Monthly Archives: March 2004

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


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


Eula Mae Johnson

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

Eula Mae Johnson, 84, of Sparta, passed away March 14, 2004.
Johnson was born July 21, 1919, in Putnam County, to Cyrus Dillard Massa and Lena Almada Massa.
She had been a homemaker.
Johnson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wheeler Johnson; one brother, Hulon Massa; and one grandson, Freddie Clark.
Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Clark, of Sparta; one son, Don Johnson, of Sparta; and three sisters, Marie Duncan, of Cookeville, Roberta Rice, of Baxter, and Hilda Massa, of Lebanon.
Services were at 1 p.m., March 17, 2004, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Dewight Fuqua officiated.… CONTINUED


J.B. Madewell

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

J.B. Madewell, 72, of White County, passed away March 15, 2004, at White County Hospital.
Madewell was born June 12, 1931, in Van Buren County, to Clarence Madewell and Minnie Louise McCormick Madewell.
He had attended Clark Chapel Church of God and was in the timber and sawmill business.
Madewell was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Madewell; two sisters, Samantha McKeehan and Yuvonna Moore; and one brother, Clarence Smith Madewell.
Survivors include his children and their spouses, Vivian and Ronnie Measles, Dwayne and Lema Madewell, Marilyn and Tim Burger, Elizabeth Fisher, Darlene Bennett, Lorenda Bennett and Alan Bennett, all of Spencer, Patricia and Jacque Dubose, of … CONTINUED


WCHS soccer ready to kick it in 2004

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

Tammy Wilhite


March finds Harper in a familiar place

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

Tammy Wilhite


Taking off the pounds

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

Jody Sliger
Losing weight, eating more nutritious foods or adding exercise to a person’s lifestyle for the next 10 weeks can result in fun and prizes for area residents, and possibly other benefits as well.
Quite a bit of research has been done that reveals even modest weight loss reduces health risks.
Obesity is not just a cosmetic problem. According to research by the Center for Disease control, people who are overweight are twice as likely to die prematurely than someone of average weight.
How does a person know what they are supposed to weigh?
Physicians have developed ways to measure and weigh a person and through the … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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