This Week in White County History, June 16-June 22



  • Four White County men because Tennessee State Troopers: Tyler McCulley, Joseph Williams, Christopher DeLong and Christopher Bennett.
  • Jesse Welch, a graduate of White County High School, participated in a program at TTU which sought to combine inventions developed by chemical engineering students with the knowledge of business students to create better business plans.
  • The United Daughters of the Confederacy awarded Douglas Kiesling, Chief Boatsman Mate U.S. Navy Retired, with the Meritorious Service Award.


  • A new shopping center began to take shape near Walmart. The Taft Church Shipping Center began construction and was expected to be completed later in the year.
  • A rally to support Sparta’s Army National Guard soldiers as they prepared to deploy to Iraq was held at Sparta Amphitheater.
  • The biggest bluegrass event in White County history was scheduled for Sparta with Jimmy C. Newman, Doyle Lawson, and Quicksilver slated to perform.


  • City of Sparta was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Contribution Award for building the new amphitheater.
  • The bridge over Calfkiller River on Highway 111 was dedicated in honor of the late James R. Tubb, a prominent Sparta resident of the late 1800s.
  • Sparta celebrated the 10th annual Lester Flatt Bluegrass Festival.


  • One of Sparta’s newest industries, Spartex, announced plans to expand. In adding brake calipers to its lineup of products, many new jobs were to be created.
  • Sherry Klein Howard took top honors at the state California Concept Hair Show and Competition in Nashville.
  • Walmart held its grand opening celebration in the new location at West Towne Plaza.


  • Roy Rich, 17 of Sparta, became the 20,000th enlistee in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.
  • Majorettes for the 1974-75 school year at White County High School were announced as Connie Clouse, Annette Davis, Mary Beth Anderson, Tammy Stinnett, Sherry Hodges, Sherry Klein, and Stacy Huehls.
  • Walter Meyer was presented with a diamond ring for 50 years of service with Thomas Industries.


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