This Week in White County History, May 26-June 1



  • The White County Jail received notice that they had been re-certified for the eighth year in a row by the Tennessee Corrections Institute which found the facilities with no deficiencies.
  • Amber Hudgens and Kelsey Roberts both signed National Letters of Intent to continue their basketball careers as teammates at Roane State the following year.
  • Sparta-White County Rescue Squad successfully rescued a minor female who had fallen off a 50-foot cliff, in Walling.


  • UT Alumni were in for a treat when much-revered interim president Dr. Joseph E. Johnson, who served as UT president, 1991-1999, came to the Sparta Civic Center to speak to the alumni.
  • Jim Teeple, county commissioner for the sixth district, was appointed to fill the vacant position on the airport board.
  • Final orders were issued to the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment for mobilization, with plans for deployment to include traveling to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, for two months and training rotation in California, and then finally deploying to Iraq.


  • Sparta developer Reed Welch made an offer to purchase land at Rock Island State Park and develop a golf course, upon approval by the state comptroller.
  • After serving nearly 25 years in the Tennessee House of Representatives, I.V. Hillis Jr. announced his retirement from office.
  • The Jungle Book began filming in Fall Creek Falls State Park.


  • Tommy Denton was honored at the Sixth Annual White County Horseman’s Walking Horse Show at the White County Fairgrounds. He had been president of the association for the previous six years, and the group honored him for his outstanding efforts.
  • White County High School won the Upper Cumberland Academic Bowl against Livingston.
  • The White County Legislative Body discussed a controversial topic during their meeting. The board contemplated purchasing the landfill and taking over the handling the county’s solid waste.


  • Judge Hillard Roberts announced his intentions to seek the office of judge of the Criminal Court, Fifth Judicial Circuit.
  • The chimney on the southwest corner of the White County Courthouse was torn down as demolition of the building began.
  • Officials announced that Sparta-White County Airport would be open for business in August.


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