Katherine Kattie Elizabeth Fisher Hawkins

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Katherine Kattie Elizabeth Fisher Hawkins, 83, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 2, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Hawkins was born Aug. 23, 1919, in Bardwell, Ky., to John Fisher and Lena Estelle Abernathy Hawkins
She was a member of The Spring Hill Baptist Church of Christ and had worked at the local shirt factory.
Hawkins was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Edna Glenn; and four brothers, I.T., Henry Alton, Eldred and Hoyte Fisher.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Hawkins of Sparta and two sisters and one brother-in-law, Betty Jo Fisher and Shirley and Don Johnson all of Sparta.
Services were held at 2 p.m., … Read More


Melvin Lloyd Hyder

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Melvin Lloyd Hyder, 52, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 7, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Hyder was born May 29, 1949, in White County, to Wilbur “Coon” Lloyd Hyder and Henry Lou Thompson Hyder.
Survivors include his parents Wilbur “Coon” Lloyd Hyder and Henry Lou Thompson Hyder of Sparta; one daughter, Deeter Hyder Linehan of Sparta; brothers and sisters, Sandra Hyder, Chipper Hyder, Tim Hyder and Lou Ann Hyder Adcock all of Sparta; and two grandchildren, Luke and Logan Linehan of Sparta.
Services will be held at 3 p.m., Jan. 10, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bro. Jim Scott … Read More


Avon W. Edmonds

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Avon W. Edmonds, 76, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 1, 2003.
Edmonds was born April 11, 1926, in St. Cloud. Fla., to Steven James Edmonds and Christine Akins Edmonds.
He had been a laborer.
Edmonds was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Lou Ann; one brother, Clarence Edmonds; and four sisters, Flossie Ellen Napier, Lillie Marlow, Lula Fuston and Lonos Long.
Survivors include three sons, Jerry Edmonds of California, Carl S. Edmonds of Smyrna and Anthony Dean Edmonds of Pennsylvania; one daughter, Terri Lynn Mora of Sparta; two brothers, Everett Edmonds of Sparta and
Ernest Edmonds of West Virginia; and one sister, Violet Bohannon of Maryland.… Read More


Sparta Heating and Air Conditioning keeping things warm

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Terri Brock
One local company, Sparta Heating and Air Conditioning, has been serving White County successfully for 30 years.
Thirteen years ago, the present owner, Mike Omoumi, took over operations the first day of January in 1990.
Before purchasing Sparta Heating and Air, Mike earned a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Tennessee State University in 1981, and also worked as an engineer for the Carrier Corporation.
Then in 1990, the same year Omoumi purchased Sparta Heating and Air Conditioning, he and his wife, Teri, and children, Tiffany and Kevin, moved to White County from Warren County to offer local residents honest, dependable service.
The recipient of a 2001 Best … Read More


Riverdale takes two games from WCHS

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Hannah Hacker proved hard for the Riverdale defenders to handle as she came off the bench to tally 21 points.
She scored inside and outside, off the dribble or on offensive rebounds.
However, her 21 points were not enough as Riverdale won the game 55-47 and dropped the Warriorettes to 0-2 in the district and 13-3 overall.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite



Help Center focus of ministerial meeting

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Representatives from several non-profit agencies appeared before the White County Ministerial Association on Monday to question the practices of the Help Center.
The Help Center has been in operation approximately 25 years and has been under the direction of Maryel Dean Mullins. Margie Roberts-Johnson, family support worker for Healthy Start, appeared before the board to ask Mullins to define the criteria for helping individuals who were in need of assistance.
Roberts-Johnson asked Mullins specific questions concerning guidelines for assistance. “I need answers to questions,” she said. “I need to know where to send my clients when they need help.”
Mullins stated the Help Center could … Read More


New jail not certified, county losing money

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
With the new hardly worn off the White County Justice Center, the $6.6 million project has experienced its share of problems, especially within the jail. According to Melody Gregory, Detention Facility Specialist with Tennessee Corrections Institute, she did not certify the jail after her recent inspection, which could potentially leave White County open to lawsuits and lose money for the county general fund.
County jails are allowed to house state prisoners and are paid a designated fee for their services, with White County allotted approximately $45 per day. Non-certified jails receive approximately half that amount.
Upon speaking with Keith Ryder, finance director for White County, … Read More


Student arrested at WCHS for possession of marijuana

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The focus on drug education in the White County School system has been one of the top priorities of local law enforcement. However, one teenager apparently ignored the warnings and found himself in the booking room of the White County Jail.
Samuel Scavo, 18, was arrested by White County High School resource officer, Doug Goff, who is a deputy with White County Sheriff Department. Goff said a student alerted him about a potential problem with a student in Fredrick Harding’s classroom.
According to Goff, he came in contact with Scavo, who had allegedly been breaking up marijuana to roll and had reportedly already smoked some … Read More


Opportunity knocks on the door to Carnegie Hall

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A career in music can open the doors to many opportunities for the young men and women who have chosen to pursue their dreams in the world of entertainment. For two White County residents, their dreams will become reality as they travel to New York City, to perform at Carnegie Hall, on January 25.
Clint Isbill and Matt Sliger, who both were members of the White County High School Band, have continued their musical journey as members of the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. Isbill is a music major and plays the euphonium, while Sliger is part of the rhythm section and hones his skill on … Read More


Kathy Hutson Hielema

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

Kathy Hutson Hielema, 60, of Thorold Ontario, Canada, formerly of Sparta, passed away Dec. 31, 2002, in Canada.
Heilema was born June 1, 1942, in White County to Paul and Willie Hutson.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Sam.
Survivors include her husband, Harry Hielema of Canada; step children, Brenda and husband Paul of Canada, Greg and wife Heather of South Dakota and Crystle and husband Dave of Canada; grandchildren, Geoffrey, Melissa, Noah and Jason; one brother, Thurman Hutson of Smithville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Paula and Tom Baker and Wanda and Gary Williams all of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held … Read More


Leonard Paul Steele

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

Leonard Paul Steele, 79, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 1, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Steele was born April 25, 1923, in White County, to Ben and Bertha Hicks Steele.
He had been employed with Ben Lomand Telephone as a lineman.
Steele was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ruth Roberts Steele of Sparta; one son, Paul Steele of Sparta; one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Jody Scott of Sparta; three sisters, Ova Vinson, Daisy Stone and Jane Graves all of Sparta; and four grandchildren, Bryan Steele, Laura Steele, Shelly Fuller and Kyle Scott.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Jan. … Read More


Alvaree Holland

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

Alvaree Holland, 80, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 4, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Holland was born Nov. 13, 1922, in White County, to Harvey Edgar Harris and Katherine Elrod Harris.
She was a member of Shiloh Church of God of Prophecy and had
worked in the sewing department of the garment industry.
Holland was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Monroe Holland; one sister, Donavee Puckett; and one brother, Darnell Harris.
Survivors include one daughter, Dimple Williams of Sparta; two sisters, Louise Henderson and Hazel Felts both of Sparta; two grandchildren and their spouses, Rena West and husband Terry and Rhonda Goodwin and … Read More


Mary Jane Leech

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

Mary Jane Leech, 62, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 3, 2003.
Leech attended a Baptist Church and had been employed as an E-911 dispatcher for White County.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William T. and Myrtie L. Porter Lee and one step son, Steven Leech.
Survivors include her husband, Hayes Leech of Sparta; one son, Jimmy Cates of Smithville; five grandchildren, Betsy and Rebecca Cates both of Smithville, and Michelle, Veronica and Steven Leech all of North Carolina; one brother, William T. Lee Jr. of Tullahoma; and one sister, Wanella Engleburger of Tullahoma.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Jan. 6, 2003, at the … Read More


Ben Hilton Price

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

Ben Hilton Price, 65, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 2, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Price was born Nov. 10, 1937, in
White County, to Willie Arvil and Susan Frances Hudson Price.
He was retired from Red Kap Industries.
Price was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Geer Price of Sparta; one daughter, Susan Lewis of Sparta; one sister and brother-in-law, Reba and Levie Waldie of Cookeville; two grandsons, Brad Lewis and Michael Lewis both of Cookeville; and one nephew and wife, Darrell and Nancy Davis of Fort Payne, Ala.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Jan. 6, 2003, at Hunter … Read More


Daniel Andrew Taylor

Posted by | January 6, 2003 12:00 am

Daniel Andrew Taylor, 45, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 4. 2003.
Taylor was born Jan. 8, 1957, in Oak Ridge, to Dr. Henry D. and Elizabeth Ashburn Taylor.
He had been a librarian.
Taylor was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy McCord Taylor of Doyle; mother, Elizabeth Taylor of Fairfield Glade; one brother, John Taylor of Oak Ridge; one niece Erin Savage of Doyle; and one god son, Joseph Daniel Youorski of Sugar Hill, Ga.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Jan. 6, 2003, at Greenwood Baptist Church. Jim McCord, Brian Underwood and Fate Wilson will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in


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