Monthly Archives: February 2003

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


Herbert Brown “H.B.” Thompson

Posted on February 6, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Herbert Brown “H.B.” Thompson, 91, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 3, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Thompson was born July 6, 1911, in DeKalb County, to William Cleveland and Ollie Thurman Thompson.
He had been a livestock dealer and farmer.
Thompson was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Cole Thompson and his parents.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Martha Thompson of Westland, Mich.; two daughters and one son-in-law, Jane Bohannon and Mary and Bobby Jack Jones all of Sparta; one brother, Hubert Thompson of Sparta; five sisters, Nettye Howard, Jesse Lowery, Pearl Spitzer and Jo Dickey all of Indiana and Alvesta Woodall … CONTINUED


Estel “Scotty” Ray Scott

Posted on February 6, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Estel “Scotty” Ray Scott, 82, passed away Feb. 3, 2003, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Scott was born Oct. 7, 2003, in White County, to Nathaniel Scott and Nancy Boudon Scott.
He attended Morrison First Baptist Church. He had served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict and retired from military service.
Scott was a member of V.F.W. Post 5064, Masonic Lodge, O.E.S., Senior Friends, life member of Army-Navy Lodge in Virginia and Red Cross volunteer.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife, Betty J. Hale Scott; former wife, Betty Louise Eaton Scott; one … CONTINUED


Local Century 21 affiliate plans open house at new location

Posted on February 6, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
Drive by the distinctive, scrolling marquis of Bockman Way’s Bank of White County and an individual might get a glimpse of the current temperature or maybe a brief reference to the time.
If the timing is just “Wright” , they will see the cordial welcome of Bank of White County’s new neighbor.
Century 21, The Wright Choice has relocated its office to Bank of White County’s new lower level office complex.
The new home for this veteran local real estate agency lists an official address of 6 Hampton Drive, Suite 100.
The recent installation of their new sign on the corner of Bockman Way and Hampton … CONTINUED


Bertie Gannon

Posted on February 6, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bertie Gannon, 100, passed away Feb. 3, 2003.
Gannon was born Jan. 7, 1903, in Melder, La., to Joseph Jackson Squires and Beulah Mae Powell Squires.
She attended First Baptist Church of Spencer and had been a telephone operator.
Gannon was preceded in death by two husbands, Howard B. Rhame and Paul Gannon.
Survivors include one daughter, Lela Mae Baker of Spencer; one son and daughter-in-law, Glenevar K. and Essie Rhame of Lake Charles, La.; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Feb. 6, 2003, at Love-Cantrell & Cope Spencer Chapel with burial in Town … CONTINUED


Culley took advantage of the talent given him

Posted on February 6, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Hop around the clock

Posted on February 6, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Suzanne Dickerson
Well, folks, get out the poodle skirt, white t-shirts and saddle oxfords because there is going to be ‘dancin’ in the streets’ of Sparta this April. With Four on the Floor making the music of the 50’s and 60’s come alive, the Sonic Cruise-in will be ‘jammin’ the streets’ around Liberty Square with dancing in addition to costume and music contests.
The brain-child of Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo, the Sonic Cruise-in is sponsored, free of charge, by The Expositor and Clear Channel Communications.
After receiving requests from friends to broaden the music theme at the downtown events, Pedigo listened. Even though Sparta is known for its … CONTINUED


Teen Tennessee headed for Texas

Posted on February 6, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Suzanne Dickerson
With poise much greater than her years, Alicia Selby spoke to the Sparta Rotary Club Wednesday morning. She explained to the group of business people how her life has changed since earning the title of Miss Tennessee Teen USA.
“I am spending this whole year preparing for this summer’s pageant,”
the White County High School student said. “I am being coached in many areas, and it takes a lot of time.”
Apparently the White County teenager entered the state pageant just under the deadline entry wire. “My mom called me and said I had 10 minutes to make up my mind, and I said yes,” Selby … CONTINUED


Relay For Life off to a running start

Posted on February 6, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
An old saying implies if you want something done, just ask a busy person. Even though most White Countians lead fast-paced lives, when the call came for volunteers for the upcoming Relay For Life, several individuals stepped to the forefront to help with the event.
The success of a productive organization is dependent upon the individuals who participate in the planning and activities. A talented and dedicated leader is a necessity, and the American Cancer Society found the ideal person for the job when they approached Elizabeth Earl McDonald.
McDonald, along with the first few volunteers, have held two informal meetings to discuss recruiting more … CONTINUED


Discover wedding customs and traditions

Posted on February 6, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
One of the most ancient social customs in the world, weddings are full of customs and traditions. From throwing rice to wearing a veil, have you ever wondered where they came from? Many of these traditions have stood the test of time and evolved from generation. Here’s a look at some of the most familiar wedding favorites and a few lesser-known customs:
In England, it was traditional to bake a ring into the wedding cake as a symbol of bliss and happiness. It was said that the guest whose piece of cake contained the ring could look forward to a year of uninterrupted happiness.
The custom … CONTINUED


WCHS takes one of two games at Lebanon

Posted on February 6, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
B.A. Young looks out from between a Lebanon trap to make a pass to a teammate.
The Warriors got off to a slow start and were defeated 62-47 by the Blue Devils to fall to 7-15 overall.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


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 … CONTINUED


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