This Week in White County History, Oct. 10-16



  • White County had three educators in leadership positions in Tennessee’s education organizations. Mrs. Charles Mitchell was president of the Tennessee Congress of Parents and Teachers. Charles H. Sarver was chairman of the Tennessee Principal’s Study Counsel. Mrs. Jimmy G. Walker was chairperson of the Middle Tennessee Supervisor’s Association.
  • White County High School’s band director Carl Ballinger, along with band captain Clark Cantrell, head majorette Myra Jane Smith, and signal major Susan Hutson, led the band to bring home three trophies from the Tri-State Marching Band Festival, in Rossville, Georgia.
  • A couple of runaway boys from East Peoria, Illinois, were located in Sparta when they sought treatment from Dr. Charles Mitchell, at White County Hospital, for what they believed to be a bad case of poison ivy. Both boys were safely returned, leaving Sparta and being escorted back to Illinois by the mother of one of the juveniles.


  • Sparta was awarded a grant of $89,123.92 for the “Calfkiller River Greenbelt” project, which would be used in relocating some of the residents and would finance approximately 13 tracts of property along the park project area.
  • White County High School student Kelly Sayre and teachers Sandra Crouch and Betty Carmichael received special recognition on behalf of the school’s Future Homemakers of America for the group’s efforts for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and the Walk America project that they had organized in the spring.
  • A Sparta man won a national Coca-Cola Cash Cap Promotion when he purchased a 10-ounce Coke from a local retailer. Mr. F.L. Goodsley of Route 4, in Sparta, was presented with a check in the amount of $100 from Coca-Cola Route Merchandiser Freddie Duncan.


  • James D. Glass, sergeant and squad leader in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement during armed conflict for his actions during Operation Desert Storm.
  • Linda Koger, agent with the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service in White County, received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension Home Economists for her work with 4-H youth in White County, at the annual meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • A facilitator with Sparta’s historic commission was asked to bring Sparta and White County officials together with Chamber of Commerce and Main Street representatives concerning the long-awaited downtown renovations, which seemed to be stalled, despite multiple meetings, due to differences of opinions as to what would be most cost-effective as well as beneficial to the community.


  • Sprucing up the town for the fourth annual Liberty Square Celebration was the perfect opportunity to show civic pride in a year where patriotism was at the forefront of every endeavor. Leah Keyes, Howard Griffin, and Emily Moorehead painted the wall on Bockman Way, which stood above what is now the city’s skate park. The wall was painted with a waving rendition of America’s stars and stripes, an idea presented by Moorehead.
  • The Bank of White County presented White County High School with a donation for the purpose of purchasing lights for the school’s multi-purpose stage. Hoyt Jones and Elizabeth Hitchcock presented Principal Charles Dycus, Drama Consultant Gary Alspaugh, and Drama Director Sandra Lewis with a check.
  • The White County Senior Center broke ground for a new addition that would almost double the footage of the building they were in. Senior Center board members and supporters joined Mayor Claude Bradley, Alderperson Margaret Pearson, and White County Executive Herd Sullivan as they placed gold shovels to the soil and broke ground for the expansion construction.


  • Austin Hall, a senior for the White County Warriors, kicked a game winning 34-yard field goal as time expired to give the Warriors a 30-28 win over Loudon County.
  • Officer Allan Hale and Administrative Assistant Darlene Young were presented with certificates of recognition for their five years of continuous service and dedication to the White County Sheriff Department by Oddie Shoupe, who was serving as sheriff at the time.
  • Sparta Head Start had recently completed construction of their new center on North Spring Street and hosted a community open house. Officials, businesspersons, and residents attended the event to tour the new school and learn more about the opportunities that would be available to Sparta’s youngest school children


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