The earth moved and White County listened

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The early morning hours of April 29, 2003, brought a great surprise to White Countians as many were jarred from a rather peaceful sleep. No, it was not a live rendition of the Carole King song, “I Feel the Earth Move,” but it was an experience residents of this normally quiet town will not forget.
With over 182 mapped caves in this area, along with a multitude of sinkholes, White County has had its share of “earth-moving” experiences. This expanse of mountains and foothills sits on a firm bed of rock, which acts as a carrier for any vibrations from tremors.
The epicenter of the … Read More


W.C.H.S. Top Ten, in their own words

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Expositor Report
As a continuing weekly feature leading to graduation week, The Expositor will be profiling members of the academic Top Ten for the Class of 2003. While these scholars are sometimes separated by only hundredths of points, the interests and personal characteristics among these gifted seniors varies from subtle to extreme. In celebration of their achievements and the unique diversity that each brings to the Class of 2003, The Expositor is proud to present the academic Top Ten…in their own words.
Benjamin Clark
I started school at Findlay Elementary; specifically, in Mrs. Girdley’s kindergarten class.
I didn’t seem to be destined for academic success, if one looks … Read More


William Hershel “Jack” Wright

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

William Hershel “Jack” Wright, 94, of Walling, passed away April 25, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta,
Wright was born Oct. 10, 1908, in White County, to Franklin Marion and Mary Cotton Wright.
He had been a faithful member of Spring Hill The Baptist Church since 1931. Wright had also been
a farmer.
Wright was preceded in death by his parent; three brothers, Oscar, Everett and Bob; and three sisters, Clear, Ollie Mae and Lora.
Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Elsie Johnson Wright of Walling; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Marion and Marie Wright and Wayne and Nelda Wright all of Cookeville and Casey Wright … Read More


Guyline Swindler

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Guyline Swindler, 76, passed away April 22, 2003.
Swindler was born in White County to Guy and Ella Killian Woodley.
She was a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Jim Swindler of Winston-Salem, N.C.; one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Jim Goff of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two sisters, Ella Jo Goodwin of Aurora, Ind. and Pauline Green of Sparta; and two grandchildren, Stephanie Hart and Jennifer Payne.
Services were at 11 a.m., April 25, 2003, at Brown-Penington-Atkins Funeral Home with burial in Magnolia Cemetery.
Brown-Penington-Atkins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Robert Lee “Buck” Tindle

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Robert Lee “Buck” Tindle, 64, of Sparta, passed away April 24, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Tindle was born Sept. 7, 1938, in White County, to Sam Tindle and Josie Deaton Tindle.
He had been a mechanic and had worked at LTD.
Tindle was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Junior Tindle and James Tindle.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Tindle of Sparta; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Joe and Christy Tindle and Tim Tindle all of Sparta and Rick Tindle of Doyle; one step son, Jason Tramel of McMinnville; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Charles and Pearly Tindle of Walling, Ray and Ladona … Read More


Mrs. Willie Ethel Jones

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Mrs. Willie Ethel Jones, 89, of Sparta, passed away April 26, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Jones was born April 19, 1914, in White County, to William Winfield and Randy Templeton Sapp.
She had been a homemaker.
Jones was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Roy Jones.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Wilma and Jimmy Mills of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Kaye Jones of Nashville; six sisters, Louise Turner of Powell, Jewell Turner of Georgia, Jean Warner and Crystal Wyatt of both of Crossville and Joyce Brewer and Lena Jo Tucker both of Ohio; four grandchildren and their spouses, Sharon … Read More


Violet McCoy Slatton

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Violet McCoy Slatton, 92, passed away April 24, 2003.
Slatton was born Dec. 30, 1910, in Van Buren County, to John McCoy and Ella Lawson McCoy.
She had been a homemaker.
McCoy was preceded in death by one son, Carl Melton Slatton; parents; three sisters; and three brothers.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Slatton of Doyle; one son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Dorothy Slatton of Doyle; two grandsons and spouses, Robert and Joyce Slatton of Doyle and Jimmy and Joan Slatton of McMinnville;
two great grandchildren, Misty Slatton and Robert Justin Slatton both of Murfreesboro; one step great granddaughter, Courtney Daniel of Franklin; one sister, Lodemia Cummings of … Read More



Farley and Hickok sign on to remain teammates at Roane St. Comm. College

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Brittany Farley signed her name on the dotted line agreeing to play basketball at Roane State.
Seated (l to r):
Misty Griffin, Roane State assistant coach; Johnny Jones, Roane State head coach; Brittany and her mother, Karen Farley.
Back row:
Todd Hess, Warriorette head coach; Charles Dycus, WCHS principal; Dale Farley, and Rick Pullum, WCHS athletic director.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


Mock trial illustrates dangers of drinking, driving

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Mike Dickerson
A young man, clean and well-dressed, stood accused at trial of driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in the death of his best friend.
When the guilty verdict was given by the jury, there was a feeling in the courtroom that everyone lost.
It was a scene too-often played out in America today.
Fortunately, this time, it was a mock trial, conducted in a White County courtroom Wednesday as a part of an educational process.
Organized by White County High School Resource Officer Doug Goff, the mock trial took the place of the usual mock DUI reenactment put on before prom and graduation at the … Read More


Memorial fund honors Crouch

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The educational foundation of a child begins at a very early age, and most preschoolers are learning their A, B, C’s from Sesame Street or daycare providers. However, the venture into “big school” can be somewhat of a challenge, and kindergarten teachers like the late Barbara Hudgens Crouch helped make the transition easier into the adventurous world of knowledge.
Crouch, who was lovingly known as Mrs. Barbie to her students, spent most of the 32 years of her teaching career in White County. Her days were spent educating and entertaining students at Baker, Findlay and East Sparta Elementary schools. Crouch’s carefree personality and zest for … Read More


Meth labs raided over weekend

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The Narcotics Unit, of the White County Sheriff Department, was on assignment again this weekend, with the retrieval of two methamphetamine labs.
Members of the unit accompanied Department of Children’s Services worker Tonya Scott to the residence of Dave England to perform a welfare check because of complaints about alleged drug use and weapons.
Upon arrival, Scott spoke with Brad England, father of the children. After speaking with Brad, Scott received permission to walk through the premises and was accompanied by Deputy Dale Bumbalough.
After completing the walk-through, it was determined Brad had used methamphetamine that day. The Narcotics Unit then received written permission to … Read More


Earl Ernest Qualls

Posted by | April 24, 2003 12:00 am

Earl Ernest Qualls, 53, of Sparta, passed away April 20, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Qualls was born March 15, 1950, in White County, to Robert Odell Qualls and Dorothy Randolph Qualls.
He had been a brick mason.
Qualls was preceded in death by his parents and two sons. Jeffrey Earl and Steven Odell Qualls.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Kim Qualls; one daughter, Kristy Qualls; one grandchild, Liz Qualls; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Jimmy Presley and Joyce and Jimmy Woody; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Robert and Bernie Qualls and David Qualls all of Sparta.
Services were at 1 p.m., April … Read More


James Morris Autry

Posted by | April 24, 2003 12:00 am

James Morris Autry, 88, of Crossville, passed away Aprill 22, 2003, at Wyndridge Health Center.
Autry was born August 30, 1914, in Hamilton County, to David Autry and Pearl Stanley Autry.
He had been a mechanic.
Autry was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Geneviere Autry of Crossvile; one daughter, Betty Humphrey; one step daughter, Wilma Guy and one step son, Winfred Hale, all of Sparta.
Services will be at 1 p.m., April 24, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Lower Cherry Creek Cemetery. Bro. J. T. Davis will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


3D Financial opens new outlet on Bockman Way

Posted by | April 24, 2003 12:00 am

Billy Jarvis
The paint has dried, the doors are open and the ribbon cutting ceremony is coming soon. Sparta’s financial community has an aggressive new institution offering a diversity of services. 3D Financial of Sparta is now open for business at their attractively remodeled location on 123 West Bockman Way. As manager Jeane Johnson explained, 3D Financial has a wealth of experience in the Upper Cumberland area.
“3D Financial of Sparta is part of the 3D Financial Network, with 17 offices located throughout Middle Tennessee,” said Johnson. “We strive to say yes when others say no, and that approach has allowed us to establish an allegiant base of … Read More



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