Monthly Archives: August 2003

WCMS football victorious at Jamboree

Posted on August 19, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite

Opal Frances Swoape Myers

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Opal Frances Swoape Myers, 80, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 14, 2003.
Myers was born July 12, 1923, in Coffee County, to Jessie Gilley Swoape and Hessie Loranza Stacy Swoape.
She was a homemaker.
Myers was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alton L. Myers; daughter, Linda K. Taylor; granddaughter, Rhonda Maan; two sisters, Myrtle Haston and Alva Walker; and two brothers, J.B. Swoape and Cliff Swoape.
Survivors include two daughters Rita F. Baker, of Sparta, and Patsy Mason, of Quebeck; two sisters, Lucy Swack, of McMinnville, and Jessie Ruth Edmonds, of Sparta; one brother, Yancy Swoape, of Muncie, Ind.; nine grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren
Services … Read More

Jerry Michael Edmonds

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jerry Michael Edmonds, 32, of Sparta, formerly of Trappe, Pa., passed away Aug. 16, 2003, at Cumberland Medical Center.
Edmonds was born May 25, 1971, in Pennsylvania, to Jerry Everette Edmonds and Barbara Landes.
He had been a mechanic with Proffit Trucking.
Edmonds graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School and North Montco Vocational Technical School. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working.
Survivors include his father and step mother, Jerry and Ruth Edmonds, of Bon Air; mother and step father Barbara and Carl Obarowski, of Perkiomenville, Pa.; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Cyndi Edmonds, of Quakertown, Pa.; one niece, Sarah Edmonds, of Quakertown, Pa.; maternal grandmother, Lola Landes, … Read More

Billy Connell Kell

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Connell Kell, 61, passed away Aug. 16, 2003, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Kell was born May 2, 1942, in Van Buren County, to John B. Kell and Tera M. Johnson.
He had been a factory worker.
Kell was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Brownie B. Kell.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Ramona and Carlon Curtis, of Quebeck; two brothers, L.C. Key, of Doyle, and Wayne Price Kell, of McMinnville; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Aug. 18, 2003, at the chapel of High Funeral Home, in McMinnville with burial in Preston Heights Cemetery, in Quebeck. … Read More

Thomas W. Simrell

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Thomas W. Simrell, 74, of Walling, passed away Aug. 16, 2003.
Simrell was born Dec. 16, 1928, in Knox County, to Jim Simrell and Esther Winstead Simrell.
He was retired the the U.S. Navy, where he served as a boatman and in security, and the U.S. Air Force, where he served at a crew chief.
Simrell was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include this close companion, Jean Brock, of Sparta, and several cousins.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m., Aug. 18, 2003, at Springhill Cemetery. Bill Morgan will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Geneva Moore Howard

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Geneva Moore Howard, 84, passed away Aug. 16, 2003.
Howard was born Feb. 6, 1919, in White County, to Samuel Moore and Mamie Swindell.
She had been a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, R.J. Howard, of Morrison; three daughters, Brenda Clark, of Chattanooga, Annette Howard Cooper, of McMinnville, and Sharon Pirtle, of Murfreesboro; two sons, Robert Howard, of Marietta, Ga., and Sammy Howard, of Morrison; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; and one sister, Delma Wallace, of Sparta.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m., Aug. 18, 2003, at Howard Cemetery. Bobby Wheeler will officiate.
High Funeral Home, in McMinnville, is in charge of arrangements.

Harold Eugene Young

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Harold Eugene Young, 66, of Sparta, was called by home by his Lord and Savior on Aug. 16, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Young was born Dec. 30, 1936, in DeKalb County, to Oscar W. and Ollie Mae Adcock Young.
He was a member of Indian Mound The Baptist Church and retired from Goodyear as a mechanic.
Young was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Calbert and Barnett Young; and one sister, Ruth Adcock Taylor.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie Graham Young; two sons and one-daughter-in-law, Ricky Young, of Sparta, and Mark and Sylvia Young, of Lebanon; one daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Ray Murdock, … Read More

Thomas Harold (Trey) Keane III

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Thomas Harold (Trey) Keane III, 16, of Trussville, Ala., passed away Aug. 15, 2003.
Keane was an honor student at Hewitt Trussville High School where he played trumpet in the band. He loved music and his many friends.
Survivors include his parents, Tom and Sharon Keane; one sister, Annabelle; grandparents, Mack Seibers, of Sparta, and the late Ruby Seibers and Tom and Lena Keane, of Pleasant Hill; aunts and uncles, Jack and Renne Farley, of Cookeville, Rick and Dana Dildine, of Sparta, Jim and Cindy Keane, of Arkansas, and Pat
Keane and Leslie Keane, both of Minnesota; and several cousins.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Aug. 19, … Read More

Preseason action heading toward the real thing soon

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Picking it out of the air. Warrior senior linebacker, Seth England, goes up in the air to pick off a batted Marion County pass during last Thursday’s scrimmage.
The Warriors of White County High School defeated the Warriors of Marion County 21-6 in the final preseason scrimmage.
The Warriors get down to real action this Friday night when they travel to Tullahoma for their season opener which happens to be a Region 5-4A contest.
That game is slated to kick off at 7 p.m.

Additional funding released for dislocated worker training

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
Phyllis R. Bennett, Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) executive director, recently announced a national emergency grant from the federal government had been awarded to Local Workforce Investment Area 7 (LWIA7), with $2.1 million being approved immediately.
The grant provides funding for dislocated worker training. “We have a real need for worker training in the Upper Cumberland region due to the loss of many manufacturing jobs,” said Bennett. “The number of dislocated workers continues to grow, and we are committed to exhausting every avenue of funding to provide benefits for these workers including training and job placements.”
“The state and federal government provided so much money … Read More

E-911 board hears reports from director

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Only six of nine members of the E-911 Board or Directors attended the meeting Aug. 12, 2003. However, a quorum was present, and they conducted the business matters listed on the short agenda.
Chairman Jerry Lowery and Vice Chairman Tommy Austin were both absent, as well as Howard Griffin. Carolyn Holland, called the meeting to order.
E-911 Director Harry Cole reviewed the budget and discussed the status of funding for the communications center, since White County has not passed its budget for the 2003-2004 fiscal year.
Cole said $10,000 has been made available for the G.I.S. (Geographic Information System), which had to be pinpointed in … Read More

Legion pushing for new recruits

Posted on August 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
“The older people that got us where we are today are unable to continue the work they started,” said Jack Bussell, White County veterans service officer, “and we need to pick up the ball and carry on, so we can hand it down to a new generation.”
The local chapter of the American Legion Post 99 is trying to recruit some new members. Dues run $20 per year, and $16 of that goes toward the national headquarters, and $4 of it goes to the local post. The American Legion also hires lobbyists to fight in Congress for veterans programs and funding, such as healthcare.
On a … Read More

Commission chairman explains proposed budget

Posted on August 15, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Animal control is in, then animal control is out. Some commissioners do not want a tax increase, while others believe it is necessary. Some want a wheel tax, and others object.
These are just a few of the issues confronting White County commissioners as they have attempted to come to terms about the 2003-2004 county budget. Wallace Austin, county commission chairman and member of the budget committee, believes the citizens of White County deserve an explanation about the budget proposal.
“In essence, if I had to describe it, there’s just enough increase in there [budget] to be progressive and allow the departments to do a … Read More

Selby is first runner up in Miss Teen USA

Posted on August 15, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Alicia Selby achieved the dream of a lifetime when she was named 1st runner up in the Miss Teen
USA Pageant Tuesday, in Palm Springs, Calif. A life-long resident of Sparta, Alicia is the daughter of Pat and Laura Selby.

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