Virgie Mae Howard Broyles

Posted by | July 8, 2002 12:00 am

Virgie Mae Howard Broyles, 89, passed away June 25, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville.
Broyles was born March 19, 1913, to Rev. Herman and Effie Johnson Howard.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles Howard and Wilburn Howard, and son-in-law, Wallace Geer.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Russell and Judith Broyles of Redland, Calif, and Waymon Carroll and Pat Broyles of Cookeville; one daughter, Betty Geer of Cookeville; one brother, Harold Howard of Sparta; best friends, Opal Simmons and Bonnie McGowan; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were held June 28, 2002. at First Baptist Church with burial at Oaklawn … Read More


Open season at Bramble Farm

Posted by | July 8, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
As red and black berries begin to appear in the garden, blackberries are starting to ripen at the Bramble Farm in the Central View community of Walling.
Debbie McPeak and her daughter, Jennifer Scoggins, are owners of over an acre of perfectly manicured blackberry and raspberry plants. There are five rows of raspberries, which are supported by a trellis and five rows of blackberries with rows totaling a length of 2000 feet.
Last year, McPeak had 10 boxes of four-inch plants delivered to her residence, which contained 1,200 plants. The ground was prepared and a drip irrigation system was put into place among the plants. Plastic … Read More




Ballpark on slow road to completion

Posted by | July 8, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
There has been much debate among parents and other concerned citizens in White County about the seemingly slow pace of development at the new ballpark located off the Smithville Highway. Upon speaking with White County Executive Herd Sullivan, The Expositor was told the step-by-step plan the county had for completion of the project.
According to Sullivan, the county borrowed $800,000 to initiate the ballpark development, with $470,000 spent to purchase 140 acres of land. “This was not a priority project,” he said. “There wasn’t a time table for the ballpark, and we hope to have it done by next year. There was a time table … Read More


Curtiss and Cooper end state budget stalemate

Posted by | July 8, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
After several emotional weeks of deliberations and tempers flaring from exhaustion, legislators finally ended the long and arduous budgetary process only a few hours before the Independence Day holiday.
Approximately 22,000 non-essential state employees had been furloughed from their jobs since July 1, 2002, when the deadline passed for the finalization of a budget. Several state-funded universities shut down summer classes, along with summer school programs in individual counties.
The Cooper Plan, proposed by Senator Jerry Cooper, (D) McMinnville, was offered as a compromise. The plan called for a one-cent increase in the state’s sales tax. Under the plan, the state will have one of … Read More


Election heats up with write-in campaigns

Posted by | July 8, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
With the official announcement of a write-in campaign in the General Election for the current sheriff, Guy Goff, the White County Election Commission office is preparing for the possibility of an all-night vigil in counting the ballots.
According to Kathy Bailey, White County Administrator of Elections, she has already solicited extra help for the Aug. 1, 2002, election. “I am purely guessing right now,” said Bailey, “but I may be using four extra people that night.”
Along with the regular crew of election personnel, Bailey will have an extra table for the additional workers. According to Bailey, the first table will review the punch ballots … Read More


Bettie Ann (Granny Bettie) Jones

Posted by | July 3, 2002 12:00 am

Bettie Ann Jones, 85, passed away July 1, 2002 at Life Care Center in Sparta.
Jones was born August 6, 1916, in Loudon County, Tennessee, to George and Mae McCollister.
She worked at the hosiery mill in Loudon Co., was a dietitian at the old White County Hospital, and babysat for many years. Jones also raised three of her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ralph Kenneth Jones, one son, Benton Alan Jenkins, two brothers, Raymond and Charlie McCollister, two sisters, Frances Babbs and Lois Thompson, and one sister-in-law, Mattie Ruth Price.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Claudette and Andy Williams of … Read More


James Louis Holman

Posted by | July 3, 2002 12:00 am

James Louis Holman, 73, of Quebeck,
passed away June 25, 2002, at his residence.
Holman was born April 14, 1929, in White County, to Jimmy and Monerva Jane Bryant Holman.
He had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and worked in construction.
Holman was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Robinson Holman of Quebeck; one son, James E. Holman of Quebeck; three daughters and one son-in-law, Jeanette Holman of Quebeck, Frances “Shortie” Poindexter of Sparta and Darlene and Royce Young of Doyle; four brothers, R.T. Holman and Ray Holman both of Sparta, Clay Holman of Pleasant Hill and Charles Holman … Read More


A domino effect with a successful business

Posted by | July 3, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A combination of determination and entrepreneurial
ambition are the two motivating factors for Sparta’s newest business owners. Experience is the best teacher, and Greg and Danielle Powers have learned their lessons through hard work as they get ready to embark on the endeavor as proprietors of Dominos Pizza.
The pizza franchise, which has an established history of success, will be opening July 8, 2002, at their location in Spring Street Village on North Spring Street. Greg Powers has been working with Dominos for approximately 10 years and started as a delivery driver at a franchise owned by his brother. After getting a ‘taste’ of the … Read More




Summer hums once again as Cruise-In rolls into the square

Posted by | July 3, 2002 12:00 am

Rima Austin
Nineteen sixty-two was an incredible year. Gregory Peck and Anne Bancroft were two of the top movie stars, the Minnesota Twins and the San Francisco Giants played in the World Series that year and John F. Kennedy was president. It was also a time for ‘cruising the strip’ with a hot-rod. Saturday nights consisted of red hot flames racing up the hood, white wall tires, and a best girlfriend hugged up close.
On the other hand, men were not the only ones that got into the action of the classic car. Nobody can forget the famous scene in American Graffiti, where Curt, who was played by … Read More


Sparta woman injured in crash

Posted by | July 3, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Emergency personnel transported
Bhartiben M. Bhakta, 36, of Sparta, to the White
County Community Hospital with injuries after her vehicle struck a guardrail on Memorial Highway on Monday.
At approximately
5:43 p.m., the Emergency 911 Center dispatched emergency personnel to the scene of the one-vehicle accident with injuries.
Deputy Charles Dennis responded to the scene and investigated. Bhakta was traveling north on Memorial Highway in a 1996 Lexus when the accident occurred. Bhakta allegedly told authorities she had fallen asleep.
According to the report, the vehicle left the roadway and went across the median, crossed oncoming traffic lanes and came to a rest after it struck … Read More


Goff to be write-in candidate for sheriff

Posted by | July 3, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
A group of White County Citizens have combined forces to mount a write-in campaign for current sheriff, Guy Goff.
Members of the group stopped by The Expositor on July 2 to announce the effort.
The group gathered several weeks
ago to discuss strategy and then contacted Goff to see if he was willing to serve another four years. “I will be honored to serve if given the opportunity, if that is what the people want.” said Goff.
Goff was defeated by 381 votes in the May primary, losing the Democratic bid for sheriff to former deputy, James O’Connor.
There is no other opposition in the August … Read More


White County celebrates Independence Day with the Red, White and Blueberries

Posted by | July 3, 2002 12:00 am

Rima Austin
July is the month for picnics with fried chicken, potato salad, swimming and celebrating the nation’s independence. Even with July exploding with all the events that epitomize summer, there is still one other thing that July is famous for and that is blueberries.
July is National Blueberry Month. It is the time that individuals celebrate this powerhouse of a berry with a bitter-sweet punch. If 100 people were asked about the different ways to use the blueberry, there would be 101 answers.
A few of the more wilder ways blueberries have been used are, Blueberry Buckle, a coffee cake, Blueberry Grunt, named this because of the … Read More


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