Wilson Named Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Upper Cumberland

Posted by | August 27, 2014 3:53 pm

The Susan G. Komen Upper Cumberland Board of Directors is pleased to announce Carolyn Wilson has been named Executive Director of the Upper Cumberland Affiliate. Wilson previously served as the Affiliate Coordinator. Wilson has a background in social work and education and has served in advocacy roles throughout her career. Wilson will be responsible for the overall operation of the organization including representing Komen Upper Cumberland to the public and community organizations, providing guidance to volunteers and committees, and be responsible for building systems and procedures to accomplish the mission, goals and policies set forth by the Board.  

Tennessee Treasury Department to host series of free webinars on saving for college

Posted by | August 27, 2014 3:40 pm

In celebration of College Savings Month, the Tennessee Treasury Department wants to help making college planning easier. Beginning Sept. 10, the department will host a series of free web-based seminars – or webinars – on topics related to college savings. These webinars will include information about the TNStars 529 College Savings Plan, which allows people to save money for children’s college expenses with tax advantages. Money earned on investments in TNStars is tax-free, provided it is used for qualified higher education expenses. Registration for the webinars is open to anyone who would like participate. To register, visit www.tnstars.com.    

General Motors to invest $185 million in engine plant in Spring Hill

Posted by | August 27, 2014 1:45 pm

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with General Motors officials announced today the company will invest $185 million to make small gas engines at its Spring Hill manufacturing complex.  GM also identified the next-generation Cadillac SRX as a future mid-size vehicle to be produced at Spring Hill.  Spring Hill is among six manufacturing locations around the globe that will produce the new engine, and an additional $48.4 million investment is planned for the Bedford, Indiana powertrain castings plant.  

Johnny “Junky” Clay Roberts

Posted by | August 27, 2014 1:10 pm

Johnny Clay “Junky” Roberts, 42, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 26, 2014, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville. Mr. Roberts was born Aug. 27, 1971, in White County, to Alton and Rosetta McCloud Roberts. He was an in-ground construction worker and foreman. Mr. Roberts was a race car enthusiast, from building the cars to racing them. Every day was race day. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dewey Douglas Roberts. Survivors include his daughter, Kristen Chadwick and husband Kevin, of Chatsworth, Georgia; son, Jakeup Choate, of Sparta; parents, Alton and Rosey Roberts, of Sparta; brother, Robbie D. Roberts, …Read More

Reba Janell Ford

Posted by | August 27, 2014 12:04 pm

Reba Janell Ford, 74 of Sparta, passed away Aug. 26, 2014, at Life Care Center of Sparta. Ms. Ford was born Feb. 26, 1940, in Sparta, to Dewey Jones and Winnie Conley Jones. She was a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church. Ms. Ford was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Estelle Wilson, Mary Belle Bumbalough, Eva Hicks; and one brother, Richard Jones. Survivors include two sons, Anthony Graham and wife Karen, of Nashville, Keith Graham and wife Tracie, of Florida; grandson, Sawyer Graham, of Florida; sister-in-law, JoAnna Jones, of Tullahoma; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. …Read More

Rock City’s Enchanted MAiZE design

Posted by | August 27, 2014 11:55 am

Rock City’s Enchanted MAiZE design for 2014 is an all-new, out-of-this-world symbol! The maze at Blowing Springs Farm is in the shape of a mysterious crop circle, open Thursdays through Sundays beginning September 25! Follow the attraction’s social media pages for an upcoming contest related to this sighting! www.facebook.com/EnchantedMAiZE, www.facebook.com/RockCityhaunt, www.instagram.com/seerockcity, www.twitter.com/seerockcity    

Wooftrax app is raising money for local animal shelters

Posted by | August 27, 2014 10:54 am

Taking the dog for a walk is now good for you, your dog, and your local animal shelter.  Download the Wooftrax app, take the dog for a walk, and donations are made to the animal shelter of your choice for every mile walked.  Visit http://www.wooftrax.com/ for more information.

Win two tickets to see The Features

Posted by | August 27, 2014 10:25 am

Win two tickets to the The Features, a hometown band of Sparta.  Visit https://www.tunespeak.com/thefeatures?tl=7qPqoKcT#/contestgroups/291 for a chance to win.

Grand opening of Spartawood Ampitheater coming soon

Posted by | August 27, 2014 10:10 am

Spartawood Ampitheater will be celebrating its grand opening at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 20.  Utopia, Atomic Dogs, Rayla Ray Band, and Cannon Creek Bluegrass will be featured.  Tickets are available at www.spartawood.com.  

City of Sparta to conduct mosquito spraying

Posted by | August 27, 2014 10:03 am

Selective spraying will be taking place within the City of Sparta to control the mosquito population. Those with sensitivities to chemical sprays can request that their name and address be placed on a list of locations where special allowances will be made in the spraying procedures. Those individuals should call Public Works at 738-2281 to make this request.

Muddy Roots Music Festival hits Cookeville this weekend

Posted by | August 27, 2014 9:40 am

It’s three days of music, camping, vintage cars, vendors, and pinups. From punk to traditional country, the Muddy Roots Music Festival is returning to the June Bug Boogie Ranch in Cookeville this weekend for the fifth year in a row with music for everyone. Tickets are available for a single day or all weekend. Some acts performing include Bobby Bare, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, James Hunnicut, Husky Burnette, The Sonics, The Legendary Shack Shakers and Hillbilly CAsino, just to name a few. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.muddyrootsrecords.com

Some qualify to spay/neuter cats free of charge

Posted by | August 27, 2014 9:10 am

The White County Humane Society is utilizing a grant from PetSmart Charities to control high cat populations with the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) method.  The grant covers those within a one-mile radius of Sparta’s NHC.  With the grant, outdoor cats, stray cats, and feral cats can be spayed or neutered free of charge.  To spay or neuter a cat, call the White County Humane Society (935-8377).  Humane traps are available for those who need to catch a cat.  Although the procedure is free, the cat’s transportation to the clinic will not be provided by the humane society. The White County …Read More

Rogers and Russell reunion

Posted by | August 27, 2014 9:05 am

The Rogers and Russell families will have a reunion Sept. 6 at Fall Creek Falls State Park – Shelter #1. Lunch will be at noon. Bring a covered dish. For more information call (931) 837-2074.

Judges to be sworn in today

Posted by | August 27, 2014 8:50 am

The newly elected judges for the 13th Judicial District will be sworn in today at 4:30 p.m. at the Putnam County Courthouse. Judges in the 13th District represent Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White Counties. Amy Hollars, Circuit Court Judge Part I; Jonathan Young, Circuit Court Judge Part II; Ronald Thurman, Chancellor; Gary Mckenzie, Criminal Court Judge Part I; and David A. Patterson, Criminal Court Judge Part II will all take the oath of office today.

YMCA pool open on Labor Day

Posted by | August 27, 2014 8:48 am

Although the Sparta-White County YMCA will be closed on Monday, September 1st for Labor Day, the pool will be open from 11-5.

Sparta-White County YMCA is now hiring

Posted by | August 27, 2014 8:44 am

The Sparta-White County YMCA is looking for a new employee.  He or she must be at least nineteen years old.  To apply, visit the YMCA and fill out an application.  

Tommie Bearden

Posted by | August 27, 2014 8:18 am

Tommie Bearden, 60, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 27, 2014, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Johnny Roberts

Posted by | August 27, 2014 8:17 am

Johnny Roberts, 42, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 26, 2014, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Taste of Home Cooking School is Oct. 14

Posted by | August 27, 2014 8:02 am

Get ready to purchase your tickets for the annual Taste of Home Cooking School, which is set for 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at White County Agriculture Complex, 564 Hale St., in Sparta. Doors open at 4 p.m. for reserved seating and 5 p.m. for general admission. Premium reserved tickets are $35, and general admission tickets are $12. Tickets go on sale Sept. 4, at 8 a.m. Call (931) 836-3284 or come by The Expositor, 34 W. Bockman Way.

Reba Janelle Ford

Posted by | August 27, 2014 7:12 am

Reba Janelle Ford, 74, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 26, 2014, at Life Care Center of Sparta. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

WCMS football picks up second win

Posted by | August 26, 2014 11:27 pm

The White County Middle School football team went on the road and picked up their second win of the season. The Jr. Warriors defeated Central Tennessee Conference foe, South, 24-8, on the strength of two Dawson Ogletree touchdowns. See full details in Thursday’s print edition.

Volleyball and soccer suffer Tuesday losses

Posted by | August 26, 2014 9:45 pm

Both the White County High School soccer and volleyball teams suffered losses on Tuesday. The soccer team was defeated 2-0 at Smith County.  The Warriorette volleyball team was defeated 3-1 by visiting Cookeville in a District 6AAA contest. See Thursday’s print edition for more details.

Betty Jo Thompson Phifer

Posted by | August 26, 2014 3:09 pm

Betty Jo Thompson Phifer, 87, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 25, 2014, at her residence. Mrs. Phifer was born Nov. 29, 1926, in White County, to William Albert Thompson and Della Fannie Brock Thompson. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tillman Andrew Phifer; a son, Robert Ernest “Bobby” Phifer; four brothers, Bill, James Henry, Hutton, Loyd Thompson; and a sister, Lorelle Thompson Page. She is survived by her sister, Gladys J. Brown, of Sparta; five grandchildren, Todd Phifer, of Florida, Becky Phifer Staggs, of Sparta, Andrew Phifer, of Cookeville, Lindsey Rigdon, of Cookeville, Danielle Coffman, of Cookeville; …Read More

Class of 1962 picnic

Posted by | August 26, 2014 2:35 pm

White County High School Class of 1962 will have a picnic, 4-8 p.m., Sept. 9, at South Carter Street Park, down by the river. Bring a covered dish or whatever is easy and come on down. Spouses, dates and friends from other classes are welcome. Please RSVP to (931) 738-2602.


Posted by | August 26, 2014 12:59 pm

Midnight Cry will be singing at 7 p.m., Aug. 30, 2014, at Frasier’s Chapel Church.

Davis-Moody reunion

Posted by | August 26, 2014 12:55 pm

The relatives of Letha Davis and Emily Moody will have their 78th family reunion beginning at noon, Sept. 7, at Frasier’s Chapel. Please bring a covered dish. For more information call (931) 657-2240.

29th Annual Center Hill Muncey Memorial to be held August 30

Posted by | August 26, 2014 12:49 pm

On Sat., Aug. 30 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., the 29th Annual Muncey Memorial big fish bass tournament will be held at Ragland Bottom at Center Hill Lake. Pre-registration is required and tickets will be sold at Sparta Sporting Goods. Entry is $20 per person. For more information contract William Emerton at (931) 738-2610 or (931) 256-0992 or Eddie Muncey at (931) 657-5080.

Fifteen years of service at Motlow College

Posted by | August 26, 2014 11:54 am

Motlow College recently held its annual Fall Assembly, which included recognition of faculty and staff members for their years of service to the College. Recognized for 15 years were, from left; Brian Robinson, Leslie Wurst, Karen Tomlinson, Laura Brown, Eric King, Dr. Jay May and Matt Hulvey.

Unemployment rises three months in a row in White, Van Buren

Posted by | August 26, 2014 11:32 am

Unemployment rates in White and Van Buren counties

Unemployment rates have been on the rise in White and Van Buren Counties for the past three months. Rates are the highest they have been since February, with White County at 9.5 percent and Van Buren at 11.1 percent.

White County Public Library is collecting used books

Posted by | August 26, 2014 10:40 am

Those who are looking to give their books a new home may donate them to the White County Library.  Books may be dropped off anytime the library is open.  The library will give donors receipts for tax deductions.  For more information, call (931) 836-3613.

Jakes Day set for Sept. 6

Posted by | August 26, 2014 10:32 am

JAKES Day 2014 is free for children age 6-17. JAKES stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship in the outdoors, and children who come to the event will not only get to participate in outdoor sports , but will also get to eat a free hot dog lunch. The first 150 kids to arrive will either receive a free JAKES Day t-shirt or NWTF hat. Door prizes will also be given. Events include kid’s fishing rodeo, educational stations and competitions. For more information, contact Richard Jensen at (931) 644-2608. The event is hosted by White County Limbstrutters.

Happy birthday, Jonathan!

Posted by | August 26, 2014 10:00 am

Jonathan Cranford celebrates his 11th birthday today, the same day as his grandpa, Alan Tatum’s birthday. Jonathan attends Findlay Elementary School and wants to be a weatherman when he grows up. He is the son of David and Jennifer Cranford.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure set for Sept. 21

Posted by | August 26, 2014 9:57 am

The Susan G. Komen Upper Cumberland Race for the Cure has been set for Sun., Sept. 21 at the Hooper Eblen Center at Tennessee Tech. Activities start at 11 a.m. with a Fun Run at 1 p.m. and 5k at 2 p.m. For more information visit komenuppercumberland.org.

YMCA to hold golf fundraiser

Posted by | August 26, 2014 9:28 am

Starting at 8 a.m. on September 13 at Riverwatch Golf Course, the 1st Annual Bob Breeding Memorial Charity Golf Tournament will be held to raise money for the Sparta-White County YMCA.   Cash prizes as well as hole in one prizes will be offered.  To register or for more information, contact Ed Baldwin at (931)738-7400 or ed@tecspec.com.

The Features to perform at Live on the Green

Posted by | August 26, 2014 9:11 am

This year, a band that calls Sparta its hometown will perform at Live on the Green.  On Thursday, August 28, 2014, The Features will be playing at Nashville’s Live on the Green.  Live on the Green is a free music festival open to all who can attend.  For more information, visit http://www.liveonthegreen.net/.

White County Firefighters keep their training up-to-date

Posted by | August 26, 2014 8:59 am

Fire hose training at Doyle Volunteer Fire Department

Jason Driver and Corey Guy led a class on Aug. 25 for all White County firefighters at Doyle Volunteer Fire Department so that firefighters can be prepared when an emergency strikes. Even through the evening rain showers, the volunteers continued their training.

Tennessee Fall Star Gaze coming up

Posted by | August 26, 2014 8:52 am

On September 26 and 27, Fall Creek Falls will be holding the Tennessee Fall Star Gaze.  Those attending will view the night sky and discuss astronomy.  Those who have telescopes may bring their own.  For more information, visit www.CumberlandAstronomicalSociety.org.

Garden Club meets

Posted by | August 26, 2014 7:15 am

The White County Garden Club enjoyed the garden of Frankie Ballenger (front left). Frankie has used many antiquities in combination with her plants to create a unique garden.  

Price reunion

Posted by | August 26, 2014 6:55 am

Price family members and friends are invited to a reunion, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 6, 2014, at North End Volunteer Fire Department. A covered dish lunch will be at noon. For more information call (931) 761-3105.

Elks Lodge fish dinner

Posted by | August 26, 2014 6:50 am

Elks Lodge 2863 will host a fish dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 29, 2014, at the lodge, 4424 Old Kentucky Rd., in Sparta. The meal will include fried fish, fries, cole slaw, hush puppies, drink and dessert for $8. For more information call (931) 858-0930.

TTU hosts annual Young Artist Piano Competition

Posted by | August 26, 2014 6:47 am

Young pianists are invited to apply to compete in Tennessee Tech University’s annual performance competition. Applications for the eighth annual Young Artist Piano Competition can be downloaded at tntech.edu/music and are due Sept. 29. The competition will be Saturday, Oct. 18, in Wattenbarger Auditorium in TTU’s Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave. Students in grades nine through 12 are invited to perform two works of contrasting style selected from the standard piano repertoire. Memorization is required. Four winners will each receive a cash prize. For more information, contact Catherine Godes, competition coordinator, at cgodes@tntech.edu.

Sacred Sound free advance showing Sept. 2 at Uplands Village

Posted by | August 26, 2014 6:38 am

 You’re invited to the Uplands Village campus, in Pleasant Hill, for a very special free advance showing of the documentary film, Sacred Sound. Sacred music is the rich, harmonic language of the soul, the love songs written to God. Sacred Sound is a film of that transcendent music. Please join us at 4 p.m., Sept. 2, 2014, in Adshead Hall on the Uplands Village campus to experience the advance showing of Sacred Space. Adshead Hall is on the lower level of Fletcher House, located just off Main Street, at 86A Church Dr., in Pleasant Hill.      

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