Monthly Archives: August 2007

Should deputy clerks’ salaries be equalized?

Posted on August 31, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Three dissatisfied elected officials appeared before White County budget committee Tuesday night to ask their chief deputies be given the same salary as the amount designated for the person who holds that position in the county court clerk’s office.
Brenda Copeland Officer, trustee, Gary Brogden, register of deeds, and Lynda McCoy, clerk and master, said they felt their employees each deserved to make $31,034, which is the salary now being paid to the chief deputy in White County Court Clerk Connie Jolley’s office.
“Two years ago, the county clerk’s deputies were paid less, but they only worked 35 hours,” said Officer. “Our [the three offices … Read More


Sparta vs. Cookeville – 2007 version

Posted on August 31, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Sam Gribble will be the featured back in the Warriors rushing attack.
Gribble is the lone returning Warrior who has ever scored a touchdown in a varsity football game.
Before the game, Cookeville Radiator, Randy Kidd and Ricky Kidd will be hosting a tailgate party at 6 p.m. in the visitor’s parking lot.


Hawkins sentenced to federal prison

Posted on August 31, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
More than two years after allegations of inmate abuse had been reported against former correction officer Stan Hawkins, federal prosecutors have secured a sentence of 12 months for the man who was one of two officers convicted in the case.
Hawkins was sentenced Aug. 27 for violating the civil rights of an inmate. After release from prison, Hawkins will be on federal supervised release for one year.
Hawkins was a supervisory corrections officer at White County Jail from November 2002 to September 2004. He was previously convicted at trial of a felony violation of federal civil rights laws by allegedly subjecting an inmate to cruel … Read More


Fugitives captured in Sparta

Posted on August 31, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A joint effort by Sparta Police Department, White County Sheriff Department and Warren County Sheriff Department resulted in the capture of two wanted subjects.
At approximately 8:30 p.m., Aug. 27, 2007, Investigator Tommy Myers, of Warren County Sheriff
Department, contacted Sparta and White County officers about information he had received about the two individuals possibly being at Royal Inn.
“These two had been caught in a meth lab, roughly a month ago,” said Myers. “Lori Redman was found hiding in the house, and Derrick Sullivan had escaped out the back. She was arrested that day. And a week or so later, she took off and met … Read More


WCHS soccer, golf and volleyball in action to start week

Posted on August 31, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Carolyn Sue Morgan

Posted on August 30, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Carolyn Sue Morgan, 61, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 26, 2007.
Morgan was born Oct. 20, 1945, in White County, to John Lee Morgan and Bessie Fannie Ledbetter Morgan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Ruth Morgan; and one brother, Jim Morgan.
Survivors include one sister, Kay Ledbetter, of Monterey; two brothers, Bruce Morgan, of Sparta, Johnny Morgan and wife Bobbie, of Smyrna; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were 3 p.m., Aug. 29, 2007, at Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Highland Cemetery. David Lee England officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Harold Ray Thomas

Posted on August 30, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Harold Ray Thomas, 88, of Crossville, passed away Aug. 24, 2007.
Thomas was born Jan. 28, 1919, in Cleveland, Ohio, to James Garfield Thomas and Genevieve Gerbig Thomas.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Don Elder, of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, James H. and Julieta Thomas, of Tampa, Fla.; one sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Nicholas Sirovica, of Cleveland, Ohio; three granddaughters, Kristen Davis, Katy Kuhn, both of Tampa, Fla., Lara Elder, of Sparta; three grandsons, Justin Elder, of Cleveland, Ohio, Kurt Thomas, Keith Thomas, of Tampa, Fla.; and Jaedyn Ryleigh Davis, of Tampa, Fla.
Memorial services … Read More


Emma Lee Martin

Posted on August 30, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emma Lee Martin, 89, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 24, 2007.
Martin was born June 10, 1918, in Putnam County, to William and Lula Sherrell Dunn.
She had been a homemaker.
Martin was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John H. Whited; three brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and John Kollmorgen, of Walling, Donna and Al Billingsley, of Cookeville; seven grandchildren, Michael Sleister, Donald Kollmorgen and wife Cindy, Jimmy Kollmorgen and wife Dimple, Donna Goodwin, Jackie Cantrell, Brandi Warren, Laine Clayton and husband Christopher; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services were 11 a.m., Aug. 27, 2007, at Whitson Funeral Home Chapel with burial … Read More


Marion Delbert Fowler

Posted on August 30, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Marion Delbert Fowler, 76, of Paducah, Ky., passed away Aug. 26, 2007.
Fowler was born in White County, to Samuel and Ollie Goodwin Fowler.
Fowler was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Debbie Fowler; one son, Danny Trainer; three sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra K. Lovelace Fowler, of Paducah, Ky.; three daughters, Sherry Pittman, of Paducah, Ky., Robin Moore Winegarden, of Atlanta, Ga., Debbie Sharpe, of Royal Oak, Mich.; five sons, Raymond Fowler, of Reidsville, N.C., Mike Fowler, Keith Fowler, both of Ledbetter, Ky., David Fowler, of Florence, Mass., Tim Fowler, of Reidland, Ky., Sam Fowler, of Paducah, Ky.; one sister, Mable … Read More


Verdie Rose Pease

Posted on August 30, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Verdie Rose Pease, 59, of McMinnville, passed away Aug. 28, 2007.
Pease was born July 29, 1948, in Grundy County, to J.T. and Rhevena Forsyth.
She had been a homemaker and member of the Baptist faith.
Pease was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Roger Dale Forsyth.
Survivors include her husband, Claude A. Pease, of McMinnville; two daughters, Melissa Redmon, Amanda G. Ferrell and husband Michael, all of McMinnville; two sons, Brian A. Pease, Roger D. Pease, both of McMinnville; two sisters, Delma Meeks, of Jasper, Emma Fincher and husband David, of Beersheba Springs; four brothers, A.C. Forsyth and wife Brenda, Roy Forsyth and wife … Read More


Gina Renee Hodges

Posted on August 30, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gina Renee Hodges, 45, of Cookeville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Aug. 28, 2007.
Hodges was born Dec. 26, 1961, in Pontiac, Mich., to Earl and Effie Holman Lowery.
She attended Brotherton Mountain Baptist Church and had worked as a nurses aide at both Life Care Center of Sparta and NHC in Sparta.
Survivors include her husband, Rodger Hodges, of Cookeville; one daughter, Tashauna K. Burchett, of Sparta; her mother, Effie M. Lowery, of Sparta; one brother, Earl Lowery, of Sparta; mother and father-in-law, Roy and Mary Hodges, of Sparta; two stepbrothers, Bob Holland, Jim Holland, both of McMinnville; two nieces, Sherry Dodson, Angie Randolph, both of Sparta; … Read More


Dewey Raymond Johnson

Posted on August 30, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dewey Raymond Johnson, 68, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 25, 2007.
Johnson was born May 1, 1939, in White County, to Dewey Lawton Johnson and Cora Mae Lack Johnson.
He was a retired roofer.
Johnson was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Willie Johnson and L.J. Johnson.
Survivors include one daughter, Tammy Hayes; two granddaughters, Amanda Mealey, Kayla Mealey, all of Chattanooga; four sisters, Rhonda O’Conner, Carolyn Young, Dorothy Exum, Mary Pugh, all of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were 1 p.m., Aug. 28, 2007, at Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Highland Cemetery. Rev. Tommy Lee Davis officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home


Linda Lee Miller Davis

Posted on August 30, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Linda Lee Miller Davis, 61, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 27, 2007.
Davis was born May 15, 1946, in White County, to Billy Miller and Rosa Pauline Scott Miller.
She had been a housewife.
Davis was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, James Davis, Edward Davis; and two sisters, Mary Katherine Pepper and Carolyn Ann Miller.
Survivors include her husband, James Carl Davis, of Sparta; one son, Ricky Carl Davis, of Sparta; two daughters, Teresa Faye Gilreath, Lisa Ann Angaran and her husband Joe, all of Smithville; two sisters, Inez Roberts, Hattie Sue Mullican, both of Sparta; two brothers, William Ernest Miller, Paul Edward Miller, both … Read More


Van Buren deputy arrested for DUI

Posted on August 28, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Authorities said Deputy Chad Martin, of Van Buren County, was more than an hour and a half away from his designated patrol area, armed with a gun and driving a sheriff’s department car when he was arrested for DUI.
According to WSMV-Channel 4, in Nashville, Martin has been a deputy with Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department since at least 2004.
On Aug. 20, he and two other men were at Toot’s restaurant, in Smyrna. Employees at the restaurant reportedly told investigators Martin had been drinking and appeared to be intoxicated.
A server at Toot’s reportedly did not think Martin should drive and called police when the … Read More


Please, don’t burn!

Posted on August 28, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Extremely hot weather combined with drought conditions listed at the extreme level has caused White County government to advise residents to discontinue any burning until further notice.
The request was issued Thursday by White County Executive Herd Sullivan in conjunction with Tennessee Department of Forestry also announcing its department would not be issuing any burn permits after Aug. 27 until the drought ceases or until authorities deem it safe.
The Division of Forestry normally issues burning permits October 15-May 15. However, permits are sometimes issued outside these parameters when requested. But state official have now ceased any issuance of these permits because of the extreme … Read More


It’s White County Fair time once again

Posted on August 28, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Woody Phillips
Probably one of the worst things anyone can ever do, especially if they ‘make it big’ is forget their roots – where they came from.
This is the one thing that has kept White County Agricultural Fair the success it has been, or ever will be, because while others have tried to escape their country roots, White County proudly proclaims their’s for all to see.
White County Agricultural Fair is also among only a handful of state and county fairs that are considered the oldest in the State of Tennessee. State records have shown, according to the publication “White County-200 Years in the Making,” back in … Read More


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