Monthly Archives: June 2004

Ballpark, senior center and strip bars discussed

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

Kim Swindell Wood
Although a multitude of problems have plagued the recreational complex on Smithville Highway, a majority of commissioners voted against a motion to close the ballfield construction.
During the June 21, 2004, meeting of the White County Board of Commissioners a motion by B.K. Luna to halt all work on the ballfields failed to garner the support he had expected.
On June 14, 2004, Luna told Steering Committee B members he felt work on the ballfields should be stopped and the county should redirect their thinking about how to utilize the land. Luna referred to the numerous problems with the land and the lack of supervision … CONTINUED


Crash claims life of 64-year-old

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

Kim Swindell Wood
A Wednesday afternoon crash, which occurred during a heavy rain, has claimed the life of a White County woman.
According to Trooper Mike Hamilton, of the Cookeville district of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Juanita Nadine Randolph died of massive injuries she suffered in an accident on the Old Kentucky Road, at approximately 1:42 p.m., June 23, 2004.
Hamilton said Randolph was traveling southbound on the Old Kentucky Road in a 1989, four-door Dodge Dynasty.
Rufus Nicholson Jr., 51, of Clarksville, was traveling northbound in a 2002 Chevy Silverado and was pulling a flatbed trailer. The vehicle and trailer were the property of Smith Turf and … CONTINUED


Sunday spiking one more time

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 … CONTINUED


Gardening: A way of life

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

Jeanne Bruce
For Jim Vaughn, gardening is not just a hobby; it’s a way of life. Since he was a young boy, he helped his parents on the farm, and has never really slowed down.
“I was born May 11, 1912,” Vaughn said. “Mama and Daddy raised 10 children, and I was number four. We dug our living out of the earth. It’s a different way of living now than when I came up. The world hasn’t changed, the people have.”
Vaughn, now 92 and still going strong, was born and raised in the lower end of Putnam County, in Buffalo Valley. But, in 1947, he began to … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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


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. … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


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 … CONTINUED


Warriors make first camp appearance under Mitchell

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

Tammy Wilhite


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.


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