Monthly Archives: June 2004

Bussell honored with Frontier Council of Leaders Award

Posted on June 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
James Bussell, PBX installer repairperson in Cookeville, was honored with Frontier’s monthly Council of Leaders Award (COLA).
The Council of Leaders Award program is how Frontier recognizes individuals and teams whose outstanding performance contributes to customer satisfaction, shareholder value, teamwork, and process improvement.
Bussell was chosen for this award because of his reliability and willingness to meet customer commitments. As a team member, Bussell is always willing to do his part and more. He is one of the Cookeville technicians who have been leaders in promoting DSL service.
In the area of customer service, Bussell is very customer-driven, often working well beyond his normal workday to … CONTINUED


Warriorettes complete first team camp

Posted on June 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


City tournament nearing finals

Posted on June 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


U.S. Attorney to conduct meth program

Posted on June 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Meth arrests have reached an all-time high in the Upper Cumberland, and U.S. Attorney Jim Vines believes it is time to educate retailers about how they can assist law enforcement.
White County conducted a meth seminar exactly one year ago this month, and business owners attended the event to learn about the devastating effects of meth. However, Vines is now reaching out to White County, as well as Putnam and Cumberland counties, to help them learn more about the meth problem along the Cumberland Plateau.
Vines, who is remembered locally for his involvement in the Operation Webslinger case, will be leading the two-hour “lunch and … CONTINUED


Crash claims life of McMinnville man

Posted on June 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
An accident on Hensley Chapel Road at approximately 5:30 p.m., June 12, 2004 claimed the life of one man.
William L. Woodard, 51, of McMinnville, was a passenger in the 1990 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Lester W. Hudson, 41, of Beechgrove. Another passenger, Roberta A. Hurt, 41, of Cookeville, suffered minor injuries.
The outcome of the crash may have been different if Woodard had been wearing a seat belt according to the report filed with Tennessee Highway Patrol. Hudson was wearing his seatbelt and escaped uninjured from the car. Trooper Andrew Goolsby and Lt. Oddie Shoupe worked the accident with assistance from White County Sheriff … CONTINUED


Tasers will protect officers and inmates

Posted on June 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Correction officers in White County have experienced numerous assaults from inmates, and a concerned individual thought it was time they were provided with a better way of protecting themselves.
The recent attack on White County Correction Chief Don Wilson, by a violent inmate, sparked conversations among the county’s residents. One person decided it was time to quit talking and put a plan into action to help the officers. The individual, who prefers to remain anonymous, purchased two M-26 tasers, which are valued at approximately $400 each.
The taser has a probe that contains 50,000 volts. The probe will penetrate approximately 1.25 inches of clothing.
“When … CONTINUED


Dorothy Cothran Baker

Posted on June 14, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dorothy Cothran Baker, 83, of Sparta, passed away June 4, 2004.
Baker was born May 17, 1921, in Golden Pond, Ky., to John Cothran and Jose Cothran.
She was retired from Kennametal, Inc.
Baker was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 59 years, Clealon Burnett Baker; one son, Doulan R. Baker; and one sister, Juanita Jones.
Survivors include one son and two daughters-in-law, Dennis D. Baker and his wife Phyllis, Sharon R. Baker; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Baker, Sherry Sandel, Kyle Baker, Mark Baker, Steven Baker, Wesley Baker, Jason Baker; six great grandchildren, Andrew, Boone, Corey, Katrina, Alex, Bayleigh; and one brother, Lawrence Cothran.
Graveside services … CONTINUED


Carolyn Mae Young

Posted on June 14, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Carolyn Mae Young, 57, of Sparta, passed away June 12, 2004.
Young was born Sept. 16, 1946, in Van Buren County, to George Washington McCormick and Daisy Louise Yates.
She had been a factory worker and caregiver.
Young was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Judy McCormick.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Sybil Martin, of Rock River; two granddaughters, Ca’Sondra Martin, Heather Martin, both of McMinnville; two step granddaughters, Jennie Scott, Heather Walling, both of Spencer; great grandchildren, Kaitlyn Martin, of McMinnville, Beth Armstrong, Kendall Walling, both of Spencer, Molly Mayfield, of Rock River, Shane Armstrong, of Spencer; one sister and brother-in-law, … CONTINUED


George Richard Pennington

Posted on June 14, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

George Richard Pennington, 78, of Cookeville, passed away June 12, 2004.
Pennington was born Oct. 31, 1925, in White County, to George Sydney Pennington and Georgia Hickey Pennington.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Pennington was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ruth Speck; infant brother, John Kelly Pennington; and three brothers-in-law, Hugh Lowery, Kermit Speck and Jimmy Mattson.
Survivors include two sisters, Jean Lowery, of Sparta, Ann Mattson, of Donelson; one brother, Horace Pennington, of Cookeville; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m., June 14, 2004, at Whitson Funeral Home Chapel with burial … CONTINUED


Wayne Franklin Walker

Posted on June 14, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Wayne Franklin Walker, 64, of Cookeville, passed away June 10, 2004.
Walker was born Jan. 4, 1940, in Lebanon, to Edwin C. Walker and Margaret Johnson Walker.
He served in the U.S. Navy.
Walker was a self-employed master piano technician.
Walker was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jimmy Walker.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Rob Weeden, of Cookeville; two sons, Lee Walker, of Cookeville, Allen Walker, of Ridgecrest, Calif.; five grandchildren, Abigail Weeden, Anna Weeden, Margot Walker, Nathaniel Walker, Olivia Walker; and two brothers, Conrad Walker, of Huntsville, Ala., and Carlton Walker, of Lebanon.
Services were at 1 p.m., June 12, … CONTINUED


Until we meet again

Posted on June 11, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Balloons and signs were not the only way White County showed their support for the soldiers of the 278 National Guard unit.
More than 1,000 people filled the festively decorated amphitheater the evening of June 3, 2004, waving flags and wearing patriotic colors. Yellow ribbons and signs greeted the soldiers as they arrived in parade fashion led by fire trucks and police vehicles.
Bockman Way was lined with people cheering and waving at the grinning troops.
With the278th being deployed this month into active duty, White County was looking for a way to show the unit support and to let the members know how White County … CONTINUED


O’Dell seriously injured in Friday afternoon crash

Posted on June 11, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A Friday afternoon accident sent a White County deputy’s son to Erlanger Hospital with serious leg and facial injuries.
According to Sgt. Hugh Hackett, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Brian Clayton O’dell, 21, of Sparta, son of Deputy Jody O’Dell, lost control of his vehicle on Crossville Highway, near Clay Holman Road, and slid sideways into a parked truck.
Emergency personnel were dispatched at approximately 4 p.m., June 4, 2004, to the site of the crash. Sparta-White County Rescue Squad was called out to extricate Brian from the car, where his legs were pinned underneath the front portion of the dash. He also received extensive … CONTINUED


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