James L. Cope

Posted by | February 18, 2002 12:00 am

James L. Cope, 74, of Rutherford County, passed away Feb. 17, 2002.
Cope was born May 12, 1927, in Van Buren County, to Milus Cope and Maggie Hickerson Cope.
He attended the Church of Christ and was retired from DeZurik and Powermatic. Cope was a veteran and a member of VFW Post 5060 and American Legion Post 173.
Cope was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Clandin Burns; and one brother, Donald Cope.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Carmack Cope of Spencer; two sons, Harold Cope and Floyd Cope both of Spencer; one daughter, Kathleen Epperson of Michigan; seven grandchildren, Angel Epperson and Melinda Epperson both … Read More


Willie Ray Elkins

Posted by | February 18, 2002 12:00 am

Willie Ray Elkins, 54, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 15, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Elkins was born Feb. 2, 1948, in Sparta, to John and Lucille Lawrence Elkins.
He was disabled.
Elkins was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include one daughter, Tina Henegar of McMinnville; three brothers, Joe Elkins and Herbert Elkins both of Sparta and John Elkins Jr. of Los Angeles; mother, Lucille Lawrence Elkins of Sparta; three nieces, Trina Kay Young of McMinnville, Terri Michelle Elkins of Cookeville and Tiffany Rochelle Elkins of Sparta; one nephew, Timothy Lee Elkins of Chattanooga; and two aunts, Bertha Lawrence of Sparta and Mary Lou Hayes … Read More




WCHS students are making a difference through agriculture

Posted by | February 18, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Every generation of parents is concerned about the welfare of their children and what life has in store for them. However, there is a bright spot on the horizon for parents of members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA).
White County High School is fortunate to have three well-qualified agriculture teachers: Bobby Collier, Tim Mackie and Danielle Gernt. These three individuals are dedicated to their profession and the students who depend upon them for guidance.
According to the officers of the White County Chapter of the FFA, there are several agricultural education classes offered including horse science, forestry, wildlife management, livestock management, soil and … Read More


Questions of unauthorized personnel at E-911 Center sparks controversy

Posted by | February 18, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The discussion of enhanced security at the E-911 Communications Center sparked an intense dialogue between E-911 Director Harry Cole and several board members during the bimonthly meeting on Feb. 12 2002.
The debate over the installation of a fence was reopened. During the meeting held in December, board members had discussed putting up a fence that would completely surround the E-911 complex. Mayor Claude Bradley, who is also an E-911 board member, expressed concern over the fencing. “I think you may be putting too much emphasis on the fence,” said Bradley.
Cole quickly replied he did not understand what Bradley meant by his statement. Bradley … Read More


Woodland Park gunman dies of health complications

Posted by | February 18, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Woodland Park gunman, Willie Ray Elkins, 54, died of health complications on Feb. 15, 2002. According to White County Sheriff Guy Goff, Elkins died in the early morning hours on Feb. 15, 2002 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Elkins was taken to the doctor on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002 and apparently had a medical problem related to his kidneys.
Elkins was originally taken to the White County Community Hospital where authorities evaluated and later, referred him to Cookeville Regional Medical Center. When Elkins was transported to Cookeville, he was placed in the ICU Unit and apparently went into respiratory arrest and later went into cardiac arrest. … Read More


Edath Eugenia (Jean) Savage Lowe

Posted by | February 14, 2002 12:00 am

Edath Eugenia (Jean) Savage Lowe, 85, of Quebeck, passed away Feb. 7, 2002, at River Park Hospital in McMinnville.
Lowe was born Jan. 22, 1917, in White County, to Alexander Savage and Effie Raper Savage.
She attended Doyle Nazarene Church.
Lowe was preceded in death by her husband, Carl D. Lowe; her parents; and one infant son, Carl Edwin Lowe.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Juanita and Bobby White of Sparta; one brother, Paul Savage of Doyle; two grandchildren and spouses, Kim and Randy Ellis of Jackson, Miss. and Tammy and Mike Burrow of Cookeville; and two great grandchildren, Kimberly Danielle Burrow and Carla Nicolle Burrow.
Services … Read More


Thelma Kee Blankenship

Posted by | February 14, 2002 12:00 am

Thelma Kee Blankenship, 96, of Dyersburg, passed away Feb. 9, 2002.
Blankenship was a retired school teacher.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. J.C. Blankenship; one son, Joseph Charles Blankenship Jr.; and her parents, Thomas and Hattie Kee.
Survivors include a niece who was her caregiver, Wanda Butler and one sister, Irma Kee Bolding.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Feb. 13, 2002, at J. W. Curry and Son Funeral Home in Dyersburg with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Rev. Guy Merryman officiated.
J.W. Curry and Son Funeral Home in Dyersburg was in charge of arrangements.


John Thomas Paine

Posted by | February 14, 2002 12:00 am

John Thomas Paine, 79, of McMinnville, passed away Feb. 10, 2002, at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro.
Paine was born April 22, 1922, in Warren County, to Herd Paine and Eliza Hale.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Paine was retired from Carrier Corp.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Feb. 13, 2002, at the chapel of High Funeral Home in McMinnville with burial in Spring Hill Cemetery in White County. Alton Marcum and Jimmy Lindsey officiated.
High Funeral Home in McMinnville was in charge of arrangements.


Cute As A Button Red Carpet Ceremony

Posted by | February 14, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce conducted a Red Carpet Ceremony on Friday for Cute as a Button, a new children’s store located in Cumberland Court on North Spring Street. Family and friends gathered to welcome Sheila and Mark Eller to the business community.


Nashville road trip not a good one for WCHS

Posted by | February 14, 2002 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
B.A. Young puts up a shot from the outside in the loss to Montgomery Bell Academy Tuesday night in Nashville.
The Warriors will host Cumberland County tonight and will then take on Lebanon Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the District 7AAA tournament.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


$20,000 granted to White County

Posted by | February 14, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
White County has recently been granted a large amount of funds for equipment to help detect Weapons of Mass Destruction. Emergency Management Agency Director Jerry Cole Sr. said, “Items will be looked at long and hard before we decide what we need.”
James Williams, Area Coordinator of Middle Tennessee Region of Middle Tennessee Emergency Management visited White County, Feb. 6, 2002. He had a scheduled meeting with County Executive Herd Sullivan and Cole in reference to White County receiving $20,000 in funds from the federal government for Weapons of Mass Destruction detection equipment. The funding program has been enacted for two years and has stemmed from … Read More


County Commission studies wheel tax

Posted by | February 14, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
The proposed White County Wheel Tax was topic for intense discussion at the recent meeting of Steering Committee B, with members continuing to review the proposed tax as a means to increase the coffers of the County General fund.
A document concerning placing the Wheel Tax proposal on the May ballot was reviewed, and commissioners saw the suggested amount of wheel tax had been left blank in the document.
“We can’t really fill in an amount until tomorrow night’s budget meeting,” said Kenneth Milligan.
It was decided to have the Budget Committee review the document
during its Tuesday meeting.
A fee of $30 was suggested as … Read More


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