Monthly Archives: August 2008

‘Quarantine’ hurts landlords

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

“Watch out” were the two words spoken by Charles and Ruth Caldwell as they gave advice to other White County landlords about closely monitoring individuals who are renting their properties.
The Caldwells recently became familiar with an aspect of law enforcement that has been a costly venture for the semi-retired former business owners. One of their rental properties was quarantined because of the presence of items in the house that were consistent with the possible manufacturing of meth. The cost of “cleaning up” the residence exceeded $3,000. According to Ruth, they were lucky. She and Charles were told the expense could have exceeded $10,000.
The news came as … Read More


Economic growth spurred by ‘Highlands’

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A four-year program that was devised to help accelerate economic growth in the region was the central focus of a special briefing Thursday at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport.
People from White, Putnam and Overton counties gathered at the airport for an informational session about the progress of Highlands Initiative and what is planned for the future.
Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo served as the facilitator and opened the meeting with a statement that sent a strong message to those in attendance.           
“Isn’t it great that we’ve got everything together and we’re on the go and we’re all working together for the betterment of our community by using the assets … Read More

Mary Orr

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Orr, 90, of Hermitage, passed away July 28, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, John L. Orr; parents, Dee J. Rollins and Julia Hodges Rollins; and brothers, William, Clyde, J.D.
Orr was a member of Hermitage Church of Christ.
Survivors include sons, Mark Orr and wife Jan, of Gross Pointe, Mich., Thomas Orr, of Hermitage; sisters, Syble West and husband Ralph, of Woodbury, Ritchie Jodway and husband Russell, of Fenten, Mich.; brothers, Baxter Rollins and wife Alice, of Tennessee, Jim Rollins and wife Marlene, of Mt. Juliet, and special friends, Angie Morrison, Betty Bell.
Funeral service was 1 p.m., Aug. 1, … Read More


Minnie Bell Sherrell Carter

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Minnie Bell Sherrell Carter, 86, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 5, 2008, at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.
Carter was born May 15, 1922, in White County, to Byrd Joseph Sherrell and Naomi Francis Pistole Sherrell.
She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Sparta.
Carter was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin N. Carter; brother, J.V. Sherrell; and sister, Jewel Moore.
Survivors include one son, Jack Carter and wife Pat, of Sparta; one daughter, Avalyn Pitman and husband Stanley, of Sparta; two granddaughters, Charity Holman and husband Rob, of Rogers, Ala., Jacklyn Pitman, of Sparta; great-grandson, Carter Bransford Holman, of Rogers, Ark.; … Read More


T. Pierce Brown

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

T. Pierce Brown, 85, of Cookeville, formerly of White County, passed away Aug. 1, 2008, at NHC of Cookeville.
Brown was born April 13, 1923, in Doyle, and was the youngest child in a family of four children of Horace Herbert and Mattie Evelyn Howell Brown.
He attended high school in Sparta, college at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, in Cookeville, Southwest Missouri State Teacher’s College, Abilene Christian College, Northwestern University, Garrett Biblical Institute and Harding Graduate School.
He preached his first gospel sermon and baptized some relatives around 1939 and had been preaching regularly at some congregation since 1947. He … Read More


Joe H. Mills

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Joe H. Mills, 89, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 1, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mills was born Aug. 18, 1918, in Putnam County, to Dee Herchell Mills and Eliza Jane Judd Mills.
He had served 25 years as circuit court clerk of White County. Mills was also secretary/treasurer 30 years for White County Farmers Mutual Insurance. He was an active member of Sparta-White County Senior Center.
Mills was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Julia Ov Mills; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include two sons, Dennis Mills and wife Sherry Beth, of Sparta, Terry Mills, of Sparta; brother, George Willard Mills; sisters, Ruby Hiers, … Read More


Golden Cornelius Cunningham

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Golden Cornelius Cunningham, 73, of McEwen, formerly of Sparta, passed away Aug. 5, 2008, at NHC of Dickson.
Cunningham was born June 5, 1935, in White County, to Thomas Cunningham and Belle Ziora Young Cunningham.
He was in the produce business.
Survivors include his wife, Effie Lorene Cunningham, of McEwen; five sons, Roy, Joseph, William Cunningham, all of McEwen, Robert Cunningham, of Davie, Fla., Timmy Cunningham, of Dickson; seven daughters, Carolyn Wall and husband Steve, of McEwen, Connie Spears and husband Greg, of Buffalo, Mo., Judy Deal and husband Jack, of Hollywood, Fla, Ella Atkins and husband John, of Okeechobee, Fla., Wanda Phillips and husband Wayne, of Duncan, … Read More


Ajemual (Jimmie) Billings Saylors

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ajemual (Jimmie) Billings Saylors, 78, of Donelson, formerly of Sparta, passed away Aug. 3, 2008, at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.
A loving wife, caring mother and grandmother, she was active with her church family and a friend to many.
Saylors was preceded in death by her parents, W.M. (Billy) Billings and Mary Young Billings; two brothers, Tom Billings, Doc Billings; five sisters, Willie LaFever, Ada Templeton, Betty Roberts, Maude Huskins, Ethel Holland.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph Saylors, of Donelson; daughter, Shelley Johnson and husband Jerry, of Decatur, Ala.; son, Sam Saylors and wife Debbie, of Lebanon; grandson, Dalton Saylors; granddaughter, Paige Saylors; sisters, Ruth Stewart, of … Read More


Charles E. Bumbalough

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charles E. Bumbalough, 77, of White County, passed away July 26, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Bumbalough was born May 29, 1931, in White County to Ora Lee Bumbalough and Hassie Eller Bumbalough.
Though a man with only an eighth grade education from Yankeetown School, Bumbalough was an expert at many things. He began his working career at the age of 14 as a shoe cobbler’s apprentice. Through the years, he hauled coal, mixed concrete, worked at Ring Screw Works, in Michigan, was a serviceman and supervisor at Middle Tennessee Natural Gas. He also owned 1,000 Oaks Market, a construction company and Bumbalough’s Machine Shop. He did … Read More


Ruth Velma Kennerly

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ruth Velma Kennerly, 86, of Spencer, passed away Aug. 2, 2008, at her residence.
Kennerly was born April 12, 1922, in the Hilham community, of Overton County, to Vernatus Bilbrey and Cordelia Davis Carmack.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ward Kenerly, brothers, Elmer Carmack, Lester Carmack; and sisters, Zella Carmack Curtis, Stella Carmack Burks.
Survivors include her son, Gary Ward Kennerly, of Spencer; daughter, Debra Gail Kennerly, of Lantana, Fla.; granddaughter, Shannon Nicole Shahamad, of Lantana, Fla; grandson, Matthew Quinn Shahamad, of Lantana, Fla.; three sisters, Gertrude Krupa, of McMinnville, Dorothy Cope, of Spencer, Bobbie Hill, of Nashville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service … Read More


Zella Black Wise Freeman

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Zella Black Wise Freeman, 82, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 2, 2008.
Freeman was born June 26, 1926, in Augusta, Ga., to Frank Dunbar Wise and Josie Miller Dunbar Wise.
Just a few of her accomplishments were a graduate of Central High School and Evans Business College. She was also a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a member of White County’s Welcome Neighbors Club, and active in the Seventh Day Adventist Church where she was a member in Spencer and Smithville.
Freeman worked at Western Union at the time of her marriage and continued part-time most of her life at various places of employment as a … Read More


Welcome Home: August 2008

Posted on August 6, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Welcome Home (August 2008)


Back to School: Aug 2008

Posted on August 6, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Back to School (Aug. 2008)


Fire and explosions stopped traffic

Posted on August 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

This box of blasting caps that had been stored in a outbuilding caused authorities to close McMinnville Highway Wednesday afternoon.

Traffic was stopped on McMinnville Highway for approximately three hours Wednesday afternoon when a series of explosions erupted from an outbuilding that was being intentionally burned to clear the property.
As the fire was raging, authorities were unsure of the cause of the explosions. When the owner of the property pointed to a box of blasting caps he had removed from the structure, authorities immediately closed the adjacent highway as a precaution, in case more explosives remained inside the building.
The Special Ops Bomb Unit from the Tennessee … Read More


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