Monthly Archives: March 2003

Narcotics Unit explains teamwork policy

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

Billy Jarvis
The White County Sheriff’s Department encountered an active weekend to usher in the month of March. Deputies recorded 16 arrests, which included a total of 28 criminal charges. As the newly formed White County Narcotics Unit explained the department is operating under a principle of teamwork for maximum effectiveness.
“Sheriff O’Connor established the narcotics unit to specifically address alcohol and drug-related activity in White County,” said narcotics unit member Dale Bumbalough. “Even though we are a specialized unit, we rely on all the officers in the department for support. Without a teamwork effort, we can’t be effective.”
Of the 19 arrests recorded on Feb. 28 and … CONTINUED


Aim For Success in White County

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Statistical information about sexual activity among the nation’s youth has provided some alarming figures. However, White County has joined the ranks of numerous other school systems by incorporating a specially formatted abstinence program as part of their curriculum.
According to Teresa Phillips, school nurse, abstinence programs have been taught in the seventh and eighth grades at White County Middle School. These students must receive permission from their parents before they can participate in the program. However, students at White County High School (WCHS) have been learning about abstinence through the assigned curriculum in the Wellness Class, which is a required subject.
Recently, WCHS administrators were … CONTINUED


March is American Red Cross Month

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

Billy Jarvis
While presidential proclamations carry prestige, they often fail to achieve the selective attention within society that daily headline stories tend to generate. As the world anxiously watches the preamble to war unfolding in the Middle East, one presidential proclamation is being shared with a sense of urgency.
“President Bush has proclaimed March as American Red Cross Month,” said Doris Gamble, White County Red Cross chapter representative. “While it has been traditional for presidents to honor the Red Cross through issuing a proclamation, this year is particularly urgent due to the pending war with Iraq.”
In anticipation of war with Iraq, the American Red Cross has adopted … CONTINUED


Physically fit and spiritually sound

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

Billy Jarvis
Teachers and administrators generally agree that the social pressures and challenges facing today’s secondary school students are perhaps as demanding as any former generation has encountered.
High divorce rates, increasing poverty numbers, and the proliferation of lethal drugs are just samples of issues that impact teenagers outside the classroom.
Though public schools often struggle with inadequate budgets and parental apathy in providing students with the resources required to
battle the harsh challenges of society, teachers and administrators will also agree that one enduring program has made a positive difference in the lives of students for more than 50 years.
“The Fellowship of Christian Athletes was formed … CONTINUED


Herbert Greene

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

Herbert Greene, 84, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 20, 2003, at Baptist DeKalb Hospital in Smithville.
Green was born April 8, 1918, in Hueysville, Ky., to William Greene Sr. and Arta Patton Greene.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retired security officer and antique dealer.
Greene was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Humbert Greene, Denver Greene and Carl Greene.
Survivors include his wife, Maglee Bailey Greene of Sparta; one son and daughter and son-in-law, Michael and Connie Greene of Sparta; one daughter, Benita Wilkerson of Sparta; nine brothers and sisters, Bessie Cavender and James Green both of … CONTINUED


Pete “Gig” Smith

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

Pete “Gig” Smith, 83, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 26, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Smith was born May 17, 1919, in White County, to Robert Smith and Floe Reeves Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one sister, Marie Blaylock of Sparta.
Services were at 10 a.m., Feb. 28, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Eastland. Father Fred Schmit officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Verble “Gene” Eller

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

Verble “Gene” Eller, 62, of Sparta, passed away March 1, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Eller was born Jan. 15, 1941, in White County, to Arthur Eller and Edna Ura Selby Eller.
He was a member of Plainview Church of Christ. Eller had worked at Thomas Industries as production manager, which led to a national sales and marketing director position. He retired after 30 years of service. Eller also served as the first director of White County’s 911 Emergency Communications.
Eller was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Louise Eller; and one nephew, John David Eller.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Howard Eller of Sparta; … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


Warriorettes finish second in district tournament

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

Tammy Wilhite


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 … CONTINUED


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