This Week in White County History, Nov. 8-14



  • After 34 years of law enforcement experience, Herman Anderson sought election to the White County sheriff’s post.
  • After a controversial decision was made two years earlier to change the voting districts of Ravenscroft, Lamb, and Wildcat, the areas were returned to their former districts in a meeting of the White County Court.
  • White County High School’s metal trades shop was deemed one of the most advanced in the state. The course, which exposed students to machine shop, sheet metal work, welding, ornamental metalwork, structural building, and metalizing, took two years to complete and consisted of 540 hours each year. The state chose to recognize the program and award two high school credits for each year to students who attended the minimum class time.


  • Kay’s Ice Cream had a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to commemorate the restaurant’s grand opening.
  • A $1.3 million sewer project that would serve Highway 111 and ease the load on existing lines was approved.
  • In a ruling by Judge Oliver Hill, White County juveniles who committed serious crimes must appear in open court and would no longer be protected from public knowledge. Confidentiality was to continue for misdemeanor offenses.


  • Sgt. 1st Class Larry S. Blaylock was selected to receive the Retention NCO of the Year award. He received the award for his contribution to the mobilization of units during Desert Shield/Storm and for forming family groups in several areas in Tennessee.
  • White County schools were examined and found to be in “frightening condition.” The maintenance board suggested a plan that would cost $38,766 per year and included a full-time maintenance supervisor at a salary of $17,500 - $21,000 per year.
  • The White County Warrior football team got their first win of the season, beating the rival Warren County Pioneers 29-6. It was the first victory for the White County team in 16 games, having not won a game since September 1990


  • The new White County Justice Center held its open house ceremony. The new structure had the ability to house three times the inmate population as the previous jail and included multiple courtrooms to accommodate the overflow in General Sessions Court.
  • Gwen Elligan, Terri Walker, and Cindy Young, of the White County Fair Association, were declared the winners of the Annual Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off.
  • Charles Dycus, principal at White County High School, was awarded the A.F. Bridges Award for “displaying the high ideas of integrity and ethics and for the examples of citizenship and sportsmanship” according to the TSSAA. Dycus received the principal’s award for the fourth district, which was the largest in the state of Tennessee.


  • Local United States Veterans and their families celebrated the 256th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps with a dinner at Casa Luna Restaurant which was located on Churchill Drive. The celebration included dinner, cake, and the singing of the Marine Hymn. As is tradition, the cake was cut with a Marine Sword by the oldest Marine Veteran in attendance, Jack Marcussen, who then served the cake to the youngest Marine in attendance, Cornelis VanderZeyden.
  • Warrior head football coach Tracy Malone resigned from his position with the White County High School team, meaning that the Warriors were in search of their ninth head coach in 22 years.
  • Woodland Park student Caiden Lovett, whose parents were both active-duty service members, presented the school with an American flag that had been flown in Afghanistan, on Sept. 11, 2011. The flag had been flown with pride over the compound of the United States Elite Task Force in remembrance of innocents who had lost their lives in terrorist attack.


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