Monthly Archives: December 2006

Freshmen settle for split with Cookeville

Posted on December 18, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Looking inside.
Warrior freshman, Jeff Griffin, looks from someone inside the paint during the Warriors’ loss to Cookeville Monday.


To buy a trackhoe or not – that is the question

Posted on December 18, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Some of the county commissioners who serve on the Solid Waste Committee are wondering who decided to purchase a trackhoe for the landfill and if one was actually needed before spring 2007.
During the Dec. 8, 2006, meeting, B.K. Luna said committee members for 2005-2006 had given approval to purchase either a roll-off truck or a trackhoe. According to Luna, landfill director George Rogers said he wanted the roll-off truck.
“We bought the roll-off truck,” said Luna, “and we decided that we’d buy a trackhoe, but we’d go ahead and get this truck took care of first and get it paid off.”
However, Luna said … CONTINUED


WCHS teams will be busy through the holidays

Posted on December 18, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


$150k additional money is needed

Posted on December 18, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A farmers’ market for White County is still in the planning stages with a few unexpected developments in the funding process.
Bill Adcock, U.T. Extension agent, appeared before Steering Committee A of White County Board of Commissioners on Monday to discuss the proposed plans for a farmers’ market, which is now expected to cost $180,000.
Adcock first met with county commissioners in June 2006 to request the county donate approximately one-half acre of land near White County Fairgrounds to be used as the site for construction, which commissioners eventually approved. At the time, Adcock said White County qualified for a $30,000 grant from USDA Rural … CONTINUED


Alexander visits White County for his ‘marching orders’

Posted on December 18, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The former governor of Tennessee who became famous for his walk across the state during his 1978 campaign returned to White County on Tuesday in his capacity as U.S. Senator to visit with constituents and reminisce with some old friends.
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander made a brief stop in Sparta on Tuesday at White County Courthouse and spoke with county and city officials, as well as other members of the public who gathered in the courtroom to hear from the man who now represents them in Washington D.C. Alexander, who was well-known for his trademark red plaid shirts during his gubernatorial campaign in the late … CONTINUED


Joe Lee Kerr

Posted on December 18, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joe Lee Kerr, 56, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 13, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Kerr was born Nov. 29, 1950, in White County, to J.L. Kerr and Evelyn Clark Kerr.
He had been disabled and had served in U.S. Air Force.
Kerr was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Ronald Kerr.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Brooks Kerr; one son, John and wife Rhonda Kerr, of St. Cloud, Fla.; two daughters, Liane and husband Chris Brown, of St. Cloud, Fla., and Diane Kerr and husband James, of Barnwell, S.C.; one stepdaughter, Angie Payne and husband Jimmy, of Huntsville, N.C.; four brothers, James and … CONTINUED


Bill Morris

Posted on December 14, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bill Morris, 78, of Quebeck, passed away Dec. 12, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Morris was born May 15, 1928, in White County, to Lee and Flora Emerton Morris.
He had been a farmer.
Morris had served in the U.S. Army two years and the U.S. Navy four years.
Morris was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Judy King.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Mae Morris, of Sparta; one son, Billy J. Morris and wife JoAnne, of Sparta; one daughter, Jeri Massengale, of Rockwood; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Bob, Frank and Lee Morris, all of Sparta.
Visitation will be after 6 p.m., … CONTINUED


Charles David “Odie” Farnham

Posted on December 14, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charles David “Odie” Farnham, 59, of Quebeck, passed away Dec. 10, 2006, at his residence.
Farnham was born Jan. 2, 1947, in Longview, Texas.
He served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam.
Farnham was preceded in death by his father, Harold Farnham.
Survivors include his wife, Debra Farnham, of Quebeck; one daughter, Sandra Farnham, of Florida; two sons, Toby Farnham and Kenny Farnham, both of Texas; his mother, Clara Anderson, of Texas; one stepson, Daniel Storms, of Texas; two sisters, Jeanne and husband Danny Sims and Brenda and husband Don Smith, all of Texas; six grandchildren; four brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Greg and Wanda Wallace, of Sparta, Mike Wallace, … CONTINUED


Dewey J. Sparkman Jr.

Posted on December 14, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dewey J. Sparkman, 78, of Huntsville, Ala., formerly of Doyle, passed away Dec. 8, 2006.
Sparkman was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Sparkman.
Survivors include two daughters, Diana Childress and husband Tommy, of Athens, Ala., and Barbara Swanson and husband Edward, of Berlin, Wis.
Services were 1 p.m., Dec. 12, 2006, at Laughlin Service Funeral Home, with burial in Huntsville Memorial Gardens.
Laughlin Service Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
This information is courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.


Thelma Nell Cantrell

Posted on December 14, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Thelma Nell Cantrell, 77, of Smithville, passed away Dec. 11, 2006, at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville.
She had been the former owner and operator of Houston’s Jewelry and member of Johnson’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Cantrell was preceded in death by her husband, Houston Cantrell; parents, Robert and Mary Ann Johnson Maynard; and two brothers, Howard and Furman Maynard.
Survivors include one nephew, Michael Maynard, of Sparta; one brother, Hurl and wife Waltyne Cantrell, of Sparta; five sisters, Magdalene Cantrell, of Smithville, and Brenda and husband R.V. Billings, Janice Cantrell,and Debbie and husband Jerry Luna, all of Sparta, and Phyllis and husband Bob Malone, of North … CONTINUED


Franklin Roe Nash

Posted on December 14, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Franklin Roe Nash, 73, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 10, 2006, at NHC of Sparta.
Nash was born Nov. 10, 1933, to Mertie Barnes Nash.
He had been a farmer.
Nash was preceded in death by one daughter, Joan Howell.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Stoglin Nash, of Sparta; four daughters, Kay Stamps and husband James, of Sparta, Frances Luna and husband Gary, of Sparta, Kim Hatfield and husband Joe, of Murfreesboro and Jackie Golden and husband Paul, of Sparta; one son, Gene Howell, of Sparta; one brother, Donald Barnes, of Sparta; three sisters, Roberta Brock and Dimple Burris, both of Sparta, and Barbara Gannon, of McMinnville; 10 … CONTINUED


Mary Emelyene Dodson

Posted on December 14, 2006 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Emelyene Dodson, 84, passed away Dec. 9, 2006, at UMC Hospital in Lebanon.
Dodson was born March 19,1922, in Cumberland County, to William Tell VanWinkle and Stella Mae Evans VanWinkle.
She had enjoyed canning, quilting, crocheting, cooking for everyone, gardening and her friends and family.
Dodson was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 56 years, Arlis Verlie Dodson; one son, Phillip Dodson; one son-in-law, Carman Cook; eight sisters; and two brothers.
Survivors include her children, Hugh Dodson and wife Barbara, Judy and husband Morgan Anderson, Sylvia Cook, Mickey Dodson and Kathy and husband Lawrence Glenn; one daughter-in-law, Jo Dodson; one sister, Ola Wilson; 12 … CONTINUED


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