Monthly Archives: August 2005

WCMS falls in season opener at Cookeville

Posted on August 24, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


A lasting monument

Posted on August 24, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
While some headstones display names and a few pertinent dates, others include personal information, designs or photos, providing onlookers a glimpse into a person’s life.
These cemetery monuments stand as a reminder of a life, and with the wide variety of choices today, can reflect more than just the vital statistics of a loved one. Monuments have become a way to create a permanent, lasting memorial to them, offering a peek of the loved one’s special life.
In addition to the many colors of stone, styles and shapes, and a multitude of sizes, personal additions such as imbedded photos, artistic scenes and individual phrases add a … CONTINUED


Freshmen compete in jamboree at Rhea County

Posted on August 24, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Ronnie C. Wilson

Posted on August 22, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ronnie C. Wilson, 59, of Clarkrange, passed away Aug. 4, 2005.
Wilson was born Feb. 2, 1946, in Clarkrange, to Solon and Nancy Taylor Wilson.
He had been a small business owner and was a sergeant in the US Army during the Vietnam War.
Wilson was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his mother, of Sparta; wife, Diana Jean Allred, of Clarkrange; one daughter, Alana Klei, of Sparta; one son, William Wilson, of Cookeville; one brother and sister-in-law, Jere and Joan Wilson, of Sparta; and one grandson, Jordan Wilson.
A private memorial service was held.
Bilbrey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Robert Woolridge Jones

Posted on August 22, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Woolridge Jones, 75, of Walling, passed away Aug. 17, 2005.
Jones was born Sept. 23, 1929, in White County, to Samuel L. Jones and Alice Denton.
He had been a laborer.
Survivors include nine nieces and nephews, Wilma Ruth Zigler, of Hunt, N.Y., Jean Eckman, of Middle Town, N.J., Buddy Jernigan, of Sparta, L. D. Davis, of Beersheba Springs, Reba Steakley, William Davis, Clifton Davis, all of Rock Island, Kathy Bunch, Pennsecola, Fla., Peggy Thompson, of McMinnville; several great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Services were 11 a.m., Aug. 19, 2005, at High’s Chapel with burial in Jericho Cemetery.
Virgil Ray Jernigan Jr. officiated.
High Funeral … CONTINUED


SSgt. Shannon Taylor

Posted on August 22, 2005 12:12 am by Staff Sergeant Shannon Delane Taylor, 30, of Smithville, passed away Aug. 14, 2005, in Iraq.

Taylor was originally a member of the 278th Regimental Combat Team, in Sparta. He had been reassigned to the McMinnville unit after he was deployed to Iraq.
He was member of the Mount View The Baptist Church and an employee of Estes Furniture Company, in Smithville. The date and time of the funeral has not been set. However, Dennis Wood and Garry McBride will officiate. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens
Taylor was preceded in death by his grandfathers, W.B. Taylor and Arnold Murphy.
Survivors include his father, Delane Taylor of Smithville; his mother, Donna Pedigo of Smithville; sister, Michelle Bullard, of Smithville; paternal grandmother, Ressie Taylor, … CONTINUED


Anne J. Chronis

Posted on August 22, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Anne J. Chronis, 60, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 16, 2005.
Chronis was born April 23, 1945, in Baltimore, Md., to Ralph Jones and Mildred Chronis Bateman.
She had been a counselor with Plateau Mental Health Center, in Cookeville.
Chronis was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her mother, of Raleigh, N.C.; husband, Nicholas A. Chronis, of Sparta; one daughter, Heather Anne Chronis; and one son, Jason Christopher Chronis, both of Pittsburg, Pa.
Services were 1 p.m., Aug. 20, 2005, at Hunter Funeral Home.
Dr. Lloyd Kerr officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Warriors have final scrimmage at Mt. Juliet

Posted on August 19, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Building his own Eden

Posted on August 19, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
An open field, a mountainside full of buried and partially-buried rock, an amazing vision and willing hands of one White County man is coming to life in what he calls ‘The Park.’
“I bought this land in 1988, before land prices went up,” said Joe Williams. “The first thing I did was build that wall around the bank. What happened is I was cleaning off some different areas and just started stacking them over by the bank.”
At the time, the secluded section of Williams’ land was just an ordinary place. Then, after the rock started piling up, he decided to build them into a wall.… CONTINUED


WCHS golf and soccer open season with wins

Posted on August 19, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


County budget passes; only one “no” vote cast

Posted on August 19, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
After two months of unsuccessful attempts to pass the 2005-2006 White County budget, 13 out of 14 commissioners voted Monday night in favor of the financial plan for the new fiscal year.
Two previous attempts to pass the budget had been unsuccessful. Budget committee members had reviewed various items and revamped specific areas of the fiscal plan before presenting it during the meeting of White County Board of Commissioners.
Without much discussion, 13 commissioners voted to approve the budget. However, Dewayne Howard voted against the new budget.
“I cannot, in good faith, be in favor of a property tax increase,” said Howard.
Howard referred to … CONTINUED


M&M vote deadlocked; commissioners tie at 7-7

Posted on August 19, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The ongoing controversy about whether or not White County should return its business to M&M Recycling is now at an impasse as commissioners tied in a 7-7 vote during a Monday night meeting.
During the White County Board of Commissioners’ meeting Monday, residents from the Mt. Gilead community, near M&M Recycling, on Sullivan Knowles Road, filled the courtroom to express their opinions. Some said Mack Seibers, of M&M, is a “good neighbor,” while others indicated they had concerns about the safety of the recycling facility.
The county had been hauling its cardboard, plastics and cans to M&M for recycling instead to taking them to White … CONTINUED


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