Charlie Lee Roberts

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Charlie Lee Roberts, 78, of Walling, passed away Jan. 14, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Roberts was born June 14, 1923, in Warren County, to Luther Roberts and Hester Hitchcock Roberts.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had worked at B.P. Service Station.
Roberts was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Lena Roberts of Walling and one sister, Lucille Hembree of Quebeck.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Jan. 16, 2002, at Jericho Cemetery. Jeff Turner and Bobby Cloyd officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Thurman Monroe Hodges

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Thurman Monroe Hodges, 78, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 15, 2002.
Hodges was born Aug. 19, 1923, in Van Buren County, to Simon Hodges and Lizzie Sparkman Hodges.
He was a farmer.
Hodges was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Raymon Hodges, Roy Hodges and Charles W. Hodges.
Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Hermon and Joene Hodges of Barberton, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Emogene Hodges of McMinnville; two sisters and one brother-in law, Aubrey Yates and Alene and Clyde Measles all of Spencer; six nieces, Judy Mooneyham, Emma Womack, Joan Wilson, Ann Kenna, Betty Murray and Shirley Haley; six nephews, R.C. Hodges, Robert Hodges, Larry … Read More


Hometown trio are dynamic members of Cumberland Insurance

Posted by | January 17, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A new building and two energetic agents, along with an enthusiastic customer representative, have made Cumberland Insurance a thriving business in White County.
Rhonda Frasier and Mike Holeman, both with several years of combined sales expertise, and Tiffany Kreis, customer service representative, are the driving force behind the Sparta branch of a Cookeville based company. The recently built structure, which houses the insurance office, is known as Cumberland Court-Sparta. The owners, Steve Copeland, Donnie Meadows and Gary McNabb, also have a vested interest in Cumberland Insurance and Cumberland Court in Cookeville. Copeland, who is an agent with the Cookeville office, serves as chief of operations … Read More



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


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