Edna Ferol Wilhite

Posted by | November 21, 2014 3:15 pm

Edna Ferol Wilhite, 71, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 20, 2014, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Wilhite was born Sept. 20, 1943, in Gainesboro, to Landon Young and Williford Young.

She was the wife of Ralph Wilhite.

Mrs. Wilhite was a graduate of White County High School and a member of Cherry Creek Baptist Church for 35 years. She enjoyed her grandchildren and reading and was a loving wife and mother.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph Wilhite, of Sparta; two sons, Patrick Wilhite and wife Angie, of Sparta, Jeremy Wilhite and wife Brooke, of Gainesboro; daughter, Valerie Franco and … Read More

Christmas in Our Town schedule finalized

Posted by | November 21, 2014 2:40 pm

The Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce has finalized the schedule and participating merchants for this year’s Christmas in Our Town event. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m., with music all day at Oldham Theater, a craft fair at the American Legion, and games and fun for children of all ages across the city. Entry forms will be available on Monday at the Chamber office to enter to win prizes from local merchants. The entry form and additional details can be found at sparta-chamber.net.

THP “Ties One On For Safety”

Posted by | November 21, 2014 1:21 pm

Trooper Kevin Ballew (left) and Sgt. Jimmy Jones  tie a red ribbon on a patrol vehicle for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving red ribbon campaign, which promotes preventing drunk driving by designating a sober driver.

Eastland structure fire

Posted by | November 21, 2014 12:29 pm

Firefighters have been dispatched to a two-story residential structure fire at 1052 Eastland Road. The fire reportedly started in the attic and smoke is showing outside the home at this time.

White County Public Library adds 150 books with grant

Posted by | November 21, 2014 11:29 am

The White County Public Library has been chosen as the recipient of a grant from the Libri Foundation to provide children’s books to the library.  The Friends of the White County Library provided approximately $350 for the purchase, resulting in the combined effort putting 150 books on the library’s shelves.  The retail value of this addition totals $1,400.49.  Approximately $350 of the sum purchased new math and science books.

Wilderness survival class tonight

Posted by | November 21, 2014 11:08 am

Tonight at 5 p.m. at The Outdoor Experience, learn what it takes to survive 72 hours in nature with only a few basic tools.  This free class is taught by Martin Bush.


Christmas on the Plateau set for Dec. 19

Posted by | November 21, 2014 9:03 am

On Dec. 19, Cumberland Mountain State Park will hold Christmas on the Plateau from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the recreation lodge.  The event will feature a toy drive, homemade ornament crafts, an encounter with a barred owl, reading of A Christmas Story, hot drinks, snacks, and a visit from Santa himself.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the event’s facebook page.

Holiday Festival set for Nov. 28-30

Posted by | November 21, 2014 8:56 am

Tennessee Technological University’s satellite location, The Appalachian Center for Craft, will be holding a holiday festival from Nov. 28-30.  The event will feature artist demonstrations, crafts for kids, hands-on workshops, studio tours, live music and more.  For more information, visit the page for The Appalachian Center for Craft.

Kathi Carter retirement party today

Posted by | November 21, 2014 8:48 am

After over 33 years of service, Kathi Carter will be retiring from U.S. Bank.  The community is invited to drop by the Bockman Way U.S. Bank location today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to celebrate with her.


Legion craft fair

Posted by | November 21, 2014 5:43 am

The American Legion Holiday Craft Fair will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in conjunction with “Christmas in our Town.” The event will be at the Legion building on Liberty Square, in downtown Sparta.

Quebeck potluck

Posted by | November 21, 2014 5:35 am

Quebeck/Walling Community Club will host a potluck, on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Quebeck Community Center, 375 Quebeck Rd. Please bring a side dish, entrée, etc. to share. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the meal at 6 p.m. Remember – no potluck in December. For more information call (931) 657-1009.

Elks Lodge burrito dinner

Posted by | November 21, 2014 5:34 am

Elks Lodge 2863 will be hosting a Mexican dinner (wet burritos) at the lodge, 4424 Old Kentucky Rd., in Sparta, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22. You will be served a burrito with sauce on top and what you would like on top – rice beans chips and salsa for $8. For more information call (931) 858-0930.

JROTC Drill Meet

Posted by | November 21, 2014 5:33 am

The Upper Cumberland Drill Meet (includes White County, Clinton County and Putnam County) for JROTC will be 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, at White County High School. The public is invited to attend. For more information call (931) 836-3214.

Edna Wilhite

Posted by | November 21, 2014 5:27 am

Edna Wilhite, 71, of Sparta, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nashville Fire Department offers turkey frying tips

Posted by | November 20, 2014 2:53 pm

If frying your own turkey is an absolute must, the following safety measures should be carefully followed:
•Turkey fryers must always be used outdoors and a safe distance from buildings and other flammable materials.
•Never use turkey fryers indoors or on a wooden deck.
•Make sure the fryer is used on a flat surface to prevent accidental tipping.
•Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
•Never let children or pets near the fryer, even if it is
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Barrow-King to wed in June

Posted by | November 20, 2014 2:53 pm

Together with their families Chaz Barrow of Sparta Tn and Dusty King, of Algood, Tennessee, would like to announce their forthcoming wedding to be held June 2015.

Robert Crawford displays his WWII Bible

Posted by | November 20, 2014 2:50 pm

Robert Lee Crawford Jr. displays a special Bible, in the spot in his shirt where he kept it through years of battle in WWII. His mother gave him the gold plated book before he left for war in 1942. Crawford’s story will be featured in Monday’s edition of The Expositor.

Larry “Bubba” Johnson benefit Dec. 20

Posted by | November 20, 2014 1:31 pm

There will be benefit for Larry “Bubba” Johnson beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at White County Ag Complex, at the fairgrounds, in Sparta. Bubba is well known throughout the community for his tireless volunteer efforts. He is facing critical health issues. Proceeds from the benefit will go toward helping with his medical bills. Special singing will be by Nathan Hawkins, The Church Singers and Yielded Vessels. There will also be numerous activities, a yard sale and plenty of good food. For more information call (931) 935-0010.

Crisis Intervention Team celebrates graduates

Posted by | November 20, 2014 1:13 pm

Front row, L-R: Rebecca Coleman, ORPD; Sara Walker, Oak Ridge Police Department; Robert Thompson, White County Sheriff Department.; Derek Setzer, Anderson County Sheriff Department; and Sarah LeComte, Anderson County Sheriff Department. Back row left to right: Clint Foland, Anderson County Sheriff Department; Danyelle Foland, Anderson County Sheriff Department; Misty Byrge, Anderson County Sheriff Department; and Timothy Buckner, Oak Ridge Police Department

Nine law enforcement officers graduated from Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training on November 7, 2014. The graduates represented Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, Oak Ridge Police Department, and White County Sheriff’s Department. Robert Thompson, a deputy with White County Sheriff Department, was among the graduates.  CIT is an innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention with community, health care, and advocacy partnerships. CIT provides 40 hours of specialized training for problem solving and de-escalating crisis situations with individuals who have a mental illness.


Rotary Club donates to Tangent Christmas Party

Posted by | November 20, 2014 1:05 pm

Sparta Rotary Club recently presented Buddy Dicus with a check in the amount of $500 in support of his favorite project, the First United Methodist Church’s Tangent Christmas Party. This local charity has been improving the lives of disadvantaged youth in White County for more than 25 years. This year, more than 125 school children are expected to attend a holiday gathering where each will receive new pants, a new shirt, a new coat, a toy, a hot meal, and best of all – a visit from Santa himself.



Crowns for a Cause Holiday Queen Pageant this Saturday

Posted by | November 20, 2014 12:19 pm

Crowns for a Cause Presents
6th annual Holiday Queen Pageant
Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Toy Drive
November 22nd starting at 10 a.m.
White Co. Ag Complex 565 Hale St. Sparta, TN
$50.00 plus a $10.00 toy the day of the pageant
For more information, see their facebook page.

Central View Elementary parents

Posted by | November 20, 2014 12:18 pm

Central View Elementary health screenings have been completed for grades K, 2 and 4. If your child has failed any portion of vision, hearing or blood pressure, you will receive a referral letter in your child’s Friday folder. If your child passed the screenings, you will not receive anything. Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions.

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