White County escapes severe damage during recent storms

Posted by | May 12, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
One week ago today, storms began wreaking havoc on White County, with quickly rising water and downed power lines causing most of the problems. However, local damage statistics were not severe enough for residents to receive governmental assistance.
Last Wednesday, Gov. Bredesen asked President Bush to declare 20 counties in Tennessee federal disaster areas. Although White County suffered its own problems with water damage and falling trees, local residents were spared the extensive tornadic wind damage experienced by several counties.
On May 8, 2003, President Bush officially declared several Tennessee counties federal disaster areas. Carroll, Cheatham, Chester, Crockett, Dickson, Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, … Read More


3D Financial welcomed to Sparta

Posted by | May 9, 2003 12:00 am

Expositor Report
Red Carpet Ceremony for 3D Financial. Members of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, as well as friends and well-wishers, recently attended the Red Carpet Ceremony for 3D Financial.




Music Man sings to large crowd at WCHS

Posted by | May 9, 2003 12:00 am

Coleen Gorski
The White County Fine Arts Department thrilled crowds Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at their annual musical presentation.
This year’s selection was the Music Man, a play based on a con man’s arrival into a small town and his effect on the townspeople.
It was extremely entertaining and included humor, music and emotion.
Chad Marcum portrayed an outstanding character, Harold Hill, the music man who falls in love with Marian Paroo, played by Rebekah Webster.
The entire production reflected talent, dedication and determination. Students worked until 1:30 a.m., the morning of opening night, to assure the success of the production.
“It takes a whole community to … Read More


Murphy rejoins Doyle aldermen

Posted by | May 9, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“If he wants to quit, let’s quit,” said James Yates, Doyle alderman. “If he wants to stay with it, come in and sit down in one of these chairs.”
Yates made this opening statement at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen, as he referred to alderman John Murphy, who quit his position in the middle of the March 4, 2003, board meeting. According to a previous story in The Expositor about the March meeting, Murphy was apparently not pleased with the decision to grant a beer permit to Keith’s Market, in Doyle, although the business met the guidelines of the … Read More


Heavy rains pelt White County

Posted by | May 9, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
White County has seen more rain in the past 72 hours than usually experienced in an entire season. According to Jerry Cole, emergency management director, approximately 10 inches has fallen since the beginning of the severe storms on Monday.
Several roads have been closed in White County. Highway 84, which is also known as River Road, was the first road in the City of Sparta to officially close to traffic. The Calfkiller River showed no mercy, as water quickly rose, requiring residents to take an alternate route into Sparta.
According to Cole, the Old Smithville Highway, next to the residence of J.T. Gracey, is usually … Read More


Always room for one more

Posted by | May 9, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“I thought he was the best looking Roberts I had ever seen,” said Bessie Baker Roberts, smiling mischievously, as she spoke about her late husband. “I always went for the good looking ones.”
Roberts, who will celebrate her 95th birthday June 13, 2003, lit up the room with her sweet smile, as she reminisced about her early married life to Homer Whitley Roberts. The couple exchanged wedding vows in July 1928. They both worked in the silk mill, and the couple soon began their family.
Homer Whitley Roberts Jr. was born July 1929, but tragically passed away in October 1929. The couple remained childless until … Read More


Verona Edna Green

Posted by | May 8, 2003 12:00 am

Verona Edna Green, 71, of Crossville, passed away April 30, 2003, at Wharton Nursing.
Green was born July 12, 1932, in Muhlenberg County, Ky., to Foster Earl Brewer and Verona Mary Short Brewer.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Courtland Thomas Brewer.
Survivors include her husband, Horace Green of Crossville; one daughter, Terri Lynn Green of Knoxville; one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel Ray and Katherine Ann Green of Murfreesboro; two grandchildren, Katherine Allison Green and Janey Melissa Green of Murfreesboro; two brothers, Carroll Larkins Brewer and Foster Earl Brewer both of Kentucky; three sisters, Margrette Brewer Bohan of Kentucky, Henrietta Emmaline Brewer Adcock … Read More


Clara Mae Sherrell Simpson

Posted by | May 8, 2003 12:00 am

Clara Mae Sherrell Simpson, 86, of Sparta, passed away April 29, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Simpson was born Nov. 11, 1916, in DeKalb County, to Dave and Kate Sherrell.
She had been a secretary at Simpson Appliance.
Simpson was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Simpson; one son, Harry James Simpson; one daughter, Kay Snodgrass; four granddaughters; and two brothers.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Janette and Ed Phifer of Sparta; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mason and Jeanne Simpson and Arthur and Pat Simpson all of Sparta; one step son, Jim Simpson of Wilkesbarre, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and one great grandchild.… Read More


Ruby Frances Stewart Grimmer

Posted by | May 8, 2003 12:00 am

Ruby Frances Stewart Grimmer, 73, of Phelan, Calif., formerly of Sparta, passed away April 19, 2003.
She was born June 25, 1929, in Sparta, to Virgil Reece and Zeta Frances Stewart.
Grimmer was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jess D. Grimmer; two sons, Stephen Jess and Dana Ross Grimmer; one sister, Leron Simpson; and one brother, Randall Stewart.
Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law, Terry D. Grimmer of Victorville, Calif. and Timothy S. and Lisa Grimmer of Phelan, Calif.; one daughter, Kathy Lyn Stewart of Las Vegas, Nev.; six grandchildren; one great granddaughter; two brothers, Stancel Stewart of Sparta and Gordon Stewart of Nashville; and … Read More


Charlie Pauline Ballard

Posted by | May 8, 2003 12:00 am

Charlie Pauline Ballard, 94, of Sparta, passed away May 6, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Ballard was born May 11, 1908, in White County, to Charlie Jones and Mary Lollar Jones.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers; sisters; and husband.
Survivors include two daughters, Norma Wright of Sparta and Nadene Churchill of Huntsville, Ala.; grandchildren, James William “Bill” and Dessie True of Prue, Ind., Capt. Frank M. Churchill of Albany, Ga., Elaine Calhoun and Dr. Dan Calhoun of Huntsville, Ala., Ann Church Handler and Dr. Charles Handler of New Orleans, La.; four great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 … Read More


Alice Rozell Jernigan

Posted by | May 8, 2003 12:00 am

Alice Rozell Jernigan, 59, of Sparta, passed away May 3, 2003, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Jernigan was born Sept. 4, 1943, in White County, to Verd Richard Bumbalough and Eula Irene Brewington Bumbalough.
She was a member of Southside Church of Christ in Manchester. Jernigan was a loving and dedicated housewife and had worked at LSI Marcole Inc., in Manchester.
Jernigan was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, Otis Eugene Jernigan of Manchester; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Travis and Kathy Jernigan, Steve and Bambi Jernigan, David and Bonnie Jernigan and Mark Jernigan all of Manchester; 14 sisters, Louise Baker, Virginia Davidson, … Read More


Ernest C. Larsen

Posted by | May 8, 2003 12:00 am

Ernest C. Larsen, 80, of Harrison Township, Mich., passed away April 26, 2003.
Larsen was born July 24, 1922, in Detroit, Mich., to Richard and Caroline Larsen.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was given an honorable discharge a short time later to rejoin his former employer, Murray Corporation, as an inspector of the B17 Flying Fortress.
Larsen had retired from serving as a State Farm insurance agent, after 40 years of service. He was a member of numerous services organizations in the town where he resided.
Larsen was a member of: Centerline-Palmer F&AM #550, Knights Templar of Mt. Clemens, Moslem Shrine Brass … Read More


Clarence Hoyt Leonard

Posted by | May 8, 2003 12:00 am

Clarence Hoyt Leonard, 91, of Sparta, passed away May 4, 2003.
Leonard was born Aug. 6, 1911, in Putnam County, to Arvel and Eva Mae Bennett Leonard.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Luna Ann Pitman Leonard; two grandsons, Myron Keith Heady and Royce Allen Leonard; and adopted son, Frank Cyler Marshall; four sons and daughters-in-law, Harold Gene and Norma Leonard, Royce Arvel Leonard and Sue Adkins, all of Sparta, and Johnnie Keith and Eva Leonard of Gatlinburg; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara Ann and J. D. Heady and Willa Renay and Dallas Dillinger all of Sparta; special family friend, Kori Greenberg; 12 grandchildren; 16 … Read More


Helen Ruth McBride Bell

Posted by | May 8, 2003 12:00 am

Helen Ruth McBride Bell, formerly of Sparta, passed away May 5, 2003, in Eastpointe, Mich.
Bell was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford B. Bell.
Survivors include two children, Carolyn Cleland and Pamela Bernard and husband, Donald; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three brothers, Marvin McBride, Robert McBride and Herbert McBride; and one sister, Mildred McBride.
Services will be at 2 p.m., May 9, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Bohannon Cemetery. Bro. Freddie Copeland will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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