Ruby Katherine McCaleb

Posted by | September 18, 2018 7:51 am

Ruby Katherine McCaleb, 84, passed away Sept. 14, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. McCaleb was born June 5, 1934, in Sparta, to George Howard Hudgens and Eunice L. Haston Hudgens.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harley “Spud” McCaleb; daughter, Sandra Gail DeWitt; son, Larry McCaleb; granddaughter, Katherine “Kathy” Marie Osborn; and brother-in-law, Hugh Officer.

Survivors include her sons, Kenny McCaleb (Christy), Burt Reed (Rita); daughter, Judy Greenwood; sister, Dianna Officer; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and several great-great- grandchildren.

Funeral service was 10 a.m., Sept. 18, 2018, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in West Cemetery, in Putnam County.

Thurman Funeral Home


St. Andrew welcomes new pastor

Posted by | September 18, 2018 7:35 am

St. Andrew Catholic Church would like to welcome its new pastor, Fr. John Patrick Day, C.P. to Sparta and White County. Fr. John Patrick comes to Sparta from the Immaculate Conception Church, in Clarksville.

Fr. Day was ordained, in 1972, as a Passionist priest and has worked in parishes most of his ministry. He spent 14 years serving in Japan, worked in parishes throughout the Midwest, and was a chaplain with the Illinois State Police and the Missouri Highway Patrol, as well as serving as a Navy chaplain.


Caney Fork Electric Cooperative sends assistance to North Carolina

Posted by | September 18, 2018 7:32 am

Caney Fork Electric Cooperative sent eight lineworkers last week to Pee Dee EC in Rockingham, North Carolina, to assist with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

The massive hurricane is causing widespread damage across much of the Atlantic seaboard, and Caney Fork Electric Cooperative crews will be in place to assist as soon as it is safe to work.

“This is a powerful storm, and the people of North Carolina have some tough days ahead,” said Bill Rogers, general manager of Caney Fork Electric Cooperative. “We are proud of our linemen for volunteering to assist. They will be working long days in difficult conditions, but they were quick to respond … Read More



Ruby Lee Rittenberry Johnson

Posted by | September 17, 2018 2:55 pm

Ruby Lee Rittenberry Johnson, 83, of Walling, passed away Sept. 16, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 14, 1935, in White County, to Alvin Rittenberry and Fannie Brown Rittenberry.

She married Leonard Allen Johnson, on Aug. 14, 1953. Together, they raised two sons. They were married 46 years until his death, in 1999.

Mrs. Johnson worked many years at Wagner Electric, in Sparta, before retiring, in 1997. She was a member of Gum Springs Baptist Church. Mrs. Johnson was a loving, caring person who loved being with family and friends, attending gatherings and church, taking day trips, and visiting … Read More


Lewis Richard Betterton

Posted by | September 17, 2018 2:45 pm

Lewis Richard Betterton, 77, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 15, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Betterton was born Oct. 12, 1940, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

He was a loving husband and a caring father who was devoted to his community with Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Department. He started the community’s fire department, in 1984, and completed his service there as chief, attending every breakfast, shooting match, and other community events.

Mr. Betterton was preceded in death by his daughter, Helene Kerpics, and grandson, Ethan.

Survivors include his wife, Helene Betterton; son, Lewis Betterton (Bethany); two daughters, Victoria Montandon (Matt), Julie Mountain (Jeremy); grandchildren, … Read More


Aretha Hurd

Posted by | September 17, 2018 2:25 pm

Aretha Hurd, 98, passed away on Sept. 15, 2018.

Mrs. Hurd was born Aug. 25, 1920 in Wallings Creek, Kentucky, to Everett Worley and Rose Ketron Worley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 54 years, Lee Edward “Buck” Hurd; son, Stanley Edward Hurd; two sisters, Hazel Kreis, of Florida, Edith Mills, of Texas; and three brothers, Ernest Worley, of Ohio, Ralph Worley, of Kentucky, and Robert Worley, of Kentucky.

Survivors include her grandsons, Mike Roberts, John Hurd; granddaughter-in-law, Sabrina Hurd; great-grandchildren, Reagan Ann Hurd, Tyler Downs, Tierra Downs, Amber Roberts, Autumn Roberts; and great-great-grandchild Alonnah Downs.

Mrs. Hurd’s wishes were cremation and no … Read More


Mary Emma Lee Ward Poole

Posted by | September 17, 2018 2:18 pm

Mary Emma Lee Ward Poole, 80, of Doyle, passed away Sept. 15, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Poole was born Jan. 28, 1938, in Doyle, to C. Ray Ward and Catherine Sparkman Ward.

She was first and foremost a wife and mother. She was married for 57 years to Dorsie Clifford Poole Jr. who preceded her in death. She devoted her life to caring for her family. She worked for American Express, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and at Spar Gas, in Sparta, Tennessee.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as treasurer for her chapter. She was a member of … Read More


Discover Sparta 2018

Posted by | September 17, 2018 2:03 pm

Discover Sparta is the premier informational magazine published by The Expositor/SpartaLive that features attractions in the Sparta and White County area, as well as Van Buren County and Putnam County. Click here to find helpful information about the various musical venues, historical attractions, and outdoor experiences, as well as list of services that are helpful to newcomers.


Living 50-Plus

Posted by | September 17, 2018 1:52 pm

Living 5o-Plus provides useful information for those who are entering their senior years. Click here to find tips on healthy eating, exercise, staying safe behind the wheel, and retirement.


Cross Country has a strong showing at mid-week meet

Posted by | September 17, 2018 1:36 pm

Gabe Sparkman (left)

The White County High School cross-country team had its best showing of the year this past weekend at the Mid State Cross-Country Association mid-week meet. The Warriors’ and Warriorettes’ team had three members place in the top 10 in the event. For the Warriorettes, Evan Welch won her first race of the season, on Tuesday, with a final time of 20:35. Macey Tollison would also pick up a top 10 finish, coming in with a time of 26:39 to put her in ninth place. Freshman Abigail Welch ran in her first race of the season and finished in the top 20 runners, with a time … Read More


WCMS Warriors pick up their third straight win

Posted by | September 17, 2018 1:34 pm

After dropping their first two games of the season, the White County Middle School Warriors have gotten on a roll as of late, winning three straight games. The Warriors’ last win came Sept. 11 when they took down CTC Conference rival Harris Middle School.

The Warriors had a big night offensively, on Sept. 11, winning by a final score of 56-35. Owen Adams led the Warriors’ offense, throwing for over 300 yards and five total touchdowns. Malaki Dowell had two touchdowns on the night, scoring both a receiving and rushing touchdown. Zack Krieg and Peyton Simpson would also add a rushing touchdown. Krieg scored on a tough short-yardage … Read More


Warriors slow down but can’t stop Rebels on homecoming

Posted by | September 17, 2018 1:32 pm

A whole host of Warrior defenders take down the Rebels’ running back, on Friday night.

The White County High School Warrior football team tried to make a statement, on Friday night, at Warrior Stadium when they took on the Franklin County Rebels, and for the first quarter, they did just that.

WCHS held the Franklin County Rebels to just seven points in the first 12 minutes of the game. However, in the second quarter, the Rebels would get three touchdowns and took a 28-6 lead into the half. Franklin County would score three more times in the second half to pull out the 48-6 win. The loss drops the Warriors to 0-5 on the season.

The Warriors’ defense looked improved in the first … Read More


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