Monthly Archives: April 2003

William Hershel “Jack” Wright

Posted on April 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

William Hershel “Jack” Wright, 94, of Walling, passed away April 25, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta,
Wright was born Oct. 10, 1908, in White County, to Franklin Marion and Mary Cotton Wright.
He had been a faithful member of Spring Hill The Baptist Church since 1931. Wright had also been
a farmer.
Wright was preceded in death by his parent; three brothers, Oscar, Everett and Bob; and three sisters, Clear, Ollie Mae and Lora.
Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Elsie Johnson Wright of Walling; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Marion and Marie Wright and Wayne and Nelda Wright all of Cookeville and Casey Wright … CONTINUED


Robert Lee “Buck” Tindle

Posted on April 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Lee “Buck” Tindle, 64, of Sparta, passed away April 24, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Tindle was born Sept. 7, 1938, in White County, to Sam Tindle and Josie Deaton Tindle.
He had been a mechanic and had worked at LTD.
Tindle was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Junior Tindle and James Tindle.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Tindle of Sparta; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Joe and Christy Tindle and Tim Tindle all of Sparta and Rick Tindle of Doyle; one step son, Jason Tramel of McMinnville; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Charles and Pearly Tindle of Walling, Ray and Ladona … CONTINUED


Guyline Swindler

Posted on April 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Guyline Swindler, 76, passed away April 22, 2003.
Swindler was born in White County to Guy and Ella Killian Woodley.
She was a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Jim Swindler of Winston-Salem, N.C.; one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Jim Goff of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two sisters, Ella Jo Goodwin of Aurora, Ind. and Pauline Green of Sparta; and two grandchildren, Stephanie Hart and Jennifer Payne.
Services were at 11 a.m., April 25, 2003, at Brown-Penington-Atkins Funeral Home with burial in Magnolia Cemetery.
Brown-Penington-Atkins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Memorial fund honors Crouch

Posted on April 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The educational foundation of a child begins at a very early age, and most preschoolers are learning their A, B, C’s from Sesame Street or daycare providers. However, the venture into “big school” can be somewhat of a challenge, and kindergarten teachers like the late Barbara Hudgens Crouch helped make the transition easier into the adventurous world of knowledge.
Crouch, who was lovingly known as Mrs. Barbie to her students, spent most of the 32 years of her teaching career in White County. Her days were spent educating and entertaining students at Baker, Findlay and East Sparta Elementary schools. Crouch’s carefree personality and zest for … CONTINUED


Violet McCoy Slatton

Posted on April 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Violet McCoy Slatton, 92, passed away April 24, 2003.
Slatton was born Dec. 30, 1910, in Van Buren County, to John McCoy and Ella Lawson McCoy.
She had been a homemaker.
McCoy was preceded in death by one son, Carl Melton Slatton; parents; three sisters; and three brothers.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Slatton of Doyle; one son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Dorothy Slatton of Doyle; two grandsons and spouses, Robert and Joyce Slatton of Doyle and Jimmy and Joan Slatton of McMinnville;
two great grandchildren, Misty Slatton and Robert Justin Slatton both of Murfreesboro; one step great granddaughter, Courtney Daniel of Franklin; one sister, Lodemia Cummings of … CONTINUED


Farley and Hickok sign on to remain teammates at Roane St. Comm. College

Posted on April 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Brittany Farley signed her name on the dotted line agreeing to play basketball at Roane State.
Seated (l to r):
Misty Griffin, Roane State assistant coach; Johnny Jones, Roane State head coach; Brittany and her mother, Karen Farley.
Back row:
Todd Hess, Warriorette head coach; Charles Dycus, WCHS principal; Dale Farley, and Rick Pullum, WCHS athletic director.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


Mrs. Willie Ethel Jones

Posted on April 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mrs. Willie Ethel Jones, 89, of Sparta, passed away April 26, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Jones was born April 19, 1914, in White County, to William Winfield and Randy Templeton Sapp.
She had been a homemaker.
Jones was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Roy Jones.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Wilma and Jimmy Mills of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Kaye Jones of Nashville; six sisters, Louise Turner of Powell, Jewell Turner of Georgia, Jean Warner and Crystal Wyatt of both of Crossville and Joyce Brewer and Lena Jo Tucker both of Ohio; four grandchildren and their spouses, Sharon … CONTINUED


Daniel perfect in Cookeville softball tournament

Posted on April 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Mock trial illustrates dangers of drinking, driving

Posted on April 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mike Dickerson
A young man, clean and well-dressed, stood accused at trial of driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in the death of his best friend.
When the guilty verdict was given by the jury, there was a feeling in the courtroom that everyone lost.
It was a scene too-often played out in America today.
Fortunately, this time, it was a mock trial, conducted in a White County courtroom Wednesday as a part of an educational process.
Organized by White County High School Resource Officer Doug Goff, the mock trial took the place of the usual mock DUI reenactment put on before prom and graduation at the … CONTINUED


Meth labs raided over weekend

Posted on April 28, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The Narcotics Unit, of the White County Sheriff Department, was on assignment again this weekend, with the retrieval of two methamphetamine labs.
Members of the unit accompanied Department of Children’s Services worker Tonya Scott to the residence of Dave England to perform a welfare check because of complaints about alleged drug use and weapons.
Upon arrival, Scott spoke with Brad England, father of the children. After speaking with Brad, Scott received permission to walk through the premises and was accompanied by Deputy Dale Bumbalough.
After completing the walk-through, it was determined Brad had used methamphetamine that day. The Narcotics Unit then received written permission to … CONTINUED


W.C.H.S. Top Ten, in their own words

Posted on April 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
As a continuing weekly feature leading to graduation week, The Expositor will be profiling members of the academic Top Ten for the Class of 2003. While these scholars are sometimes separated by only hundredths of points, the interests and personal characteristics among these gifted seniors varies from subtle to extreme. In celebration of their achievements and the unique diversity that each brings to the Class of 2003, The Expositor is proud to present the academic Top Ten…in their own words.
Lauren Roper – #8
I am Lauren Roper, graduate in the class of 2003. It is so wonderful to know that there are such kind people … CONTINUED


E-911 addresses new budget cuts

Posted on April 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
With budgetary concerns at an all-time high, White County may soon be feeling the effects of the 9 percent cuts required to balance the state budget. E-911 board members were prepared to scrutinize their budget for the upcoming fiscal year during a Tuesday night meeting.
“Mike [Mahn] told me to tell you if he didn’t make if here in time for the meeting, he’ll work for White County at no cost,” said Harry Cole, referring to E-911 attorney Mike Mahn. “That’s how passionate he is about E-911.”
Ben Gardenhire, board member, expressed his appreciation for Mahn’s generous gesture.
“He probably realized we’re in a budget … CONTINUED


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