Monthly Archives: September 2005

Lydia F. Guy

Posted on September 6, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lydia F. Guy, 81, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 3, 2005.
Guy was born March 18, 1924, in Van Buren County, to Jesse Eston Simmons and Daisy Yates Simmons.
Guy was a member of Clark Chapel Church of God and had been a housekeeper.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John David Guy; one daughter, Mary Frances Ferguson; one son, Charles David Guy; two sisters, Vollie Baker, Martha Ann Walker; and two brothers, Roy Henry Simmons and Larry Simmons.
Survivors include children, Verble L. Guy, of Dunlap, Janice Simmons, of Doyle, Johnny Ray Guy, of Spencer, Kathy Guy, of McMinnville; three sisters, Bessie Mooneyham, Daisy … Read More


Betty Jane Looney Stacy

Posted on September 6, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Betty Jane Looney Stacy, 84, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 2, 2005.
Stacy was born May 28, 1921, in DeKalb County, to Charlie and Lela Pearl Steele Looney.
She had been a homemaker.
Stacy was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, May Robinson, Anne Turner; and three brothers, Ernest Looney, Monroe Looney and Reed Looney.
Survivors include her husband, Joe C. Stacy, of Sparta; five daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Jim Bandy, of Nashville, Louise and Keith Girdley, of Sparta, Wanda and Sammy Brown, of Lavergne, Fay and Richard Denton, of Murfreesboro, Debbie and Billy Rice, of Wartburg; three sisters, Virgie Lewis, of Quebeck, Ruby Turner, … Read More


Mary Lucille Hill

Posted on September 6, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Lucille Hill, 83, of Rock Island, passed away Aug 31, 2005.
Hill was a member of the Jericho Church of Christ and a homemaker.
Hill was preceded in death by her parents, Sydney Herbert and Dona Belle Williamson Price; one brother, Harold Gene Price; and daughter-in-law, Betty Grissom Hill.
Survivors include her husband, Donald C. Hill Sr., of Rock Island; five children and their spouses, Donnie Hill, of McMinnville, Ann and Bill Smith, of McMinnville, David and Ann Hill, of Rock Island, Susie and Shane Hoover, of Greenville, Beverly and Joe Capps, of Manchester; 11 grandchildren, Billy Smith and wife Stacy, Clay Hill, Curtis Hill, Betsy McBride … Read More


Carol JoAnn Hunt

Posted on September 6, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Carol JoAnn Hunt, 43, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 29, 2005.
Hunt was born Sept. 20, 1961, in Graham, Texas, to Leonard and Carol Emmerich Veach.
She had been a waitress.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas William Hunt, of Sparta; three children, Laney Nored, of Sparta, Robert Thomas Hunt, of St Cloud, Fla., Shaun Michael Hunt, of Sparta; parents, Leonard and Carol Veach, of Breckenridge, Texas; five siblings, John Paul Bracy, of Martville, N.Y., Douglas Veach, of Dallas, Texas, Walter Veach, of Dallas, Dorothy Veach, of Dallas, Roberts Veach, of Wisconsin; and two grandchildren, Caleb Jordan and Haley ShyAnn Nored, both of Sparta.
Graveside services were 1 p.m., … Read More


Winfield Key

Posted on September 6, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Winfield Key, 72, of Quebeck, passed away Sept. 4, 2005.
Key was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Overton County, to Hubert L. Key and Ida Mae Looper Key.
He had been in the construction industry.
Key was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife Eula Little Key, of Quebeck; four children, James Edward Sidwell, of Hermitage, Samual Lonzo Sidwell, of Louisville, Ky., Marcia Foe, of Bethel, Ohio; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be 10 a.m., Sept. 8, 2005, at Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Old Union Cemetery in Overton County. Fate Wilson and Eddie Hargis will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is


Ruthy Pearl Geer

Posted on September 6, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ruthy Pearl Geer, 90, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 4, 2005.
Geer was born July 26, 1915, in White County, to Charlie Barker and Maggie Higdon Barker.
She had been employed in the sewing industry.
Geer was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Thomas Geer Sr.; and one daughter, Mary Agnes Brown.
Survivors include one daughter, Polly Fedrick, of Monroe, Ga.; one son, James Thomas Guy Jr., of Sparta; one sister, Alice Prichard, of California; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Sept. 9, 2005, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Big Spring Cemetery. Bro. Jack Farley will … Read More


Katrina wreaks havoc on local sports

Posted on September 2, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriors host new region foe, Walker Valley, Friday

Posted on September 2, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Plant managers meet with Congressman

Posted on September 2, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Several plant managers in White County recently met with Congressman Lincoln Davis and expressed their concerns about the status of jobs in this region, as well as asking for help from the federal government.
The conference room at Genlyte-Thomas was the setting for the informal gathering where Davis heard about issues some plant managers feel could cause their facilities to be at risk for losing jobs to a foreign market.
Jim Mellon, Genlyte plant manager, was very vocal about his concerns. Although he said he did not speak for the other plant managers, many of them echoed his sentiments when he spoke about the problems … Read More


Storm damage minimal

Posted on September 2, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
White County escaped severe damage from predicted inland tropical storms with minor power outages and downed tree limbs.
Weather forecasters kept the airwaves busy Monday evening with warnings about strong gusting winds and heavy rainfall. However, White County escaped the severity of the storms. According to Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, White County’s total rainfall during the storm warnings averaged .56 inch.
Caney Fork Electric customers were the hardest hit. Kenny Crouch, Caney Fork district manager, said crews restored power to approximately 400 homes during a 12-hour period. Caney Fork began receiving calls at 10 p.m., Monday
“We had one crew out all night [Monday],”said Crouch. … Read More


Tarnished Shield; Official source says: ‘We’re not done’

Posted on September 2, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The investigation is not over for Operation Tarnished Shield, according to an official source on Wednesday.
“We’re not done,” said the official source.
The sting operation shocked Putnam County residents with the arrest of eight subjects, including two Cookeville police officers and a former jailer for Putnam County.
White County also felt the brunt of the corruption scandal on Aug. 16, 2005, with the arrest of Steven Bert Williamson, former Algood police officer, who had been employed as a White County deputy during the administration of former Sheriff Guy Goff.
Operation Tarnished Shield was begun in September 2002 to “root out corruption.” The investigation was … Read More


Generations of fair competitors

Posted on September 2, 2005 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
The White County 150th Agricultural Fair will continue the time honored tradition of county residents competing for top prizes in categories such as biggest watermelon, best chocolate pie or finest quilt.
Who will bring home the blue ribbon? Who takes the prize for best of show?
White County residents have been canning, painting, creating, and testing recipes for entry in the cultural arts department, agriculture or educational exhibits. 4-Her’s have been working with their poultry, equine, canine and bovines. Collectors have been gathering and shining the wheels on their toy tractors and school children have been working on posters and art projects or testing recipes. With … Read More


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