Halloween extravaganza planned by March of Dimes

Posted by | October 3, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Boys and girls of all ages are preparing for the “scariest” day of the year, as they decide which Halloween costume will become his or her signature design for a night filled with excitement. However, parents will not have to worry about their children walking around the neighborhood after dark, because the entire family can come to the Spooktacular Stroll beginning at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 31, 2003, at the Agricultural Complex.
The March of Dimes is sponsoring a safe alternative to the regular old-fashioned Halloween traditions with a special event filled with food, games and prizes. The official kick-off for the Spooktacular Stroll was Tuesday … Read More


Sparta and White County receives Three-Star Award

Posted by | October 3, 2003 12:00 am

Expositor Report
Sparta-White County was awarded the Governor’s Three-Star Award for the 12th consecutive year at the Governor’s conference on Economic and Community Development recently held in Nashville.
The Three-Star Award is given to communities that have met certain criteria set by the state. When this criteria is met the communities have proven to the state they have done everything the state required to be ready for industrial development.
Each year the community has to be recertified by the state to make sure they are meeting all the requirements to be a Three-Star community. Sparta-White County had a large group of city and county officials on hand to … Read More


Sparta NHC safe for all

Posted by | October 3, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“It was so heartbreaking for everyone,” said Cheri’ Cropper, NHC HealthCare of Sparta administrator. “You could see it in their faces – the firefighters, the workers, and the patients that had already been evacuated.”
Cropper spoke with The Expositor on Monday about the tragic fire that occurred on Sept. 25, 2003, at NHC Nashville HealthCare Center. At press time, nine residents had died who resided in the Nashville facility.
National Healthcare Corporation (NHC), which owns the Nashville facility, as well as the Sparta facility, operates for itself and third parties 78 long-term healthcare centers throughout the United States and maintains a home office in Murfreesboro.… Read More


Darrell Davis

Posted by | October 2, 2003 12:00 am

Darrell Davis, 47, of Fyffe, Ala., passed away Sept. 27, 2003.
Davis was a truck driver for Vulcraft in Fort Payne, Ala. and was a member of Fyffe First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Shelby Davis.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Atkins Davis, of Fyffe, Ala.; one daughter, Cheryl Easterby, of Wilsonville, Ala.; three sons, Alan Davis, Jonathan Davis and Douglas Davis, and one honorary son, Jeremy Cowart, all of Fyffe, Ala.; his mother and stepfather, Reba and Levie Waldie, of Cookeville; father, J.C. Davis, of Sparta; sister, Tammy Davis, of Sparta; brother, Brett Davis, of Sparta; two grandchildren, Nathaniel and Natlie Easterby, … Read More


Veda Henry Gentry Gore

Posted by | October 2, 2003 12:00 am

Veda Henry Gentry Gore, 87, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 28, 2003.
Gore was born March 8, 1916, in Putnam County to Oscar Henry and Ethel Bumbalough Henry.
She had been employed at a local shirt factory.
Gore was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Clarence Gentry and Herman Gore; son, Carl Gentry; sisters, Eva Smith and Notie Smith; brother, A. P. Henry; and son-in-law, Carl Henry.
Survivors include two daughters, Ruby Usrey and Louise Henry, both of Sparta; five sons, Erbie Gentry, of Cookeville, Bobby Gentry, Dick Gentry, both of Sparta, Wayne Gentry, of Cookeville, and Donnie Gentry, of Sparta; and one brother, J.D. Henry, … Read More


Panda Garden opens new location

Posted by | September 30, 2003 12:00 am

Coleen Gorski
The new Panda Garden Chinese Restaurant has opened its new doors and the changes are astounding.
The Panda Garden, a local family owned business, has been in existence for the past nine years and has recently made a great move. It is owned by the Zheng family, Cong and Kai and their two children, Elaine and Tony. Because of an overwhelming number of customers and very limited space, the Zhengs made the decision to expand, and the results are remarkable.
A very spacious and elegant dining area awaits customers at the new Panda Garden’s five-buffet restaurant. They now provide an assortment of American, Chinese and Italian … Read More






Republican Party discusses gun ban

Posted by | September 30, 2003 12:00 am

Coleen Gorski
The decision by President Bush to support the Clinton-Feinstein gun ban has many local Republicans sending in opposition responses to the president, requesting he reverse his stance on the issue.
The ban is set to expire prior to the upcoming presidential election.
Opposition cards were distributed and completed at the Republican Party meeting on Sept. 22, 2003.
Secretary Doris Sanders provided information for an upcoming banquet sponsored by the Central Foothills Friends of the National Rifle Association (NRA) scheduled
for 6 p.m., Oct. 3, 2003, at the Hyder-Burks Pavilion, in Cookeville. Tickets to the event are $25. The contact person is Evelyn McGaha, and she can … Read More


Regional Homeland Security Council plans area team

Posted by | September 30, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
After the terrorists’ attacks on 9/11, the President established a national office of Homeland Security, which eventually was followed by individual states establishing their own directors of Homeland Security. Now, White County has become a part of a strategically located security effort as a part of the Upper Cumberland Regional Homeland Security Council.
Federal funds have been set aside for the development of area homeland security councils. Emergency services personnel and representatives from a 15-county area met at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport on Friday to develop plans for a regional response team. The team will be comprised of specially trained technicians as well as back-up … Read More


Fire chief speaks out about Nashville nursing home fire

Posted by | September 30, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“When I first saw the fire on TV, I thought what a terrible tragedy it was for the families involved,” said Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay.
When Kay spoke with The Expositor Friday afternoon, he expressed his deepest sympathy for the families of the individuals who perished in the fire on Thursday at the NHC Healthcare facility in Nashville. The structure, which was built in the 1960’s, before fire sprinklers were mandatory, had been “grandfathered” in under a current law that requires newer structures to have sprinklers.
NHC Healthcare of Sparta is owned by National Healthcare Corporation, which is the same company that owns the … Read More


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