This Week in White County History, April 25-May 1



  • Sgt. Henry Heady, of Sparta, won the Air Force Medal for Meritorious Service in Vietnam awarded at Robbins Air Force Base, in Georgia.
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville determined that the per capita income for the 17,000 people living in White County was $2,203.
  • A report by the Caney Fork Regional librarian revealed that White Countians read more books per capita than any other multi-county area in Tennessee.


  • Incumbent Circuit Court Clerk Tommy Rowland and County Executive Manuel Officer were both victorious in the White County Democratic Primary.
  • Cumberland Thrift Corp. held its ribbon cutting celebration during a grand opening.
  • Joe Farmer was named the White County High School Student Council president for the upcoming 1982-83 school year.


  • Holly Hughes, 14, survived a 70-foot fall off a bluff over Ferguson Creek near the Peeled Chestnut community.
  • Rosa Buttrum, Linda Bryant, and Carolyn Walker were named White County’s top three teachers.
  • Rachel Koger was named queen of the 19th Annual Spring Renaissance Festival. Koger received a $200 scholarship to the school of her choice.


  • Melinda Williams and Dru Milligan held their first White County Breast Cancer Survivors’ and Nursing Scholarship Dinner.
  • The United States Marine Corps visited White County High School so students could take part in their pull-bar event.
  • The Country Giant radio station was at Cassville Elementary School’s Careers on Wheels Day showing students what they might expect from a career in radio.


  • R.C. Christian, of Quebeck, was named captain of Tennessee Highway Patrol’s District 6 headquarters and was set to oversee operations in 15 counties.
  • Jacee Holder was awarded Top Youth Fundraiser in the Upper Cumberland for her fundraising efforts against Alzheimer’s. Holder raised funds in memory of her grandfather by making and selling bracelets and collecting donations.
  • Hunter McCoy set a new White County High School record of 0:51:87 in the 400m race during the District 6AAA championships.


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