Monthly Archives: January 2004

Simmons injured in freak accident

Posted on January 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A native White Countian was seriously injured Tuesday morning when he was pinned between a truck and tractor.
According to a report by Deputy Bill Harris, of the Putnam County Sheriff Department, at approximately 6:45 a.m., Jan. 20, 2004, he and Deputy Red Golden responded to a call at the intersection of Pleasant Ridge Road and White Oak Flatt, in Putnam County. They had been given information about a subject who had been seriously injured in an accident.
Upon arrival, the officers found several individuals around the bed of a pickup truck, attempting to help a white male who was laying in the bed of … Read More


Lottery debuts Tuesday

Posted on January 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
At 7:10 a.m., Jan. 20, 2004, James Gouge purchased his first Tennessee Lottery ticket. It was a winner. Gouge and his wife were at Alcorn’s Market just after he got off work and bought several tickets, including ones worth $25, $7, several ‘free ticket’ tickets and at least one entry ticket for the special million dollar pot. According to Gouge, they plan on playing once a week.
Debbie Hicks, clerk at Alcorn’s, said “It has been very busy, and I am learning as we go. It is easy, the ticket number is put into the computer and it tells you what has been won.”
With seven … Read More


Warriorettes move to 7-0 in District 7AAA

Posted on January 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Lizzie Ethel Dunn

Posted on January 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lizzie Ethel Dunn, 90, of Baxter, passed away Jan. 20, 2004.
Dunn was born Feb. 17, 1913, in White County, to William Rice and Mary Lou Rice.
She had been a homemaker.
Dunn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oscar Leo Dunn; infant daughter, Annzena Dunn; five brothers, Vestal Rice, Herbert Rice, Ernest Rice, William Rice, James Rice; three sons-in-law, Ronald Gantt, Clay Austin and Charles Hargis.
Survivors include three daughters, Aline Gantt, Tina Austin and Florence Hargis, all of Baxter; one son and daughter-in-law, Albert and Mildred Dunn, of Chattanooga; one sister, Lena Allen, of Baxter; nine grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and 10 great-great … Read More


Wearing red and purple

Posted on January 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
A group of the “young at heart” met recently at Yanni’s Restaurant for a going away party. It was a colorful group, partly because it included some women who wore red hats and purple clothing.
“We’re just practicing for when we get old,” said Callie Bumbalough, of Sparta.
These ladies base their attire on the poem by Jenny Joseph, which “warns” readers about her behavior when she begins to grow old. Being a part of the “Red Hat Society” has become a popular pastime for an ever-growing population of women who are celebrating the joy of aging, not just in Sparta, but around the United States.… Read More


Two arrested in arson case

Posted on January 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The ongoing cases of two barn fires in December that had been ruled as arson have now been solved after extensive investigative work by the White County Sheriff Department.
According to Detective Tommy Simmons, of the White County Sheriff Department, Don E. Baker, 21, of McMinnville, and Paul Michael Hutson, 33, of Sparta, were recently arrested in the incident. Baker and Hutson were each charged with two counts of arson, with bonds set at $100,000 each.
The two suspicious fires occurred in the early morning hours on Dec. 8, 2003, and involved barns that were located less than three miles apart.
One of the barns, … Read More


Warriors put scare into Riverdale

Posted on January 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Driven 2 Perform races past competition

Posted on January 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Driven 2 Perform, located at 168 E. Bockman Way in Sparta, has found it’s place in the landscape of White County.
Mike and Michelle Gurgainers have owned the shop for three months, and business is strong.
“We bought the building in August and opened in October,” said Mike. “We’re still doing renovation on it.”
Mike and Michelle have renovated the back half of the building as an apartment.
Both work at Bridgestone, but wanted to have a business of their own.
“I’ve worked on cars and built race engines for Mazda RX 7’s for years,” Mike said. “I rebuild rotary engines for them. I’m about the … Read More


Willie Katherine Saylors

Posted on January 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Willie Katherine Saylors, 95, of Cookeville, passed away Jan. 20, 2004.
Saylors was born Feb. 13, 1908, in Putnam County, to Taylor Bilbrey and Vergie Whitson Bilbrey.
She was a retired retail salesperson.
Survivors include two daughters, Edith Stewart, of Troy, Mich., Margaret Andriths, of Royal Oak, Mich; one brother, Kenneth Bilbrey, of Cookeville; two sisters, Mary Alice Randolph, of Cookeville, Stella Wilbanks, of Crossville; two grandchildren, Judy Brady, Brenda Turk; four great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Jan. 26, 2004, at Whitson Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Saylors Cemetery. Bro. James Haynes will officiate.
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Sallie Lee Golden

Posted on January 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sallie Lee ‘Granny Granny’ Golden, 94, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 19, 2004.
Golden was born May 5, 1909, in White County, to Bill Nash and Ollie Hitchcock.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Waymond Golden; five sisters; two brothers, and seven children.
Survivors include one daughter, Phyllis Allen Golden, of Sparta; two sisters, Rowena Hayes, of Sparta, Willie L. Stone, of Cookeville; one brother, Andrew Nash, of Sparta; four grandchildren, Sherri Martin, of Georgia, Scott Allen, Danielle Allen, Dustin Allen, all of Sparta; four great grandchildren, Tyler Ballinger, Mollie Martin, Bryant Martin, and Hayden Allen.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Jan. 22, 2004, … Read More


Virgie Elizabeth Cole McCormick

Posted on January 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Virgie Elizabeth Cole McCormick, 84, of Walling, passed away Jan. 20, 2004.
McCormick was born Sept. 16, 1919, in White County, to Benjamin Harrison Cole and Winnie Alice Usrey Cole,
She had been a homemaker.
McCormick was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Maris Turner, Beecher Virgie McCormick; and one son, Danny Turner.
Survivors include one daughter, Phyllis Turner, of Sparta; one son, Harvey Turner, of Walling; five brothers, Elbert Cole, Edward Cole, both of Sparta, Shelah Cole, of Chicago, Ill., Thomas Cole, Ben Cole, both of Sparta; four grandchildren, Ray Turner, of Doyle, Farrell Turner, of Walling, Danny Turner, of Sparta, Angie Akridge, of Cookeville; … Read More


Warriors scorched by Blackman Blaze

Posted on January 20, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


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