Monthly Archives: June 2008

Firefighters open doors to community

Posted on June 19, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

White County firefighters are preparing for simultaneous open houses in each of the districts.

Ever wondered about the people riding in the big red fire trucks? Ever thought about joining them?
Find out the answers to these and many other questions at the first joint Open House at each and every fire department throughout the county, including the City of Sparta and the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad.
The events will take place simultaneously across White County at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 22, 2008.
 Across the county, residents can visit with the firefighters and volunteers, tour the facility, and check out the equipment, as well as learn the basic
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Commissioners extend current budget

Posted on June 19, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Every third Monday of the month, the elected county commissioners meet at 7 p.m., on the third floor of White County Courthouse to make decisions about all facets of running the county government. The public is encouraged to attend these open meetings.

Several items were discussed in preparation for the submission of the 2008-2009 White County budget for approval. Jerry Denton, county commission chairman, presides over the meetings.

White County will continue to fund day-to-day government operations based on figures from the 2007-2008 budget until the new one can be finalized and approved.
Twelve commissioners were present at the Monday night full court meeting of the board, with
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Charlotte Jean Sopha

Posted on June 17, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charlotte Jean Sopha, 68, of Sparta, passed away June 14, 2008, at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin.
Sopha was born March 5, 1940, in Detroit, Mich., to Homer Walter and Vila Elnora Knowles Sopha.
She had been an accountant with Buddy Lee Agency, Hoosier Tires and several other country music agencies.
Sopha was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Michael Sopha, Kenneth Sopha; one sister, Pauline Sopha; one nephew, Christopher Sopha; and one great-niece, La Shea Angelle Howard.
Survivors include her family; Doug and Becky Sopha, of Townsend, Joan and Billy Williams, of Sparta, Debbie Sopha, of Sparta, Tammy and Steve Howard, of Sparta, Angelle Howard, … CONTINUED


Storm brings down huge wall at Philips

Posted on June 16, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

On Friday, June 13, 2008, a severe storm swept through the southern part of White County and caused extreme damage to Philips Professional Luminaires of North America (formerly Genlyte Thomas).
“We were blessed that we didn’t have any injuries or fatalities,” said Kent Frisbee, employee relations at Philips. “The second shift was already in the building when it hit. We have a different schedule on Fridays and, if it had been another day of the week, it could have been much worse.”
At approximately 3 p.m., just after the Friday afternoon shift change, high winds caused trees to “double over” and blew open some doors in the building. … CONTINUED


Charlotte Jean Sopha

Posted on June 16, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charlotte Jean Sopha, 68, of Sparta, passed away June 14, 2008, at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin.
Sopha was born March 5, 1920, in Detroit, Mich., to Homer Walter and Vila Elnora Knowles Sopha.
She had been an accountant with Buddy Lee Agency, Hoosier Tires and several other country music agencies.
Sopha was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Michael Sopha, Kenneth Sopha; one sister, Pauline Sopha; one nephew, Christopher Sopha; and one great-niece, La Shea Angelle Howard.
Survivors include her family; Doug and Becky Sopha, of Townsend, Joan and Billy Williams, of Sparta, Debbie Sopha, of Sparta, Tammy and Steve Howard, of Sparta, Angelle Howard, … CONTINUED


Jessie Ray Shockley

Posted on June 16, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jessie Ray Shockley, 82, of Spencer, passed away June 15, 2008.
Shockley was born May 4, 1926, in Van Buren County, to Waymon and Ruthie McCormick Shockley.
Services will be 1 p.m., June 17, 2008, at Spencer Funeral Home with burial at Sietz Cemetery. Billy Reed will officiate.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


YMCA asks for more money

Posted on June 16, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bob Breeding

One of the men who instrumental in helping form Sparta-White County YMCA and still remains an active member of the board of directors appeared before county commissioners last week to ask for financial help for the struggling organization.
Bob Breeding, former mayor of Sparta, addressed the budget committee of White County Board of Commissioners and explained how the YMCA does not have any endowment funds or certificates of deposit from which to draw financial assistance. As Breeding explained, “…just go from one payroll to the next, and it’s not always easy.”
Breeding said in 2007 he told Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo the YMCA was going to … CONTINUED


James M. Yates

Posted on June 16, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James M. Yates, 80, of Spencer, passed away June 15, 2008.
Yates was born Oct. 19, 1927, in Van Buren County, to Mike and Alma Sullivan Yates.
Services will be 2 p.m., June 19, 2008, at Spencer Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Spencer Town Cemetery.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


See ya

Posted on June 16, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

this is my last Monday here


It has truly been a privilege

Posted on June 16, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

While my name may be absent from the staff box of the newspaper very soon, working here has been a wonderful, very educational experience.
After nearly six years of taking photos, chasing police cars and sticking my nose into other business around the county and then having the information printed in the newspaper, I am stepping into another opportunity and challenge at the Chamber of Commerce.
It has truly been a blessing and a fun experience to entertain and educate the readers of The Expositor. I have met so many wonderful people around the county and appreciate everyone’s help during the course of my reporting career.
Because a … CONTINUED


Ella Louise Reece Davis Harris

Posted on June 16, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ella Louise Reece Davis Harris, 52, of Sparta, passed away June 15, 2008, at her residence.
Harris was born Nov. 2, 1955, in White County, to John Frank and Vernie Mae Gamble Reece.
She was a retired factory worker.    
Harris was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Matthew Logan Tell Harris; one brother, John Ray Reece; and one sister, Molly Reece Miller.
Survivors include her husband, James L. Harris; one son, Erik K. Davis and wife Stephanie, of Virginia Beach, Va.; one daughter, Shana Marie Harris Mason and husband Ricky, of Rock Island; four grandchildren; one sister, Ann Davis and husband Howard, of Sparta; and several … CONTINUED


Change is coming for WCHS athletics

Posted on June 15, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

    The 2008-09 season will mark the 25th year the White County High School teams have been a member of District 7AAA and have competed with the Murfreesboro schools.
    Due to a recent vote by the TSSAA Board of Control, the 25th year will be the final one at least for four years.  
    Last week, the Board of Control had their meeting and by a narrow vote of 5-4 voted to pass the new realignment, known as the “Z-Plan.”  The plan had been up for consideration in 2004, but failed 7-2.  This time with some tweaking and kinks worked out the plan passed.
    The new plan, which will go … CONTINUED


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