Ben Hilton Price

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

Ben Hilton Price, 65, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 2, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Price was born Nov. 10, 1937, in
White County, to Willie Arvil and Susan Frances Hudson Price.
He was retired from Red Kap Industries.
Price was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Geer Price of Sparta; one daughter, Susan Lewis of Sparta; one sister and brother-in-law, Reba and Levie Waldie of Cookeville; two grandsons, Brad Lewis and Michael Lewis both of Cookeville; and one nephew and wife, Darrell and Nancy Davis of Fort Payne, Ala.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Jan. 6, 2003, at Hunter … Read More


Daniel Andrew Taylor

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

Daniel Andrew Taylor, 45, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 4. 2003.
Taylor was born Jan. 8, 1957, in Oak Ridge, to Dr. Henry D. and Elizabeth Ashburn Taylor.
He had been a librarian.
Taylor was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy McCord Taylor of Doyle; mother, Elizabeth Taylor of Fairfield Glade; one brother, John Taylor of Oak Ridge; one niece Erin Savage of Doyle; and one god son, Joseph Daniel Youorski of Sugar Hill, Ga.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Jan. 6, 2003, at Greenwood Baptist Church. Jim McCord, Brian Underwood and Fate Wilson will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in


David Caige and Kalei Paige Hastings

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

David Caige and Kalei Paige Hastings, infants, passed away at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.
David Caige and Kalei Paige were born Dec. 29, 2002, in McMinnville, to Christopher David Hastings and Dana Nicole Yates.
Survivors include their parents, David Hastings and Dana Yates both of Spencer; four sisters, Ashley Hastings and Kelci Hastings both of McMinnville and Chelsey Sullivan and Johnna Sullivan both of Spencer; grandparents, Jackie and Helen Hastings and Donna and Terry Narramore all of Spencer and Vonette Hastings of Winchester; and great grandparents, Emory and Louise Hastings and James and Morine Yates all of Spencer and Dorothy Lightfoot of Winchester.
Graveside services were held at … Read More


Curtis White

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

Curtis White, 72, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 2, 2003.
White was born March 18, 1930, in
White County, to John White and Flossie Jaquass White.
He was a member Central Church of Christ, where he served as an elder. White also served in the Korean Conflict and had worked in tool and die at Mallory Timers.
White was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Dalton White and William “Bill” White; and one sister, Ruby Simpson.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary Reeves White of Sparta; two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Judy White and Daniel and Mae White all of Sparta; mother-in-law, … Read More



WCHS basketball ready for 2003

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
The Warriors and Jarvis Williams (above) picked up three wins in the Sequoyah Holiday Classic to give them a confidence boost headed in the district portion of their slate.


New Year’s Day rings in problems for local residents

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
While most White Countians were preparing to celebrate the new year, several residents were experiencing their own share of problems.
The year 2003 started out on a less than positive note for Paul Ryan, of Sparta, as his residence was heavily damaged by fire. Sparta Fire Department received a call from E-911 about an alleged explosion and smoke on Gracy Heights.
According to Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay, the firefighters found on arrival a structure fire at 130 Gracy Heights. However, the noise that had been identified as an explosion was determined to be the sound of wires shorting out as a result of the … Read More


City sends message to local beer sellers

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

Mike Dickerson
During the first meeting of the new year, the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen sent a message to local businesses that sell beer to minors. The board fined five businesses that had been found guilty in city court of selling beer to minors.
“We are not going to allow anyone to sell beer to a minor, period,” Mayor Tommy Pedigo warned the business owners present at the hearing.
Officially acting as the beer board, the city board had the option of revoking the beer permits, suspending them for up to one year, or levying a fine of up to $1,500 for the violations.
The businesses … Read More


Gunman robs Sparta Discount Drugs

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

Terri Brock
With his weapon drawn, a lone gunman entered the front doors of Sparta Discount Drugs at approximately 5 p.m., Jan. 2, 2003. The individual demanded two different types of drugs, hydrocodone and oxycodone, both narcotics prescribed to treat moderate to moderately-severe pain.
The pharmacists threw the gunman three, 500-count bottles of hydrocodone, and he left the scene. In and out in less than 1.5 minutes, the gunman drove away in a white car, leaving no possible identification marks.
Harold Blankenship, investigator for the Sparta Police Department, has been assigned for further investigation.
– Man charged with DUI in one vehicle accident
Deputy Jody O’Dell, of White … Read More


Ethel Cole Cantrell

Posted by | January 2, 2003 12:00 am

Ethel Cole Cantrell, 87, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 28, 2002, at Saline Community Hospital in Saline, Mich.
Cantrell was born April 10, 1915, in White County, to Soloman Jacob and Leatha Jane Goodson Cole.
She had been a homemaker.
Cantrell was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Jay Charles Cantrell.
Survivors include two daughters, Susie Rice of Ypsilanti, Mich. and Katherine Randolph of Cookeville; four grandchildren, Rick Rigsby, Debbie Isaac, Lewis Randolph, and Diana Hodge; and seven great grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Dec. 31, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Dobbs Cemetery. Charlie Myers officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was


Marie Vivian Alfrey Caskey

Posted by | January 2, 2003 12:00 am

Marie Vivian Alfrey Caskey, 75, of Cookeville, passed away Dec. 30, 2002, at Select Specialty Hospital in Nashville.
Caskey was born Sept. 17, 1927, in Hazel Park, Mich., to William Jason and Della Calloway Alfrey.
She was a member of Poplar Grove Baptist Church.
Caskey was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Virginia Eilene Smith.
Survivors include her husband, Clay Caskey of Cookeville; one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Linda Caskey of Sparta; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judi and Charles Whiting of Cookeville and Debbie and Virgil Kapp of Ocala, Fla.; grandchildren, Lisa and Rodney Smith, Marie and Claus Hofmann, Leah and Roy Quarles, Kirk … Read More




Governor accepts donation for tornado relief

Posted by | January 2, 2003 12:00 am

Gov. Don Sundquist accepted and presented to the Salvation Army a $50,000 donation from Director General Maggie Tien of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Atlanta to help relief efforts for Tennessee communities damaged by storms and tornadoes that recently swept across the state last month.
“General Tien’s presence here demonstrates the longstanding friendship and mutual respect that our two countries share for one another,” Sundquist said. “On behalf of all Tennesseans, I offer heartfelt thanks to the people in Taiwan, whose most generous and thoughtful gift will be used to help Tennessee families and individuals get their lives back on track.”
Salvation Army Nashville Area … Read More


Winter fire safety tips for the home

Posted by | January 2, 2003 12:00 am

Ed Kay
The high cost of home heating fuels and utilities have caused many Americans to search for alternate sources of home heating. The use of wood burning stoves is growing and space heaters are selling rapidly, or coming out of storage. Fireplaces are burning wood and man-made logs.
All of these methods of heating may be acceptable. They are however, a major contributing factor in residential fires. Many of these fires can be prevented. The following fire safety tips can help you maintain a fire safe home this winter.
KEROSENE HEATERS
– Be sure your heater is in good working condition. Inspect exhaust parts for carbon buildup. … Read More


Looking back at 2002, part II

Posted by | January 2, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
White Countians, along with the rest of the country, were busy his past week ringing in a new year. Resolutions were being made, with the hopes of living a more productive and healthy life.
At the beginning of each new year, The Expositor looks back at the events that made headlines. Some stories gave the community a sense of pride and provided them with information about their community. However, other stories were marred by sadness.
(1) A well-known law enforcement officer with the Sparta Police Department passed Aug. 13, 2002, after suffering a heart attack. Elmore Carter Jr., 61, who was known for his carefree … Read More


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