Business of the Week

Posted by | December 16, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
Jeff’s Body Shop is located at 740 Fred Hill Road in Sparta. Jeff Young, owner, has been serving White and surrounding counties for the past 20 years. Services available include:
24 hour towing service, rental cars, baking
booth, professional auto body repair, insurance work and a senior discount. Stop in today or call Jeff Young at 931-738-7820.


Doyle students are featured at school board meeting

Posted by | December 16, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The excitement of learning with new and innovative programs was the focus of the White County Board of Education meeting on Thursday, as students from Doyle Elementary School were honored for their accomplishments.
Members of the board and parents were treated to a special presentation by several students, which demonstrated new software especially designed to adapt to all ages and levels of study. Carmilla Cocke, technology coordinator for the White County School System, explained to the audience about the Orchard software and its correlation to required testing by the state. According to Cocke, teachers can individualize programs for students. “Teachers can work on programs in … CONTINUED


Christmas parades delighted all ages

Posted by | December 16, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor Report
Taking a leisurely ride in the back of his classic pick-up truck during the Sparta Rotary Christmas parade on Saturday, “Reindog” was looking especially stylish with his designer sweater and shades, which were provided by his owner, Tia Eller.
See exclusive photo coverage of the parade in Thursday’s edition of The Expositor.


Sparta recertified for 11th Three-Star Award

Posted by | December 16, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“Being a Three-Star Community lets prospective businesses and industries know you’re ready for economic development,” said Wallace Austin, president of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce. “This lets them know we are the ‘best of the best.”
Sparta has been a Three-Star Community for 10 years and was recently recertified for its 11th year. According to Austin, the recertification process takes place every two years and there are numerous requirements.
The Three-Star Program was created 20 years ago to help communities take full advantage of economic development opportunities. The goals are to preserve existing employment, create new employment opportunities, increase Tennessee family incomes, improve quality … CONTINUED


Betty Sue Phifer Davis

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Betty Sue Phifer Davis, 62, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 9, 2002.
Davis was born May 12, 1940, in White County, to Roy and Lela Spakes Phifer.
She was a retired nurse.
Davis was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Kimberly Davis of Sparta; one grandson, Kyle Davis of Sparta; and one brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Ruby Phifer of Quebeck.
Services were held at 8 p.m., Dec. 11, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home. Fate Wilson officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


James Edward Cox

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

James Edward Cox, 73, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 10, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Cox was born Oct. 22, 1929, in White County, to Green Cox and Rosa Lee White Cox.
He had been employed at the Shirt Factory.
Cox was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, George Cox, Beecher Cox, Henry Cox and one infant brother; and two sisters, Dora Mae Cox and Mary Lou Cox.
Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Ollie Rhea Cox Geer and Bob Cox of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Dec. 12, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home … CONTINUED


Max Kelly Fields

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Max Kelly Fields, 52, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 7, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Fields was born Sept. 17, 1950, in Dallas, Texas, to James Leo Fields and Alice Bernice Weir Fields.
He had been a mechanic.
Fields was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Jack Daniel Fields.
Survivors include his mother, Alice Fields of Sparta; one daughter, Sydney Flynn of Cookeville; one son, Jason Fields of Cookeville; two sisters, Jimmie Gail Doot and Sally Pirtle both of Sparta; and one grandson, Elias Flynn.
Services were held at 12 p.m., Dec. 10, 2002, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in … CONTINUED


Gilbert Guy

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Gilbert Guy, 70, passed away Dec. 8, 2002.
Guy was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Van Buren County, to Clyde J. Guy and Opal Northcutt guy.
He attended a Church of Christ and was retired from the railroad, where he had worked for North Fork Southern AC & Division.
Survivors include his wife, Ella Jean guy of Chattanooga; one son, Jonathan Guy of Chattanooga; mother, Opal guy of Spencer; one sister, Clydene Roberts of Spencer; and one niece, Jamie Simmons and her family.
Services were held at 3 p.m., Dec. 10, 2002, at Love-Cantrell & Cope Spencer Chapel with burial in Town Cemetery. Perry Hurst and Don Northcutt … CONTINUED


Jean Roberts

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Jean Roberts, 70, of Cookeville, passed away Dec. 10, 2002.
Roberts attended the University Heights Baptist Church in Cookeville. She had been self-employed as an antique dealer and was former owner of Smithville Auto Supply.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Alfred and Martha Thomas Mitchell and two brothers, L.E. Mitchell and James T. Mitchell.
Survivors include one son, John Roberts of Walling; three sisters, Bonnie Broadway of Cookeville, Lorine Byrd of California and Reba Raymaker of Nashville; one brother, Bill Mitchell of Nashville; and one grandchild.
Services will be held at 7 p.m., Dec. 12, 2002, at DeKalb Funeral Chapel.
DeKalb Funeral Chapel in … CONTINUED


Sarah Virginia Vinson

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Sarah Virginia Vinson, 70, of Knoxville, passed away Dec. 7, 2002.
Vinson was a retiree of Michigan Bell in Battle Creek, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Vinson; parents; one sister; and one brother.
Survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth Gore and Maxine Smith both of Knoxville; several nieces, nephews and cousins all of Knoxville; four sisters-in-law, Pauline Daniels, Lorene England and Sue Bray all of Cookeville and Imogene Golden of Cookeville.
Services were held at 8 p.m., Dec. 8, 2002, at Evergreen Chapel in Knoxville with burial in Shiloh Cemetery in Grainger County.
Rev. Mark Large and Rev. Clayton Dunsmore officiated.
Evergreen Chapel in … CONTINUED


Trailer destroyed by blaze

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A Monday afternoon fire destroyed a mobile home, which was owned by Harold Scott, of Sparta.
According to Sparta Fire Chief Ed Kay, Sparta Fire Department was called to the scene at 241 East Gay Road to back up BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department. Kay said the trailer was fully involved upon arrival. Scott had recently moved the trailer to the location and was renovating the structure.
Scott told Kay he had run extension cords to the trailer for electricity, while he was performing the renovations.
On the scene were BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department and Sparta Fire Department.
– Sims arrests woman for marijuana possession
On … CONTINUED


Commissioners exchanged heated comments Monday

Posted by | December 12, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
“There are two of you commissioners that have been running your mouth about what B.K. wants to do,” said B.K. Luna, county commissioner for the third district, as he addressed Steering Committee B on Monday night. “If you’ve got something to say, just come to me and say it.”
Luna, a member of Steering Committee B, waited until the business agenda was finished to make his comments. He referred to comments he had heard in the community about his support for moving the Doyle Convenience Center to Quebeck.
Only one commissioner responded to Luna’s remarks. “You’re looking directly at me,” said Kenneth Milligan, chairman of … CONTINUED


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