Commission chairman explains proposed budget

Posted by | August 15, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Animal control is in, then animal control is out. Some commissioners do not want a tax increase, while others believe it is necessary. Some want a wheel tax, and others object.
These are just a few of the issues confronting White County commissioners as they have attempted to come to terms about the 2003-2004 county budget. Wallace Austin, county commission chairman and member of the budget committee, believes the citizens of White County deserve an explanation about the budget proposal.
“In essence, if I had to describe it, there’s just enough increase in there [budget] to be progressive and allow the departments to do a … Read More


No distance rule for beer permits

Posted by | August 15, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The ongoing controversy about the legalities surrounding the recent issuance of a beer permit to Airport Chevron continued during the joint meeting of Steering Committees A and B Monday night.
Denny Mitchell, who serves as county attorney, presented a lengthy synopsis about the issuance of beer permits and the legal ramifications that could ensue if the White County Board of Commissioners did not reestablish a distance ruling. “We have all these bad permits out there, and we’ve discriminated against people,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell outlined, step-by-step, the background of how White County came to no longer have an established distance rule for beer permits. The debate … Read More


Selby is first runner up in Miss Teen USA

Posted by | August 15, 2003 12:00 am

Expositor Report
Alicia Selby achieved the dream of a lifetime when she was named 1st runner up in the Miss Teen
USA Pageant Tuesday, in Palm Springs, Calif. A life-long resident of Sparta, Alicia is the daughter of Pat and Laura Selby.


Norman Burl Selby

Posted by | August 14, 2003 12:00 am

Norman Burl Selby, 77, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 12, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Selby was born Dec. 28, 1925, in White County, to Nathan and Minnesota Milligan Selby.
He had been the owner of a construction company.
Selby was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Burl Lavaughn Selby.
Survivors include his wife, Clara Marie Higgenbottom Selby, of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Teresa Selby, of Sparta; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Selby, of Sparta; one brother, Herbert Selby, of Smith Chapel; and four grandchildren, Kim Sherrell, Michelle Selby, Trent Selby and Tyler Selby.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Aug. 14, 2003, … Read More


James Harold “Pee Wee” Henderson

Posted by | August 14, 2003 12:00 am

James Harold “Pee Wee” Henderson, 61, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 11, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Henderson was born Nov. 19, 1941, in White County, to Will Henry Moore and Mildred Henderson.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his mother, Mildred Henderson, of Sparta; one brother, Cloyd “Buster” Henderson, of Sparta; one sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Charles Bohannon, of Sparta; cousins, Arthur Gist and Dennis Hobson, both of Sparta; one daughter, Kim Sims, of Sparta; special friend, Ruby Sims, of Sparta; three grandchildren, Dillion, Skylar and C.J.; several nieces and nephews; and one aunt, Maryetta Moore, of Washington D.C.
Services will … Read More


Willie Lee “Bill” Selby

Posted by | August 14, 2003 12:00 am

Willie Lee “Bill” Selby, 82, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 11, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Selby was born April 17, 1921, in White County, to Casto and Lona Bell Robinson Selby. He had been employed with Delco Products.
Selby was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lassie Selby; and two sisters, Velma Hickey and Daisy Selby.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Sandi and Donald Rice, of West Carrollton, Ohio; two brothers and sisters-in-law, J.D. and Edna Selby, of Sparta, and Noble and Bertha Selby, of Tipp City, Ohio; six sisters and three brothers-in-law, Opal Simmons, Retha Maxwell and Bonnie McGowan, all of … Read More


Willie Demps Cunningham Jr.

Posted by | August 14, 2003 12:00 am

Willie Demps Cunningham Jr., 60, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 12, 2003.
Cunningham was born Aug. 8, 1943, in White County, to Willie Demps Cunningham Sr. and Alma Lee Cunningham.
He was a member of Hampton’s Crossroad Baptist Church.
Cunningham was preceded in death by his parents and one step son, Mike Fields.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma King Fields Cunningham, of Cookeville and parents, Willie Demps Cunningham Sr. and Alma Lee Cunningham.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Aug. 15, 2003, at the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with burial in Cunningham Cemetery.
Whitson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Geneva Ann Billings Lee

Posted by | August 14, 2003 12:00 am

Geneva Ann Billings Lee, 71, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 10, 2003.
Lee was born Feb. 7, 1932, in White County, to Clay and Dovie Slatten Billings.
Lee was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Henry Billings; and four sisters, Willie Dodson, Odell Snodgrass, Vera Mae Hyder and Irene Geer.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Jimmy Jobe, of Murfreesboro; one son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Tammy Lee, of Mt. Juliet; four grandchildren, Lindsay and Lauren Jobe, both Murfreesboro, and Josh and Jordan Lee, both of Mt. Juliet; one brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Elise Billings, of Sparta; one sister, Bernell Carter, of Sparta; … Read More


Helen Grace Wright Coker

Posted by | August 14, 2003 12:00 am

Helen Grace Wright Coker, 78, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 9, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Coker was born Oct. 24, 1924, in Overton County, to Julian C. and Rochie Ramsey Wright.
She was a member of First Christian Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Coker was a
three-time Gold Medalist in the Senior Citizens’ bowling division of the Senior Olympics.
Coker was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Frances Wright and Betty Jean Wright; and one grandson, Joseph Dale Johnson.
Survivors include her husband, Virgil Allen Coker, of Cookeville; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Helen and Frank Prall, of Virginia Beach, … Read More




Preseason action abundant

Posted by | August 12, 2003 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Everybody duck!
Brooke Sunday puts down a kill following a Brittany King set in the match against Brentwood, the five time defending Class AAA state champs, at the Chattanooga Playday Saturday.



Local Purple Heart

Posted by | August 12, 2003 12:00 am

chapter raises money
Coleen Gorski
Thursday, several members of the local Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) were out in the community accepting donations for services and programs needed by returning veterans.
August 7 is the official Purple Heart Day, and members, in support of combat troops, collected in excess of $230.
“It was a very good event,” said Gordon Scott, commander of the local chapter of the Purple Heart. “We met a lot of people, talked to some veterans and collected money to fund our programs. We’re very pleased with it.”
Many people are not aware of the meaning behind the purple heart, or how important … Read More


Board approves

Posted by | August 12, 2003 12:00 am

new alderman
Mike Dickerson
The Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen said goodbye to a long-serving alderman at its Thursday meeting and voted in a replacement.
Ben Holland was recommended by Mayor Tommy Pedigo to replace Jim Payne, who resigned from the board to take a position as director of Sparta Housing Authority.
“We had a lot of suggestions (for a replacement),” Pedigo explained. “It is exciting there is that much interest, I think it is a compliment to the city.”
Holland was unanimously approved by the board.
Payne was present at the meeting with members of his family and was recognized with a resolution commending his 10 … Read More


County budget still undecided,

Posted by | August 12, 2003 12:00 am

animal control funds out again
Kim Swindell Wood
“We’re not joking here,” said Dewayne Howard, White County budget committee chairman. “This is a serious, tough thing. We’re not trying to hurt any department.”
Howard, 6th district commissioner, spoke to a small group of White County citizens, including numerous White County employees, during a special meeting of the budget committee Thursday. Several county elected officials also attended the meeting.
“We have met several times per week,” said Howard, referring to budget committee members trying to resolve the financial crisis. “Some of the things may not seem fair. It’s not fair the city owes us money.”
Howard’s reference to the … Read More


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