Monthly Archives: June 2004

Familiar face takes over reins of Warriorette basketball program

Posted on June 2, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
The first team meeting. Bryan Haley conduct his first team meeting with the Warriorette basketball team Thursday afternoon.
He was joined at the meeting by his assistant coach, Bobby Haile.


Honoring the 278th

Posted on June 2, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Final orders have been received by the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and now it is time for White Countians to express their gratitude for those individuals who serve and protect.
Residents of the community, along with city and county officials, have been preparing a tribute to the National Guard, which will begin at 6 p.m., June 3, 2004, at Sparta Amphitheater. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Sparta Civic Center.
Emotions have been running high since the 278th was placed on alert Feb. 28, 2004. Family members have been praying no more members of the Tennessee National Guard would be … CONTINUED


Smith makes initial appearance in court

Posted on June 2, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Eric N. Smith made his initial appearance in General Sessions Court in White County on Friday, May 28th. With increased security in the courtroom, Smith appeared before Judge Sam Benningfield answering to some rather serious charges.
Smith is facing two counts of attempted first degree murder and a count of especially aggravated burglary. The charges stem from an incident during the predawn hours of May 21st when Smith allegedly broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend and slashed the throats of and stabbed her juvenile sons. The two boys were both transported to Erlanger Hospital with serious injuries, but have survived.
Smith was found in the … CONTINUED


Teenager injured in bluff fall

Posted on June 2, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The beginning of summer vacation turned tragic as a 16-year-old Sparta boy suffered serious injuries Friday afternoon after he fell off a cliff near his home.
Seth Taylor, of Wigwam Road, was transported to Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga, with abdominal injuries and a fractured leg, according to Deputy Jody O’Dell, of White County Sheriff Department.
O’Dell said Taylor got too close to the edge of a cliff, which drops off about 200 feet behind the homes on Wigwam Road. He fell more than 60 feet. First responders, from White County, were the first emergency services personnel to arrive at the accident site. They provided medical … CONTINUED


Clifton Golden

Posted on June 1, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Clifton Golden, 84, of Sparta, passed away May 30, 2004.
Golden was born Feb. 27, 1920, in White County, to Montgomery Elam Golden and Ira Gertrude Golden.
He had been a carpenter and a farmer.
Golden was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Flossie Mae Mackie Golden.
Survivors include three daughters, Thelma Robinson and husband Kenneth, Barbara Weaver, all of Sparta, Patricia Keaton and husband Johnny, of Liberty; one son, Paul Golden and wife Jackie, of Sparta; brother, Gordon Golden, of Lakeland, Fla.; brother-in-law, Charlie Herrin, of McMinnville; sister-in-law, Dorothy Golden, of Ind.; eight grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m., June … CONTINUED


Linnie Ann Wheeler

Posted on June 1, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Linnie Ann Wheeler, 94, of Cookeville, passed away May 30, 2004.
Wheeler was born July 27, 1909, in Overton County, to Mack Hammock and Susie Nelson Hammock.
She had been in the restaurant business and was a homemaker.
Wheeler was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry Wheeler; three sons, Jackie Wallace Wheeler, Herbert Berckett Wheeler, William C. Wheeler; one brother, Ruth Aline Fox; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Helen Marie and James Maynard, of Smith County; one son and daughter-in-law, James and Ruby Wheeler, of Cookeville; son-in-law, Houston Fox, of Bloomington Springs; 15 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren and 14 great-great … CONTINUED


Franklin Levon Ballew

Posted on June 1, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Franklin Levon Ballew, 59, of Sparta, passed away May 27, 2004.
Ballew was born July 25, 1944, in White County, to Joe Washington Ballew and Annie Lou Simmons Ballew.
He was a carpet layer.
Ballew was preceded in death by his parents; and two children, Kenny Ballew and Kathy Ballew.
Survivors include three daughters, Tabatha Dodson, Neva Frasier, both of Sparta, Jannie Randolph, of Pace, Fla.; one son, Joe Franklin Ballew, of Sparta; special friend, Brenda Green, of Sparta; five brothers, Jay Clinton Ballew, of Washington, Earl Thomas Ballew, of Sparta, Bobby Joe Ballew, Lee H. Ballew, Rufus S. Ballew, all of Rock Island; one sister, Doris Ann … CONTINUED


Alma Jewell Sherrell Moore

Posted on June 1, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Alma Jewell Sherrell Moore, 88, of McMinnville, passed away May 31, 2004.
Moore was born Jan. 17, 1916, in White County, to Byrd Sherrell and Naomi Frances Pistole Sherrell.
She had been a homemaker.
Moore was preceded in death by husbands, Lloyd Sherrell and John R. Moore; one son, Lloyd E. Sherrell Jr.; step daughter, Brenda Moore Phillips; grandson, Keith Sherrell; and one brother, J.V. Sherrell.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Earl Bailey, of McMinnville, Gail and Jim Green, of Gallatin; grandchildren, Kim Sherrell, Kevin Marcom, Tina Marcom, all of McMinnville, Terrell Marcom, Dana Marcom, both of Clarksville, Penny Green, Tiffany Green, both of Gallatin, … CONTINUED


Expositor advertising staff wins numerous TPA awards

Posted on June 1, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
The advertising sales team at The Sparta Expositor recently received 10 awards in various categories at the Tennessee Press Association 2004 Ideas Contest. The Expositor was competing against 35 other newspapers in the state.
The ceremony was held in Nashville on March 26, 2004. The Expositor took first place in Best Carrier Recruitment, and won five second place awards: Best Carrier Retruitment ad (separate category), two awards for Best Newspaper in Education ads, Best Use of Multi-Color ad, Best Use of Single Color ad, and Best Black and White ad. The four third place awards were for Best Black and White ad (separate category), Best use … CONTINUED


Taking time to say thanks to the 278th

Posted on June 1, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The date is set and yellow ribbons are starting to take their places in the downtown area in preparation for a ceremony honoring members of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Tennessee National Guard.
At 6 p.m., June 3, 2004, a special ceremony will be at Sparta Amphitheater to honor the men and women of the 278th as they prepare for active duty in Iraq. All members of the 278th, who live in White County, regardless of what unit of which they are a member, are asked to join in this special event.
A convoy will leave the Sparta Armory at 5:30 p.m., June … CONTINUED


E-911 attorney resigns position

Posted on June 1, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
After reading an article in The Expositor about the recent joint city-county meeting, E-911 attorney Mike Mahn tendered his resignation with an explanatory personal note to the director.


Celebrating the true meaning of Memorial Day

Posted on June 1, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
To some, Memorial Day is the unofficial first day of summer. It is a long weekend that is spent barbecuing on the deck, sunning at the beach or getting the pool ready for the season. But, relaxation isn’t the true meaning behind the holiday.
Originally, Memorial Day was set aside to honor those who were killed during the Civil War. Southern states refused to acknowledge the holiday, feeling it honored only the northern Union soldiers. After World War I, the holiday was expanded to recognize Americans who fought in any war. Thus, the southern states were persuaded to accept it as a holiday. In 1971, Congress … CONTINUED


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