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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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.


Warriors wrap up spring drills at Rhea County

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

Tammy Wilhite


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 … CONTINUED


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.


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 … CONTINUED


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, … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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