Shop at Home campaign begins

Posted by | September 5, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Sparta and White County has provided its residents with many benefits, including progressive schools, technologically advanced healthcare and excellent job opportunities. Those are just a few of the reasons city and county officials, in conjunction with The Expositor, have launched a Shop at Home campaign, which will help encourage spending those hard-earned paychecks at home and keep tax dollars in the community.
In each Thursday’s edition of The Expositor, through the end of January 2004, a special story will be featured on the front page about reasons why White Countians should “Shop at Home.” Stories will outline how spending money locally affects tax dollars and … Read More


Wastewater runoff angers White County residents

Posted by | September 5, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
(Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series.)
After several meetings in Spencer about the issuance of a permit for the discharge of wastewater into the Caney Fork River, several White County residents have formed an alliance to protest what they say is an unsafe practice. These viewpoints were expressed during a special meeting on Tuesday, which was organized by Charles Curtiss, 43rd district state representative.
Individuals living near the Hodges Bridge area say they will be directly affected by this discharge system, and they are attempting to overturn the permit. However, residents of Van Buren, Warren and Grundy counties were also present … Read More


Florida man charged with sexual battery

Posted by | September 5, 2003 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
Steven Beach Jr, 27, of Florida, is being held at the White County Justice Center awaiting bond. He has been charged with sexual battery of a juvenile.
The alleged incident took place Sept. 1, 2003, at the fairgrounds and is still under investigation. Beach is a contract worker for Cumberland Valley Shows.
More charges may be pending according to Sparta Police Investigator Harold Blankenship. Beach
has a court date set for Sept. 5, 2003.


Faith that surpasses human expectations

Posted by | September 5, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“When I was seven and a half years old, the doctors told my parents I was severely retarded,” said Tammy Peters Blomgren. “They said I would never get past a second grade education, and they needed to have me committed to an institution.”
Today, Blomgren is 38 years old, and has begun a new career as a certified nurse’s technician at Life Care Center of Sparta. She obtained her GED approximately 10 years ago, where she gave the commencement speech. “I just remember looking up and saying, ‘Thank you, God,’” said Blomgren.
When Blomgren’s parents, Kenneth and Pat Peters, were told she was retarded, the … Read More


Lola Belle Broom Judd

Posted by | September 4, 2003 12:00 am

Lola Belle Broom Judd, 86, of Doyle, passed away Sept. 1, 2003.
Judd was born Jan. 17, 1917, in White County, to W. B. Broom and Daisy Harris Broom.
Judd was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edd Judd; daughter, Daisy McDole; son, Jimmy Judd; two infant daughters; and two sisters, Lena Knight and Alyne Morris.
Survivors include eight daughters, Frances Holcomb and husband Paul, of Dunlap, Sue Jones, of Rock Island, Becky Martin and husband Billy, of Livingston, Carolyn Smith and husband Don, of Sparta, Joyce Jones, of Sparta, Lena Humphrey and husband Allen, of Walling, Ruthie Kelsey and husband Jerry, of Sparta, Kathy Driver and … Read More


Myrna Colena White

Posted by | September 4, 2003 12:00 am

Myrna Colena White, 62, of Doyle, passed away Sept. 2, 2003, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.
White was born Nov. 5, 1940, in White County, to Herbert Arthur Swift and Christine Robert Swift.
She was preceded in death by her father and one sister, Clara Helen Sullivan.
Survivors include her mother, husband, Benjamin Horace White Sr, of Doyle; two daughters, Christie Jewell Tindle and husband Joe, Regena Mechele Gain and husband Jeffrey, all of Sparta; a son, Benjamin Horace White Jr, of Houston, Texas; brother, Randy Lynn Swift, of Nashville; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Sept. 5, 2003, at Thurman Funeral … Read More


Riley Edward Brock

Posted by | September 4, 2003 12:00 am

Riley Edward Brock, 90, of Doyle, passed away Sept. 2, 2003, at Generations of Spencer.
Brock was born Dec. 10, 1912, in White County, to Robert David Brock and Emma Black Brock.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sarah Louanne Miller Brock; daughter, Lois Brock; three brothers, Sylvester Brock, Alton Brock and Jessie Brock.
Survivors include five daughters, Ann Ianthisa Brimer, of Quebeck, Melithia Green, Kathy Long, Rita Margeson, Connie Jean Campbell, all of Doyle; three sons, Lefferrell ‘Bulldog’ Brock, Lloyd DeWayne Brock, Lonnie Ray Brock, all of Doyle; sister, Maudie Guy, of Doyle; two bothers, James Hollis Brock, of Sparta, and Hubert Brock, of … Read More





Warriors come oh-so-close at Cookeville

Posted by | September 3, 2003 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Something to cheer about. The Warrior football team has finally been giving their fans something about which to cheer.
The Warrior faithful went absolutely hysterical when the Warriors took the lead late in the contest.


Residents gather to plan strategy about Spencer wastewater permit

Posted by | September 3, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Over 60 families were represented at a strategy meeting Friday night, as residents from White, Van Buren and Warren counties gathered to discuss their plans to stop a wastewater permit for the City of Spencer.
According to Ricky Dunn, spokesperson for the group, a committee was formed from the individuals who met at Gribble’s Landing Restaurant. Several women volunteered to make phone calls to solicit support and numerous other individuals have been gathering names on petitions to help stop the treated wastewater from being discharged into the Caney Fork River.
Dunn said approximately 1,000 signatures have already been garnered, with Sheriff Donnie Evans, of Van … Read More


Simpson wins fair pageant

Posted by | September 3, 2003 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
Fairest of the Fair. Serena Simpson, 17-year-old daughter of James Allen and Tracy Simpson, was crowned the 2003 White County Fairest of the Fair Monday night. She was chosen out of 23 beautiful young women entered into the scholarship contest in which the winner receives a $1,000 for a college or university within the State of Tennessee. Simpson was also awarded Miss Congeniality. Simpson will continue on to compete in the State Fairest of the Fair competition. See Thursday’s edition of The Expositor for more photos from the White County Fair.


Wetlands continue to be an issue

Posted by | September 3, 2003 12:00 am

Coleen Gorski
Richard Rinks, with Rinks and Associates Architects, chaired a public hearing on Thursday at the airport about the possible loss of wetlands. Several community members attended the meeting and voiced their concerns of losing additional wetlands and questioned the impact on the environment as a result.
Rinks encouraged people to provide suggestions, stating, “We need to get as much input from the community as possible. We want to do what is best for the environment. These improvements will be made the most responsible way as possible.”
Several White County officials attended the hearing including: Herd Sullivan, White County Executive; Tommy Pedigo, mayor; and Wallace Austin, president, … Read More


Barbara J. Hayes

Posted by | September 2, 2003 12:00 am

Barbara J. Hayes, 27, of Quebeck, passed away Aug. 27, 2003.
Hayes was born Jan. 20, 1976, in Crossville, to Kenneth Ray Presley and Wilma Jean Conley Presley.
She had been employed by Hardees.
Survivors include her parents; husband, Bobby Hayes, of Cookeville; two daughters, Tiffney Hayes, Jessica Cravens; son, Bobby Joe Hayes Jr., all of Cookeville; three sisters, Patricia Oliver, Tammy Pitts and Lisa Presley, all of Sparta; grandmother, Ruby Conley, of Sparta.
Services were at 11 a.m., Aug. 29, 2003, at Hensley Chapel Church with burial in Young Cemetery. Bro. Donnie Randolph officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Billy Connell Kell

Posted by | September 2, 2003 12:00 am

Billy Connell Kell, 61, passed away Aug. 16, 2003, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Kell was born May 2, 1942, in Van Buren County, to John B. Kell and Tera M. Johnson.
He had been a factory worker.
Kell was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Brownie B. Kell.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Ramona and Carlon Curtis, of Quebeck; two brothers, L.C. Key, of Doyle, and Wayne Price Kell, of McMinnville; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 1 p.m., Aug. 18, 2003, at the chapel of High Funeral Home, in McMinnville with burial in Laurel Creek Cemetery, in Van Buren … Read More


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