Ben Hilton Price

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Ben Hilton Price, 65, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 2, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Price was born Nov. 10, 1937, in
White County, to Willie Arvil and Susan Frances Hudson Price.
He was retired from Red Kap Industries.
Price was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Geer Price of Sparta; one daughter, Susan Lewis of Sparta; one sister and brother-in-law, Reba and Levie Waldie of Cookeville; two grandsons, Brad Lewis and Michael Lewis both of Sparta; and one nephew and wife, Darrell and Nancy Davis of Fort Payne, Ala.
Services were held at 1 p.m., Jan. 6, 2003, at Hunter Funeral … CONTINUED


Richard Ray Hyder

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Richard Ray Hyder, 80, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 7, 2003.
Hyder was born Dec. 3, 1922, in White County, to Wilbur Hyder and Willa Brady Hyder.
He served in the U.S. Army Infantry. Hyder had been a barber and construction worker.
Hyder was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Richard David Hyder; four brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline Hyder of Sparta; one daughter, Judy Robbins of Sparta; sisters and brothers, Lloyd “Coon” Hyder and Wife, Henry Lou of Sparta, Ruby Wallace and husband John of Tullahoma, Jane Vance of Ohio and Mildred Henry and husband Bill of Muncie, Ind.; five grandchildren, … CONTINUED


Louise “Smitty” Smith

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Louis “Smitty” Smith, 76, of Cookeville, passed away Jan. 5, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Smith was born Sept. 13, 1926, in Roxford, Ohio, to James E. “Jim” and Stella Roberson Smith.
He was a member of Hilham Baptists church and a retired security guard from Tennessee Tech.
Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Joanne Smith and one son, Danny Smith.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Tammy Smith of Cookeville; one daughter-in-law, Kattie Smith of Jackson County; two grandchildren, Kisha and Rachel Smith; four brothers, Arvil, James, Freeman and Ray Smith all of Cookeville; and five sisters, Pauline Gentry, Lucille Ford … CONTINUED


Katherine Kattie Elizabeth Fisher Hawkins

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Katherine Kattie Elizabeth Fisher Hawkins, 83, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 2, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Hawkins was born Aug. 23, 1919, in Bardwell, Ky., to John Fisher and Lena Estelle Abernathy Hawkins
She was a member of The Spring Hill Baptist Church of Christ and had worked at the local shirt factory.
Hawkins was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Edna Glenn; and four brothers, I.T., Henry Alton, Eldred and Hoyte Fisher.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Hawkins of Sparta and two sisters and one brother-in-law, Betty Jo Fisher and Shirley and Don Johnson all of Sparta.
Services were held at 2 p.m., … CONTINUED


Melvin Lloyd Hyder

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Melvin Lloyd Hyder, 52, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 7, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Hyder was born May 29, 1949, in White County, to Wilbur “Coon” Lloyd Hyder and Henry Lou Thompson Hyder.
Survivors include his parents Wilbur “Coon” Lloyd Hyder and Henry Lou Thompson Hyder of Sparta; one daughter, Deeter Hyder Linehan of Sparta; brothers and sisters, Sandra Hyder, Chipper Hyder, Tim Hyder and Lou Ann Hyder Adcock all of Sparta; and two grandchildren, Luke and Logan Linehan of Sparta.
Services will be held at 3 p.m., Jan. 10, 2003, at the chapel of Thurman Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Bro. Jim Scott … CONTINUED


Avon W. Edmonds

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Avon W. Edmonds, 76, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 1, 2003.
Edmonds was born April 11, 1926, in St. Cloud. Fla., to Steven James Edmonds and Christine Akins Edmonds.
He had been a laborer.
Edmonds was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Lou Ann; one brother, Clarence Edmonds; and four sisters, Flossie Ellen Napier, Lillie Marlow, Lula Fuston and Lonos Long.
Survivors include three sons, Jerry Edmonds of California, Carl S. Edmonds of Smyrna and Anthony Dean Edmonds of Pennsylvania; one daughter, Terri Lynn Mora of Sparta; two brothers, Everett Edmonds of Sparta and
Ernest Edmonds of West Virginia; and one sister, Violet Bohannon of Maryland.… CONTINUED


Sparta Heating and Air Conditioning keeping things warm

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Terri Brock
One local company, Sparta Heating and Air Conditioning, has been serving White County successfully for 30 years.
Thirteen years ago, the present owner, Mike Omoumi, took over operations the first day of January in 1990.
Before purchasing Sparta Heating and Air, Mike earned a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Tennessee State University in 1981, and also worked as an engineer for the Carrier Corporation.
Then in 1990, the same year Omoumi purchased Sparta Heating and Air Conditioning, he and his wife, Teri, and children, Tiffany and Kevin, moved to White County from Warren County to offer local residents honest, dependable service.
The recipient of a 2001 Best … CONTINUED


Riverdale takes two games from WCHS

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Hannah Hacker proved hard for the Riverdale defenders to handle as she came off the bench to tally 21 points.
She scored inside and outside, off the dribble or on offensive rebounds.
However, her 21 points were not enough as Riverdale won the game 55-47 and dropped the Warriorettes to 0-2 in the district and 13-3 overall.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite



Help Center focus of ministerial meeting

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Representatives from several non-profit agencies appeared before the White County Ministerial Association on Monday to question the practices of the Help Center.
The Help Center has been in operation approximately 25 years and has been under the direction of Maryel Dean Mullins. Margie Roberts-Johnson, family support worker for Healthy Start, appeared before the board to ask Mullins to define the criteria for helping individuals who were in need of assistance.
Roberts-Johnson asked Mullins specific questions concerning guidelines for assistance. “I need answers to questions,” she said. “I need to know where to send my clients when they need help.”
Mullins stated the Help Center could … CONTINUED


New jail not certified, county losing money

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
With the new hardly worn off the White County Justice Center, the $6.6 million project has experienced its share of problems, especially within the jail. According to Melody Gregory, Detention Facility Specialist with Tennessee Corrections Institute, she did not certify the jail after her recent inspection, which could potentially leave White County open to lawsuits and lose money for the county general fund.
County jails are allowed to house state prisoners and are paid a designated fee for their services, with White County allotted approximately $45 per day. Non-certified jails receive approximately half that amount.
Upon speaking with Keith Ryder, finance director for White County, … CONTINUED


Student arrested at WCHS for possession of marijuana

Posted by | January 9, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The focus on drug education in the White County School system has been one of the top priorities of local law enforcement. However, one teenager apparently ignored the warnings and found himself in the booking room of the White County Jail.
Samuel Scavo, 18, was arrested by White County High School resource officer, Doug Goff, who is a deputy with White County Sheriff Department. Goff said a student alerted him about a potential problem with a student in Fredrick Harding’s classroom.
According to Goff, he came in contact with Scavo, who had allegedly been breaking up marijuana to roll and had reportedly already smoked some … CONTINUED


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