This Week in White County History, Aug. 14-20



  • A dam on Calfkiller River was proposed by the Hull-York Lakeland Resource Conservation and Development Project for water supply and recreation.
  • Mayor Bob Breeding submitted an application for $160,000 in federal funds to build two new fire halls: one on Bockman Way at Gaines Street and another at Thomas Drive.
  • Gwen Kirkeminde was crowned at Kornpone Day by Chamber of Commerce manager Lawrence Erwin.


  • Ray Watson was named aldermen by Mayor Robert Hutchings and was sworn in by Court Clerk Virginia Wallace.
  • Robert Verble was among 185 bankers statewide to receive a graduation certificate from the 43rd Annual Tennessee School of Banking held at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville.
  • Knoxville Mayor Randy Tyree visited the Dunn Steel open house.


  • Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 7-0, with no discussion, to form the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport.
  • Two Sparta National Guard soldiers were promoted to private first class: Patrick C. Noonan and Christopher M. Eller.
  • Three National Guard soldiers based in Sparta were promoted to sergeant: James D. Prater, Jackie W. Taylor, and Foster B. Young.


  • James O’Conner was elected sheriff of White County, Herd Sullivan was elected as county executive, Tommy Pedigo was elected mayor of Sparta, and Henry Foster was elected as circuit court clerk in the August 2002 elections.
  • Tim Johnson, of Irving Materials, donated a large collection of books to White County Public Library after his children participated in the summer reading program and enjoyed all the new things they had learned.
  • Alec Haston, a junior at White County High School, was named to the All Region 5-AAAA pre-season team by MidTNsports.


  • The award-winning bluegrass band, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, chose Sparta for the site of a photo shoot. The band spent an hour inside Oldham Theater, on Liberty Square, as they posed for photos in the town known for bluegrass legend Lester Flatt.
  • Aldermen Chad Griffin, Judy Payne, and Robert Verble were sworn into office by the city’s attorney, Lynn Omohundro. Parker and Verble were re-elected, while Griffin was a newcomer to the political scene.
  • White County High School senior A.J. Wilkerson committed to play collegiate golf for Tennessee Tech University after he finished his high school career.


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