Monthly Archives: April 2003

WCHS soccer drops two contests

Posted on April 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Sonic Cruise-In to rock Liberty Square Saturday

Posted on April 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
The generation of the 50’s and 60’s may be decades in the past,
but downtown Sparta is only two days away from this memorable era. On Saturday night, sock hops, hula-hoops, muscle cars and classic rock-and-roll will take the community on a fun trip back in time as Liberty Square welcomes the Sonic Cruise-In.
“We are proud to co-sponsor this event, both for the community and the surrounding areas,” said Bill West of Sonic. “Sonic has always been a family-focused business, and Sparta is a family-focused community. We look forward to members of the community turning out for this event.”
In addition to live music provided … CONTINUED


Validity of beer permit questioned

Posted on April 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“He [county attorney Denny Mitchell] said we were in for a lawsuit if we didn’t issue the permit,” said commissioner Raymond England about the beer permit issued to Airport Chevron. “This puts everyone on the beer board on the spot.”
England expressed his concern during the meeting of Steering Committee B Monday night about a beer permit recently issued to Robert Agee for his convenience store, Airport Chevron, located on Roberts-Matthews Highway, near the Old Kentucky Road exit. According to commissioner David Copeland, who is also a member of Hampton’s Crossroads Baptist Church, the congregation was upset about the issuance of the beer permit since … CONTINUED


Commissioners dissatisfied with ballpark’s slow progress

Posted on April 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“The majority of the people don’t want to go down there and play ball,” said county commissioner Jerry Lowery, referring to the recreational park on Highway 70 West.
Lowery spoke to members of Steering Committee A Monday night, as he expressed the viewpoint of numerous individuals affiliated with Little League. Gary Cox, commissioner, had opened the discussion and expressed concern about the seemingly continual delay in proceeding with the work on the ballpark.
“There doesn’t seem to be a timetable for this project,” said Cox. “Could we sell the house and 10 to 12 acres of land to help offset the cost of the next … CONTINUED


Myrtle Ruth Marlow Crawford

Posted on April 17, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Myrtle Ruth Marlow Crawford, 78, of Sparta, passed away April 12, 2003.
Crawford was born April 9, 1925, in White County, to John Lee Marlow and Ella Elizabeth Walker Marlow.
She had been a homemaker.
Crawford was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James Marlow; and one sister, Fay Gibbons.
Survivors include her husband Joe Crawford of Sparta; one daughter and son-in-law, Sarah Ruth and Bobby Palmer of Cookeville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Patti Crawford of Sparta and Steve and Patricia Crawford of Murfreesboro; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Johnny and Lucy Marlow of Ohio, Gerald and Lula Marlow of Georgia and Bill and Judy … CONTINUED


White County man dies in Sunday morning accident

Posted on April 14, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
A White County man lost his life a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning.
James August Martin, 25, of Jordan Road, was traveling east on Highway 70 East, at approximately 1 a.m., April 13, 2003, when he apparently lost control of his BMW convertible near the E-911 Communications Center. The vehicle traveled into the woods, hitting several trees, before coming to rest on its side.
Assisting at the scene were White County Sheriff Department, BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department, White County EMS and Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Authorities were at the site of the accident until approximately 5:30 a.m.


Local businesses showcased at third annual Women’s Show

Posted on April 14, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Jarvis
Fashion, entertainment and an intriguing showcase of more than 40 vendors combined to offer something for everyone during the third annual Women’s Show at the White County Agricultural Complex on April 12.
Once again, the annual Expositor April event recognized a capacity crowd as several merchants featured spring fashion shows throughout the day. Big J Jewelry,
The Green Apple, Cute as a Button, Fred’s, Jongee’s Gifts and Fine Furnishings and Ready, Set, Grow provided individual fashion shows featuring more than 50 models sporting this season’s men’s and women’s fashions. As Cookeville merchant Susan Chaffin explained, the annual Women’s Show has broad area appeal.
“This is our … CONTINUED


Rallying around the Relay

Posted on April 14, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“I’m very excited,” said Missy Simmons, team captain for Wal-Mart’s Relay For Life team. “My nephew died with a rare form of cancer when he was 13, and I wanted to carry on his legacy.”
Simmons, like so many of the participants in White County’s 2003 Relay For Life, has been touched by cancer. Several relatives have succumbed to the disease, while others have survived because of the research of the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Wal-Mart was the first team to turn in their registration money. According to Simmons, more than 20 employees have already signed up to participate in the May 16, 2003, event, … CONTINUED


Checking in with the WCHS tennis team

Posted on April 14, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Myrtle Ruth Marlow Crawford

Posted on April 14, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Myrtle Ruth Marlow Crawford, 78, of Sparta, passed away April 12, 2003.
Crawford was born April 9, 1925, in White County, to John Lee Marlow and Ella Elizabeth Walker Marlow.
She had been a homemaker.
Crawford was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Fay Gibbons.
Survivors include her husband Joe Crawford of Sparta; one daughter and son-in-law, Sarah Ruth and Bobby Palmer of Cookeville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Patti Crawford and Steve and Patricia Crawford of Murfreesboro; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Johnny and Lucy Marlow of Ohio, Gerald and Lula Marlow of Georgia and Bill and Judy Marlow of Virginia; six sisters and … CONTINUED


Maria Roberta Hatcher

Posted on April 14, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Maria Roberta Hatcher, 83, of Poinciana, Fla., passed away April 1, 2003, at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Florida.
Hatcher was born July 23, 1919, to Herman and Alberta Burton Turner.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Pauline Butler.
Survivors include her husband, Walter Hatcher of Florida; two adopted children, Marlene Hatcher of Maryland and Walter C. Hatcher of Florida; adopted grandchild, Maria Johnson of Maryland; one sister, Inez Holt of Sparta; one niece, Roberta Verble of Nashville; one nephew, Larry Butler of New Jersey; one great niece, Desiree Shelton of Nashville; two great nephews, Lawrence Shelton and Orlando Shelton, both of Nashville; … CONTINUED


James August Martin

Posted on April 14, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James August Martin, 25, of Sparta, passed away April 13, 2003.
Martin was born Dec. 15, 1977, in Schenectady, N.Y., to James Martin and Daina V. Laube.
He was employed at Scepter Hardwoods.
Martin had served in the U.S. Marines.
Survivors include his mother, Daina Brown of Sparta; three sisters, Kimberly Martin of Sparta and Missy Wiggins and Tina Martin both of Georgia; and step father, Kenneth Brown of Sparta.
Services will be at 1 p.m., April 16, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in New Bon Air Cemetery.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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