Presbyterians preserve a piece of local history

Posted by | October 17, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Preserving history is important to the future generations of a community, and Sparta First Presbyterian Church has set out on a mission to restore and refurbish a portion of their almost century-old church.
A team of dedicated parishioners, including Annelle Jett, Geeta McMillan and Isabel Kentner, along with pastor, Jonathan Angel, have formed a committee to raise the funds needed to restore the stained glass windows in the church. According to Jett, the two windows of primary concern are located in the sanctuary.
After decades of enduring harsh weather and varying temperatures, the multicolored panes of glass, along with the window casings, have deteriorated. Several … Read More


Cooking School draws over 800 to Agricultural Complex

Posted by | October 17, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The Taste of Home Cooking School was a huge success on Tuesday night. Over 800 people made their way through the doors of the Agricultural Complex to find that perfect seat. Sue Johnson, home economist with the Taste of Home Cooking School, taught Raquel Goff how to make one of the delicious recipes in the Taste of Home magazine.
Photos by Kim Swindell Wood


WCCH scores high in accreditation

Posted by | October 17, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
For many years, numerous residents of Sparta thought their small-town hospital was not capable of providing up-to-date and adequate treatment. However, any rumors of such standards have been dispelled, with the addition of physicians and specialized services and by receiving the highest JAYCO scores in the history of the hospital.
According to Mark Cain, White County Community Hospital (WCCH) administrator, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO or JAYCO) recently reviewed White County Community Hospital, and the facility scored “96” for overall ratings.
JAYCO reviews their members every three years. However, the organization can come in unannounced three months after the scheduled survey … Read More


Kimberly D. Woody

Posted by | October 14, 2002 12:00 am

Kimberly D. Woody, 33, of Spencer, passed away Oct. 8, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Woody was born Nov. 12, 1968, in Sterling Heights, Mich., to William T. Dunaway and Tommy Argo Dunaway.
She attended a Church of Christ and had been a homemaker.
Woody was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, James D. Woody of Spencer; one son, Trenton Shay Dunaway of Spencer; one step son, Christopher Lynn Woody of Spencer; mother, Tommy Dunaway of Murfreesboro; one half brother, Brain Graig of Murfreesboro; two step brothers, William Dunaway and Robert Dunaway both of Murfreesboro; one half sister, Machelle Bickford of Spencer and … Read More


Nina M. Robinson

Posted by | October 14, 2002 12:00 am

Nina M. Robinson, 86, of Spencer, passed away Oct. 11, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Robinson was born Sept. 20, 1916, in White County, to Jim Black and Maude Bohannon Black.
She had been a homemaker.
Robinson was preceded in death by her parents and one son, L.V. Robinson,
Survivors include her husband, Hebron Robinson of Spencer; four children, Ruby Lawson of Fayetteville, Ga., Virginia Selby of Cookeville and Harold Ray Robinson and Terry Robinson both of Spencer; one nephew, Gerald Revis of Anchorage, Alaska; 10 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m., Oct. 13, 2002, at Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Thomas Farmer … Read More


Lillie Vanatta Dobbs

Posted by | October 14, 2002 12:00 am

Lillie Vanatta Dobbs, 86, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 10, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Dobbs was born June 24, 1916, in White County, to Tom Vanatta and Amie Young Vanatta.
She had been a dietary supervisor at a nursing home.
Dobbs was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry Dobbs; one son, Clark Dobbs; four sisters, Bertha Jackson, Sarah Kirby, Melissa Robinson and Nola Slatten; and three brothers, Herman Vanatta, Erby Clark Vanatta and Willie Lee Vanatta.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Doris Dobbs of Texas and Larry and Ruth Dobbs of Kansas; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; several nieces and … Read More


Edna Marie Myers Smith

Posted by | October 14, 2002 12:00 am

Edna Marie Myers Smith, 94, of Quebeck, passed away Oct. 12, 2002,at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Smith was born Jan. 2, 1908, in White County, to Sam Anderson and Ollie Jane Taylor Myers.
She had been a homemaker.
Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Hicks Smith.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Benny J. and Almedia Smith of Quebeck; one daughter, Helen M. Smith Land of Chattanooga; one sister, Thelma Lee Worley of Warren, Mich.; five grandchildren, Rose Marie Vineyard of Quebeck, N.Y., Anita Ann Worthington of Dayton, Ronald Joe Smith of Atlanta, Ga. and Thomas Land and Joseph Land both of Chattanooga; six … Read More


Robert Owen Spakes

Posted by | October 14, 2002 12:00 am

Robert Owen Spakes, 83, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 10, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Spakes was born Nov. 13, 1918, in White County, to Kendrick and Lizzie Hale Spakes.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked 44 years for White County.
Spakes was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Judith Elaine Spakes; and one brother, Howard Spakes.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Lynn and Janice Spakes of Sparta and Charles and Debbie Spakes of Doyle; one sister, Sallie Anderson of Doyle; one brother, Bill Spakes of Doyle; two grandsons, Josh Spakes and Jonathan Spakes; one granddaughter, Angie Payne; … Read More


James M. Johnson

Posted by | October 14, 2002 12:00 am

James M. Johnson, 81, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 11, 2002.
Johnson was born March 8, 1921, in Grundy County, to Dewey Johnson and Lucy Adkins Johnson.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy during World War II. Johnson had been a carpenter.
Johnson was preceded in death by his parents and three sons, Larry Johnson, William Nathan Johnson and Bruce Dewayne Johnson.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Johnson of Bon Air in White County; one daughter, Vonda Johnson of Bon Air in White County; two sons, James Johnson and R.E. Johnson both of Bon Air in White County; one sister, Loretta Thomas of Dunlap; … Read More


The Business of the Week

Posted by | October 14, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
UNIQUE DESIGNS WAS VOTED THE BEST FOR WEDDING FLORIST & SILK ARRANGEMENTS IN THE EXPOSITOR’S READERS CHOICE AWARDS. THEY OFFER HOME ARRANGEMENTS, MEMORIAL, SILK & FRESH FLOWERS, BALLOONS, CANDLES, LIVE PLANTS, &
GIFT ITEMS. UNIQUE DESIGNS IS LOCATED AT 324 W. BOCKMAN WAY IN SPARTA. CALL OR COME BY MON-FRI 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 836-8430. L-R : TERESA HALL, DESIGNER; CAROL LEE GEER, OWNER; JAMISHA DOT, DESIGNER; MARY AUSTIN CARR, NEW DESIGNER.


Sanderson addresses the positive aspects of a Tennessee lottery

Posted by | October 14, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
For or against….good or bad…..right or wrong….these are just three of the comparisons voters will be debating over the next three weeks. On Nov. 5, 2002, along with the selection of state and national candidates, Tennesseans will choose whether or not to allow a lottery in their state.
Churches and various political groups have banned together to encourage the defeat of the bill, which they feel will bring corruption into the lives of Tennessee residents. However, one Tennessean has his own opinions about the lottery. His information is first-hand, because David Sanderson worked for the lottery in Nebraska.
Sanderson moved to Sparta several years ago. … Read More


Several injured in Hutchings College collision

Posted by | October 14, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Two vehicles collided on Hutchings College Road at approximately 3 p.m., on Saturday. Darla Flatt, 33, of Sparta, was transported to the White County Community Hospital, by White County EMS, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. Authorities said Sue Sparkman, 67, of Sparta, refused transport by EMS, but went to the hospital by private vehicle.
According to Trooper Mark Dial, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Flatt was traveling east on Hutchings College Road, with her two children, in a 1986 Chevy pickup truck. Sue Sparkman, 67, of Sparta, was traveling west on Hutchings College Road in a 1998 Jeep Cherokee when the vehicles … Read More


Chamber hears plans for Oldham Theater

Posted by | October 14, 2002 12:00 am

Sara Arthur
The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met last week for their regular monthly meeting to discuss issues of local phone service. Levoy Knowles, with Ben Lomand Telephone, was on hand to answer questions.
Knowles discussed in length, with members of the board, aspects of toll-free calling between Sparta and Cookeville.
According to Knowles, the ability to call toll-free to an area can sometimes increase by eight times the amount of calls received in that area
Members of the board commented on the effect this type of increase would have on local businesses if toll-free calling were available from Cookeville to Sparta. Tommy Pedigo, mayor of … Read More


Curtis Lee Null

Posted by | October 10, 2002 12:00 am

Curtis Lee Null, 71, passed away Oct. 5, 2002.
Null was preceded in death by his wife, Dimple Null.
He was retired from the U.S. Army.
Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Paula Null and Deanna and Jason Kincaid and one brother, Bobby Null of Sparta.
Services were held at 1:30 p.m., Oct. 8, 2002, at Hibbett and Hailey Funeral Home in Donelson with burial in Springhill Cemetery in Sparta, with military rites.
Hibbett and Hailey Funeral Home in Donelson was in charge of arrangements.
This information is courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.


Geneva Payne

Posted by | October 10, 2002 12:00 am

Geneva Payne, 83, of Spencer, passed away Oct. 7, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Payne was born Nov. 18, 1918, in Van Buren County to W.H. Payne and Leatha Yates Payne.
She attended a Church of Christ and was retired from S.&W. Cafeteria.
Payne was preceded in death by two sisters, Annie Madewell and Delma Hitchcock and four brothers, Jim Payne, Alfred Payne, John Payne and William Payne.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Oct. 10, 2002, at Love-Cantrell & Cope Spencer Chapel with burial in Molloy Cemetery. Titus Ward will officiate.
Love-Cantrell & Cope Spencer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


William Clarence “W.C” “Red” Huddleston

Posted by | October 10, 2002 12:00 am

William Clarence “W.C” “Red” Huddleston, 84, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 7, 2002, at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.
Huddleston was born May 2, 1918, in Algood, to Charles Marion Huddleston and Cora Dowell Huddleston.
He served in World War II as a Lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy, attached to Air Wing One in the South Pacific.
Huddleston was a retired agriculture teacher, having taught more than 30 years in Sparta, Shelbyville and Woodbury. During his teaching career, he also coached football, baseball, girls’ basketball and was a TSSAA high school basketball and football official. He was a long-time advisor for the local chapter of … Read More


© Copyright 2018 | Sparta Live