Monthly Archives: August 2008

Zella Black Wise Freeman

Posted on August 7, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Zella Black Wise Freeman, 82, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 2, 2008.
Freeman was born June 26, 1926, in Augusta, Ga., to Frank Dunbar Wise and Josie Miller Dunbar Wise.
Just a few of her accomplishments were a graduate of Central High School and Evans Business College. She was also a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a member of White County’s Welcome Neighbors Club, and active in the Seventh Day Adventist Church where she was a member in Spencer and Smithville.
Freeman worked at Western Union at the time of her marriage and continued part-time most of her life at various places of employment as a … CONTINUED

Welcome Home: August 2008

Posted on August 6, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Welcome Home (August 2008)

Back to School: Aug 2008

Posted on August 6, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Back to School (Aug. 2008)

Fire and explosions stopped traffic

Posted on August 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

This box of blasting caps that had been stored in a outbuilding caused authorities to close McMinnville Highway Wednesday afternoon.

Traffic was stopped on McMinnville Highway for approximately three hours Wednesday afternoon when a series of explosions erupted from an outbuilding that was being intentionally burned to clear the property.
As the fire was raging, authorities were unsure of the cause of the explosions. When the owner of the property pointed to a box of blasting caps he had removed from the structure, authorities immediately closed the adjacent highway as a precaution, in case more explosives remained inside the building.
The Special Ops Bomb Unit from the Tennessee … CONTINUED

‘Quarantine’ hurts landlords

Posted on August 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

“Watch out” were the two words spoken by Charles and Ruth Caldwell as they gave advice to other White County landlords about closely monitoring individuals who are renting their properties.
The Caldwells recently became familiar with an aspect of law enforcement that has been a costly venture for the semi-retired former business owners. One of their rental properties was quarantined because of the presence of items in the house that were consistent with the possible manufacturing of meth. The cost of “cleaning up” the residence exceeded $3,000. According to Ruth, they were lucky. She and Charles were told the expense could have exceeded $10,000.
The news came as… CONTINUED

Economic growth spurred by ‘Highlands’

Posted on August 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A four-year program that was devised to help accelerate economic growth in the region was the central focus of a special briefing Thursday at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport.
People from White, Putnam and Overton counties gathered at the airport for an informational session about the progress of Highlands Initiative and what is planned for the future.
Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo served as the facilitator and opened the meeting with a statement that sent a strong message to those in attendance.           
“Isn’t it great that we’ve got everything together and we’re on the go and we’re all working together for the betterment of our community by using the assets

Charles E. Bumbalough

Posted on August 4, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Charles E. Bumbalough, 77, of White County, passed away July 26, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Bumbalough was born May 29, 1931, in White County to Ora Lee Bumbalough and Hassie Eller Bumbalough.
Though a man with only an eighth grade education from Yankeetown School, Bumbalough was an expert at many things. He began his working career at the age of 14 as a shoe cobbler’s apprentice. Through the years, he hauled coal, mixed concrete, worked at Ring Screw Works, in Michigan, was a serviceman and supervisor at Middle Tennessee Natural Gas. He also owned 1,000 Oaks Market, a construction company and Bumbalough’s Machine Shop. He did


Posted on August 3, 2008 12:12 am by By Kim Swindell WoodEditorkim@myspartanews.comSTORY ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 10:30 A.M., AUG. 3, 2008

A lone sheriff department patrol car sits in Old Bon Air Cemetery near the location where the body of Zella Freeman was found.

These embedded tire marks are believed to be those made by the driver of the vehicle that was reportedly observed leaving the scene where Zella Freeman's body was discovered.

The son of an elderly Sparta woman has been charged in her death after her body was  found Saturday night in Old Bon Air Cemetery by  individuals who were visiting some gravesites.
According to Detective Chris Isom, of White County Sheriff Department, James Drew Freeman, Jr. has been charged with criminal homicide in the gunshot death … CONTINUED

Former deputy decertified as officer of the law

Posted on August 1, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Clarification (Aug. 1, 2008): The story “Former deputy decertified as officer” in the July 29, 2008, edition of The Expositor did not identify the officer. The name of the decertified officer is Marcus Caldwell.
At a July 17 hearing in Nashville, a former White County Sheriff’s deputy was decertified as a law enforcement officer. Sheriff Oddie Shoupe initiated the decertification process once he realized the situation could lead to problems for other communities.
“I promised the people that I’d clean this department up and I’m not going to pass my problems on to someone else,” said Shoupe. “He cannot be a police officer in the state of Tennessee … CONTINUED

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