This Week in White County History, May 16-22



  • Sparta and White County hosted its largest modern convention when some 500 delegates and alternate delegates from 21 counties from the Fourth Congressional District gathered for their quadrennial.
  • The Sparta Lions proposed the creation of Champ Ferguson State Park at the upper end of White County that would include his burial place, France Cemetery, and the property owned by Dr. Breeding.
  • Thirty Japanese students spent two weeks at Camp Hy-Lake near Quebeck to learn what typical American boys do at summer camp.


  • The CalGas hot air balloon visited Sparta, offering rides to Sparta residents.
  • Spartan’s House of Beauty, located in downtown Sparta, was destroyed in an early morning fire. The fire, which was contained so that no other buildings were destroyed, started after there was an explosion inside the building.
  • Tennessee Tech student Greg Pippin, of Sparta, a senior chemistry major, was selected to participate in a summer student research program at Argonne National Laboratory, in Argonne, Illinois.


  • Herd Sullivan was re-elected as county executive for White County. Gary Brogden was elected as the Register of Deeds.
  • More than 100 people attended the Coal Miners’ Reunion, which was held at BonDeCroft Elementary School, on Bon Air Mountain. Some visitors came from as far away as Kentucky to meet and reminisce about the times that the coal mines were functioning.
  • Jeff Davis and Cory Newby won first place in the Edd Rogers Spring Fishing Tournament with a total weight of 25.14 pounds.


  • Charles and Elizabeth Greene, of Sparta, were honored on Kornpone Day by the Kornpone Committee for being the longest married couple. They received a plaque, a bouquet of flowers, and dinner for two.
  • White County Middle School student Crystal Throckmorton earned two bronze medals in the swimming events during the 1992 State Special Olympics Committee.
  • The 84th Annual White County High School graduation ceremony was held, with valedictorian Nancy Wood addressing the class about keeping priorities in perspective.


  • The White County School Board approved a “letter of intent” to be presented to Mack Johnson for the purchase of 15 acres of property on Millers Point Road. The property, which the school would purchase for $875,000, would become the new bus garage and maintenance facility for White County Board of Education.
  • Makendra Tubbs, with the help of White County Middle School principal Paul Steele and Girl Scout Troop 525, along with donations from White County businesses, was able to create a garden in memory of former WCMS teacher Betty Farley. The garden was created in the courtyard at the middle school and could be seen from several classrooms and hallways.
  • Morgan Voyles competed in her sixth state meet. She had competed in three cross country meets and two track and field meets previously.


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