This Week in White County History, October 1- October 7



  • The grand opening of Edd Rogers Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick was held featuring a showing of the line of new 1974 cars.
  • White County Junior High School launched a drive to beautify the school’s classrooms and improve the educational program. The school planned to achieve this through participation in the Colgate-Palmolive School Action Plan, in which the company would supply cash in exchange for proofs of purchase of 13 of their products.
  • Larry R. Officer, of Sparta, was commissioned a second lieutenant upon completion of the 1973 advanced ROTC summer camp at Fort Bragg, N.C.


  • The plan to save the Tullahoma to Sparta railroad hit a snag when Kyle Railroad Co., the proposed operator, pulled out, without explanation.
  • The White County High School marching band received three “superior” ratings at the first annual Upper Cumberland Marching Festival in Crossville.
  • Cheri L. Lynn and Patrick N. Henry accepted their notifications from White County High School principal Charles Dycus that they placed in the top 5 percent of the more than one million students who participated in the National Merit Scholarship Program.


  • White County native Charles Smith, TN education commissioner, was chosen to become the new chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents.
  • An antique military ordinance, a 40-millimeter shell from the Vietnam era, was detonated in White County after a resident discovered the shell while cleaning his garage. It had been found in a White County river several years before.
  • The Board of White County Commissioners appointed Robert Verble as chairman of the commission.


  • The WCHS cafeteria underwent a major transformation including murals and television sets.
  • Sparta-White County Rescue Squad rescued two men from the Caney Fork River whose fishing boat overturned near the old iron bridge on Lost Creek Road.
  • Construction was underway at Central View Elementary School, with a new addition of five classrooms, a new kitchen and dining room, new restrooms and new office area slated.


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