Sparta woman charged in toy theft in Warren County

Posted by | December 27, 2001 12:00 am

Duane Sherrill
The first of what police anticipate could be several warrants has been taken against a Sparta woman for the theft of toys from Warren County Rescue Squad’s toy drive.
The suspect, Millicent B. Gamble, was charged Friday with theft for allegedly stealing toys from the rescue squad’s collection trailer on the morning of Nov. 25. The theft was one of a series from the collection trailer, which lawmen believe is the work of separate individuals.
According to arrest warrants against Gamble, witnesses saw the suspect taking toys from the collection trailer, located in front of the rescue squad building on Sparta Street. The theft was allegedly … Read More


The good auld days

Posted by | December 27, 2001 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
Auld Lang Syne, the traditional New Year’s Eve song, is sung at the stroke of mid-night across countless global time lines.
Partial credit goes to Scottish poet Robert Burns whose lyrics for the song
were published in 1796, after his death.
Some historians believe early folk variations of the song inspired Burns to pen the lyrics known today, for the phrase “auld lang syne” translates literally as “old long ago,” or “the good old days.”
Burns work bears a striking resemblance to a ballad by an earlier poet, Sir Robert Ayton (1570-1638) which begins:
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never thought upon,
The flames of … Read More


Howard V. Black

Posted by | December 24, 2001 12:00 am

Howard V. Black, 65, of Sparta, formerly of Detroit, Mich. and Saluda N.C., passed away Dec. 15, 2001.
Black was born July 27, 1936, to Vernon H. Black and Elma Cain Black.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Judy C. Black.
Survivors include his wife, Janet Black; four daughters, Brenda Ripley of New Trenton Ind., Linda Laughter of Saluda N.C., Sharon Walden of East Flat Rock N.C. and Barbara Black of Columbus, N.C.; one son, Vernon Black of Florida; one step son, Robert Collins of Indiana; three brothers, Carson Black of Louisville, Ky. and Fred Black and Harvey Black both of Michigan; nine grandchildren; five … Read More


James Richard Barger

Posted by | December 24, 2001 12:00 am

James Richard Barger, 73, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 21, 2001.
Barger was born April 7, 1928, in Harriman, to Fred and Fannie Shubert Barger.
He was a laborer.
Barger was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; four sisters; and one grandson.
Survivors include his wife, Nellie Fern Dove Barger of Sparta; two sons, Phillip (Woody Phillips) Wood of Sparta and William Thomas (Bill) Wood of LaPorte, Ind.; two daughters, Jane Barger Bennett of Cookeville and Leoretta Barger Sharpe of Phoenix, Ariz.; one sister, Margaret “Polly” Cooley of LaPorte, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 11 … Read More


Daisy Doney Webb

Posted by | December 24, 2001 12:00 am

Daisy Doney Webb, 84, of Doyle, passed away Dec. 18, 2001.
Webb was born March 8, 1917, in White County, to Sol and Sally Brady Doney.
She was a member of the Church of Christ and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Clark Webb; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include three daughters, Ruby Jo Pickrell and Hilda Parsons both of Noblesville, Ind. and Shirley Wilmoth of Algood; four sons, Clarence Clark Webb Jr. and Cecil Edward Webb both of Noblesville, Ind., Charles Eugene Webb of Concord, N.C. and David Webb of Tullahoma; 19 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and two … Read More


Willie Dean Prater

Posted by | December 24, 2001 12:00 am

Willie Dean Prater, 44, of Cookeville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Dec. 19, 2001.
Prater was born May 5, 1957, in Sparta to Woodrow Carroll and Christine Waggoner Prater.
He was a laborer.
Prater was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one son, Willie Dean Prater III of Sparta; two sisters, Wilma Jean Brymer of Quebeck and Eva Redmon of Smithville; six brothers, Dennis Prater of Cookeville and Lester Prater, Ronnie Prater, Alston Prater, Glenn Prater and Stevie Prater all of Sparta.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Dec. 23, 2001, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Rose Cemetery. David Lee England officiated.
Hunter Funeral


Tennessee Farm Bureau completes successful year

Posted by | December 24, 2001 12:00 am

The year 2001 was remembered as the year of “Grassroots Patriotism” by the Tennessee Farm Bureau during their 80th annual meeting held December 2-4 in Nashville. During the meeting’s events and programs, a patriotic theme of red, white and blue kept a continuous reminder of our nation’s dedication to win the war effort.
Tennessee Farm Bureau members across the state after September 11, joined in the fight to do whatever they could to help each other, to support our country, and as other generations before them, work to keep this nation strong and safe. More than $8,000 was given by county Farm Bureaus to assist families in New … Read More



Johnsons donate land for new public library

Posted by | December 24, 2001 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
The highlight of the White County Commission meeting on Monday was a gift to the county of land from Bill and Rena Johnson to be used as the building site for the new White County Public Library.
The Johnsons donated the property, located near the intersection of Bockman Way and Church Street, and Herd Sullivan accepted the donation on behalf of White County.
Bill Johnson stated he was proud of the new jail and commended the county commission and Sheriff for completing the much needed facility.
“While the new jail is essential, it serves the negative and unlawful elements in our community,” Bill added.
“In the … Read More


A WHITE (county) CHRISTMAS

Posted by | December 24, 2001 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
T’was the night before Christmas, and all through White County
The children were dreaming of holiday bounty.
The mayor and sheriff and city commission
Were at home relaxing in yuletide tradition.
And I, in my PJ’s, was watching TV
Just hoping that Santa would come visit me.
Well, all of a sudden, I heard in the pasture
A neighing and braying that seemed like disaster!
Away to my window I flew like a flash,
Tripped over my cat (got a quite nasty gash),
And when I came to, I looked outside to see
A man in red overalls waving at me!
He sat in a wagon … Read More


The savior is born

Posted by | December 24, 2001 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
The Christmas story of Jesus’ birth began many years ago in the town of Bethlehem. There were kings, wisemen and shepherds who made their way to the manger to see the babe wrapped in swaddling cloths.
Shepherds were living out in the fields tending their sheep one night when behold, an angel of the Lord stood in front of them and the glory of the Lord shone around them.
The shepherds were afraid at what they had seen but the angel said to them “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there … Read More


Daisy Doney Webb

Posted by | December 20, 2001 12:00 am

Daisy Doney Webb, 84, of Doyle, passed away Dec. 18, 2001.
Webb was born March 8, 1917, in White County, to Sol and Sally Brady Doney.
She was a member of the Church of Christ and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Clark Webb; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include three daughters, Ruby Jo Pickrell and Hilda Parsons both of Noblesville, Ind. and Shirley Wilmoth of Algood; four sons, Clarence Clark Webb Jr. and Cecil Edward Webb both of Noblesville, Ind., Charles Eugene Webb of Concord, N.C. and David Webb of Tullahoma; 19 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and two … Read More


Beecher D. Brimer

Posted by | December 20, 2001 12:00 am

Beecher D. Brimer, 84, of Van Buren County, passed away Dec. 17, 2001.
Brimer was born Nov. 9, 1917, in Gatson, to Jay Brimer and Pearl Boyd Brimer.
He attended the Church of God and was retired from saw mill construction.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lee Ward Brimer of Spencer; three sons, Nathan H. Brimer of Florida, Beecher J. Brimer of Spencer and William Brimer of South Carolina; nine daughters, Shirley Brock, Jennifer Marshall and Vella
Moore all of Spencer, Linda Camp, Edith Eates, Anna Renaud and Mary Sue Copeland all of Florida, Mildred Louise Stratton of McMinnville and Kathy Martin of Kansas; four step daughters, Kathy … Read More


Mary Jane Ware Davis

Posted by | December 20, 2001 12:00 am

Mary Jane Ware Davis, 86, of McMinnville, passed away Dec. 14, 2001.
She a member of the Church of Christ. Davis was a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Peabody College. She was a retired associate librarian and school teacher with David Lipscomb University.
Davis was preceded in death by her first husband, John H. Webb Sr.
Survivors include her husband, James Garmon Davis of McMinnville; one son, John H. Webb Jr. of McMinnville; one granddaughter, Tracey Jane Webb of Antioch; one sister, Martha Poston of Lynchburg, Va.; one brother, S. Jack Ware of Sparta; three step sons, William G. Davis of Houston, Texas and James M. Davis and … Read More


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