Monthly Archives: April 2003

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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


Country Music Marathon has local flavor

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

Tammy Wilhite


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 … Read More


Officials hope mock trial deters prom night drinking

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

Kim Swindell Wood
“If we can save just one life by doing this,” said Deputy Doug Goff, resource officer at White County High School (WCHS), “then everything we’ve done will be worth it.”
Goff spoke candidly about the upcoming mock trial, which is designed to give high school seniors a vivid look at the reality of drinking and driving. “With prom night coming up this weekend, we felt we needed to focus on what can happen when you make the wrong choices,” he said.
For the past several years, a mock D.U.I. reenactment has been conducted prior to the end of the school year. Local emergency services personnel … Read More


Banquet and golf tourney will benefit Gracemoor Inc.

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Mark the calendar for a night of good food and entertainment, drag out that nine-iron and make plans for the second annual Gracemoor Benefit Banquet and Golf Tournament, May 16 and 17, 2003.
The gala event will begin at 6:30 p.m., May 16, 2003, in the fellowship hall at Sparta First United Methodist Church, with proceeds to benefit Gracemoor Inc., a sanctuary for those seeking refuge from violent or abusive situations. A gourmet meal will be catered by the Courthouse Grill, with a menu full of culinary specialties selected especially for the banquet.
Gracemoor Inc. executive director Carolyn Cheek said the attire for the event … Read More


Warrior baseball wins four in a row

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

Tammy Wilhite


WCHS falls to White House in extra innings

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

Tammy Wilhite


Don Knowles

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

Don Knowles, 71, of Akron, Ohio, formerly of Sparta, passed away April 18, 2003.
Knowles was born in White County, to Learner and Nannie Knowles.
Services will be April 21, 2003, at Backer Funeral Home in Akron, Ohio, with burial to follow in Akron.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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


Helen Margaret Simmons Turner

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

Helen Margaret Simmons Turner, 72, of New Port Ritchie, Fla., passed away April 17, 2003.
Turner was born June 14, 1930, in Warren County, to Charlie and Louise Simmons.
She was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church and had been a homemaker.
Turner was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Elmer Turner.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Melonie Turner of McMinnville and Phil and Georgeanna Turner of Florida; two daughters, Emma Lou Turner and Teresa Turner both of New Port Ritchie Fla.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Pat Simmons and Wayne and Arla Simmons all of McMinnville; one sister and brother-in-law, Faye … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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