This Week in White County History, May 9-15



  • 4-H Bread Baking Contest winners were Beverly Randolph, Avalyn Lacy, and Nancy Stone.
  • Clark Cantrell and Roger Teeple, who were recent pages in the United States Congress, presented a United States flag and certificate to White County High School principal Charles Sarver. The flag had flown over the United State Capitol Building.
  • Don Bradley and White County Junior High track coach Keith Short check Bradley’s new record, clocking 58.0 in the 440-yard dash. Don set a record at the Mid-State Invitational, in Tullahoma


  • Brenda Dycus, third grade teacher at East Sparta Elementary, was honored at the White County Teacher of the Year for 1982 and also for the entire 14-county Upper Cumberland District of Tennessee.,
  • The White County High School tennis team, in only its second year of existence, brought home the district title in District 17. Accepting the award were Pat Wilhite, Lee Griffin, Mark Merriman, Guy Goff, and Coach Burt Oakley.
  • A traffic study of Sparta, which contained a highly controversial proposal to eliminate streetside parking to create an additional lane of traffic, was discussed at the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.


  • White County Community Hospital opened its doors to a new Geriatric/Psychiatric unit.
  • Four White County students were winners of the American Essay Contest sponsored by the
  • American Legion Auxiliary unit of the Hennessee Baker Post of Sparta. Mildred Knowles presented cash awards to White County Middle School winners David Cole and Carrie Wood. Central View Elementary winners were Nichole Howard and Rachel Brymer.


  • Kyle Gribble was named MVP of the Carson-Newman men’s basketball tournament. Gribble led the team in almost every category during the season.
  • E-911 dispatchers helped celebrate with veteran dispatcher Jane Leech, who was retiring after 20 years of service.
  • Two White County High School students were named winners in the Caney Fork Electric Essay Contest: Rebekah Webster was awarded first place, and Stephanie Owens was awarded second place.


  • City of Sparta officials voted to demolish the old jail on South Church Street, which had been purchased by the city.
  • Sparta resident Koby Johnson signed for a second year of service with AmeriCorps to tutor students in Detroit, Michigan, to help them graduate from high school.
  • The White County High School Warriorette softball team earned a stop in the district championship game and was their first trip to the region tournament in more than 20 years.


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