Monthly Archives: January 2004

Feltons selected 2003 Farmers of the Year

Posted on January 30, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Dan and Chris Felton are very proud to have been selected as the White County Soil Conservation District Farmers of the Year for 2003.
The Feltons’ farming operation consists of 628 acres, including 42 acres of corn, 37 acres of wheat and oats for hay, and 549 acres of pastureland or halyard. All crops are grown using the no-till or minimum-tillage method.
The Feltons’ farm is held in very high regard by members of the farming community and is located in the Shady Grove Community of White County.
Chris and Dan were both active in FFA and 4-H growing up, and Chris currently serves on the … Read More


Sparta Heating and Air keeping White County warm

Posted on January 30, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Sparta Heating and Air Conditioning, previously at 170 Mayberry Street in Sparta, has moved to 999 Smithville Hwy.
“As of Jan. 1, 2004, we moved into this building,” said Mike Omoumi, owner of the business.
“We had grown to where we had more equipment and inventory than what we’d had before,” Omoumi continued. “Now we can buy in bulk quantity, so we can save even more money and be even more competitive.”
Omoumi, a mechanical engineer with more than 20 years of experience in heating and cooling, bought the business in January 1990.
“We have had really good years since the very beginning,” Omoumi said. “and, … Read More


Cars, cars and more cars

Posted on January 30, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Charles Bumbalough, longtime resident of White County, has been collecting antique cars for more than 50 years.
“I’ve always had a flair for old cars since I married in 1949,” said Bumbalough, “but I’ve fooled with old cars for a long time, and I love it.”
One of the first cars he owned, a 1936 Ford Coupe, was sold in order to get married.
“I sold it for $350, and it covered the wedding expenses,” Bumbalough smiled. “It was my favorite car, and I’ve been looking for one since 1992.”
And, it appears his antique car collection has come full circle. This month, he traveled to … Read More


Savage residence damaged by fire

Posted on January 30, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
An early morning fire Tuesday heavily damaged the home of Mark and Pam Savage.
According to Jimmy Austin, chief of Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched at 7:15 a.m., to 525 Judge Austin Road. By 7:21 a.m., firefighters were on the scene, ready to battle the blaze that had totally engulfed the garage portion of the large two-story structure.
Four separate fire departments were called to the scene. The Savage house is located in the Mt. Gilead fire district, which placed Austin as the command chief. Sparta Fire Department was called as the back-up unit. Because of the size of the structure, Doyle … Read More


Commission hears from Nuisance Committee

Posted on January 30, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A brief meeting of the White County Board of Commissioners, on Jan. 26, 2004, highlighted several points of concern.
Commissioners are members of various committees within the realm of their duties, but a recently formed Nuisance Committee has generated interest among county residents.
The Golden Mountain Park Raceway had sparked controversy approximately a few years ago when residents in the area complained about excessive noise and late-night races. Since that time, commissioners have been seeking legal advice about how to protect White Countians and their property from anything that could be deemed detrimental to their health or well-being or affect property values.
County zoning has … Read More


Knight and Nash – forever a part of WCHS sports

Posted on January 30, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


WCHS sweeps Warren County

Posted on January 30, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Over the defense. Ryan Qualls goes up over the Warren County defense for two points.
The Warriors held on to pick up their second district victory of the season over the Pioneers by a score of 62-58.


Eva Dell Jones Hicks

Posted on January 29, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Eva Dell Jones Hicks, 67, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 22, 2004.
Hicks was born Nov. 7, 1936, in White County, to Dewey Jones and Winnie Conley Jones.
She had been a homemaker.
Hicks was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jimmie Lee Hicks; one brother, Richard Jones; and one sister, Mary Bell Bumbalough.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Hicks, Monica Brewington and husband, Chris; two sons, Bruce Hicks, Robin Hicks and wife, Patrena; two sisters, Estelle Wilson, Janell ‘Nell’ Ford; four grandchildren, Chase Hicks, Kyle Hicks, Logan Hicks, Braden Brewington, all of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 3 p.m., Jan. 24, 2004, … Read More


Oakley Arnold Sherrell

Posted on January 29, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Oakley Arnold Sherrell, 79, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 26, 2004.
Sherrell was born Feb. 16, 1924, in Putnam County, to George Monroe Sherrell and Alice Thomas Sherrell.
He had been a carpenter.
Sherrell was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Lorene Dobbs Sherrell, of Sparta; two sons, Jerry Sherrell, of Alabama, Johnny Sherrell, of Sparta; seven grandchildren, Mark Sherrell, Angela Barden, Julie Allen, Susan Jarrell, Skylar Sherrell, Jeffrey Sherrell, Christopher Sherrell; five great grandchildren; three sisters, Mertie Bussell, of Clewiston, Fla., Dorothy McCaleb, Mary Martin, both of Cookeville; four brothers, Billy Sherrell, Lloyd Ray Sherrell, both of Cookeville, Robert Sherrell, of Clewiston, Fla., … Read More


J D Henry

Posted on January 29, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

J D Henry, 92, of Buffalo Valley, formerly of White County, passed away Jan. 24, 2004.
Henry was born Aug. 24, 1911, in White County, to Oscar Henry and Ethel Bumbalough Henry.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lela Eldridge Henry; three children, Joyce Henry, Wilma Cobb, Jimmy N. Henry; siblings, Notie Smith, Veda Gore, A. P. Henry, Eva Smith; one granddaughter and one great grandson.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Greg Williams, of Sparta; four sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Linda Henry, of Sparta, James and Margaret Henry, of Buffalo Valley, Jerry and Kathleen Henry, Larry and Connie Henry, all … Read More


Warriorettes suffer first district loss to Lady Cavs

Posted on January 28, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Sparta man faces several charges

Posted on January 28, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Driving on a suspended license is just one of the charges facing a Sparta man after he was stopped in connection with a report of domestic assault at 6:42 p.m., Jan. 24, 2004.
Deputy Jerry R. Cole received information to be on the lookout for a maroon pick-up truck in the area of Oak Grove and East Pin Hook roads. Cole discovered the vehicle and activated his blue lights.
After the vehicle pulled over, Cole came into contact with the driver, Alberto Gonzalez, 28, of Sparta. When the officer requested identification, Gonzalez handed him an ID only card.
Cole detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage … Read More


Cookeville completes season sweep of Warriors

Posted on January 28, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Pat’s Book and Card finds new location

Posted on January 28, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Pat Wallace is enjoying a new home for her store, Pat’s Book and Card. The store, which had been in the Wal-Mart Shopping Center for more than 19 years, has moved to the location previously occupied by Big J Jewelry, near Payless Pharmacy.
“I’m happy to have the extra space, and I like being on the main street in town,” Wallace said.
The store, owned by Wallace and her husband, Jimmy, officially opened at its new location on Jan. 19, 2004.
Pat opened the store after she had learned “the trade” from her adopted aunt, Mary Kay Barthel, who owned the old Hallmark store.
“I helped … Read More


Debris causes wreck

Posted on January 28, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Unrestrained boxes escaped the bed of a pickup truck and created havoc on the northbound lanes of Highway 111, in White County around 1 p.m., on Jan. 24, 2004.
The 1999 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck was driven by Yushiu L. Whiteaker, 52, of Sparta.
According to Trooper Michael Jolley, boxes fell out of the truck.
Whiteaker pulled over onto the side of the road and a passenger, Melvin Slatten, exited the truck to retrieve them.
Dwight E. Haston, 57, of Spencer, and his passenger were also traveling northbound on the highway when Haston observed the man and boxes in the road. As the driver of the … Read More


WCMS Math-A-Thon to raise funds for St. Jude

Posted on January 28, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A well-rounded education includes all aspects of life, and students at White County Middle School will learn about community service as they raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
For many outside the walls of WCMS, the annual Math-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research has been a well-kept secret. Teachers and students have been actively participating in the fundraising event for the past 10 years, but the general public has not been aware of the success of the program.
According to Anna Rich, eighth grade math teacher, the Math-A-Thon has raised $57,786. Now, in its 11th year, Rich hopes to see an even greater … Read More


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