Monthly Archives: March 2003

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 … CONTINUED


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, … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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; … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


Baseball comes from behind to defeat Grundy Co.

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

Tammy Wilhite


Music in our Schools Month

Posted on March 13, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

World of music opens doors
to unlimited opportunities
Kim Swindell Wood
“In my opinion, the way music helps in other subjects in itself is a subject worthy of study,” said Sean Powell, White County High School (WCHS) band director.
This year marks the 30th anniversary celebration of Music in our Schools Month, and Powell is excited about the special concerts this month, which will feature both the WCHS band and choir. The Coffeehouse Concert performance on Tuesday was a huge success, and another concert is planned for 7 p.m., March 27, 2003, at the WCHS Multipurpose Room.
Powell, who has been teaching band at WCHS and White County … CONTINUED


Resolution supports possible

Posted on March 13, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

dismissal of E-911 attorney
Kim Swindell Wood
“Everywhere I go I hear people say they want the 9-1-1 issue resolved,” said Jerry Denton, White County commissioner. “We don’t have the authority to change things, but this lets them [the E-911 board] know we’ll support them.”
Denton presented two separate resolutions to members of Steering Committee B Monday that would signify the county commission’s support should the E-911 Board of Directors choose to dismiss Mike Mahn, E-911 attorney, and Harry Cole, director. “If we’ve got a county attorney, it’s pretty ridiculous to have an E-911 attorney,” said David Copeland.
Commissioner Jerry Lowery was recently appointed to the E-911 board … CONTINUED


Girl Scouts builds a

Posted on March 13, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

bridge to leadership
Kim Swindell Wood
Girl Scouts nationwide are celebrating Girl Scout Week with interesting and challenging activities planned to educate the members of this 91-year-old organization.
The Girl Scout tradition began on March 12, 1912, when Founder Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls together in Savannah, Ga., for the first-ever Girl Scout meeting. Today, the organization offers girls of all races, ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds the opportunity to thrive by building real-life skills they will need as adults.
Girls Scouts is committed to helping today’s girls become tomorrow’s leaders. It provides girls with a wide variety of opportunities and increase skill building and responsibility. All programs … CONTINUED


Rogowski’s arm carries

Posted on March 13, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Warriors to win in opener
Tammy Wilhite
Scotty Rogowski showed his form in the first outing of the season for the Warriors.
He pitched the entire game leading the Warriors to a 4-1 win over Coffee County.
He struck out 14 batters while only giving up one hit and walking only one.


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