Monthly Archives: February 2003

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

Clarence Henry “Big Boy” Writtenberry

Posted on February 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Clarence Henry “Big Boy” Writtenberry, 67, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 17, 2003.
Writtenberry was born Oct. 7, 1935, in White County, to Dolph and Rosie Williams Writtenberry.
He had been owner and operator of Writtenberry Roofing Company and Writtenberry Sanitation Company.
Survivors include his children, Clarence Writtenberry Jr. of Kissimmee, Fla., Kathy Moore and Pamela Farris both of Cookeville and Margie Jimnez of Washington; one brother, Jimmy Writtenberry of Sparta; two sisters, Betty Neely of Sparta and Joyce Myers of Iowa; nine grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Feb. 20, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Old Blue Springs Cemetery. … CONTINUED

Wilsie Mae Davis Dodson

Posted on February 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Wilsie Mae Davis Dodson, 80, of Doyle, passed away Feb. 18, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Dodson was born June 12, 1922, in White County, to Tillman Davis and Martha Helen Dodson Davis.
She had been employed at Sparta Shirt Factory and Doyle Shirt Factory as in the pressing and trimming departments.
Dodson was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe Clinton Dodson.
Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Sarah Dodson and Gary and Pat Dodson all of Sparta and Kenneth and Frances Dodson and Jackie Ray and Rhonica Dodson all of Doyle; one sister, Rae Kirby Lollar of Cookeville; one sister-in-law, Ruth Mayfield of … CONTINUED

Johnnie Lee Baker

Posted on February 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Johnnie Lee Baker, 69, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 17, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Baker was born Aug. 3, 1933, in White County, to Beecher and Lizzie Green Baker.
He was retired from the White County Highway Department.
Baker was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Tommy Lee Baker; and one brother, Dan Baker.
Survivors include his wife, Willie Bell Fletcher Baker of Sparta; two daughters, Brenda Green and Linda “Susie” Harris both of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, Bobby L. and Mary E. Baker of Sparta; two sisters, Mary Effie Delk of Crossville and Nannie Lou Gentry of Sparta; three grandchildren, Michael Shane … CONTINUED

Ray Thomas Howell

Posted on February 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ray Thomas Howell, 85, of Morristown, passed away Feb. 16, 2003, at Morristown Hamblen County Hospital.
Howell was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Howell was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Third Armored Division during the Battle of the Bulge. He was an active member of the VFW and former commander of the DAV in Morristown.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Myers Howell.
Survivors include one daughter, Catherine Bailey of Wheatland, Wyo.; one son, John Howell of Bailey, Colo.; three grandchildren; four sisters, Jessie Howell of Athens, Nellie Howell of Chicago, Wilma Howell and Laverne Fuqua both of Nashville; … CONTINUED

Katherine Allen Cubberley

Posted on February 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Katherine Allen Cubberley, 75, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 11, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Cubberley was born Nov. 9, 1927, to Albert and Tressie Allen.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church.
Cubberley was preceded in death by her husband, David Cubberley; one son, Lanual Wayne Nunley; her parents; one sister, Eva Tate; and two brothers, Garmont Allen and Al Allen.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Bernice Nunley of Sparta; one sister, Ruth Turner of Dunlap; one brother, Dean Allen of Sparta; two grandchildren; five step grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and eight step grandchildren.
Services were at 10 a.m., Feb. 14, … CONTINUED

Trip to Crossville results in another split for WCHS varsity teams

Posted on February 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Seth England gets fouled just a bit as he tries to take the ball to the basket during Tuesday’s game.
He converted this foul into two points from the free throw line.

Roundin’ up criminals and cattle

Posted on February 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
Included among the details of the agenda during a recent Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting was the approval of a new officer for the City of Sparta Police Department. While such an appointment might ordinarily be just another matter in the general course of business, Jeniece England isn’t your ordinary officer.
“There are often circumstances in which a female officer proves beneficial,” said Sparta Chief of Police Jeff Guth, in his address to the board. “I am recommending Jeniece England not for this reason alone, but because I am very confident she will be a positive addition to the department.”
The board unanimously approved … CONTINUED

Seven will be the lucky number for the 2003 Citizen of the Year

Posted on February 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Another year has quickly passed and The Expositor is excitedly preparing for the 7th Annual Expositor Awards Ceremony, which will begin at 6 p.m., Feb. 25, 2003, at the White County High School Multipurpose Room. Numerous individuals will be recognized for their contributions to the community, including Unsung Heroes and Golden Apple Teacher, along with the Photography Contest winners. However, the most anticipated honor will be the 2003 Citizen of the Year.
Seven years ago, Expositor publisher, Suzanne Dickerson, was inspired with an idea to honor White Countians who had exemplified themselves through community service and acts of kindness. The annual event began with a … CONTINUED

Local deputy recognizes career rewards, challenges

Posted on February 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
The career challenges encountered in law enforcement often range from mundane to life threatening.
Professionals agree that only a select few within society possess the enduring qualities required to answer the daily demands of wearing a uniform.
For deputy Lewis Carrick, three-year veteran of the White County Sheriff’s Department, the career satisfaction of law enforcement motivates him to answer the challenge.
“I get a great sense of accomplishment from being a part of the law enforcement team here,” said Carrick. “We all support one another, and it is comforting to know that we can always rely on each other when needed.”
A 1988 graduate of White … CONTINUED

Icy overpass leads to single vehicle accident

Posted on February 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
A combination of rain-slick roads and freezing temperatures led to a single-vehicle accident on the morning of Feb. 17, 2003.
Law enforcement officials from the White County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were called to the scene of an overturned van on Highway 111 South near the Hampton’s Crossroad exit at approximately 8:20 a.m.
Gary Welch, 49, an employee of Carwile Mechanical Contractors of Cookeville, was traveling south on Highway 111 in route to a service call when he encountered a slick overpass just south of the Hampton’s Crossroads exit.
According to a statement by Welch, he lost control of the company vehicle as … CONTINUED

Freshman Warriorettes are district champs again

Posted on February 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Molly McFadden was just too tough inside for Riverdale to handle in the championship game.
McFadden led the way for the Warriorettes with 17 points, eight of which came in the first quarter.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite

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