This Week in White County History, Nov. 26-Dec. 2



  • The Cumberland Valley Harley Riders and YMCA of Sparta sponsored an annual toy ride to provide gifts for children who otherwise would not have presents under their Christmas tree.
  • Vice-Mayor Robert Meeks took over as Doyle mayor after the death of Mayor George Barlow.
  • Lt. Oddie Shoupe was presented with a certificate of recognition honoring his 30th anniversary with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.


  • White County EMS received an A rating after four years of hard work. The improvement was attributed to the county taking over the service from a private company, which was rated D.
  • Woodland Park children got to experience a special Living History Tour that visited 66 cities nationwide. The students were able to interact with “Ben Franklin.”
  • White County High School announced their Mr. and Miss WCHS as Ryan Williams and Lindsey Sparkman.


  • John H. Keisling, of Sparta, was one of four business leaders who was appointed to the board of directors of the newly created Tennessee Competitive Export Corporation by Gov. Lamar Alexander.
  • The Sparta tobacco market logged the highest price in the mid-state for opening day sales and the second highest in the state.
  • Sparta Rotary Club Christmas Parade officially launch the Christmas season in Sparta with a special visit by Santa.


  • WCHS DECA students collected more than 5 tons of paper in 10 truckloads to be taken by railroad for recycling.
  • Stephen L. Officer was one of two national winners of the 4-H animal science scholarship.
  • White County Community Hospital installed new x-ray equipment at a cost of $80,000 that was called “second to none.”


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