WCHS drops a pair of district games at Oakland

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Sophomore Daniel Johnson drives in to try and create some offense against the patriots defense at Oakland Tuesday night.
The Warriors take on Riverdale Friday night in Murfreesboro.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


Redistricting brings changes for local representation

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
With state and county elections fast approaching, the subject of new redistricting has been a hot topic of discussion for Democrats and Republicans.
White County residents have been in a quandary as to who their new state senator would be when the final plans were set. Would Senator Gene Elsea still remain the
representative in the state house, or would the district revert to Senator Charlotte Burks? According to new redistricting maps, Burks will take White County, which was at one time part of her late husband’s district.
The late Senator Tommy Burks had represented White County during various periods of his political career, and … Read More


Two car accident near Kingdom Hall; one injured

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Two vehicles wrecked on Crossville Highway, near Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, after a construction crew had stopped traffic.
Barbara S. Gentry, 55, of Sparta, was traveling east on Highway 70E in a 1992 Ford Tempo when she was stopped by a flagman due to road construction. While Gentry was stopped, a 1992 Mitsubishi, driven by Florence L. Lewis, 80, of Sparta, came around the curve and rear ended the Ford.
Gentry was transported to the White County Community Hospital by White County EMS. Several deputies along with Sheriff Guy Goff of the White County Sheriff’s Department lent their assistance. Goff, Lt. Chad Dodson, Deputy John … Read More


Wheel tax and jail allegations at county meeting

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
Kenneth Milligan struck the executive gavel numerous times Monday night in attempts to bring order to the joint Steering Committees meeting of White County commissioners.
Among attendees in the audience were over 40 White county residents concerned with the alleged mistreatment of inmates at the White County Jail, and many spoke out of turn throughout the meeting.
First to speak to the committee was Bill Rogers of the University of Tennessee County Technical Services.
Rogers clarified for the commissioners many points regarding a wheel tax being instituted in White county.
He stated the wheel tax could be achieved in three ways:
1) the county commission passed … Read More


A matter of faith

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
Ask Laura Jones why she is dedicated to spreading God’s message, and she won’t hesitate to say, “There is mission work to be done every day, even in the grocery store.
Missions are everyday life, because that’s what Jesus commanded us. He said, ‘Go.’”
Laura took this message literally when she and her husband, Rodger, found themselves presented with an opportunity to go to Jamaica for an outreach mission.
She explained, in December of 1996, they became interested in outreach missions while attending Gum Springs Baptist Church.
The pastor, Bro. Tony Wilson, announced a mission to Jamaica planned for the following March.
“He had been doing … Read More


Minnie Bell Goodwin Lull

Posted by | January 14, 2002 12:00 am

Minnie Bell Goodwin Lull, 70, of Pleasant Hill, passed away Jan. 12, 2002, at Cumberland Medical Center.
Lull was born July 3, 1931, in White County, to Sidney Elbert and Dovie Lafever Goodwin.
She had been employed at the Senior Citizen Center.
Lull was preceded in death by her husband, Fred L. Lull and her parents.
Survivors include two daughters, Della Mae Presley of Pleasant Hill and Teresa Brown of Greenville, S.C.; two sons, Dexter Lull of Sparta and Leslie Lull of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Carol Roberts of Sparta; 10 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 15, 2002, at Hunter … Read More


Reba Rhea Lyles Montgomery

Posted by | January 14, 2002 12:00 am

Reba Rhea Lyles Montgomery, 69 of Cookeville, passed away Jan. 11, 2002, at Masters Health Care Center.
Montgomery was born June 22, 1932, in White County to Jeff and Marie Pemberton Lyles.
She had been a factory worker and a loving, caring foster mother for over 25 years.
Montgomery was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Jimmy Rice; one brother, Jeff L. Lyles; and two sisters, Faye Kapkey and Edna Clark.
Survivors include her husband, James “Bill” Montgomery of Cookeville; five sons, Anthony Rice of Memphis, William Rice, Richard Rice and Jeff Ayers all of Baxter and John Montgomery of Texas; four daughters, Gloria Brown of … Read More


George Sherman Jr.

Posted by | January 14, 2002 12:00 am

George Sherman Jr., 74, of Walling, passed away Jan. 9, 2002, at Masters Health Care.
Sherman was born March 13, 1927, in Tom’s River, N.J., to George Sherman Sr. and Iris Applegate Sherman.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a police captain for 30 years.
Sherman was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Sherman of Walling; one son, Clay Sherman of Lynn Haven, Fla.; two daughters, Donna Dubicki and Christine Krean both of Tom’s River, N.J.; two sisters, Betty Harding of Oscela Mills, Pa. and Marcille Day of Rome, Ga.; and several grandchildren
There were no services … Read More




Smoking in holding cell causes denial for early release

Posted by | January 14, 2002 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Judge Sam Benningfield had several motions for early release to appear before him
Jan. 11.
Several of those were continued from the previous Friday due to an extra long day in court.
There were a total of 11 motions for early release to be heard.
The inmates were in the holding cell while waiting for their motions to be heard.
Judge Benningfield had all the inmates brought out at once.
When they were brought in, Judge Benningfield said, “I smell smoke.
Who’s been smoking?”
An inmate who was still in the holding cell from his court appearance, but was not up for early release raised his … Read More


Peaceable school greets White County School Board

Posted by | January 14, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
The meeting of the White County School Board was held at Findlay Elementary last week where Principal Sue Carmichael, welcomed the board and guests to her school.
The board thanked her for the dinner she had provided them, and Carmichael began her presentation on education at Findlay.
After stating a postponed musical program would be presented at the PTO meeting on January 21, Carmichael introduced the treasurer of the Findlay Fans, Gina Shockey, who informed members of the visiting readers program.
“The Findlay Fans are sponsoring reading days at Findlay school,” she told the crowd, explaining a reading program by which volunteers visit Findlay classrooms to … Read More


365 days, 191 drugs arrests

Posted by | January 14, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
As Americans celebrated a new millennium and a new century, the anticipation of a better world was overshadowed by several tragedies. The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, will forever be embedded in the memories of the nation, but Americans are continuing to fight a battle that has plagued society for centuries – the war on drugs.
In recent years, the new drug of choice has become a cheaper, easily made form for mood-altering highs. With approximately 191 drug-related arrests in White County in 2001, methamphetamine has appeared to the drug of choice for numerous local residents. White County Sheriff Guy Goff said, “One thing is … Read More


William “Bill” Franklin Andrews

Posted by | January 10, 2002 12:00 am

William “Bill” Franklin Andrews, 58, of Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Sparta, passed away Jan. 9, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Andrews had been a banker.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Andrews of Georgia; two daughters and one son-in-law, Lori and Tim Dabney of Covington and Jessica Andrews of Lilburn; one son, Joshua Andrews of Lilburn; one sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Ernest Cheek of Sparta; one brother and sister-in-law, Dr. George and Kathy Andrews of Nashville; and two grandchildren, Elisha and Rachel Dabney.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Jan. 12, 2002, at Wages Snellville Chapel in Georgia with burial in Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. Rev. Larry … Read More


Herbert Lee Graham Sr.

Posted by | January 10, 2002 12:00 am

Herbert Lee Graham Sr., 71, of Murfreesboro, passed away Jan. 8, 2002.
Graham was born June 17, 1930, to Joe Abner and Effie Mae Norris Graham.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Audra Driver Graham.
Survivors include one son, Herbert Graham Jr. of Murfreesboro; two brothers, James Graham of Sparta and Hubert Graham of McMinnville; and one grandchild.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 11, 2002, at Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home in Murfreesboro with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Rev. James Averitt will officiate.
Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home in Murfreesboro is in charge of arrangements.


Dorothy Gist

Posted by | January 10, 2002 12:00 am

Dorothy Gist, 86, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 8, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Gist was born June 22, 1915, in White County, to Ransom Simpson and Millie Cantrell Simpson.
She was a life-long member of First Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir for 50 years.
Gist had been employed at the Shirt Factory.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Gist and three brothers Junior Simpson, Donald Simpson and Virgil Simpson.
Survivors include one sister-in-law, Ruth Simpson of Florida; two nieces, Patricia Heath and Dorothy Grace Petersen both of Georgia; great nieces and nephews, Lori Heath, Joanna and Ed Nowak, Michael Peterson and … Read More


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