WCCH Third Annual Charity Golf Tournament to tee off Saturday

Posted by | July 11, 2002 12:00 am

Rima Austin
Golfers from all over Sparta are warming up their swings in preparation for the White County Community Hospital Third Annual Charity Golf Tournament on July 13, 2002. The proceeds from this tournament will be divided between two charities, Relay for Life and March of Dimes.
Relay for Life is an overnight event designed to celebrate cancer survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Gordy Klatt started the Relay in 1985 with a one-man, 24-hour walk around a track in Tacoma, Wash. Since then, Relay for Life has spread to 3,000 communities and seven foreign countries.
In 1938, President Franklin … Read More


Mailbox bombs threaten residents

Posted by | July 11, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Law enforcement personnel were called numerous times on Wednesday to the area of Willie Jarvis Road because of
reports of bombs exploding in mailboxes. Authorities are investigating. The original call was dispatched at approximately 7:35 a.m. Lt. Chad Dodson, Deputy Rudy Cruz and Sheriff Guy Goff, all of the White County Sheriff’s Department, responded to a bomb found in a mailbox at 319 Willie Jarvis Rd.
When officers arrived in the area, the road was closed off. According to Dodson, it appeared some chemicals had been put into a plastic bottle and exploded, destroying the mailbox.
Hazmat Director Jerry Cole, Sr. and Postmaster Dan Cummings, of … Read More


Crash claims life of Doyle woman

Posted by | July 11, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Jamie Pylant, 25, of Doyle, sustained fatal injuries after being ejected from a vehicle crash on McMinnville Highway. The passenger, John Humphrey, 18, of Doyle, was also ejected from the vehicle and was transported to the White County Community Hospital with a broken arm. Both victims were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
At approximately 12:30 p.m., Monday, Trooper R.C. Christian, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of the fatal accident. First responders arrived on the scene, along with White County EMS, and attempted CPR on Pylant, but were unable to revive her. Humphrey … Read More


Geer weaves a tale of mystery

Posted by | July 11, 2002 12:00 am

Rima Austin
Of all the fascinating lives that make up the history of White County, none have shone more brightly or carried more intrigue than that of Ruby Geer.
Geer resides in Quebeck and was born in 1912, in the house in which she currently lives. Her father was a rancher and her mother was a homemaker, and they were the parents of five children – all girls.
Upon entering Geer’s house, it reminds the visitor of a small scale version of a museum, with European and Egyptian tapestries on the wall.
Aztec style art is placed sporadically throughout the house, not to mention the artwork hanging on … Read More


James Floyd Bennett

Posted by | July 8, 2002 12:00 am

James Floyd Bennett, 61, of Sparta, passed away July 3, 2002, at St. Thomas Hospital.
Bennett was born in White County to Paul and Alice Tolbert Bennett.
Bennett was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, James Keith Price.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Charlene Bennett, two daughters, Beverley Price and Karen Sherrard; one son, Dean Bennett; one granddaughter, Shawna Allison Price; one sister, Betty Qualls;
four brothers, Harold Bennett of Walling, Robert Bennett of Doyle, Carl Bennett of Rock Island, and Eddie Bennett of Sparta, and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 10 a.m., July 6, 2002 at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with … Read More


Mattie Gail Gilley

Posted by | July 8, 2002 12:00 am

Mattie Gail Gilley, 52, of Sparta, passed away June 20, 2002 at Erlanger Hospital.
Gilley was born February 6, 1950, in Campbell County, to Charles and Edna Clarice Lewis Alderman.
She worked in advertising sales.
Survivors include two daughters, Andrea Dyer of Webster City, Iowa and Melissa Gilley-Harley of Ft. Lauderdale, Flor.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Wendy Dyer of Crossville and Michael Gilley of Lincoln, Neb.; two grandchildren, Ali and Caitlin Dyer; three sisters, Judy Wood
of Crossville, Debbie Boone of Murfreesboro and Edna Dille of Sparta; and one brother, Chuck Alderman of Illinois.
Services were held June 22, 2002, at the chapel of Bilbrey Funeral … Read More


Betty Jean Potter Jernigan

Posted by | July 8, 2002 12:00 am

Betty Jean Potter Jernigan, 81, passed away July 4, 2002 at her residence.
Jernigan was born October 16, 1920 in Terre Haute, IN, to Clarence Elmer and Ethel Mae Lewis Potter.
She had been a homemaker.
Jernigan was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, James Franklin Jernigan of Cookeville, two daughters, Sandra L. McInturff of Dallas, Texas, and Diana K. Dugle of McComb, IL.; four grandchildren, Michael and Timothy McInturff, both of Dallas, Jennifer Dugle of Nashville, and Kimberly Dugle of Denver, Colo., and four great grandchildren
Services were held Sunday, July 7, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial at Mt. Pisgah cemetery. … Read More


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


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