Former T.B.I. drug expert

Posted by | March 31, 2003 12:00 am

speaks to plant managers
Kim Swindell Wood
Concerns about drug use in the workplace have steadily increased the past several years. On Wednesday, an expert in the field of drugs in the workplace spoke to business representatives gathered at the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce plant managers’ luncheon.
Chip Lewis, owner and president of Premier Drug Compliance, in Cookeville, educated plant managers and human resource managers about the potential dangers of employees who may be performing their jobs while under the influence of illegal drugs. Lewis’ background has given him the knowledge required to educate industries about maintaining a drug-free workplace and how to legally handle drug-related situations … Read More


Bernie Ruth Johnson Foster

Posted by | March 27, 2003 12:00 am

Bernie Ruth Johnson Foster, 71, of Doyle, passed away March 17, 2003.
Foster was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Sparta, to Wiley and Vera Roberts Johnson.
She had been a homemaker.
Foster was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Foster and one grandson, Stephen Paul Savage.
Survivors include five daughters and four sons-in-law, Sue Savage and Gail and Eugene Lawson all of Doyle, Wanda and Gary Stafford and Brenda and Tommy Pope all of Sparta and Sharron and Byron Mason of Walling; two sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil and Leigh Ann Foster and Jason and Tabatha Foster all of Sparta; 12 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Pauline … Read More


Stanley Clayton Allen Sr.

Posted by | March 27, 2003 12:00 am

Stanley Clayton Allen. Sr., 45, of Sparta, passed away March 23, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Allen was born Nov. 14, 1957, to William E. Allen and Lillian D. Bean Allen.
He had been a carpenter and employed in construction.
Survivors include his mother, Lillian Allen of Sparta; one daughter, Coleen Renee Allen of Sparta; one son, Stanley Clayton Allen Jr. of Sparta; four sisters, Linda Heady, Anita Brown and Jeraldine McBride all of Sparta and Lisa Crum of Lebanon; and three brothers, Billy Allen of Sparta and Mike Allen and Dewey Bean both of Cookeville.
Services were at 1 p.m., March 26, 2003, at the chapel … Read More


Rufus C. Dial

Posted by | March 27, 2003 12:00 am

Rufus C. Dial, 86, of Sparta, passed away March 25, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Dial was born April 24, 1916, in Overton County, to James Shelby and Tina Roxie Smith Dial.
He had been a truck driver.
Survivors include two daughters, Marjorie Mullins of Sparta and Margaret Sue Turk of Bowling Green, Ky.; one son, James Buford Dial of Sparta; nine grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren
Services will be at 2 p.m., March 29, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Paul Bradley will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Raymond “Johnny” Selby

Posted by | March 27, 2003 12:00 am

Raymond “Johnny” Selby, 73, of Sparta, passed away March 25, 2003.
Selby was born June 10, 1929, in
Whitleyville, to Alpha Desol and Vera Lou Hunt Selby.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as a senior master sergeant during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Harper Selby and two brothers, Loyd “Jim” and Bob Selby.
Survivors include his wife, Dora England Bandy Selby of Sparta; one son, Raymond L. Selby of Chicago, Ill.; one daughter, Sheryl Heart of Springfield, Va.; two step sons, Floyd Bandy of Lineville, Ala. and Mark Bandy of Sparta; one step daughter, Alice … Read More


Rosa Nella “Nell” Daniels Buttrum

Posted by | March 27, 2003 12:00 am

Rosa Nella “Nell” Daniels Buttrum, 92, of Doyle, passed away March 25, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Buttrum was born Feb. 5, 1911, in White County, to El Daniels and Martha Holman Daniels.
She had been a homemaker.
Buttrum was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lewis Buttrum; and two sons, David Buttrum and J.C. Buttrum.
Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Maxine Lowe of Sparta and Christine and Jim Neal of Doyle; two sons and daughters-in-law, Walter and Rosa Buttrum of Sparta and Roy and Jane Buttrum of Little Rock, Ark.; 15 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Services will be … Read More


Albert G. Heath

Posted by | March 27, 2003 12:00 am

Albert G. Heath, 75, passed away March 25, 2003.
Survivors include his loving companion, Dot Helton; cherished friend and mother of his children, Irene Wooten; four daughters, Belinda S. Price of Spencer, Melavie K. Heath of Nashville and Darlene Howser and Denise Roberson both of Sparta; one son, Charles Bennie Heath of Donelson; 13 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; five sisters, Mary E. Overstreet, Hazel V. Helton, Pearl haddock, Agnes Krichler and Reba Stewart; and one brother, Marvin Heath.
Services will be at 12 noon, March 28, 2003, at Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel, with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel, is in charge of … Read More


A little slice of heaven at Pizza Xtreme

Posted by | March 27, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The popularity of one of the nation’s favorite foods has steadily increased over the past several decades. Although, the “delicacy” originated in Italy, Americans have taken the recipe and made it an all-time favorite dining experience associated with football games, as well as family gatherings.
Pizza is the name of the food that makes mouths water and teenagers run to Pizza Xtreme to get a taste of their favorite choice on the menu. Tony Snider, general manager of the newly renovated business, said he is proud to call Sparta his home. “I’m from Overton County, but I really like this area, so I moved my … Read More




Private property owners must maintain cemeteries

Posted by | March 27, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Laws have been in effect for many years about protection of cemeteries, with hefty fines and imprisonment attached as a part of the punishment. However, most Tennesseans do not realize these laws also require private property owners to maintain a cemetery that might be located on their land.
For several years Billie Clark and Geraldine Pollard have devoted their time and efforts to helping White Countians become more informed about these laws. Clark, who is a member of the White County Genealogical Society, helped her late husband, Fred Clark, begin organizing a list of cemeteries in the county. Fred had served as president of the … Read More


Liberty Square prepares for Sonic Cruise-In

Posted by | March 27, 2003 12:00 am

Billy Jarvis
Muscle cars, sock hops, hula hoops and classic rock defined a generation of baby boomers in an age still regarded by many as America at its most wholesome.
Through the decades of the 50’s and 60’s, Liberty Square was the center of social and commercial life in Sparta. On April 19, downtown Sparta will once again experience this popular vintage era as Liberty Square hosts the Sonic Cruise-In.
“This is going to be a fun and novel way for Sparta to celebrate together as summer approaches,” said co-coordinator Nathan Johnson.
“The Sonic Cruise-In represents a broad effort by many sponsors to provide an evening of fun … Read More


Cragrock office fire ruled arson

Posted by | March 27, 2003 12:00 am

Billy Jarvis
A fire at the Cragrock Village apartments on the night of March 21, 2003 has been ruled arson.
According to Sgt. Jeff Hutson, of the Sparta Police Department, dispatchers received a call about a fire at the Cragrock Village office complex at approximately 8:15 p.m. The Sparta Fire Department, White County E.M.S. and Caney Fork Electric were also alerted to the scene.
According to Hutson, also a Sparta Police fire investigator, personnel with the Sparta Fire Department located the source of the fire at a rear window of the facility. The window was reportedly shattered and the fire was burning on the interior floor near the … Read More


Merchants get ready to wow the crowd with variety of merchandise

Posted by | March 27, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Walking in the front door of Jongee’s Gifts and Fine Furnishings is similar to walking into a fantasy world of everything a person could want for home redecorating. However, the business, which was begun several years ago as a long-anticipated dream of Jongee and Billy Jarvis, offers much more than meets the eye.
Jongee’s has expanded its line of products over the past several years, and many of these additions will be seen at The Expositor’s 3rd Annual Women’s Show. The elite selection of jewelry has proven to be a successful endeavor, and many brand name products will be featured at Jongee’s booth at the … Read More


Anna Juanita “Cootie” Brymer

Posted by | March 24, 2003 12:00 am

Anna Juanita “Cootie” Brymer, 78, of Sparta, passed away March 21, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Brymer was born Nov. 24, 1924, in White County, to William Brymer and Cleo Prater Brymer Jenkins.
She had been employed at Spartan Industries.
Brymer was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and one sister.
Survivors include two great nieces, Teresa Rutherford and Phyllis Evans both of Sparta; one great-great niece, Cherri Smith of Columbia; two great-great-great nieces; and special cousin, Jim Scott of Sparta.
Services were at 2 p.m., March 23, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bro. Jerry Barnwell officiated.… Read More


Alvie Evon Potter Sr.

Posted by | March 24, 2003 12:00 am

Alvie Evon Potter Sr., 61, of Spencer, passed away Marcy 19, 2003, at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.
Potter was born Sept. 9, 1941, in Sequatchie County, to Auby Franklin Potter and Evelyn Heard Potter.
He had been a machine operator.
Survivors include three sons, Alvie Potter Jr. of Spencer and Ricky Dale Potter and Randy Dean Potter both of Texas; one step son, Bill Sullivan of Florida; eight sisters, Gladys Armstrong of Indiana, Ruth Rogers and Lisa Potter both of Spencer, Shirley Baker of Manchester, Reba Simmons of Tracy City, Lois Grissom of Bone Cave, Charlotte Potter of Florida and Stella Potter of Monteagle; two brothers, Steve … Read More


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