This Week in White County History, February 4-February 10



  • The White County High School Swim Team wrapped up their season with four of their members competing in the Regional Meet.
  • A new program – Transition to Recovery – began at the White County Jail in an effort to keep inmates from cycling in and out of incarceration.
  • County and city officials partnered with the tourism committee in support of making Sparta a stop on the upcoming 2014 H.O.G. Rally for motorcyclists.


  • Kenneth Joly was inducted into the White County High School Sports Hall of Fame who played as a member of the Warrior basketball team and also served as a coach for both the boys’ and girls’ teams.
  • School systems had to close due to heavy rainfall flooding roadways in the county.
  • UCHRA threatened to remove their nutrition program from the Sparta-White County Senior Center unless the director stopped operations of a meals program that had been recently implemented.


  • White County Sheriff’s Department unveiled a new D.U.I. Task Force vehicle, a 1994 Crown Victoria Ford which was equipped with a radar.
  • White County Fair was named the first runner-up for the State “A” Champion Fair Award presented by the Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture.
  • White County was hit by an ice storm that crippled the entire area. 24 hours after 70-degree weather, the roads were iced, and the temperatures were remaining at the below freezing mark.


  • Sutton Shirt Corp. announced plans to build a $600,000 warehouse and office space addition to its Cookeville Highway plant, in White County.
  • Tommy Denton announced plans to change the name of his grocery store in the Sparta Shopping Center from Big Star to Sparta Food Center.
  • Mike Wilson was elected as the new president of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce. Other new directors included Carl Johnson, Gary Swindell, and Wayne Rogers.


  • The Courthouse Committee continued to review plans for the proposed new courthouse that was scheduled to be built on the same site as the current courthouse, which would be demolished.
  • Independent truckers in the area went on strike for better fuel prices and assured quantities.
  • Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce began discussing finding a permanent home for the Chamber.


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