Remembering the stories of 2010 that impacted the community

Posted By | December 30, 2010 12:00 am

As 2010 approaches its final days, The Expositor takes a look at the stories that touched the hearts of readers. The top 10 stories were determined by figures generated on
Number 1:
Body is identified as 40-year-old Richmond Boruff
A body that was found Aug. 18, 2010, in an out-building, at Boruff Creekside Farm on Charlie Hickey Road, has officially been identified as well known Sparta businessman Richmond Boruff, according to White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe.
Shoupe and Chief Deputy Tommy Simmons, as well as detectives with WCSD, were on the scene. Officials with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney General’s office were called as part of the investigation. Shoupe also confirmed the Bomb and Arson Squad, in Nashville, was called to the scene.
Number 2:
Two killed in crash
Two White County men died after a one-vehicle crash that occurred Aug. 25, 2010, on Highway 111 South, in Sparta.
According to Trooper Kevin Ballew, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, Anthony Zachary Hall, 19, of Sparta, and Wendell Seth Guy, 20, of Doyle, were both killed after the car in which they were traveling slammed into a tree, leaving a trail of vehicle parts and tires strewn along the path of impact. Ballew said the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed.
Ballew said Hall was the owner and driver of the 2005 Black Dodge Neon.
Number 3:
Final election tallies reported
The voters of Sparta and White County have spoken. They chose to keep several incumbents, while also choosing new officials to fill the positions on the ballot. The following were the winners of the elections.
County Executive
Herd Sullivan
County Commission
District 1
Wallace Austin
Diana Haston
District 2
Terry Alley
Denny Wayne
District 3
Andy Alley
B.K. Luna
District 4
Jerry Austin
Al Klee
District 5
Marion Bumbalough
Matthew S. McBride
District 6
Paul Bailey
Bruce Null
District 7
Hank Clark
Joe B. England
Oddie Shoupe
Register of Deeds
Gary Brogden
Road Superintendent
Clay Parker
School Board
5th District
Donna W. Jones
Mayor, City of Sparta
Jeff Young
City of Sparta
Jim Floyd
Hoyt Jones
Bobby Officer
Number 4:
Two deputies involved in shooting
White County resident Melvin Whitefield was reportedly killed in an exchange of gunfire with deputies from White County Sheriff Department in the parking lot of Highway 70 Market, on Smithville Highway, in Cassville.
According to Kristin Helm with Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, officers with WCSD reportedly responded to a call regarding goats being “at-large” at the convenience store, at approximately 8 a.m., on Jan. 16, 2010.
The incident reportedly escalated soon after officers arrived on the scene, resulting in an exchange of gunfire between Whitefield and the officers.
Whitefield was fatally shot in the incident.
Shoupe confirmed the two officers involved, Sgt. John Meadows and Deputy Lanny Wheeler, were not injured in the incident.
Number 5:
Sparta businessman dies after Friday head-on crash
Aaron Ray Shafer, 36, owner of Shafer’s Home Inspection and Pluto’s Hot Dogs, as well as a board member of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, was critically injured in a head-on crash on Highway 84, at approximately 8:44 a.m., on Feb. 12.
Shafer passed away Feb. 13, 2010, at Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga.
According to Trooper Kevin Ballew with Tennessee Highway Patrol, Shafer was traveling northbound in a 1994 Dodge Caravan, when he traveled into the southbound lane and struck a 2004 Dodge one-ton flatbed truck, driven by Christopher Goines, 38, of Sparta.
As of 3 p.m., Feb. 12, and according to Shafer’s mother Jeannie, Shafer underwent exploratory surgery to find the cause of internal bleeding.
Goines was reportedly not injured in the incident.
Number 6:
Liquor by the drink passes
Voters have said “yes” to the hotly debated issue of liquor-by-the-drink for City of Sparta.
In a close race, those voting for liquor-by-the-drink totaled 659, with those voting against the referendum tallying 646.
Now, what is the next step? Liquor-by-the-drink laws and enforcement are implemented and controlled by state authority, which is Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. City of Sparta does have the authority to regulate a couple of items, such as allowing Sunday sales of liquor-by-the-drink to begin at 10 a.m., instead of 12 noon.
Number 7:
Heady dies in tractor mishap
A Sparta man was killed, on Aug. 24, 2010, when the tractor he was driving rolled over, while he was bush-hogging a field behind his residence, on North Spring Street.
According to Sgt. Chris Bennett with Sparta Police, Dewey Tolbert Heady, 84, was discovered by his son, Roy Heady, at approximately 2:30 p.m., after the elder Heady’s wife became concerned and sent their son to locate the hard-working, long-time Sparta resident.
Number 8:
54 warrants and indictments issued in drug roundup
Several Upper Cumberland law enforcement and public safety agencies were involved in a round-up of alleged drug users and suppliers in White County, on May 5, 2010, after 54 arrest warrants and sealed indictments were issued.
According to White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, the round-up, nicknamed “Hug A Thug,” is the culmination of an approximate two-year investigation and undercover operation into illegal drug trafficking and illegal drug use.
The investigation involved various illegal drugs, such as marijuana and methamphetamine, as well as the illegal use and selling of prescription drugs.
Number 9:
Murdered man’s family files lawsuit against wife
The father, mother and sister of Terry Sullivan, who was found murdered in his home on Jan. 16, 2009, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his wife.
Joe and Vauda Sullivan, along with their daughter, Daphne Sullivan Jacob, recently filed the document in White County Circuit Court and named Cheryl Sullivan and “John Doe I” and/or “John Doe II” alleged co-conspirators in the case.
Number 10:
$5 million lawsuit filed in death of crash victim
A lawsuit has been filed in White County Circuit Court on behalf of the minor child of Wendell Seth Guy who died from injuries he suffered in an August 2010 crash on Highway 111 South, in Sparta.
According to the legal documentation, Kaitlin Ann Herring, of White County and mother of the child, has filed the “wrongful death” complaint against the estate of Anthony Zachary Hall, who was the driver of the vehicle in which Guy was a passenger. Hall also died from injuries he suffered in the crash.
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