8-year-old still critical, but improving

Posted by | April 11, 2006 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
An 8-year-old White County girl is still in serious condition at Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga, eight days after she was hit by a car as she attempted to cross a busy highway in Sparta during a torrential rain.
Rachel Kress, a student at Doyle Elementary, was crossing the highway near Kirby Chiropractic, on North Spring Street, which is reportedly close to her grandmother’s house.
Her parents, Terry and Jennifer Kress, have not left her side since she was transported to the medical facility that is well-known for its expertise in treating traumatic injuries.
“She’s doing a lot better,” said Jennifer Kress, Rachel’s mother, when … Read More


Reward offered for arsonist

Posted by | April 11, 2006 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
A total of up to $2,500 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of vandals who set fire to a section of the scenic walking bridge in downtown Sparta sometime in the early morning hours of Friday.
“This is crazy,” said City of Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo. “This was pure vandalism, for the sake of vandalism, and there is absolutely no reason for it.”
While on patrol on South Young Street at approximately 5:53 a.m., April 7, 2006, Patrolman J.T. King, of Sparta Police Department, noticed flames coming from the walking bridge toward South Carter Street Park.
Sparta Fire Department responded to extinguish the … Read More


Damage limited in White County; Warren County is devastated

Posted by | April 11, 2006 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Although White County escaped the brunt of the storms that wreaked vast destruction across Middle Tennessee, neighboring Warren County was the site of three deaths caused by two tornadoes.
According to area news sources, three people were killed and approximately 60 homes were damaged in Warren during the storms Friday.
The first tornado struck a few minutes after 5 p.m., cutting across the north part of the county. Two people, Barbara Joyce Greene Alverson, 53, and Olie Monroe Parsley, 81, were killed at 455 Foster Road.
A second tornado was reported shortly before 7 p.m., in Morrison. Sherry Bruce, 48, died after her mobile home … Read More


Easter, its traditions and symbols

Posted by | April 11, 2006 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
Bunnies and baskets, filled with chocolate and brightly decorated eggs, are Easter traditions, with their origins being centuries old, that weave their way through frilly new dresses and white patent leather shoes.
Easter marks the traditional first day women can wear white shoes and a season of rebirth, complete with a new ensemble to wear to church.
Raise a hand if Easter memories include brand new clothes and standing in front of maybe a flowering bush at Grandma’s house for a picture with the family.
Where did these traditions come from? So many symbols, so many traditions – what do they really mean and does it … Read More


Bernice “Bernie” Golden

Posted by | April 10, 2006 12:00 am

Bernice “Bernie” Golden, 74, of Baxter, passed away April 6, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Golden was born Feb. 10, 1932, in White County, to Daniel and Nora Richardson Golden.
He was a member of Baxter First Church of God.
Golden had worked in cattle sales.
He was preceded by his parents; his wife, Bessie Daniels Golden; two sisters, Beulah Roberts and Donna Randolph; and one brother, James “Jim” Golden.
Survivors include three stepsons and their spouses, Jack and Carolyn Ward, Wes and Doris Ward and Roger and Polly Copeland, all of Cookeville; on son and spouse, James and Sherry Golden, of Cookeville; and one sister, Lula … Read More


Annabelle Marietta Laliberte

Posted by | April 10, 2006 12:00 am

Laliberte was born Sept. 22, 1933, in Detroit, Mich., to Leo and Wilma Hutchinson.
She was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church. Laliberte was retired from General Motors, in Michigan, after 28 years of service. She was a devoted wife and mother, a great cook and will be remembered as a meticulous cleaner who always had a spotless home.
Laliberte was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Laliberte, and her parents.
Survivors include one son, Jerry Edward Laliberte, of Nashville; two daughters and their spouses, Ruth an Doug Spencer and Denise and Vince Fileccia, all of Sparta; three sisters and their spouses, Mary and Sam Kennedy, … Read More




Political debate gives voters look at candidates

Posted by | April 9, 2006 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The invitations have been sent and candidates have responded with official notification of their attendance to participate in a political debate beginning at 6:30 p.m., April 10, 2006, at White County Middle School.
The Expositor had received numerous requests from residents about hosting a political forum/debate to help voters learn more about the candidates running in the May 2, 2006, Democratic Primary.
Invitations were sent to all candidates in the Democratic Primary, as well as those running in the General Election, in August 2006. Candidates for the General Election will be given an allotted amount of time to introduce themselves to the audience and make … Read More


278th honored for service in Iraq

Posted by | April 9, 2006 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Although the early Sunday morning skies revealed a growing mass of rain clouds, families and friends of the 278th Regimental Combat Team were not deterred from their mission to honor the soldiers of Sparta’s unit who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In what was considered to be their “last hurrah” after returning from Iraq more than five months ago, the entire Sparta unit gathered at White County High School gymnasium for the Freedom Salute Ceremony. Mandated restructuring of the Tennessee National Guard within the next few months will separate many of the soldiers who formed a special bond during a time of uncertainty.
Brigadier General … Read More


Child hit by car on N. Spring

Posted by | April 9, 2006 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
An 8-year-old Doyle Elementary student is in critical condition at Erlanger Hospital after being struck by a car Sunday afternoon.
According to Sgt. Travis Barker, of Sparta Police Department, at approximately 5 p.m., March 31, 2006, just as a torrential rain began to fall, the young girl was with a couple of other children in a parking lot at the corner of North Spring and Grissom streets.
Barker said the second-grade student at Doyle “darted out” in front of a 1996 Nissan Sentra, driven by Danielle Young, 20, of Sparta.
“There was nothing she [Young] could do,” said Barker.
The child was identified as Rachel Kress.… Read More


Robert Dalton Charles Forth II

Posted by | April 6, 2006 12:00 am

Robert Dalton Charles Forth II, 47, of McMinnville, passed away March 12, 2006.
Forth was born June 10, 1958, to Robert D. Forth and Nellie B. Baker Forth.
He served in the U. S. Navy and had been a laborer.
Forth was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Morton Forth, of McMinnville; seven sons and one daughter-in-law, Robbie and Misty Forth, Richard Forth, Scotty Forth, Cody Forth, Tyler Forth, Joshua Stewart, all of McMinnville, David Dakota Forth, of Kentucky; step-daughter, Keisha Morton, of Murfreesboro; three grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Doug and Roxanne Forth, of Murfreesboro, Ed Forth, of Chattanooga, David and Kim … Read More


Arvil Edgar Baker

Posted by | April 6, 2006 12:00 am

Arvil Edgar Baker, 95, of Sparta, passed away March 30, 2006, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Baker was born May 18, 1910, in Putnam County, to Mansfield Baker and Betty Mitchell Baker.
He had been a farmer.
Baker was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Allis Marie Robinson Baker; three sisters; and two brothers.
Survivors include his son, Arles Ralph Baker, of Crossville; daughter, Eugenia Elsie Howard, of Sparta; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services were 3 p.m., April 2, 2006, at Thurman Funeral Home with burial at Upper Board Valley Cemetery. Bro. Cleve Hitchcock officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Willie “Bill” Arthur Allison

Posted by | April 6, 2006 12:00 am

Willie “Bill” Arthur Allison, 82, of Doyle, passed away April 4, 2006, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Allison was born Jan. 20, 1924, to William Luther Allison and Dovie Martin Allison.
He had been a farmer.
Allison was preceded in death by his parents and seven brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Allison, of Doyle; one daughter and son-in-law, Jeanette and Milton Herron; one son and daughter, Bob and Pat Allison, of Sparta; two sisters, Berchie Allison and Willene Allison, both of Cookeville; three grandchildren and their spouses, Terry and Andrea Geer, of Doyle, Greg and Lisa Allison, of Sparta, and Michele and Michael Holeman, … Read More


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