Newborn hearing tests subject of health council meeting

Posted by | February 4, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A standing-room-only crowd gathered in the meeting room at White County Community Hospital on Tuesday for the monthly meeting of White County Health Council.
Representatives of the healthcare community attended the luncheon meeting. White County Health Council Chairman Wallace Austin introduced Dr. Chad Griffin as the guest speaker. Griffin showed a video on the necessity of checking hearing in newborns. After the informative and compelling video, Griffin elaborated on the impact of the testing of newborns for hearing deficiencies. Griffin said, “Hearing loss in newborns causes the child to be developmentally slow if the problem is not discovered before six months of age.”
Griffin continued … Read More


Gambling and weapon charges result of traffic stop

Posted by | February 4, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Several deputies from the White County Sheriff’s Department seized a stolen weapon and a large amount of cash after they responded to a call in reference to a drunk driver. The driver, William D. Robinson, 55, was placed under arrest for DUI and received additional charges for the stolen weapon and gambling promotion.
Deputy Lewis Carrick of the White County Sheriff’s Department responded to a possible drunk driver call from the Cookeville Police Department. At approximately 9:40 p.m., Sunday, the vehicle was traveling south on Highway 111 and then headed toward Roberts Matthew Highway. Carrick pulled the vehicle over at DCI Trucking and came into contact … Read More


WCHS Top 10 Seniors announced

Posted by | February 4, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Top Row L to R:
Co-Valedictorians:
Kara Lynn Farris, daughter of John and Laura Farris and
Anna Elizabeth Vaughn, daughter of David and Melissa Vaughn
3. Robert Daniel Knox, son of John and Brenda Knox
4. Charles David Knox, son of John and Brenda Knox
5. Jacob Howard Frank, son of Stuart and Carol Frank
Bottom Row L to R:
6. Michael Aaron Beckwith, son of
Robert and Diana Beckwith
7. Valerie Lauren Bumbalough, daughter of Tim and Teresa Bumbalough
8. Mandy John Franklin, daughter of Bill and Jeanne Franklin
9. Leah Collins Sparkman, daughter of
Ben and Sandra Sparkman
10. Cristopher Chaz Shannon, son


Relay for Life needs team members

Posted by | February 4, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
Lorie Wright, Chairman of the 2002 Relay For Life, has announced the date for the team kick-off fund raising activities as February 7.
The kick-off event is free to the public, and scheduled to be held at the Sparta Civic Center on February 7 beginning at 5:00 p.m.
“I’m hoping to actually double our teams from last year,” said Wright.
“That’s the reason we’re doing the kick-off.”
As stated in the official materials for the kick-off, 555,500 people died of cancer in the year 2001, and cancer is the second most common cause of death in Americans.
However, it was recently it was announced in the … Read More


Myrtle Marie Lance Bray

Posted by | January 31, 2002 12:00 am

Myrtle Marie Lance Bray, 75,
passed away on January 24, 2002.
Bray was born on October 10, 1926, in Pennsylvania, and worked at Mallory Controls.
Her parents were James Lance and Victoria Price Lance.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Amos Arley Bray of Sparta; sons Von and Betty Bray of Sparta; Denny and Donna Bray of Sparta; David Bray of Sparta; and Dale and Brenda Bray of Doyle; one daughter Tammy Bray of Sparta; two sisters, Alma Dickerson of Sparta and Mary K. Campbell of Webster, Florida; four grandsons Tony Bray, Brandon Rice, Kyle Judd and Tyler Judd.
Services were held … Read More


Elza C. Spivey

Posted by | January 31, 2002 12:00 am

Elza C. Spivey, 73, passed away on January 28, 2002.
Spivey was born on February 25, 1928, in Jackson County.
He was a retired bricklayer and a World War II veteran.
His parents were Bedford Spivey and Little Rosette Emerton Spivey.
He was preceded in death by his mother; two daughters, Mary Cynthia Spivey and Janet Faye Spivey; his wife, Mary Alice Williams Spivey; and son, Billy D. Spivey.
Survivors include his wife Sharon Hauskins of Springfield; Shirley Ann Draught of Ravenscroft,
Rita Rosetta Parris of Midland, North Carolina; Katherine Richie of Ravenscroft, Tennessee; Barbara Jarney of Gastonia, N. C.; three sons, Bennie Spivey, Senior, of Sparta; Elza … Read More


Nell Roberts Ray

Posted by | January 31, 2002 12:00 am

Nell Roberts Ray, 86,
passed away on January 30, 2002, at Master’s Healthcare Center.
Ray was born on March 27, 1915 in Putnam County.
Ray worked in sales at L & E Apparel.
Her parents were Andrew Jackson Roberts and Martilia Bray, and she was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Erbie Ray.
Survivors include three daughters and a son; Rosemary Lowe and her husband Doyle of Sparta; Patricia and Bill Brady of Sparta; Deborah and James Green of Cookeville; Glenn Ray and Dianna of Sparta; sisters Jean Cunningham of Georgia and Willie B. Thomas of Cookeville.
Grandchildren include Mark Ray, Marty Robinson, Gina Shockley, … Read More


Chamber of Commerce welcomes Technology Store

Posted by | January 31, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
The Sparta/White county Chamber of Commerce held a Red Carpet ceremony for the Benjamin family’s Technology Store on Spring Street.
Welcoming the new business to town were Chamber members, and special guests Brandon Waymire of SunCom, and James DeRosa of DirecTV.
From L to R: Wallace Austin, Chamber president; Christy Hampton, Expositor Advertising; Waymire; DeRosa; David, Richard and Phyllis Benjamin, Mark Cain, administrator of White County Community Hospital; Marsha Brown of M. L. Brown Realty; Suzanne Dickerson, Expositor publisher; and Mike Hollman of Cumberland Insurance.


WCHS falls victim to Lebanon twice

Posted by | January 31, 2002 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Warrior Seth England gets ready to go up for two of his 15 points against Lebanon.
The Blue Devils defeated the Warriors 67-48.
The Warriors and Warriorettes travel to Murfreesboro to take on Blackman in another District 7AAA encounter.
Directions to Blackman High School are on Page 4B.
Photos by Tammy Wilhite


WCMS takes pair of wins over DeKalb

Posted by | January 31, 2002 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
White County Middle School eighth grade Warrior, Colby Holman, takes the ball down the middle and goes around a DeKalb County defender.
The WCMS seventh and eighth grade teams will all host Warren County tonight for homecoming.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


Disaster relief arrives in White County

Posted by | January 31, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Services arrived Wednesday morning to assist families who were affected by the heavy rains and flooding from last week. Office Manager Doris Gamble of the Sparta Chapter of the American Red Cross and Family Service Workers, Larry Barnard and Paul Zimmerman, both of the Hamblen County Chapter of the American Red Cross, visited several homes in White County to assess the damage done by flooding. Barnard said, “We are here to assist families in recovery from the flood.” Doris Gamble said the American Red Cross is able to help with food, shelter and clothing for one month. Barnard also stated, … Read More


Convicted murderer attempts escape

Posted by | January 31, 2002 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
Sheriff Guy Goff informed the media Wednesday of an attempted escape by convicted murderer, Earnest Gwen Humphrey.
Humphrey had been transported to White County Hospital where he was admitted for the evening.
In a report of the incident from Corrections Officer Rhonda Green, Humphrey was shackled but had not yet been restrained to the hospital bed.
Green said in her report Humphrey asked if she had a gun and would she shoot him.
She said she advised Humphrey she did not have a gun.
Green said Humphrey then stated he would not hurt her, and asked would she give him five minutes alone, stating he could … Read More


Gunman at Woodland Park under $900,000 bond

Posted by | January 31, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
In a matter of minutes, an ordinary school day at Woodland Park Elementary turned into an unforgettable crisis that will linger in the minds of staff and faculty, as well as parents and children.
At approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, E-911 received a call that an unidentified gunman had entered Woodland Park Elementary, and had made his way into the office area of the facility. Officers of the Sparta Police Department immediately responded and were on the scene in approximately three minutes.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, officers surrounded the perimeter of the school. Patrolman J. T. King gained access through the gymnasium … Read More


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