This Week in White County History, Sept. 17-Sept. 23



  • Preliminary figures showed a slight decrease in school enrollment in White County, with 3,491 students enrolled in all schools, 30 less than the same time the year before.
  • Sherry Price was named the 1973 Fairest of the Fair. First runner up was Ann Gillen.
  • The Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen created the position of Assistant Police Chief and named J.W. Cayce to the new position. Carl Dildine was named lieutenant.


  • White County High School senior Beth Clark was chosen to reign over homecoming activities as the 1983 WCHS Homecoming Queen.
  • The long-awaited 145-mile Highway 111 took a giant step forward as officials agreed to coordinate their efforts to convince the state and federal governments to build the $290 million highway as quickly as possible.
  • The city received a $234,607 grant to provide an access road and utilities to the newly created Industrial Park along Highway 111.


  • Outlet shopping in Doyle was soon to be a reality, as Brenda Bell, of Bell Fashions, announced plans to build a girls’ dress factory, in Doyle.
  • Robynn Qualls was named 1993 Fairest of the Fair.
  • The city approved the submission of an application to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency for a home application grant for citywide housing rehabilitation.


  • Serena Simpson was named Miss Congeniality and 2002 Fairest of the Fair.
  • County commissioners took the first steps to certify the White County Jail by approving funding for two additional correctional officers.
  • White County commissioners enacted a 1,000-foot distance ruling for beer permits after several weeks of discussion about validity of existing permits.


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