Tragedy struck area farm

Posted by | January 3, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Emergency 911 dispatched several fire departments to the scene of a barn fire on Board Valley Road on Dec. 31, 2001. The fire was a tremendous loss to owner Dave Hacker. Chief Lew Betterton of the Cherry Creek Fire Department said, “The fire consumed the barn, one years’ supply of hay, a John Deer tractor, a four wheeler and a mule.”
At approximately 9:53 a.m., Monday, both Cherry Creek Fire Department and Sparta Fire Department were dispatched to the scene of a barn fire on Board Valley Road. Neighbors stood by and watched as flames and smoke billowed from the structure.
Caney Fork Electric was called … Read More


State Treasurer to speak at Chamber of Commerce dinner

Posted by | January 3, 2002 12:00 am

Steve Adams, Treasurer of the State of Tennessee, will be the guest speaker for the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner and installation of officers to be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 17, 2002, at Sparta Civic Center. Adams will be January 1987,
when he was elected State Treasurer by the 95th General Assembly.
According to Chamber of Commerce President Wallace Austin, Adams will give a non-political talk on the financial situation of the State of Tennessee, and how chamber members will be affected in the future. Adams will impart his knowledge discussing Sparta and White County’s role in business and commerce.
Adams, a native of Marshall County, received … Read More


Headlines that inspired readers in 2001

Posted by | January 3, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The new year was celebrated in many ways, and White County was no exception for a variety of ways to ring in 2002. Many churches gathered for candlelight vigils and gospel singings, while many people chose to stay awake to watch the clock’s hands move past the midnight mark.
In a community where friends and neighbors celebrate triumphs and make resolutions for a brand new era, The Expositor has decided to review the positive stories of 2001.
-The most awaited event for any new year is the birth of the first new year’s baby, and White County registered 2001’s first arrival on Jan. 3. Amanda … Read More


A weekend rancher puts his stock in White County

Posted by | January 3, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
Gone are his formal slacks and crisp dress shirt.
His polished loafers have been exchanged for sturdy work boots, and a heavy barn coat covers buttoned flannel tucked into worn blue jeans.
Now, it’s time to tend to the cattle.
“That little brown one and that little gray one I found on December 26th,” he says, pointing toward two new calves who frolic in a nearby field.
This rancher resembles other cattle owners and farmers of White county, and passers-by would mistake him for a full-time cattleman the way he’s tending to his stock.
But Wallace Glen Austin, the gentleman in these work clothes, is the … Read More


Ola Edward Spivey

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Ola Edward Spivey, 62, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 22, 2001.
Spivey was a farmer.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Littie Rosette (Rosey) Emerton Spivey; one daughter, Rose Denise Spivey; one brother, Eldon Spivey; and one sister, Dorothy Fish.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Ann Shoemake Spivey of Sparta; one son, Ralph Spivey of Sparta; three daughters, Sherrie Frasier, Teresa Duke and Sandie Faught all of Nashville; five brothers, Elza Spivey of Springfield, Clyde Spivey of Sparta, Wayne Spivey of
Doyle, Sammy Spivey of Cookeville and Ronnie Spivey of Crossville; three sisters, Christine Brady of Franklin, Ky., Wilma Brady of Adairville, Ky. and Virginia Presley … Read More


Nathan E. Hawkins

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Nathan E. Hawkins, 80, of McMinnville, passed away Dec. 29, 2001.
Hawkins was born April 12, 1921, in Jackson County, to Sam and Avo Smith Hawkins.
He was a member of New Hope Community Church in Jackson County. Hawkins served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Survivors include two sons, Charles R. Hawkins of Gainesboro and Stanley C. Hawkins of Sparta; one brother, Haggard Hawkins of California; three sisters, Helen Barlow of Nashville and Jane Pryor and Loretta Paquette both of California; eight grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Dec. 31, 2001, at the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home. Burial … Read More


Arcanna S. Evans

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Arcanna S. Evans, 71, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 26, 2001.
Evans was born July 29, 1930, in White County, to P.R. and Arcola Johnson Stewart.
She was a factory worker.
Evans was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Avery Evans; one sister, Bessie Holland; and one brother, Ananais Stewart.
Survivors include one son, Bruce Evans of Sparta; two daughters, Charlotte Buckner and Angelia Evans both of Sparta; one brother, Preston R. Stewart of Sparta; one niece, Mary F. Tubbs of Sparta; nine grandchildren, Carol Bonner and her husband, Glenn, Tracy Evans, Fatima Evans, Lyndsay Evans, Chad Tubbs and his wife, Christy and Zachary Buckner all … Read More


Virgil Ray Bryant

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Virgil Ray Bryant, 94, passed away Dec. 16, 2001.
Bryant was born Jan. 26, 1907, in Sparta, to Waymon and Martha Brown Bryant.
He served in the United States Army during World War II.
Bryant was a lumber man.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby
A. Bryant of Rickman; two daughters, Barbara Tackel of Washington and Betty Bryant of Rickman; one granddaughter, Sydney Hennessee; one grandson, Charles B. Tackel; one great granddaughter, Lauran Tackel; and one great grandson, Bryant Hennessee.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Dec. 19, 2001, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Old Bon Air Cemetery. Martha Selby officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge


Elbert Mansfield Humphrey

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Elbert Mansfield Humphrey, 86, of Walling, passed away Dec. 25, 2001, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Humphrey was born Sept. 15, 1915, in White County, to Ammon and Lela Johnson Humphrey.
He was a farmer.
Humphrey was preceded in death by two sons, Neil Felton and Dariel Wayne Humphrey.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Ruth Felton Humphrey of Walling; one grandson, Kevin Humphrey; and one daughter-in-law, Doris Roberts Humphrey of Walling.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Dec. 28, 2001, at Springhill The Baptist Church of Christ. Frank Randolph and Alton Marcum officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Louise Raines

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Louise Raines, 63, of Celina, passed away Dec. 25, 2001.
Raines was born Feb. 7, 1938, in Celina, to Joe Bob Daniels and Inis Adams Daniels.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include two sons, Billy Raines of Celina and Joey Raines of Sparta; six daughters, Elaine Allen, Sherry Bennett and Loretta Worthington all of Sparta, Bonnie Burton of Edinburgh, Ind., Glenda Donahue of Celina and Dorenda Odell of Walling; five brothers, Bill Daniels of Indianapolis, Ind. and Eddie Hubert Daniels, Milly Joe Daniels, Paul Daniels and Wayne Daniels all of Celina; and three sisters, Eva Long and Betty Riddle both of Burkesville, Ky. and Bonnie Sue McLerran of … Read More


Stephen J. Bensing

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Stephen J. Bensing, 58, of Madison Heights, Mich., passed away Dec. 22, 2001.
Bensing was born March 7, 1943, in Findlay, Ohio, to Lester and Agnes Taylor Bensing.
He was a member of Woodlawn Church in Royal Oak, Mich. and was a designer at M & T Design in Troy, Mich.
Bensing was preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Bensing of Madison Heights, Mich.; one step son, Lee Hill of Henderson, Nev.; his father and step mother, Lester and Marie Bensing of Findlay, Ohio; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Phillip and Joyce Bensing of San Francisco, Timothy and Darlene Bensing of Troy, Mich. and … Read More


Janice Marie Wheeler

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Janice Marie Wheeler, 60, of Cookeville, passed away Dec. 28, 2001, at St. Thomas Hospital.
Wheeler was born Aug. 24, 1941, in Overton County, to Lester and Pearl Allen Sanders.
She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Wheeler was a Registered Nurse and a member of M.E.N.S.A. and American Nurses Association.
Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey Will Burton of Indianapolis, Ind. and Brian Lester Burton of Cookeville; two daughters, Terry Aline Bush of Cookeville and Tracey Jean Burton of Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers, Buddy Sanders of California and Al Sanders of Nashville; one sister, Barbara Wilson of Cookeville; 12 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Services will … Read More


Members of business community gather to welcome doctor

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Friends, professionals and well-wishers gathered on Dec. 19 at the new office location for Dr. Jeffrey Belknap on Mose Drive. The Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce conducted a Red Carpet ceremony to welcome Dr. Belknap and his staff to the community.




Early morning burglary at Save-A-Lot

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
The Sparta Police Department investigated a burglary on Mose Drive this morning in reference to a large quantity of cigarettes being stolen. The burglar broke into the local grocery store by the front door and was not apprehended at this time.
Authorities were dispatched to Save-A-Lot at 179 Mose Drive at approximately 4:55 a.m. The Sparta Police Department arrived on the scene at approximately 4:59 a.m. and found the front door
had been pried open and the burglar alarm was on.
Lieutenant Ken McCormick of the Sparta Police Department said, “After checking everything we found a large quantity of cigarettes were stolen.” McCormick also stated the … Read More


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