Monthly Archives: April 2003

WCHS soccer nets win over Wilson Central

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

Tammy Wilhite


Country Music Marathon has local flavor

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

Tammy Wilhite


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


3D Financial opens new outlet on Bockman Way

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

Billy Jarvis
The paint has dried, the doors are open and the ribbon cutting ceremony is coming soon. Sparta’s financial community has an aggressive new institution offering a diversity of services. 3D Financial of Sparta is now open for business at their attractively remodeled location on 123 West Bockman Way. As manager Jeane Johnson explained, 3D Financial has a wealth of experience in the Upper Cumberland area.
“3D Financial of Sparta is part of the 3D Financial Network, with 17 offices located throughout Middle Tennessee,” said Johnson. “We strive to say yes when others say no, and that approach has allowed us to establish an allegiant base of … CONTINUED


Earl Ernest Qualls

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

Earl Ernest Qualls, 53, of Sparta, passed away April 20, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Qualls was born March 15, 1950, in White County, to Robert Odell Qualls and Dorothy Randolph Qualls.
He had been a brick mason.
Qualls was preceded in death by his parents and two sons. Jeffrey Earl and Steven Odell Qualls.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Kim Qualls; one daughter, Kristy Qualls; one grandchild, Liz Qualls; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Jimmy Presley and Joyce and Jimmy Woody; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Robert and Bernie Qualls and David Qualls all of Sparta.
Services were at 1 p.m., April … CONTINUED


Rockin’ in the streets

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

Suzanne Dickerson
Oh, what a night. Late April of 2003, what a special special time . . and there was dancin’ and crusin’ on Liberty Square in downtown Sparta.
The crowd, which was estimated at around 2,000, filled the streets and had a great time reminiscing,
visiting, and renewing aquaintainces. The weather was perfect for the outdoor celebration, and White County residents took advantage of the beautiful evening.
The first ever Sonic Cruise In and Sock Hop featured over 170
antique cars, and the crowd gathered to admire each one.
Most of the vintage car owners were on hand to discuss the finer points of their classics.
“The … CONTINUED


Explosives found on Jericho Road

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

Kim Swindell Wood
An ordinary Tuesday afternoon of picking up trash turned into a serious situation for community service workers when they found explosive devices over an embankment on Jericho Road.
According to Jerry Cole Sr. Emergency Management Agency director, the workers found the devices April 22, 2003, approximately six to seven feet off the roadway. “Apparently, as they started to pick up a plastic bag, dynamite and blasting caps fell out,” said Cole.
Cole was immediately notified of the situation. Upon arrival at the scene, Lt. Chad Dodson and Deputy Darren Gongaware, both of the White County Sheriff Department, closed all entrances to the area.
Tennessee Emergency … CONTINUED


Ella Mae Lewis

Posted on April 21, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ella Mae Lewis, 89, of Indianapolis, Ind., formerly of the Clifty community in
White County, passed away April 18, 2003.
Lewis was born Feb. 1, 1914, to Frank Thompson and Lily Mae Lowery Thompson.
She had been a homemaker.
Lewis was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sidney R. Lewis; and one son, Sidney Ray Lewis Jr.
Survivors include three daughters, Anna Lewis of Florida, Zana Smith of Indianapolis, Ind. and Mae Bell Dodson of Sterling Heights, Mich.; 15 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m., April 21, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in … CONTINUED


Jesse Raymond Jones

Posted on April 21, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jesse Raymond Jones, 54, of Livingston, formerly of Sparta, passed away April 18, 2003, at Vanderbilt Hospital.
Jones was born Aug. 22, 1948, in White County, to Jesse Reed and Demaris England Jones.
He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and had been a truck driver.
Jones was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Mae Wright Jones of Livingston; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Angela and Mitchell Wells and Demaris Hall all of Cookeville and Loretta and Chris Hammock of Livingston; one son, Jesse Reed Jones of Jamestown; four brothers, Otto Jones, Jerry Jones and Jimmy England all of Sparta and Alpha … CONTINUED


Ova Steele Vinson

Posted on April 21, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ova Steele Vinson, 88, of Sparta, passed away April 19, 2003, at Baptist DeKalb Hospital.
Vinson was born Aug. 4, 1914, in White County, to Ben and Bertha Hicks Steele.
She had been a homemaker.
Vinson was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Phillip Randall Exum; three sisters, Evie Holland, Dovie Griffin, Dolly Holland; and three brothers, Leonard, Ben Thomas and Otis Steele.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Billy Joe Goodwin and Evelyn and Royce Exum, all of Sparta; one son, Jerry and Wanda Vinson of Tullahoma; two sisters, Daisy Stone and Jane Graves both of Sparta; 10 grandchildren and spouses, Chris and … CONTINUED


Barney DeWayne Guy

Posted on April 21, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Barney DeWayne Guy, 41, of Sparta, passed away April 19, 2003.
Guy was born Oct. 4, 1961, to William Glynn Guy and Mamie VanWinkle Guy.
He had been employed at Ben Lomand Telephone Co.
Survivors include his wife, Nora Bailey Guy of Sparta; two children, Ethan Guy and Julianne Guy both of Sparta; parents, William Glynn and Mamie Guy of Sparta; two sisters, Tammy Swindell of Sparta and Libby VanWinkle of Spencer; and one brother, Todd Guy of Sparta.
Services will be at 10 a.m., April 22, 2003, at Hickory Valley Baptist Church with burial in Hickory Valley Cemetery. Bro. Doug Benningfield will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is


Treasure trove of cash awaits lucky winners

Posted on April 21, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Extra cash is always a blessing in disguise, and The Expositor is giving White Countians an opportunity to find a hidden treasure to win money and prizes.
“I can hardly wait until the treasure hunt begins,” said Expositor promotions manager Christy Hampton. “This will be the first year for us to have this contest, but we have heard a lot of positive feedback from the community.”
Hampton’s idea for the treasure hunt was inspired by memories of her childhood when she would attend birthday parties where prizes were hidden in “secret” places, and everyone would scramble to find the goodies. “I just hope this is … CONTINUED


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