Trisdale rides his way into championship finals

Posted by | March 21, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A young man’s hobbies and interests usually change with age, but a true rodeo rider makes a commitment, which sometimes lasts a lifetime. That is why Jason Trisdale is making the most of his recent claim-to-fame and hoping to continue to hone his skills for many years.
Trisdale, 27, began his rodeo career during his senior of high school in 1992 and has continued to pursue the nationwide attraction that draws young men and women from diversified backgrounds. A mechanic when he is not on the rodeo trail, Trisdale has taken home several thousand dollars from his wins, from approximately 50 rodeos over the southeastern … Read More


Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women is coming soon!

Posted by | March 21, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
It’s almost here!!
The second annual Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women will arrive in just a few weeks and this year promises excitement and big prizes.
Last year marked the first year of the event, and this year the grand prize is a $3,000 shopping spree from Morgan Furniture Center.
All ticket holders will be eligible for the drawing and must be present to win.
The $3,000 shopping spree includes all merchandise of regular retail price —big screen television, entertainment center, carpeting, home furnishings, home accessories— that Morgan Furniture Center offers, and Don Blalock, owner of Morgan’s, is including sales tax in the prize amount (sales … Read More


Melvin “Woody” Woodcock

Posted by | March 18, 2002 12:00 am

Melvin “Woody” Woodcock, 75, of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2002, at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg, Flor.
Woodcock was born Aug. 12, 1926, in Niagra County, N.Y., to Whitney and Irma Singer Woodcock.
He was retired from General Motors.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Jan Woodcock of Sparta and Bruce and Nancy Woodcock of Bellview, Ill.; four grandchildren, Kimberly Cummings, Trisha Woodcock, Paul Woodcock Jr. and Russell Woodcock; and two great grandchildren, Christopher Woodcock and Joshua Cummings.
Services were held at 10 a.m., March 16, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Rev. James Elbert Smith officiated.
Hunter Funeral


Rosa Pearl Stewart Phifer

Posted by | March 18, 2002 12:00 am

Rosa Pearl Stewart Phifer, 104, of Sparta, passed away March 13, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Phifer was born Aug. 10, 1897, in White County, to James and Tennie Davis Stewart.
She as a homemaker.
Phifer was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie L. Phifer.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Dixie Phifer of Sparta; one daughter, Nell Matthews; four grandchildren and spouses, Fredda and Dale Andrews of Smithville, Rita Willmann of Aurora, Colo., Sharon and Douglas Berry of Tucson, Ariz. and Donald Keith and Christy Phifer of Sparta; six grandchildren, Stephen Hale, Lee Willman, Randy Goines and Jonathan Johnson all of Sparta, Gregory … Read More


Rebecca Hull Taylor Swindell

Posted by | March 18, 2002 12:00 am

Rebecca Hull Taylor Swindell, 81, of Sparta, passed away March 15, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Swindell was born Sept. 8, 1920, in White County, to Kenton J. and Reba Jarvis Hull.
She was a retired banker.
Swindell was preceded in death by two husbands, Harold Toy Taylor and Herman Richard Swindell.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Janet Taylor of Sparta; two granddaughters, Valerie Taylor Myers and husband, Ryan, and Jessica Vaughn Taylor; two step sons, Richard Swindell and Gary Swindell both of Sparta; and four step grandchildren, Tol Swindell, Hallie Swindell, Ryan Swindell and Christie Alexander.
Services were held at 2 p.m., March … Read More


Nancy Lee Taylor Lawson

Posted by | March 18, 2002 12:00 am

Nancy Lee Taylor Lawson, 55, of Sparta, passed away March 15, 2002, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville.
Lawson was born Nov. 18, 1946, in Troy, N.Y., to John
Edward Taylor and Elizabeth Edith Dunwoody Taylor.
She was an administrative assistant at Tri-State.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Mack Lawson of Sparta and Keenan Lee Lawson of Atlanta, Ga.; parents; and one sister, Jan Walker of Denver, Colo.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., March 18, 2002, atHunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Jonathan Angel will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


William “Bill” Edward Slatten

Posted by | March 18, 2002 12:00 am

William “Bill” Edward Slatten, 78, of Sparta, passed away March 15, 2002, at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nashville.
Slatten was born Feb. 10, 1924, to Alec and Minnie Felts Slatten and was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Slatten was an outstanding athlete in high school as a member of both the football and basketball teams. As a basketball player, he was the leading scorer in the Upper Cumberland Conference and in Middle Tennessee, a member of the All-Regional and All Mid-State teams and captain of the White County Warriors, all in 1944.
Slatten spent two years immediately after graduation from high school as a radio … Read More


Moving forward with precision timing

Posted by | March 18, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The uncertainty of the nation’s economy loomed in the balance following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, but one company’s determination proved to Sparta faith in employees and a good business sense would rise above all negative circumstances.
Doug and Sarah Boles, owners of Precision Molding, Inc. (PMI), began their tool and die business in downtown Sparta, across from Hardees. The company was first established in 1987 in a 4,000 square foot, 20-year-old, rented building, with approximately 20 employees. Rapid growth hastened the need for a larger facility. In 1992, PMI moved to their new 16,000 square foot structure at 5500 Roberts Matthews Hwy., … Read More




Recreation on board agenda

Posted by | March 18, 2002 12:00 am

Mike Dickerson
Recreation was a major topic of conversation at the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen at their regular meeting Thursday.
The board again discussed skateboards, roller blades and bicyles on public and private property. In previous meetings, the aldermen considered possible ordinances to address the problems the sports cause to private property, and what enforcement would be utilized. Some damage to private property had been reported as a result of teenagers participating in the sport in parking lots and streets.
At the Thursday meeting, the discussion was more of the creative nature, with the board looking into the possibilities of constructing a special park for the … Read More


Victims of September 11 remembered by WCHS student

Posted by | March 18, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
After White County School Board members were treated to a special buffet prepared by students from the Food and Nutrition class, many were moved to tears while viewing a special media presentation conceived by White County High School (WCHS) student, Chad Marcum.
Marcum created a media show titled, “America Remembers” which focused mainly on the events of September 11, 2001, and he was also among other WCHS students honored by the board.
WCHS principal Charles Dycus and WCHS Assistant Principal Sandra Crouch, gave a profile of their school.
Dycus began by thanking the board for their work and stated, “I’m still thankful to be principal of … Read More


Campers rescued at Scott’s Gulf

Posted by | March 18, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
A church group hiking and camping at Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness Area over the weekend ran into trouble before heading back to Decatur, Georgia. Rainfall waters rapidly rose, causing campers to take a different path to their destination with the help of rescue workers.
At approximately 2:50 p.m., the Emergency 911 Center dispatched the White County Sheriff’s Department, White County EMS and Sparta-White County Rescue Squad to Scott’s Gulf, off of Eastland Road, in reference to 14 stranded campers. Apparently, the Belvedere Seventh Day Adventist Church youth group had decided to camp at Virgin Falls area over the weekend. On Saturday, they camped on the other … Read More


Vickie Suzette Schram

Posted by | March 14, 2002 12:00 am

Vickie Suzette Schram, 43, of Sparta, passed away March 9, 2002, at Park Ridge Hospital in Chattanooga.
Schram was born Feb. 12, 1959, in White County.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Teresa Gail Glover and grandparents, Jim and Myrtle Hensley and Lena Blount.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Joe Schram of Sparta; mother and step father, Evelyn Hensley Youngman and John Youngman; father and step mother, Howell and Ruth Glover of Johnson; two brothers, Keith Herbstreith of Sparta and Daniel Glover of McMinnville; one sister, Shirley Stewart of Sparta; and two nieces, Shannon Walbourn and Sara Joyce Herbstreith both of Sparta.
Services were held at … Read More


Mary L. Irwin Hill

Posted by | March 14, 2002 12:00 am

Mary L. Irwin Hill, daughter of the late Frank and Amanda Lisk Irwin, was born May 26, 1904, in Sparta.
Irwin attended public schools in Tennessee. She professed a hope in Christ at an early age and united with the Methodist Church, where she remained a faithful member for 72 years.
She united in holy matrimony with John Dalton Hill and to his union eight children were born.
Irwin was baptized as a Jehovah Witness in 1983 and attended Washington Park Congregation.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend who will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.… Read More


Nellie Brewer

Posted by | March 14, 2002 12:00 am

Nellie Brewer, 78, of Murfreesboro, passed away March 11, 2002, at St. Thomas Hospital.
Brewer was born Jan. 19, 1926, in Cumberland County, to Mach Barnes and Isabell Green Barnes.
She attended the Baptist Church and was a housewife.
Brewer was preceded in death by one grandson, Frank Goodman.
Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Pat and Tommy Sims of McMinnville, Betty and Bob McCormick of Murfreesboro and Pam Brewer of Cincinnati; three sons and one daughter-in-law, J.D. Phillips of Alabama, Ron Brewer of Murfreesboro and Joe and Lynn Brewer of Cincinnati, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and one sister, Jewell Snyder of Huntsville.
Services will … Read More


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