Burglary turns dangerous

Posted by | August 15, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Authorities were investigating the scene of an alleged aggravated assault and aggravated burglary at a residence on Brogden Road on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the report, Det. Chris Isom, COC PJ Hardy and Deputy Darren Gongaware of the White County Sheriff’s Department, along with District Attorney Terry Hembree, arrived at 148 Brogden Road at approximately 12:48 p.m. Authorities came into contact with Mrs. Miller and her children in a van, ready to flee the scene.
Miller’s ex-husband, Steve Frazier, had allegedly come through a window and had two knives and was allegedly threatening Miller’s husband, Waymon.
The officers were informed Frazier was trying to get into … Read More


Bidding farewell to a gentle giant

Posted by | August 15, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“We are all just in shock,” said Jeff Guth, Sparta Police chief, about the unexpected death of fellow police officer Junior Carter on Tuesday. “We have lost a great officer, a great man and a great friend.”
Early Elmore Carter Jr., 61, lived his entire life in White County. This giant of a man towered over many of his fellow officers in height, but his personality and demeanor was as gentle as one of God’s meekest lambs in the pasture field.
Carter began his career in law enforcement in the 70’s at the White County Sheriff Department, during a time when the county was protected … Read More


Little Miss Maci signs with modeling agency

Posted by | August 15, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
A world full of fun, hard work and determination are a few of the contributing factors to success in the lives of Maci Smith and her family. With numerous White Countians excited with Maci’s successful accomplishments, The Expositor, has obtained an exclusive interview with the family to bring her story to life.
Maci has three years of talent and experience behind her, mixed together with blessings, encouragement, modeling agents, coaches, hair designers, makeup artists and the love and support of her family. She has spent half her life competing in the fashion world and has a very impressive history behind her as she continues to reach … Read More


Marion E. Hill

Posted by | August 12, 2002 12:00 am

Marion E. Hill, 75, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 6, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Hill was born Sept. 27, 1926, in Madisonville, Ky., to John and Johnny Mae Gibbons Hill.
He had been a truck driver.
Hill was preceded in death by his parents; one son, John Hill; and two brothers, John Hill and Jason Hill.
Survivors include three daughters and one son-in-law, Sharon Mason of Sparta, Cathy and John Mason of Shoals, Ind. and Martha Ragsdale of French Lick, Ind.; one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Debbie Hill of Shoals, Ind.; five sisters, Charlene Durham, Anne Eldridge, Fanny Eldridge and Rose Eldridge all of Evansville … Read More


Jolene Kaye Willis

Posted by | August 12, 2002 12:00 am

Jolene Kaye Willis, 45, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 7, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Willis was born July 7, 1957, in Orrville, Ohio, to Rodroth Robinson and Donna Shannon Robinson.
She attended Harvest Outreach Ministries Church. Willis had been employed as a C.N.A. with Generations Healthcare.
Survivors include her husband, Lester Willis of Sparta; one son, Joseph Tope of Ohio; three daughters, Joseline Andrews and Nickole Andrews both of Texas and Teresa Tope of Ohio; mother, Donna Shannon Robinson of Ohio; two brothers, Jeffrey Robinson and Franklin Robinson both of Ohio; two sisters, Rosa Wapers of North Carolina and Ruth West of Sparta; and one grandson, … Read More


Eddie Steve Miller

Posted by | August 12, 2002 12:00 am

Eddie Steve Miller, 44, of Smithville, passed away Aug. 8, 2002.
Miller attended the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Edward Miller; grandparents, Clay and Callie Cook and Howard and Novella Miller.
Survivors include three daughters, Tina LeeAnn, Amanda Gail and Julie Diane Miller all of Smithville; mother Ann Cook Miller of Smithville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy Gail and Lynn McGee of Smithville and Melissa Ann and Michael Ferrell of Woodbury; and one nephew, Hunter Grizzle of Woodbury.
Services were held at 4 p.m., Aug. 10, 2002, at the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville with burial in Banks … Read More


Richard P. Cumby

Posted by | August 12, 2002 12:00 am

Richard P. Cumby, 81, of Fountain City, passed away Aug. 9, 2002, at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Cumby was a member of Fountain City United Methodist Church and The Christian Fellowship Sunday School class. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Vera; son, Jim; and special nephew, Ralph.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Aug. 12, 2002, at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Rev. Don Hanshew and John Needy will officiate. Full military honors will be conducted by East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard.
This information is courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.


Dan H. Pope

Posted by | August 12, 2002 12:00 am

Dan H. Pope, 69, of West Palm Beach, Fla. and a native of White County, passed away Aug. 8, 2002.
Pope was the son of Delton and Celia Savage Pope.
He attended a Baptist church and served in the U.S. Navy.
Pope was preceded in death by one brother, J.O. Pope and one nephew, Gary Lynn Pope.
Survivors include his wife, Becky Savage Pope of Niota; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Gary Thompson and Cynthia and Jerome Cline all of Niota; one son and his fiance’, Richard Allen Pope and Heather Perdue both of Niota; one brother and sister-in-law, Marion and Jamie Pope of Estill Springs; 11 … Read More


Irene Bertsch Clark

Posted by | August 12, 2002 12:00 am

Irene Bertsch Clark, 81, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 8, 2002, at NHC Healthcare.
Clark was born May 5, 1921, in Feeman, S.D., to Emanuel and Henrietta Stoller Bertsch.
She was a member of Almyra United Methodist Church and a homemaker.
Clark was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ephraim, Elmer and Martin Bertsch; and three sisters, Leona Heckenliable, Otillie York and Erna Schoon.
Survivors include her husband, Sherman Franklin Clark of Sparta; five daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ann and Donald Sparkman of Nashville, Sharon E. and Paul Ford and Helen K. and Wayne Bandy all of Cookeville, Annie L. and Darwin Gooch of Walling, Henrietta … Read More


William Clarence Sparkman

Posted by | August 12, 2002 12:00 am

William Clarence Sparkman, 71, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 10, 2002.
Sparkman was born March 3, 1931, at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, where he also passed away. He was the son of Clarence Sparkman and Pearl Dodson Sparkman.
He attended Doyle First Baptist Church, where he was a deacon for the past 40 years. Sparkman was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, as well as a life-long dairy farmer. He served four years as a White County Commissioner. Sparkman was also president of White County Farmers Mutual Insurance. He was recognized as White County Farmer of the Year and Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year in 2001.
Survivors … Read More


Dillard Lee Saylors Sr.

Posted by | August 12, 2002 12:00 am

Dillard Lee Saylors Sr., 95, of Huntsville, Ala., formerly of Sparta, passed away Aug. 10, 2002.
Saylors was born Dec. 24, 1906, in White County, to Dempse Monroe and Hattie Hudson Saylors.
He had worked for the Chicago Daily News and was an avid gardener.
Saylors was preceded in death by his wife, Trudie Saylors and one daughter, Nancy Lee Towers.
Survivors include two sons, Dillard Lee Saylors Jr. of Huntsville, Ala. and Myron Glenn Saylors of Brookfield, Ill.; one brother, Grady Saylors of Nashville; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Aug. 13, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home … Read More


“A going church for a coming”

Posted by | August 12, 2002 12:00 am

Rima Austin
This past week the North Sparta Church of God reached another milestone in their church history. To provide additional parking for their new church facilities, the old church building, located at 335 N. Spring Street, was torn down.
The Rev. Bill Cook organized the North Sparta Church of God August 9, 1939 with 11 charter members. They were Mrs. Dollie Cope; Mrs. Beulah Troglen, Mrs. Vernal Cope, Mrs. Pauline West, Mrs. Prilla Higgenbottom, Mrs. Ella Bain, Mrs. Ella Hutchings, Mrs. Wade Jones, Mr. Wade Jones, Mrs. Mary Ida Flatt, and Mrs. Sallie Wallace.
At that time the church was located under a tent on the south … Read More


Thousands of marijuana plants confiscated from White County

Posted by | August 12, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
The Governor’s Drug Task Force Eradication Unit, TABC (Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission), TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation), DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), Tennessee Army National Guard, Tennessee Highway Patrol and members of the White County Sheriff’s Department recently worked to eradicate marijuana from White County. The team gathered up hundreds of pounds of marijuana in White County on Thursday.
Two helicopters, one from the Army National Guard and the other from the THP (Tennessee Highway Patrol), assisted in the search mission. According to authorities, there were four state agents, several local officers and National Guard personnel who lent their assistance. The pilots
scouted the area and once … Read More


Body of missing man found at Center Hill Lake

Posted by | August 12, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
A fisherman on Center Hill Lake helped with the discovery of the body of a missing DeKalb County man, Eddie Steve Miller, 44. The fisherman was out in his boat on Thursday morning, about a quarter of a mile from Horseshoe Bend Marina, when he allegedly found the body.
Authorities said Miller had originally gone to spend some time with some friends at Horseshoe Bend Marina and was last seen at approximately 2:30 a.m., Sunday. Authorities searched the area for several days and when they were alerted by a fisherman on Thursday morning, authorities recovered Miller’s body. According to Detective Chris Isom, Miller’s wallet was found … Read More


William G. (Buddy) Brown

Posted by | August 8, 2002 12:00 am

William G. (Buddy) Brown, 75, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 6, 2002, at Cumberland Medical Center.
Brown was born May 19, 1927, in Cumberland County, to Oca Brown and Cordie Catron Brown.
He served in the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry during the Korean Conflict. Brown has been employed in the maintenance at Wagner Electric.
Survivors include three sisters, Mabel Lewis of Sparta and Edna Burtrum and Dorothy Lewis both of Crossville; one brother, Wayne Brown of Crossville; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Aug. 9, 2002, at Ridgedale Free Will Baptist Church with burial in Taylor’s Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Gary Lewis will … Read More


Walter Earnest Hunter

Posted by | August 8, 2002 12:00 am

Walter Earnest Hunter, 91, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 4, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Hunter was born Feb. 25, 1911, in Putnam County, to Alvin Crockett and Effie West Hunter.
He had been a truck driver.
Hunter was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Frances Stockton Hunter.
Survivors include one son, Carl Hunter of Sparta; one daughter, Joyce Looney of Sparta; one brother, Herchel Hunter of Sparta; one sister, Bertha Kelly of Ohio; seven grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
Services were held at 10 a.m., Aug. 7, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Fate Wilson officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home


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