Monthly Archives: April 2002

Deborah Callahan

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Deborah Callahan, 32, passed away April 13, 2002, at Centennial Medical Center.
Callahan was born May 18, 1969, in Putnam County.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Scotty Childress of Sparta; two sons, Geoffory Callahan and Joseph Childress both of Sparta; one daughter, Tiffany Childress of Sparta; father, Jimmy Nabors of Sparta; mother and step father, Betty and Don
Goney of Algood; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Triva and Eddie Gentry of Sparta and Tracey and Jason Childress of Cookeville; paternal grandmother, Sarah Childress of Sparta; and maternal grandmother, Kay Braddom of Sparta.
Services were held at 2 p.m., April 5, 2002, at the chapel of Whitson … CONTINUED


Local soccer update

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Legislative luncheon hosted by Chamber of Commerce

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The budgetary problems for the State of Tennessee are still a hotly debated item at political gatherings, and White Countians had the opportunity to directly question legislators during a luncheon held on Friday.
The Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a legislative luncheon at White County Community Hospital, with State Senator Charlotte Burks and State Representative Charles Curtiss answering questions posed by those in attendance.
Curtiss reviewed items he felt were top priority in the budget crisis. “When we left this session, we were 256 million in the red,” he said.
Curtiss referred to the controversial use of tobacco settlement monies used to help with … CONTINUED


Burgess Falls reopens

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Budget crunches in the state financial situation led to the closure of several state parks in Tennessee, but last week, officials announced some parks would be temporarily reopened. Burgess Falls State Park, located in White County was among the selected group to benefit from the decision.
State Representative Charles Curtiss said the state legislature actually funded the parks last year, but the attorney general ruled the legislators did not have the authority to say the parks could remain open.
“When the governor saw we didn’t have revenue, he chose to close the parks,” said Curtiss. “But, he operated within his right.”
Burgess Falls State Park … CONTINUED


Mary Louise Price

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Louise Price, 83, of Sparta, passed away April 12, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Price was born Oct. 20, 1918, in White County, to Beecher and Girtie Bell Officer Price.
She was a homemaker.
Price was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include Dee Dee Price Jones and husband, Dwayne of Nashville; Nicholas Jones of Nashville; Walter Stewart
and Ernestine Shockley both of Detroit, Mich.; Ella Mae Price and Nelda Joyce Pincheon both of Sparta; Daisy Officer of Biloxi, Miss.; Shirley Moore of Washington, D.C.; and special friends, Arthur Gist, Gwendolyn Elligan and Henry Carrick.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., April 19, 2002, … CONTINUED


Illegal gambling devices seized

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
Authorities worked together to seize illegal gambling devices on Wednesday. “We are working with the District Attorney’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,” said Sheriff Guy Goff.
Members of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the White County Sheriff’s Dept. seized illegal gambling devices from several White County businesses. This operation was the result of a recent Supreme Court decision in the case of State of Tennessee vs. Rhonda Burkhart which declared certain video devices are deemed to be illegal gambling devices. Under Tennessee state law, it is illegal to possess gambling devices.
TBI members and White County deputies arrived at Lazy Day’s Deli … CONTINUED


Over 1,200 attended Women’s Show

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emily Moorehead
Angie Saylors, one of the four winners of a Styled and Polished make over during the 2002 Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women, looked stunning with her new appearance.
Saylors received a free make over courtesy of Styled and Polished salon, a free outfit from The Outlet in Cookeville and complimentary shoes from The Shoe Sensation.
See more pictures from the 2002 Upper Cumberland Showcase for Women in the April 18 edition of Living.


Cecil Victor Smith

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Cecil Victor Smith, 74, of Sparta, passed away April 15, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Smith was born Feb. 6, 1928, in Jackson County, to Cordell Hull Smith and Fannie B. Anderson Smith.
He was a retired service station manager from Mapco.
Smith was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charlie Ray Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Enloit Smith of Sparta; two sons, Dr. Kevin Cecil Smith of Sparta and Roger Dale Smith of Illinois; two brothers, Paul Smith of Warren, Mich. and James Harold Smith of Cookeville; eight sisters, Kathleen Ragland, Christine Bryant, Norma Bennett Stewart, Mary L. Burgess all of Cookeville, Jewell … CONTINUED


Roy Melvin Burchett

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Roy Melvin Burchett, 72, of Quebeck, passed away April 15, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Burchett was born Dec. 2, 1925, in Clay County, to Elmer Winton Burchett and Sara Etta Davis Burchett.
He was a logger.
Burchett was preceded in death by his parents; brothers; one son; and one daughter.
Survivors include his wife, Hallie Burchett of Quebeck; three daughters, Lill Marie Burchett of McMinnville and Sarah Hillis and Melba Hennessee both of Rock Island; one son, James “Jimmy” Burchett of Nashville; four sisters, Arrie Belle Neely of Manchester, Thelma Cunningham of Sparta, Venita Tindle of Memphis and Reba Clark of Quebeck; three brothers. Delbert Burchett … CONTINUED


Robert L. Thompkins

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert L. Thompkins, 64, passed away April 10, 2002.
Thompkins was born Dec. 3, 1937, in Bladenboro, N.C., to John Franklin Thompkins and Eliza Jane Thompkins
He was a member of North Mullins Baptist Church and Woodmen of the World Thompkins was retired from American Bakeries and a retired carpenter.
Thompkins was preceded in death by his wife, Annie
Margaret Strickland Thompkins.
Survivors include his children, Robert Michael Thompkins, Wanda Brayfield, Joel Thompkins and Kenneth Thompkins; 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; four brothers, Lloyd Thompkins, Donald Thompkins of Sparta, Wendell Thompkins and Edward Thompkins; and two sisters, Gracie Watson and Cindy Creach.
Services were held at 3 p.m., … CONTINUED


WCHS softball picks up win # 4

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


ERG receives Award of Excellence

Posted on April 18, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors recently presented the prestigious Award of Excellence to three ERG agents who have produced at least one million dollars in sales for the fiscal year. L-R: Bula Price, Kathy Frasier and Diana Birdwell as Award of Excellence recipients and Evon Heady, 2002 president.


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