This Week in White County History, June 20-26



  • Rep Joe L. Evins announced his candidacy for re-nomination and re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • The Sparta Expositor was one of the top winners in the 1972 Tennessee Press Association contest held in Gatlinburg at the annual TPA convention. The newspaper took top honors for the entire state in feature writing.


  • Bill Boruff made an official announcement that he was seeking candidacy for a seat on the White County Legislative Body for the third Civil District of White County.
  • Dr. Donald H. Bradley was installed as president of the Upper Cumberland Medical Society, the oldest continuing medical society in the Southeast.
  • Sparta Junior Woman’s Club proposed the installation of signs proclaiming Sparta as the home and burial place of Lester Flatt. The group got support from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.


  • Motlow College began offering college credit courses at White County High School.
  • Shelley Sims, Terry Brock, and Catina Steward of the Tennessee Trojans basketball team won the state tournament held at Motlow Jr. College and advanced to the national tournament in Kenner, Louisiana.
  • Sparta and White County leaders met with the Department of Economic and Community Development to begin plans to make Sparta a Three Star Community. They found that Sparta and White County had one of the best relationships between the city and county governments in the state.


  • A-1 Cleaners opened for business in the shopping center at 289 N. Spring St.
  • The old Warwick building got a facelift as World Finance Loans and Tax Service moved in and renovated the structure.
  • State employees in White County and around the state were told that they would not have jobs because of a “budget crisis.”


  • Sparta police were able to apprehend and capture a fugitive from Missouri. The suspect, who was wanted on felony theft charges, had been seen leaving Rock Island and was apprehended by the Sparta Police Department at the Highway 111/Bockman Way interchange.
  • The Rotary Club of Sparta hosted a charity golf tournament at the Sparta Country Club. The first place team was Wayne Rogers, David Rogers, Bill Powell, and Jason Goodwin. Proceeds from the golf tournament were to be used to fund no-revenue sports and other local charities.
  • The Warrior football team finished their June workouts with a Friday night Lift-a-Thon. The players spent the evening maxing out on weights and being timed in various running drills to lead the team into the state’s mandatory dead period for high school athletes.


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