Louise Cantrell Klein

Posted by | September 18, 2003 12:00 am

Louise Cantrell Klein, 88, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 15, 2003, at NHC of Sparta.
Klein was born Sept. 25, 1914, in White County, to Hannah Cantrell.
She had been employed in the garment industry.
Klein was preceded in death by her parent; husband, Merrill Klein; daughter, Joyce Ann Klein Cantrell; grandson, Ronnie Prater; and brother, Lum Cantrell.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Evans and husband Bill, Dorothy Whitson, all of Sparta, Judy Primm and husband Charles, of Murfreesboro; three sons, Billy Klein and wife Sue, Jimmy Klein and wife Shirley, all of Sparta, Mickey Klein and wife Judy, of Fla.; 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and six … Read More


Ian Douglas Ritson

Posted by | September 18, 2003 12:00 am

Ian Douglas Ritson, 87, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 12, 2003, at his residence.
Ritson was born May 1, 1916, in Montreal Quebec, Canada, to Douglas Donald Ritson and Caroline White Gilmour Ritson.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was a member of the Navy League and the United States Naval Institute.
He was a retired executive from Olin Corporation.
Ritson was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Donald Douglas Ritson.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Breyer Ritson, of Sparta; three daughters, Barbara Boyd Ellis, of Oakville Ontario, Canada, Carol Ann Ritson and Marjorie Ritson Orbeson, both of Sparta; two sons, … Read More


Reputation is built on honesty

Posted by | September 16, 2003 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
Sain Heating and Cooling has been the recipient of the “Best of the Best Readers Choice Award” for the last two years. “Our reputation is built on honesty,” David
Sain, owner/operator said.
He believes his reputation is the key to his success. He belongs to the Sparta and White County Chamber of Commerce. The company holds a City of Sparta business license and a White County business license. “I am proud to be part of the White County and Sparta Business community” David said “The best compliment a business can have is word-of-mouth referrals.”
All installation and service technicians are skilled and professional. The company has … Read More






Spooktacular Stroll conjures holiday fun

Posted by | September 16, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Since the terrorists’ attacks of 9/11, Americans have been more aware of the vulnerability of this nation. In an effort to increase awareness and prepare Tennessee residents for a possible major disaster, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) will be conducting special training classes in White County.
According to Jerry Cole Sr., White County Emergency management director, the classes will be 6-10 p.m., Sept. 23 and 30, 2003. These will be a two-part series of classes for all emergency services personnel, first responders and anyone directly involved with an emergency situation in the event of a local disaster.
The first part of the class will be … Read More


Homeland Security awareness comes to White County

Posted by | September 16, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Since the terrorists’ attacks of 9/11, Americans have been more aware of the vulnerability of this nation. In an effort to increase awareness and prepare Tennessee residents for a possible major disaster, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) will be conducting special training classes in White County.
According to Jerry Cole Sr., White County Emergency management director, the classes will be 6-10 p.m., Sept. 23 and 30, 2003. These will be a two-part series of classes for all emergency services personnel, first responders and anyone directly involved with an emergency situation in the event of a local disaster.
The first part of the class will be … Read More


Attorney sought for wastewater case

Posted by | September 16, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Hodges Bridge area residents in White County have fought for several weeks to stop Spencer’s plans to discharge its wastewater into the Caney Fork River near their homes. However, according to Ricky Dunn, spokesperson for Friends of the Caney Fork, Saya Qualls, engineer for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, notified him on Sept. 5, 2003, that she had issued the permit.
At a meeting on Sept. 2, 2003, at White County Courthouse, Qualls said she had been given numerous letters of opposition from individuals in the Hodges Bridge area, as well as many from concerned residents of the surrounding counties. Qualls had said … Read More


Nellie Landry

Posted by | September 15, 2003 12:00 am

Nellie Landry, 77, of Sparta, formerly of Jackson County, passed away Sept. 12, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Landry was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Jackson County, to Haywood Bullington and Alice Cleo Petty Bullington.
She was a member of O’Connor Church of Christ and a former member of the Center Grove Church of Christ.
Landry was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one brother.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Corliss and Charles Goodwin of Sparta; two grandchildren, Angie Goodwin of Cookeville and Timmy Thomas of Sparta; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Glen and Mary Bullington and Muriel Bullington, all of Gainesboro; and several … Read More


Betty J. Nunley Hitchcock

Posted by | September 15, 2003 12:00 am

Betty J. Nunley Hitchcock, 65, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 12, 2003, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville.
Hitchcock was born Nov. 5, 1937, in Warren County., to Willie Oscar Nunley, Sr. and Lucy Victoria Young Nunley.
She was employed as a loan officer at Citizens Bank in Sparta.
Hitchcock was preceeded in death by two sisters, Wilma Irene Stepp and Helen Curtis and one brother, Billie Franklin Nunley.
Survivors include her husband Oval Hitchcock, of Sparta; one daughter and son-in-law, Janice and David McFerrin, of McMinnville; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Roxanna Hitchcock, of Sparta, and Thomas and Kim Hitchcock, of Murfreesboro; and one sister, Shirley … Read More


J.R. Austin

Posted by | September 15, 2003 12:00 am

J.R. Austin, 76, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 14, 2003, at St. Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.
Austin was born Oct. 6, 1926, in Tennessee, to Judge Edgar Austin and Josephine Davis Austin.
He was retired from Thomas Industries as a truck driver.
Austin was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Katy O’Connor Austin.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Emma Jo Austin Perry and John Perry, of Nashville; two grandsons, Adam Perry and Nicholas Perry, both of Nashville; one sister, Margaret Gribble, of Sparta; and two brothers, Harold Austin and Kelly Austin, both of Chattanooga.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Sept. 16, 2003, at Hunter … Read More





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