Monthly Archives: February 2003

Donovan Blake Randolph

Posted on February 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Donovan Blake Randolph, an infant, passed away Jan. 29, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Donovan Blake was born Jan. 29, 2003, at White County Community Hospital to Brandon and Amanda Randolph.
Survivors include his parents; one sister, Elexsis Lashae Rutland of Sparta; grandparents, Martha and James Hutson of Cookeville, Pam and David Thompson of Lebanon, Johnny Guy of Quebeck and Ronnie and Kitty Randolph of Sparta; great grandparents, Ova Bumbalough of Cookeville, Alene Lane of Dowelltown, Willa Dean Ashley and Junior Randolph both of Sparta and James and Shelby Hensley of Erwin; and aunts and uncles, Rodney and Karen Randolph, Anthony Hutson and Brandon Hutson all of … Read More


Samuel “Sam” Houston Fraser

Posted on February 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Samuel “Sam” Houston Fraser, 97, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 2, 2003, at NHC of Sparta.
Fraser was born March 5, 1908, in White County, to Newton Thomas Frasier and Mona Williams Fraser.
He served in the Armed Forces during Word War II in North Africa and Italy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lora Fraser and Myrtle Shelton; and two brothers, Clarence Fraser and Beecher Fraser.
Survivors include one niece, Doris Jean Moore of Knoxville; three nephews, Harry Fraser of Lenoir, Tom Fraser of Friant, Calif. and Jim Fraser of Grand Junction, Colo.; several great nieces and great nephews; and one sister-in-law, Celia … Read More


Perry Elmo Johnson.

Posted on February 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Perry Elmo Johnson, 89,passed away Jan. 29, 2003.
Johnson was born Nov. 24, 1913, in Overton County, to Went Johnson and Rebecca Tayes Johnson.
He had been a farmer and a factory worker.
Johnson was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Wilette Johnson.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Richard Graham of Sparta; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Barbara Johnson and Gene and Val Johnson; one sister, Ester Burchett of Ohio; three grandchildren, Randy Johnson, Ricky Johnson and Christy Judd; and four great grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Feb. 1, 2003, at Camp Heights Community Free Will Baptist Church with … Read More


Edward Warner Adcox Jr.

Posted on February 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Edward Warner Adcox Jr., 76, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 1, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Adcox was born May 5, 1926, in Sewanee, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Warner Adcox Sr.
He was a retired painter.
Adcox was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Frances McIntyre; and one step granddaughter, Tammy Marie Williams.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Foster Adcox of Sparta; one daughter, Sharon Marcell of California; one step daughter, Remona Louise Woody of Sparta; one step son, Edgar Conley of Sparta; three grandchildren, Steve, Nicky and Gina; four step grandchildren, Trina Michelle Wyatt, Elizabeth Ruth Carman, Thomas Dewayne Allen and Leon … Read More


Merna Lanier Phillips

Posted on February 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Merna Lanier Phillips, 72, of Franklin, passed away Jan. 31, 2003, at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.
Phillips was born Nov. 6, 1930, in Duplin County, N.C., to Amos Decatur Lanier and Hattie Batts Lanier.
She attended the Church of Christ and had been a teacher assistant.
Phillips was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, James Harold Phillips of Franklin; three daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Jerry Hurst of Apex, N.C., Cheryl and Joe Whaley of Durham, N.C. and Gwyn and Mark Loftis of Brentwood; one son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Lynne Phillips of Knoxville; sisters and brothers, Maxie J. Lanier, Della L. Harrell, Gene … Read More


Business of the Week

Posted on February 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Need extra cash? Cash Express can help. They offer a variety of services including: tax returns, return check cashing, and weekly/monthly title loans. First time customers borrow can $200.00 and payback only $203.00. When it comes to customer service, they are number one. Stop by or call and give them the opportunity to serve your needs. They are under new management. Chanda Hillis, manager; Cheryl Young, assistant manager. They are located at 291 North Spring Street (in front of Food Lion). 836-1211. They are open Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


A reminder basketball is still just a game

Posted on February 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriorettes end two game losing streak

Posted on February 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Commissioners tour jail; construction problems found

Posted on February 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“I can take you to a dozen jails and show you the same things are happening,” said Mark Rogers, architect, who designed the multi-million dollar White County Justice Center.
Rogers led the Thursday tour, which consisted of several White County commissioners and Hershell Wells, of Cambridge Construction, who serves as construction manager for White County. Herd Sullivan, White County executive, and The Expositor also joined the group as they critiqued the one-year-old facility.
Commissioners had heard complaints about cracks in tiles and concrete within the jail area. A recent inspection by the state, which pinpointed some of the deficiencies, and a Grand Jury inspection report … Read More


Fair takes first place at convention

Posted on February 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jarrod Conner
The White County Fair won first place for the best fair in the Class A division at the Tennessee Association of Fairs 81st Annual Convention, which was held recently at the Sheraton in downtown Nashville.
A page from a ledger was discovered by members of the fair board containing entries from Oct. 3-5, 1855.
The ledger page contained entry information from events held during the fair taking place on those dates.
This page was shown at the Tennessee Association of Fairs, and the White County Fair Board was presented with a certificate proclaiming the White County Fair a “Century Fair”.
A Century Fair is a fair … Read More


George Hubert Cass

Posted on February 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

George Hubert Cass, 58, of Doyle, passed away Jan. 29, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Cass was born July 4, 1944, in White County, to Finley Lewis and Addie Young Cass.
He had worked at the White County Convenience Centers.
Cass was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include two sisters and brothers-in-law, Bertha and Lester Yates of Doyle and Ellen and Bill Harris of Sparta; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Willard Cass of Doyle, Gerald and Eva Sue Cass of McMinnville and Hershel and Sharon Cass of Seattle, Wash.; two special friends, Jimmy Cannon of Doyle and Don Thompson of Sparta; and several nieces and … Read More


Tip from city workers leads to stolen vehicle recovery, arrest

Posted on February 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
A tip from workers with City of Sparta Street Department led to the eventual arrest of an out-of-state man on Jan. 29, 2003.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, street department employees working on the city-owned parking lot, located on East Bockman Way next to Citizens Bank, became suspicious when a vehicle began driving erratically near the work area on Jan. 27, 2003.
Workers took the license plate number and contacted Sparta Police after the car drove off.
A check in the computer database indicated the car had been reported stolen in Sequatchie County.
At 1:56 p.m. on Jan. 30, 2003, Sgt. Travis Barker, of … Read More


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