of Springfield; one sister, Mary Janet Holland Sparta; and eight brothers, Kenny Measles, Tom Measles, Paul Measles and Erbie … CONTINUED


Richmond indicted in prison drug smuggling conspiracy

Posted on February 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
A Sparta woman was arrested on Feb. 19, 2003 as a result of a Johnson County Grand Jury criminal indictment dated Jan. 14, 2003.
Sharon Blaylock Richmond, 56, of Sparta, was arrested following an interrogation at the Sparta Police Department conducted by a State Department of Corrections official on Feb. 19, 2003.
The indictment charges Sharon Blaylock Richmond was an active accomplice in a drug smuggling ring that included Christopher Richmond (her husband and former inmate at Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City, Tenn.) and a prison employee. The indictment was secured following an approximate two-year investigation.
According to a statement released by Don Dunaway, investigator … CONTINUED


District 7AAA tourney begins today

Posted on February 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Seth England, once again led the Warriors in scoring with 20 points in the 73-54 loss to Warren County in the regular season finale.
England and all the Warriors must step up big when they take on Blackman in the opening round of the District 7AAA tournament today at Blackman.
The Warriors play at 5 p.m. in the must-win contest.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


Roy G. Gamble

Posted on February 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Roy G. Gamble, 77, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 20, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Gamble was born July 16, 1925, in White County, to Haskell Gamble and Ella Ballew Gamble.
He had been a coal miner.
Gamble was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda Gamble of Sparta; two daughters sand sons-in-law, Donna Gamble Goguen and Henry Goguen of Sparta and Wanda Gamble Allen and Richard Allen of Nashville; grandchildren, Beth Allen and Jennifer Mayberry and husband Randy all of Sparta and Amy Travis of Clarksville; three great grandchildren, Jesse, Kaitlyn and Maycee; several nieces and nephews; … CONTINUED


Community spirit guides Floyd’s Hometown Foods into new millennium

Posted on February 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
Few retail businesses face the enduring challenge of providing a basic commodity that all citizens require. The grocery industry fits such a standard, and as a result the competition is fierce.
Logic suggests national chains might have an advantage in this market because of high-profile exposure and shear volume of numbers.
However, the folks at Floyd’s Hometown Foods operate on a policy of logic that larger competitors often fail to deliver on. When it comes to fundamental customer service, Jim Floyd, Debbie Floyd, and their staff of 32 employees have a special bond with their customers that larger stores can only envy.
“Without our customers, we … CONTINUED


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