Thursday All Star Update

Posted by | July 1, 2016 4:18 am

Two of Sparta’s Little League All Star teams were in action Thursday.

The 12-year olds won their area tournament with a doubleheader win in Portland.  Sparta defeated the host team 28-1 and picked up a 16-5 win over Westmoreland.

The 12’s advance on to the district now.

The 11 year old team suffered a 15-0 loss at Cookeville.  They will wrap up pool play Friday at 6 p.m. vs. Smith County.

Two other local teams will also be in action Friday.  The 9/10’s host Gallatin at 6 p.m. and the coach pitch team takes on Lebanon Blue at 6 p.m. in Carthage.

See Monday’s print edition for complete … Read More


Frances Gerlach Phifer

Posted by | June 30, 2016 12:13 pm

Frances Gerlach Phifer, 90, passed away June 26, 2016.

Mrs. Phifer was born June 29, 1925, the daughter of John Klause “J.K.” Klause Gerlach and Winnifred Jane “Jennie” Gerlach.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl Phifer Sr.; son, Carl Phifer Jr.; and sister, Bettye Jane Chambliss.

Survivors include two daughters, Frances Dodson (Kenneth), of Doyle; Sherrie Smith (Brian), of Clermont, Florida; brother, J.K. “Bud” Gerlach, of Memphis; grandchildren, Rena Roberts (Marty), Freddie Dodson, Jeffery Phifer, Dustin Smith (Cheyenne), Dylan Smith, Jason Phifer; and great-grandchildren, Titus Logan Crawford and Madison Crawford.

Funeral service will be noon, July 2, 2016, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Tim … Read More


White County Garden Club hosts afternoon tea and luncheon

Posted by | June 30, 2016 7:04 am

Ladies and gentlemen gather for an afternoon luncheon and tea

White County Garden Club met, on June 14, 2016, at the home of Bill and Ella Hickey. Dozens of members and several guests enjoyed a delicious luncheon and afternoon tea. President Patsy Hitchcock welcomed everyone. Ella Hickey, hostess for the event, took the group on a tour of her beautiful garden. The garden club meets the second Tuesday of each month at White County Public Library.  Recent programs have included photographs of hidden areas of the county, as well as creating raised beds to make gardening easier, plus using herbs to flavor foods and for wellness. Those in attendance were: Judy Clemow, Wade and Donna Fare, Bill and … Read More


July 4th safety urged

Posted by | June 30, 2016 6:50 am

Celebrating Independence Day with fireworks is an American tradition, but Sparta Fire Department is warning residents of the dangers of setting off fireworks, if not done properly.

Chief Kirk Young states, “The Sparta Fire Department mission is to educate the public on the safe use of fireworks and encourages consumers to follow the following safety tips before engaging in fireworks celebrations this Fourth of July.”

The tips include:

-Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

-Read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

-A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.

-Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. If you plan … Read More



Father-son lawyer team opens new practice

Posted by | June 30, 2016 6:43 am

L-R: John Hutson and Jonathan Hutson

Through hardship, one can choose to sink or swim. When John Hutson was faced with a major life change, he jumped on an opportunity to swim, which has now led to the formation of a new law practice with his son Jonathan, in one of Bockman Way’s historic buildings.

John, who was born and raised in Sparta, worked at Mallory Timers for 34 years when the company announced they would be ceasing operations in Sparta. To soften the blow, the company offered a severance package, which included money for college.

So John began attending Tennessee Tech, in Cookeville, where he says a professor encouraged him to attend law … Read More


Preserving historical district may be vital to Retire TN

Posted by | June 30, 2016 6:37 am

The Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors look over the new city and county maps the Chamber recently had printed. Pictured left to right is: Brent Tevebaugh, Tony Maggart, Rebecca Young, Cherri McNeil and Diana Verble

During their June 28 meeting, the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors continued deliberations on their ideas for fostering growth in the community, but they have found that the recent news concerning the inactive historic commission for the downtown historic district, may continue to be a stumbling block for Sparta, possibly preventing future participation in additional programs, including Retire Tennessee, unless it becomes active again.

Board member Diana Verble recently met with a representative of the Retire Tennessee program, of which White County is a member. According to retiretennessee.org, there are 19 communities that are participants of the program, which promotes these communities outside of the … Read More


Ready for a fun weekend

Posted by | June 30, 2016 6:29 am

North Sparta Church of God has set up its annual fireworks tent, which is located next door to Total Look Hair Design, at 1819 Roberts Matthews Highway, across from Jose’s Market. For the past 21 years, the church has provided fireworks of all types to help celebrate Independence Day. All proceeds benefit the church’s youth group. Credit cards are accepted. Volunteers will also be at the tent on July 4th for last-minute shoppers. They encourage everyone to practice safety when using the fireworks and to strictly follow directions on the packages. L-R: Katie Anderson, Dylan Young, Connie Raper and Dylan Copeland. (Photo by Kim Swindell Wood)


“Expositor Inquires” will help answer questions about community

Posted by | June 30, 2016 5:54 am

The Expositor is publishing a monthly article that will give residents an opportunity to have their concerns answered.

The article, The Expositor Inquires, asks that the community submit questions or concerns they may have about something going on in White County.

The Expositor will be accepting questions about all topics, including city and county government, status on construction projects, new businesses and updates on news stories.

Any questions you would like to submit should be sent to pamela@spartalive.com. Be sure to put “The Expositor Inquires” in the subject line.

The questions will be researched, and The Expositor will get statements directly from the appropriate official sources.

On the … Read More


Wednesday’s All Star updates

Posted by | June 29, 2016 11:46 pm

Two of Sparta’s All Star teams were in action Wednesday and both picked up wins.

The Coach Pitch (8 and under) team improved to 20 with the 19-8 win over Lebanon Gold in Smith County.

The 9/10 year old team also kept their slate perfect with and 11-6 win over Putnam County #2.  They are now 3-0 with two pool games remaining.

The 11’s will be in action Thursday at 8 p.m. against Cookeville at Jere Whitson.

The 12’s are finally scheduled to get into action as they have a doubleheader against Portland and Westmoreland at Portland Thursday.

The Coach Pitch team will be back in action at … Read More


Pet Idol 2016: VOTE FOR THE CUTEST PET!

Posted by | June 29, 2016 10:01 am

The Expositor is once again sponsoring ‘Pet Idol,’ which provides those who have beloved furry or feathered friends (or maybe not-so-furry and feathered) a way to showcase their cutie pies in a contest that will also provide a donation to White County Humane Society.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ENTRIES



Tuesday’s All Star updates

Posted by | June 29, 2016 8:06 am

Three of Sparta’s Little League All Star teams were in action Tuesday night.

The 9/10 year old’s improved to 2-0 with a 13-4 win over Putnam County #2.

The coach pitch all start team blanked Portland 12-0 in Carthage.

The 11’s were defeated 11-1 by Gallatin in Cookeville.

See Thursday’s print edition for game recaps.

 


Marie L. Humphrey

Posted by | June 29, 2016 8:01 am

Marie L. Humphrey, 90, of Walling, passed away this morning at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Putnam County woman charged with TennCare fraud

Posted by | June 29, 2016 5:44 am

A Putnam County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for falsely reporting her income in order to obtain TennCare healthcare insurance benefits.

The Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of the Putnam County Sheriff Department, announced on June 28, 2016, the arrest of Jennifer Kaye Sumpter, 47, of Cookeville. She is charged with TennCare fraud and theft of property over $10,000 in connection with falsely reporting her income to the state in order to receive TennCare healthcare and prescription drug benefits. Authorities estimate she received more than $10,000 worth of benefits which she was not entitled to receive.

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a … Read More


Carroll Dean Thompson

Posted by | June 28, 2016 1:01 pm

Carroll Dean Thompson, 86 of Sparta, passed away June 27, 2016, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Thompson was born Dec. 7, 1929, in Tower Hill, Illinois, to Alva Thompson and Nellie Strech Thompson.

He was a graduate of Cowden High School and a U.S. Navy veteran. He was an avid golfer and an active member of Central Church of Christ.

He was employed by Mallory Timers for 39 years and was transferred from Indianapolis, Indiana, in March 1967, to begin production in the new Sparta plant. He retired in 1992.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Anna Thompson; daughters, Karen (Dave) Rogers, Laurie (Charles) Sewell, Pam (Monte) … Read More


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