Monthly Archives: August 2003

Live the dream

Posted on August 29, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
There is probably, no other establishment more synonymous with country music than the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
It has introduced most of the great people in country music, including Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Earl Scruggs, and Lester Flat. And, to this day, membership on the Opry remains one of a country music artist’s greatest ambitions. Almost a million country music fans visit the Grand Ole Opry every year to see their favorite performers.
And now, this Tennessee legacy will for the second time, include two very talented cloggers from Sparta, Scarlett Slatten and Chelsa … Read More


The Features sign deal with Universal Records

Posted on August 29, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
Roger Dabbs, Parrish Yaw, Matthew Pelham and Rollum Haas are not just friends or musicians. They are The Features, four very determined young men who plan on pursuing their dream, and they are well on their way.
Members of The Features have been playing in bands since they were in middle school, and the current line up was created in 1998. They play pop-rock style and have recorded approximately 50 songs. Their CD, The Beginning, includes five songs that have been released for sale. Dabbs playing the bass; Pelham vocals and guitar; Yaw on the keyboard; and Haas on the drums.
In high school, The Features … Read More


Sparta vs. Cookeville, ‘nuff said!

Posted on August 29, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


WCMS football picks up first win of season

Posted on August 29, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


WCMS Warriors open with 30-0 rout

Posted on August 29, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Vet practicing without license

Posted on August 29, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
The Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners conducted a contested case hearing involving local veterinarian, Dr. Randy Cooke, at the Cordell Hull Building, in Nashville, Aug. 14, 2003.
Gina Marlow, attorney for the state, provided the board with witnesses to attest to Cooke’s unlicensed practice and failure to obtain a required premises permit. Cooke was not present for the hearing, but it was determined proper notice had been sent and he was aware of the hearing.
Rita Buckner-Shelton, administrator for the board, provided documentation relative to deficiencies in Cooke’s licensure file. His license had expired May 31, 2002, and an incomplete
reinstatement form had not been received … Read More


Maple Buffet begins construction

Posted on August 29, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Chinese buffet. Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo, thanks Mark Yang for bringing his new restaurant, The Maple Buffet, to town. Yang has a long-term lease on the new building being constructed by owner John Koger, of Sparta. Koger plans other businesses at this
location as well. The restaurant should be open within 90 days, and construction has already begun. L-R: Brian Stanley, Mark Yang, Mayor Tommy Pedigo and John Koger.


Warriors and Cavaliers set to battle it out on the gridiron Friday night

Posted on August 29, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Spencer wastewater controversy continues

Posted on August 29, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The controversy about the dumping of municipal wastewater from Spencer and Van Buren County, which will eventually end up in the Caney Fork River, has sparked controversy from residents in White County, who will be directly affected by the process.
White County residents have formed an alliance in an attempt to stop the issuance of the permit. During a telephone conversation on Wednesday with Saya Qualls, of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation,
Qualls told The Expositor the state must now consider the comments from the public before they can finalize permit actions. A special meeting called by State Representative Charles Curtiss will be at … Read More


Austin E. Magee

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

Austin E. Magee, 67, of Sparta, passed away August 23, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Magee was born December 4, 1935.
He served in the United States Army.
Survivors include one daughter Kathleen Geyer, of Sugarland, Texas; one son, Russell Magee, of Houston, Texas; special friends, Laddie and Deanna Wallish, of Sparta and five grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Aug. 31, 2003, at Christian Fellowship Church. Rev. Dennie Ancar will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Anna Frances Rogers Northcutt

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

Anna Frances Rogers Northcutt, 75, of Spencer, passed away Aug. 25, 2003.
Northcutt was born Nov. 21, 1927, in Warren County, to Willie D. Rogers and Ethel Baker Rogers.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Spencer.
She had been employed as Supervisor and Assistant Plant Manager of USA Enterprise.
Northcutt was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clenzy Northcutt and brother-in-law, Buddy Sutton.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Polia and Eugene Davis, of Spencer; granddaughter and her husband, Shana and Chris Smith;
great-granddaughter, Jenna Smith, all of Spencer; brother and sister-in-law, Willie Joe and Ruth Rogers, of Spencer; sister, Yvona Sutton, of Spencer; … Read More


Janet Sue Roberts

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

Janet Sue Roberts, 38, of Cumberland County, passed away Aug. 19, 2003.
Roberts was born December 6, 1964, in Crossville, to Gordon Walker and Betty Walker.
Roberts was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include son, James Carlos Roberts II, of Sparta, mother, Betty Walker, of Pleasant Hill; and four sisters, Peggy Davis, of Pleasant Hill, Linda Margeson, of Sparta, Bernita Neal, of Sparta and Kim Medley, of Crossville.
Services were at 3 p.m., Aug. 21, 2003, at Crossville Memorial Chapel with burial in New Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Bro. Elon Thomas officiated.
Crossville Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Warriors open season with win!

Posted on August 26, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Water and sewer rates to increase for city residents

Posted on August 26, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“We’ve been talking about this for two years and how we’ve lost money,” said Wayne Rogers, Sparta utilities manager. “We’ have worked with MTAS (Municipal Technical Advisory Service) on a study they did and what they recommend we do.”
Rogers said he had been working with Bill Young, of MTAS, in examining the current water rates to determine how much they should be increased. The new projections are based on a 15 percent increase in water rates to the utility districts and a 13 percent increase to all other water and sewer customers
According to Rogers, he has compared rates with other cities. “Even with … Read More


Warriorettes dominate weekend tournament

Posted on August 26, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Budget committee tries new strategy

Posted on August 26, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Three times the White County budget for the 2003-2004 fiscal year has failed to pass for lack of a majority vote. Friday night, budget committee members met to try a different plan of action.
Commissioners have been debating the controversial budget for several months. For what is believed to be the first time in the history of White County government, commissioners have voted down the budget three times.
The Friday meeting lasted approximately 15 minutes. Committee member Patrick Haller, who has attempted to work with all the commissioners about their problems with the budget, immediately made a motion as soon as the meeting was called … Read More


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