This Week in White County History, July 25-31



  • A two-to-one split vote resulted in employees of the Sparta Electric and Water System getting a 7 percent pay increase.
  • The Quebeck Senior Center celebrated Italian Day with dishes, crystals, photos, fabrics, and other items from Italy on display.
  • Red Kap Industries, of Sparta, was cited for 376,863 employees’ hours of work without a loss of time due to accident on the job.


  • White-Van Buren Vocational School was awarded $10,000 from Cooper Industries, the parent company of Wagner Lighting Division’s plant, in Sparta.
  • Sgt. Dale Bumbalough, of White County Sheriff Department, acting on a local tip, located 17 marijuana plants that were approximately 8 feet tall each. The plants were found in the woods in the Oak Grove Community.
  • Members of St. Andrew Catholic Church participated in a groundbreaking ceremony. A religious education/fellowship center was to be constructed to add available space to the pre-existing church.


  • Kelsey Cannon, a White County High School graduate and a setter for the MTSU volleyball team, visited Australia as part of the MTSU’s Pacific tour.
  • A Wagon Train, which included 70 people between the ages of 1 and 82, all traveling by horse or mule-drawn wagons, made their way from Putnam County to Golden Mountain Park, in Sparta, where they camped for the night.
  • A fire on College Street that consumed an unoccupied structure and sent flames approximately 25 feet into the air was investigated as a possible arson case.


  • Girl Scout Troop #474 hosted a tea party at Life Care Center of Sparta. The Girl Scouts brought cookies, while the residents added tea and lemonade to the party. Each participant wore their favorite fancy hat to the event.
  • White County administrator of elections Dorcas Marcum reported a lower-than-normal turnout for early voting, with only 776 voters taking advantage of the opportunity to vote in the county’s general election before the August election day.
  • The “old jail” that sat atop a small hill on South Church Street for more than 40 years was scheduled for demolition, but, before that could happen, it was found that asbestos needed to be removed.


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