Monthly Archives: March 2004

City board approves funding for K & V

Posted on March 23, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously on Thursday to approve their portion of funding for K & V Automotive, which will help secure approximately 40 jobs.
Wallace Austin, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce president and county commission chairman, had addressed city board members during two previous meetings about the urgency for making a decision about the K & V funding.
Austin had spoken on behalf of K & V owners, Jeff Velba and Martha Kindle, who had requested a loan for equipment from the Sparta-White County Industrial Board, with one-half funded by White County and one-half by the City of Sparta. The … CONTINUED


Bruce Wayne Medgette Jr.

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

Bruce Wayne Medgette Jr., 44, of Sparta, passed away March 15, 2004.
Medgette was born Nov. 12, 1959, in Norfolk, Va., to Bruce Wayne and Sylvia Marie Ambrose Medgette.
He had been a landscaper.
Medgette was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Cindy Emerton.
Survivors include one daughter, Katie Marie Medgette, of Norfolk, Va.; two brothers, Prentice M. West, of Sparta, and William E. West, of Rickman; one niece, Bragan Emerton, of Sparta; and two nephews, Timothy and Tony Emerton, both of Sparta.
Services were at 1 p.m., March 20, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Old Bon Air Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home


Jacqulene J. “Jackie” Wright

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

Jacqulene J. “Jackie” Wright, 54, of Tampa, Fla., passed away March 17, 2004,
Wright was born in Muncie, Ind., to Tom and Faye Hyder Wright.
She was a member of Westside Church of Christ, in Yorktown. Wright graduated from Yorktown High School and worked for Olan Mills and Ball State University before moving to Florida, in 1994, where she continued to work until her declining health forced her to retire.
Wright was preceded in death by her mother.
Survivors include her father and stepmother, Tom and Hassie Wright, of Sparta; one sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer Gail and Fred Yaxley, of Blue Ridge, Gal.; two brother and sisters-in-law, Jeffrey … CONTINUED


Johnnie Wesley Shirrell

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

Johnnie Wesley Shirrell, 88, of Sparta, passed away March 19, 2004.
Shirrell was born Oct. 23, 1915, in White County, to John Nelson Shirrell and Emma Lou Baker Shirrell.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Shirrell had been a farmer and had worked at Sparta Spoke Factory.
Shirrell was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Elizabeth Shirrell and Martha Ann Shirrell.
Survivors include his wife, Ella Lou Flatt Shirrell, of Sparta; one sister, Lena Mae Shirrell, of Sparta; one brother, Charlie Lee Shirrell, of Sparta; one son, James Wesley Shirrell, of McMinnville; daughters and their spouses, Velma Sue and James Merle … CONTINUED


WCHS softball splits with Livingston

Posted on March 19, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warrior baseball suffers pair of losses

Posted on March 19, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Board makes plans for 2004 White County Fair

Posted on March 19, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
The White County Fair Board had their monthly meeting on March 16, 2004 in the John White building. The Ag complex building, the usual meeting place was occupied, so the group enjoyed a meeting near the fireplace.
Plans for the upcoming fair were discussed, with specifics to be ironed out over the next few months. Members discussed adding divisions to various classes, and changes to event schedules.
“If there are no monetary changes, we can make scheduling changes without board approval,” said Paul Bailey, fair board president.
In other fair business, the group heard from Christy Hampton, promotions director at The Expositor, about a flat rate … CONTINUED


Taking ‘The Challenge’

Posted on March 19, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
The Lifestyle Challenge is officially underway. Several people came to White County Community Hospital on March 15, 2004, to kick off the first day of 10 weeks to better health.
“I signed up 114 people yesterday, but I’m sure there were more that saw the big line and didn’t stay,” said Jody Sliger, staff writer for The Expositor.
The clinic building near the hospital was overflowing from 4-7 p.m. for the health fair, offered in conjunction with The Lifestyle Challenge. Participants were weighed, and the following items were measured: blood pressure, grip strength, pulse rate, body mass index, and waist and hip measurements.
“It was tremendous,” … CONTINUED


Women’s Show set for April

Posted on March 19, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Plans are shaping up for the Annual Women’s Show, a production of The Expositor. More than 40 vendors will be showing their wares at the event that will take place at the Ag Complex on the White County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., April 17, 2004.
Several vendors will have games and door prizes throughout the day that is specifically planned with women in mind. Skin care, interior decorating, beauty products, jewelry, health screenings and information will be available, along with fashion shows, live demonstrations, and workshops.
“It’s a great day for women to come and do something for themselves,” said Christy Hampton, promotions director at … CONTINUED


Reaching out to help others

Posted on March 19, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The journey down an unknown path can be a frightening experience, and for women with breast cancer, choosing the right direction can be an overwhelming decision.
Many questions enter the mind of a woman who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, but the American Cancer Society wants to help by providing a “listening ear” with volunteers from the Reach to Recovery program. For six White County women, this program has become their mission, because they understand about the emotion associated with the devastating diagnosis. They are breast cancer survivors.
These brave and courageous women have chosen to reach out to other women who are … CONTINUED


Ben Franklin “Frank” Meadows

Posted on March 18, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ben Franklin “Frank” Meadows, 74, of White County, passed away March 12, 2004,
Meadows was born Oct. 20, 1929, in Cumberland County, to Ben Meadows and Bertha Mae Hodge Meadows.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and had been a produce gardener.
Meadows was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James H. Meadows and Leon Meadows; and one sister, Francis Meadows.
Survivors include one daughter, Ruth Lewis, of the Clifty community; two grandchildren, Darrick Lewis and Nichole Lewis; one brother, John Meadows, of the Derossett community; and three sisters, Dorothy Taylor, of the Derossett community, Blanch Young, of Kingston, and Marion Booker, … CONTINUED


L.T. Gibbs

Posted on March 18, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

L.T. Gibbs, 79, of Sparta, passed away on March 16, 2004.
Gibbs was born March 25, 1924, in White County, to Henley Henry Gibbs and Sally Young Gibbs.
He was a wood manufacturer at Sparta Spoke Factory.
Gibbs was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Loretta Gibbs; and two grandchildren.
Survivors include Allie and Richard Posekany of Sparta; three daughters, Roberta Burton of Sparta, Judy Barns and Sarah Lynn Gibbs, both of Cookeville; two sons, Stanley Gibbs and Clifford Gibbs, both of
Sparta; one sister, Jeanetta Brimer of Sparta; two brothers, Leonard Gibbs and Stanford Gibbs, both of Sparta; and two special friends, Christina and Kevin … CONTINUED


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