This Week in White County History, January 17-23



  • Bulldozers moved in and began digging the dirt around the old jail as operations began for building the new jail.
  • Estle Anderson was presented an award for 35 years of service to White County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. Beecher Cunningham, Willie Jarvis, and Obert L. Sims were newly elected on the White County ASCS.
  • White County Junior High Warrior boys’ football team won its seventh straight victory in a game against Spencer.


  • Levi Straus and Company provided a $3000 grant to Central View Fire Department. The two joined together in the sponsorship of a yard sale to raise money for the department.
  • Robert Verble was made an officer of the First National Bank in the position of assistant cashier. It was approved by the Board of Directors.
  • On Jan. 17, the temperature in Sparta registered in at minus-8 degrees, and in Bon Air the temperature registered minus-14 degrees.


  • Mary Agee was crowned Ms. Senior White County 1992 after taking both the Miss Congeniality and talent awards. This was the second annual Age of Elegance pageant, and seven White County women participated. Doris Nesbitt was first runner-up, Pearl Howell was second runner-up, and Veva Everson was third runner-up. They were judged on talent, evening gown, interview, and philosophy of life. Woody Phillips was once again the master of ceremonies.
  • Bill Boruff Dealership presented the Award of Excellence to its top mechanics: Robert Hawkins, Jeff Moore, and Steve Masters. The men received $7,000 for exceeding their quota for customer satisfaction.
  • The job of mapping and addressing every structure in White County began this week in preparation for the new enhanced 911 (E-911) system, which would be in operation in 18 months.


  • Jimmy McCulley, Andy McCulley, Mark Holland, and Mike Holland, of North End and Cassville fire departments, traveled to Holden, Louisiana, to retrieve two new pumper trucks. The men flew from Nashville to New Orleans, and, during the flight, a medical emergency occurred. Andy McCulley, a certified first responder, provided aid to the patient in distress until the plane landed and the patient could be transferred to an ambulance crew.
  • White County Soil Conservation District selected W.C. Sparkman and Ryan Sparkman as the Farmers of the Year for 2001. The Sparkmans operated a dairy farm in the Eaton community.
  • Flood waters rose three to four feet, trapping vehicles at River Hill Road and Old Union Road, just off Hickory Valley Road. Emergency workers were dispatched to rescue Bill Jernigan, who was trapped and could not get to safety.


  • Former White County Warriorette and Tennessee Lady Vol Kellie Jolly Harper was inducted into the White County High School Sports Hall of Fame between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games against the rival teams from Cookeville. Harper was honored prior to the games in the multipurpose room at the high school.
  • The Sparta-White County Rescue Squad held its first awards ceremony and presented awards to the city of Sparta, the county, NHC Healthcare, White County Emergency Management Agency, and the White County Sheriff Department for their support of the rescue squad.
  • State Representative Charles Curtiss voted against legislation that would amend the Tennessee Constitution by adding language to ban a state income tax. The legislation passed despite Curtiss’s disapproval and was sent to be voted on by the General Assembly, in 2013.


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