Monthly Archives: December 2003

Willa Vaughn Hurd McNamara

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

Willa Vaughn Hurd McNamara, 86, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 15, 2003.
McNamara was born March 5, 1917, in Sparta, to Ersie Lee Hurd and Lou Ann Cooper.
She was the retired manager of a food chain store.
McNamara was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, James McNamara.
Survivors include three sons, Carson Knowles, Palm Beach, Fla., Greg Stone, and Louis Stone, both of Sparta; four step children; one half brother, Gary Hurd, of Spencer; seven grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Dec. 20, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Charles Myers will … CONTINUED


A little turn of the wood

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Passing the time of day surrounded by more than 200 acres of beautiful scenery has become a source of inspiration for John Roberts as he creates his masterpieces of woodturned art.
Roberts spent his childhood in Smithville, but his family roots are planted in White County. The Mitchell family has been a vital part of the community for several generations.
Before moving to White County in 1999, Roberts had lived in Murfreesboro. He was a pilot for American Eagle Airlines for eight years and now serves as chief pilot for American Service Contractors for the corporate executives. Roberts is on-call 24 hours a day and … CONTINUED


LA Wildcats steal win from Warriors

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriorettes defeat always tough LA

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriorettes win one, lose one over weekend

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Full service is a thing of the past

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
The full service gas station is almost a thing of the past, but Denny White’s Service Station still believes in face-to-face customer service.
“Now, we’re the only full service left in town,” said White. “We’re like a dinosaur. If there is another, I don’t know of it.”
He opened the business around 1983 and has been pumping gas and servicing customers ever since. Some have been with him from the beginning and others
only recently.
White has not always owned a full service gas station. He is an experienced truck driver, and at one time, worked for the Sparta Police Department, while owning his business. The … CONTINUED


Warriors split weekend games, fall to 1-2 in district

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


“We got him.”

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

SADDAM CAPTURED
Kim Swindell Wood
After years of wreaking terror on the people of Iraq, as well as instigating the devastation of other countries, Saddam Hussein has finally been captured by American forces after months in hiding.
The ex-president of Iraq was taken into custody at a small mud-walled compound outside the village of Adwar at 8:30 p.m., Dec. 13, 2003.
According to Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of coalition forces in the country, about 600 members of the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, along with special operations forces. launched Operation Red Dawn after receiving intelligence reports Saddam was in the area.
Coalition forces moved the former … CONTINUED


Children are the innocent victims

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A White County man faces child endangerment charges, in addition to several drug charges, after Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and White County Narcotics Unit discovered two children in a meth lab.
The White County Narcotics Unit accompanied DCS to check on a child’s welfare. After arriving at the residence, officials sought and received permission to search. During the search, several items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine were uncovered, including two grams of meth, a glass pipe and other items under the mattress on which an 11-year-old boy was sleeping.
Wade Keith Phillips, 45, of Sparta, was arrested and charged with criminal intent to manufacture … CONTINUED


Murder case bound over to grand jury

Posted on December 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
On Friday, in General Sessions Court, Judge Sam Benningfield heard the probable cause hearing for Betty Conley who has been charged in the first-degree murder of Jim Roy Haley.
Detective Chris Isom took the stand, saying Haley was found dead, the result of a gunshot wound. He was killed with a single barrel 12-gauge shotgun.
Isom further stated the gun was found in the bedroom leaning against the wall, with two spent cartridges, and Haley’s body was found in the living room in a recliner.
During the cross examination, the question “Why did she do it?” was asked, and Isom’s response was, “He didn’t appreciate her.”… CONTINUED


James Cordell Lowery

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

James Cordell Lowery, 74, of Michigan, formerly of Sparta, passed away Dec. 10, 2003.
Lowery was born March 26, 1929, in Sparta, to William Logan Lowery and Louella Measles Lowery.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Carl Lowery, Carson Lowery, Dan Lowery; and one sister, Edna Wallace.
Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn D. Lowery, of Manitou Beach, Mich., Norma Lowery Kotcher and husband, Ron, of St. Clair, Mich., Wanda Lowery, of Dearborn, Mich.; two sons, Cordell Lowery, of Manitou, Mich.; George Lowery, of Addison, Mich., one brother, Simpson Lowery, of Hawesville, Ky.; three sisters, Pauline Sims, of Atlanta, Ga., Barbara Lowery, of Sparta, Myrna … CONTINUED


Cecil E. Smith and Christine Newsome Smith

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

Cecil E. Smith, 89, and Christine Newsome Smith, 85, of Sparta, husband and wife of more than 65 years, both departed this world within two days of each other to be with their Lord.
Cecil, who passed away Dec. 9, 2003, was a retired officer of Underwriters Laboratory and an electrical engineer. He was one of the longest serving members of the international Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union and recently was one of three Tennessee IBEW members to receive a 60-year pin for continuous membership.
He had served on the White County Election Commission and had more than a quarter century of service as an elder or deacon … CONTINUED


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