This Week in White County History, May 2-8



  • Heavy spring rains caused Highway 84 near the city limits to flood. The road had to be temporarily closed to prevent motorists from venturing across the dangerous waters.
  • The city endorsed a half-cent sales tax increase because of the rising cost of the solid waste equipment.
  • The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Sparta named Robert Price, manager of Cookeville Production Credit office in Sparta, as “Boss of the Year.”


  • Betty Carmichael was elected to chair the White County Child Development Council.
  • Mrs. Robert F. Baker was installed as the new president of the GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Carman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a special party coordinated by their children.


  • With the schools approaching the end of the school year, the White County Highway Department, along with the White County Sheriff Department, installed new Children at Play signs across the county to remind drivers to slow down.
  • Tyson McClanahan walked on the Little League Baseball Park, where he had umpired games, for the first time since July 1991 after suffering a blood clot on his brain that had left him comatose.
  • White County Warriorette Jennifer Willhite signed a full scholarship to play basketball at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Wilhite dominated District 7-AAAA in rebounding the previous season.


  • Hunter Funeral Home celebrated 110 years of service in White County
  • Dickie Brown was named the new head coach of the Warrior Youth Football Team.
  • The Clarence Gillen Farm went up for auction. The farm, located in the Cherry Creek community, was the site of the old Cumberland Institute, a former school that became a casualty of the Civil War.


  • White County Community Hospital was renamed Highlands Medical Center and began $1 million in renovations as Capella Healthcare, the entity that owned the hospital, merged with St. Thomas Health.
  • Sparta Rotary Club initiated its first tree planting in memory of Bill Morgan, an honored and celebrated deceased member of the Rotary Club.
  • Sparta’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to demolish the city’s old jail which sat on Church Street as Mayor Jeff Young state that after considerable discussion, the city could not find another use for the facility.


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