Unemployment rate 9%

Posted by | October 29, 2008 12:00 am

A lagging economy spurred by rising gas prices and the demise of some of the nation’s financial giants has sent unemployment rates in some areas on a downward spiral.
The nation’s September 2008 overall unemployment rate was listed at 6.1 percent. However, several counties in Tennessee are experiencing high unemployment figures, with White County’s numbers also increasing.
White County rose to 9.0 percent in September 2008, compared to 5.3 percent in September 2007.
In April 2004, the largest employer in White County announced it would be shutting down after 35 years. Emerson, which had begun its tenure in the community under the name of Mallory Timers, had provided … Read More

How to Have the Halloween of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)

Posted by | October 27, 2008 12:00 am

Just how big is Halloween? It comes every year on Oct. 31, but retailers start decorat≠ing and selling costumes as early as August in preparation of the thrills and chills the holiday brings.
Why so early? Well, according to the National Retail Federation, Halloween has become a $5 billion business, and one that is growing rapidly in popularity among adults. No longer a kids-only holiday, more than 85 percent of people ages 18 to 24 years old took part in the festivi≠ties last year.
The fascination with Halloween has created multiple opportunities for children of all ages to celebrate in a wide variety of ways. From host≠ing a … Read More

IRS has unclaimed checks for White Countians

Posted by | October 27, 2008 12:00 am

Good news came yesterday for many Sparta individuals who have checks waiting for them at the Internal Revenue Service.
The IRS is looking for taxpayers who are missing out on $263 million in stimulus checks and refunds.
According to the IRS, 279,000 economic stimulus checks, totaling $163 million, and 104,000 regular refund checks, totaling $103 million, were returned by the U.S. Post Office because of mailing address errors.
The undeliverable economic stimulus checks average $583. The regular refund checks that were returned to the IRS average $988.
Taxpayers must update their addresses with the IRS by Nov. 28, 2008. The law requires economic stimulus checks must be sent … Read More

Spencer wastewater battle ends in peace

Posted by | October 27, 2008 12:00 am

Spencer now has constructed infiltration ponds near Red Bud Lane, in Van Buren County

43rd district State Rep. Charles Curtiss and TDEC Commissioner Jim Fyke.

A controversy that lasted several years about the dumping of Spencer’s wastewater into the Caney Fork River, in White County, has finally come to an amiable end with the dedication Wednesday of the new treatment system.
In 2003, complaints began when residents who live near the Hodges Bridge area of White County discovered Spencer officials had planned to route a wastewater disposal site into the Caney Fork River near their homes. Residents said the current in that portion of the river was not … Read More

Markie Voyles

Posted by | October 27, 2008 12:00 am

Markie Voyles, 17, passed away Oct. 26, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include her parents, Mark and Merritt Voyles, of Sparta; one sister, Morgan Voyles, of Sparta; grandparents, Fredricka Voyles, Glennon Lee Voyles, Nancee Ann Connett, William Everett, Rachel Connett; great-grandfather, Lee Voyles; aunts and uncles, Michael Lee and Denise Voyles, Stacy Marie and Thomas Parisi, Erin Lea Hanson, Lynn and Jay Stone; and a host of cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a scholarship fund in memory of Markie at Bank of America, in Sparta. Contact Vickie Brady.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m., Oct. 30, 2008, at Central … Read More

James H. Brock

Posted by | October 27, 2008 12:00 am

James H. Brock, 81, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 26, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Retha Brock; sons, William Brock and wife Joyce, Noah Brock and wife Debbie, Dean Usrey and wife Jennifer; brother, Hubert Brock; grandchildren, Brian Watson, Tiffany Watson, Cody Fields, Jordan Hollis, Austin Fields, Tequilla Winnett, Nicholmma Usrey, Carrie Usrey, Jedditia Usrey, Zacharria Usrey, Clyde Bow; great-grandchildren, Dylan Rogers, Kaitlyn Usrey, Joshua Usrey; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Oct. 29, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Old Philadelphia Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., Oct. 28, at the … Read More

Winifred (Ferdie) Day Meyers

Posted by | October 27, 2008 12:00 am

Winifred (Ferdie) Day Meyers, 81, passed away Oct. 25, 2008, at Cumberland Medical Center, in Crossville.

Meyers was born July 20, 1927, in Chebanse, Ill., to Robert Ralph Day and Winifred Wulffe Day.
Some of her accomplishments include a lengthy teaching career, during which she was awarded the honor of “Teacher of the Year,” in Tampa, Fla. She served as Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, Chapter 178, Port Tampa. Following her retirement, she continued to serve her community by volunteering her time to children’s reading efforts in Kingston Springs.
Meyers was preceded in death by her daughter, Judy Monk.
Survivors include her loving husband of 62 years, … Read More

Hearmon Clifton Price

Posted by | October 27, 2008 12:00 am

Hearmon Clifton Price, 81, of Spencer, passed away Oct. 23, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.

 Price was born May 16, 1927, in White County, to John C. and Lena Bell Stover Price.
 He was a member of Clark’s Chapel Church. Price was a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, making more than 100 jumps. After serving in the Army, he lived in Orange City, Fla., 25 years. He then returned to Tennessee, living in Spencer until his passing.
Survivors include two sons, Wayne Price and wife Margret, of Quebeck; Jimmy Price and wife Wanda, of Shelbyville; brother, Earnest Price, of Titusville, Fla.; four sisters, … Read More

Weltha J. Steele

Posted by | October 27, 2008 12:00 am

Weltha J. Steele, 83, of Indianapolis, Ind., passed away Oct. 26, 2008, in Indianapolis.
Steele was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Clay County, to Dewey and Versa Cherry Birdwell.
She had been a housewife.
Steele was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Edna Hatcher; and two brothers, Allen Birdwell and Bernice Birdwell.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph A. (Joe) Steele, of Indianapolis; two sons, Jerry Steele and wife Rhonda, of Bargersville, Ind., Douglas A. Steele and wife Teresa of Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister, Veda Bear and husband Douglas, of Indianapolis; one brother, Clovis Birdwell and wife Wilma, of Indianapolis; three grandchildren, Joseph Steele and wife Angie, Greenwood … Read More


Posted by | October 26, 2008 12:00 am

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A 17-year-old White County High School senior whose name has been consistently listed in the sports pages of The Expositor and other area newspapers for her superb talents on the track died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday night on Bunker Hill Road.
According to a report by Trooper David Hickey, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, Travis B. Young, 18, of Sullivan Knowles Road, in Sparta, was the driver of the 1995 Nissan pick-up in which Markie Voyles, 17, was the only passenger.
The report indicated the vehicle was traveling west on Bunker Hill Road, in White County, and veered off the … Read More

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