Monthly Archives: June 2004

Sunday spiking one more time

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

Tammy Wilhite


Warrior football gets two new coaches

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

Tammy Wilhite


City budget ready for approval soon

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

Kim Swindell Wood
The new fiscal year will begin July 1, 2004, and Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed an ordinance to adopt the new operating budget.
Board members approved first reading of the budget, which will require two more readings for final approval.
The budget items are listed in the categories as follows:
– Board of mayor and aldermen: $14,543
– City Court: $32,227
– Mayor: $16,759
– Board and commissions: $500
– City administrator: $147,271
– General elections: $650
– Financial administration: $12,200
– City recorder: $63,745
– Personnel administration: $3,740
– City Hall building: $16,755
– Administrative building (old county jail): $850
– Industrial … Read More


Stokes Bill Jones, Jr.

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

Stokes Bill Jones, Jr., 69, passed away June 20, 2004.
Jones was born May 31, 1935, in Putnam County, to Stokes and Cora Maxwell Jones.
He was retired from General Motors.
Jones was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Holbeck and husband Larry, and Sheila Chartrand and husband Dan, all of Flint, Mi.; one son, Howard Jones and wife Janet, of Harrison, Mi.; two brothers, Other Jones of Baxter, and Fred Jones, of Kentucky; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m., June 24, 2004 at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bro. Fate Wilson will officiate.
Hunter Funeral


Helen Hall Rice

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

Helen Hall Rice, 86, passed away June 18, 2004.
Rice was born May 3, 1918, in White County, to Thomas Jefferson Hall and Lizzie Graham Hall.
She had been a homemaker.
Rice was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arzo Rice one brother, William Hall, and two sisters, Beulah Kirby and Thelma Hall.
Survivors include a daughter, Gail Swindell and husband Gerald, of Sparta; one granddaughter, Judy Bolling and husband Marvin, of Sparta; one grandson, Jeffery Swindell and wife Kay, of Lavergne; two great-grandchildren, Brandon and Brandi Swindell; one brother, John Hall and wife Clata, of Sparta; one sister, Pearl Rice, of Sparta.
Services were at … Read More


Girl Scout Day Camp teaches life skills

Posted on June 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
The 6th Annual Girl Scout Day Camp was held June 14-18, 2004. Over 40 young girls representing twelve troops from White County, participated in the camp, with 16 of the older girls culminating the week’s activities by spending all night Friday at the campgrounds.
The camp, which is held on a local family’s private property, is a week of fun activities, that this year included some survival skills.
Larry “Mr. Coyote” Smith taught the girls, among other things, how to survive in the woods, if necessary.
“If you know what to do, you can survive in the woods,” Smith told the girls. “But, you have to … Read More


Little League names four more champions

Posted on June 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Winding up. Ashlee Guth winds up to deliver a pitch for senior girls champion, All Sport.


Pedigo named district director for TML

Posted on June 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Working for the betterment of Sparta is top priority for Mayor Tommy Pedigo, and now he will also be a part of helping other cities achieve their goals for progress.
During a recent statewide meeting, in Chattanooga, of the Tennessee Municipal League, Pedigo was elected as one of eight district directors to the TML board. He will serve a two-year term and will propose and help determine legislative policies and priorities.
Pedigo said it was an advantageous get-together of all these municipalities and helped him compare other cities and their struggles to those of Sparta. All six Sparta aldermen attended the June 13-15, 2004, conference. … Read More


Fire destroys Young residence

Posted on June 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A quiet Friday morning for the Young family became filled with the sounds of sirens as fire trucks rushed to save their burning residence.
According to Capt. Barry Brady, of Sparta Fire Department, the home of Chris Young, at the dead end of Charles Golden Road, was engulfed in flames, when firefighters arrived on the scene at approximately 11 a.m., June 18, 2004.
Young’s two daughters were at home and heard a “pop” in the fuse box and then saw flames. Brady said one of the girls called her grandmother, who told them to get out of the house and she would get there as … Read More


Warriors make first camp appearance under Mitchell

Posted on June 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Charlie O. Rogers

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

Charlie O. Rogers, 97, of Sparta, passed away June 17, 2004.
Rogers was born November 5, 1906 in White County, to Charles Rogers and Kate Goff Rogers.
He had been a carpenter.
Rogers was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Johnnie Mae Bickford Rogers and Maude Thompson Rogers; three brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include two sons, Bill Rogers of Sparta, and Charles Rogers of Arizona; a stepson, Jerry Thompson of Quebeck; a stepdaughter, Glenda Powell of Huntsville, Al.; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great granchildren.
Services were at 2 p.m., June 19, 2004, in the chapel at Thurman Funeral Home. Bro. Bobby Wilhite officiated. Burial … Read More


James Edward Johnson

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

James Edward Johnson, 75, of Sparta, passed away June 19, 2004.
Johnson was born July 20, 1928, in White County, to Squire and Grace Fletcher Johnson.
He had been a codes enforcement officer and electrician.
Johnson was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Cole Johnson of Sparta; three children, Susan Hutcheson and Michael Johnson, both of Sparta, and Sandra Paschket and husband Ray, of Franklin; one brother, Earl Johnson of Sparta; one sister, Ruth Duckett of Nashville; grandchildren, Jamie and Ethan Hutcheson, Rachel and Hannah Paschket, and Alex Campbell.
Services are 1 p.m., June 21, 2004, with burial in Elrod Cemetery. Doyle Crawford … Read More


Kenneth Ray “Hamp” Golden

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

Kenneth Ray “Hamp” Golden, 46, of Smithville, passed away June 19, 2004.
Golden was born to William F. Bell and Helen Marie Reese Golden.
He had been a mechanic and also employed by DeKalb County Highway Department.
Golden was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Angela Golden.
Survivors include one daughter, Ashley Dawn Golden of Smithville; two step-children, Sara and Chris South; one grandson, Orin, 16 nieces and nephews; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Pam Golden of Knoxville, and Billy and Christine Golden of Smithville; half-brother and wife, Willie Bethel and Linda Golden of Smithville; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Janice and John Cooper of … Read More


Mary Goldie Hardin Olds

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

Mary Goldie Hardin Olds, 83, of Cookeville, passed away June 17, 2004.
Olds was born October 4, 1920, in Wilburn, Ark., to Robert Graham Hardin and Mollie May Moreland Hardin.
Olds was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Olds I.
Survivors include her daughter, Fran Eastep and husband Lee of Las Vegas, Nev., two sons, Dr. Chuck Olds and wife Mary of Cookeville, and Robert Olds of Reno, Nv.; one sister, Alice Hardin Watson of Reno, Nev.; two brothers, Wayne Hardin and wife Wilma of Urbana, Il., and George Hardin and wife Eller of Hidgen, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Chuck Olds, Sarah Olds, Katie Olds, Hunter Olds, … Read More


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