July 4th celebration

Posted by | April 11, 2002 12:00 am

to honor local heroes
Expositor Report
In keeping with the Sept. 11, 2001, inspired awareness of freedom, the theme for this year’s Fourth of July Celebration is “Sweet Land of Liberty,” and the purpose is to pay tribute to Sparta and White County firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency service personnel.
Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay will represent all
area fire and emergency service personnel as parade grand marshal.
The day will begin with a gala parade starting at 10 a.m. from the White County High School parking lot and continuing to the White County Fairground, where Chief Kay will cut the ceremonial ribbon and officially start the … Read More


Mock D.U.I scheduled this Friday at WCHS

Posted by | April 11, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The school year is almost over, but many activities are left to enjoy before the last day of studies. However, all the excitement can come to an abrupt halt if a teenager chooses to drink and drive.
Juniors and seniors are looking forward to prom night and graduation and with the anticipation of upcoming festivities, teenagers are gearing up for a final farewell to the long hours of studying. In an effort to educate White County’s youth about the consequences of drinking and driving, local emergency services personnel, along with school personnel, have combined their efforts to reenact a D.U.I. (driving under the influence) crash.… Read More


Chicago arrests lead to local charges

Posted by | April 11, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Authorities discovered items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine when they investigated a residence, on Saylors Street. Apparently the items were located in a storage shed behind the property.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., Saturday, the Sparta Police Dept. was contacted in reference to a suspected meth lab at 116 Saylors Street. Sgt. Jeff Hutson and Ptl. Dale Dodson arrived at the location and met with Wanda Webb, of Knoxville, who is the owner of the property.
Wanda Webb told authorities she rented the property to her daughter, Alison Webb and Alison’s boyfriend, Johnny Grissom. According to the report, Wanda Webb had received a call from a … Read More


Ready? Set? Show!!

Posted by | April 11, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
This Saturday marks the second annual Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women and the first 100 women through the door will receive a free decorative wrought iron garden stake (a $12 value), and The Expositor will hold drawings and games for cash prizes between noon and 2 p.m.
The 2002 Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women takes place on April 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Many special activities are already planned for attendees including educational clinics sponsored by numerous area merchants.
They include:
– Oreck vacuum demonstrations — Morgan Furniture Center
– Beauty tips — Styled and Polished
– Real Estate tips — Century 21
– … Read More


Rowena Goodwin Ray

Posted by | April 8, 2002 12:00 am

Rowena Goodwin Ray, 95, of Cookeville, passed away April 4, 2002.
Ray was born March 27, 1907, in White County, to Sam and Lovvie Floyd Goodwin.
She was a charter member of Akron Baptist Temple. Her other memberships included over 50 years at First Baptist Church, Gideons Auxiliary, Home Demonstration and W.M.U. Ray was also a homemaker and seamstress and enjoyed visiting nursing homes.
Ray was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Will Ray; one daughter, Florene Elizabeth Ray; three brothers, Lee Goodwin, Clyde Goodwin and Herbert Goodwin; and one sisters, Hallie Sullivan.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Jimmie Newsom and Carolyn … Read More


Virgie Hitchcock Goodwin

Posted by | April 8, 2002 12:00 am

Virgie Hitchcock Goodwin, 85, of Cookeville, passed away April 4, 2002, at Masters Health Care Center.
Goodwin was born Sept. 28, 1916, in Putnam County, to Samuel and Susan Nash Hitchcock.
She as a member of Stevens Street Baptist Church. Goodwin was retired from Cookeville Shirt Factory.
Goodwin was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clyde E. Goodwin; six brothers, Sterling Hitchcock, Frank Hitchcock, Andrew Hitchcock, Luther Hitchcock, James Hitchcock and Albert Hitchcock; and four sisters, Velma Goodwin, Irene Pinoin, Pauline Watson and Verlie Hitchcock.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Marty Goodwin, Johnny and Teresa Goodwin and Gerald and Peggy Goodwin all of Cookeville; … Read More


Cecil Ernest Billings

Posted by | April 8, 2002 12:00 am

Cecil Ernest Billings, 82, of McMinnville, passed away April 4, 2002.
Billings was born July 3, 1919, in DeKalb County, to Ray Vaughn and Clara Felts Billings.
He was a member of Bratchers Cross Roads Free Methodist Church and taught Sunday School over 50 years.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Billings of McMinnville; one son and daughter-in-law, Levin and Rachel Billings of McMinnville; one sister, Alma Billings of Sparta; three brothers, R.V. Billings Jr. of Sparta, Melvin Billings of Smithville and Claude Billings of Sterling Heights, Mich.; one grandson and spouse, Keith and April Billings of McMinnville; one granddaughter, Gena Barry of McMinnville; one great grandson, Austin Barry; … Read More


Hoyte Houston Fisher

Posted by | April 8, 2002 12:00 am

Hoyte Houston Fisher, 72, of Sparta, passed away April 6, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Fisher was born May 30, 1929, in White County, to John Jefferson and Venia Thelma Sparkman Fisher.
He had been a grocery store clerk.
Fisher was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Eldred Fisher and Isaac Fisher; and one sister, Edna Glenn.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and James Brymer of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Tammy Fisher of Sparta; and three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Betty Fisher, Shirley and Don Johnson and Katie and Charles Hawkins all of Sparta.
Services will be at 2 … Read More


NHC HealthCare receives Four Star Excellence certification

Posted by | April 8, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
NHC HealthCare in Sparta recently received the Four Star Excellence Certification presented by the National HealthCare Corporation at their annual management conference in Desert Springs, Calif., according to a recent press release.
Four Star Excellence certification recognizes outstanding performances from the staff of the center, and publicly recognizes Sparta’s NHC HealthCare as one of the corporation’s best.
The center must attain high scores in NHC’s own survey process, which includes a customer satisfaction index, consumer view rating and several patient care components.
In addition, the center must receive a high score on their state survey.
Sparta’s NHC HealthCare is a facility with 150 beds and provides … Read More




City of Sparta seeks county assistance in fire truck purchase

Posted by | April 8, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A discussion about rental fees for the unmanned fire stations on Polk Street and Bockman Way during the meeting of the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Thursday led to a dialogue of requesting the county government to fund a fire truck for the City of Sparta.
“I suggest we ask the county if it’s our turn for a fire truck and ask them for one,” said Aldermen Tommy Pedigo.
Pedigo was referring to the rotation plan the county has attempted to follow in keeping the nine county volunteer fire departments updated with the latest fire fighting equipment.
The board questioned Sparta Fire Chief … Read More


Dessert and Debate raised over $1,800

Posted by | April 8, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Paul Bailey, candidate for state senator, attempted to entice his new acquaintance with the wide array of pastries and cakes at the Dessert and Debate on Friday. All proceeds were designated for Project Graduation.
More pictures will be featured in Thursday’s edition of The Expositor.
Photo by Kim Swindell Wood


McMillen rescued from Rainbow Bluff

Posted by | April 8, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
A White County man, David McMillen, 26, was rescued from the water falls area of Rainbow Bluff on Sunday afternoon. The bluff was located near Geers Lake Road on Bon Air Mountain. According to authorities, McMillen and several friends were exploring the area when he fell off the bluff. Rescue squad members, firefighters, law enforcement and emergency personnel worked together to bring McMillen to safety.
Authorities entered the woods at approximately 4 p.m. and traveled about half a mile on a path to their destination.
Some were in vehicles, while others hiked the trail. An ambulance was on location where they could reach their supplies. Authorities … Read More


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