Monthly Archives: January 2004

New Year baby arrives at WCCH

Posted on January 8, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Hunter Wade Gordon arrived at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 4, 2004, to become White County Community Hospital’s first baby of the new year.
The new arrival is the son of Chris and Tammy Gordon. He weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19-1/4 inches long.
His big sister, Jennifer Buckley, was happy to make his acquaintance.
Hunter Wade’s grandparents are Michael and Diane Sakkinen, of Cookeville, and Thomas and Sue Gordon, of Douglasville, Ga.
As the New Year Baby of 2004, Hunter Wade received several gifts from both the hospital and local merchants.
White County Community Hospital provided the Tiny Toes Gift Pack, which all newborns receive, … CONTINUED


Chamber of Commerce elects new chairman

Posted on January 8, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A new year brought a new leader to the helm of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as Roy Whited was unanimously elected as chairman.
Whited, auctioneer and personal property appraiser with Tri Star Real Estate and Auction Co. Inc., took over the seat that had been held by Barbara Witzigman during the past year. The new chairman thanked everyone for their support and commended the outgoing board members for their dedication and service to the community.
Helen Pate, new board member, was elected by acclamation as vice-chairman.
Wallace Austin, Chamber president, presented Witzigman with a plaque depicting her tenure as chairman. … CONTINUED


Local extension agents explain to consumers about beef scare

Posted on January 8, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
With the recent first-ever detection in this country of “Mad Cow Disease,” local agricultural extension agents want consumers to know the food supply in still the safest in the world.
Bill Adcock, White County extension agent, and Scott Swoape, Van Buren County extension agent, both want local consumers to know the facts about Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), which is commonly referred to as Mad Cow Disease.
“We’re looking at a more wholesome and safe beef because of all the measures that the USDA and inspectors have put into place,” said Adcock.
The United States has already been protected by stringent laws that have governed the … CONTINUED


Police stay busy over holiday weekend

Posted on January 6, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A wide variety of offenses kept law enforcement officials occupied over the new year holiday.
-Lack faces two charges
The newest academy graduating officer with the White County Sheriff Department garnered the first arrest of 2004 with a driving under the influence charge.
Deputy Jerry R. Cole Jr. graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy Dec. 19, 2003, and while on duty Jan. 1, 2004, observed a vehicle traveling north on Disneyland Road.
As Cole followed the car, he noticed it weaving back and forth over the center line of the roadway and into the grass on the side of the road. Cole activated his lights, … CONTINUED


District action dominates 2004 portion of WCHS schedule

Posted on January 6, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Sunday named to TSWA All State volleyball team

Posted on January 6, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Brooke Sunday


Beef prices affected by latest scare

Posted on January 6, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The average individual is probably ready for a menu change after all the turkey and ham eaten during the holidays, but the recent scare of potentially diseased beef has consumers carefully watching their pocketbooks as prices rise on packages of the popular red meat.
Ground beef has been a staple in the American household for decades, and the cost of the multi-functional meat has seen constant fluctuations in prices. However, the recent “Mad Cow Disease” scare has sent the prices soaring once again, with regular ground beef prices rising approximately $1 per pound locally.
Mad Cow Disease is the laypersons’s name for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy … CONTINUED


New year brings new laws

Posted on January 6, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
(Part 1 of a multi-part series)
A brand new year always brings the hope of new and exciting challenges, and some of the new laws that went into effect Jan. 1, 2004, could bring about positive changes for the residents of Tennessee or otherwise confuse a situation that “just ain’t broke.”
One of the most significant changes is the issuance of arrest warrants. According to the new law, as an alternative to an arrest warrant, the magistrate, judge or clerk may issue a criminal summons when the individual seeking the warrant is not a law enforcement officer.
For many years, judicial officials have agreed Tennessee’s … CONTINUED


Clara Ester Kelsay Young

Posted on January 5, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Clara Ester Kelsay Young, 86, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 29, 2003.
Young was born Aug. 2, 1917, in White County to Amos Kelsay and Florence Vinnie Young Kelsay.
She had been a homemaker.
Young was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Willie Martin Young; one sister, Cora Brady; and four brothers, Aaron Kelsay, Otis Kelsay, Roy Kelsay, and Chester Kelsay.
Survivors include her husband, Milton Riley Young, of Sparta; three sons, Riley Young, of Nashville, Justin Young, Jimmy Young, both of Sparta; one daughter, Hilda Cantrell, of Sparta; two brothers, Vester Kelsay, of McMinnville, Spencer Young, of Sparta; 16 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two great-great … CONTINUED


John Thomas Young

Posted on January 5, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John Thomas Young, 60, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 1, 2004.
Young was born Sept. 6,1943, in White County to John Curry Young and Esther Lee Osborne Young.
Survivors include one sister, Esther Diane Stacy; two brothers, Arthur Creed Young, Charles D. Young, all of Sparta; one niece, Tonya Moore; and one nephew, Brent Turner Jr.
Services were at 1 p.m., Jan. 3, 2004, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Black Oak Cemetery. Bro. Fate Wilson officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Wallace E. Goodwin

Posted on January 5, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Wallace E. Goodwin, 87, of Knoxville, passed away Jan. 3, 2004.
He was owner and president of Wallace E. Goodwin General Contractors from 1955 until retirement in 1987.
Goodwin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Geneva Goodwin and one son, David Goodwin.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Eunice Goodwin; granddaughter, Cheri Britton and husband, Chris, of Ashville, N.C.; grandson, Christopher Goodwin and wife, Karen, of Knoxville; and two great grandchildren, Sawyer and Noah Britton.
Services will be at
8 p.m., Jan. 5, 2004, at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church with graveside service and interment at 11 a.m., Jan. 6, 2004, at Green Acres Memorial … CONTINUED


Felix Jerome Guy Jr.

Posted on January 5, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Felix Jerome Guy Jr. 52, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 1, 2004.
Guy was born Sept. 23, 1952, in White County, to Felix Jerome Guy and Betty Ruth Dodson Guy.
He had been a timberman.
Survivors include his parents; his wife, Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Lewis Guy; one daughter and son-in-law, Jayne Guy Dale and husband, Derrick; one sister, Judy Guy Dodson and her husband, Meldon, all of Sparta.
Services were at 2 p.m., Jan. 4, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Old Union Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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