Child abuse awareness

Posted by | April 3, 2003 12:00 am

ceremony planned April 8
Billy Jarvis
The statistics are shocking. The victims are silent and frightened. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 2.8 million American children suffer the devastating physical and emotional trauma of child abuse each day. Sadly, less than 50 percent of children identified as maltreated by any source (other than law enforcement) were investigated by state child protective services nationwide.
Experts agree child abusers rely on the veil of secrecy to intimidate their victims into silence. For one local law enforcement official, efforts to bring the issue of child abuse prevention into the public sphere has resulted in a coordinated … CONTINUED


Swindell awaiting pre-trial

Posted by | April 3, 2003 12:00 am

diversion in local theft case
Billy Jarvis
A pending pre-trial diversion for Gary Swindell resulted in a case continuance as Swindell appeared before Judge Lillie Ann Sells in White County Criminal Court on March 31.
A grand jury indictment returned the first week of 2003 charged Swindell with theft over $10,000 from Citizens Bank of Sparta. Charges were filed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (T.B.I.) pursuant to an investigation by T.B.I. special agent Tommy Calahan. According to the indictment, Swindell is charged with knowingly obtaining and unlawfully controlling property (cash) valued at more than $10,000 belonging to Citizens Bank of Sparta. Pursuant to T.C.A. 40-2-103, the statute … CONTINUED


Win the battle against aging at the Women’s Show, April 12

Posted by | April 3, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The battle against facial wrinkles has been fought in every generation, and women and men have accepted the inevitable change in their looks as a part of the entire aging process. However, new products have been created in the past few years that help diminish the effects of Mother Nature, and The Expositor’s 3rd Annual Women’s Show on April 12, 2003,
will exhibit several of these life-changing products.
“Women look at each other and say, ‘What kind of make-up do you have on?’” said Dr. Jack McCauley, of White County Women’s Healthcare, “and they will say, ‘I don’t.’”
McCauley and his wife Valorie have discovered … CONTINUED


Fletcher Edmond Griffin Jr.

Posted by | March 31, 2003 12:00 am

Fletcher Edmond Griffin Jr., 73, of Smithville passed away March 25, 2003, at St. Thomas Hospital.
Griffin attended Johnson’s Chapel Baptist Church and had been the owner of Griffin’s Fruit Market over 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fletcher Edmond Griffin Sr. and Ada Mae Long Griffin.
Survivors include his wife, Getav Looney Griffin of Smithville; one daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Joe Mitchell of Smithville; and one granddaughter, Kallie Mitchell of Smithville.
Services were at 11 a.m., March 28, 2003, at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with burial in Johnson’s Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Gary Farris officiated.
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville was in charge of


Nancy Ellen Huff Bradley

Posted by | March 31, 2003 12:00 am

Nancy Ellen Huff Bradley, 49, of Sparta, passed away March 25, 2003.
Bradley was born Oct. 13, 1953, in White County, to Bernice Huff and Mary Kate Roberts Huff Floyd.
She had been employed in customer service at Ben Lomand Telephone Cooperative.
Bradley was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, John Bradley of Sparta; daughter and son-in-law, Kayla and Lucas Murphy of Sparta; daughter, Lisa Payne of Sparta; one granddaughter, Saige Payne of Sparta; two sisters, Barbara Carr and Carolyn Hyatt both of Sparta; and one brother, Donald Huff of Cookeville.
Services were at 11 a.m., March 28, 2003, at Doyle Methodist Church with … CONTINUED


Johnny B. “Short” Rice

Posted by | March 31, 2003 12:00 am

Johnny B. “Short” Rice, 76, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Rice was born May 4, 1926, in White County, to John B. Rice Sr. and Lena Rivers Hedgecough Rice.
He was retired from the service station business and had been grocery store operator.
Rice was preceded in death by his parents,.
Survivors include one sister, Faye Smith of Sparta; two brothers, Donald Rice of Sparta and Kyle Rice of Memphis; two nieces, Lisa Rice of Memphis and Connie Sparkman of Atlanta, Ga.; and one nephew, Richard Kyle Rice of Memphis.
Services were at 2 p.m., March 30, 2003, at Hunter … CONTINUED


Anna Christine Welch

Posted by | March 31, 2003 12:00 am

Anna Christine Welch, 79, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Welch was born May 6, 1923, in White County, to Vance O’Dell and Minnie Craig.
She had been a homemaker.
Craig was preceded in death by her parents; step father, Will Burden; husband, James Vernon Welch; one sister, Ida Mae Young; and two brothers, Charlie O’Dell and Lee O’Dell.
Survivors include two daughters, Thelma Bolin of Crossville and Connie Willis of Sparta; one son, Dale Welch of Sparta; one sister, Christine Golden of Florida; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m., March 31, 2003, at the chapel … CONTINUED


Donald Clarence Lowery

Posted by | March 31, 2003 12:00 am

Donald Clarence Lowery, 70, of Sparta, passed away March 28, 2003.
Lowery was born Feb. 19, 1933, in White County, to John and Effie Jones Lowery.
He had been a plumber.
Lowery was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bobby Lowery; and one sister, Alena Elliott.
Survivors include five daughters, Karen McBride and Elaine Smotherman both
of Sparta, Lesa Lowery of Nashville, Diana Girardin of Lebanon and Doni Watkins Gramger of Indiana; one son, Alan Lowery of Nashville; two brothers, Rev. J.V. Lowery of Sparta and Leon Lowery of Corona, Calif.; one sister, Geneva Lowery Gilliam of Sparta; 17 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Services will … CONTINUED




Local entrepreneurs soon offering new services

Posted by | March 31, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
During a time when the economy was predicted to be on a downslide, two local businessmen have proven White County is still a thriving and prosperous community.
Alan Tatum, owner of Payless Family Pharmacy in the Sparta Shopping Center, has decided to make his business a truly customer-friendly environment. Tatum will soon be expanding into the location next door, when Video Max moves to its new location in the old Brad Ragan building.
“We’ll do the remodeling in three phases,” said Tatum. “The pharmacy will be bigger, and we’ll have a larger patient care area.”
According to Tatum, Video Max will be moved out by … CONTINUED


A pitcher with a heart stronger than his arm

Posted by | March 31, 2003 12:00 am

Billy Jarvis
For millions of boys across America, summer represents a much anticipated break from the daily routine of school. As the temperatures start to warm and the final month of classes edges closer to an end, boys with athletic interests begin to apply more time to their summer sports of passion. For more than a century, the sport of choice has evolved beyond a simple game. It has become a national identity. As these boys put down their books, many will pick an object that has become a symbol of America itself—baseball!
Communities build complexes to support youth baseball while many families plan their social lives according … CONTINUED


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