Monthly Archives: March 2003

Anna Joy Brannon

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

Anna Joy Brannon, 72, of Sparta, passed away March 2, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Brannon was born Aug. 18, 1930, to Henry Jackson Guy and Minnie Ann Davis Guy.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Debra Taylor of Bone Cave; one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Howard Vance of Doyle; one grandson; six step grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one sister, Sue Wallace of Old Hickory; two brothers, Freddie Guy of Doyle and Billy Guy of Sparta; one sister-in-law, Earlene Guy of Doyle; a host of special nieces and nephews; and family and friends who called her … Read More


Johnny Ray Steele

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

Johnny Ray Steele, 51, of Sparta, passed away March 1, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Steele was born June 13, 1951, in Sparta, to Virgil and Mary Gaines Young Steele.
He had been a laborer.
Steele was preceded in death by his father; two sisters, Betty Williams and Oral Dean Steele; and one brother, James Steele.
Survivors include three daughters and one son-in-law, Jessica Steele and Heather Steele both of Sparta and Jennifer and Jeremiah Manus of Spencer; three grandchildren, Austin Simpson, Tyler Simpson and Amaria Martinez all of Sparta; mother, Mary Young Steele of Sparta; one sister and brother-in-law, Maxine and Coy Blaylock of Sparta; one … Read More


James M. Passons

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

James M. Passons, 88, of Sparta, passed away March 1, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Passons was born May 5, 1914, in White County, to James M. Passons and Ida Ora Haston Passons.
He was retired from Thomas Industries and had been a farmer.
Passons was preceded in death by his parents, James M. Passons and Ida Ora Haston Passons; his wife, Varina Mai Passons; and one son, Jim Passons.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Betty Passons and Bobby and Virginia Passons all of Sparta and David and JoAnn Passons of Lenoir City; one daughter-in-law, Joan Passons of Knoxville; nine grandchildren; and 10 … Read More


Business of the Week

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

Expositor Report
Family Defensive Arts is the home office for SI FANG TAO (THE WESTERN WAY) Martial arts style. The style is family-owned by Ireneo Rose & McKinzie Rose. They inherited the style from Master Jim Green upon his retirement. They hold the title of “SHIHAN” and teach traditional non-competitive Chinese self-defense. Both have been to Hong Kong & China to receive their Mandarin personal seal and the official Mandarin school seal. Manners & respect for one another is part of the citizenship curriculum taught here. They invite you to visit them Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 5 p.m. at the Rose Building, 146 W. Bockman Way (by … Read More


Warriorettes finish second in district tournament

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

Tammy Wilhite


Hickey appears in court Friday

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

Billy Jarvis
Robbery suspect Tim Hickey appeared before Judge Sam Benningfield during White County General Sessions Court Friday. Hickey faces multiple criminal charges, including armed robbery and aggravated assault, resulting from his alleged gunpoint robbery of Sparta Discount Drugs on Feb. 24, 2003.
Before the mid-morning break, Hickey appeared as Benningfield questioned the suspect relative to his financial status. Hickey indicated that he had no assets or cash and that his vehicle was totaled in the incident. Hickey responded upon further questioning that he was unable to make bond and that he had not been able to speak with his family or anyone else since his arrest in … Read More


White County Narcotics Unit

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

nets multiple weekend arrests
Billy Jarvis
The newly formed Narcotics Unit within the White County Sheriff’s Department had a busy weekend to close out February.
In addition to serving multiple warrants, the team of three officers arrested 16 suspects on Saturday evening alone on drug and alcohol related charges.
Multiple arrests continued throughout the weekend.
“This is a new unit Sheriff O’Connor formed to specifically address drug and alcohol related problems in White County,” said Narcotics Unit member deputy Charles Dennis. “There are three officers in our unit, and our primary focus as a team is to to aggressively investigate and arrest in matters regarding alcohol and drug … Read More


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