Monthly Archives: May 2004

Katherine Diana Stephens

Posted on May 27, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Katherine (Kat) Diana Stephens, 9, of Covington, Ga., passed away May 21, 2004.
Katherine was a student at Jasper County Primary School in Jasper, Ga. She was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church where she attended the Early Elementary Sunday School. She was a Brownie Scout, loved rabbits, and wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.
Survivors include her mother and step-father, Melissa and Don Bliven of Sparta; father and step-mother, Milas and Dianne Stephens of Covington, Ga.; grandparents Tim and Lois Allison of Panama City Beach, Fla., Milas Stephens, Sr. of Covington, Ga., Phillip and Shirley Bliven of Inkster, Mi., Rev. Ken and … Read More


Warriors wrap up spring drills at Rhea County

Posted on May 25, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Children stabbed by mother’s ex-boyfriend

Posted on May 25, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
In the pre-dawn hours of Friday, two White County youth became the stabbing victims of their mother’s ex-boyfriend.
According to Detective Tommy Simmons, of White County Sheriff Department, Eric Neal Smith, 23, of Cookeville, broke into the home of Melissa Dunn, 6485 Smithville Highway, on May 21, 2004. Dunn was at work when Smith forced his way into her residence and attacked her two juvenile sons.
Patrick Dunn, 12, and Justin Dunn, 16, both received cuts to their throats and numerous stab wounds. The two adolescents were transported to Erlanger Hospital by Life Force Helicopter, where Patrick was in serious condition and Justin was in … Read More


Frontier Communications holds red carpet

Posted on May 25, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
A new home. Frontier Communications celebrated the grand opening of a new local facility recently with a Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet and ribbon cutting ceremony. The new location is 17 E. Maple Street, where customers can now obtain phone service, pay bills and purchase telephone accessories. The local representative and manager for the Sparta location is Pam Whitenburg. The vice president and general manager for Frontier, Ken Arndt, is cutting the ribbon.


Summer is busy time for athletes

Posted on May 25, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Trying out. Over 40 young ladies tried out for the 2004 volleyball team at WCHS.
At left, Joni Simpson, one of the members of next year’s team, bumps the ball up during a drill.
The volleyball team reports back to action in late July for team camp and to begin preparation for the coming season.


Fun Day on the Square May 29

Posted on May 25, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
The Challenge is almost over, at least the 10-week program. The finale will culminate with a “Fun Day on the Square,” beginning at 8 a.m., May 29, 2004.
A free health fair, fitness demonstrations, nutrition information and prize giveaways will be taking place in front of the amphitheater.
When this community service project was kicked off in White County, no one really knew what kind of response to expect.
Wow, what a response.
March 15, 2004, was the kickoff day and things started with a bang, more than 115 people signed up that first night.
By the time we had reached the half-way point, more than … Read More


Griffin resigns from E-911 board

Posted on May 25, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
In a letter citing personal obligations, Alderman Howard Griffin tendered his resignation as a member of the E-911 Board of Directors.
Mayor Tommy Pedigo read the letter during the Thursday meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Griffin said he was grateful for the opportunity to have served on the E-911 board. Pedigo told aldermen he would be serving the remainder of Griffin’s unexpired term.
After the meeting adjourned, The Expositor spoke with Griffin. He reiterated the “personal obligations” and said he and his wife will be spending some time traveling.
In other business, Alderwoman Margaret Pearson told board members she had received a … Read More


John Wayne Scott

Posted on May 24, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John Wayne Scott, 39, of Spencer, passed away May 20, 2004.
Scott was born June 2, 1964, in Davidson County, to Edward Brown Scott and Josephine Winton Scott.
He was a Baptist and a member of the Masons. He was self employed and a machinist.
Survivors include his mother, Josephine Winton Scott, one son and one daughter, Jacob and Casandra Scott of McMinnvlle; one sister, Sherrie Starkey of Davidson County, three half-brothers, Frank Scott of Knoxville, Charles Scott of Knoxville and James Scott of Cleveland; two half-sisters, Patricia Mayo of Rutherford County and Mary Sue Elledge of of Grundy County and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will … Read More


Virgie Writtenberry Jernigan Randolph

Posted on May 24, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Virgie Writtenberry Jernigan Randolph, 66, of Sparta, passed away May 20, 2004.
Randolph was born February 4, 1938, in White County, to Paul and Mattie Williams Writtenberry.
She was a housewife.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene Randolph of Sparta; two daughters, Linda O’Conner and David, of Sparta, and Rita McDonald of Alabama; one son, Douglas Jernigan and Tina, of Chatsworth, GA; two sisters, Willie Hassler of Sparta and Betty Conley of Sparta; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grand children and four step-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m., May 23, 2004 at Hunter Funeral Home with burial at Glade Creek Cemetery.
Hunter


Phyllis Dean Turner

Posted on May 24, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Phyllis Dean Turner, 55, of Sparta, passed away May 20, 2004.
Turner was born August 31, 1948, in White County, to Maris and Virgie Elizabeth Cole Turner.
She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Danny Turner.
Survivors include one brother, Harvey Turner of Sparta, and several nieces and nephews.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Virgil W. Fowler

Posted on May 24, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Virgil W. Fowler, 81, of Crossville passed away May 19, 2004.
Fowler was born December 13, 1922, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Benton Fowler and Sula McCoy Fowler.
He served in the Navy during WWII, and the Merchant Marines. He was a member of VFW and American Legion. He was also a member of the Crystal Lake Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida. He was a retired life insurance agent.
Fowler was preceded in death by his parents, Benton and Sula McCoy Fowler, brother Joe Lee Fowler, and three sisters, Kathleen May, Marie Frasier, and Zula Mae Combee.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Joyce Fowler of Crossville, … Read More


Michael Anthony Green

Posted on May 24, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Michael Anthony Green, 46, of Sparta, passed away May 21, 2004.
Green was born September 22, 1957, in Sparta, to Sylvester and Juanita Vance Green.
He was a truck driver.
Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Hutchings Green, of Sparta; one son, Michael Anthony Green, Jr., of Sparta; two step-children, James and Heather Meisenzahl of Sparta; four sisters, Patsy Gay of Sparta, Patricia Fay of Doyle, Janice Bumbalough of Sparta and Eloise Hooper of Doyle; special friend, June Hale of Sparta and special aunt, Delma Young of Sparta.
Services were at 2:00 p.m., May 23, 2004 at the East Sparta Church of God with burial at the Vance Family … Read More


Sarah Ida Myers Savage

Posted on May 24, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sarah Ida Myers Savage, 86, of Doyle, passed away May 22, 2004.
Savage was born April 19, 1918, in Doyle, to Heard and Floretty Judd Myers.
She was retired from the Doyle Shirt Factory.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Alexander Savage, her son, Charles (Mack) Savage; five brothers, Gee, Junior, Bill, Ben and Eston Myers; and four grandchildren, Gregory, Stephen, Tracy and Charles Jr., Savage.
Survivors include five sons, James Savage of Bone Cave, Tommy and Lennie Mae Savage of Doyle, Douglas and Sandra Savage of Doyle, Joe Savage of Sparta, and Eugene and Janice Savage of Doyle; daughter-in-law, Katherine Savage Phifer … Read More


Saying goodbye to the 278th

Posted on May 21, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Hopes had remained high the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment would miraculously be taken off alert, but final orders were issued this week for mobilization, which includes White County.
According to Capt. Trey Brannom, public affairs officer for Tennessee National Guard, it will be a phased mobilization, beginning at the end of the first week in June through about the third week of June.
The first mobilization tentative date, which is pretty firm, is 7 June,” said Brannom. “Basically, they’ll mobilize leadership first, and then they’ll start moving to the mobilization station.”
Brannom said the units will travel to Camp Shelby, Miss., and are expected to … Read More


Savage lumber worker killed in tragic accident

Posted on May 21, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Since March 2002, Armando Reules Amaro, also known as Sergio Bautista, had worked at Savage Lumber Company. The 19-year-old Amaro came into America like so many others searching for ‘the dream’ and arrived back in his homeland too early, because of an accident at the Savage Lumber Company at approximately 8:15 p.m., May 4, 2004.
According to James Savage, company president, “The evening shift was shutting down and cleaning up the floor. There were three people close by the machine.”
Alex Savage, company vice-president, was one of the three, and according to James, Alex said a piece came off the chipper and hit Amaro.
After the … Read More


Walking the Relay for Life

Posted on May 21, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The annual Relay for Life was held recently at the White County Ag Complex with hundreds in attendance to support this event. Look inside the Thursday, May 20, 2004, edition of The Expositor’s Living section for lots of great photos from the event.


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