This Week in White County History, May 30-June 6



  • A swarm of bees was carefully removed from a shrub in the parking lot at Commerce Union Bank. M.L. Brown and Danny Baker sought out the queen bee and then gently enticed the bees into a cardboard box to prepare them for rehoming.
  • Charlie Kuhn fell overboard at Webb’s Boat Dock, but thanks to Hugh Hillis, a 17-year-old White County High School graduate and Eagle Scout, he survived. Hillis, an employee at Webb’s Boat Dock, saw Kuhn go overboard and dove in and rescued him.


  • The 1982 4-H Fashion Review was held at West Sparta School. Twenty-nine garments were entered in the event. Mrs. Artie Swift, manager of the Jenkins and Darwin Store, presented each competitor with a free pattern.
  • Nursing Technician Peggy Henry received a lapel pin from Sparta Health Care Center director of nursing Ruth York. The pin was to commemorate Henry’s completing a course in “Basic Care of the Long-Term Patient’ with the highest average in her class.
  • Julie Cheek took top honors in the Modern Woodmen of America Civic Oration Contest at White County Middle School. Second place was awarded to Carolyn Johnson while Leigh Ann Ballinger, Kathy Daniels, and Ann Swindell were runners-up.


  • Mapping for E-911 continued with fire chiefs outlining the areas that their departments were responsible for.
  • Melanie Oakes, a member of the White County Warriorette basketball team, which had finished the season as the state runner-up, signed a four-year scholarship with the University of Massachusetts.
  • Brian Lee, a graduate of White County High School, was named to the All-Midstate Baseball Team, first squad, by the Tennessean.


  • A successful report from the Community Prevention Initiative received praise from the White County Health Council. The report included outstanding success rates at both Findlay Elementary and Woodland Park Elementary schools.
  • A golf tournament was held to benefit the Gracemoor Foundation, which provided resources for victims of domestic violence. The winning team included two members from Sparta, and the third-place team consisted entirely of Sparta residents.


  • Wayne Sherrell, the retiring E-911 director, was honored with a plaque from county and city officials as well as from members of the White County E-911 Board of Directors. The plaque was their way of saying “thank you” for Sherrell’s many years of dedication and service to the community.
  • The City of Sparta mayor administered the oath of office to Michael Honaker who was the city’s newest police officer.
  • Three White County High School athletes received All-District Honors. Morgan Voyles and Mollie Abell both received first-team All-District Honors for softball, while C.D. Hindenberger was named to the soccer All-District first team.


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