This Week in White County History, April 28-May 4



  • Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth reported there was record participation in White County on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, with 86 pounds of unused, expired, or unwanted prescription medication turned in to be properly disposed of.
  • Severe storms passed through the county, including a confirmed EF-1 tornado, causing significant damage to several structures in the Eastland community including two homes. In addition, there was damage reported on Old Kentucky Road and McMinnville Highway.
  • The White County High School Warrior tennis team finished runner-up in the district, while Cole Crosland, who was in his first season of high school tennis, earned a spot in the Region 3AAA individual tournament with a runner-up finish in singles competition.


  • Joe Wallace, former Expositor Citizen of the Year, who was an integral part of the group that lobbied to bring Life Care to Sparta to provide more nursing home care and assisted living facilities to the community, passed away at age 80.
  • Deputy Greg Sims, Deputy Charles Dennis, and Investigator Tommy Simmons became certified in basic clandestine laboratory safety, which allowed the officers to work in meth labs by OSHA standards.
  • Dan Huling was appointed White County animal control officer.


  • The Warwick building got a facelift after the purchase by Steve Mathias.
  • Sparta’s Southern Royalty Cloggers took first place in All Girls Chorus Line, second place in Mixed Team, third place in Novelty, and sixth place in Overall Team at the World Clog Dance Championships.
  • District Attorney Bill Gibson spoke to White County High School students as they prepared to enter the workforce.


  • Sparta Pacesetters and Spartex Industries received Community Contribution awards, and Western Sizzlin’ received the Business Beautification award from Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce at the annual membership banquet.
  • Alfred Roberts, of Quebeck, was honored by First National Bank with a $100 bill from the year he was born for his 100th birthday.
  • Bob Gilliam was elected county tax assessor.


  • TVA approved the proposed Calfkiller Dam project, which they said would assure White County of adequate water supply for 20 years.
  • A fire at Findlay School destroyed a four-classroom complex.
  • Sparta Woman’s Club brought home many awards from the state convention for their work with DECA to clean up the community through paper recycling.


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