Aerial herbicide spraying June 1-August 31

Posted by | May 22, 2015 1:33 pm

Under a contract with Resolute Forest Products, B&S Air will be aerially applying herbicides to portions of forest lands in White County from June 1-August 31. Applications are scheduled for the Eastland area of north White County and the Lonewood area of south White County. All application work will be done using helicopters. The purpose of the application is to reduce brush and other competing vegetation prior to the establishment of a new forest. The herbicides are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for this purpose and may include Imazpyr, Accord, Escort and a surfactant.

John “Big John” Kenneth Baker

Posted by | May 22, 2015 10:06 am

John “Big John” Kenneth Baker, 70, passed away May 20, 2015, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Mr. Baker was born Jan. 14, 1945, in Fort Lewis, Washington, to Isaac Leon and Lela Mae Baker.

He was an Elder and member of the church of Christ at Bethlehem. He served as a volunteer firefighter for Van Buren County for 20 years and took over ownership of Baker’s store from his parents, which he ran for 23 more years. Later he worked at STSRCF and retired after 25 years of service.

Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his father, his grandparents, Howard Rhame and Bertie Gannon, and John and Bessie Baker.… Read More

Ettie Ann Johnson

Posted by | May 22, 2015 7:42 am

Ettie Ann Johnson, 101, a Warren County resident and a native of White County, passed away May 20, 2015, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.

Mrs. Johnson was born June 9, 1914, in White County, to Garner and Anna Tindell.

She was a homemaker and a member of McMinnville Church of God for 17 years and a member of the former Center Point Church of God for 60 years.

Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clead Johnson; one daughter, Mary Ellon Blackwell; daughter-in-law, Gloria Johnson; four brothers, Bill Tindell, Waymon Tindell, Vernon Tindell, Henry Tindell; and one sister, Elizabeth Howard.

Survivors include her daughter, Faye Jennings, of Smithville; two sons, Roy Clinton Johnson and wife Diane, of Carthage, Colon Johnson, of Franklin, Kentucky; brother, Roy Tindell, of Doyle; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Johnson, of Decatur, Alabama, Eudean Tindell, of Hoschton, Georgia; son-in-law, Waymon Blackwell, of McMinnville; six grandchildren, Phyllis Stewart, of Kansas City, Missouri, Angela Cumming and husband John, of Sparta, Brian Johnson, of Franklin, Kentucky, Dana Veltoe, of Springfield, Tennessee, Chris Beasley and wife Brenda, of Cookeville, Tennessee, Kathy Donn, of Milford, Michigan; 10 great-grandchildren, Kason Stewart, Kelsey Stewart, John Cumming, Joshua Cumming, Justin Cumming, Ben Beasley, Tarnessa Hunt, Treona Hunt, Tyann Hunt, Kallie Veltoe; two great-great-grandchildren, Elias Stewart, Bennett Stewart; and several nieces and nephews.… Read More

40 businesses, individuals donate gifts to H.O.G. Rally participants

Posted by | May 22, 2015 6:46 am

Tennessee H.O.G. Rally will be May 26-30, 2015, in Cookeville. Bikers will be cruising the entire Upper Cumberland and spending tourism dollars in our community. But, the most exciting news is the $10,000 Rural Series of Poker, One-Day Poker Run, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, for pre-registered guests of the H.O.G. Rally, in Cookeville. One of the stop-off locations is Sparta, at the fairgrounds, at the White County Agriculture Complex. White County businesses are joining in the effort to welcome these bikers to this community. Numerous gifts are being donated that will be placed in goodie bags to distribute our special guests when they arrive at the Ag Complex.… Read More

Quebeck-Walling Community Club potluck supper

Posted by | May 22, 2015 6:30 am

Quebeck-Walling Community Club will have a potluck, on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Quebeck Community Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with meal at 6 p.m. Please bring a dish to share. For more information call (931) 657-1009.

Homecoming for Bubba Johnson

Posted by | May 22, 2015 6:30 am

Friends and family will be hosting a homecoming for Larry “Bubba” Johnson who has suffered through severe medical issues and multiple surgeries since December 2014. The event will be Saturday, May 30, at Sparta Civic Center. Bubba, a well-known musician and former school bus driver, has experienced numerous setbacks on his road to recovery. There will be a yard sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Singing starts at 5 p.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs, drinks and desserts. Other events will also take place. All funds raised will go to help pay Bubba’s medical expenses. For more information call Cindy Rogers (931) 265-5158.

Crosland falls in state quarterfinals

Posted by | May 21, 2015 6:18 pm

After waiting through more than two hours of rain delays and having to play in uncommonly cool conditions for the state tennis tournament, Cole Crosland, made his TSSAA Spring Fling debut this morning in Murfreesboro with a good contingent of fans there to support him.

The WCHS sophomore saw his season end at the hands of Science Hill junior, Andrew Morton (6-1, 6-0), a solid tennis prospect.  Despite the loss, Crosland still etched his name in the WCHS sports annals as he is the first Warrior tennis player to ever qualify for the state and only the second WCHS student ever.

Morton did advance to win his semifinal match defeating Hendersonville’s Kato Richardson in two sets as well. … Read More

Dodgen named Warriorette basketball coach

Posted by | May 21, 2015 11:59 am

White County High School principal, Grant Swallows, has announced the new Warriorette basketball head coach.  Michael Dodgen will replace Bryan Haley at the helm of the program.  Dodgen has guided Cannon County to the state tournament several times during his tenure in Woodbury despite playing in one of the state’s toughest districts, 8AA.  Dodgen will be introduced to the Warriorette team Friday.
See Monday’s print edition for the full story.

Berry Basket reconstruction underway

Posted by | May 21, 2015 8:12 am

After the Berry Basket, 109 S. Wilson St., in Sparta, sustained damage several weeks ago when the demolition of an adjoining structure went awry, owner Renee Rose Dunsmore is now able to see progress in restoring her successful business to its original state. (Photo by Jennifer Gilliam Maynard)

Berry Basket reconstruction underway

Posted by | May 21, 2015 8:11 am

After the Berry Basket, 109 S. Wilson St., in Sparta, sustained damage several weeks ago when the demolition of an adjoining structure went awry, owner Renee Rose Dunsmore is now able to see progress in restoring her successful business to its original state. (Photo by Jennifer Gilliam Maynard)

Proposals now accepted for tree planting projects

Posted by | May 21, 2015 7:42 am

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is now accepting urban forestry project proposals through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program and the Urban and  Community Forestry Program.

Projects that address ordinances, inventory and management planning, advisory organization and staffing of an urban or community forestry program will be given priority. Other projects for education, training, printed materials, and travel to state and national urban forestry conferences are also accepted. Local governments, private non-profit organizations and educational institutions are eligible to apply.

The Division of Forestry will also accept proposals to fund urban forestry staff positions. If accepted, the agreement will be for three years on a sliding scale and dependent on available funds from the USDA Forest Service.… Read More

Road construction won’t delay Memorial Day travelers

Posted by | May 21, 2015 7:32 am

Road construction won’t slow motorists down as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at  noon, Friday, May 22, through 6 a.m., Tuesday, May 26. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend. Motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long term construction projects. Get the latest traffic information and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information.

WCSD releases information about emergency notification call issued Monday

Posted by | May 20, 2015 2:55 pm

White County Sheriff Department issued an emergency notification call to residents on May 19, after they reportedly received information about an individual who was acting “unhinged” and was possibly armed. The individual had reportedly made threats against officers. The department then made the decision to alert individuals of the possible threat and caution them to be safe.

Gentry reportedly charged with theft, drugs and evading arrest

Posted by | May 20, 2015 2:36 pm

On May 19, a White County man was arrested on theft charges after White County Sheriff Department reportedly tied him to a stolen lawnmower and trailer. William Ray Gentry, age 41 of Sparta, is also facing several other charges following arrests on May 11 and May 13. For information on the arrests, see tomorrow’s edition of The Expositor.

May 17-23 is EMS Week

Posted by | May 20, 2015 12:46 pm

In 1973, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS, its practitioners and the important work they do in responding to medical emergencies. No matter what the emergency, EMS is there for their communities at their greatest time of need. This year, May 17-23, 2015 is recognized as the 41st annual EMS Week.

Gerald Grissom Banker

Posted by | May 20, 2015 11:38 am

Gerald Grissom Banker, 86 of Quebeck, passed away May 19, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Banker was born May 30, 1928, in Van Buren County, to the late John Matthew and Annie Grissom Banker.

Mr. Banker served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was a member of the Rock Island Masonic Lodge #452.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gene Banker; and sisters, Marene Martin and Pauline Banker Pettit.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine Griffin Banker, of Quebeck; son, Kevin (Patti) Banker, of Knoxville; daughter, Kim Banker Moore of Quebeck; grandchildren, John William Moore, of Quebeck, Megan Banker and Matthew Banker, both of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews.… Read More

Federal-Mogul awarded for excellence

Posted by | May 20, 2015 10:53 am

L-R. Gary Hall, Paul Welch, Jim Flatt, Joe Anne Boone, Sandra Bohannon, John Hutson, Stephen Ross.

Federal-Mogul in Sparta has been awarded for excellence in Quality and Delivery by Honda North America. Look for the full story in upcoming editions of The Expositor.

Bojangles’ making progress

Posted by | May 20, 2015 10:50 am

Bojangles’ in Sparta is making quick progress as it prepares for opening day. They are currently working on the parking lot and have and will have meters put in by the city by the end of the week.

Crash on Burgess Falls

Posted by | May 20, 2015 10:10 am

A traffic crash has been reported on Burgess Falls Road near Swamp Road. White County Emergency Medical Services, White County Sheriff Department, North End Volunteer Fire Department, and Sparta-White County Rescue Squad were dispatched to the scene. More information will be released as it is available.

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