Unoccupied trailer destroyed by flames

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Firemen responded to a structure fire at 183 Parks Thompson Road on Monday evening. Although firemen had a quick response time, the home was totally destroyed.
The Emergency 911 Center dispatched the BonDeCroft and Eastland Volunteer Fire Departments at approximately 9:20 p.m. Authorities said flames were showing upon their arrival.
Approximately 20 firemen were on location and worked together extinguishing the fire. The White County Sheriff’s Department also responded, and authorities were on the scene until approximately 11:14 p.m.
– Wreck led to DUI charges
Deputies investigated the scene of an accident on Wednesday afternoon and placed Alfred Lerma, 40, of Sparta, under arrest for driving … CONTINUED


2002 Fair pageant winners

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Rima Austin
2002 Fair pageant winners
L-R:
Courtney Beth Pryor-Little Miss; Sarah Lindsey Gallaher-Fairest of the Fair; Allison Cole-Princess; Courtney Jones-Junior Miss.
Photo by Rima Austin


Mt. Gilead Fire Department assets seized by county

Posted by | September 3, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
After several weeks of complaints regarding financial matters of the Mt. Gilead Fire Department, the White County Firemen’s Association voted unanimously on Thursday to allow the county to freeze the assets of the troubled organization.
Denny Mitchell, county attorney, and Herd Sullivan, White County executive, both explained the series of events, which led to requesting the seizure of the property. According to Sullivan, the department was not paying its bills, and their bank account was overdrawn. “I had a warrant served on me for a bill owed by Mt. Gilead,” said Sullivan. “What the people have to understand is the county is not responsible for … CONTINUED


Lourena Howell Eller

Posted by | August 29, 2002 12:00 am

Lourena Howell Eller, 89, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 25, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Eller was born Sept. 22, 1912, in White County, to Sollie Norman Howell and Maggie Taylor Howell.
She attended Findlay Church of Christ and was a homemaker.
Eller was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Eller.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Ken O’Dell of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sarah Eller of Sparta; one brother, Ed Howell of Sparta; one sister, Mary Etta Goines of Sparta; three grandchildren and their spouses, Lisa and David Case, Beth and Mike Anderson and Kevin and Shirley O’Dell; one great granddaughter, … CONTINUED


Melvin Bumbalough

Posted by | August 29, 2002 12:00 am

Melvin Bumbalough, 48, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 26, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Bumbalough was born April 17, 1954, in White County, To Tom Otis and Braskie Mae Bumbalough.
He was a self-employed landscaper.
Bumbalough was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Wilene Bumbalough; and one brother, Clifton Bumbalough.
Survivors include his wife, Priscilla Cargile Bumbalough of Cookeville; one daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Blake Philpot of Rickman; two sons, Scottie Bumbalough and Lonnie Bumbalough both of Cookeville; three sisters, Mildred Dyer and Adell Grogan both of Cookeville and Alene Lauren of Sparta; four brothers, Cledaus Bumbalough of Sparta, Glen Bumbalough of White … CONTINUED


Theola Mae Grissom Hunter

Posted by | August 29, 2002 12:00 am

Theola Mae Grissom Hunter, 79, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 26, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Hunter was born Nov. 16, 1922, in Van Buren County, to Alfred Elisah and Sally Martha Yates Grissom.
She was a homemaker.
Hunter was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one daughter, June Brock of Oakland; one son, Charles Hunter of Covington, Ohio; one sister, Maude Grissom of Spencer; five grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Aug. 29, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Fate Wilson will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


John LeRoy Edmonds

Posted by | August 29, 2002 12:00 am

John LeRoy Edmonds, 57, of New Mexico, formerly of White County, passed away Aug. 24, 2002.
Edmonds was born Feb. 16, 1945, in Seattle, Wash., to Hermon Dexter Edmonds and Bonnie Jean Edmonds.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and had been employed at Wagner Electric. Edmonds was also the minister of Grants Nazarene Church.
Edmonds was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joel; and one son, John Paul.
Survivors include his wife, Esther Edmonds of New Mexico; two daughters, Yvonne “Bonnie” Klein of California and Nicole “Nikki” Matheney of Sparta; one sister, Carolyn Bedford of Texas; one brother Charles “Jeff” Edmonds of Alabama; six … CONTINUED


Ernest L. Jones

Posted by | August 29, 2002 12:00 am

Ernest L. Jones, 78, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 26, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Jones was born July 19, 1924, in Wilson County, to Sheily and Ova Traywick Jones.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 99. Jones was a mechanic and owner of Ernie’s Gulf.
Jones was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Orville Jones; two brothers, Robert Jones and Ben Jones; and two sisters, Euna Fisher and Ollie Woodley.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Anita Jones of Cookeville; one daughter and son-in-law, Doris and Cecil Phillips of Cookeville;… CONTINUED


Love enough for all the children

Posted by | August 29, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The days of sitting on the porch with grandma and grandpa, while they tell stories of their childhood, have almost disappeared. However, there is one group of energetic senior citizens who still believe in spreading their love around, and they are known as Foster Grandparents.
Cheryl Pack, program coordinator, is excited about the success rate documented in 2001, which stated more than 30,000 Foster Grandparents nationwide tended to the needs of 275,000 young children and teenagers. “All children need that extra little boost they can get from a grandparent,” said Pack. “Some children’s grandparents may be deceased, or they may not be able to visit … CONTINUED


Lottery is hot topic

Posted by | August 29, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
In November 2002, the voters of Tennessee will decide by constitutional referendum whether or not to allow a lottery. Heather Nelson, Grassroots coordinator for Middle Tennessee, spoke to the Republican Party meeting on Monday night to explain the alleged pitfalls of the proposed legislation.
Nelson spoke to the crowd in hopes of garnering local participation to help defeat the proposed Tennessee State Lottery. A recent graduate of Lipscomb University, Nelson said her interest in the lottery stemmed from her home state of Alabama. She was active in the fight against the Alabama lottery and was successful in her efforts.
According to statistics presented by Nelson, … CONTINUED


Stolen Mercury is discovered in river

Posted by | August 29, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
The Sparta Police Department was investigating the scene of a stolen vehicle found in the water, at the boat ramp, on Highway 84 on Wednesday.
Officer Dale Dodson of the Sparta Police Department said a motorist alerted authorities about the vehicle and they went to the location to investigate. When Dodson, Officer Jeff Glass and Lt. Ken McCormick investigated the scene, they discovered a 1994 Mercury Cougar had been stripped and dumped into the water. Authorities said the vehicle was stolen from Freida Hedge of Savannah, Tenn.
– Blanton arrested for aggravated assault on a deputy
Authorities placed Joel Steven Blanton, 34, of Sparta, under arrest … CONTINUED


Seeing clearly through the eyes of professionals

Posted by | August 29, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Convenience and professional service are the two goals Dr. Colby Stewart provides for his patients. Those reasons are why White County Community Hospital is proud to have Stewart as a new addition to the services they provide for the community.
Stewart moved to Putnam County from Galveston, Texas, in 1996. While in Galveston, he worked with Vision America and moved to Cookeville as a part of their company. Regrettably, Vision America had financial problems and eventually filed bankruptcy. At this point is when the young and energetic doctor decided to venture out and begin his own company.
Tennessee Lasik Associates, in Cookeville, is one of … CONTINUED


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