Monthly Archives: February 2003

Joene G. Bouldin

Posted on February 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joene G. Bouldin, 82, of Van Buren County, passed Feb. 15, 2003.
Bouldin was born Jan. 28, 1921, in White County, to Joseph Edgar Guy and Mary Elizabeth Lawson Guy.
She attended a Church of God and was a retired nurse’s assistant with the Van Buren County Health Department.
Bouldin was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Bouldin and two brothers, Edgar Lee Guy and J.D. Guy.
Survivors include two daughters, Imogene Delong of Spencer and Margie Simmons of Germantown; three grandchildren, Earl Delong and Johnny Delong both of Spencer and Alecia Simmons of Germantown; three great grandchildren, Nick Delong, Cole Delong and Drew Delong all … Read More


Business of the Week

Posted on February 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
They warm your home, cook your food, heat your water and dry your clothes! They provide outdoor lighting and cozy fireplaces. They are your neighbors, your friends and your supplier of America’s efficient, affordable natural gas. Stop by their location at 606 West Bockman Way or call 836-2825.


Freshman Warriorettes advance to title game

Posted on February 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Zachary Buckner has proven hard for opponents to keep up with due to his speed.
Above, he dribbles past a Lebanon defender in the freshman Warriors’ first round win in the district tournament.
The Warriors bowed out in the semifinals with a 63-52 loss to Oakland Saturday.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


Mahn responds to E-911 secret ballot

Posted on February 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Suzanne Dickerson
At the last meeting of the E-911 Board of Directors, members voted on a new chairperson by secret ballot. Since it is against the law for any public board to vote by secret ballot, E-911 attorney Mike Mahn, of Chattanooga, was contacted to see why he allowed the board to take an illegal action.
When asked if he agreed with The Expositor that the secret ballot taken at the E-911 meeting last Tuesday evening was an illegal vote, Mahn said, “I agree. It (the vote) was not a matter of substance. Had if been a matter of substance, and I’m not saying that voting for the … Read More


Flooding causes many road closures over entire county

Posted on February 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The heavy downpour of rain has fallen with a vengeance over the last several days. Numerous reports of flooding have been reported in the county, as well as in the city.
According to Jerry Cole, White County emergency management director, nine roads had been closed by Sunday afternoon because of rising water. Several other roads were down to one lane of travel. Highway 84, which is typically the first place to flood, was blocked off before the curve at the old water plant site. “The ground was so saturated from the snow we’ve had, the water didn’t have any place to go,” said Cole. “Other … Read More


Golden Apple Teacher Award will be presented February 25

Posted on February 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The excitement is mounting and hundreds of individuals are making plans to attend the 7th Annual Expositor Awards Ceremony, which will include prestigious Citizen of the Year, Unsung Heroes and Photography Contest, as well as the Golden Apple Teacher Award. The event honoring several White County men and women, who have unselfishly contributed to the betterment of his or her community, will begin at 6 p.m., Feb. 25, 2003, at the White County High School Multipurpose.
Each portion of the program has special significance, with the Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes remaining a secret until the night of the event. However, last year, … Read More


Bessie Hickey

Posted on February 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bessie Hickey, 86, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 11, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Hickey was a member of Calvary Free Will Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude E. Hickey.
Survivors include two daughters, Agnes Sims of Chattanooga and Barbara Roberson of Pikeville; two sons, Kenneth Hickey of Gettysburg, Pa. and James V. “Bud” Hickey of Sparta; nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; one sister, Pearl Phy of Cookeville/ one brother, Cecil Tollison of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 1 p.m., CST, at Calvary Free Will Baptist Church with burial in Blankenship Cemetery. Rev. Delbert Rains and … Read More


An unforgettable love story

Posted on February 13, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The world has heard hundreds of love songs, written by the greatest composers in history, and almost every couple remembers the music that was playing the moment they fell in love.
However, for Wenonah Greene Copeland, Nat King Cole best described her love affair with her husband when Cole sang his signature song called “Unforgettable.”
The years have not diminished the light in Wenonah’s eyes when she talks about Lonnie Lee Copeland, the handsome blue-eyed man she married 50 years ago.
“He was the most handsome man I had ever seen,” she said, with a little mischievous grin. “His hair was almost black, and he … Read More


E-911 voting in question; secret ballots deemed illegal

Posted on February 13, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The E-911 Board of Directors conducted a secret ballot on Tuesday night during the election of a board chairman, in action designated as illegal in the Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA).
[TCA 8-44-104 (b): All votes of any such governmental body shall be by public vote or public ballot or public roll call. No secret votes, or secret ballots, or secret roll calls shall be allowed. As used in this chapter, “public vote” means a vote in which the “aye” faction vocally expresses its will in unison and in which the “nay” faction, subsequently, vocally expresses its will in unison.
TCA 8-44-102 (b) (1): “Governing body” … Read More


E-911 director addresses county commissioners

Posted on February 13, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Questions and answers were the top priority on the agenda for a joint meeting of Steering Committees A and B, as White County Commissioners met with the E-911 Board of Directors and the director, Harry Cole.
Gary Witt, E-911 board chairman, asked to make an opening statement before the question and answer portion of the meeting. Wallace Austin, commission chairman, said he would give him time for public comment at the end of the agenda. Witt told Austin by law he was the legal representative for E-911 and asked again to make his statement. Austin once again told Witt the agenda would be followed, and … Read More


2003 Farmers of the Year announced

Posted on February 13, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ed and Eddie Ray Cole of the Coles Chapel Community were selected as the White County Soil Conservation District Farmers of the Year for 2002. The Coles are widely respected for their exemplary farming operation, SCD officials stated. Their 750-acre operation includes 275 acres of corn silage; 200 acres of wheat double cropped for hay or silage, 170 acres of pastureland and 200 acres of hayland. All crops are grown using the minimum-tillage method (30 percent of the soil surface covered with the prior crop residue after the new crop has been planted). Ray Cole, Clifton Dunn, Vernice Howell Billy Turner and Erbie Howell have helped the Coles … Read More


Ward Lewis Lyon

Posted on February 13, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ward Lewis Lyon, 82, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 10, 2003.
Lyon had been employed by General Electric.
He was of the Catholic faith.
Lyon was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis Cooper and Josephine Geihecker Lyon.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol Lyon of Nashville and Jean Lyon of California; four sons, Richard Lyon of Sparta, Dean Lyon of Washington, John Lyon of California and David Lyon of Florida; and one sister, Bernadette Hoyte of Missouri.
Services will be held at 3 p.m., Feb. 17, 2003, at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with burial in Farview Cemetery in Waterloo, Iowa.


Ruth Parrish

Posted on February 13, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ruth Parrish, 83, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 11, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Parrish was born Dec. 22, 1919, in
White County.
She had been a homemaker.
Parrish was preceded in death by her husband, James Elbert Parrish and two sons, Bobby Dean Parrish and James Elbert Parrish Jr.
Survivors include three daughters, Nancy Smith of Atlanta, Ga., Diane Allen of Ringgold, Ga. and Dreama Moceri of Sparta; one son, Gus Parrish of Sparta; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Feb. 13, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Davis Cemetery. Rev. Billy Hawkins will officiate.
Hunter Funeral


Walter Keith Horton

Posted on February 13, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Walter Keith Horton, 65, of Quebeck, passed away Feb. 10, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Horton was born May 29, 1937, in White County, to John A. Horton and Mildred Sims Horton.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Mott Horton of Sparta; one son, Danny Horton of Quebeck; one daughter, Jennifer Adcock of Quebeck; and four grandchildren, Hannah Horton, Hallee Horton, Jessica Ray and Sarah Ray all of Sparta.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Feb. 13, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. John Murphy will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is


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