Monthly Archives: April 2006

Hyatt dies in motorcycle crash

Posted on April 25, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A White County man died Saturday afternoon when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle that, according to law enforcement officials, failed to yield.
James Donald “J.D.” Hyatt, 24, of Sparta, was killed at approximately 3:20 p.m., April 22, 2006, when his 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle was struck by a 1999 Ford Explorer.
According to Sgt. Dale Dodson, of Sparta Police Department, the crash occurred at the intersection of West Bockman Way and Cook Street, near Burger King.
Hyatt was traveling westbound on West Bockman Way.
Betty Roberts Kirby, 63, of Sparta, was traveling east on West Bockman Way in the Ford Explorer.
“She [Kirby] was … Read More


For the birds

Posted on April 25, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
With the beginnings of spring upon us, one of the most welcome sights is the return of birds to the yard. Not only do the sight of these marvelous winged creatures enhance the garden, the beautiful music they make brings the yard to life.
Planting favorite plants for birds can help attract these voracious bug eaters to the garden. Hanging and maintaining bird feeders, including specialized hummingbird feeders, is an easy addition to gardening chores and offers a great return in effort.
Remember the basics when shopping for bird feeders, the choices are almost limitless, but the bottom line is quality. The first goal is to … Read More


3 drug makers are shut down

Posted on April 25, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Information received by officers with White County Sheriff Department’s drug unit led them to three White County homes where methamphetamine was being produced.
“We got several complaints and information about drug trafficking at these three different locations,” said Bumbalough. “They were 281 Helen’s Place, the home of Jeff Hale, better known as ‘Plum’, the second one being 431 Bluebird Lane, the home of Barry Simmons and the third was Brad England’s home, at 1928 Indian Mound Road.”
Bumbalough said the officers had prior knowledge all three subjects had been previously convicted in connection with meth labs.
“I checked to see if they were still on parole … Read More


Thunderstorms put spring sports on hold

Posted on April 25, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Curtiss praises decision to keep OB at WCCH

Posted on April 25, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
State Representative Charles Curtiss, who has also served as a commissioner and county executive, knows the importance of corporate officials’ recent decision to retain obstetric services at White County Community.
Curtiss, who has represented White County residents in governmental capacities more than a decade, told The Expositor he was pleased the rural hospital will continue to provide a much needed service to White County, as well as other surrounding counties.
Community Health Systems, owners of WCCH, had filed a certificate of need for discontinuation of the OB services at the Sparta facility. However, White County residents, as well as numerous members of the medical profession, … Read More


Outlaws and Renegades Courthouse Grill; a new restaurant with a new flair

Posted on April 25, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
White County will soon get a taste of the old Southwest with a new, rustic restaurant that has Native American roots and will offer fine dining at an affordable price.
Outlaws and Renegades will be opening on the square, on Friday, at the site of the former Courthouse Grill. The restaurant will specialize in Southwestern dishes, offering an entire meal for one price, which will include salad, soup, choice of potato, vegetables, entree and dessert.
Other items on the menu will be sandwiches and hamburgers. All desserts, ice cream and breads are homemade.
“Our goal is to offer an entire meal at an affordable price,” said … Read More


George Lee Geer

Posted on April 24, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

George Lee Geer, 83, of Spencer, passed away April 21, 2006, in Nashville.
Geer was born Jan. 21, 1923, in White County, George Eldridge Geer and Amanda Randolph Geer.
He attended First Community Church of Sparta and was a retired pipe fitter.
Survivors include his wife, Emma Mary Shannon Geer, of Spencer; three daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth and Larry Bates, of Monterey, Brenda and R.L. Young, of Spencer, and Anita and Keith Oakes, of Pikeville; two sons and daughters-in-law, George E. and Judy Geer, of Morrison, and Robert and Marie Geer, of McMinnville; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services were 2 p.m., April 23, 2006, at High Funeral … Read More


James Donald “J.D.” Hyatt

Posted on April 24, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Donald “J.D.” Hyatt, 24, of Sparta, passed away April 22, 2006, at White County Community Hospital.
Hyatt was born March 9, 1982, to Don Hyatt and Denise Robinson Sullivan.
He had been employed at Tri State Distribution, in Sparta.
Survivors include his mother and her husband, Denise and Mike Sullivan, of Sparta; his father and his wife, Don and Sheila Hyatt, of Sparta; one sister, Leslie Mahan, of Sparta; one son, Andre Blake Hyatt, of Sparta; two step-brothers, Danny Whitson, of Sparta, and Jeremy Whitson, of Cookeville; grandmothers, Betty Parkey and Barbara Robinson, both of Sparta; one niece, Madison Mahan, of Sparta; two nephews, Dakota Whitson and … Read More


Albert T. Michael “Mike” Pullum

Posted on April 24, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Albert T. Michael “Mike” Pullum, 60, of Sparta, passed away April 22, 2006, at White County Community Hospital.
Pullum was born May 26, 1945, in Detroit, Mich., to Jay Pullum and Reba Nell Williams Pullum.
He was former owner and operator of Dixie Auto Parts and had most recently been employed at Bill Boruff Automotive.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Carter Pullum, of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Michael and Laura Pullum, of Sparta; parents, Jay and Reba Nell Pullum, of Sparta; one sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Royce Farris, of Sparta; one brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Pam Pullum, of Sparta; and three grandchildren, Jesse Pullum, … Read More


Lillie May Kirby Cope

Posted on April 24, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lillie May Kirby Cope, 85, of Cookeville, passed away April 20, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Cope was born March 30, 1921, to William Wade Kirby and Martha Mattie Willoughby Kirby.
She had been a homemaker.
Cope was preceded in death by her husband, Beecher B. Cope; two sisters, Tennie Frances Kirby and Betty T. Kirby Minnear; and two brothers, Haggard Kirby and Arthur Kirby.
Survivors include her brother, Louis K. Kirby and wife Gladys, of Cookeville; three nieces, Linda Maxwell and husband Jere, of Cookeville, Carol Halfacre and husband Bill, of Smyrna, and Martha Bumbalough and husband Byrd, of Sparta; four nephews, Thomas Minnear and wife … Read More


James Harold Johnson Sr.

Posted on April 24, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Harold Johnson Sr., 66, of Sparta, passed away April 20, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Johnson was born Feb. 13, 1940, in White County, to George Virgil Johnson Sr. and Jessie Lena Brown Johnson.
He had been a heavy equipment operator.
Survivors include his wife, Betty J. Johnson, of Sparta; sons, James H. Johnson and wife Stephanie, of Springhill, and Joseph Aaron Johnson and wife Eileen, of Arizona; daughters, Alice Lorrainne Johnson and B.K. Johnson, both of Sparta; parents, George Virgil Johnson Sr. and Jessie Lena Johnson, of Sparta; sisters, Elega Hobbs, of Spencer, June Springer, of Sparta, Valez Johnson, of Sparta, Vonda Jones, of Smithville, … Read More


Mexican crystal meth delivered to Sparta woman

Posted on April 23, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A 45-year-old Sparta woman was arrested Monday after she accepted a package from a delivery service that containing crystal meth.
According to detectives Chris Isom and John Ford, of White County Sheriff Department, Brenda Sweatt Beard, 45, of Sparta, was arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses after the drug task force agent investigated a package set to be delivered to Beard by a White County delivery service.
Isom and Ford said Deputy Dale Bumbalough, of White County Sheriff Department, had received information from the delivery service a shipment of ‘Mexican ice’ [crystal meth] had been discovered.
When asked about how the package contents were discovered, … Read More


WCHS soccer ties Cumberland County’s Jets

Posted on April 23, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Interim hospital CEO announces OB stays

Posted on April 23, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mike Dickerson
Good news on two fronts came to White Countians this week when Community Health Systems, owner of White County Community Hospital, announced the obstetrics department will remain in operation and an interim chief executive officer has been named to head the facility.
It was announced publicly at the White County commissioners meeting Monday the application for the cessation of obstetrics services at WCCH, which had been placed with the state medical board, had been verbally withdrawn.
According to interim hospital CEO Cathryn Hibbs, who began her duties Tuesday, the formal letter was to be submitted Wednesday morning to the state board.
“Our reasons to close (the … Read More


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