Samuel Eddie Horn

Posted by | December 30, 2002 12:00 am

Samuel Eddie Horn, 57, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 26, 2002.
Horn was born Aug. 5, 1945, in Cookeville, to W.S. and Dorothy Etter Hall Horn.
He was retired from the transportation service.
Horn was preceded in death by his mother; one brother, Sanford Horn; and two sisters, Barbara Horn and Ruby Jewell Horn.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Lynn Redman Horn of Sparta; one son, Tim Horn of Cookeville; four daughters, Thea Demonbrum of Murfreesboro, Tanda Green and Amanda Henson both of Cookeville and Samantha Turner of Hartselle, Ala.; father, W.S. Horn of Cookeville; one brother, Alvie Horn of Cookeville; five sisters, Tina Hudson and Eunetta Lewis … Read More


Mary Katherine Templeton

Posted by | December 30, 2002 12:00 am

Mary Katherine Templeton, 83, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 23, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Templeton was born Nov. 9, 1919, in Decatur, to James Trusley and Betty Ingle Trusley.
She had been a homemaker.
Templeton was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Curtis Templeton.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann Templeton and Johnnie Templeton both of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Linda Templeton; one brother, Jay Trusley of Decatur; and three grandchildren, Leslie, Regina Ann and Sherry Beth Templeton all of Sparta.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Dec. 27, 200, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Molloy … Read More


Donald Clay Rice

Posted by | December 30, 2002 12:00 am

Donald Clay Rice, 61, of Katy, Texas, passed away Dec. 26, 2002.
Rice was born Aug. 31, 1941, in White County, to Toy Clay and Bertha Mae Swindell Rice.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a bank examiner for F.D.I.C.
Rice was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Farmer Rice of Katy, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Aaron Lalewski of Nashville; one sister, Betty Carolyn DeBerry of Nashville; one brother, Billy M. Rice of Wartburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Dec. 30, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Doyle … Read More


Betty Jean Gardner

Posted by | December 30, 2002 12:00 am

Betty Jean Gardner, 42, of Baxter, passed away Dec. 23, 2002.
Gardner had been a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thurman Ray Gardner; grandparents, Jack and Pearl Lewis and George and Evelyn Gardner; one uncle, Ralph Gardner; and two aunts, Evelyn Gardner and Trave Gardner.
Survivors include her mother and step father, Georgia and Howard Sherfey of Algood; stepmother, Becky Young of Sparta; two brothers, Jack Gardner and Randy Gardner both of Baxter; three sisters, Sheila Hammock of Cookeville, Pennie Kelly of Double Springs and Judy Tallent of Sparta; and seven nieces and nephews, Jessica and Vanessa Hammock, Cody Gardner, Jack James, Crystal and … Read More


Robert Taylor Young Sr.

Posted by | December 30, 2002 12:00 am

Robert Taylor Young Sr., 70, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 27, 2002, at Life Care Center of
Sparta.
Young was born Aug. 13, 1932, in White County, to Claude Young and Ova Lea Young.
He had served in the U.S. Navy.
Young was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his mother, Ova Lea Young of Sparta; two daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa and Matthew Hackworth of Sumter, S.C. and Angela and Karl Neubner of Columbia, S.C.; one son, Robert Taylor Young Jr. of Sumter, S.C.; one brother, Lloyd Young of Sparta; one sister, Laura Mae Poston of Sparta; and three grandchildren, Nicholas and Taylor Neubner and Ashley … Read More


Business of the Week

Posted by | December 30, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
Domino’s is locally owned and operated and has been in Sparta since July 2002. John and Danielle Powers, owners, help with non-profit organizations and fundraisers for White County schools. They offer free delivery and daily lunch specials. Domino’s opens at 10:30 a.m., 7
days a week; closes at 11 p.m. on weeknights and 12 a.m. on weekends. For convenience, they also have a drive-thru window for their customers. Domino’s is located at 402 North Spring St.
Call 837-9999.


Looking back at 2002

Posted by | December 30, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Holiday celebrations are quickly coming to an end, and a new year with new beginnings is on the minds of every White County citizen.
The last week of each year and the first week of the new year has traditionally been the time when The Expositor reviews the top 20 news stories of the year. Some are good and have established a positive effect on the community. However, some news stories are not so positive, but have affected the community by uniting the residents to help each other.
In this edition, The Expositor will feature five “positive” stories and five “negative” stories of 2002. The … Read More


Miller sworn in as new assessor of property

Posted by | December 30, 2002 12:00 am

Terri Brock
Tina Miller was officially sworn in as White County’s new assessor of property at 4 p.m., Dec. 27, 2002. Herd Sullivan, White County executive, administered the oath in the third floor courtroom of the White County Courthouse. Miller was appointed to the position by commissioners on Dec. 16, 2002, following the resignation of former assessor, Kathy Hunter.
Miller’s husband David and her son Matthew, along with other family members and friends, were also present to show their support.


Sparta man faces embezzlement charges

Posted by | December 30, 2002 12:00 am

Chris Tramel
A Sparta man is facing embezzlement charges after Smithville Police and a food company investigator discovered several thousands of dollars missing from a Smithville grocery store.
Smithville Officer Gary Harris told The Middle Tennessee Times 25-year-old Brian Keith Brock, of Gaines Street, Sparta, was recently by Putnam County authorities and extradited to DeKalb County.
Brock was indicted on December 3 by the DeKalb County Grand Jury on charges he embezzled over $17,000 of funds from the Smithville Food Lion store.
Smithville Police say Food Lion’s Loss Prevention Investigator Kimberly Shrader approached them about the case on August 5. At that time, Shrader claimed almost $3,000 in … Read More


James Edward Cox

Posted by | December 26, 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 Geer 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


Joseph Puckett

Posted by | December 26, 2002 12:00 am

Joseph Puckett, 81, of Jamestown, passed away Dec. 24, 2002, at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
Puckett was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lucy Pace Puckett and one son-in-law, Donald W. Rinenour.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys Phillips Puckett of Jamestown; three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Pat Puckett of Allardt, Jerry and Joyce Puckett of Sparta and Joey and Lila Puckett of Oneida; five daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Charles Story of Nashville, Sandra and Bill Feltner of Lilburn, Ga., Karen and Tom Tryggestad of Macon, Ga., Janet and Roger Kalonick of Decatur, Ala. and Jill and Mike Norman of Robbins; one brother, Walt Puckett … Read More


Rickey Allen “Little Rayburn” Lee

Posted by | December 26, 2002 12:00 am

Rickey Allen “Little Rayburn” Lee, 37, passed away Dec. 23, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Lee was born May 3, 1965, in Van Buren County, to Jim Ed Lee and Betty Jean Stinnett Lee.
He attended a Baptist church and was disabled.
Survivors include his mother, Betty Jean Lee of Spencer; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Freddie and Lisa Lee of Dunlap, Jeff and Melissa Lee of Spencer and Jimmy Dale Lee of McMinnville; two sisters, Sherry Lee of Spencer and Lisa King of McMinnville; grandmother, Myrtle Lee of Spencer and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Dec. 24, 2002, at Love-Cantrell … Read More


Polliwog’s welcomed to Sparta by Chamber

Posted by | December 26, 2002 12:00 am

Terri Brock
Polliwog’s, Sparta’s newest family restaurant, celebrated their recent Chamber membership on December 20 with a traditional Red Carpet Ceremony.
Sparta-White County Chamber President, Wallace Austin was on hand to welcome Polliwog’s owner,
Charles Steward, and his staff, as the Chamber’s newest member.
Several representatives from area businesses were present to share their support for the restaurant and to wish them well.
Charles and his staff invite everyone to stop by Sparta’s new family restaurant, Polliwog’s, at 115 Mayberry Street.
Photo by Terri Brock


Commodities recertification January 2-31

Posted by | December 26, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released new Temporary Emergency Food Program products for the 2003 “Commodity” distributions, announced Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s executive director, Phyllis R. Bennett.
Commodities are surplus agricultural items that are given back to American families through government agencies. Here in the Upper Cumberland region, the UCHRA distributes commodities in Cannon, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Overton Pickett, Putnam, Warren, White and Van Buren Counties. “UCHRA holds distributions every other month with several hours of distribution at each location,” said Rebecca Christian, commodity director.
This year, recertification is being done differently to allow more time to sign up because recertification must be complete … Read More


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