Jerry Wayne Turner

Posted by | September 30, 2002 12:00 am

Jerry Wayne Turner, 51, of Smithville, passed away Sept. 25, 2002.
Turner attended Snow Hill Baptist Church. He was a retired nursery worker.
He was preceded in death by one son, Shannon J. Turner; one daughter, Tonya Lynn Turner; one sister, Helena Driver; and his parents, Oscar Turner and Ella Mai Herman Turner.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanie Kirby of Spencer; one son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Pamela Turner; one grandson, Cory Lee Turner; three step granddaughters; six step great grandchildren; four sisters, Helen Turner of McMinnville, Evalena Redmon, Ruby Parsley and Rosie Cobble all of Smithville; one brother, John P. Turner of Smithville; and former wife, Julia … Read More


A cabin full of country treasures

Posted by | September 30, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
If a consumer is searching for a special gift, whether a birthday, holiday, or for someone special, they might just discover what they are looking for at Country Treasures. The store offers a variety of country crafts and collectibles, as well as great smelling candles and potpourri.
There are Teddy bears, figurines, porcelain dolls, blankets, candles, Ty baby buddies and many other items available. A patriotic corner is filled with wall hangings, flags, pillows, Teddy bears, serving trays, lamps, plaques, candles, wind chimes, welcome signs, clocks and glassware.
The store is wonderfully decorated throughout. There are wooden crates filled with dish towels, hand towels and pot … Read More


Little recognized by Boy Scouts-Troop #175

Posted by | September 30, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
In appreciation for his many years of dedication and devotion to scouting, Sam Little was presented with a special plaque by Robert Verble, Scoutmaster. Boy Scouts-Troop #175 celebrated their 50th anniversary with a dinner on Saturday honoring all past and current Boy Scouts.


Doyle teen still missing

Posted by | September 30, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Authorities are searching for a missing Doyle teenager, Shane Usrey, 16, who was last seen at his residence on Sept. 15, 2002.
Deputy Darren Gongaware of the White County Sheriff’s Department filed a report while speaking with Usrey’s mother, Connie Campbell. She told authorities Usrey was last seen at 10:30 a.m. on the 15th. According to authorities, a missing child report has also been filed with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Usrey has brownish blond long hair (to the middle of his back) which he keeps in a ponytail.
He is 5’ 6″ – 5’ 7″ tall and has hazel/green eyes and a tattoo on his … Read More


Judge says no bond for Brown brothers

Posted by | September 30, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A Sparta Internet-based drug distribution case, which had major connections to other states, resulted in the arrests approximately two weeks ago of Kevin Layne Brown and Ronald Keith Brown. During a detention hearing last Wednesday in Nashville, Judge Clifton E. Knowles said there was “clear and compelling evidence” for “no bond” for the alleged drug dealers.
The two White County brothers, who are currently being held in a federal facility, were charged with eight separate counts of distributing mixtures containing 1,4 Butanediol (BD), a schedule I controlled substance analogue. This substance is an analogue of GHB (Gamma hydroxybutyrate), which is commonly referred to as the … Read More


Charles A. Dodson

Posted by | September 26, 2002 12:00 am

Charles A. Dodson, 84, of Hixson, formerly of Sparta, passed away Sept. 16, 2002.
Dodson was born Aug. 21, 1918, in the Eastland community of White County, to John Charles Dodson II and Martha Goodwin Dodson.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Dodson was retired as an U.S. Army sergeant first class in the 28th Field Artillery, 8th Infantry Division. He had also been a reporter for the Army newspaper.
After retiring from the Army, Dodson continued his career in journalism. He worked for a brief time at The Expositor before accepting a position as a reporter for the Crossville … Read More


Rita E. Everidge

Posted by | September 26, 2002 12:00 am

Rita E. Everidge, 64, of Huntington, Ind., passed away Sept. 19, 2002.
Everidge was born May 4, 1938, in Tipton Township, Mich., to Carl and Arlene Bordine Bringman.
She had been employed at United Technologies as a manufacturing associate.
Survivors include five daughters, Carlen Stone of Cookeville, Christine Ford of Baxter, Donna Robinson of Sparta, Marcy Rowe of Adrian, Mich. and Tammy Moorman of Huntington, Ind.; two sons, Sam Everidge and James Everidge both of Huntington, Ind.; one brother, Melvin Bringman of Nashville; and seven grandchildren.
Services were held at 12 p.m., Sept. 21, 2002, at Bailey-Love Mortuary in Huntington, Ind., with burial in Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery in … Read More


Eloise Camp

Posted by | September 26, 2002 12:00 am

Eloise Camp, 89, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 24, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Camp was born May 19, 1913, in
Dyer County, to Charlie Cheatham and Sallie Hassell Cheatham.
She had been a teacher.
Camp was preceded in death by her husband, Lucius Camp and one son, John Camp.
Survivors include Freddie Hutchinson of Alamo, Richard House, Ethan House, William House, Emma House, Sophie House and Edith Camp.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Central Church of Christ or Angela Camp Memorial Scholarship at Nashville School of Law.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Sept. 26, 2002, at … Read More


Ina Felts Graham

Posted by | September 26, 2002 12:00 am

Ina Felts Graham, 101, of McMinnville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Sept. 25, 2002, at NHC of McMinnville.
Graham was born March 27, 1901, in DeKalb County, to Hembrook “Doc’ Columbus Felts Sr. and Mary Caldonna Young Felts.
She had been a homemaker.
Graham was preceded in death by her parents and two husbands, Charlie Ellis and Charlie Lee Graham.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Leah Maie Ellis Johnson and W.L. Johnson of McMinnville; two sisters, Hazel Felts Adcock of Keltonburg and August Carman of McMinnville; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Sept. 28, 2002, at Hunter … Read More


Linnie Mae Clouse Hampton

Posted by | September 26, 2002 12:00 am

Linnie Mae Clouse Hampton, 87, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 25, 2002.
Hampton was born Dec. 25, 1914, in White County, to Robert Lee Clouse and Bertha Jane Brown Clouse.
She was an active and faithful member of Hampton’s Crossroads Baptist Church. Hampton had been a homemaker.
Hampton was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Joe Dib Hampton.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Billy Joe and Brenda Hampton of Sparta and Bob L. and Pearl Hampton of Greenback; one daughter and son-in-law, Doris Ann and Glen Whittaker of Cookeville; one sister, Geneva Pearl Goodwin of Michigan; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Cindy and Barton … Read More


A feeling of home at Cumberland Family Center

Posted by | September 26, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Cumberland Family Center strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children enrolled at the center. The children are involved in many indoor activities as well as outdoor activities throughout each day and have a safe environment to play in.
The Director, Corina Cope, has been working at the center for more than five years and oversees staff management, enrollment of the children, public relations and the typical day-to-day running of the center. There are presently 99 children attending the center, with ages ranging from six weeks to 12 years. Cope said they are looking into starting a second shift, which will run from 2 … Read More


Johnson strives to maintain the natural beauty of Sparta

Posted by | September 26, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“I want to do something where I can make a difference,” said Nathan Johnson, the new City Forester for Sparta. “We have so many older trees in Sparta that are dead or dying, and I want to educate the people on how to preserve these beautiful pieces of history.”
Johnson, son of Dr. Joel and Peggy Johnson of Sparta, graduated from White County High School in 1994. He received his undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Johnson obtained his graduate degree in Public Administration and hopes to utilize the knowledge he gained to serve the people of his … Read More


Cavanah charged after meth lab discovery

Posted by | September 26, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Authorities charged James B. (Butch) Cavanah, Jr., with criminal intent to manufacture methamphetamine after they investigated the scene of an accident on Sept. 21, 2002. Law enforcement personnel searched Cavanah’s room and found components consistent with the manufacture of meth.
Deputy Charles Sims of the White County Sheriff’s Department originally responded to a call about someone crashing through a fence and leaving the scene of an accident. Sims arrived at 630 Bennett Road and came into contact with the driver, Cavanah, who allegedly told authorities he was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash, and he would pay for any damages.
Sims asked Cavanah … Read More


Teen wrecks during heavy rain

Posted by | September 26, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Authorities responded to the scene of an accident on South Young Street at approximately 7:23 a.m. Matthew Scoggins, 16, of Sparta, was traveling north on South Young Street, in a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, when he was involved in an accident.
According to Officer Dale Dodson, of the Sparta Police Department, Scoggins was on his way to school at the time of the crash. Scoggins allegedly lost control of the vehicle because the wet roadway and crashed.
When the vehicle left the roadway, it struck a fence and continued traveling, striking two vehicles, owned by Roy Johnson, which were parked in front of 133 South … Read More


The anticipation mounts for Taste of Home Cooking School

Posted by | September 26, 2002 12:00 am

Rima Austin
White County Hospital, Morgan Furniture, and Middle Tennessee Gas, along with numerous other Sparta businesses, are sponsoring the Taste of Home Cooking School being held on Tuesday, October 15 at 5 p.m. in the White County Agricultural Complex.
Booths will be set up at the School that will feature information about the firms that make up Sparta’s business community. Sandy Bloom, a representative of the Taste of Home Cooking School, says that sponsors are chosen locally but that, “supermarkets and appliance dealers are some of the main ones that are wanted.”
When asked why he agreed to be a sponsor at the cooking school, Don Blalock, … Read More


Mildred L. Thurman

Posted by | September 23, 2002 12:00 am

Mildred L. Thurman, 84, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 21, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Thurman was born June 18, 1918, in White County, to Isaac Sherman Smith and Velma Simpson Smith.
She was retired from the Sparta Shirt Factory.
Thurman was preceded in death by her husband, Frank L. Thurman; her parents; and one brother, Cleatus Robert Smith.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Hilda Thurman of Sparta; one grandson and his wife, Terry and Becky Thurman of Sparta; one grandson, Eric Thurman of Sparta; one nephew, Wendell C. Smith of Clarksville; one niece, Myra Sloan of Lebanon; one sister-in-law Katherine Cooley of Sparta; and … Read More


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