Willodene “Midge” Hardin

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Willodene “Midge” Hardin, 68, of Doyle, passed away Sept. 1, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Hardin was born Nov. 29, 1933, in White County, to Josephine Blaylock Simpson.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandy Stolz of Huntsville, Connie Wilson of Sparta and Dianne Green of Madison, Ala.; one sister, Mary Ruth Randolph of Sparta; and one brother, Manuel Bennett of Sparta.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Sept. 4, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Fate Wilson officiated.


Amanda Naomi Sims Cash

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Amanda Naomi Sims Cash, 22, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 1, 2002, at Stones River Hospital in Woodbury.
Cash was born June 27, 1980, in Murfreesboro, to Teddy Lyndal and Rebecca Lynn Howell Sims.
She was a housewife.
Survivors include her husband, Matthew Cash of Sparta; parents, Teddy and Becky Sims of Sparta; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Rachel and Kenny Manis of LaGrange, Ga. and Amy Sims of Sparta; one brother, Ryan Sims of Sparta; grandparents, T.C. and Karyl Howell and Joe B. and Virginia Sims all of Sparta; and one niece and nephew, Robert and Lela Manis.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Sept. 5, … Read More


Local deli reopens with new owners

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
The 2nd Act Deli is open and ready for business with the new owners, Joseph Fuller and his fiance Shelly Scott.
The restaurant is located at 22 Mayberry Street and is dine-in or take out. There are a wide variety of sandwiches to choose from, which include tuna salad, roast beef and Swiss cheese, to pork barbecue, along with several other varieties, which might include a pickle and chips on the side. Include a drink with the meal for just under $5.
Joseph said a fresh supply of barbecue is purchased from Bobby Price, of Sparta, every Monday. Joseph believes in working within the local community … Read More


Harding reaches state finals

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
White County High School teacher, R. Fredrick Harding, was listed as one of the Secondary 2002 Science State Finalists in the first level of the 2002 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program. This prestigious program was established in 1983 by the White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Since 1983, more than 3,000 teachers have been selected as Presidential Awardees. They represent a premier group of science and mathematics teachers who bring national and state standards to life in their classrooms. They provide the nation with an impressive array of expertise to help improve teaching and learning … Read More


Ole Bethel burglary investigated

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
A burglar allegedly stole several items from Ole Bethel Baptist Church and also vandalized their building and church van. Detective Chris Isom of the White County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
Authorities dispatched Deputy Jody O’Dell, of the White County Sheriff’s Department,
to 495 Old Bethel Hollow Road in reference to the burglary. When O’Dell arrived at approximately 10:10 a.m., he found a Sanyo 25-inch color television behind
a rock wall at the entrance to the cemetery, next to Ole Bethel Baptist Church. O’Dell also noticed a Hank Williams Jr., jacket and a Dale Earnhardt t-shirt, with various items in them. The officer walked around the building … Read More


National Guard trains in mission at Ft. Irwin to serve and protect

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“It’s the Super Bowl of training,” said SFC Gary Selby, of Sparta’s unit of the Tennessee Army National Guard, as he spoke about the National Training Center. “This is the closest thing to the reality of war you’ll find.”
With the aftermath of the terrorists’ attacks approximately one year ago, Americans are more concerned than ever before about the security of their nation. On the local level, Tennessean’s fears can be diminished, because they are protected by one of the best fighting forces in the United States, which is known as the Tennessee National Guard.
Tennessee Guardsmen recently spent three weeks in the rough terrain … Read More


September is National Sewing Month

Posted by | September 5, 2002 12:00 am

Rima Austin
If a person were to belong to groups such as the ISMACS, or the Bernina Fan Club, or even the Smocking Arts Guild, then they already know what others are just now learning, that September is national sewing month.
As far as White County is concerned, this year will be low profile and no big events are planned. In the past, it has not always happened that way. Peggy Green of Peggy’s Sew Shop says in the past, her shop has participated in several promotions to help raise awareness. However, this month she does not plan to do as much.
“We have held drawings for new … Read More


Herman Eller

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Herman Eller, 86, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 29, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Eller was born Feb. 1, 1916, in Putnam County, to James Layton and Paralee Allen Eller.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and had been a truck driver.
Eller was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Elese Kirby Eller; two sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Clyde LaFever of Franklin and Joan and Ed Howard of Baton Rouge, La.; one son and daughter-in-law, Vic and June Eller of Sparta; five grandchildren and their spouses, Michael and Sheila Eller, Tia Eller, Greg … Read More


Florence Prater Layne

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Florence Prater Layne, 82, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 30, 2002.
Layne was born Oct. 23, 1919, in White County, to Luther Prater and Elzadie Clouse Prater.
She attended DeRossett Brethren in Christ Church and had been employed at the shirt factory.
Layne was preceded in death by her husband, Simon Pete Layne; two brothers, Denton Prater and Arbile Prater; and three grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters, Fay Palmer and May Dean Green both of Sparta; two sons, Johnny Layne and Robert Layne both of Sparta; and two sisters, Mary Layne and Beulah Mae Randolph both of Sparta.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Sept. 1, 2002, at … Read More


Deborah “Debbie” Maria Davis

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Deborah “Debbie” Maria Davis, 43, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 31, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Davis was born Oct. 29, 1958, in White County, to Wayne and Mary Frances Young Davis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Jackie Wayne Davis; and grandparents, Cortez and Katie Ivy Davis and Mellissa and Edgar Young.
Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Julius Cunningham of Cookeville; one brother and sister-in-law, Jody Lee and Sherrie Michelle Davis of Walling; four nieces, Amanda Maxwell, Samantha Cunningham, Chelsea Davis and Jaceyln Davis; one nephew, Erik Davis; one great nephew, Zane Maxwell; and one great niece, Carrie Maxwell.
Services … Read More


Willodean “Midge” Hardin

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Willodean “Midge” Hardin, 68, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 1, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Hardin was born Nov. 29, 1933, in White County, to Josephine Blaylock Simpson.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandy Stolz of Huntsville, Ala., Connie Wilson of Sparta and Dianne Green of Madison, Ala.; one sister, Mary Ruth Randolph of Sparta; and one brother, Manuel Bennett of Sparta.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 4, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Fate Wilson will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lillian McCormick

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Lillian McCormick, 82, of Quebeck, passed away Sept. 1, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
McCormick was born in Putnam County to George Jones and Hettie Higgenbottom Jones.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil McCormick and one son, Amon
Burgess.
Survivors include one granddaughter and her husband, Amy and Jeff Rice of Sparta; one great grandson, Blake Rice; and one daughter-in-law, Frances Burgess of Quebeck.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 3, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Doyle Cemetery. Bro. John Murphy will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Broadway Hardware provides professional products

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Consumers looking for quality home and garden products at affordable prices may find themselves exploring the shelves at Broadway Hardware on Spring Street.
David and Geraldene Wilkerson are the proud owners of Broadway Hardware. They purchased the store in August of 1984, and David Wilkerson said the store originated in the downtown area of Sparta, where it received the original name. Although the business relocated to 614 N. Spring Street, the name stayed the same.
David Wilkerson said, “We have quality products at competitive prices.”
With the variety of products on hand, the employees have to keep up with the inventory on a daily basis. David’s … Read More


Unoccupied trailer destroyed by flames

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Firemen responded to a structure fire at 183 Parks Thompson Road on Monday evening. Although firemen had a quick response time, the home was totally destroyed.
The Emergency 911 Center dispatched the BonDeCroft and Eastland Volunteer Fire Departments at approximately 9:20 p.m. Authorities said flames were showing upon their arrival.
Approximately 20 firemen were on location and worked together extinguishing the fire. The White County Sheriff’s Department also responded, and authorities were on the scene until approximately 11:14 p.m.
– Wreck led to DUI charges
Deputies investigated the scene of an accident on Wednesday afternoon and placed Alfred Lerma, 40, of Sparta, under arrest for driving … Read More


2002 Fair pageant winners

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Rima Austin
2002 Fair pageant winners
L-R:
Courtney Beth Pryor-Little Miss; Sarah Lindsey Gallaher-Fairest of the Fair; Allison Cole-Princess; Courtney Jones-Junior Miss.
Photo by Rima Austin


Mt. Gilead Fire Department assets seized by county

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
After several weeks of complaints regarding financial matters of the Mt. Gilead Fire Department, the White County Firemen’s Association voted unanimously on Thursday to allow the county to freeze the assets of the troubled organization.
Denny Mitchell, county attorney, and Herd Sullivan, White County executive, both explained the series of events, which led to requesting the seizure of the property. According to Sullivan, the department was not paying its bills, and their bank account was overdrawn. “I had a warrant served on me for a bill owed by Mt. Gilead,” said Sullivan. “What the people have to understand is the county is not responsible for … Read More


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