Monthly Archives: March 2004

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


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


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


Morgan Furniture to open Lane Comfort Showcase Gallery

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

Jeanne Bruce
Don Blalock, owner and partner of Morgan Furniture, is looking forward to a new addition to his store.
“We are going to begin some remodeling this next month to put in a Lane Comfort Showcase Gallery, which will be a new addition to our store,” Blalock said.
Blalock, along with his wife, Carol, bought the store from Bill Morgan, who started the business in 1965.
“I think at the time I bought it from him it had been here 25 years,” said Don. “It’s been here 30 years now. It’s had a pretty long history and is a continuing evolution.”
Don continued explaining the new addition.… Read More


WCHS softball making a pitch for winning season

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

Tammy Wilhite
Taking a little infield. Ashley Randolph draws back to throw the ball home as the Warriorettes take infield during one of their preseason practices.


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.


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


Head-on collision results in two fatalities

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

Jody Sliger
At approximately 4 p.m., March 4, 2004, a fatal accident occurred on Highway 70, just one mile from the White County line, in DeKalb County, where two people lost their lives.
According to Trooper Billy Prater, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Patrick Elliot Sloan, 21, of Camp Drive, in Sparta, was driving a 1994 Pontiac Bonneville when it crossed the centerline of the roadway and collided head-on with a 2004 Honda CRV, driven by Janice M. Powell, 53, of Petit Cove Road, Sparta.
Ronald L. Powell, 51, of Sparta, a passenger in the Honda, and Cristy L. Culdwell, 18, of Dowelltown, passenger in the Pontiac, both … Read More


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


Music in our schools

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

Jeanne Bruce
The month of March celebrates “Music In Our Schools.”
White County Schools enjoy music in each of their schools, even though many counties and states have cut these programs because of lack of funds. And, although it may be difficult to continue to fund these types of classes, the benefits far
outweigh the costs.
Through music, children are free to express themselves in ways they cannot in any other classroom setting. It’s an individual effort, and yet it is a corporate effort as well. The blending of their voices and talents brings a beautiful sound to those who will take the time to listen.
Ludwig Von … Read More


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