Monthly Archives: September 2003

Ruth Young Lee

Posted on September 22, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ruth Young Lee, 102, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 18, 2003.
Lee was born March 25, 1901, in White County, to Martin and Pat Ray Young.
She had been a homemaker.
Lee was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, William Franklin “Pete” Lee.
Survivors include two sons, William Franklin Lee Jr. and wife Martha Hughes, of Nashville, and James Martin Lee and wife Bernice, of Sparta; three grandchildren, Anne Lee, of Nashville, Bob Lee and wife, Eliska, of Dalton, Ga., and Martin Lee, of Sparta; and one great grandchild, Meredith Lee.
Services were at 2 p.m., Sept. 21, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with … CONTINUED


Warriors searching for elusive first win

Posted on September 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


WCHS volleyball adds two more “W’s” to their slate

Posted on September 20, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Sunday verbally commits to Belmont University

Posted on September 19, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Shop @ Home: Industry provides solid foundation for local tax base

Posted on September 19, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
“Without industry in White County, there would be no jobs or business,” said Wallace Austin, president of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce. “That’s the gain. That’s where we get our sales tax.”
Businesses and industries in White County have been the backbone of the community throughout several generations of local residents. Before 1960, most White Countians had very few choices for job opportunities. The spectrum was very limited.
Then, in the 1960’s, new industry came to White County and brought job opportunities that had only been available in the northern states. White Countians now were able to make good wages and produce quality products for … CONTINUED


It’s homecoming week in White County!

Posted on September 19, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Prisoner of memories

Posted on September 19, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
“I grabbed my Thompson sub machine gun and ran to the front of the jeep,” said Gerald Wallace, former prisoner of war. “By that time, they had me shot full of holes.”
Wallace, a life-long resident of White County, was drafted in May 1943 at the age of 18. Germany had taken over several European countries. The Japanese had already bombed Pearl Harbor, and the United States was deeply involved in what was recognized as World War II.
The young Wallace belonged to the 159th Combat Engineer Battalion. Its mission was to build roads, bridges and perform demolition tasks, in addition to being a combat unit. … CONTINUED


County passes 1,000-foot rule

Posted on September 19, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
After several weeks of debate about distance rules for beer permits, White County commissioners passed a 1,000-foot rule during the regular meeting Monday night.
The controversy about distance rulings began when Airport Chevron, which is less than 2,000 feet from Hampton’s Crossroads Baptist Church, was recently issued a beer permit by White County Beer Board.
During an August joint meeting of Steering Committees A and B, Denny Mitchell, county attorney, explained to commissioners how White County did not have a distance ruling because of previous violations in issuance of beer permits. Mitchell said in 1980 White County passed the 2,000-foot rule. In 1983, Mitchell said … CONTINUED


Riley marks 20th year with THP

Posted on September 19, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Good role models are sometimes hard to find. However, there is one man in White County who lives his life as a true testimony to honor and respect.
Celebrating an anniversary is a special event, but observing a 20th anniversary in law enforcement is definitely a milestone for Lt. Kendall Riley, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
“It’s a privilege and an honor to be a trooper,” said Riley. “It was a childhood dream. I always had a lot of respect for the highway patrol. After I got out of the army, I came back to Pickett County and applied, and five years later I was … CONTINUED


Ian Douglas Ritson

Posted on September 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ian Douglas Ritson, 87, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 12, 2003, at his residence.
Ritson was born May 1, 1916, in Montreal Quebec, Canada, to Douglas Donald Ritson and Caroline White Gilmour Ritson.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was a member of the Navy League and the United States Naval Institute.
He was a retired executive from Olin Corporation.
Ritson was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Donald Douglas Ritson.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Breyer Ritson, of Sparta; three daughters, Barbara Boyd Ellis, of Oakville Ontario, Canada, Carol Ann Ritson and Marjorie Ritson Orbeson, both of Sparta; two sons, … CONTINUED


Louise Cantrell Klein

Posted on September 18, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Louise Cantrell Klein, 88, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 15, 2003, at NHC of Sparta.
Klein was born Sept. 25, 1914, in White County, to Hannah Cantrell.
She had been employed in the garment industry.
Klein was preceded in death by her parent; husband, Merrill Klein; daughter, Joyce Ann Klein Cantrell; grandson, Ronnie Prater; and brother, Lum Cantrell.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Evans and husband Bill, Dorothy Whitson, all of Sparta, Judy Primm and husband Charles, of Murfreesboro; three sons, Billy Klein and wife Sue, Jimmy Klein and wife Shirley, all of Sparta, Mickey Klein and wife Judy, of Fla.; 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and six … CONTINUED


Attorney sought for wastewater case

Posted on September 16, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Hodges Bridge area residents in White County have fought for several weeks to stop Spencer’s plans to discharge its wastewater into the Caney Fork River near their homes. However, according to Ricky Dunn, spokesperson for Friends of the Caney Fork, Saya Qualls, engineer for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, notified him on Sept. 5, 2003, that she had issued the permit.
At a meeting on Sept. 2, 2003, at White County Courthouse, Qualls said she had been given numerous letters of opposition from individuals in the Hodges Bridge area, as well as many from concerned residents of the surrounding counties. Qualls had said … CONTINUED


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