This Week in White County History, June 6-12



  • Ivey Hillis announced that he was seeking the Democratic nomination for a second term as state representative of White and Warren counties.
  • The cement was poured for the floor of the new White County Jail.
  • A Sparta company, Sorrell Brothers, outbid seven other construction firms to win the contract to build a new library in Putnam County.


  • The Singing Redwines, a family from Bon Air, was listed in the American Biographical Institute’s Personalities of the South reference book.
  • The parking lot of the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad was paved. The paving was made possible by Lorraine G. Day who, upon passing away, designated in her will that her estate be used for civic or charitable purposes.
  • Army Private First-Class Robert E. Greene Jr., of Sparta, a paratrooper and mortar crewman with the 82nd Airborne Division, participated in the Gallant Eagle 82 exercises in the California desert.


  • The Discovery Channel came to Sparta to film at the Red Kap plant for a program featuring companies that make flame resistant garments.
  • James Scott received a plaque for being the oldest male participant in the state Senior Games. He received two gold medals, both in bowling. Scott bowled both in singles competition and in doubles.
  • The 8th annual Martha White/Lester Flatt Hometown Memorial Bluegrass Festival was held at Foggy Mountain Music Park. The festival brought thousands of visitors from all over the United States.


  • A demolition crew began burying the debris of the old White County High School in a crater-like hole dug at the left of the front of the building.
  • Firstar Banks in Sparta officially changed their name to U.S. Bank, although the employees and personal customer service remained the same as under the previous name.
  • The U.S. Achievement Academy announced that White County Middle School student Justin Brattain was named a U.S. National Award winner in English.


  • White County Sheriff’s Office “hired” a new member. Tuco, a German shephard who was certified by the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association, joined his partner, Deputy Will Whitson, as part of the department’s narcotics division.
  • Retiring Tennessee Technological University President Bob Bell presided over his final commencement ceremony during which he handed diplomas to no less than 40 students from White County.
  • The inaugural season for the White County High School Fishing Team was deemed a success. The team of Caleb Cravens and Christian Nash were the highest WCHS finishers in the Tennessee High School Bass Federation State Championship where they finished 14th in the state.


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