Shirley Gale Welch

Posted by | September 8, 2003 12:00 am

Shirley Gale Welch, 54, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 7, 2003.
Welch was born Oct. 6, 1948, in White County, to Woodrow Welch and Elma Lee Reeves Welch.
She had been employed at Federal-Mogul.
Welch was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include two daughters, Colleen Allen, of Sparta, Sammi Best and husband Mike, of Murfreesboro; her mother, Elma Lee Welch, of Sparta; three sisters, Janice Lee Kirby, Rhonda Lynn Welch Kirby, both of Sparta, Evelyn Kay Beaver, of Calif.; one brother, Robert Carroll Welch, of Knoxville; three grandchildren, Regan Best and Cassidy Best, both of Murfreesboro and Kyler Allen, of Sparta, and several nieces and nephews.… Read More


Wal-Mart Supercenter ready to provide same hometown atmosphere

Posted by | September 5, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“We’ve got a motto,” said David Eastes, Wal-Mart manager. “We’re going to be the super center with the hometown atmosphere. We want to maintain that. It’s important.”
Eastes, who became manager of the Sparta Wal-Mart in 1990, is anxiously awaiting the day the new Wal-Mart Supercenter will open its doors. Official possession of the facility will take place Sept. 22, 2003, with the grand opening scheduled Oct. 29, 2003.
The new structure, which sits directly off Highway 111, on Taft Church Road, was originally scheduled to open Sept. 17, 2003, but massive summer rains delayed the work. “The parking lot was not ready,” said Eastes. … Read More






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





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