Monthly Archives: December 2003

The head elf talks

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

Jody Sliger
Expositor: ‘How long have you been doing this job?’
Santa: ‘It’s been a really long time. I don’t like to talk about my age, but let’s just say I make Methuselah look like a newborn’.
Expositor: ‘How do you know if children have been good or bad?’
Santa: ‘Reports have gone out saying the Internet is where I get most of my information, and I want to dispel that rumor right here, right now. Beginning on December 26th, I start keeping a file on each and every child. I know when they are bad, and I know when they are good. When it gets near, I … Read More


Santa’s entry points vary

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

Jody Sliger
In the interest of answering the time-honored question, a recent survey revealed there are many ways for Santa to enter homes and complete his mission. The head elf himself was unavailable for comment as there are only a few days left to Christmas. Kindergarten children at Northfield Elementary assisted in the investigation, but a clear-cut answer was not determined.
Most everyone will agree with Isaiah Vinson who told this reporter, “I don’t know how he gets in, he just does.”
One of the serious problems concerning this issue is the advancement of heating and cooling systems, which have alleviated the need for every home to have … Read More


Jesus is born

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

Expositor Report
Luke 2:1-20
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be … Read More


Local teams headed to post Christmas tournaments

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

Tammy Wilhite
Sweet South, here we come! Amanda Lewis and the Warriorettes will take their 9-2 record to Madison, Alabama for the Sweet South Classic.


Basketball tourneys- a post Christmas tradition

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

Tammy Wilhite


Donald James Rouse

Posted on December 25, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Donald James Rouse, 62, of Lawrenceburg, passed away Dec. 21, 2003.
Rouse was born Nov. 9, 1941, in Detroit, Mich., to Matthew and Virginia Mae Carver Waatt.
He had been a salesman for an electrical company.
Rouse was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Hensley Rouse, of Cookeville; one daughter, Joyce Carolyn Ashburn, of Sparta; two sons, Donald Gary Rouse, of Sparta, Greg Alan Rouse, of Springhill; seven grandchildren; five sisters, Marlene Rymill, of Lexington, Mich., Pauline Graham, of Largo, Fla., JoAn Martin, of California, Anita Ruona, and Linda Mattison, both of Calumet, Mich.; five brothers, Fred Rouse, of Taylor, Mich., Paul Waatt, … Read More


Florence Catron

Posted on December 25, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Florence Catron, 96, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 22, 2003.
Catron was born April 5, 1907, in Cumberland County, to Leighton Lee Morgan and Lucy Florence Lott Morgan.
She had been a teacher.
Catron was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, William Lester Catron.
Survivors include two sons, Lyle Catron, of Sparta, James Catron, of Nashville; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and caregivers, Elizabeth Navy and Lorene Perks.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Dec. 24, 2003, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Charlie Myers and Bro. Bobby Wilhite will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


George David Allen

Posted on December 25, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

George David Allen, 65, of Antioch, formerly of Jackson County, passed away Dec. 21, 2003.
Allen was born Feb. 20, 1938, in Jackson County to Hollis Allen and Hallie Terry Allen.
He was retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include wife, Mary Farley Allen; one son, Terry Allen; and one daughter, Cindy Allen, all of Antioch.
Services will be 10 a.m., Dec. 24, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Nash Cemetery. Jennifer Crane-Moss and Jonathan Angel will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Charles Edmond Foster

Posted on December 25, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charles Edmond Foster, 95, of Spencer, passed away Dec. 21, 2003.
Foster was born Nov. 26, 1908, in White County, to William Monroe Foster and Katie Alverson Foster.
He had been a mechanic.
Foster was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include two sisters, Violet Rigsby, of El Paso, Texas, Kathleen Panter, of Pikeville, Bunny, Jesse and McKenna Laxson; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 2 p.m., Dec. 23, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Bethlehem Cemetery. Gene Brock officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Warriorettes record big win over Jackson County in OT

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

Tammy Wilhite
Amanda Lewis had 17 points to help lead her team to a 51-46 win over Jackson County in the Bill Boruff Shootout.
Lewis netted three treys in the game including the one in regulation to force the game into overtime.
She also took a charge on defense in the overtime period to help seal the win.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


Warriors end four game skid with hot shooting against Grundy Co.

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

Tammy Wilhite


Emergency room seeing high volume of flu patients

Posted on December 22, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Local medical professionals are witnessing a high volume of emergency room patients because of flu-related illnesses, but they are hopeful the larger than normal December figures will decline after the holiday season.
According to Dr. Luke Spiekermann, WCCH emergency room (ER) director, the increase of emergency room patients for this last month of the year is about 1-1/2 times larger than the usual December figures. The average number of patients to visit the ER on a daily basis is approximately 33, but recently medical staff has treated an average of 50 per day, with one day recently topping out at 69.
“They all seem to … Read More


Maggie Annie Wilson Brown

Posted on December 22, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Maggie Annie Wilson Brown, 92, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 19, 2003.
Brown was born April 23, 1911, in White County to William Petway Wilson and Hattie Leota Stockwell Wilson.
She had been a homemaker.
Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Earl Brown; three sons, William Ernest Brown, Horace Jean Brown, Donald Ray Brown; and two brothers, Wiliam Carl Wilson and Sidney Lewis Wilson.
Survivors include one son, Johnnie Dale Brown and wife, Marie, of Nashville; one brother, Fate Wilson, of Sparta; three sisters, Lareda Maynard Randolph, of Sparta, Eva Denton, of Sparta, Dorothy Miller, of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren, Johnnie Denton, Leslie Jackson, Vickie … Read More


James Douglas ‘Bud’ Stewart

Posted on December 22, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Douglas ‘Bud’ Stewart, 60, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 17, 2003.
Stewart was born March 12, 1943, in Sparta to Donald Gaines Stewart and Clara Dean Collins.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors include his father, Donald Gaines Stewart, of Michigan; and two sisters, Donna Sims, of Sparta and Jamie Crowell, of Michigan.
Services were at 1 p.m., Dec. 19, 2003, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Don Burns officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Tennesseans to see changes in sales tax

Posted on December 22, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Tennessee lost over $300 million in sales last year to Internet purchases, but through the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA) residents’ purchases on-line will soon be monitored after years of unregulated transactions.
During the recent membership luncheon of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, Debbie Lawrence, tax audit supervisor with the Tennessee Department of Revenue, told those in attendance the entire concept of Internet buying would change for consumers in Tennessee. According to Lawrence, Tennessee has been working with the State Governors’ Conference since 2002 to streamline sales and use tax laws.
“There are lots of questions we can’t possibly answer yet,” said … Read More


Tania Webb Eble

Posted on December 22, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tania Webb Eble, 76, of Pascagoula, Miss., passed away Dec. 16, 2003.
Eble was born to Reginald and Margarie Webb.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Eble; and her parents.
Survivors include one son, David Michael Eble and wife, Sherry, of Tupelo, Miss.; three daughters, Georga Ann Eble, of Pascagoula, Miss., Kim Thompson and husband, David, of Germantown, Tracey Schoenberger and husband, Kurt, of Pascagoula, Miss.; two sisters, Pamela Sawyer, of Blairstown, N.J., Sheila O’Halloran, of Pennsylvania; trusted and loving caregiver, Juanita Jones and seven grandchildren.
Services were at 3 p.m., Dec. 19, 2003, at O’Bryant-O’Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula, Miss., with burial in … Read More


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