Monthly Archives: March 2004

March finds Harper in a familiar place

Posted on March 16, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Mock DUI planned at WCHS

Posted on March 16, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Plans are underway for another mock DUI crash at White County High School.
Last year, the group did a mock trial of a DUI offender, but this year will stage the crash, and are hoping to have a lifesaving helicopter at the scene.
“I think it makes an impact on them, seeing the helicopter,” said Deputy Doug Goff, WCHS school resource officer. “To see it, puts an image in their mind that these people are seriously hurt.”
The scene is planned for juniors and seniors at the high school, the week before prom. During “prom season” the week of April 21-30, 2000, nationwide, there were 432 … Read More


Seven Sparta residents arrested in Cookeville during meth incident

Posted on March 16, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Seven White County residents were arrested Thursday night during a meth bust in the Hickey Community, of western Putnam County.
According to Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews, eight people were arrested and several vehicles were seized.
Putnam County deputies received information about a possible meth lab on Baxter Herd Road. Just before 8:30 p.m., March 11, 2004, Chief Detective Doug Burgess met Deputy Bill Harris near Herron’s Chapel Church to relay the information.
As the officers were talking, they observed two men walking down Old Baxter Road carrying an antifreeze can.
The officers approached the two men, and they told officers they had run out … Read More


Sam Breeding Little

Posted on March 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sam Breeding Little, 84, of Sparta, passed away March 10, 2004.
Little was born April 30, 1919, in White County to Robert L. Little and Maggie Johnson Little.
He served in the U. S. Air Force during World War II, was commander of the American Legion, active in the Civitan Club, a Boy Scout Master, served on the board for Eagle Scouts, was a member of Sparta Masonic Lodge and attended First Methodist Church in Sparta. He attended David Lipscomb College where he lettered in baseball and tennis. Little also attended the University of Tennessee.
Little was a retired vice-president banker with First National Bank with 42 years … Read More


Mollie Mae Hickey Rogers

Posted on March 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mollie Mae Hickey Rogers, 85, of Sparta, passed away March 14, 2004.
Rogers was born April 18, 1918, in White County, to W. C. Hickey and Nannie Mae Little Hickey.
She had been a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, G. B. Rogers; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Mike Ryan; one son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Sue Rogers, all of Sparta; three grandchildren, Brent Ryan, of Sparta; David Rogers and wife Kylie, of Cookeville, Laura Rogers, of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be 11 a.m., March 16, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Highland Cemetery. Don Bailey and Fate Wilson will officiate.… Read More


Winnie E. Martin

Posted on March 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Winnie E. Martin, 87, of Marietta, Ga., formerly of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2004.
Martin was born in Selena.
She had been a homemaker.
Survivors include one daughter, Anna Kay Davis, of Cartersville, Ga.; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m., March 15, 2004, at Medford-Peden Funeral Home in Marietta with burial in Georgia Memorial Park. Rev. Bill Pymale will officiate.
Information courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.


Free health fair to kick off The Challenge

Posted on March 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Physical and mental fitness is important to each individual’s quality of life. A 10-week challenge is being issued to every resident and every age group in White County. Everyone is invited to participate.
Each person has a different fitness goal he may want to meet and personnel will be on hand to help define goals and make a plan to reach them successfully. They will provide free health screenings and sign people up to commit to The Challenge.
To kick things off, the sign-up will begin at a free health fair from 4-7 p.m., March 15, 2004, at White County Community Hospital.
Attendees will also be … Read More


Burglary nets three arrests

Posted on March 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A tip conveyed to county law enforcement officers about a recent burglary led to the arrest of three individuals Wednesday morning.
According to Detective Chris Isom, of White County Sheriff Department, a residence belonging to Keith Adkison had been burglarized and several items were taken. Adkison had recently reported theft of items from his house, but it was not until a tip from an unidentified source that officers were able to identify one of the suspects.
Isom, along with Lt. Ron Smith, Deputy Greg Sims and Deputy Jody O’Dell, went to Midway Motel to look for Joel Tindle, 28, of Sparta, who had outstanding warrants … Read More


Crash sends one to hospital

Posted on March 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
An afternoon crash sent a White County woman to the hospital and left two vehicles disabled on Highway 70 south.
According to a report by Deputy Jody O’Dell, of White County Sheriff Department, at approximately 2:44 p.m., March 10, 2004, Asa Castelli, 25, of Sparta, was traveling south on Highway 70 south in a 1995 Pontiac Firebird.
Castelli veered over the center line into the path of a 1986 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Brian Jay Griffin, 30, of Sparta, who was traveling north on Highway 70 south.
Kim Griffin, passenger in the Jeep Cherokee, was transported to White County Community Hospital. No details were available … Read More


Girl power

Posted on March 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Girl Scouts are celebrating this week in honor of their longstanding tradition of helping young girls build character and skills for success in their world.
Founded in 1912, in Savannah, Ga., the group started with a membership of only 18 girls and a dream. Juliette Gordon Low, also referred to as “Daisy,” dreamed of giving the United States “something for all the girls.” She envisioned an organization that would bring girls out of their home environments to serve in their communities and experience the open air. Within months, girls were hiking through the woods in their knee-length blue uniforms, playing basketball in a curtained-off court, and … Read More


Robert Harold Simpson

Posted on March 11, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Harold Simpson, 52, of Sparta, passed away March 6, 2004, at White County Community Hospital.
Simpson was born April 1, 1951, in White County, to Richard Simpson and Verna Mae Marshell Burton.
He was a retired telephone worker.
Simpson was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Monica McDonald Simpson; one son, Mackinszy Simpson; one sister, Zettie Gardner; and one cousin, Butch Officer.
Survivors include three sons, Michael Simpson and Twan S. Simpson, both of Sparta, and Shane Simpson, of Memphis; two stepsons, Mitchell High and Micah High, both of Sparta; one brother, James Simpson, of Woodbury; two sisters, Reba Anneva Shockley of Detroit, Mich., and … Read More


WCHS introduces Warrior Fitness Challenge

Posted on March 9, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Promoting a healthy lifestyle. White County High School’s fitness challenge was instituted by WCHS principal, Charles Dycus, and Sports Medicine Director, Chris Jones.
They are joined above by representatives of the corporate sponsors, Pepsi and White County Community Hospital.
Pictured from left to right are Mark Stokes, Pepsi Unit Sales Manager, Cindi Arthur, Pepsi Food Services Sale Rep., Shane Alexander, Pepsi Territory Sales Manager, Chris Jones, Mark Cain, White County Community Hospital Administrator and Charles Dycus.


City board delays action to bring more jobs to Sparta

Posted on March 9, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The prospect of approximately 100 jobs has been put on hold as the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen failed to approve their portion of funding for K & V Automotive.
Wallace Austin, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce president and county commission chairman, addressed board members Thursday about the urgency for making a decision about the K & V funding.
During the Feb. 19, 2004, meeting of the board, Austin made a presentation on behalf of K & V owners Jeff Velba and Martha Kindle. The owners requested to rent the old Textron/Camcar building, on Burley Street, which the city owns, for one year. City … Read More


Bicentennial celebration planned for 2006

Posted on March 9, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The Sparta-White County Bicentennial Celebration will be an event to remember, and committee members are excitedly making plans to honor the 200th birthday of their home on Sept. 11, 2006.
The second meeting for committee members was held recently, and several ideas were discussed for activities related to the bicentennial celebration. Wallace Austin and Kim Wood, who are serving as co-chairmen for the event, began forming subcommittees as the first step of the organizational process.
Les Tubb, owner of Sparta WoodWorks, reemphasized one topic of discussion from a previous meeting, which was to establish a museum to preserve White County’s heritage.
“Businesses coming here could … Read More


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