Monthly Archives: April 2006

Damage limited in White County; Warren County is devastated

Posted on April 11, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Although White County escaped the brunt of the storms that wreaked vast destruction across Middle Tennessee, neighboring Warren County was the site of three deaths caused by two tornadoes.
According to area news sources, three people were killed and approximately 60 homes were damaged in Warren during the storms Friday.
The first tornado struck a few minutes after 5 p.m., cutting across the north part of the county. Two people, Barbara Joyce Greene Alverson, 53, and Olie Monroe Parsley, 81, were killed at 455 Foster Road.
A second tornado was reported shortly before 7 p.m., in Morrison. Sherry Bruce, 48, died after her mobile home … Read More


Easter, its traditions and symbols

Posted on April 11, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Bunnies and baskets, filled with chocolate and brightly decorated eggs, are Easter traditions, with their origins being centuries old, that weave their way through frilly new dresses and white patent leather shoes.
Easter marks the traditional first day women can wear white shoes and a season of rebirth, complete with a new ensemble to wear to church.
Raise a hand if Easter memories include brand new clothes and standing in front of maybe a flowering bush at Grandma’s house for a picture with the family.
Where did these traditions come from? So many symbols, so many traditions – what do they really mean and does it … Read More


8-year-old still critical, but improving

Posted on April 11, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
An 8-year-old White County girl is still in serious condition at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga, eight days after she was hit by a car as she attempted to cross a busy highway in Sparta during a torrential rain.
Rachel Kress, a student at Doyle Elementary, was crossing the highway near Kirby Chiropractic, on North Spring Street, which is reportedly close to her grandmother’s house.
Her parents, Terry and Jennifer Kress, have not left her side since she was transported to the medical facility that is well-known for its expertise in treating traumatic injuries.
“She’s doing a lot better,” said Jennifer Kress, Rachel’s mother, when … Read More


J& J Produce ready for business

Posted on April 11, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Missy Jones
With the arrival of spring and the beautiful sunny days it brings, many people are ready to get outside and get busy working in their yards.
J&J Produce has just received a beautiful shipment of yellow and purple pansies, pink and purple ground cover, bedding plants, annuals, perennials and tropicals. They will also be receiving hanging ferns, but they suggest keeping them indoors until after April 15th.
J& J also has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. They sell seed potatoes, onion sets, strawberry plants and herbs.
They stock honey, jams, jellies, relish and chow-chow.
Fruit baskets can be ordered, and they have a nice … Read More


Bernice “Bernie” Golden

Posted on April 10, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bernice “Bernie” Golden, 74, of Baxter, passed away April 6, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Golden was born Feb. 10, 1932, in White County, to Daniel and Nora Richardson Golden.
He was a member of Baxter First Church of God.
Golden had worked in cattle sales.
He was preceded by his parents; his wife, Bessie Daniels Golden; two sisters, Beulah Roberts and Donna Randolph; and one brother, James “Jim” Golden.
Survivors include three stepsons and their spouses, Jack and Carolyn Ward, Wes and Doris Ward and Roger and Polly Copeland, all of Cookeville; on son and spouse, James and Sherry Golden, of Cookeville; and one sister, Lula … Read More


Annabelle Marietta Laliberte

Posted on April 10, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Laliberte was born Sept. 22, 1933, in Detroit, Mich., to Leo and Wilma Hutchinson.
She was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church. Laliberte was retired from General Motors, in Michigan, after 28 years of service. She was a devoted wife and mother, a great cook and will be remembered as a meticulous cleaner who always had a spotless home.
Laliberte was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Laliberte, and her parents.
Survivors include one son, Jerry Edward Laliberte, of Nashville; two daughters and their spouses, Ruth an Doug Spencer and Denise and Vince Fileccia, all of Sparta; three sisters and their spouses, Mary and Sam Kennedy, … Read More


Child hit by car on N. Spring

Posted on April 9, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
An 8-year-old Doyle Elementary student is in critical condition at Erlanger Hospital after being struck by a car Sunday afternoon.
According to Sgt. Travis Barker, of Sparta Police Department, at approximately 5 p.m., March 31, 2006, just as a torrential rain began to fall, the young girl was with a couple of other children in a parking lot at the corner of North Spring and Grissom streets.
Barker said the second-grade student at Doyle “darted out” in front of a 1996 Nissan Sentra, driven by Danielle Young, 20, of Sparta.
“There was nothing she [Young] could do,” said Barker.
The child was identified as Rachel Kress.… Read More


WCHS baseball picks up fourth consecutive win

Posted on April 9, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Political debate gives voters look at candidates

Posted on April 9, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The invitations have been sent and candidates have responded with official notification of their attendance to participate in a political debate beginning at 6:30 p.m., April 10, 2006, at White County Middle School.
The Expositor had received numerous requests from residents about hosting a political forum/debate to help voters learn more about the candidates running in the May 2, 2006, Democratic Primary.
Invitations were sent to all candidates in the Democratic Primary, as well as those running in the General Election, in August 2006. Candidates for the General Election will be given an allotted amount of time to introduce themselves to the audience and make … Read More


278th honored for service in Iraq

Posted on April 9, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Although the early Sunday morning skies revealed a growing mass of rain clouds, families and friends of the 278th Regimental Combat Team were not deterred from their mission to honor the soldiers of Sparta’s unit who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In what was considered to be their “last hurrah” after returning from Iraq more than five months ago, the entire Sparta unit gathered at White County High School gymnasium for the Freedom Salute Ceremony. Mandated restructuring of the Tennessee National Guard within the next few months will separate many of the soldiers who formed a special bond during a time of uncertainty.
Brigadier General … Read More


Another coaching era comes to an end in 2006

Posted on April 9, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Willie Spencer Harville

Posted on April 6, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Willie Spencer Harville, 89, of Algood, formerly of Crossville, passed away April 3, 2006, at Masters Healthcare Center.
Harville was born Oct. 2, 1916, in Smith County, to Spencer Coley and Ida Mai Claxton Harville.
He had been a minister and farmer. Harville had been the pastor at Buckner Community Baptist Church and Camp Heights Baptist Church. He was a member of Jonesville Baptist Church.
Harville was preceded in death by his wife, Maudie M. Jewel Grogan Harville.
Survivors include three daughters and their spouses, Tinnie and Robert Wright of Sparta, Dorothy Lafever, of Indiana, and Gracie and Bobby Hickey, of Sparta; seven sons and their spouses, Robert … Read More


Mary Willie Tubb Smith

Posted on April 6, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Willie Tubb Smith, 78, of Sparta, passed away April 1, 2006, at her residence.
Smith was born Dec. 6, 1927, in White County, to J.R. Tubb, Jr. and Lula Dibrell Tubb.
She had been a housewife.
Smith was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Mary Lynn Smith; and two brothers, James R. Tubb and Stanton D. Tubb.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Leighton H. Smith Jr., of Sparta; two sons and their spouses, Leighton H. Smith III and Lori, of Upland, Calif., and James Stanton Smith and Lynne, of Sewanee; two grandchildren, Holly J. Smith and Dylan James Smith; and one sister, Ruth Rhea “Pinkie” Tubb … Read More


Elmer Martin

Posted on April 6, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Elmer Martin, 81, of Spencer, passed away April 4, 2006.
Martin was born Aug. 8, 1924, in Spencer, to James Edward Martin and Mary Yates Martin.
He was a retired timber cutter and farmer.
Martin was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Luedean Sullivan Martin, of Spencer, and six daughters and their spouses, Nell Brown, Josephine and William Conley, Judy and Kenneth Denney, Charlotte and James Hugh Hillis, Ammrella and Brad McCoy, and Peggie and Bruce Rigsby, all of Spencer.
Services will be 2 p.m., April 7, 2006, at Faith Trinity Non-Denominational Church with burial in a private cemetery, in Spencer.
William Wanamaker, Wayne … Read More


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