Monthly Archives: September 2003

Panda Garden opens new location

Posted on September 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
The new Panda Garden Chinese Restaurant has opened its new doors and the changes are astounding.
The Panda Garden, a local family owned business, has been in existence for the past nine years and has recently made a great move. It is owned by the Zheng family, Cong and Kai and their two children, Elaine and Tony. Because of an overwhelming number of customers and very limited space, the Zhengs made the decision to expand, and the results are remarkable.
A very spacious and elegant dining area awaits customers at the new Panda Garden’s five-buffet restaurant. They now provide an assortment of American, Chinese and Italian … Read More


Republican Party discusses gun ban

Posted on September 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
The decision by President Bush to support the Clinton-Feinstein gun ban has many local Republicans sending in opposition responses to the president, requesting he reverse his stance on the issue.
The ban is set to expire prior to the upcoming presidential election.
Opposition cards were distributed and completed at the Republican Party meeting on Sept. 22, 2003.
Secretary Doris Sanders provided information for an upcoming banquet sponsored by the Central Foothills Friends of the National Rifle Association (NRA) scheduled
for 6 p.m., Oct. 3, 2003, at the Hyder-Burks Pavilion, in Cookeville. Tickets to the event are $25. The contact person is Evelyn McGaha, and she can … Read More


Jets use ground game to defeat Warriors

Posted on September 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Fire chief speaks out about Nashville nursing home fire

Posted on September 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“When I first saw the fire on TV, I thought what a terrible tragedy it was for the families involved,” said Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay.
When Kay spoke with The Expositor Friday afternoon, he expressed his deepest sympathy for the families of the individuals who perished in the fire on Thursday at the NHC Healthcare facility in Nashville. The structure, which was built in the 1960’s, before fire sprinklers were mandatory, had been “grandfathered” in under a current law that requires newer structures to have sprinklers.
NHC Healthcare of Sparta is owned by National Healthcare Corporation, which is the same company that owns the … Read More


Warriors overpowered by soaring Jets

Posted on September 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Regional Homeland Security Council plans area team

Posted on September 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
After the terrorists’ attacks on 9/11, the President established a national office of Homeland Security, which eventually was followed by individual states establishing their own directors of Homeland Security. Now, White County has become a part of a strategically located security effort as a part of the Upper Cumberland Regional Homeland Security Council.
Federal funds have been set aside for the development of area homeland security councils. Emergency services personnel and representatives from a 15-county area met at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport on Friday to develop plans for a regional response team. The team will be comprised of specially trained technicians as well as back-up … Read More


Warriorettes take another tourney title

Posted on September 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriorette volleyballers are Glencliff Invitational Champs!

Posted on September 30, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Anna Mae Sherrell Lineberry

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

Anna Mae Sherrell Lineberry, 58, of Baxter, passed away Sept. 27, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Lineberry was born Nov. 4, 1944, in Putnam County, to Oscar Leonard Sherrell and Martha Ellen Stover Sherrell.
She was a member of Scott Avenue Baptist Church.
Lineberry was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Joyce Thompson and Cathy Sherrell.
Survivors include her husband, J. R. Lineberry; three daughters and one son-in-law, Laura and Randy Wheeler, of Cookeville, and Lisa Lineberry and Barbara Lineberry, both of Baxter; one son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Katherine Lineberry, of Baxter; two brothers, Dale Sherrell, of Cookeville, and Donald Jerry Sherrell, of … Read More


Verna M. Davis Bruner

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

Verna M. Davis Bruner, 99, of Anderson, Ill. formerly of Sparta, passed away Sept. 27, 2003.
Bruner was born March 12, 1904, in White County, to George Davis and Laura Anderson Davis.
Bruner was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Bruner; two grandchildren, Michael Warren and Lora Bruner Flowers.
Survivors include one daughter, Louise Warren, of Anderson, Ill.; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Francine Bruner, of Anderson, Ill.; six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 30, 2003, at Robert D. Loose Funeral Home, in Anderson, Ill., with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery in Anderson, Ill. Rev. … Read More


Aline Johnson

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

Aline Johnson, 63, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 23, 2003, at Mid Western Medical Center, in Zion, Ill.
Johnson was born Jan. 27, 1940, in Putnam County, to Dallas and Nicie Foster Holloway.
She was a member of Community Free Will Baptist Church and was retired director of Sparta Head Start.
Johnson was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Cordell Holloway.
Survivors include her husband Rev. Dillard Johnson; one daughter and son-in-law, Rena and Michael Johnson, of Cookeville; brother and sister-in-law, Delbert and Nola Holloway, of Monterey; sister and brother-in-law, Bessie and Rev. David Lee England, of Sparta; four grandchildren, LaTisha Johnson, Landon Johnson, Layne … Read More


William Hubert Thompson

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

William Hubert Thompson, 83, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 25, 2003.
Thompson was born July 27, 1920, in White County, to William Cleveland Thompson and Ollie Laurntine Thurman Thompson.
He had been a farmer and livestock dealer.
Thompson was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kathy Thompson; brother, Herbert Brown Thompson.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys Hunter Thompson; two brothers, Eddie Thompson and Mike Thompson, both of Sparta; one daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Jim Bailey, of Hendersonville; five sisters, Nettye Howard, Jesse Howard, Pearl Spitzer and Jo Dickey, all of Indiana and Alvesta Woodall, of Nashville; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Services were at 1 … Read More


Men rescued after boat capsizes

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

Expositor Report
Two men experienced a frightening ordeal Tuesday afternoon when their fishing boat capsized near the old iron bridge on Lost Creek Road. One man swam to shore, while the other man clung to a tree, waiting to be rescued. Sparta-White County Rescue Squad was immediately called to the scene, and Putnam County Rescue Squad was called as back-up. Several rescue squad members from both counties, who were swift-water trained, assisted in the safe rescue. Several members of White County Sheriff Department were on the scene, as well as White County EMS.


Spending pay at home has snowball effect

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

Kim Swindell Wood
The old saying about a “snowball effect” holds true when applied in terms of economy. When employees in Sparta and White County cash their pay checks, a trip to the local grocery store or gas station can generate added dollars for the community.
Every business and industry in Sparta and White County pay taxes, and the percentage is determined by a statistically designed formula. There are numerous categories of taxes, with forms for each item of merchandise.
The Tennessee Department of Revenue collects these taxes and determines what portion is kept in Sparta and White County. In August 2003, White County collected $56,122.19 in motor … Read More


Woodland preps for fall carnival

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

Expositor Report
It is time once again for the annual Woodland Park Fall Carnival, and parents, teachers and students are busy preparing for the fun-filled event.
According to Derrick Bohannon, the PTO, as well as the Panther Partners sponsor the event. The evening full of games, food and excitement will be from 5-8 p.m., Sept. 26, 2003, at Woodland Park.
Activities will include rides on a fire truck, mule and buggy rides, Bubba’s castle, an inflatable obstacle course and slide. A dunking booth will also provide adults and students with the opportunity to “douse” some of their favorite teachers and community leaders, while raising funds for Woodland Park.… Read More


Volleyball survives scare at Oakland

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

Tammy Wilhite


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