Sparta recertified for 11th Three-Star Award

Posted by | December 16, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“Being a Three-Star Community lets prospective businesses and industries know you’re ready for economic development,” said Wallace Austin, president of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce. “This lets them know we are the ‘best of the best.”
Sparta has been a Three-Star Community for 10 years and was recently recertified for its 11th year. According to Austin, the recertification process takes place every two years and there are numerous requirements.
The Three-Star Program was created 20 years ago to help communities take full advantage of economic development opportunities. The goals are to preserve existing employment, create new employment opportunities, increase Tennessee family incomes, improve quality … Read More


Betty Sue Phifer Davis

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Betty Sue Phifer Davis, 62, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 9, 2002.
Davis was born May 12, 1940, in White County, to Roy and Lela Spakes Phifer.
She was a retired nurse.
Davis was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Kimberly Davis of Sparta; one grandson, Kyle Davis of Sparta; and one brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Ruby Phifer of Quebeck.
Services were held at 8 p.m., Dec. 11, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home. Fate Wilson officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


James Edward Cox

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

James Edward Cox, 73, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 10, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Cox was born Oct. 22, 1929, in White County, to Green Cox and Rosa Lee White Cox.
He had been employed at the Shirt Factory.
Cox was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, George Cox, Beecher Cox, Henry Cox and one infant brother; and two sisters, Dora Mae Cox and Mary Lou Cox.
Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Ollie Rhea Cox Geer and Bob Cox of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Dec. 12, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home … Read More


Max Kelly Fields

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Max Kelly Fields, 52, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 7, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Fields was born Sept. 17, 1950, in Dallas, Texas, to James Leo Fields and Alice Bernice Weir Fields.
He had been a mechanic.
Fields was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Jack Daniel Fields.
Survivors include his mother, Alice Fields of Sparta; one daughter, Sydney Flynn of Cookeville; one son, Jason Fields of Cookeville; two sisters, Jimmie Gail Doot and Sally Pirtle both of Sparta; and one grandson, Elias Flynn.
Services were held at 12 p.m., Dec. 10, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in … Read More


Gilbert Guy

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Gilbert Guy, 70, passed away Dec. 8, 2002.
Guy was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Van Buren County, to Clyde J. Guy and Opal Northcutt guy.
He attended a Church of Christ and was retired from the railroad, where he had worked for North Fork Southern AC & Division.
Survivors include his wife, Ella Jean guy of Chattanooga; one son, Jonathan Guy of Chattanooga; mother, Opal guy of Spencer; one sister, Clydene Roberts of Spencer; and one niece, Jamie Simmons and her family.
Services were held at 3 p.m., Dec. 10, 2002, at Love-Cantrell & Cope Spencer Chapel with burial in Town Cemetery. Perry Hurst and Don Northcutt … Read More


Jean Roberts

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Jean Roberts, 70, of Cookeville, passed away Dec. 10, 2002.
Roberts attended the University Heights Baptist Church in Cookeville. She had been self-employed as an antique dealer and was former owner of Smithville Auto Supply.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Alfred and Martha Thomas Mitchell and two brothers, L.E. Mitchell and James T. Mitchell.
Survivors include one son, John Roberts of Walling; three sisters, Bonnie Broadway of Cookeville, Lorine Byrd of California and Reba Raymaker of Nashville; one brother, Bill Mitchell of Nashville; and one grandchild.
Services will be held at 7 p.m., Dec. 12, 2002, at DeKalb Funeral Chapel.
DeKalb Funeral Chapel in … Read More


Sarah Virginia Vinson

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Sarah Virginia Vinson, 70, of Knoxville, passed away Dec. 7, 2002.
Vinson was a retiree of Michigan Bell in Battle Creek, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Vinson; parents; one sister; and one brother.
Survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth Gore and Maxine Smith both of Knoxville; several nieces, nephews and cousins all of Knoxville; four sisters-in-law, Pauline Daniels, Lorene England and Sue Bray all of Cookeville and Imogene Golden of Cookeville.
Services were held at 8 p.m., Dec. 8, 2002, at Evergreen Chapel in Knoxville with burial in Shiloh Cemetery in Grainger County.
Rev. Mark Large and Rev. Clayton Dunsmore officiated.
Evergreen Chapel in … Read More


Trailer destroyed by blaze

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A Monday afternoon fire destroyed a mobile home, which was owned by Harold Scott, of Sparta.
According to Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay, Sparta Fire Department was called to the scene at 241 East Gay Road to back up BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department. Kay said the trailer was fully involved upon arrival. Scott had recently moved the trailer to the location and was renovating the structure.
Scott told Kay he had run extension cords to the trailer for electricity, while he was performing the renovations.
On the scene were BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department and Sparta Fire Department.
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Commissioners exchanged heated comments Monday

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“There are two of you commissioners that have been running your mouth about what B.K. wants to do,” said B.K. Luna, county commissioner for the third district, as he addressed Steering Committee B on Monday night. “If you’ve got something to say, just come to me and say it.”
Luna, a member of Steering Committee B, waited until the business agenda was finished to make his comments. He referred to comments he had heard in the community about his support for moving the Doyle Convenience Center to Quebeck.
Only one commissioner responded to Luna’s remarks. “You’re looking directly at me,” said Kenneth Milligan, chairman of … Read More


E-911 director and chairman refuse to address employee’s complaint

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“I’m not going to air personnel problems in a board meeting,” said Harry Cole, E-911 director. “I don’t believe the first time we discuss this should be with the newspaper here.”
Cole’s statement was made in direct reference to a part-time employee, Stephanie Hickey, who had come to the board meeting to ask about the rotation of work schedules. Hickey waited until the end of the business agenda before she spoke up and asked Cole why he had placed her name at the bottom of the rotation list. “Why was it said I was not available to you?” said Hickey. “You dropped my name to … Read More


Life keeps blooming for Daisy

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Terri Brock
There is an old adage that says ‘eight is great,’ but for Daisy Belle Young, 80 is even greater!
Young celebrated her 80th birthday on Dec. 8, 2002, at Hickory Valley Baptist Church, where she is a member. The celebration, complete with lots of food, gifts, family and friends was given by her children.
Approximately 150 guests attended the event to share fond memories and celebrate the special day with the guest of honor.
Daisy Belle Jones was born Dec. 8, 1922, in Sparta, to Fannie and Estell Jones.
On Aug. 15, 1939, at age 16, she married Dibrell “Dib” Lee Young, to whom she was … Read More


Horace Gaines “Red” Lawson

Posted by | December 9, 2002 12:00 am

Horace Gaines “Red” Lawson, 79, of Centerline, Mich. formerly of Sparta, passed away Nov. 25, 2002.
Lawson was born Nov. 24, 1923, to James C. “Jim” and Cindy Etta Cunningham Lawson.
He was retired from the U. S. Marine Corps and had served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Lawson was also retired from Ford Motor Company.
Lawson was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Carrie Abney Lawson; three brothers, Gordon B. Lawson, James Earl Lawson and Virgil Lee Lawson; and one sister, Jane Lawson Hogan.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine Lawson of Centerline, Mich.; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Christine and Clyde Warrington, … Read More


Earl M. Anderson

Posted by | December 9, 2002 12:00 am

Earl M. Anderson, of Louisville, Ky., passed away Dec. 6, 2002.
Anderson was born Dec. 14, 1932, in White County, to Roy and Myrtle Poore Anderson
He attended the Church of Christ.
Anderson was preceded in death by two brothers, W.C. Anderson and Carl Anderson.
Survivors include his wife, Minnie Goolsby Anderson of Louisville, Ky.; one daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Dale Holmes of Louisville, Ky.; and one grandson, J. Spencer Holmes of Louisville, Ky.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 10, 2002, at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Bascom Cemetery. The V.F.W. Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173 will administer military grave … Read More


Ethel B. Holland

Posted by | December 9, 2002 12:00 am

Ethel B. Holland, 81, of Sparta, passed away at White County Community Hospital.
Holland was born Feb. 23, 1931, to William Billings and Mary Young Billings.
She attended Peeled Chestnut Methodist Church and had been a beautician.
Holland was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Joe Tom Billings and Oscar Billings; and four sisters, Willie Lafevers, Ada Templeton, Betty Roberts and Maude Huskins.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Cordell Holland; three sisters, Ruth Stewart of Sparta, Lula Watson of Doyle and Jimmie Saylors of Donelson; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Dec. 7, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman … Read More


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