Monthly Archives: March 2004

Slatten resigns coaching position

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

Tammy Wilhite
After only three years as coach of the White County boys’ basketball team, Bruce Slatten officially resigned his position on Friday.
At the end of each sports’ respective season, whether it be amateur or professional, coaching changes are the norm.
It is just a part of the landscape of a profession filled with constant change.
The White County High School Warrior basketball team is one of the many hardwood teams who will be in pursuit of a new head mentor during the spring.
That search was necessitated Friday afternoon when Bruce Slatten called the Warriors together for a meeting and announced he was resigning his position … Read More


Warriorette softball drops pair last week

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

Tammy Wilhite


Forest fire burns more than 190 acres

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Residents of the Lost Creek community, of White County, were awakened to the smell of smoke and sounds of heavy equipment as fire raced across approximately 190 acres of timber land.
According to Tommy Eller, forestry technician with White and DeKalb counties, members of the Tennessee Department of Forestry stayed on the scene of the fire for more than 18 hours, which was reported about 4 a.m., Thursday.
Eller arrived at the scene at approximately 5 a.m. Ten other members of the forestry department arrived and immediately began planning their strategy on how to attack the blaze. Although the fire was not reported until about … Read More


Workers’ comp costs causing loss of businesses

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

Kim Swindell Wood
During recent legislative meetings in Nashville, state officials told lawmakers that companies are deciding to locate or expand elsewhere because Tennessee worker’s compensation costs are too high.
Every county in Tennessee could potentially be affected by the rising costs and lack of monitoring of the state’s system that has rewarded injured workers enormous settlements without any type of checks and balances.
Recently, Wallace Austin, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce president, and Ed Henry, Emerson Appliance human resource manager, attended a regional meeting in Chattanooga, which was sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.… Read More


Warrior baseball defeats Livingston 8-1

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

Tammy Wilhite


Ella Wee Maxwell

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

Ella Wee Maxwell, 79, of Baxter, passed away March 25, 2004.
Maxwell was born Nov. 4, 1924, in Putnam County to Dan and Adell Montgomery Phillips.
She was a retired seamstress with Wilson Sporting Goods with 34 years of service.
Maxwell was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Saundra Bush; son-in-law, Stanley Hensley; sister, Vallie Medley, eight brothers, Willard Phillips, Thurman Phillips, Raymie Phillips, Ralph Phillips, Floyd Phillips, Willie Phillips, A.D. Phillips and Leo Phillips.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years Junior Maxwell; one daughter, Wanda Sue Hensley; one brother, Troy Phillips, all of Baxter; five grandchildren and their spouses, LeAnn and Phil Martin, of … Read More


Kermit Speck

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

Kermit Speck, 89, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2004.
Speck was born April 11, 1914, in White County.
He had been a carpenter.
Survivors include two sons, Tyron Speck, of Sparta, Floyd Speck, of Dyersburg; one sister, Dimple Dunn, of Sparta; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m., March 30, 2004, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Blue Springs Cemetery. Bro. Paul Bradley and Bro. Jonathan Angel will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mary Frances Harding

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

Mary Frances Harding, 69, of Sparta, passed away March 24, 2004.
Harding was born Oct. 21, 1934, in Bridport, Vt., to Edward George Jackson and Ruth Johnson Jackson.
She had been a barber for 40 years.
Harding was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray Harding; and two brothers, James Howard Jackson and Charles Jackson.
Survivors include three brothers and sisters-in-law, Leon and Blanch Jackson, David and Mary Jackson, Danny and Wanda Jackson, all of New York; two step sons, Lonnie Harding, Joe Harding, both of St. Petersburg, Fla.; several grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were at 4 p.m., March 28, 2004, at Corinth Church … Read More


Mary Etta Mills Dunn

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

Mary Etta Dunn, 80, of Franklin, NC, formerly of White County, passed away March 25, 2004.
Dunn was born in White County to W.E. Mills and Modena Howell Mills.
She was retired from Westinghouse Light and worked at Jane’s Accessories.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Robert E. Dunn, of Franklin, NC; one son and daughter-in-law, R. Alan and Donna Dunn, of Savannah, Ga.; two grandchildren, Courtney Dunn and Kendra Dunn; two sisters, Mildred Word, of Clayton, Ga, Jonelda Pitman, of Sparta; four brothers, Clifford Mills, of Michigan, Harold Mills, of Sparta, Herbert Mills, of Cookeville, and Jimmie Mills, of Sparta.
Services will be at 11 a.m., … Read More


Martha Matilda Cardwell

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

Martha Matilda “Tillie” Cardwell, 93, of Sparta, passed away March 25, 2004.
Cardwell was born Dec. 21, 1910, in Alfie, to Matthew Gilmore and Rebecca Catherine Prendergast Nelson.
She was employed at Oldham Theatre for 50 years.
Cardwell was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, James S. Cardwell.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Ross and Brenda Cardwell, of Sparta, Robert and Jan Cardwell, of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Jerri Lynn Schmidt and husband, Terry, Mari Anne Jones and husband, Clint, all of Knoxville, Jason Starbuck Cardwell, of Athens, Ga.
Services were at 11 a.m., March 27, 2004, at Central Church of Christ with burial … Read More


R. J. Bouldin

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

R.J. Bouldin, 62, of Spencer, passed away March 26, 2004.
Bouldin was born Sept. 1, 1941, in Van Buren County, to Ivory Bouldin and Juanitta Dodson Bouldin.
Bouldin was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Carolyn Hitchcock.
Survivors include his wife, Charlene Bouldin; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Timothy Bouldin, Kevin and Melody Bouldin; four grandchildren, Ryan Bouldin, Cody Bouldin, Sydney Bouldin, Morgan Bouldin, all of Spencer; four brothers, Thomas Bouldin, of Kansas, Ervin Bouldin, of Tullahoma, Lindell Bouldin, of Georgia, Steve Bouldin, of Memphis; one uncle, George Dodson, of Bone Cave; two aunts, Bell Allen, of Soddy Daisy, Joyce Boyd, of McMinnville and several … Read More


Rita Jane Jones Greene

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

Rita Jane Jones Greene, of Sparta, passed away March 25, 2004.
Greene was born in Sparta to Leslie E. Jones and Martha Ellen Frasier Jones.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Evelyn Mitchell; and infant sister, Edna Elease Jones.
Survivors include her husband, Eddie Greene, of Sparta; two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Treasure Greene, of Dallas, Texas, Kent and Julie Greene, Destrehan, La.; two sisters, Peg Tragos, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., Betty Hartlage, of Clarksville; two brothers, Bob Jones, Crossville, Charlie Jones, of Medford, Oregon; three grandchildren, Ben, Brandon and Lana Greene and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 2 p.m., March 28, … Read More


Women’s Show is three weeks away

Posted on March 26, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Women of White and surrounding counties will soon enjoy a day away from the demands and challenges of life at home and work at the Women’s Show on April 17, 2004, sponsored by The Expositor.
Area vendors will treat women to items of fun, relaxation, and convenience.
Many businesses plan to show something new this year, including Steve Webster, manager of S&W Electric in Sparta. Webster will be displaying a new dryer that can make doing laundry much easier.
“I wanted something different for the Women’s Show,” Webster said.
The Maytag Neptune is not just a dryer, it’s a drying center. The bottom of the unit … Read More


Warriors suffer hard fought 2-0 loss to Blackman

Posted on March 26, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


The Easter Bunny is coming to town

Posted on March 26, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
The 6th Annual Doyle Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Celebration will take place on April 3, 2004, at Doyle Elementary.
The Easter Bunny will be there to welcome spring and say hello to all the kids. Sponsored and coordinated by The Law Office of Cindy Howell, the event is a highlight of the season.
“A lot of people think it’s just for the Doyle community,” Howell said. “It’s not. We invite everyone from all over the county.”
Along with the Easter bunny’s visit, kids can enjoy food, fun, and games, and music.
“Terry Howard and his wife furnish all the “fun” equipment, like the moon walk … Read More


Wreck sends one to hospital

Posted on March 26, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
White County Emergency Management
Director Jerry Cole assisted with clean up after a wreck occurred on Crossville Highway Tuesday afternoon.
According to Trooper Michael Jolley with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, just after 3 p.m., March 23, 2004, a silver 2003 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Jeanna M. Parks, 33, of Sparta, struck the back side of a 1991 white Jeep.
The Jeep, driven by Aaron Smith, 20, of Sparta, was stopped in a line of approximately four cars behind a stopped school bus.
Smith said, “I was stopped for the school bus. There were four or five cars between me and the bus.”
Parks was transported to … Read More


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