Trooper Herren recognized

Posted by | August 20, 2014 4:56 pm

Trooper Kyle Herren, of Sparta, was recognized by the Tennessee Highway Patrol for excellent enforcement in the first and second quarters of 2014. He was second in the Cookeville District for the first quarter for seat belt-child restraint citations. He wrote the most seat belt-child restraint violations in the district for the second quarter. THP is currently striving for ZERO fatalities and have applied that to our enforcement efforts and our daily activities.


Trooper Groce recognized

Posted by | August 20, 2014 4:51 pm

Captain R.C. Christian and Tooper Jacob Groce

Trooper Jacob Groce, of Sparta, has been recognized for excellent enforcement in the first and second quarters of 2014 by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.  THP is currently striving for ZERO fatalities and have applied that to our enforcement efforts and our daily activities.   Groce wrote the most seat belt-child restraint citations for the first quarter. He was second in the district for the second quarter for DUI arrests.




Fallen trees on Coal Bank

Posted by | August 20, 2014 3:39 pm

Crews are cleaning fallen trees on Coal Bank Road. Limbs reportedly litter several areas of the roadway. This photo was taken at the bottom of Coal Bank Road.



Severe weather hitting White County

Posted by | August 20, 2014 3:22 pm

Brian Taylor submitted this picture of the severe storms rolling into White County. Do you have pictures you’d like to share? Please email them to pamela@spartalive.com


Power line on fire

Posted by | August 20, 2014 3:14 pm

Firefighters are currently responding to a report of a tree that has fallen onto power lines, which have caught on fire on North Turner Drive.



Free Medicare help tomorrow

Posted by | August 20, 2014 1:22 pm

SHIP representatives from Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging will provide free Medicare help (answer questions about abuse or concerns, as well as screening for low income subsidy extra help with Medicare Part D) at White County Public Library, 11 N. Church St. on Thurs., August 21. Call 1-877-801-0044 for an appointment    


Cancer benefit for Russell Goney

Posted by | August 20, 2014 12:25 pm

On Aug. 30 from 4-8 p.m. at Woodland Park Elementary School, there will be a benefit for Russell Goney to help the family with medical expenses for his cancer treatments. There will be food, an auction and prize drawings. For more information or to make a donation, please call 330-350-2877 or 931-235-5228.


Taste of Home Cooking School 2014 set for Oct. 14

Posted by | August 20, 2014 11:40 am

It’s that time again! The Taste of Home Cooking School is fast approaching and tickets will be going on sale in approximately two weeks. The show will take place on October 14. Tickets will go on sale on September 4 at 8 a.m. at The Expositor. Orders may also be taken over the phone at 836-3284. Reserved seating is $35 and general admission tickets are $12. General admission seats are first come, first served. Check back on SPARTAlive.com for updates on the show, as all the details for this year’s show will be posted here as they are released.


YMCA kicks off fall with soccer sign-ups

Posted by | August 20, 2014 10:08 am

The Sparta/White County YMCA is now registering for boys and girls fall soccer for ages 3-11 now through September 1, 2014.  YMCA Members may register for $30, and non-members may register for $45.  Practices will begin the week of September 15th at White County Middle School.  For further information, call (931) 836-3330.  


Benefit at Fragrant Mushroom

Posted by | August 20, 2014 8:56 am

There will be a benefit for Dr. Olds to raise money for medical treatments on Saturday at The Fragrant Mushroom from 4-7 p.m. There will be FREE popcorn for attendees to try from local start-up company Hot Rod Popcorn. There will also be Naked Salsa and Calfkiller Brewery on site. Moms Latin Flavor sub shop will remain open until at least 6 p.m. Bring a chair, as there will be music out back.


WCHS volleyball bounces back

Posted by | August 19, 2014 9:01 pm

After opening their season with a loss Monday, the WCHS volleyball team bounced back and defeated Cumberland County 3-0 on Tuesday.  Look for complete details in Thursday’s print edition.


WCMS wins season opener

Posted by | August 19, 2014 8:58 pm

The White County Middle School football team won their season opener over Avery Trace 14-0 at Warrior Stadium.



Phillip “Woody Phillips” Wood

Posted by | August 19, 2014 2:33 pm

Phillip Richard Wood, better known to his many friends and former radio audience as Woody Phillips, passed from this life on Aug. 18, 2014. Woody was born Sept. 15, 1948, in LaPorte, Indiana. He was the son of Nellie Fern Dove Wood Barger, Milton Richard Wood and James Barger. Woody’s humble beginnings in LaPorte, Indiana, set the foundation for the man he was to become. Woody’s mother once said he had been a charmer his entire life, and that personality was revealed when he made his home in Sparta, in 1985. Woody had worked in major market radio in Georgia, …Read More


Crash blocks Bockman at 111

Posted by | August 19, 2014 1:23 pm

A traffic crash occurred just after 1 p.m. at the exit ramp from Highway 111 at Bockman Way. Airbags did deploy, but no other information is immediately available. Sparta Fire Department and Sparta Police were on the scene. Pictured is Sparta Police Sgt. Brent Copeland investigating the crash.


Elks Lodge dinner

Posted by | August 19, 2014 6:00 am

Ellks Lodge 2863 will host a lasagna dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 23, 2014, at the lodge, 4424 Old Kentucky Rd. The meal will include meat lasagna, salad, bread, drink and dessert for $8. For more information call (931) 858-0930.


WCHS volleyball drops season opener

Posted by | August 18, 2014 11:00 pm

The Warriorette volleyball team was defeated 3-2 in their season opener on Monday at Livingston Academy.  See Thursday’s print edition for full details.


County Commission passes budget

Posted by | August 18, 2014 7:18 pm

While facing a room filled with residents demanding answers concerning how the White County Commission was going to balance the 2014-2015 budget, the commission voted to pass the budget as presented by the budget committee, without a tax increase or any further cuts. Details on the August 18 meeting of the County Commission will be published in Thursday’s edition of The Expositor.


Fair Board members explain funding and expenses

Posted by | August 18, 2014 2:34 pm

For 160 years, the White County Fair has been bringing White County’s families out for nights of rides, games, competitions, and fun. With the fair less than two weeks away, the members of the fair board are putting the finishing touches on the grounds before the gates open. In today’s edition of the Expositor, read about the Fair Board funding and expenses.  Members of the fair board answer questions they are often asked concerning their budget and admission fees.


Adult Education graduation held August 14

Posted by | August 18, 2014 12:45 pm

East Tennessee Human Resource Agency Adult Education held its annual graduation on August 14, 2014 for the class of 2013-2014. This is the first time in 75 years of GED testing that students had a choice of two high school equivalency exams. Some students took the GED exam and others the HiSet exam. This is an identical high school equivalency diploma that is issued by the State of Tennessee. Although some students could not attend due to work schedules, it was a day of celebration as approximately 130 friends and family were in attendance. Students represented Bledsoe, Cumberland, Van Buren, …Read More


Federal Mogul car show raises over $4,000 for Juvenile Diabetes

Posted by | August 18, 2014 10:20 am

Federal Mogul held their Second Annual Car Show on Saturday. The show is one of two fundraisers the company holds each year to raise money for a charity of its employees’ choice. Gary Hall says that while money is still coming in, the car show has raised over $4,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.



Bobby Ervin Cole

Posted by | August 18, 2014 9:05 am

Bobby Ervin Cole, 68, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 16, 2014, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Pamela Ann Cole, of Sparta; son, Robert Cole and wife Shelly, of Sparta; daughters, Allison Rhea Cole, of Ashville, N.C., Tiffany Campbell; sisters, Jessie Mae Shannon and husband Billy, Frances Lucille Teeples and husband Bobby, Nella Rhea Lohorn; and grandchildren, Isacc Cole, Brandon Luna and wife Brittani, and Adrian Campbell. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Aug. 20, 2014, at Thurman Funeral. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Aug. 19, at the funeral home. Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


James B. Sparks

Posted by | August 18, 2014 8:38 am

James B. Sparks, 70, of the Board Valley community of White County, passed away Sunday, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Larry Hall

Posted by | August 18, 2014 8:37 am

Larry Hall, 82, of Sparta, passed away Sunday, at NHC Healthcare Center of Sparta. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Rescue Squad sets up zipline for NHC Family Fun Day

Posted by | August 17, 2014 11:11 am

The Rescue Squad tests the zip line they set up for the NHC Family Fun Day

The Sparta-White County Rescue Squad does more than perform rescue missions. They also volunteer their time to the community for events such as the NHC Family Fun Day, where they set up a zip line for the families of NHC employees to enjoy. As they set up their ropes for the zip line, they also received instruction and practice from Chief Mike McLatchy in setting up a high line when an emergency does strike.


Ada E. Hege Petre

Posted by | August 16, 2014 1:09 pm

Ada E. Hege Petre, 84, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 14, 2014, at her residence. Mrs. Petre was born Dec. 24, 1929, the daughter of Ira hege and Martha Eshleman Hege. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rhoda; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Survivors include four sons and four daughters, John and Miriam Petre, of Manton, Michigan, Eunice and Timothy Martin, of Rock Springs, Tennessee, Glen and Priscilla Petre, of Altamont, Tennessee, Ellen and Elmer Enos Witmer, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Chester and Myrtle Petre, of Mt. Perry, Ohio, Ivan and Lillian Petre, of Caulote, Honduras, Aletha Petre, of …Read More


William Richard Leech

Posted by | August 16, 2014 1:01 pm

William Richard Leech, Jr., 76, of Sparta, passed away on Aug.13, 2014, at Life Care Center of Sparta. Mr. Leech was born Sept. 2, 1937, in Mobile, Alabama, the son of William Leech and the late Bertha Bruce Leech. He was a member of the Zoe Life Church. There will be a memorial service 2 p.m., Aug. 17, 2014, at Zoe Life Church. There will be a period of visitation with the family 1-2 p.m., Aug 17, at the church. Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  


Thelma Elise Cope Swift

Posted by | August 16, 2014 12:55 pm

Thelma Elise Cope Swift, 87, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 15, 2014, at Raintree Manor, in McMinnville. Mrs. Swift was born Feb. 21, 1927, in White County, to Thomas Winfield Cope and Dollie Mae Roberts Cope. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James William “Bill” Swift; son, Steve Swift; daughter, Angela Prater; grandson, Gerald Allison Jr.; and a great-gandson, Levi William Cauayck. Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia (Gerald) Allison, of Sparta, Jana “Jan” (Don) Hovdet, of McMinnville; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Teresa Thompson Swift, of Cookeville. Funeral service will be …Read More


Warriors win 14~6

Posted by | August 15, 2014 8:29 pm

The Warrior football varsity defeated Upperman 14 to 6 in two quaters of varsity action.  See Monday’s print edition for full details.




Hair, embroidery and screen printing, Halo has it all

Posted by | August 15, 2014 1:35 pm

Tiffany and Billy Jones, owners, Terrenia Zuber master barber/stylist

It’s a family affair for Tiffany and Billy Jones, who have recently opened Halo Salon Boutique at 36 Mayberry Street. The company offers hair services along with custom embroidery and screen printing. To contact the company, call 837-HALO or visit the company online at HALO. A full business profile will be featured next week in The Expositor.


Another Sparta business to shutter

Posted by | August 15, 2014 9:58 am

Link Federal Credit Union is asking members to approve closing the Sparta branch and moving their banking to Ascend Federal Credit Union in McMinnville. Read the full story in Monday’s edition of The Expositor.


Thelma Swift

Posted by | August 15, 2014 8:47 am

Thelma Swift, 87, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 15, 2014, at Raintree Manor, in McMinnville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Champion becomes talk show host

Posted by | August 15, 2014 8:14 am

Author Leesia Champion, of Sparta, has become a talk show host on www.gemjin.com, a global network that reaches people all over the world. The show is sponsoring the anti-domestic abuse cause with commercials for battered women to seek out help. The show consist of various authors such as the famous Ron Frescell – Vietnam story teller (Angel Fire) published in 1998; Damon Holmes-Epiphany, On The Milk Crate; and Koko Nervelli – Sparta author. Then there are bands being interviewed by Champion. Black To Red Band is sponsoring her, Reverse Order Band (Huge) The Judes (guest starred on Scoobie Doo) Travis …Read More


Ada Petre

Posted by | August 15, 2014 6:47 am

Ada Petre, 84, of the Hickory Valley community of White County, passed away Aug. 14, 2014, at her residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Standing Stone pageant seeking White Countians

Posted by | August 15, 2014 6:42 am

The Standing Stone Historical Society would like to invite all young ladies, newborn to 21 years, in White and surrounding counties, to enter in the annual Miss Standing Stone Pageant 2014. The entry fee is $30, which includes superlative entries for beauty, hair, smile, personality, and most photogenic. To enter in Most Photogenic, contestants must provide a photograph to the registration table day of pageant. Deadline to enter is Aug. 27. The Miss Standing Stone Pageant 2014 will be held at Burks Elementary, in Monterey, on Sept. 20. Contestant registration is at noon for the pageant to begin at 1 …Read More


WCHS football season tickets on sale

Posted by | August 14, 2014 8:18 pm

Tickets for the 2014 Warrior football season are currently on sale in the WCHS front office. Reserved season tickets are $50 each.  General admission season tickets are $30 each.  That is for the five home games.  A reserved parking pass purchased with season tickets are $10 each.  Parking passes can be purchased for $20 without purchasing a season ticket.


Warriors in jamboree Friday

Posted by | August 14, 2014 7:29 pm

The Warrior football team will travel to Baxter Friday for a jamboree at Upperman High School.  The action starts with junior varsity game at 6 p.m. followed by powder puff at 6:30 and then the varsity teams at 7.



Texas Tech ceramics artist on display at Center for Craft

Posted by | August 14, 2014 2:55 pm

An exhibition of ceramic art from a professor at Texas Tech will be on display through Sept. 21 at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft. The collection of pieces by Von Venhuizen reflects an injury in which the artist lost the use of his right arm and had to retrain himself to continue his work. The show is in the Center for Craft’s North Windows Gallery. Exhibitions and sales galleries are open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Appalachian Center for Craft is approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at exit 273, Smithville/McMinnville. Go south on state Route 56; turn …Read More


Judge Leon Burns retires after 38 years on the bench

Posted by | August 14, 2014 2:15 pm

Members of the local law community, including attorneys, members of the District Attorney General’s office, officers with the White County Sheriff Department and employees in the Circuit Court Clerk’s office came together to celebrate Judge Leon Burns’ retirement. Newly re-elected Circuit Court Clerk Beverly Templeton, who was sworn in by Judge Burns during the retirement lunch, said that Judge Burns is the longest serving judge in the history of White County and of any judge currently serving in Tennessee, with 38 years on the bench. His retirement becomes official on September 1, when Gary McKenzie will take his place.  


Bethlehem Cemetery decoration

Posted by | August 14, 2014 1:17 pm

The annual decoration for Bethlehem Cemetery will be Sept. 7 and will also include a cemetery report/discussions and potluck lunch. The event begins at approximately 12:30 p.m. Church services at Bethlehem Church of Christ begin at 10 a.m.


Details released on Highway 111/Roosevelt crash

Posted by | August 14, 2014 11:47 am

A traffic crash at approximately 10:30 a.m. on August 6 that shut down one lane of traffic on Highway 111 was reportedly the result of a driver failing to yield a red traffic light, according to a police report filed by investigating officer Patrolman David Grissom. According to the report, a blue1998 Lincoln Town Car, driven by Martha Ann Stratton, age 69 of Jacksonville, Florida was traveling northbound on Highway 111. While driving though the intersection at Roosevelt Drive, she collided with silver 2004 Nissan Quest van, driven by Lisa Jewel Simmons, age 37 of Sparta. The report states that …Read More


Cattlemen’s Association

Posted by | August 14, 2014 11:05 am

The White-Van Buren County Cattlemen’s Association meets on a regular basis at the White County Fairgrounds Agriculture Complex. The Cattlemen’s Association and the U.T. Extension office is a great way to stay informed about changes in the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Ag Enhancement programs, herd health, weed and insect control, marketing, pasture and hay management, plus many other topics about rural lifestyle. Each year the association donates money to F.F.A. and 4-H programs in both counties, as well as others associated with showing cattle or promoting the beef industry. Call the U.T. Extension office (931) 836-3348.  


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