Monthly Archives: October 2003

Almon Griffin

Posted on October 27, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Almon Griffin, 74, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 24, 2003.
Griffin was born Dec. 26, 1928, in White County to Ransom Griffin and Edna Caldwell Griffin.
Griffin served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He had been a carpenter.
Griffin was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Donald Cannon and two brothers, Harold Griffin and Martin Ross Griffin.
Survivors include his wife, Coby Lee Rittenberry Griffin; one son Joe Edward Griffin, both of Sparta; seven daughters, Devetta Keller, of Warren, Mich., Linda Kay Ridgeway, of Royal Oak, Mich., Daisy Croady, of Taylor Mich., Debbie Cole, of Sparta, Diane Austin, of Crossville, Barbara Heady, of … CONTINUED


Mt. Gilead resident disrupts meeting

Posted on October 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
committee.
Seibers made the comment while addressing the White County Board of Commissioners, at which point he stood in front of the commissioners, waving a document and declaring how he was “going to go take warrants” if someone did not do something about the check he had in his hand.
He also said he was going to freeze the fire department’s bank account if the matter was not taken care of. Seibers indicated someone had told him he could freeze the account. However, upon speaking with Barbara Losito, secretary, on Wednesay, she said Seibers’ name was never on the signature card or on the account.… CONTINUED


Hensley granted pre-trial diversion

Posted on October 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Woodposted Oct.24, 2015
Approximately one year after Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Department was temporarily shut down because of financial management, Edward L. Hensley, former fire chief, has been granted pre-trial diversion on theft over $10,000, forgery (18 counts) and passing forged instrument (18 counts).
In a memorandum of understanding (agreement) issued Oct. 16, 2003, through White County Criminal Court, Hensley must pay $10,493.33 to Mt. Gilead Fire Department and meet other criteria to be eligible for the pre-trial diversion.
Hensley will be placed under the supervision of the Department of Correction until 2005. If he follows all the guidelines set forth and makes restitution … CONTINUED


Warriors on road for last time this season

Posted on October 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Offering a healthy variety

Posted on October 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
“I outgrew the building, it was way too small.” said Rhonda Dawson co-owner with husband Thomas, of the Natural Answer. They have doubled their space at the new location.
Not only do they carry a variety of vitamins and herbs, shampoos and gift items, they are adding a coffee shop.
The coffee shop, when completed will offer 1200 square feet of space which includes a stage that local bands will use to play christian music. Cappacino, bagels and danish will be on the menu, and it will be a place people can go, have a cup of coffe and visit, or maybe read the newspaper.
The … CONTINUED


Warriorettes in sectionals

Posted on October 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Home football finale this Friday night

Posted on October 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Making a dream home from a sawmill

Posted on October 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
In the western end of White County lies a piece of property that is surrounded by a magnificent view of the countryside. Not only is the landscape breathtaking, but a piece of local history has been restored for future generations.
Donnie and Helen Hutchings have been enamoured with the historic land that was once owned by Donnie’s grandfather, R.I. Hutchings, founder of Hutchings College. They bought the well-known sawmill at auction in November 2002 and have turned a once run-down building into a dream home. Donnie and Helen both grew up in White County, and keeping in touch with their family roots is important.
“We … CONTINUED


Teenager loses life after hitting truck

Posted on October 24, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Local citizens are grieving the loss of a teenager after a Wednesday morning accident on Burgess Falls Road.
The victim, Sheena Ann Roberts, 18, of Sparta, was killed in a collision with a dump truck.
According to an eyewitness, her brother, Bradley Roberts, age 14, a passenger in the Roberts vehicle, was not seriously injured.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Reaker Bass, Roberts was traveling south on Burgess Falls Road [Highway 135] at approximately 7:35 a.m. Her car crossed over the center line into the northbound lane hitting a White County Road Department dump truck loaded with gravel. Roberts was driving a Honda and according … CONTINUED


Maggie Lavina Cannon Lowery McDowell

Posted on October 23, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Maggie Lavina Cannon Lowery McDowell, 94, passed away Oct. 21, 2003.
McDowell was born May 23, 1909, in Overton County, to Thomas Cannon and Frances Cass.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Vance Lowery and one son, Earl Lowery.
Survivors include her husband, Wilburn McDowell, of Rock Island; two daughters, Ruth Hunter and Patricia Lowery, both of McMinnville; stepchildren and spouses, Joleta and Ronnie Reynolds and Joyce and Paul Dunlap, all of McMinnville, and Jimmie and Kenneth Pell, of Sylvania, Ala.; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; five step grandchildren; and one brother, Chatt Cannon, of McMinnville.
Services will be at 11 a.m., … CONTINUED


Robert Castleberry

Posted on October 23, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Castleberry, 82, passed away Oct. 19, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Castleberry served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was a member of Camp Heights Free Will Baptist Church and Crawfish Springs Masons, in Chickamauga, Ga.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jewell Castleberry, of Sparta; one son, F.E. “Butch” Castleberry, of San Antonio, Texas; daughters, Dianne Howell, of Cleveland, and Martha Ledford, of Nashville; one brother, Benjamin Castleberry, of Weisse, Ala.; sisters, Irene Norris, of Chickamauga, Ga., and Charletta Sutton, of Bartow, Fla.; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Graveside services were at 11 a.m., Oct. 21, 2003, at Chattanooga National … CONTINUED


Fat Adcock

Posted on October 23, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Fat Adcock, 68, of Sparta, passed away Oct., 21, 2003.
Adcock was born Aug. 10, 1935, in White County, to Dayton and Minnie Bates Adcock.
He had been a mechanic.
Adcock was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ruby Brown and Oshie Hensley; and one brother, Jewell Presley.
Survivors include his wife, Dimple Poston Adcock, of Sparta; one son, Ronnie Adcock, of Sparta; two daughters, Jane Adcock and Pam Tayse, both of Sparta; two grandchildren, Kaleb Tayse and Tyler Spivey, both of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews
Services will be at 1 p.m., Oct 23, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Old Bon … CONTINUED


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