Virgina Joyce Ramsey

Posted by | July 6, 2004 12:00 am

Virginia Joyce Ramsey, 66, of Monroe, passed away July 3, 2004.
Ramsey was born Feb. 8, 1938, in Overton County, to Willard Carter and Verda Johnson Carter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers, Joe Francis Carter, David Welman Carter, William Rol Carter, and Shirley Eugene Carter.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Ramsey, of Independence Community; two daughters, Vonette Dawn Murphy and husband John, of Doyle, Leila Laraine Roberts, of Cookeville; one brother, Hubie Carter, of Byrdstown; five sisters, Margaret Dishman, of Battle Creek, Mich., Robbie Tackett, of Delton, Mich., Carlee Bilbrey, of Timothy Community, Josephine Ward, of Delton, Mich., Carol Howell, of Crossville; … Read More




Library may get $1M from county

Posted by | July 2, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Determination and dedication seem to finally be paying off for the library, with a possible $1M funding recommended by the White County Commission budget committee.
Cathy Taylor, White County library director, and library board members met with the budget committee Tuesday night to give them the final details of funds that were already available.
Friends of the Library, an organization dedicated to helping raise money to fund the construction project, has worked diligently in the past few years to help expedite the building of the new library.
Patrick Haller, budget committee member, said the members had made a commitment to ask for $1 million. If … Read More


Ballpark expenses exceed $1 million

Posted by | July 2, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Sinkholes, rocks in the ballfields and bad drainage are just a few of the problems plaguing the recreation complex on Smithville Highway, and many White Countians are angry about the “lackadaisical” way the project has been handled.
Several White County commissioners have been talking with residents in their respective districts, and they say the majority of those people believe construction on the ballfield should be stopped. They say the taxpayers are tired of “spending good money after bad.”
When the property was purchased to build a recreation complex, there was a disagreement about the location. Golden Mountain Park had been offered as an alternative location … Read More


Thieves use stolen check to purchase five vehicles

Posted by | July 2, 2004 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
A check written for $182,174.93 to purchase five vehicles at Bill Boruff Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep was discovered to be stolen and forged early yesterday.
Sometime after 7:30 p.m., June 29, 2004, Jamie A. Perdue, Edward Perdue, Mitchell Wayne Kelly, Michael Wayne Roysden and Sandra F. Roysden entered the automobile dealership and told the sales staff they had recently received a large cash settlement and wanted to purchase five vehicles.
The five completed their transaction, Jamie wrote one check for the entire amount and they left the dealership with three vehicles, 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, 2004 Dodge Dakota and 2004 Chrysler Pacifica.
Early on June … Read More


Celebrating freedom; Saying goodbye

Posted by | July 2, 2004 12:00 am

Jeanne Bruce
Many communities join together to celebrate the birthday of the United States of America on July 4th. But, freedom as a nation has not come without a price.
Since the beginning, many men and women sacrificed a great deal, some to the point of life and limb, to ensure the freedom of everyone who calls America home.
In the mid-1700s, 13 colonies were under the rule of England’s King George III. Colonists were upset that they paid taxes to England, even though they had no representation in the English Parliament. This is where the phrase “Taxation without representation” came from. The colonists spent two years trying … Read More


Steven Daniel Beisiegel

Posted by | July 1, 2004 12:00 am

Steven Daniel Beisiegel, 36, of Quebeck, passed away June 27, 2004.
Beisiegel was born Dec. 28, 1967, in Harvey, Ill., to Larry Beisiegel and LeeAnn Sherdon Beisiegel.
He had been employed in computer maintenance and was a former employee of Cookeville Police Department.
Beisiegel was preceded in death by five children.
Survivors include his wife, Shantel Beisiegel, of Quebeck; one daughter, Emily Beisiegel, of Quebeck; two sisters, Debbie Grosheider, of Illinois, Tammy Beisiegel, of Michigan; one brother, Rick Beisiegel, of Michigan; and his parents, Larry and LeeAnn Sherdon Beisiegel, of Michigan.
Memorial services will be at 7 p.m., July 1, 2004, at First Christian Church. Dawanna Lopez and … Read More


Florence L. Williams

Posted by | July 1, 2004 12:00 am

Florence L. Williams, 90, of Cookeville, passed away June 28, 2004.
Williams was born March 5, 1914, in Putnam County, to William F. Williams and Lizzie Lou Mullican Williams.
She had been employed by the Social Security Administration.
Williams was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Ruby Netherton Lee.
Survivors include one sister, Dorothy Knight, of Matador, Texas; one brother, Jay M. Williams, of Cookeville; one niece and three nephews.
Services were at 2 p.m., June 30, 2004, at Whitson Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Saylors Cemetery. Rev. Gary Hampton and Bro. Carl Sims officiated.
Whitson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


William D. Fisher

Posted by | July 1, 2004 12:00 am

William D. Fisher, 83, of Dayton, Ohio, passed away June 15, 2004.
Fisher was born to William Levi Fisher and Polly Herron Fisher.
He had been the foster father for more than 138 children in the past 40 years.
Fisher was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Minnie Howell Fisher; children, William Fisher Jr. and wife Teresa, Barry A. Fisher and wife Lynn, Teresa Fisher, Ginger Galbraith and husband Mike, Michelle Weaver and husband Jaime, Kumok Ra and husband Phil; 11 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three sisters, Falbia Tubb, Zelda Swindell and husband Ben, all of Sparta, Arah Tollison and husband Carson, of Wayne, … Read More


Judy Russell Hawkins

Posted by | July 1, 2004 12:00 am

Judy Hawkins, 61, of Smithville, passed away June 26, 2004.
Hawkins was born to Herbert Russell and Dessie Pirtle Russell.
She had been a housewife.
Hawkins was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Shane Hawkins; step-father, Winford Young; three brothers, Don
Russell, Brown Russell, Freddy Russell; one stepsister, Elyse Evans; and two stepbrothers, Doyle Young and Donald Young.
Survivors include husband, Haskel Junior Hawkins; one daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Allen Wilkins, of Smithville; one son, Ricky Hawkins, of Sparta; three grandsons, Jordan Wilkins, Josh Hawkins, of Smithville, Brandon Hawkins, of Sparta; one sister, Sandra Harville, of Lebanon, mother-in-law, Bonnie Turner, of Smithville; sister-in-law, Dorothy Alberson, … Read More


Ella Mae Allen

Posted by | July 1, 2004 12:00 am

Ella Mae Allen, 66, of Spencer, passed away June 28, 2004.
Allen was born Jan. 21, 1938, in Van Buren County, to Willie Allen and Maggie McDaniel Allen.
She had been a factory worker.
Allen was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law J.L. and Diana Allen, of Spencer; one niece, Dana Carole Shoemake, of Cookeville; one nephew and wife, James Dean and Ewina Allen, of Spencer; two aunts, Mildred Powell, of Dunlap, Evelyne Smith, of Calif.; one great niece, Madison Page Shoemake, of Cookeville; and many cousins and friends.
Services will be 2 p.m., July 1, 2004, at Love-Cantrell and Cope Funeral … Read More


Mary Lynn Smith

Posted by | July 1, 2004 12:00 am

Mary Lynn Smith, 44, of Santa Monica, Calif., formerly of Sparta, passed away June 23, 2004.
Smith was born Oct. 1, 1959, in Nashville, to Dr. Leighton H. Smith Jr. and Mary Willie Tubb Smith.
Survivors include her parents, Dr. Leighton H. Smith Jr. and Mary Willie Tubb Smith, of Sparta; two brothers, Leighton H. Smith III and wife Lori, of Uplands, Calif., James Stanton Smith and wife Lynne, of Sewanee; one niece, Holly Jean Smith, and one nephew, Dylan James Smith.
Services will be at 2 p.m., July 1, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Highland Cemetery. Don Burns and Les Tubb will officate.… Read More




Meth reality for retailers

Posted by | June 29, 2004 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
All ingredients for manufacturing meth can be found in most retail stores, and law enforcement officials are prosecuting unscrupulous merchants who make these materials more accessible to the drugmakers.
“You can be one step removed and still be culpable,” said U.S. Attorney Jim Vines, during a recent program for Upper Cumberland retailers. “Most [retailers] are reputable, but there are rogues out there. We want to get the word out to the rogues that you just can’t do that.”
Vines was the first speaker at the special conference for area merchants, on June 22, 2004, at Nashville Tech, in Cookeville.
The program was designed to give … Read More


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