This Week in White County History, June 27-July 3



  • Jack Franklin, of Sparta, officially joined the law firm of John Knowles. The firm became known as Knowles and Franklin Law Office and was located on East Bockman Way. Franklin was a 1962 graduate of White County High School.
  • The Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce voted to join the Nashville-Middle Tennessee Better Business Bureau.


  • A resolution authorizing preparation of a bond issue to finance the Town Creek Sewer Interceptor project was unanimously approved by the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
  • Charles Curtiss announced his candidacy for White County commissioner of the south district. Curtiss was chief of the Cassville Volunteer Fire Department and a local brick mason.
  • Bill Floyd announced his candidacy for county commissioner for the seventh district.


  • Andrea Fuller represented White County in the National Miss Teenager Pageant held at Belmont University and placed first runner-up.
  • Bob Knight, Bob Holman, and John Cheek finished fifth place in the 4,775-mile Great American Race that ran from Charleston, South Carolina, to Costa Mesa, California. The trio raced in a 1929 Model A Ford Roadster.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Willie Davis invited friends and family to a festive party as they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.


  • Bluegrass at the Amphitheater drew hundreds who were excited to see Valley Grass Express perform. The venue had standing room only.
  • A group of White County citizens combined forces to mount a write-in campaign for current sheriff Guy Goff. Goff was defeated in the May primary, losing to former Deputy James O’Conner.
  • Jerry Denton, of Quebeck, announced his candidacy for county commissioner for the fifth district.


  • Junior Garcia, 19, 0f Texas, passed through Sparta as part of his 37 day, 1369-mile journey from Texas to Washington, D.C. to pray for the nation’s leaders. Garcia, who was a college student studying to become a physician’s assistant, carried a large wooden cross for the entirety of his journey.
  • The Tennessee Board of Regents unanimously recommended tuition hikes at its six universities, including Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. The university increased maintenance and tuition fees 9.8 percent the previous year and the Board of Regents recommended another 6% increase.
  • Firefighters from across the county responded to a large forest fire that erupted in the Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness, on June 29. It was reported the flames were jumping 50 yards at a time. Firefighting airplanes flew overhead to halt the spread of the fire.


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