Mock trial illustrates dangers of drinking, driving

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Mike Dickerson
A young man, clean and well-dressed, stood accused at trial of driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in the death of his best friend.
When the guilty verdict was given by the jury, there was a feeling in the courtroom that everyone lost.
It was a scene too-often played out in America today.
Fortunately, this time, it was a mock trial, conducted in a White County courtroom Wednesday as a part of an educational process.
Organized by White County High School Resource Officer Doug Goff, the mock trial took the place of the usual mock DUI reenactment put on before prom and graduation at the … Read More


Memorial fund honors Crouch

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The educational foundation of a child begins at a very early age, and most preschoolers are learning their A, B, C’s from Sesame Street or daycare providers. However, the venture into “big school” can be somewhat of a challenge, and kindergarten teachers like the late Barbara Hudgens Crouch helped make the transition easier into the adventurous world of knowledge.
Crouch, who was lovingly known as Mrs. Barbie to her students, spent most of the 32 years of her teaching career in White County. Her days were spent educating and entertaining students at Baker, Findlay and East Sparta Elementary schools. Crouch’s carefree personality and zest for … Read More


Meth labs raided over weekend

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The Narcotics Unit, of the White County Sheriff Department, was on assignment again this weekend, with the retrieval of two methamphetamine labs.
Members of the unit accompanied Department of Children’s Services worker Tonya Scott to the residence of Dave England to perform a welfare check because of complaints about alleged drug use and weapons.
Upon arrival, Scott spoke with Brad England, father of the children. After speaking with Brad, Scott received permission to walk through the premises and was accompanied by Deputy Dale Bumbalough.
After completing the walk-through, it was determined Brad had used methamphetamine that day. The Narcotics Unit then received written permission to … Read More


Earl Ernest Qualls

Posted by | April 24, 2003 12:00 am

Earl Ernest Qualls, 53, of Sparta, passed away April 20, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Qualls was born March 15, 1950, in White County, to Robert Odell Qualls and Dorothy Randolph Qualls.
He had been a brick mason.
Qualls was preceded in death by his parents and two sons. Jeffrey Earl and Steven Odell Qualls.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Kim Qualls; one daughter, Kristy Qualls; one grandchild, Liz Qualls; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Jimmy Presley and Joyce and Jimmy Woody; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Robert and Bernie Qualls and David Qualls all of Sparta.
Services were at 1 p.m., April … Read More


James Morris Autry

Posted by | April 24, 2003 12:00 am

James Morris Autry, 88, of Crossville, passed away Aprill 22, 2003, at Wyndridge Health Center.
Autry was born August 30, 1914, in Hamilton County, to David Autry and Pearl Stanley Autry.
He had been a mechanic.
Autry was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Geneviere Autry of Crossvile; one daughter, Betty Humphrey; one step daughter, Wilma Guy and one step son, Winfred Hale, all of Sparta.
Services will be at 1 p.m., April 24, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Lower Cherry Creek Cemetery. Bro. J. T. Davis will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


3D Financial opens new outlet on Bockman Way

Posted by | April 24, 2003 12:00 am

Billy Jarvis
The paint has dried, the doors are open and the ribbon cutting ceremony is coming soon. Sparta’s financial community has an aggressive new institution offering a diversity of services. 3D Financial of Sparta is now open for business at their attractively remodeled location on 123 West Bockman Way. As manager Jeane Johnson explained, 3D Financial has a wealth of experience in the Upper Cumberland area.
“3D Financial of Sparta is part of the 3D Financial Network, with 17 offices located throughout Middle Tennessee,” said Johnson. “We strive to say yes when others say no, and that approach has allowed us to establish an allegiant base of … Read More




E-911 addresses new budget cuts

Posted by | April 24, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
With budgetary concerns at an all-time high, White County may soon be feeling the effects of the 9 percent cuts required to balance the state budget. E-911 board members were prepared to scrutinize their budget for the upcoming fiscal year during a Tuesday night meeting.
“Mike [Mahn] told me to tell you if he didn’t make if here in time for the meeting, he’ll work for White County at no cost,” said Harry Cole, referring to E-911 attorney Mike Mahn. “That’s how passionate he is about E-911.”
Ben Gardenhire, board member, expressed his appreciation for Mahn’s generous gesture.
“He probably realized we’re in a budget … Read More


Rockin’ in the streets

Posted by | April 24, 2003 12:00 am

Suzanne Dickerson
Oh, what a night. Late April of 2003, what a special special time . . and there was dancin’ and crusin’ on Liberty Square in downtown Sparta.
The crowd, which was estimated at around 2,000, filled the streets and had a great time reminiscing,
visiting, and renewing aquaintainces. The weather was perfect for the outdoor celebration, and White County residents took advantage of the beautiful evening.
The first ever Sonic Cruise In and Sock Hop featured over 170
antique cars, and the crowd gathered to admire each one.
Most of the vintage car owners were on hand to discuss the finer points of their classics.
“The … Read More


Explosives found on Jericho Road

Posted by | April 24, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
An ordinary Tuesday afternoon of picking up trash turned into a serious situation for community service workers when they found explosive devices over an embankment on Jericho Road.
According to Jerry Cole Sr. Emergency Management Agency director, the workers found the devices April 22, 2003, approximately six to seven feet off the roadway. “Apparently, as they started to pick up a plastic bag, dynamite and blasting caps fell out,” said Cole.
Cole was immediately notified of the situation. Upon arrival at the scene, Lt. Chad Dodson and Deputy Darren Gongaware, both of the White County Sheriff Department, closed all entrances to the area.
Tennessee Emergency … Read More


W.C.H.S. Top Ten, in their own words

Posted by | April 24, 2003 12:00 am

Expositor Report
As a continuing weekly feature leading to graduation week, The Expositor will be profiling members of the academic Top Ten for the Class of 2003. While these scholars are sometimes separated by only hundredths of points, the interests and personal characteristics among these gifted seniors varies from subtle to extreme. In celebration of their achievements and the unique diversity that each brings to the Class of 2003, The Expositor is proud to present the academic Top Ten…in their own words.
Lauren Roper – #8
I am Lauren Roper, graduate in the class of 2003. It is so wonderful to know that there are such kind people … Read More


Jesse Raymond Jones

Posted by | April 21, 2003 12:00 am

Jesse Raymond Jones, 54, of Livingston, formerly of Sparta, passed away April 18, 2003, at Vanderbilt Hospital.
Jones was born Aug. 22, 1948, in White County, to Jesse Reed and Demaris England Jones.
He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and had been a truck driver.
Jones was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Mae Wright Jones of Livingston; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Angela and Mitchell Wells and Demaris Hall all of Cookeville and Loretta and Chris Hammock of Livingston; one son, Jesse Reed Jones of Jamestown; four brothers, Otto Jones, Jerry Jones and Jimmy England all of Sparta and Alpha … Read More


Ova Steele Vinson

Posted by | April 21, 2003 12:00 am

Ova Steele Vinson, 88, of Sparta, passed away April 19, 2003, at Baptist DeKalb Hospital.
Vinson was born Aug. 4, 1914, in White County, to Ben and Bertha Hicks Steele.
She had been a homemaker.
Vinson was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Phillip Randall Exum; three sisters, Evie Holland, Dovie Griffin, Dolly Holland; and three brothers, Leonard, Ben Thomas and Otis Steele.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Billy Joe Goodwin and Evelyn and Royce Exum, all of Sparta; one son, Jerry and Wanda Vinson of Tullahoma; two sisters, Daisy Stone and Jane Graves both of Sparta; 10 grandchildren and spouses, Chris and … Read More


Ella Mae Lewis

Posted by | April 21, 2003 12:00 am

Ella Mae Lewis, 89, of Indianapolis, Ind., formerly of the Clifty community in
White County, passed away April 18, 2003.
Lewis was born Feb. 1, 1914, to Frank Thompson and Lily Mae Lowery Thompson.
She had been a homemaker.
Lewis was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sidney R. Lewis; and one son, Sidney Ray Lewis Jr.
Survivors include three daughters, Anna Lewis of Florida, Zana Smith of Indianapolis, Ind. and Mae Bell Dodson of Sterling Heights, Mich.; 15 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m., April 21, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in … Read More


Helen Margaret Simmons Turner

Posted by | April 21, 2003 12:00 am

Helen Margaret Simmons Turner, 72, of New Port Ritchie, Fla., passed away April 17, 2003.
Turner was born June 14, 1930, in Warren County, to Charlie and Louise Simmons.
She was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church and had been a homemaker.
Turner was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Elmer Turner.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Melonie Turner of McMinnville and Phil and Georgeanna Turner of Florida; two daughters, Emma Lou Turner and Teresa Turner both of New Port Ritchie Fla.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Pat Simmons and Wayne and Arla Simmons all of McMinnville; one sister and brother-in-law, Faye … Read More


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