Bryant speaks at Republican Party meeting

Posted by | June 27, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
An unexpected change of plans became the highlight of the Republican Party meeting on Monday when U.S. Congressman Ed Bryant spoke to the large crowd at the White County Courthouse.
Bryant, who had originally planned to send his son to speak on his behalf, rearranged his schedule to appear before the local party. He explained his decision to seek the U.S. Senatorial seat, which was formerly held by Fred Thompson. “My wife and I agreed if the seat came open, I would run for it,” said Bryant. “This country needs leadership and I want to be a part of it.
Guest speakers on the agenda … CONTINUED


Freedom’s price tag is paid by those who serve

Posted by | June 27, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The day of celebration is just around the corner, and Americans are gearing up for vacations that are focused around the birth of our nation’s freedom.
Independence Day can be defined in many different ways by many different people. Most individuals simply refer to the holiday as July 4th, but the true meaning of this special tribute to our country holds a much deeper meaning for the veterans who have served in defense of America.
Donny Haley, White County superintendent of schools and a combat-wounded veteran, will be presenting a special speech on patriotism during the opening ceremonies at the July 4th celebration in White … CONTINUED


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.
Authorities … CONTINUED


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


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