Honesty prevailed with local youth

Posted by | June 6, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
An ordinary day of fun and games turned into a lesson in life about truth and honesty for one White County boy, as he discovered how integrity is not always the easy path to take.
Joshua Strickland, 12, was recently spending a warm, spring day at South Carter Street Park, riding his bicycle with his younger brother and a friend. The trio decided to ride over to North Carter Street on the trail under the bridge.
When the boys reached their destination, almost like a scene from an old Andy Griffith show at Myers Lake, they decided to skip rocks. However, Joshua’s aim was not … CONTINUED


Airport increases security

Posted by | June 6, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Airport board members discussed the importance of an emergency and security plan at the airport during a recent Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board meeting held on June 3. The Federal Bureau of Investigation had recently contacted the airport and advised them to step up their security.
Board members in attendance were Chairman Rick Bellar, Secretary/Treasurer Allen Ray, Terry Howard, Administrative Assistant to the Board Melissa Graham, Steve Gregory and Fixed Base Operator Randy Kennedy.
Several topics of discussion were: airport security, damage to a keypad, duties of an FBO, hanger rents and how the rent is being kept up to date.
Members discussed the official warning … CONTINUED


Blaze destroys Cass residence

Posted by | June 6, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Fire roared through the home of Willard and Hubert Cass at 2127 Hodges Bridge Road earlier this week. The home was a total loss.
The Emergency 911 Center dispatched two districts to the structure fire at approximately 9:05 p.m., Monday. According to Doyle Asst. Chief Jimmy Savage, the end of the home was fully engulfed in flames when firemen arrived. There were eight firemen and five explorers from Doyle Volunteer Fire Dept. and nine firemen from Hickory Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. on the scene.
Hickory Valley brought an engine and two tankers and Doyle had one engine and one tanker at the location. Approximately 5,500 gallons … CONTINUED


There’s no place like home

Posted by | June 6, 2002 12:00 am

Expositor report
“We weren’t planning on leaving Sparta,” said Reverend Russ Ragovin, whose family returned this past December from California to his previous pastorship at First Christian Church of Sparta.
“But one day, completely out of the blue, we got a phone call from a church in San Diego that was interested in having us interview for a co-pastorate there.
They wanted a husband/wife ministry team.”
Co-pastoring a congregation deeply appealed to Russ and his wife, Ruth, as they are both ordained ministers, and they made the decision to relocate with daughter, Rachel, to San Diego only after a second phone call came, a call totally unrelated to … CONTINUED


Charles Dempsie “Ed” West

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

Charles Dempsie “Ed” West, 78, of Sparta, passed away May 30, 2002, at his residence.
West was born Dec. 16, 1923, in Cumberland County, to James Todd and Sallie Ann Stinnett West.
He served in the U. S. Army and was a retired factory worker.
West was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Della Maria West; mother-in-law, Mollie Yates; three brothers, Jack Mack and Raymond “Pete” West and two sisters, Hazel Hash West and Lorene West.
Survivors include five children, Doris Jean Hodge, James Edward Johnson and John Thomas Johnson all of Sparta, Charles D. Franklin West of Walling and Howard Ronald Johnson of Monteagle; one … CONTINUED


J.T. Kirby

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

J.T. Kirby, 69, of Sparta, passed away June 1, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Kirby was born Aug. 22, 1932, in White County, to Joseph Franklin Kirby and Allie Mae Maynard Kirby.
He was a carpenter and farmer.
Kirby was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Lawson Kirby of Sparta; two daughters, Barbara McCulley and Gail Measles both of Sparta; one son, Tommy Kirby of Sparta; one sister, Lela Mosley of Cookeville; one brother, Lloyd Kirby of Sparta; six grandchildren, Amy Sherrell, Janice McCulley, Andy McCulley, Angel Ramdial, Sabrina Jackson and Chelsey Kirby; and six great grandchildren, Kristopher Sherrell, Kevin Sherrell, Audrey … CONTINUED


Thomas Henry Poston

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

Thomas Henry Poston, 63, of Sparta, passed away June 2, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Poston was born Aug. 21, 1938, in Sparta, to George Dewey and Sara Emaline Flatt Poston.
He was a truck driver.
Poston was preceded in death by one brother, Fred Poston; one sister, Shirley Simmons and his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Jernigan Poston of Sparta; two daughters and one son-in-law, Teresa and Anthony Hutchings and Denice Poston all of Sparta; two brothers, Carl Poston of Quebeck and Bill Poston of Sparta; five sisters, Lucille Goines, Dimple Adcock, Lois Kirby, Christine Kirby and Sue Graham all of Sparta; three grandsons, Daniel … CONTINUED


Loyd L. Selby

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

Loyd L. Selby, 70, of Madison Heights, Mich., formerly of Sparta, passed away May 1, 2002, at his residence.
Selby was born June 23, 1931, in Sparta, to Alpha and Vera Lou Selby.
He was a retired carpenter.
Survivors include his wife, Kedila Selby of Madison Heights, Mich.; two children, Loretta Lynn Selby and Owen Dessel Selby both of Madison Heights, Mich.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond “Johnny” and Dora Selby and Ernest “Morris” and Rita Selby all of Sparta and Bill and Lois Selby of Walling; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Peggy Louise and Gene Greene of Sparta and Fran Marie and Ray Meeks of Cobbtown, Ga.; and … CONTINUED


Sylvester Brock

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

Sylvester Brock, 81, of Sparta, passed away June 1, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Brock was born Nov. 6, 1921, in White County, to Robert David Brock and Emma Black Brock.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been employed by the Florida Dept. of Transportation.
Brock was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Michael Brock.
Survivors include his wife, Jennie Brock of Sparta; one son, David Brock of Sanford, Fla.; one daughter, June Wells of Sparta; three step sons, James Sparks, Tommy Sparks and Norman Sparks all of Florida; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; three brothers, … CONTINUED



Hilleary keynote speaker at Davy Crockett Day Dinner

Posted by | June 3, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The White County High School Mulitpurpose Room provided the setting for a dinner and political forum on Saturday hosted by the White County Republican Party. Van Hilleary, Republican Gubernatorial candidate, delivered the keynote speech.
With a parking lot almost filled to capacity, interested individuals came to the event to hear Republican candidates voice their opinions and views on various issues relevant to their particular political races. The entrance to the multipurpose was lined with representatives of several candidates as they handed out informational material.
According to Doris Sanders, Republican Party secretary, approximately 380 tickets were sold for the event. No specific numbers were available, but … CONTINUED


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