365 days, 191 drugs arrests

Posted by | January 14, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
As Americans celebrated a new millennium and a new century, the anticipation of a better world was overshadowed by several tragedies. The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, will forever be embedded in the memories of the nation, but Americans are continuing to fight a battle that has plagued society for centuries – the war on drugs.
In recent years, the new drug of choice has become a cheaper, easily made form for mood-altering highs. With approximately 191 drug-related arrests in White County in 2001, methamphetamine has appeared to the drug of choice for numerous local residents. White County Sheriff Guy Goff said, “One thing is … Read More


William “Bill” Franklin Andrews

Posted by | January 10, 2002 12:00 am

William “Bill” Franklin Andrews, 58, of Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Sparta, passed away Jan. 9, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Andrews had been a banker.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Andrews of Georgia; two daughters and one son-in-law, Lori and Tim Dabney of Covington and Jessica Andrews of Lilburn; one son, Joshua Andrews of Lilburn; one sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Ernest Cheek of Sparta; one brother and sister-in-law, Dr. George and Kathy Andrews of Nashville; and two grandchildren, Elisha and Rachel Dabney.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Jan. 12, 2002, at Wages Snellville Chapel in Georgia with burial in Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. Rev. Larry … Read More


Herbert Lee Graham Sr.

Posted by | January 10, 2002 12:00 am

Herbert Lee Graham Sr., 71, of Murfreesboro, passed away Jan. 8, 2002.
Graham was born June 17, 1930, to Joe Abner and Effie Mae Norris Graham.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Audra Driver Graham.
Survivors include one son, Herbert Graham Jr. of Murfreesboro; two brothers, James Graham of Sparta and Hubert Graham of McMinnville; and one grandchild.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 11, 2002, at Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home in Murfreesboro with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Rev. James Averitt will officiate.
Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home in Murfreesboro is in charge of arrangements.


Dorothy Gist

Posted by | January 10, 2002 12:00 am

Dorothy Gist, 86, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 8, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Gist was born June 22, 1915, in White County, to Ransom Simpson and Millie Cantrell Simpson.
She was a life-long member of First Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir for 50 years.
Gist had been employed at the Shirt Factory.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Gist and three brothers Junior Simpson, Donald Simpson and Virgil Simpson.
Survivors include one sister-in-law, Ruth Simpson of Florida; two nieces, Patricia Heath and Dorothy Grace Petersen both of Georgia; great nieces and nephews, Lori Heath, Joanna and Ed Nowak, Michael Peterson and … Read More


Mildred Kathleen Lambert Hutson

Posted by | January 10, 2002 12:00 am

Mildred Kathleen Lambert Hutson, 77, of Maryville, passed away Jan. 7, 2002, at Asbury Acres Health Care Center.
Hutson was a member of West Maryville Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Hutson; one son, Richard Hutson; and parents, Alex and Hattie Hill Lambert.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Bud Best of Maryville; one son and daughter-in-law, Tracy and Dennis Hutson of Maryville; grandchildren and spouses, Trena and Bo Conner and Felesa Newsome all of Maryville, Lynn and Carla Hutson of Spencer, Greg and Donna Hutson of Sparta and Danny Gourley of Oklahoma; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.… Read More


Erbie Olen England

Posted by | January 10, 2002 12:00 am

Erbie Olen England, 71, passed away Jan. 7, 2002.
England was born Sept. 12, 1930, in Sparta, to William and Mary Fannie Luna England.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Donzetta Kirby England; six daughters and five sons-in-law, Synthia Kay and David Watkins, Mary Owens, Michele and Jody Davis, Heather Owens and Michael England all of Walling, Billie and Freeman Rikard of Danville, Ala. and Gloria and Wallace West of Sparta; grandchildren, Freeman Earl Rikard Jr. (JuJu) of Moulton, Ala., Richard Rikard of Danville Ala., Stacy Rikard White of Decatur, Ala, Star and Justin Watkins and Chelsea and Jocelyn (JoJo) Davis all … Read More




Chamber of Commerce welcomes new board members

Posted by | January 10, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The conference room of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce was filled to capacity on Monday night as the board of directors welcomed three new board members.
Melinda Williams of Preferred Logistics, Bart Walker, administrator of Life Care Center and Roy Whited, an agent with Tri Star Real Estate, had previously been elected to serve on the board of directors beginning January 2002. The three newest members will officially be installed at the Chamber of Commerce dinner at 7 p.m., Jan. 17, 2002, at Sparta Civic Center.
The priority topic on the agenda was the election of officers for 2002. Suzanne Dickerson, current chairman of … Read More


More K-9 units to join Sheriff’s Department

Posted by | January 10, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
With the formation of a new White County citizen’s club in the works, it appears White County Sheriff’s Department will soon be receiving two additional K-9 units to aid in local drug enforcement.
Suzanne Dickerson, publisher of The Expositor, explained the club’s concept and its aim for assisting the community.
“We are in the process of forming a group for concerned citizens who want to actively make a difference in our community,” said Dickerson.
“The plan is to set up a non-profit organization called The White County 100 Club in which a board of directors will oversee privately donated funds.”
Citing the club’s records would always … Read More


Six people sent to hospital after head-on crash

Posted by | January 10, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A Wednesday afternoon accident on Ray Broyles Road sent six people to the hospital, with four victims under the age of 12.
Kelly Throckmorton, 19, of Doyle, was traveling westbound on Ray Broyles Road in a 1987 Ford Escort GT. As Throckmorton approached a right hand curve in the roadway, he apparently crossed a wet area on the pavement. According to witnesses, the vehicle went into a slide. As a result, the Ford Escort crossed the center, double yellow line, striking a 1990 Ford Aerostar van traveling eastbound, driven by Jackie R. Pope, 25, of Sparta.
Passengers in the van were David J. Gesing, 35; … Read More


Hometown gal knows a good book when she sees one

Posted by | January 10, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
Surrounded by the muffled hush of filled bookcases at the White County Public Library, Library Director Cathy Taylor is truly in her element. With the printed word around her in multiple forms, Taylor, one of the library’s most vigorous supporters, thrives on all the institution has to offer both her and the residents of the county.
“I don’t ever remember not being able to read,” she said. “I enjoy books.”
Growing up surrounded by books in her home, Taylor pointed to the nearby reference stacks stating that when she was small, her parents had bookshelves “as tall as those.”
“My dad still occasionally builds more bookcases … Read More


Dorothy Graham

Posted by | January 7, 2002 12:00 am

Dorothy Graham, 76, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 4, 2002, at Life Care Center in Sparta.
Graham as born March 6, 1925, in White County, to Dudley Clark and Eno Mae Dodson Clark.
She was a homemaker.
Graham was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Anna Lee Swindell and one brother, James Harvey Clark.
Survivors include one son, Horace Glenn Graham of Seattle, Wash.; one sister and brother-in-law, Betty and John Henry Demps of Sparta; one brother and sister-in-law, Dudley Clark Jr. and Marie Clark of Mt. Juliet; one brother-in-law, Porter Swindell of Doyle; one sister-in-law, Donna Clark of New Paris, Ohio; one grandson, Glenn Arthur … Read More


Betty Geer Henderson

Posted by | January 7, 2002 12:00 am

Betty Geer Henderson, 74, of Warren Mich., passed away Dec. 16, 2001.
Henderson was born Feb. 16, 1927, in
White County, to Samuel Virgie McBride and Mattie Geer McBride.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.B. Henderson; her parents; and one brother, Samuel McBride
Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Janice and Jack Colliton of Highland, Mich., Jennifer Taylor of Clinton Township, Mich. and Jane and Dave Marshall of Grosse Point, Mich.; one son and daughter-in-law, James Bronce and Joann Henderson of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; one brother and sister-in law, Flaveous and Connie McBride of Sparta; one sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and Dave Bartlett of … Read More


Lillian Cooper Ellis

Posted by | January 7, 2002 12:00 am

Lillian Cooper Ellis, 98, of Knoxville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Jan. 5, 2002, at Shannondale Health
Care Center in Knoxville.
Ellis was born April 22, 1903, in Pleasant Hill, to B. Cooper and Mary Pennington Cooper.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Sparta and was a member of the D.A.R. Ellis owned and operated Cumberland Furniture Company in Sparta for 44 years. She attended high school in Cookeville and Martin College in Pulaski.
Ellis was preceded in death by her husband, Verdie C. Ellis; four sisters, Vera Leftwich, Edith Land, Callie Walker and Treva Foutch and two brothers, Robert Cooper and Charles Cooper.
Survivors … Read More


Gannet Foundation donates $6,000+ to local library

Posted by | January 7, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
The White County Library Foundation is proud to announce the receipt of a $6,300 grant made available to them by the Gannett Foundation, and the money is earmarked for furnishings for the Periodicals section of the new library.
The grant, submitted by the White County Library Foundation, requested $6,290 to cover the anticipated costs of new furnishings after careful research on the project.
The Gannett Foundation rounded up the award amount to an even $6,300.
The money will be held in a fund for the future library to be utilized when the new structure is completed.
“I’m just thrilled to death that they were interested enough … Read More


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