Monthly Archives: March 2005

High tech service with hometown flavor: Floyd’s Hometown Foods

Posted on March 8, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Being competitive in the grocery business requires a company to be multi-faceted.
The industry faces challenges few other retail businesses do. Grocery stores provide a basic commodity that all residents require, and competition is fierce.
Jim and Frankie Floyd and Steve and Debbie Floyd own and operate Floyd’s Hometown Foods with the help of 32 employees. The team has a special bond with their customers that larger stores can never duplicate and only covet.
Floyd’s Hometown Foods offers premium customer service along with the strong marketing expertise. “My favorite part of this business is the people. There is something new and different every day,” said Jim.… CONTINUED


James Henry Laurent

Posted on March 7, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Henry “Bud” Laurent, 81, of Sparta, passed away March 5, 2005.
Laurent was born June 19, 1923, in Springfield, Ill., to Paul Lewis Laurent and Margarett O’Neal Laurent.
He served in the Navy during World War II and was a welder.
Laurent was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Peggy Ann Baty; and one brother, Paul F. Laurent.
Survivors include his wife, Alene Bumbalough Laurent, of Sparta; five daughters and sons-in-law, Sherrie and David Simmons, Mary and Bob Cardin, Jane and Jim Wyatt, all of Sparta, Alene and Jesse Cornelison Houston, of Texas, Donna and Carl Nation, of Cookeville; two sons and daughters-in-law,
Jimmy and … CONTINUED


Shelbyville ends Warriorette season

Posted on March 4, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Arthur L. Sparkman

Posted on March 3, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Arthur L. Sparkman, 76, of Michigan, passed away Dec. 22, 2004.
He was retired from transport refrigeration.
Sparkman was preceded in death by two wives, Barbara Sparkman and Jacqueline Sparkman and one son, Gary Sparkman.
Survivors include three children and their spouses, Douglas and Anna Sparkman, Karen Lewis and Tavannia and Walter Pepper; three brothers and their spouses, John and Clare Sparkman, Earl and Ruth Sparkman and Hugh and Lori Sparkman; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services are at noon, March 5, 2005, at Preston Heights Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Missing children found sooner

Posted on March 1, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
According to national statistics, a child goes missing every 40 seconds, and now White County has joined a program to help locate these children more rapidly.
A Child is Missing originally started in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and is now being utilized by law enforcement agencies nationwide. Tennessee recently joined forces with other states who have already implemented the program, and White County law enforcement officials are excited about the possibilities of a speedier recovery time for missing children.
“We got a notification they were going to be doing training at the T.B.I. recently,” said Lt. Chad Dodson. “The sheriff advised me of it and asked … CONTINUED


Cars with class

Posted on March 1, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Don Hyatt, owner/operator of Hyatt Custom Automotive and Hyatt Classics, has been “fooling with cars since high school,” he said. His years of experience and expertise have resulted in a two successful businesses.
Hyatt was born in Sparta and graduated from White County High School. His interest in cars began as a teenager and continues to be a source of not only a hobby, but a job.
“My favorite cars from high school are the muscle cars,” Hyatt said. “They’re medium-sized cars from the mid-60’s with really big motors. Muscle cars are the hottest selling thing in classic cars right now because the baby-boomers are going … CONTINUED


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