This Week in White County History, November 20-26



  • Ray Blanton’s motorcade came through Sparta to garner votes for the West Tennessee congressman.
  • In ceremonies held in Saigon, Sparta’s Jerry and Ruby Jones were presented awards for meritorious service in the Republic of South Vietnam. Ruby Jones was presented the United States Army Commendation Medal for her services as an Army nurse. Jerry Jones received a second medal for civilian service for his service in the American Embassy.
  • WCHS Warrior quarterback David Culley was named the most valuable player in the AAA Region 11 by the Nashville Banner.


  • Johnson’s Chapel resident Linnie Johnson performed several songs at the World’s Fair in Knoxville in the Folk Life Pavilion.
  • Lester Flatt was honored with new signs placed at the city limits that declared Sparta as his hometown.
  • Wetterau Food Distribution Group, the firm that distributed IGA products, took over as the developer of the Highway 111 shopping center project.


  • Dr. Robert F. Baker was named top family physician by the 1992 Tennessee Academy of Physicians during their 44th annual Scientific Assembly in Gatlinburg.
  • White County Warriorette Amy Moore signed a basketball scholarship with the University of Alabama – Birmingham.


  • The new White County Archives in Room 304 of the White County Courthouse held a grand opening to introduce the public to where all the historic documents of White County were preserved and made available to the public.
  • Bon Air United Methodist Church steeple was damaged by a storm earlier in the year, and, thanks to the help of friends of the church, a new steeple was put in place.
  • FEMA awarded BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department a grant to purchase equipment.


  • The 4-H Sew for Fun Club was formed, and members met at the UT Extension Office, on North Main Street, in Sparta, as they learned how to use a sewing machine as they prepared for regular meetings in which they would complete a variety of sewing projects.
  • Finish Line Automotive, owned by Darrick Dibrell, held its grand opening celebration. The new business planned to offer upkeep and maintenance for vehicles as well as offer upgrades and modifications to make vehicles “the talk of the town.”
  • Highlands Medical Center, the hospital in White County, raised over $6,200 for the White County High School Athletics Department through a fundraiser in which they competed with Warren County’s hospital to raise the most money. Highlands Medical Center was declared the “Border Battle” winner, but the real winners were the student-athletes of both counties.


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