Monthly Archives: September 2007

Fair president speaks out

Posted on September 25, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Another successful White County Fair has come and gone, which has prompted the president of the fair association to speak candidly about the functions of the volunteer group and how the money is obtained for providing the community with the annual event.
Paul Bailey, president of White County Fair Association and 11-year member of the board, is adamant about the public having full access to the organization’s financial information. So, he decided the best way to accomplish his goal and reach the largest possible segment of the population was to conduct a question-and-answer interview with The Expositor.
Q: Where does the White County Fair Association … CONTINUED


Lowery steps into action for the Golden Eagles

Posted on September 25, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Grand jury issues indictments

Posted on September 25, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The September session of White County Criminal Court was filled with a variety of cases that ranged from leaving the scene of an accident to statutory rape.
Criminal Court Judge Leon Burns presided over the recent proceedings where law enforcement officials were granted their requests for indictments in a multitude of cases. Among those indictments issued were:
•Edward Amos Sweat; rape, incest
•Bryant R. Phillips: statutory rape
•Joe Thomas Luna: aggravated sexual battery (victim under 13 years of age
•Amanda Lee Ryan: theft over $1,000, fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance
•Tammie L. Lisi: theft over $1,000, fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance
•Karen Sue Lack: theft … CONTINUED


Easy ideas for bringing the beauty of fall into your home

Posted on September 25, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
Bringing the look, feel and fragrances of fall into your home doesn’t have to mean hiring a decorator or going on an accessory buying frenzy at your local home design store.
According to design experts at The Art Institutes schools, just a few simple and easy-to-do ideas can usher a beautiful and colorful autumn right into your home. For Mary Saleeby, an Interior Design instructor at The Art Institute of New York City, the arrival of fall means, “It’s time to put summer behind us and escape into cranberries, pomegranates and lovely leaves.”
In her Manhattan home, Saleeby likes to fill glass cylinders with Clementine’s and … CONTINUED


Truck strikes stranded vehicle

Posted on September 25, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Debris was scattered across Highway 111 after a pickup truck hit a car parked on the side of the road and flipped early Thursday morning.
The driver, Nathanial Bridgeman, 30, of Kentucky, escaped injuries in the crash. According to Trooper David Roark, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, Bridgeman was wearing a seat belt.
Roark said Bridgeman was traveling south on Highway 111 at approximately 6:15 a.m., Sept 20, 2007, in a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck, owned by Mid State Construction. For reasons unknown, Bridgeman veered onto the right side of the highway and struck a 1998 Mazda that was parked on the shoulder of the road, just … CONTINUED


Warriors end offensive drought in loss at Cleveland

Posted on September 25, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Sometimes when a sports team is struggling, the squad takes victories anywhere they can get them whether in the final score or of the moral variety.


Enjoying the ‘sunshine’ of life

Posted on September 25, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Renee Bouldin
The newly remodeled Sunshine Diner reopened for business in January of this year.
Owner Alan Tatum has worked very hard on the remodeling of the diner with great success. The diner is located inside the Payless Family Pharmacy building and is reminiscent of a 50’s retro-style diner, all the way down to the dining room tables and red Naugahyde covered bar stools.
The diner is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. A full breakfast is served, and there are daily lunch specials that also change monthly. Manager Cacee Franklin moved to the area several years ago and has always enjoyed cooking.
“I learned how to cook from … CONTINUED


Emma Jean Dickerson Smith

Posted on September 24, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Emma Jean Dickerson Smith, 70, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 16, 2007, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Smith was born Aug. 11, 1937, in Sparta, to Charlie Howard Dickerson and Notie Mall Frazier Dickerson.
She was retired from the Shirt Factory, in Campaign.
Smith was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mattie Rice.
Survivors include husband, J.C. Smith, of Sparta; two sisters, Jonna McCormick and husband Kenneth, of Sparta, Judy Radford, of Sparta; three brothers, Charles Dickerson and wife Joyce, of Sparta, James Dickerson and wife Faye, of Sparta, Howard J. Dickerson and wife Frankie, of Cookeville; four sisters-in-law, Chris Misna, of Ohio, Lorene Henry, … CONTINUED


Paul Edward Hogan

Posted on September 24, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Paul Edward Hogan, 76, Chesterfield Township, Mich., passed away Sept. 16, 2007, at Mt. Clemons, Regional Medical Center, in Michigan.
Hogan was born June 19, 1931, in Baxter, to John B. Hogan and Cassie Jane Dyer Hogan.
He had been a mechanic.
Hogan was preceded in death by his wife Jane Lawson Hogan and his parents.
Survivors include his children, Philip Hogan and wife Cindy Ann, of New Haven, Mich., and Denise Farmer, of Chesterfield Township, Mich.; grandchildren, Paula, Kari and John Paul; four sisters-in-law, Christine Warrington, Helen Morris and Dorothy Pope, all of Sparta, and Marie Phillips, of Cookeville: brother-in-law, Jimmy Lawson, of O’Fallon, Mo.; and several … CONTINUED


Nina Jane Yates

Posted on September 24, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Nina Jane Yates, 42, of Spencer, passed away Sept. 19, 2007, at Erlanger Hospital.
Yates worked as a factory worker and was a member of Hill Road Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Carl V. Scott; grandfathers, T.P. Sullivan and Bill Scott; grandmother, Victory Yates Scott; one stepbrother, Johnny J. Forsythe; cousin, Charity J. Sullivan; and aunt, Sarah R. Sullivan.
Survivors include mother, Beverly K. Sullivan; stepfather, Jimmy D. Forsythe Sr., of Spencer; daughter, Kristen R. Farmer and husband David, of Spencer; two sons, Kyle E. Yates and Kelly D. Yates, both of Spencer; grandmother, Edna Sullivan, of Spencer; three sisters, Melissa A. Martin … CONTINUED


Willie B. Sparks

Posted on September 24, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Willie B. Sparks, 95, passed away Sept. 20, 2007, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Sparks was born Nov. 11, 1911, to William Champ Buttrum and Mary Lou Whiteaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Ray Wheeler and J.T. Sparks; and all her brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her sons and their spouses, Bobby Wheeler, of California, and Johnny and Jewell Wheeler, of Hillsboro; two grandchildren, Kathy Guess and husband Jeff, of Winchester, and Lisa Wheeler, of Hillsboro; two great-grandchildren, Jessica Guess and Hayden Scott; numerous step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Services were 2 p.m. Sept. 23, 2007, at Thurman Funeral … CONTINUED


Do officials take part in budgetary process?

Posted on September 21, 2007 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A strongly debated topic by some elected official about requested raises for three deputy clerks sparked some conversation Monday night by county commissioners about how the budgetary process is actually handled.
During the Monday night meeting of White County Board of Commissioners, a resolution was presented to fund a part-time employee for the clerk and master’s office. According to the resolution, the amount, which totaled $13,472, had been “omitted in error.”
“Is this error from the financial director or from the budget committee?” asked Commissioner Terry Alley.
Mark Farley, White County finance director quickly responded with, “That would be on me.”
Farley said he and … CONTINUED


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