Monthly Archives: February 2003

Darlene White

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

Darlene White, 81, of Cookeville, passed away Feb. 15, 2003.
White was born July 6, 1921, in Jenkins, Ky., to James Calvin and Minnie Boggs Mullins.
She had been office manager at Arhor Packing Company.
White was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one son, Edward R. Gilley of Sparta; one daughter, Barbara Ritchie of Lawton, Okla.; four sisters, Mary June Gellins of Alexander, Va., Delcia Marie Moneypenny of Weston, Va., Joann Singer of Sarasota, Fla. and Phyllis Jean Mullins of Alvardo, Texas; three brothers, Otis Ray Mullins of Portsmouth, VA, Robert Lee Mullins of Silver Creek, Wash. and Douglas Mullins of Denton, Md.; nine grandchildren; … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


Jeanie Bell McKay

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

Jeanie Bell McKay, 95, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 14, 2003, at white County Community Hospital.
McKay was born June 6, 1907, in White County, to David Russell McKay and Ellen Ross McKay.
She had been a secretary at Sparta Spoke Factory.
McKay was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, John Baxter McKay, James Russell McKay, Pete McKay, Ben McKay and David McKay.
Survivors include seven nieces, Shirley Morgan of Kingsport, Jean Ann Howell and Helen Grissom both of Sparta, Elizabeth Cole of Virginia, Mable Cockray of Maryland, Jeri Lowaree of Chattanooga and Lois Smyre of Sevierville and five nephews, Paul McKay of Ohio, David … CONTINUED


Walter Keith Horton

Posted on February 17, 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 were held at 8 p.m. Feb. 12, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial at 1 p.m., Feb. 13, 2003,
in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. John Murphy officiated.


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.


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 … CONTINUED


Doris H. Caton

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

Doris H. Caton, 62, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 15, 2003.
Caton was born Feb. 27, 1940, in Fentress County, to John H. Wilson and Golda Lee key Wilson.
She had been a grocery merchant.
Caton was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Terry Holman of Sparta and two brothers, David Wilson of Sparta and Donald
Wilson of Sparta.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Feb. 18, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Old Bon Air Cemetery. John David Wilson will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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 … CONTINUED


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


Warriorettes clinch third seed for tournament

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

Tammy Wilhite
A pair of Oakland defenders get a bit of Ryan Qualls’ arm as he drives to the basket.
The Patriots defeated the Warriors 59-36.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


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, … CONTINUED


Andrew L. Jackson

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

Andrew L. Jackson, 73, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 8, 2003.
Jackson was born Sept. 15, 1929, in Putnam County, to Landon Garland Jackson and Vallie Ann Phy Jackson.
He had been a truck driver.
Jackson was preceded in death by his parents; one son Donnie Jackson; one grandson, Donald L. Jackson; and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Jackson of Sparta; one son, Andrew Jackson Jr. of Sparta; one daughter, Ann Carter of Walling; two sisters, Ora Harris and Bonnie Sliger both of Cookeville; two adopted brothers, Darrell Jackson and Ricky Jackson both of Cookeville; four grandchildren, Lannie Carter of McMinnville, Eddie Carter of Walling, April … CONTINUED


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