Monthly Archives: April 2004

Warriorette softball blanked by Cookeville 8-0

Posted on April 13, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriors go 4-0 in Highland Rim Invitational

Posted on April 13, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Emerson closing update

Posted on April 13, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
It has been only one week since Emerson announced its closing, but employees have begun to rally together for support and reminisce about the early days of the plant.
Lifetime employees of the former Mallory Timer Co. first heard the announcement in February 1968 about a new plant coming to White County. The P.R. Mallory Company, of Indianapolis, Ind., had plans to build an 80,000 square foot electronic component factory. The announcement was made by Sparta Mayor Mose Sims and White County Judge David Snodgrass.
The plant was to be located on a 17-acre tract of land on Churchill Drive, which was the R.A. Sewell … Read More


Sloan arrested; facing vehicular homicide charges

Posted on April 13, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
The April term of the DeKalb County Grand Jury has indicted Patrick Elliot Sloan, 21, of Sparta, on several charges.
Sloan was arrested April 6, 2004, and is being held in DeKalb County Jail under $200,000 bond.
Sloan was the driver of a 1994 Pontiac Bonneville that collided head-on with a 2004 Honda CRV on Highway 70 just west of the White county line on March 4, 2004.
Two died in the collision.
Ronald L. Powell, 51, a passenger in the Honda, and Cristy L. Culdwell, 18, of Dowelltown, passenger in the Pontiac, both lost their lives because of injuries from the accident.
Janice M. Powell, … Read More


Renaissance festival planned at WCMS

Posted on April 13, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
White County Middle School students and faculty will travel back in time to an era that forever changed the world as they prepare for their first Renaissance Festival.
Teachers Samantha Heady and Carol Lee Mayberry are excited about the educational enlightenment of the festival, which will be April 23, 2004. Students will learn about a period in history that marked extreme changes in the world, as well as have fun dressing in the attire of the Renaissance and Medieval periods.
On April 19-22, 2004, all teachers at WCMS will incorporate lessons into their daily curriculums, which will educate students about the various aspects of society … Read More


Ellen Willene Kell

Posted on April 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ellen Willene Kell, 82, of Warren County, passed away April 9, 2004.
Kell was born July 2, 1921, in Van Buren County, to Arcie Scott and Bette Hennessee Scott.
She had been a homemaker.
Kell was preceded in death by her parents; husband, G.L. Kell Jr.; one sister, Grace Bouldin; and one brother, Bud Scott.
Survivors include two step children, Linda Dowell, of Tyler, Texas, Ronnie Kell, of Englewood, Ohio; three sisters, Mabel Monger, of Lenoir City, Opal Hendrixson, of Detroit, Mich., Carlyn Boyd, of Spencer; three grandchildren, Randy Karolchyk, of Detroit, Mich., Gina Raplee, of Panama City, Fla., Julie Clark, of Lynn Haven, Fla.; six grandchildren; and … Read More


Girls just wanna have fun

Posted on April 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
The 4th Annual Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women, to be held April 17, 2004, will be an experience to remember. Booths, food, fun, and fellowship will round out the day at the Ag Complex building on the White County fairgrounds.
Vendors and planners alike are anticipating a great day for women. Door prizes and giveaways from all the exhibitors will keep the day full of excitement. The grand prize of a living room full of furniture is bound to have ladies on the edge of their seats, when the winner is announced. Offered by Morgan Furniture, the suite is valued at $3,000.
A fashion show will … Read More


Shots fired;Henry arrested

Posted on April 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
April fool’s day ended up with one Sparta man in jail after he attempted to avoid arrest following an incident on Lum Street.
According to Chief Jeff Guth, Officer Jeniece England was on routine patrol at 11:08 p.m., April 1, 2004, when she observed a white GMC Sonoma pickup driving erratically on Wagoner Street. The vehicle was weaving over the roadway and approximate speed was ten m.p.h.
England activated the patrol car’s lights and sirens to make a traffic stop. The subject’s vehicle accelerated in an attempt to evade the officer.
The driver turned onto Lum Street and stopped. England exited her vehicle and upon coming … Read More


Emerson shutting down after 35 years

Posted on April 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
After almost 35 years as White County’s largest employer, Emerson Appliance Controls will be ceasing operation by June 2005.
Approximately 500 jobs will be lost when Emerson, which began in Sparta as Mallory Timers in 1968, shuts its doors in mid-2005. Local management personnel at Emerson are not allowed to comment on the situation. However, Dave Baldridge, of St. Louis, Mo., who is the spokesperson for Emerson, said increased competitive pressures in the appliance and controls industry had force Emerson to make the decision to close its manufacturing facility in Sparta.
Charles Humphrey, plant manager for Sparta’s facility, made the official announcement to employees, on … Read More


Doyle plagued with vandals

Posted on April 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
At the monthly meeting of the Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen, a motion was made and passed to offer a $100 reward for information that leads to the prosecution of vandals who have spray painted homes, streets, the fire hall, and torn up personal property.
Members of the board all agreed that White County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are not coming to Doyle often enough and are not responding when called. A committee from the board will address the White County Commissioners about this problem at the commissioners monthly meeting. Anyone with information about the vandalism is to call Robert Meeks at the Doyle City Hall … Read More


London Darlene Damitz

Posted on April 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

London Darlene Damitz, infant daughter of Jody and Lori Pharris Damitz, was born and passed away April 7, 2004.
Survivors include, in addition to her parents, grandparents, Ken and Tess Damitz, of Wisconsin, Dale and Glenda Pharris, of Cookeville; great grandparents, Ann Bruski, of Wisconsin, Ressie Pharris, Roena Raper, Rick Pharris, all of Cookeville; uncles, Rick Pharris, of Cookeville, Lee Damitz, of Florida; and special friends of the family, Steve and Linda Stevens, of Cookeville.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., April 10, 2004, at Skurlock Cemetery.
Hooper-Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
This information is courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.


Edna Stella Rice Lynn

Posted on April 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Edna Stella Rice Lynn, 89, of Sparta, passed away April 8, 2004.
Lynn was born July 13, 1914, in White County to Gilbert Washington Rice and Vallie Mae McBride Rice.
She had been a homemaker.
Lynn was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Henry Lynn.
Survivors include three daughters, Lozette Hutchings, of Sparta, Henrietta Farmer and her husband, Hassel, of Goodletsville, Stella Mae Steele and her husband, Kenneth Steele, of Purer; one son Bobby Joe Lynn and wife, Dora Ellen, of Kingston Springs; one sister, Lillian Brock, of Doyle; 14 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren ; and three great-great grandchildren.
Services were graveside at 2 p.m., April


Scott William Lawson

Posted on April 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Scott William Lawson, 87, of Sparta, passed away April 7, 2004.
Lawson was born in Bledsoe County, to Uless Lawson and Belle Davis Lawson.
He had been a coal miner.
Lawson was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Kay Bolin, Willie Ann Allen; two sons, Richard DeWayne Lawson, Troy Lawson; and one sister, Willene Harrison.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Smith Lawson, of Sparta; four daughters, Jo O’Neal, Marie Underwood, Sandy Crabtree, all of Sparta, Debbie Reeves, of Knoxville; seven sons, Euless Lawson, of Ohio, Scott Lawson, Robert Lawson, both of Sparta, Tommy Lawson, of Crossville, Randy Lawson, Tim Lawson, Ronald Lawson, all of Sparta; … Read More


Tony Allen Davis

Posted on April 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tony Allen Davis, 49, of Sparta, passed away April 10, 2004.
Davis was born March 15, 1955,in White County to Odas Davis and Fancie Sparks Davis.
He had been employed in construction.
Davis was preceded
in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Melanie Davis, of Sparta; one daughter, Natasha Poss and husband, Jayson, of Sparta; two sons, Jeremiah Davis, Joshua Davis, both of Sparta; one granddaughter, Eve Rashelle Poss; three brothers, John (G.D.) Davis and wife, Ruby, James Henry Davis, Jimmy Lee Davis and wife, Gwendolyn, all of Sparta; five sisters, Geneva Donelson, and husband, Tom, Wilma Hensley and husband, Richard, Jamie Stroup and Sarah Vance, … Read More


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