Cope charged with attempted murder

Posted by | June 27, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Tena Gail Cope, 42, of Sparta, was arrested for attempted murder and several additional charges after Detective Allen Selby of the Sparta Police Department and the Department of Children Services worked together on an incident of child abuse on Friday.
According to authorities, Cope was placed under arrest and charged with two counts of child abuse/neglect, sexual battery and attempted murder. Cope’s bond is set for $105,000 and her court date is scheduled for June 28 at 9 a.m.
– Quebeck residence destroyed by fire
Firefighters extinguished a structure fire at the residence of Connie Clark on Tuesday evening. The home was a total loss.
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Get ready to be beautiful

Posted by | June 27, 2002 12:00 am

Suzanne Dickerson
Remember how your skin feels at a young age? Remember being able to wear
shorts without showing off those purple spider veins? Time does take its toll , but now Sparta has a warrior against the time bandit and its name is TLC, Touchless Laser Clinic.
Dr. Don Pate, who is well known for his caring and concern for all his patients, saw the need for this new technology, and with his wife, Helen, who is president of TLC, has brought this innovative health care to White County.
“We love our patients, and they will always be treated with kindness and appreciation,”
said Dr. Pate, while … CONTINUED


Robert Andrew (Bob) White

Posted by | June 24, 2002 12:00 am

Robert Andrew (Bob) White, 71, of Sparta, passed away June 21, 2002, at the V.A. Medical Center in Murfreesboro.
White was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Jackson County, Ala., to James Andrew and Anna Lee Sitz White.
He had been employed at Sparta Spoke Factory.
White was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Elise Simmons White of Sparta; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry and Johnny Eldridge of Birmingham, Ala., Debbie and Charles McFadden of Way Cross, Ga. and Brenda and David Clouse of Sparta; two grandchildren, C.T. McFadden and David Andrew Clouse; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Barbara White of Anderson, Ind. and … CONTINUED


James D. Ferrell

Posted by | June 24, 2002 12:00 am

James D. Ferrell, 75, of Sparta, passed away June 20, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Ferrell was born Oct. 9, 1926, in Delbarton, W.V., to Samuel G. Curry and Nancy J. Custer.
He was a mechanic and member of the Sheriff Auxiliary for 12 years in Florida and four years in Tennessee.
Ferrell was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Jean Ferrell of Sparta; children, Jimmy Ferrell of Haines City, Fla., Oliver Ferrell of Sparta, Debra Marcum of West Virginia, Van Strickland of Florida, and Delores Abraham and Jerrell Ferrell both Ohio; and sisters, Milessa Edwards and … CONTINUED


Dorothy Paulette Reece Landers

Posted by | June 24, 2002 12:00 am

Dorothy Paulette Reece Landers, 49, of Smartt, passed away June 21, 2002, at River Park Hospital.
Landers was born Sept. 17, 2002, in Warren County, to William H. Reece and Edith C. Matthews Reece.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Ed Landers of Smartt; one son, Donald Hugh Pack of Smithville; five step children, Jennifer Landers, William Landers, Marie Young, Shane Landers and Michelle Landers all of Alabama; brothers and sisters, Jerry Wayne Reece and Jimmy Hugh Reece both of McMinnville, Helen Golden of Smithville and William Junior Reece of Gaston, Ind.; four grandchildren; and six step grandchildren.
Services will be held … CONTINUED



Country Club Scramble very competitive

Posted by | June 24, 2002 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Four teams ended the 18-hole scramble at the Sparta Country Club tied at 15 under par.
The teams all head over the fairway to play off the tie on hole number one.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


Sparta prepares for lack of state funding

Posted by | June 24, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
With the legislature still debating the budget situations, the City of Sparta is concerned about the revenue received each fiscal year from the state. On Thursday, the Board of Mayor and Alderpersons adopted an interim continuing budget to fund the city’s daily functions and services.
The current budget is in effect until June 30, 2002, and without knowledge of the state’s funding to be shared with local governments, board members voted unanimously to extend the financial plan. Alderwoman Margaret Pearson requested further explanation about the funding and stated she would like to have the board participate in a workshop before any budgetary plans were finalized.… CONTINUED


A “Flatt” good time with friends

Posted by | June 24, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Gene and Val Johnson, right, had a good laugh on Saturday as they watched the “Soggy Bottom Boys”, left, perform their version of “A Man of Constant Sorrow” during the Lester Flatt Celebration at Wal-Mart. Val has coordinated the event for the past several years and is looking forward to next year for an even bigger event.
Photo by Kim Swindell Wood


Doyle fires threaten City Hall

Posted by | June 24, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Authorities responded to the scene of several fires near Doyle City Hall over the weekend. At one point, several stacks of pallets were on fire in front of an old store front, threatening the structure. A 1988 Ford Escort, belonging to Randy Yates, was also found engulfed in flames, threatening city hall. Firemen were on the scene and extinguished the fires.
Firefighters were dispatched to the area of High Street and Doyle Circle Drive several times between 11:30 p.m., Saturday and 3 a.m., Sunday. Doyle Volunteer Fire Department had five firemen and three explorers on the scene three times.
According to authorities, the first call was … CONTINUED


William H. “Pete” Mason

Posted by | June 17, 2002 12:00 am

William H. “Pete” Mason, 68, of Wickliffe, Ohio, formerly of
White County, passed away May 18, 2002, at Hospice House of Cleveland, Ohio.
Mason was born May 21, 1933, in Quebeck, to Eston and Mary Halterman Mason.
He served in the U.S. Army military police from 1953-56 and was a member of Willoughby Masonic Lodge 302, TRW Old Guard, past president of the former Servicemen Club of TRW, F.O.P. Lake and Geauga Lodge #16. Mason had also been employed by the Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. and the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office as an investigator.
Mason was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, E.C. Mason and … CONTINUED


Donna Marie Murphy

Posted by | June 17, 2002 12:00 am

Donna Marie Murphy, 37, of Gainesville, Fla., passed away June 11, 2002, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
Murphy was born Dec. 2, 1964, in West Virginia, to Hubert and Nellie Fisher Cogar.
She was a factory worker.
Murphy was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Roger Cogar; and one sister, Geraldine Smith.
Survivors include one son, Ted Howard Jr. of Sparta; three sisters, Barbara Burr, Nancy Green and Molly Sullivan all of Ohio; and three brothers, Hubert Cogar of Florida, Windal Cogar of Ohio and Arthur Cogar of West Virginia.
Services were held at 11 a.m., June 14, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in … CONTINUED


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