Elrod residence damaged by fire

Posted by | August 5, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Firefighters worked diligently to extinguish a structure fire at the home of Teddy and Loretta Elrod on Sunday afternoon. Officials said the fire destroyed three rooms inside the residence and there was smoke and water damage throughout.
At approximately 12:05 p.m., several fire departments, emergency personnel and law enforcement officers were dispatched to the fire scene at 2463 Liberty Road. According to officials, when firemen arrived, flames were coming from the ceiling area above the kitchen door.
There were approximately 10 firemen from Cassville Volunteer Fire Department and 10 firemen from North End Volunteer Fire Department on the scene. A water trough was set up and … CONTINUED

O’Conner and Sullivan win top two offices in White County

Posted by | August 5, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
– Tommy Pedigo will begin new term as Mayor of Sparta, while Henry Foster regains the office of Circuit Court Clerk
A long and hard-fought victory came for two White County men as the Aug. 1, 2002, General Election results were finally announced in the early morning hours on Friday. Election Commission officials and workers concluded their tabulations at approximately 5 a.m., and James O’Conner was declared as the next sheriff of White County, along with Herd Sullivan elected to serve another four-year term as county executive.
The sheriff’s race had been the focus of a massive write-in campaign launched by the supporters of incumbent … CONTINUED

Thelma Jane Stewart Hudgens

Posted by | August 1, 2002 12:00 am

Thelma Jane Stewart Hudgens, 89, of Sparta, passed away July 27, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Hudgens was born Jan 1, 1913, in Sparta, to L.J. and Margie Saylors Stewart.
She had been a homemaker.
Hudgens was preceded in death by her husband, James Franklin Hudgens; one great grandson, Ryan Dunham; and her parents.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Robert Crosslin of Sparta; two granddaughters, Deborah Lyn Dunham of McMinnville and Rebecca Jane Stein of Deluth, Ga.; one great grandson, Scott Dunham of McMinnville; and one sister, Lorene Cummings of Sparta.
Services were held at 11 a.m., July 31, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home … CONTINUED

Roland McClain

Posted by | August 1, 2002 12:00 am

Roland McClain, 57, of Sparta, passed away July 9. 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
McClain was born May 12, 1945, in Knoxville, to James Horace and Ann Kjar McClain.
He was a member of Cherry Creek Baptist Church. McClain was a homebuilder and had also pastored several churches in Tennessee and Florida.
McClain was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Sally McClain of Sparta; one daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Randy Young of Doyle; one son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Cyndee McClain of Sparta; his mother, Ann McClain of Sparta; one brother, Richard James McClain of Sparta; and two grandchildren, Ana Young and … CONTINUED

Fall sports practice is officially here

Posted by | August 1, 2002 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Monday evening the Warrior football team took to the practice field and began full contact drills.
They will practicing with Whitwell today and both Whitwell and Trousdale County tomorrow.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite

Immunizations are focus for healthy children

Posted by | August 1, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Educational personnel and students will be getting ready this month to make the journey back to school. With all the necessary items required for that first day in the classroom, parents must remember proper immunizations is the key to a healthy child and a requirement for admittance into the school system.
According to Kendra Bailey, nurse supervisor at White County Health Department, immunization requirements and schedules have changed in the past several decades. The chicken pox vaccination was licensed for usage in March, 1995. “We use this vaccine for children any time after they are 12 months old,” said Bailey. “We don’t vaccinate adults because … CONTINUED

Poll watchers are expected during election

Posted by | August 1, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Election workers are in place and voters were arriving to cast their votes as polls opened this morning at 7 a.m. However, the normal process of vote tallying is expected to last until late tonight because of a write-in campaigns that began in July.
Kathy Bailey, White County administrator of elections, reiterated the laws concerning the 100-foot boundary rule at the polls. “All campaigners and candidates must stay 100 feet from the polling places, which is measured from the outside of the building,” she said. “Candidates can only be in the polling location if they have come to vote. There can be no loitering for … CONTINUED

Meth lab discovered on Simpson Road

Posted by | August 1, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Two subjects, Jeffrey Lynn Moore, 32, and Nancy Elizabeth Hyder, 45, both of Sparta, were arrested on drug charges on Monday after authorities observed items allegedly consistent with a meth lab.
At approximately 4:31 p.m., Monday, Deputies Connor Wardlaw, Charles Dennis, Lester Dolente and Corporal Jeffrey Bulakowski of the White County Sheriff’s Department went to 1062 Simpson Road to serve a failure to appear warrant on Moore. Upon arrival at the residence, Wardlaw and Dennis found Moore in the back bedroom.
Hyder was also at the residence. Dennis spoke with her and allegedly noticed a strong odor of alcohol on her. Hyder told Dennis she was … CONTINUED

Election results not in until after dawn on Friday

Posted by | August 1, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Election commission officials and interested citizens gathered in the White County Courthouse on Thursday night
to hear the final results of the Aug. 1, 2002. Election results, which are normally finished by 8:30 p.m. during a regular election, were delayed for several hours because of a huge write-in campaign launched by the supporters of Sheriff Guy Goff. Complete precinct by precinct results will be published in the Monday’s edition of The Expositor.
These are the final results of the winners:
•Democratic governor: Phil Bredesen – 3,088
• Democratic U.S. Senate: Bob Clement – 3.799
• Democratic U.S. House of Representatives: Lincoln Davis – 2,532

Reunions: good food, company, and a lifetime of memories

Posted by | August 1, 2002 12:00 am

Rima Austin
“They came in wagons for the first time back in 1916,” said Cornelia Steakley, about the first official family reunion for the descendants of Betty Ann McCormick Dodson. “It was a surprise birthday party for her, and it wasn’t on the weekend. It was during the middle of the week.”
The Dodson reunion is just one of the many family gatherings that took place in White County this summer. They are the perfect way to catch up with relatives and discuss how life has been since the last time together, if there even was a last time.
No matter how long it has been, it is … CONTINUED

Houston Stroud Avrit

Posted by | July 29, 2002 12:00 am

Houston Stroud Avrit passed away at birth at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Ind. on July 24, 2002.
Houston Stroud is survived by his parents, Lisa and Matthew Avrit of Evansville, Ind.; one aunt, Rebecca Avrit of Nashville; grandparents, Burnie and Ann Avrit of Nashville and Dan and Betty Dodson of Longview, Texas; great grandparents, Hellonise Dodson of Sparta and the late Carroll C. Dodson, Jennie Mae Avrit, Jean Dohara, Marion Moorman Cooper and John Nathan Cooper of Sparta and the late R.H. Moorman.
Graveside services were held at 12:30 p.m., July 27, 2002, at City Cemetery in Cookeville. Jim Parnell officiated.
Ziemer Funeral Home in Evansville, … CONTINUED

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