Monthly Archives: September 2005

Commission split on chairman decision

Posted on September 23, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
White County commissioners reached a stalemate Monday night during the election of a new chairman when two consecutive votes failed to render a final decision.
Commissioners split their votes 7-7 that brought the presiding chairman, Wallace Austin, in a head-to-head race with Patrick Haller, commissioner from the seventh district.
After the first vote ended with a deadlock, several commissioners explained their respective choices for chairman.
“As far as your philosophy and going along with the philosophy of the county, Mr. [Wallace] Austin is a lot more in line with what the county wants,” said Dewayne Howard.
Jerry Lowery chastised the commissioners for the impasse citing … CONTINUED


WCHS ranked #10 in state!

Posted on September 23, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Committees ‘stacked’ says commissioners

Posted on September 23, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Another problem surfaced during the Monday night meeting of White County Board of Commissioners when the nominating committee was accused of “stacking” the membership of several committees.
Each September, committee members are selected for the various committees that are under the umbrella of the county commission. The nominating committee recommends the members, who are then presented to the full commission for approval. However, some commissioners said they felt the membership was “stacked.”
“That’s not fair to the people we serve,” said Terry Alley.
Alley said the nominating committee needed to review their selections again, because some of the committees did not have representation from particular … CONTINUED


A tribute to hats

Posted on September 23, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Covering the head with some type of animal skin for protection against the elements was more than likely the beginning of hats. To put a time stamp on that date for history books is impossible, but hats have been around for a very long time, for protection and for looks.
September is traditionally the month people put away their straw hats and dust off felt editions for fall and winter use.
Moreover, like most apparel and accessories, hat fashions have come and gone, adapted and change with the times.
The earliest record of hats is depicted in hieroglyphic painting on tomb walls at Thebes shows a … CONTINUED


Gertie Lee Kirby

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

Gertie Lee Kirby, 83, of McMinnville, passed away Sept. 21, 2005.
Kirby was born Jan. 18, 1922, in Decherd, to Jessie L. Graham and Oney Ellen Freeman Graham.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chester Kirby; one brother, Floyd Graham; and one sister, Edna Newman.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Kirby and wife Sephfrania, Roger Kirby and wife Sandra, all of McMinnville; three grandchildren, Anglee Michelle Hill, Valerie Dawn Hobbs, both of McMinnville, Ronald Alan Kirby, of Algood; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m., Sept. 23, 2005, at Victory Free Will Baptist Church, in McMinnville, with burial in Highland Cemetery, in White … CONTINUED


Donald Ray Biggers

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

Donald Ray Biggers, 71, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 19, 2005.
Biggers was born in Sumner County to Jewell and Lucille Thurman Biggers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Mary Lee Mayfield Biggers.
Survivors include one daughter, Sherry Biggers, of Sparta; three sons, Robert Glenn Biggers and wife Misty, of Lafayette, Stanley Ray Biggers, of Bethpage, Calvin Lee Biggers, of Portland; one brother, Jim Biggers, of Gallatin; two sisters, Linda Biggers, of Bethpage, Virginia Brock, of Gallatin; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m., Sept. 23, 2005, at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Davis Cemetery in White County.… CONTINUED


O. Gene Luna

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

O.Gene Luna, 64, of Centralia, Wash., formerly of White County, passed away Sept. 13, 2005.
Luna was born Sept. 5, 1942, in White County, to Rube and Rubie Johnson Luna.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Luna had been employed at Trans Alta Mining Company.
Luna was preceded in death by his parents; one infant daughter, Myrna Jean Luna; and one infant granddaughter, Kari Nicole Brewington.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Dawn J. Luna, of Centralia, Wash.; four sons, Eric Luna and wife Melissa, of Sparta, Clayton M. Luna, of Centralia, Wash., Carlton M. Luna and wife Rose, of Jacksonville, N.C., Aaron … CONTINUED


Scott Lee Davis

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

Scott Lee Davis, 27, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 18, 2005.
Davis was born in White County to Jimmy and Connie Faye Rice Davis.
He was a member of Johnson’s Chapel Baptist Church.
Davis was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Norman and Leona Davis, and one uncle, Bobby Dean Rice.
Survivors include his wife, April Tramel Davis, of Sparta; two daughters, Kyra Agee, Kylee Davis, both of Sparta; parents, Jimmy and Connie Fay Rice Davis, of Sparta; one
brother, Josh Davis, of Sparta; maternal grandparents, Bob and Ruth Price, of Sparta; five aunts and uncles, Kenneth and Shawn Rice, Terry and Leslie Rice, Jack and MaryAnn … CONTINUED


Benjamin H. Cole

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

Benjamin H. Cole, 63, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 20, 2005.
Cole was born June 13, 1942, in DeKalb County, to Benjamin Harrison Cole and Winnie Usrey Cole.
He had been employed at Fleetguard.
Cole was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Virgie McCormick, Vila Mae Caldwell, Vari Ann Jones; and two brothers, Bethel Cole and Erbie Cole.
Survivors include his wife, Kate Sherrell Cole, of Sparta; three sons, Eugene Cole and wife Cindy, Bryan Wayne Cole and Houston Austin; two daughters, Brandie Jones and husband John, Terra Breedlove, all of Sparta; two grandsons, Benjamin Cole, Jacob Cole, both of Sparta; four brothers, Edward Cole and … CONTINUED


Vesta Sims Jordan

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

Vesta Sims Jordan, 85, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 19, 2005.
Jordan was born, Nov. 21, 1919, in White County, to Grover and Callie Myatt Sims.
She had been a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmore Jordan; sister, Lela M. Alexander; and brother, A.T. Sims.
Survivors include two daughters, Faye Webb and husband William, of McMinnville, Carolyn Niess and husband Joseph, of Silver Point; one brother, Clevie Sims, of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Mary Ruth Johnson, of St. Louis, Mo.; four grandchildren, Tammy Billings and husband Darrell, Michael Jolley and wife Connie, Charlotte Rich and husband Ricky, Terry Abston and wife Kathy; … CONTINUED


City budget fails to pass

Posted on September 20, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo said “it’s back to square one” for the City of Sparta budget after members of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen failed to approve the financial plan for 2005-2006.
The second and final reading of the budget was scheduled for the Thursday night meeting of the board. However, Ben Holland expressed concern about the new fiscal plan.
The city administrator [Marty Carmichael] knows how hard it’s been to balance the budget for the last year or two,” said Holland. “This came up about a year ago in the 2004 budget. We discussed it and basically put our heads in the sand … CONTINUED


Bredesen signs Heritage bill into law at Burgess Falls Park

Posted on September 20, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
The Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund Art of 2005 was designed to provide a way for the state to work with other public and private partners for the preservation and protection of areas of natural beauty and resources in Tennessee.
Governor Phil Bredesen has budgeted $10 million for the Trust Fund this year. This amount was approved by the Tennessee General Assembly. This piece of legislation is considered extremely important to preserve land for the future of the state and for future generations.
“I think the job of grownups is to make the world a little better for the generations coming up,” said Bredesen.
“We are … CONTINUED


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