This Week in White County History

Posted By | June 30, 2014 7:08 am

Last Updated: June 30, 2014 at 7:10 am

Members of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in Sparta, leave for Iraq, in June 2004.

•More than 1,000 people filled the Sparta Amphitheater to cheer on the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment to wish them a safe journey as they prepared for deployment to Iraq. The streets were lined with crowds as the soldiers made their way to the amphitheater.
•Greg Sims was awarded Deputy of the Year at the Davey Crockett Dinner by Sheriff James O’Conner. Eric McCormick was named Trooper of the Year, and Jeffrey Lee Glass was named Sparta Police Officer of the Year.
•Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo was appointed to the Tennessee Municipal League.
•The Class of 1943 held its 50th class reunion and remembered those who left after graduation to serve in World War II.
•Sparta Firefighters Explorer Scout Post 359 won third place in the national 1993 Junior Firefighter Excellence Award Contest.
•A merger agreement was signed between Community Health Systems Inc. and Hallmark Healthcare, who owned White County Community Hospital, making Community Health Systems one of the largest owners of full-service acute-care hospitals in non-urban communities.
•First National Bank celebrated its100th anniversary by taking part in costume day, in which employees dressed in fashions from 100 years ago.
• Sparta Postmaster Freddie R. Maxwell was re-elected for a second consecutive term as president of the 560-member Tennessee chapter of the National Association of Postmasters.
•WCHS graduate Darla Brock was awarded the Nolan Fowler Scholarship in History from Tennessee Tech. Brock was valedictorian of the WCHS class of 1984.
•Fred’s, on South Main Street, held its grand opening as the business officially opened its doors following a move from the previous location, on Bockman Way. The first 100 customers were given silver dollars.
•Stewart Simmons was hired by Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen to serve as city policeman.
•Army Sgt. Henry W. Kirby, of Quebeck, was awarded the US Parachute Association’s Gold Wings Award for making his 1,000th jump. Kirby was one of only 680 people in the nation to receive the award.

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