Monthly Archives: August 2003

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.


Agee headed to Hargrave Military Academy

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

Tammy Wilhite


No distance rule for beer permits

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

Kim Swindell Wood
The ongoing controversy about the legalities surrounding the recent issuance of a beer permit to Airport Chevron continued during the joint meeting of Steering Committees A and B Monday night.
Denny Mitchell, who serves as county attorney, presented a lengthy synopsis about the issuance of beer permits and the legal ramifications that could ensue if the White County Board of Commissioners did not reestablish a distance ruling. “We have all these bad permits out there, and we’ve discriminated against people,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell outlined, step-by-step, the background of how White County came to no longer have an established distance rule for beer permits. The debate … 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


WCHS soccer finishes second in jamboree

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

Tammy Wilhite


Norman Burl Selby

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

Norman Burl Selby, 77, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 12, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Selby was born Dec. 28, 1925, in White County, to Nathan and Minnesota Milligan Selby.
He had been the owner of a construction company.
Selby was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Burl Lavaughn Selby.
Survivors include his wife, Clara Marie Higgenbottom Selby, of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Teresa Selby, of Sparta; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Selby, of Sparta; one brother, Herbert Selby, of Smith Chapel; and four grandchildren, Kim Sherrell, Michelle Selby, Trent Selby and Tyler Selby.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Aug. 14, 2003, … Read More


James Harold “Pee Wee” Henderson

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

James Harold “Pee Wee” Henderson, 61, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 11, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Henderson was born Nov. 19, 1941, in White County, to Will Henry Moore and Mildred Henderson.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his mother, Mildred Henderson, of Sparta; one brother, Cloyd “Buster” Henderson, of Sparta; one sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Charles Bohannon, of Sparta; cousins, Arthur Gist and Dennis Hobson, both of Sparta; one daughter, Kim Sims, of Sparta; special friend, Ruby Sims, of Sparta; three grandchildren, Dillion, Skylar and C.J.; several nieces and nephews; and one aunt, Maryetta Moore, of Washington D.C.
Services will … Read More


Willie Lee “Bill” Selby

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

Willie Lee “Bill” Selby, 82, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 11, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Selby was born April 17, 1921, in White County, to Casto and Lona Bell Robinson Selby. He had been employed with Delco Products.
Selby was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lassie Selby; and two sisters, Velma Hickey and Daisy Selby.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Sandi and Donald Rice, of West Carrollton, Ohio; two brothers and sisters-in-law, J.D. and Edna Selby, of Sparta, and Noble and Bertha Selby, of Tipp City, Ohio; six sisters and three brothers-in-law, Opal Simmons, Retha Maxwell and Bonnie McGowan, all of … Read More


Helen Grace Wright Coker

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

Helen Grace Wright Coker, 78, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 9, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Coker was born Oct. 24, 1924, in Overton County, to Julian C. and Rochie Ramsey Wright.
She was a member of First Christian Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Coker was a
three-time Gold Medalist in the Senior Citizens’ bowling division of the Senior Olympics.
Coker was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Frances Wright and Betty Jean Wright; and one grandson, Joseph Dale Johnson.
Survivors include her husband, Virgil Allen Coker, of Cookeville; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Helen and Frank Prall, of Virginia Beach, … Read More


Willie Demps Cunningham Jr.

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

Willie Demps Cunningham Jr., 60, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 12, 2003.
Cunningham was born Aug. 8, 1943, in White County, to Willie Demps Cunningham Sr. and Alma Lee Cunningham.
He was a member of Hampton’s Crossroad Baptist Church.
Cunningham was preceded in death by his parents and one step son, Mike Fields.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma King Fields Cunningham, of Cookeville and parents, Willie Demps Cunningham Sr. and Alma Lee Cunningham.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Aug. 15, 2003, at the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with burial in Cunningham Cemetery.
Whitson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Geneva Ann Billings Lee

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

Geneva Ann Billings Lee, 71, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 10, 2003.
Lee was born Feb. 7, 1932, in White County, to Clay and Dovie Slatten Billings.
Lee was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Henry Billings; and four sisters, Willie Dodson, Odell Snodgrass, Vera Mae Hyder and Irene Geer.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Jimmy Jobe, of Murfreesboro; one son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Tammy Lee, of Mt. Juliet; four grandchildren, Lindsay and Lauren Jobe, both Murfreesboro, and Josh and Jordan Lee, both of Mt. Juliet; one brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Elise Billings, of Sparta; one sister, Bernell Carter, of Sparta; … Read More


Davis resurrecting her dreams

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

Tammy Wilhite


Preseason action abundant

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

Tammy Wilhite
Everybody duck!
Brooke Sunday puts down a kill following a Brittany King set in the match against Brentwood, the five time defending Class AAA state champs, at the Chattanooga Playday Saturday.


Warriorette soccer team takes second in preseason jamboree

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

Tammy Wilhite


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