White dies in car crash

Posted by | February 28, 2008 12:00 am

A man who once wore the uniform of Sparta Police Department and then served as one of the senior dispatchers for E-911 died Wednesday morning in a crash that occurred in Putnam County.
Jerry David White, 54, of Sparta, was driving a 1984 Buick LeSabre at approximately 8 a.m., Feb. 6, 2008, when he reportedly crashed into the rear end of a City of Baxter garbage truck.
The two-vehicle crash occurred in the 1800 block of South Jefferson Avenue. White was traveling southbound, on South Jefferson Avenue, approaching the Putnam County Solid Waste Department.  
The second vehicle, the garbage truck, which was operated by Earl B. Brown, of … Read More

Suspicious fire damages outbuilding

Posted by | February 28, 2008 12:00 am

Sparta Fire Department responded to a fire on Roosevelt Drive, across from Motlow Community College mid-day Friday.
“The fire is under investigation,” said Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay.
A home on the property was vacant and had suffered extensive damage in a fire May of 2006, which was determined to be arson.

Murder cases continued, no motions filed

Posted by | February 28, 2008 12:00 am

Gregory Sweeney, 31,

Accused. Attorney Gary Dodson speaks with his client, Joe Nathan Jones, at the preliminary appearance in White County Criminal Court on Oct. 9, 2007. Jones and two other defendants have been charged in the 2005 killing of Oulay Chantharack.

Kenneth D. Miller Jr., 32

Joe Nathan Jones, 31

Three Nashville men accused of murdering a man and dumping his body in White County in December 2005 were scheduled to be in court Monday.
However, none made appearances, and their cases were continued for “deadline docket” on March 19.
According to an official at the White County Justice Center, none of the three appeared as previously … Read More

Senior Center director explains budget

Posted by | February 28, 2008 12:00 am

Brenda Roberts, Senior Center director

The director at Sparta-White County Senior Center has answered questions about money that is reportedly set aside in certificates of deposit.
Brenda Roberts, who was hired as director in 1997, presented The Expositor with a financial report Thursday that reflected the “current status of cash reserves” as of Oct. 16, 2007.
According to the document, the Senior Center has the following:
•Certificate of deposit (#1) with State Farm Bank in the amount of $26,201
•Certificate of deposit (#2) with State Farm Bank in the amount of $21,000
•Holding account with Bank of America in the amount of $19,703
The total of these figures … Read More

Industrial land approved: 8 ‘yes’; 6 ‘no’

Posted by | February 28, 2008 12:00 am

Leader. Jerry Denton, county commission chairman, listens to comments from other commissioners about the purchase of industrial land near the airport. Connie Jolley, county court clerk, documents the action taken during the meeting.

A lengthy conflict about the purchase of industrial land was finally settled Monday night when county commissioners voted to purchase acreage near the airport.
A discussion that produced some controversy ended with two commissioners crossing over to the “yes” side of the vote to buy the 61 acres of near Upper Cumberland Regional Airport, in White County.
During the January meeting of White County Board of Commissioners, members voted 8-5 against the resolution that would … Read More

Ballpark proposal contested

Posted by | February 28, 2008 12:00 am

Mike Loverkovich (center), regional president of BPA, talks with White County Executive Herd Sullivan (right), and Gary Dodson (left), attorney for White County.

An action taken by Steering Committee A that gave carte blanche to Tennessee Baseball Players Association to manage the ballfields on Smithville Highway was met with opposition during the county commissioners’ meeting Monday night.
Jerry Austin, county commissioner, presented a resolution to the full board of commissioners to prohibit the organization to follow through with their plans for the ballpark.
During the Feb. 11 meeting of Steering Committee A, members voted to give Mike Lovrekovich, regional director for the BPA, control of the ballfields. The … Read More

Charles Thomas Grogan

Posted by | February 28, 2008 12:00 am

Charles Thomas Grogan, 54, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 25, 2008.
Services were 1 p.m., Feb. 28, 2008, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with burial at Oak Lawn Memorial Cemetery.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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