Monthly Archives: June 2008

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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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 … Read More


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.


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, … Read More


It can be a tough job!

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

    I’ve decided it’s official.  I need hazardous duty pay.  
    I’ve known for quite a few years now that I have to be very careful when covering sporting events because I find myself in the line of fire quite often.  
    I’m on the sidelines of football games with huge guys coming flying out of bounds at me, not just at the high school level but also at Tech games.  I stand on the field at high school softball and baseball games with balls flying everywhere at any certain time.  I am also along the baseline at basketball and volleyball games.  Even at soccer games, I have to avoid the … Read More


Stage set for Little League’s biggest night

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

Pitching machine baseball action

    The regular season is over and all the tournament preliminaries are in the book.
    Tonight, Little League will take center stage with the finals of the city tournament and the naming of All Stars.  One league’s tournament champion has already been decided with the other five to be decided Monday night followed by the naming of All Stars at the conclusion of the final game.
    In 11/12 year old softball action, First National Bank polished off a perfect season capturing the title with a forfeit by Citizen’s Bank.  The other divisions are hoping to be able to settle their titles on the field tonight.… Read More


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 … Read More


Patricia E. Armstrong Pennington

Posted on June 13, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Patricia E. Armstrong Pennington, 67, of Sparta, passed away June 11, 2008, at her residence.
Pennington was born July 30, 1940, in Washington D.C., to George V. Armstrong Jr. and Elizabeth Alice Armstrong.
She had been employed with Linowes and Blocker Law Firm as a secretary.
Pennington was preceded in death by her mother.
Survivors include her father, Col. George V. Armstrong Jr., of Louisiana; two sons, Charles F. Pennignton Jr., of Maryland, Paul A. Pennington, of Pennsylvania; two daughters, Laura A. McSorley, of Virginia, Pamela R. King, of Sparta; two brothers, Robert Armstrong, of Murfreesboro, Richard Armstrong, of Blountville; and several grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 11 … Read More


Janice Marie Brymer

Posted on June 13, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Janice Marie Brymer, 54, of Quebeck, passed away June 13, 2008, at her residence.
Brymer as born May 28, 1954, in White County, to Sylvester Brymer and Wilma Young Brymer Miller.
She had been a housewife.
Brymer was preceded in death by her father; stepfather, Luther Miller; and stepdaughter, Rose Phillips.
Survivors include her husband, William Clay Brymer, of Quebeck; mother, Wilma Young Miller, of Sparta; one daughter, Elaine Young, of Sparta; three stepdaughters and spouses, Barbara and Jeff Masters, of Sparta, Alice Young, of Sparta, Linda and Nolen Myers, of Doyle; one sister, Rachel Brady, of Sparta; three brothers and spouses, Gary and Jean Brymer, of Quebeck, … Read More


J.D. “Bucky” Cruise

Posted on June 13, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

J.D. “Bucky” Cruise, 58, of Sparta, passed away June 12, 2008, at his residence.
Cruise was born March 18, 1950, in White County, to Jesse Dodson Cruise Sr. and Virgie Jennie Lee Grissom Cruise Holman.
He was a retired employee of White County school system where he worked as a custodian 30 years. Cruise loved all “his” little children. His faithful dog, Brownie, passed away the same day.
Cruise was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Dodson Cruise; stepfather, T. J. Holman; brother, Thomas Holman; his beloved sister, Susan Cruise; special loved ones, Johnny and Tula Rascoe; and Thomas Simrell.
Survivors include his mother, Virgie Grissom Cruise … Read More


City employee arrested for sexual solicitation

Posted on June 13, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Johnny Vaughn Cody

A White County man who once served as a county commissioner and is now employed by City of Sparta’s street department has been charged in Cumberland County with solicitation for sex with a minor.
Johnny Vaughn Cody, 55, was arrested June 6, 2008, at Caney Creek Bridge, on Highway 70 West, in Cumberland County.
According to the report filed by Investigator Chad Norris, Cody was taken into custody when he attempted to meet a 15-year-old for the purpose of having sexual contact.
The arrest resulted after an ongoing investigation where pornographic materials, with notes written on them, were being left under the bridge. The notes … Read More


City employee arrested for sexual solicitation

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

A White County man who once served as a county commissioner and is now employed by City of Sparta’s street department has been charged in Cumberland County with solicitation for sex with a minor.
Johnny Vaughn Cody, 55, was arrested June 6, 2008, at Caney Creek Bridge, on Highway 70 West, in Cumberland County.
According to the report filed by Investigator Chad Norris, Cody was taken into custody when he attempted to meet at 15-year-old for the purpose of having sexual contact.
The arrest resulted after an ongoing investigation where pornographic materials, with notes written on them, were being left under the bridge. The notes reportedly asked for … Read More


1-million-gallon water tank gets facelift

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

 
A job that is expected to cost more than a quarter-million dollars for the rehabilitation of one of Sparta’s water tanks was addressed during the Thursday meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Neal Westerman, an engineer with James C. Hailey and Co., explained the steps leading toward the complete refurbishing and repainting of the water tank located at was known for decades as Baker Park. The 1-million-gallon tank sits of the property adjacent to the city’s animal control facility, which was once the site of Baker Park Swimming Pool.
 “We just had our sanitary survey on our water system,” said Ross Fann, director of … Read More


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