This Week in White County History, Aug. 8-14



  • Officials with the Federal Bureau of Mines and the National Park service toured the surface mining sites at the invitation of Gov. Winfield Dunn as an initial step in what could lead to a program of changing severely damaged mining land into a national recreation area.
  • Picket lines formed at the General Telephone office to have a common expiration date for their employment contracts.
  • The Junior Woman’s Club held their annual Kornpone Day. The wedding of Rose Marie Smith and Samuel Eden was held during the festivities.


  • The U.S. Postal Service awarded a contract to the architectural firm of Upland Design Group of Crossville to design the new main post office building, in Sparta.
  • Figures were released by the U.S. Travel Data Center that found that tourists spent $1,870,000 in the past year.
  • John McGhee won the 1982 election for Democratic nominee for sheriff.


  • Speed Limit, a country music group who won the local competition at Kornpone Day, was selected to compete in the state Showdown in October for a $1,000 cash prize and an opportunity to compete in the regional contest.
  • Dale Johnson declared his candidacy for U.S. House of Representatives from District 4.
  • Voter turnout was 19.1 percent, with assessor going to Kathy Hunter and Connie Jolley getting the county clerk position.


  • Fred Senter, a former coach at White County High School in the 1960s, was inducted into the South Carolina Coaches Hall of Fame.
  • In the Best of the Best in White County, Tri-Star Real Estate and Auction, Styled and Polished, and Sonic tied for first place.
  • Member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans served as the honor guard to perform an artillery salute to Gen. George G. Dibrell, who is buried at the Old City Cemetery.


  • The White County School board closed on the Millers Point Road property where they planned to place a new bus garage and maintenance facility.
  • The Doyle Board of Mayor and Alderman approved the installation of several speed bumps at the request of residents. The speed bumps were approved for the end of Doyle Street and on Mees Street.
  • THP Lt. Randy Maynard, a White County resident who served as the road sergeant in DeKalb and Smith Counties, was presented with a 15-year service award for his dedication to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.


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