Monthly Archives: March 2003

James Howard Brown

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Howard Brown, 85, of Sparta, passed away March 14, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Brown was born June 12, 1917, in Princeton, Ky., to James Edward and Sara Ann Anderson Brown.
He was a retired service station owner and ambulance driver.
Brown was preceded in death by his wife, Elise Bradley Brown and three brothers, Harless, Henry and Roy Brown.
Survivors include three sisters, Edna Alexander of Rensselaer, Ind. and Nita Perry and Mary Conley both of Sparta and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 1:30 p.m., March 17, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Doug Downs officiated.
Hunter Funeral


Heading down the highway with safety through AARP Driver Safety Program

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Driving is the easiest and simplest way to get from one location to another, and for senior citizen, it may be the last resort for holding on to their independence. Although the natural aging process can play tricks on eyesight and reactionary time, individuals age 50 and over have found a way to hone their driving skills and stay alert behind the wheel. The answer is AARP Driver Safety Program.
AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom driver refresher course specially designed for motorists age 50 and older. The eight-hour course is taught in two, four-hour days, and the cost is … Read More


Guarding our nation

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jarrod Conner
Over 4,000 soldiers in the Tennessee Air and Army National Guard have been mobilized since the presidential declaration of Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle on Sept. 14, 2001.
Units and individuals from across Tennessee have also recently been deployed to Kuwait to participate in the disarmament of Iraq.
The question on many White Countians minds is: “Have the Sparta or Cookeville National Guard units received any deployment orders?”
“The Sparta or Cookeville units have not received any alert notification or orders to mobilize,” said Captain James Reed.
“However, the units are conducting sensible planning and making preparations in the event we are called to duty.”… Read More


United in spirit and patriotism

Posted on March 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeannie Hawkins
Do you know this young man? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. He is, Lance Corporal Randall “Tony” Anthony Hawkins. He is a White Countian and like many others, is ready and willing to fight for our country. Whether it be a father, a brother, a son or an uncle, these men have given up their freedom, so we can have ours. They’ve given up the luxuries of home, family and friends to protect and serve each and every one of us, and yes, even the anti-war protesters.
How quickly you have forgotten the tragedy of 9-11 and the threats of even worse to come. Or … Read More


Baseball comes from behind to defeat Grundy Co.

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

Tammy Wilhite


Warriorette softball splits a pair of games

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

Tammy Wilhite


Business of the Week

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

Expositor Report
We have a variety of fresh flowers for birthdays, anniversaries, or any of your family’s funeral needs.
The Rose Petal does in home decorating for when you are not so sure what style and colors you need in your home.
For weddings we will come to your place of matrimony to help you coordinate your wedding to make it as beautiful and special as the moment.
When your decoration comes each year remember that The Rose Petal will personalize your decoration flowers for the price and quality that you want. Owners Jimmy & Martha Presley, 386 West Bockman Way or call us at 836-8465.


Mary Hewes Jones

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

Mary Hewes Jones, 70, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Chautauqua County, New York, passed away March 10, 2003 at Alive Hospice Residence in Nashville.
Jones will be remembered as a woman who followed her heart.
She loved her family, the Lord, music and literature.
She was preceded in death by her parents,Sidney T. and Rhea O. Hewes and her sons, Chuck and Sid Draper.
Survivors include her husband, Ken Jones of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Tucker Hewes of Naples, Fla.; daughters, Kate Snow of Ashville, N.Y. and Pat Draper-Helms of Vero Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Jennifer Blanchard of Stockton, N.Y., Michael Campana of Ashville, N.Y., and Brian and Meredith … Read More


Vernal A. Lafever

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

Vernal A. Lafever, 89, of Sparta, passed away March 13, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Lafever was born May 12, 1913, in Putnam County, to William Asher and Parilee Randolph Lafever.
He had been a dairy farmer, coach, teacher and worked in the building supply story business.
Lafever was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Ethel Luke Lafever; one daughter, Betty Ruth Judd; three sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include three daughters, Jonelda Cawthon, Susan Lafever and Cindy Johnson all of Sparta; two sons, John Lafever of Rock Island and David Lafever of Sparta; 10 grandchildren, Benjamin and Jonathan Judd, Marshall, Jon Anne, … Read More


Virginia “Jenny” Humphrey

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

Virginia “Jenny” Humphrey, 61, of Walling, passed away March 6, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Humphrey was born March 9, 1941, in White County, to Effie “Matt” Dillon Simmons and Josephine Black Simmons.
She retired from Red Kap Industries after working more than 30 years as a seamstress.
Humphrey was preceded in death by her father and one niece, Monica Johnson.
Survivors include husband, Joe Lee Humphrey of Walling; two daughters and one son-in-law, Legina Humphrey of Walling and Lisa and Greg Allison of Sparta; her mother, Josephine Black Simmons; and three sisters and one brother-in-law, Elise White, Wilma and Gary Copeland and Rena Floyd all … Read More


Jessie Haston

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

Jessie Haston, 95, of Sparta, passed away March 12, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Haston was born Sept. 14, 1907, in White County, to Thomas A. White and Louise Shannon White.
She was a member of Central Church of Christ for 80 years. She had worked at East Sparta City School and Baker Elementary.
Haston was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. Haston; parents; one sister, Mary Lou White; and one brother, Seth White.
Survivors include Jerry Haston of McMinnville and Richard Thomas Haston of Starkville, Miss.; two daughters, Joanna H. Jones of Tullahoma and Nancy H. Meyers of Chattanooga; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; … Read More


Countdown continues to Women’s Show

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

Kim Swindell Wood
“I can’t believe it’s almost here,” said Christy Hampton, promotions director for The Expositor. “I have waited for this day all year, and now everything is really coming together.”
Hampton’s enthusiasm is definitely contagious when she talks about The Expositor’s 3rd Annual Women’s Show. The event, which has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception, will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., April 12, 2003, at the Agricultural Complex.
The Expositor is still receiving numerous calls every day about booth space and demands have necessitated extending the vendors to the covered area on the outside of the building. According to Hampton, businesses were excited to … Read More


Six city merchants cited for underage beer sales

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

Billy Jarvis
A citywide check by the Sparta Police Department and an agent with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission resulted in six citations for underage beer sales on the night of March 13.
“Detective Allen Selby and an agent from the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission were checking to make sure that all the city merchants were complying with city ordinance 8-220 regarding the unlawful sale of beer to persons under the age of 21,” said Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth.
“This ordinance is also required for compliance with Tennessee State law. This type of check is done on a fairly regular basis. The last one was also done … Read More


Structure fire nets meth lab

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Cassville firefighters found more than a structure fire at a residence on Luna Road Friday.
According to Jerry Cole Sr., emergency management director, Marlin E. McDonald was attempting to fill the fuel tank on a portable generator, which was being used to provide electric power to the residence.
McDonald allegedly used a lighter to check the fuel level and ignited gas fumes, which caused mobile home structure to catch fire.
After Cassville firefighters extinguished the blazed, they entered the residence to ensure the fire was completely out. Firefighters observed ingredients on the sofa that were consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
White County Sheriff’s Department … Read More


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