Subjects arrested after marijuana found

Posted by | July 22, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Several subjects were taken into custody for possession of schedule VI drugs after a deputy was given permission to search the occupants of a vehicle on Bunker Hill Road.
At approximately 8:45 p.m., Saturday, Deputy Connor Wardlaw of the White County Sheriff’s Department was on a traffic stop and observed a vehicle pull into a driveway and stop. Wardlaw flashed his light at the vehicle and identified the passenger as Clarence Grantham, 42, of Sparta. Grantham allegedly had an active violation of probation on him.
When the deputy came into contact with Daniel Grantham, 23, of Sparta, Grantham gave the deputy permission to search him. During … Read More


Local political waters get muddy

Posted by | July 22, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
With only 10 days left until the general election, several local candidates have allegedly been the victims of propaganda being distributed and delivered by various individuals believed to be members of their opponents’ political camps.
According to officials at the White County Sheriff’s Department, numerous complaints have been received about flyers circulating throughout the county, which contain defamatory statements about several candidates. Election Commission officials reported having to strictly enforce the 100 feet boundary regulations during early voting at the office. Various individuals have been attempting to violate the rules regarding the distance a person must be from the polls to participate in any form of … Read More


Police veteran and wife seriously injured

Posted by | July 22, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A local law enforcement who has spent over 25 years serving the citizens of Sparta was seriously injured, along with his wife, in an accident in Pickett County on Saturday.
According to Trooper Darrell Winningham, Robert Hall, 54, a lieutenant with Sparta Police Department, and his wife, Sara, 54, were transported by Life Flight to U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville, after their 2002 Honda Goldwing motorcycle was hit head-on by a 1988 Oldsmobile driven by 19-year-old Laura Ralston of Illinois. The Halls were traveling North on U.S. Highway 172 in Pickett County. Ralston was traveling south when she came around a curve, lost control of … Read More


Maude Wilson

Posted by | July 18, 2002 12:00 am

Maude Wilson, 77, of Baxter, passed away July 14, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Wilson was born October 20, 1924, in Yancy County, N.C., to Robert Oscar and Flora Haylman Shepherd.
She was a member of Washington Avenue Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, James Ernest Wilson and a son, Ronald Lee Wilson.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Ernestine and Raymond Maxwell of Baxter; five sisters, Marguerite Ponder and Pauline Chandler, both of Asheville, N.C.; Ada Buckner of Burasville, N.C.; Atlas Ponder of Mars Hill, N.C.; and Jean Edwards of Weaverville, N.C.; one brother, Charles Shepherd of Carrolton, Va.; … Read More


Gladys Wright

Posted by | July 18, 2002 12:00 am

Gladys Wright, 93, of Sparta, passed away July 16, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Wright was born August 1, 1908, in Smith County, to Sam and Lucy
Tennessee Smartt Fitzpatrick.
She had been a homemaker and attended the Church of Christ.
Wright was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Estil Wright.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Lena and Clay Farris of Cookeville and Louise and Troy Henry of Sparta; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., July 20, 2002, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Cookeville City Cemetery. Bro. Malcolm Hill and … Read More


Martha Elizabeth Hood Kotsay

Posted by | July 18, 2002 12:00 am

Martha Elizabeth Hood Kotsay, 93, of Ft. Myers, Fla., formerly of Sparta, passed away July 11, 2002.
Kotsay was born March 20, 1909, in White County, to Andy and Myrtle Hood .
She had been a chef.
Kotsay was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Billy J. and Betty Robbins of Ft. Myers, Fla.; two sisters, Lee Baker of Sparta and Mary Robinson of Cookeville; two brothers, Kenneth Hood and Bobby Hood, both of Sparta; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held July 17, 2002, in Clouse Cemetery. Rev. John Bloyd officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home


Georgia McGuire Eichelberger

Posted by | July 18, 2002 12:00 am

Georgia McGuire Eichelberger, 89, of Manchester, passed away July 15, 2002, at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
She was born on February 16, 1913, in Coffee County, to Wiley B. and Mary Alice Eaton McGuire.
Eichelberger was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church and had been a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, James A. Eichelberger.
Survivors include her husband, John Franklin Eichelberger Jr. of Manchester; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Clair Pickel of Murfreesboro; one son and daughter-in-law, John Franklin and Jan Eichelberger III of Springfield, Mo.; six grandchildren, Cindy and Jim Brower, Kevin Eichelberger, Brian Eichelberger, John Tolbert, Teressa … Read More


Jones moves back to Tennessee to practice medicine

Posted by | July 18, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The mountains of Tennessee have been known to draw a Southern boy back home to his native roots, and Dr. Bill Jones is excited to be back in what he referred to as “God’s country”.
The medical community will be officially welcoming Dr. Bill Jones, formerly of Trenton, Tenn., on Aug. 1, 2002, to its family of physicians. Jones said he was always sure he wanted to be a medical doctor, but he took a few ‘detours’ in other avenues of the profession.
Jones attended the Center for Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Memphis where he obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. … Read More




Spencer couple injured in Highway 111 wreck

Posted by | July 18, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Two patients, Thelma Rogers, 88 and Thomas Rogers, 84, both of Spencer, were transported to Erlanger Medical Center after they sustained life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 111.
Thomas Rogers was listed in critical contdition in the Trama Intensive Care Unit at Erlanger Medical Center as of presstime.
At approximately 2:40 p.m., Friday, authorities were dispatched to the scene of the accident on Highway 111, at Old Union Road. Traffic was blocked off in the northbound direction as emergency workers assisted the patients. White County EMS workers arrived on the scene and lent their assistance. An Erlanger Life Force Helicopter landed on the scene … Read More


Nuisance resolution delayed by White County Commission

Posted by | July 18, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
The nuisance resolution brought several new faces to the White County Commission meeting held on Monday night. Although some thought the board members would vote on the resolution, the county commissioners tabled the resolution, at this time, due to lack of support and thorough understanding.
Howard addressed the members by saying, “At this time, I don’t believe we should act on this resolution. We don’t really have an understanding of what we want to do with it,” he said.
When Howard asked for a motion to table the resolution, Dewayne Howard asked, “Is this for an indefinite time?”
Although the point was stressed to the members … Read More


Kay named president of Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association

Posted by | July 18, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
According to Sparta Chief Ed Kay, when he and his family moved to White County almost 20 years ago, they found a place to call home the rest of their lives. Now, after years of dedication and service protecting the citizens of Sparta and White County as a firefighter, Kay has been named president of the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association.
Kay and his family originally moved from Colorado to Knoxville so his wife Pam could work on her Master’s Degree at the University of Tennessee. “We all fell in love with Tennessee,” said Kay.
Kay and his family then moved to Cookeville for a brief … Read More


After 2500 years, lemonade finally gets recognition

Posted by | July 18, 2002 12:00 am

Rima Austin
Every day lately has been the same.
The temperatures have been in the high 90’s and even the breezes have gone on summer vacation somewhere in the South Pacific. The only thing left behind is the almost unbearable sun, beating down on your back. Relief has to come from somewhere, so a person reaches for a glass of ice-cold lemonade. If this scene sounds familiar, it should, considering the number of people whose lives are enhanced by lemonade each summer.
Humans have been drinking lemonade for over 2500 years. The Citrus Limon, or lemon tree, is a native of southern China and Southeast Asia. It eventually … Read More


Roland McClain

Posted by | July 15, 2002 12:00 am

Roland McClain, 57, of Sparta, passed away July 9. 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
McClain was born May 12, 1945, in Knoxville,
to James Horace and Ann Kjar McClain.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Sally McClain of Sparta; one daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Randy Young of Doyle; one son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Cyndee McClain of Sparta; his mother, Ann McClain of Sparta; one brother, Richard James McClain of Sparta; and two grandchildren, Ana Young and Michael Young.
Services were held at 2 p.m., July 12, 2002, at First Baptist Church with burial in Upper Cherry Creek Cemetery. Bro. … Read More


Willie Dillon “Bill” Wilmoth

Posted by | July 15, 2002 12:00 am

Willie Dillon “Bill” Wilmoth, 88, of Cookeville passed away July 10, 2002, at Masters Health Care Center in Algood.
Wilmoth was born April 2, 1914, in Jackson County, to Sam and Martha Ann Brown Wilmoth.
He was a member of Smyrna Church of Christ and one of the original singers of the Wilmoth Quartet. Wilmoth was a retired employee of Norwalk Furniture Co.
Wilmoth was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bertha Slagle; and four brothers, Perry, Carmel, Bob and Leo Wilmoth.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Odell Gaw Wilmoth; two daughters and one son-in-law, Patricia “Pat” Wilmoth and Barbara and Ron Ramsey, all … Read More


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