Monthly Archives: May 2003

Bullets finish second in AAU state tournament

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Holman encourages other cancer survivors

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer. One man in six will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime, and for Walt Holman, these statistic became very real when he was diagnosed almost three years ago.
“We had a health fair at Federal Mogul,” said Holman, who has been employed at the facility for 29 years. “There was a special on blood work for the PSA test.”
PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a protein made by the prostate gland, which naturally leaks out into the bloodstream. The PSA test … Read More


Civil War veteran to receive grave marker

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Thanks to the efforts of several dedicated individuals, Civil War veteran Amos Moss has finally received a granite monument 93 years after his death.
Jack Bussell, White County Veterans Service Officer, helped Moss’ great-great granddaughter, Doris Myers Scanlon, and White County historian Mary Holland, obtain the grave marker. A special ceremony will be at 6 p.m., May 22, 2003, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The Veterans Honor Guard from the Monterey-Cookeville area will conduct the military rites.
Another great-great granddaughter, Geneva Rainey, provided most of the Civil War records and documents that aided in the historical depiction of Moss’ service. Although Rainey had access to the written … Read More


White County escapes severe damage during recent storms

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
One week ago today, storms began wreaking havoc on White County, with quickly rising water and downed power lines causing most of the problems. However, local damage statistics were not severe enough for residents to receive governmental assistance.
Last Wednesday, Gov. Bredesen asked President Bush to declare 20 counties in Tennessee federal disaster areas. Although White County suffered its own problems with water damage and falling trees, local residents were spared the extensive tornadic wind damage experienced by several counties.
On May 8, 2003, President Bush officially declared several Tennessee counties federal disaster areas. Carroll, Cheatham, Chester, Crockett, Dickson, Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, … Read More


Swindell headed to region tennis tourney

Posted on May 12, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Heavy rains pelt White County

Posted on May 9, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
White County has seen more rain in the past 72 hours than usually experienced in an entire season. According to Jerry Cole, emergency management director, approximately 10 inches has fallen since the beginning of the severe storms on Monday.
Several roads have been closed in White County. Highway 84, which is also known as River Road, was the first road in the City of Sparta to officially close to traffic. The Calfkiller River showed no mercy, as water quickly rose, requiring residents to take an alternate route into Sparta.
According to Cole, the Old Smithville Highway, next to the residence of J.T. Gracey, is usually … Read More


3D Financial welcomed to Sparta

Posted on May 9, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Red Carpet Ceremony for 3D Financial. Members of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, as well as friends and well-wishers, recently attended the Red Carpet Ceremony for 3D Financial.


WCHS softball wins regular season finale

Posted on May 9, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Stormy weather taking center stage in sports

Posted on May 9, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Music Man sings to large crowd at WCHS

Posted on May 9, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
The White County Fine Arts Department thrilled crowds Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at their annual musical presentation.
This year’s selection was the Music Man, a play based on a con man’s arrival into a small town and his effect on the townspeople.
It was extremely entertaining and included humor, music and emotion.
Chad Marcum portrayed an outstanding character, Harold Hill, the music man who falls in love with Marian Paroo, played by Rebekah Webster.
The entire production reflected talent, dedication and determination. Students worked until 1:30 a.m., the morning of opening night, to assure the success of the production.
“It takes a whole community to … Read More


Murphy rejoins Doyle aldermen

Posted on May 9, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“If he wants to quit, let’s quit,” said James Yates, Doyle alderman. “If he wants to stay with it, come in and sit down in one of these chairs.”
Yates made this opening statement at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen, as he referred to alderman John Murphy, who quit his position in the middle of the March 4, 2003, board meeting. According to a previous story in The Expositor about the March meeting, Murphy was apparently not pleased with the decision to grant a beer permit to Keith’s Market, in Doyle, although the business met the guidelines of the … Read More


Always room for one more

Posted on May 9, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“I thought he was the best looking Roberts I had ever seen,” said Bessie Baker Roberts, smiling mischievously, as she spoke about her late husband. “I always went for the good looking ones.”
Roberts, who will celebrate her 95th birthday June 13, 2003, lit up the room with her sweet smile, as she reminisced about her early married life to Homer Whitley Roberts. The couple exchanged wedding vows in July 1928. They both worked in the silk mill, and the couple soon began their family.
Homer Whitley Roberts Jr. was born July 1929, but tragically passed away in October 1929. The couple remained childless until … Read More


Patsy Ann Simmons

Posted on May 8, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Patsy Ann Simmons, 50, of Sparta, passed away May 5, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Simmons was born Aug. 6, 1952, in Crossville, to George Edward Thompson and Mildred Anettia Bolin Thompson.
She had been a nursing home aid.
Simmons was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, John Simmons of Sparta; two sisters, Debra Irene Evans and Dorothy Rachel Clarkson both of Anderson, Ind.; three brothers, Tony Gene Thompson of Cookeville, David Paul Thompson of Anderson, Ind. and Matthew Scott Thompson of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 1 p.m., May 7, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home … Read More


Helen Ruth McBride Bell

Posted on May 8, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Helen Ruth McBride Bell, formerly of Sparta, passed away May 5, 2003, in Eastpointe, Mich.
Bell was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford B. Bell.
Survivors include two children, Carolyn Cleland and Pamela Bernard and husband, Donald; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three brothers, Marvin McBride, Robert McBride and Herbert McBride; and one sister, Mildred McBride.
Services will be at 2 p.m., May 9, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Bohannon Cemetery. Bro. Freddie Copeland will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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