Monthly Archives: September 2003

Warriorette volleyball opens with pair of district wins

Posted on September 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriors come oh-so-close at Cookeville

Posted on September 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Something to cheer about. The Warrior football team has finally been giving their fans something about which to cheer.
The Warrior faithful went absolutely hysterical when the Warriors took the lead late in the contest.


Residents gather to plan strategy about Spencer wastewater permit

Posted on September 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Over 60 families were represented at a strategy meeting Friday night, as residents from White, Van Buren and Warren counties gathered to discuss their plans to stop a wastewater permit for the City of Spencer.
According to Ricky Dunn, spokesperson for the group, a committee was formed from the individuals who met at Gribble’s Landing Restaurant. Several women volunteered to make phone calls to solicit support and numerous other individuals have been gathering names on petitions to help stop the treated wastewater from being discharged into the Caney Fork River.
Dunn said approximately 1,000 signatures have already been garnered, with Sheriff Donnie Evans, of Van … CONTINUED


Simpson wins fair pageant

Posted on September 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Fairest of the Fair. Serena Simpson, 17-year-old daughter of James Allen and Tracy Simpson, was crowned the 2003 White County Fairest of the Fair Monday night. She was chosen out of 23 beautiful young women entered into the scholarship contest in which the winner receives a $1,000 for a college or university within the State of Tennessee. Simpson was also awarded Miss Congeniality. Simpson will continue on to compete in the State Fairest of the Fair competition. See Thursday’s edition of The Expositor for more photos from the White County Fair.


Wetlands continue to be an issue

Posted on September 3, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Coleen Gorski
Richard Rinks, with Rinks and Associates Architects, chaired a public hearing on Thursday at the airport about the possible loss of wetlands. Several community members attended the meeting and voiced their concerns of losing additional wetlands and questioned the impact on the environment as a result.
Rinks encouraged people to provide suggestions, stating, “We need to get as much input from the community as possible. We want to do what is best for the environment. These improvements will be made the most responsible way as possible.”
Several White County officials attended the hearing including: Herd Sullivan, White County Executive; Tommy Pedigo, mayor; and Wallace Austin, president, … CONTINUED


Barbara J. Hayes

Posted on September 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Barbara J. Hayes, 27, of Quebeck, passed away Aug. 27, 2003.
Hayes was born Jan. 20, 1976, in Crossville, to Kenneth Ray Presley and Wilma Jean Conley Presley.
She had been employed by Hardees.
Survivors include her parents; husband, Bobby Hayes, of Cookeville; two daughters, Tiffney Hayes, Jessica Cravens; son, Bobby Joe Hayes Jr., all of Cookeville; three sisters, Patricia Oliver, Tammy Pitts and Lisa Presley, all of Sparta; grandmother, Ruby Conley, of Sparta.
Services were at 11 a.m., Aug. 29, 2003, at Hensley Chapel Church with burial in Young Cemetery. Bro. Donnie Randolph officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Billy Connell Kell

Posted on September 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Connell Kell, 61, passed away Aug. 16, 2003, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Kell was born May 2, 1942, in Van Buren County, to John B. Kell and Tera M. Johnson.
He had been a factory worker.
Kell was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Brownie B. Kell.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Ramona and Carlon Curtis, of Quebeck; two brothers, L.C. Key, of Doyle, and Wayne Price Kell, of McMinnville; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 1 p.m., Aug. 18, 2003, at the chapel of High Funeral Home, in McMinnville with burial in Laurel Creek Cemetery, in Van Buren … CONTINUED


Virgie Ann Lee

Posted on September 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Virgie Ann Lee, 84, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 28, 2003.
Lee was born June 6, 1919, in White County, to Thomas E. Knowles and Nancy Ann Young.
She had been a homemaker.
Lee was preceded in death by her parent; husband, James Haskell Lee; one son, James Carroll Lee; two brothers, Willie Martin Knowles and Ernest Knowles; and two sisters,Novela Winnett and Zemma Young.
Survivors include three daughters, Glenda Fay Gillen, of Manchester, Anna Kaye Briggs, of Cookeville, and Carla Ruth Lee, of Marietta, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.
Services were at 2 p.m., Aug. 31, 2003,
at Sparta Free Will Baptist Church, with burial … CONTINUED


J.B. Hobbs

Posted on September 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

J.B. Hobbs, 67, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 28, 2003, at NHC of Sparta.
Hobbs was born June 22, 1936, in Warren County, to Henry and Callie Sarah Ellen Gooch Hobbs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jason Balaine Hobbs; and two brothers, Charles Eugene Hobbs and James Claudine Hobbs.
Survivors include his wife, Francis Marie Green Hobbs, of Sparta; one son, Gary Daniel (Danny) Hobbs, of Florida; one grandson, Corey Daniel Hobbs, of Florida; one sister, Maggie Josephine McKenzie of McMinnville; three brothers, William Arlis Hobbs, of Colliinswood, Henry Lee Hobbs, of Athens, Ala., and Paul Wayne Hobbs, of McMinnville.
Services were at … CONTINUED


Evelyn Turner Young

Posted on September 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Evelyn Turner Young, 59, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 29, 2003.
Young attended Johnson Chapel Free Will Baptist Church and was a certified respiratory technician at River Park Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Josephine Eubanks Hicks.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Tony Hutchings, of Smithville; two grandchildren, Brandon and Brooke Hutchings, both of Smithville; father and his wife, Earl and Faye Longmier, of Knoxville; five brothers and their spouses, Raymond and Debbie Longmier and George Edward Longmier, all of Cleveland, Glen Earl Longmier, of Dyersburg, and Danny and Twila Longmier and Roger Longmier, all of Texas; three sisters, Peggy Stusse, of … CONTINUED


Wayne Harold Gritten

Posted on September 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Wayne Harold Gritten, 71, of White County, passed away Aug. 28, 2003.
Gritten was born Aug. 5, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., to Harold Walter and Charlotte Hall Gritten.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Korean Service, United Service, National Defense Service and Good Conduct medals. Gritten was also a retired salesman from Westinghouse Corp., of Hammond, Ind., with 27 years of service. He was a member of American Legion, VFW and SAR.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Pauline Foster Gritten, of White County; one son, Bruce Gritten, of White County; one daughter, Brenda Howland, of Danvers, Mass.; … CONTINUED


Lois Davis Hutson Tennant

Posted on September 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lois Davis Hutson Tennant
Graveside services were at 10 a.m., Aug. 29, 2003 with burial in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Bro. Fate Wilson officiated.


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