Monthly Archives: February 2003

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


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


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


Blood drive helps during recent crisis

Posted on February 10, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
Commuters from all across the Southeast tune their radios each weekday morning to the popular Rick and Bubba Show.
On Friday, Feb. 7, Sparta radio affiliate WSMT, along with The American Red Cross, played local sponsors to one of the show’s most publicized events.
“The Rick and Bubba show is having a blood drive in all 26 markets that they broadcast in,” said WSMT radio personality John Powell. “There are only two markets for the show in the Middle Tennessee District.
Nashville and Sparta are serving as Middle Tennessee hosts for this event.
We are grateful to the Sparta First United Methodist church for providing the … Read More


Rosemary Elizabeth Duncan

Posted on February 10, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rosemary Elizabeth Duncan, infant, passed away Feb. 6, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Rosemary Elizabeth was born Feb. 6, 2003, to Jason Duncan and Kasandra Hickam.
Survivors include her mother, Kasandra Hickam of Cookeville; father, Jason Duncan of Cookeville; one brother, Shawn Duncan of Cookeville grandparents, Elizabeth Perkins of Doyle, Janie Hickam of Murphysboro, Ill. and Norman Hickam of Altopass, Ill; great grandparents, Lattie Graham of Doyle, Bill and Dottie Dallas of Anna, Ill and James and Joann Hickam of Altopass, Ill.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Buddy Gillette

Posted on February 10, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Buddy Gillete, 67, of Pinellas Park, Fla., formerly of White County, passed away recently in Florida.
Gillette was the son of Ray and Jewell Gillette
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one son, Lee Gillette of Florida; two sisters, Betty West and Diane Gillette both of Florida; one aunt, Mary Bell Bumbalough of Sparta; and two cousins, Edwina Hutson and Mildred Eller both of Sparta.
Services were held in Florida.
This information is courtesy of Thurman Funeral Home.


John Richard Johnson

Posted on February 10, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John Richard Johnson, 88, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 6, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Johnson was born Aug. 5, 1914, in White County, to William Johnson and Della Mae Brown Johnson.
He had served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been a farmer.
Johnson was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one son, Jackie Johnson of Sparta; one granddaughter, Janet Pastorick of North Carolina; one great grandchild, Journey Pastorick of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Feb. 8, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Lost Creek Cemetery. Bro. … Read More


Ronald Lee Hawk

Posted on February 10, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ronald Lee Hawk, 67, of Doyle, passed away Feb. 7, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Hawk was born March 30, 1935, in Michigan, to Ulysses G. Hawk and Lillian Mackie Hawk.
He had been a mechanic.
Hawk was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Hawk of Doyle; son and daughter-in-law, Ernest and Diana Hawk of Marriottsville, Md.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Dennis and Shirley Hawk of New Baltimore, Mich., Kenneth and Connie Hawk of Lapeer, Mich. and William and Sharon Hawk of Imlay Township, Mich.; one sister and brother-in-law, Ray and Beverly Salyers of Troy, Mich.; one sister, Betty Williams of … Read More


Rita Diane Weaver Rippy

Posted on February 10, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rita Diane Weaver Rippy, 59, of Nashville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Feb. 6, 2003, at Summit Medical Center.
Rippy was born Dec. 7, 1943, in Sparta, to Milus Avery and Willa Ruth Vinson Weaver.
She had been a homemaker.
Rippy was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Diane Rippy of Hendersonville; one grandson, Robin James of Hendersonville; two brothers, James Weaver of St. Cloud, Minn. and Ronald Weaver of Nashville; one sister, Nelda Triebert of LaVergne; four nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins all of Sparta.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Feb. 9, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial … Read More


Odessa Cannon Mayes

Posted on February 10, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Odessa Cannon Mayes, 77, of Bowling Green, Ky., passed away Feb. 5, 2003.
Mayes was born in Butler County, Ky., to Jessie Cannon and Nellie Sharer Cannon.
She was of the Baptist denomination. Mayes had worked as a nurse for Dr. Henry Harris and Dr. Roger Goodwin.
Mayes was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Odean Mayes.
Survivors include one son, Wayne Mayes of LaVernge; four daughters, Virginia Duff of Morgantown, Treva Craft and Patricia Doyle both of Bowling Green and Joyce Harden of Sparta; 12 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Feb. 7, 2003, at Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home with … Read More


City approves jail purchase

Posted on February 10, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
The City of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the purchase of the former White County Jail building during their Feb. 6, 2003, meeting at Sparta City Hall.
As the topic was introduced on the agenda, Mayor Tommy Pedigo opened the discussion by stating the building could be purchased for $42,000.
He also indicated prior environmental concerns regarding an underground storage tank on the property had been investigated and the results were satisfactory.
Vice-Mayor Hoyt Jones asked what plans the city might have for the building.
In response, Pedigo said the building has good long-term potential for the expansion of City office space in addition … Read More


Linda Chaffin Whaley

Posted on February 10, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Linda Chaffin Whaley, 56, of McMinnville, passed away Feb. 5, 2003.
Whaley was born June 26, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio.
She had been a medical transcriptionist with River Park Hospital.
Survivors include her husband, Pink Whaley of McMinnville; one daughter, Amy Whaley of McMinnville; one son, Paul Whaley of McMinnville; mother, Geraldine Chaffin of McMinnville; one brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Edna Chaffin of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Feb. 7, 2003, at McMinnville Funeral Home with burial in Mt. View Cemetery. Bro. Billy Robinson officiated.
McMinnville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


WCMS Warriors are James C. Haile State Champs

Posted on February 10, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
The White County Middle School Warriorette basketball team took home the runner-up trophy from the James C. Haile State tournament in Murfreesboro.
The Warriorettes were defeated by Ocoee Middle School after beating them twice earlier this season.
Meghan Herren, Joni Simpson and Jerrica Daniels were named to the All Tournament team.
The Warriors and Warriorettes will begin play in the TNT State Tournament in Springfield this weekend.
Photo by
Billy Jarvis


David Eugene Brown

Posted on February 10, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

David Eugene Brown, 62, of Hohenwald, passed away Feb. 7, 2003, at Lewis Ambulatory Care Center in Hohenwald.
Brown was born July 28, 1940, in Sparta, to James H. and Edith Brown of Sparta.
He had been a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and had been employed at Textron.
Brown was preceded in death by his first wife, Treva Lois Brown.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Marie Brown of Hohenwald; parents, James H. and Edith Brown of Sparta; three sons, David Michael Brown of Hohenwald, Terry Lee Brown of Bethesda and Dwayne Brown of Aetna; one daughter, Jennifer Brown of Hohenwald; two step sons, Charles D. Moore … Read More


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