This Week in White County History, March 31-April 6



  • Gladys Flatt, wife of Bluegrass Legend Lester Flatt, passed away at the age of 98. Flatt had been a musician herself and was part of a group known as the “Kentucky Pardners” where she performed under the stage name “Bobbie Jean.”
  • It was a good week in White County High School athletics. The Warrior baseball team earned a 10-4 win over the Cookeville Cavaliers, ending a 14-game losing streak to the rivals to the north. The Warriorette softball team defeated Cumberland County 4-3 ending a district losing streak that extended back to the 2012 season. The Warriorette tennis team overcame the Lady Cavs for the first time in more than 15 years, and the Warrior soccer team got a 403 shootout win over Cumberland County.
  • $2,446 was raised for The Stephens Center to help prevent child abuse.


  • Woodland Park Elementary School students began Project Care to send packages to soldiers serving in Iraq.
  • After 35 years as the largest employer in White County, Emerson Appliance Controls announced that it would be ceasing operation in June 2005.
  • After more than two decades, Sparta Civic Center was to undergo a facelift as well as receive renovations to the surrounding property.


  • Recent heavy rains caused major flood problems for residents. Sparta Fire Department was called to at least 25 homes to pump water from the basements.
  • Work began at the E-911 building site on Highway 70 East, in Sparta. Dozer work was completed, and debris was burnt.
  • Katelin Conley was crowned Tennessee Southern Stars Beauty Queen and Sports Wear Queen as was bound for the Regionals in September. She was also the Mini National Overall Most Beautiful Queen for Universal Regal Miss Pageant System.


  • Gerald Pedigo, part owner of Sparta LTD Inc., announced plans to construct an apartment complex on Churchill Drive that would consist of five buildings with a total of 42 apartments.
  • Dan T. Richards, a graduate of White County High School, graduated from the FBI Academy.
  • Nancy Knight was chosen as White County’s teacher of the year. Knight was a second-grade teacher at East Sparta School.


  • Bids were opened for the construction of the new courthouse by White County Judge David H. Snodgrass.
  • University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy in Memphis graduated its first female from White County, Martha Jane Little.
  • Bear Cove Baptist Church announced plans to build a new auditorium.


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