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


Remembering the difficult stories of 2001

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The year 2001 will long be remembered as the most defining 365 days in the history of America. While the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, brought the realization of terrorism and devastation to the American people, every city in the United States experienced their own personal heartbreaks.
Headlines in newspapers draw the attention of many readers. It is tradition with many publications to print a year-end review of the stories that had the greatest impact on the community. Many news reports were tragic, and these are the most difficult to review.
-White County’s first traffic fatality for 2001 occurred when the … Read More


Traffic stop led to several arrests

Posted by | December 31, 2001 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Two were arrested on drug charges after authorities stopped a vehicle on Will Thompson Road because the driver had a suspended license.
At approximately 1:15 p.m., Dec. 25, 2001, Deputy Connor Wardlaw of the White County Sheriff’s Department stopped a vehicle on Will Thompson Road because he had prior knowledge of the driver, Charles James Earl Davis, 18, not having a drivers license. According to the report, a license check on Davis did reveal his license was suspended.
During a search incident to arrest, three used syringes and two marijuana cigarettes were found. The passenger, Harold Lavurn Hutchings, 43, had a small plastic baggie in his … Read More


Conrad Clouse

Posted by | December 27, 2001 12:00 am

Conrad Clouse, 87, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 24, 2001.
Clouse was born April 14, 1914, in White County, to Wesley Clouse and Margaret Ann Williams Clouse.
He attended Central Church of Christ and was a plumber.
Clouse was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Verna Clouse; two daughters, Donna Jackson of Chattanooga and Sharon Wilhite of Sparta; one sister, Juanita Bass of Detroit, Mich.; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Dec. 27, 2001, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bro. Don Burns will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge


Ronnie Leslie Minnear

Posted by | December 27, 2001 12:00 am

Ronnie Leslie Minnear, 47, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 23, 2001.
Minnear was born April 24, 1954, to James Leslie (Zuke) and Gertie Jane Rich Minnear.
He was a logger.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Dale Austin Minnear of Sparta; one daughter, Kelly Nichole Minnear of Sparta; one son, Austin Kyle Minnear of Sparta; parents, James Leslie (Zuke) and Gertie Jane Rich Minnear of Sparta; one brother, David Wayne Minnear of Sparta; one sister, Deborah Sue Redmond of Sparta; and grandmother, Nannie Mae Rich of Sparta.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Dec. 26, 2001, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Plainview Cemetery in
the Cassville community. … Read More


Stephen J. Bensing

Posted by | December 27, 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


Ola Edward Spivey

Posted by | December 27, 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; 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 of Livingston; father, Bedford Spivey of … Read More


LTD dontates $15,000 to Sparta-White County Parks

Posted by | December 27, 2001 12:00 am

LTD of Sparta recently presented a check for $15,000 to the Sparta-White County Parks and Recreation Board to be used for a walking trail at White County Recreational Complex. L-R: Herd Sullivan, White County Executive; Sherry Vinson, chief financial officer for LTD; Dora Cummings, president of Sparta Little League; Ben Holland, account manager for LTD; Jack Franklin, secretary of White County Parks and Recreation Board; and Ed Cantrell, quality manager for LTD.



Celebrating New Year’s Eve in White County

Posted by | December 27, 2001 12:00 am

Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve?
Many area churches are offering programs for community enjoyment.
Pistole Baptist New Year’s Eve singing
-The Pistole Baptist will have a New Year’s Eve singing from 7-10 p.m. Featured will be The Pistole Quartet, James Pitman Singers and other specials. Everyone is invited to attend.
Liberty Baptist watch night service
-A watch night service will be held from 8 p.m.-midnight, Dec. 31. Featured singers will be The Gems from Chattanooga. Bro. Tim Judd will bring the message. Activities will be held for the youth. Everyone is invited.
Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church
-Naomi and The Segos will be … Read More


Lifelong Sparta resident at the helm of SpartaExpositor.com

Posted by | December 27, 2001 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
With the many accolades being given the new SpartaExpositor.com, the Expositor wanted to introduce readers to its webmaster, Jarrod Conner, the young man responsible for bringing up-to-date online news to White County.
Born and raised in White County, Conner has been employed by The Expositor for over five years and is currently the compositor for the print edition of the newspaper as well as an active member of the Tennessee Army National Guard.
“Jarrod began working for us just a few hours each week, when he was only 15 years old, and he is a fine young man, always willing to do a little extra around … Read More


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


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