This Week in White County History, July 18-24



  • Appalachian Wood Products Inc., of Sparta, purchased the vacant plant of Hammary Furniture and planned to have the plant operational in 30 days.
  • Local officials said that an error in bookkeeping was responsible for a fund deficit in the amount of $46,944.37 in the White County Road Department.
  • Applications for the new Elmwood Apartments were being accepted.


  • The White County Commission approved an agreement that would have four entities: White County, Putnam County, City of Sparta, and City of Cookeville, share joint ownership of the new Upper Cumberland Regional Airport.
  • The White County High School Marching Band received new uniforms and were preparing to start the marching band season with the first football game scheduled for Sept. 4.
  • English travelers who recently finished college decided to travel across the United States and made a stop in White Couanty. They camped in the area and were able to see tobacco growing for the first time.


  • The 13/14-year-old Junior Girls’ Softball All Stars captured the District 2 title. The team moved on to play the state tournament that was being held in Dandridge, Tennessee.
  • Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans served as the honor guard to perform an artillery salute to Gen. George G. Dibrell, at the Old City Cemetery.
  • Wallace Austin, the chairman of the White County Families First Council, board member of the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association, Tri-County Rail Authority Board, and Certified Local Government Coordinator announced his candidacy for White County Commissioner in the 1st district.


  • A new restaurant opened in Sparta. The Antebellum, located on Liberty Square, celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony thanks to Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Sparta’s Babe Ruth Baseball All Stars won the district tournament, beating Lebanon twice, to earn the district title and a trip to the state games.
  • Kellie Jolley Harper released a line of signature footwear, being the first female coach to ever have her own collection of shoes.


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