Baby Pageant winners

Posted by | September 2, 2014 10:29 am

Baby Boy
4th Runner Up – Bentlee Howard
3rd Runner Up – Jonah Ostrander
2nd Runner Up – Brantley Lumpkin
1st Runner Up – Brylan Hutchings
King – Maddox Sawyer

Baby Girl
4th Runner Up – Sophia Grace Jolly
3rd Runner Up – Averei Renee Randolph
2nd Runner Up – Tayla Kayte Portilla
1st Runner Up – Leah Renee Cantrell
Queen – Averi Lashai Studley

Mr. Tiny Tot
4th Runner Up – Dawson Cade Watkins
3rd Runner Up – Earnet Sterling Reed Zile
2nd Runner Up – Jace Thomas Ratliff
1st Runner Up – Joshua Eli Norris
King – Owen Read More


County Commissioners swear in

Posted by | September 2, 2014 10:09 am

On Fri., Aug. 29, a ceremony was held at the White County Courthouse in which all newly elected and newly re-elected leaders were sworn in. All county commissioners were sworn in together by Judge Sam Benningfield.… Read More



Flamingos land at the Court House

Posted by | September 2, 2014 9:57 am

In an effort to raise money for breast cancer research, pink flamingos have flocked to Sparta.  They are traveling to businesses in the community, and as donations are made to Komen Race for the Cure, the flamingos move on to the next stop.  The flock has landed outside The White County Court House to signify that a donation has been made to the cause. Contact Gail Webb at 224-9604 to schedule when the flock will arrive at your business… Read More


TSBDC at TTU offers social media marketing seminar

Posted by | September 2, 2014 9:34 am

Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee Tech University will offer a free seminar about social media marketing for businesses. The seminar will be 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 9, in TTU’s Johnson Hall 218, at 1105 N. Peachtree Ave., in Cookeville. The seminar is free but registration is required. To sign up, visit tsbdc.org/ttu or call (931) 372-3648.

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When art tells a story

Posted by | September 2, 2014 9:33 am

When Robert McCormack takes his art in his hands, he turns it, explaining its texture, its color, its notches, and most importantly, its story.  His home is filled with the labor of his hands, art crafted from logs and trees repurposed into bowls, tables, sculptures, and everything in between. To McCormack, each piece has a story to tell.

To read the entire story, see the Life section in the September 1, 2014 edition of the Expositor.  Read More


County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson sworn in

Posted by | September 2, 2014 9:12 am

On Fri., Aug. 29, a ceremony was held at the White County Courthouse in which all newly elected and newly re-elected leaders were sworn in. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson shakes hands with Connie Jolley after taking the oath of office and signing the oath.… Read More


Judge Sam Benningfield sworn in

Posted by | September 2, 2014 9:10 am

On Fri., Aug. 29, a ceremony was held at the White County Courthouse in which all newly elected and newly re-elected leaders were sworn in. Judge Sam Benningfield was sworn in as  by County Court Clerk Connie Jolley.… Read More



Connie Jolley sworn in

Posted by | September 2, 2014 8:51 am

On Fri., Aug. 29, a ceremony was held at the White County Courthouse in which all newly elected and newly re-elected leaders were sworn in. Connie Jolley was sworn in as County Court Clerk by Judge Sam Benningfield.… Read More



Steve Girdley

Posted by | September 2, 2014 8:11 am

Charles Stephen Girdley, better known as Steve Girdley, passed away Aug. 31, 2014, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Girdley was born in the DeRossett community of White County, on Jan. 22, 1945, the son of Charles (June) Girdley and Carlene Stephens Girdley.

He served in the U.S. Army, 1965-1968, during the Vietnam Conflict. During his service he was awarded The National Defense Service Metal, Vietnam Service Metal, Vietnam Campaign Metal and Sharp Shooter Badge. He graduated from White County High School, in 1963, and while in high school played quarterback on the football team. He attended Middle Tennessee State … Read More


Jackie Merriel Fisher

Posted by | September 2, 2014 8:10 am

Jackie Merriel Fisher, 72, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 31, 2014, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Fisher was born Feb. 7, 1942, in Alexander, Tenn., to William Levi Fisher and Polly Herron Fisher.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and arrowhead collecting.

Mr. Fisher was preceded in death his parents, and three brothers, U.L. Fisher, William Dewey Fisher and James Alfred Fisher

He is survived by his wife, Betty Cope Fisher, of Sparta; son, Alan Fisher, of Sparta; daughter, Jennifer Threet, of Sparta; granddaughters, Paige Taylor, of Sparta, Michelle Dixon Wright, of Livingston, Cara Fisher, of Sparta, Meghan Dixon, of … Read More


Della Elizabeth Lack

Posted by | September 2, 2014 8:09 am

Della Elizabeth Lack, 80, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 1, 2014, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Ms. Lack was born Oct. 4,1933, in White County, to Lloyd Lack and Martha Johnson Lack.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James Eugene Lack; and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by a granddaughter, Elizabeth Lack, of Sparta, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m., Sept. 3, 2014, at Highland Cemetery. Robert Roberts will officiate. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Gas price update

Posted by | September 2, 2014 7:30 am

Average retail gasoline prices in Tennessee have fallen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,821 gas outlets in Tennessee. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas prices in Tennessee during the past week, prices yesterday were 18.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 6.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 7.1 cents … Read More


Anti-Drug Coalition to debut at Soups and Sirens

Posted by | September 2, 2014 7:01 am

The White County Anti-Drug Coalition will soon have its first public event at the Soup and Sirens Cruise-in Soup and Chili Cook-off Competition, on Oct. 18, 2014.   The even begins at 1 p.m. in the Historic Oldham Theater, on Liberty Square.  At 2 p.m., classic cars will cruise in.  More information can be found in the Sept. 1, 2014, edition of The Expositor.… Read More


White County job fair Sept. 15

Posted by | September 2, 2014 6:59 am

From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2014, a job fair will be held at the White County Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency office at 826 Valley View Drive in Sparta. For more details see the Sept. 1, 2014, edition of The Expositor.… Read More



Package liquor stores on the Nov. 4 ballot

Posted by | September 2, 2014 6:52 am

White County voters will decide on an issue that could have a major economic impact on residents at the Nov. 4 election, when the issues of liquor by the drink in the county and retail package stores in the county will appear on the ballots. See the complete story in the Sept. 1, 2014, edition of The Expositor.… Read More


Billy Ray Buff

Posted by | September 1, 2014 7:45 am

Billy “Bill” Ray Buff, father of Felecia Buck, passed away on Aug. 30, 2014, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Born in Marion, North Carolina, on July 9, 1932, he was the son of James Albert Buff and Lena Faye Henline Buff.

Mr. Buff enjoyed being outside, working on cars, traveling, and being with his family. He was retired from Plateau Mental Health Center. Mr. Buff was a member of Central Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 60 years, Cora B. Stockton Buff; and a brother, Thomas Buff.

He is survived by his … Read More


Betty Louise O’Dell

Posted by | September 1, 2014 6:26 am

Betty Louise O’Dell, 81 of Sparta, passed away on Aug. 30, 2014, at Cookeville Regiona lMedical Center.

Mrs. O’Dell was born Sept. 2, 1932, in Sparta, the daughter of Leslie Eller and Lourena Howell Eller.

She was a member of the Bethel Church of Christ and worked for 52 years in banking.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth O’Dell, of Sparta; a son, Kevin O’Dell and wife Shirley, of Sparta; her grandson, Jessie O’Dell, of Sparta; one brother, Robert Eller and wife Sarah; two nieces, Beth Anderson, Lisa Eller; and many dear friends and neighbors.

Funeral service will be held at … Read More


Jackie Merriel Fisher

Posted by | September 1, 2014 6:24 am

Jackie Merriel Fisher, 72, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 31, 2014, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Fisher was born Feb. 7, 1942.

Funeral arrangements will be complete by 3 p.m., Sept. 1.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Suspect located in Gooseneck oil spill

Posted by | August 31, 2014 7:48 am

The cleanup from a 35-gallon hydraulic oil spill that shutdown Gooseneck Road yesterday lasted until 5:30 p.m., keeping emergency crews on the task for eight hours. Two traffic crashes have also been attributed to the oil spill. According to law enforcement, a suspect has been located. Information will be released on SpartaLive.com as it is received. Doyle Fire Department, Central View Fire Department, White County Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Tennessee Highway Patrol were on the scene throughout the day yesterday. Read More


Oil spill shuts down Gooseneck

Posted by | August 30, 2014 12:50 pm

Tennessee Highway Patrol and TDOT, along with other emergency workers are currently cleaning up a major oil spill on Gooseneck Road near the Van Buren County line. THP Sgt. Jimmy Jones says seven five-gallon containers of hydraulic oil were spilled on the road that has caused two crashes. He asks that if you are traveling in this direction to please seek another route. Cleanup is expected to take all day. THP is seeking the suspect who spilled the oil. He is described as a white male 40-50 years old driving a red pickup truck with no tailgate. He walks with … Read More




While you’re having fun at the fair, EMA, E-911 are prepared for any emergency

Posted by | August 29, 2014 8:50 pm

Justin Remillard (blue shirt) keeps the mobile dispatching station running smoothly during the fair.

Did you know that White County Emergency Management Agency and White County E-911 have a mobile dispatching station set up at the White County Agricultural Fair to expedite response to any emergency? The project is put together by Justin Remillard, field communications for EMA. The most important thing he says that he wants fair-goers to know is that if a child is reported missing, all fair gates can be immediately locked down so that no one can enter or exit the fair until the child is located. Emergency workers will be at the fairgrounds each day to keep fair patrons … Read More


County executive and commissioners take the oath of office

Posted by | August 29, 2014 8:35 pm

The White County Executive and commissioners elected in the Aug. 5 election were sworn in by Judge Sam Benningfield at the White County Courthouse on Aug. 29. All other elected county officials also took the oath of office. See more pictures and details next week in The Expositor.… Read More









Abby Young is turning 16

Posted by | August 29, 2014 3:19 pm

Happy 16th birthday to our baby girl. You have become a smart, gorgeous, intelligent young woman. We are so very blessed to be your parents. Love always – Mom and Dad, Daniel Jr. and Ericka.… Read More


Sparta Police, TBI investigating Knollcrest shooting

Posted by | August 29, 2014 2:04 pm

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth has confirmed that the deceased individual located at Knollcrest Manor Apartment Complex, was a victim of a gunshot. The call was placed to E-911 at approximately 10:48 p.m. last night. Sparta Police is investigating along with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. “We are investigating all angles. We want to do a thorough investigation. When we are done with our investigation we will release more information,” Guth stated.… Read More


Checkpoint citations released by THP

Posted by | August 29, 2014 12:35 pm

Trp. Cody Roberts places a suspect under arrst for an alleged DUI

The totals for today’s checkpoint have been released by Sgt. Jimmy Jones of Tennessee Highway Patrol. The citations issued were: three DUIs, one driving on revoked license, two drug charges, one helmet law violation, one implied consent violation, one registration violation, and one commercial vehicle (tractor-trailer) placed out of service for safety violations. The checkpoint was a coordinated effort between THP, Spencer Police and Van Buren County Sheriff Department.… Read More



Several arrested in Van Buren checkpoint

Posted by | August 29, 2014 11:32 am

Sgt. Jimmy Jones and Trp. David Hickey place a subject under arrest for allegedly driving under the influence

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Spencer Police and Van Buren County Sheriff Department have been conducting a sobriety checkpoint this morning on Highway 111  at the southern border of the county. The checkpoint began at 9 a.m. In the first 90 minutes, three DUI arrests had already been made, including drivers believed to be under the influence of drugs. THP will release the total number of arrests and citations later today.… Read More


Deceased person found at Knollcrest

Posted by | August 29, 2014 10:25 am

According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, on Thursday evening, Aug. 28, 2014, Sparta Police Department responded to Knollcrest Apartments after the discovery of a deceased person. Sparta Police, along with White County Sheriff Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office, were on the scene until the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 29. Details will be released upon the conclusion of the investigation. Sparta Police Department and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are continuing the investigation.… Read More


White County Animal Shelter needs supplies

Posted by | August 29, 2014 9:09 am

The White County Animal Shelter is in need of some supplies for the animals.

  • Concentrated Dawn dish soap (or the Great Value brand)
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Lysol spray
  • Baby wipes
  • Bleach
  • Flea and Tick medicine for extra large dogs (Frontline is best)
  • Lightweight, warm blankets

To donate, take supplies to the White County Animal Shelter at 5600 Gum Springs Mountain Road or to Compugeeks at 386 W. Bockman Way.  Volunteers are always needed, as well.  For more information, contact the animal shelter at (931) 761-3647.… Read More


Doyle candidates approved for Nov. election

Posted by | August 29, 2014 8:38 am

The White County Election Commission approved candidate nomination petitions for the following candidates for the City of Doyle for the November 11 election:

•Mayor: Ray Spivey and Robert Meeks

•Aldermen (choose six): Raleigh Barger, Timothy Brock, Douglas Graham, Wayne Kress, Lora Margeson, Carolyn Poole, Jerry Rogers Jr. and James Yates… Read More


Foster parents needed in Sparta-area

Posted by | August 29, 2014 6:23 am

Youth Villages is currently in need of caring adults in the Sparta-area to open their hearts and homes to children who have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment. Foster parents should be over the age of 25 and residents of Tennessee. Foster parents should have viable income, reliable transportation and be able to pass a background check and home study. Free training classes will be held 6-9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Youth Villages office, 448 Neal St., in Cookeville. For more information call (931) 525-6905 or email christopher.sanders@youthvillages.org.

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More than 30 colleges/universities to be featured at Sept. 3 event

Posted by | August 29, 2014 6:16 am

Motlow College invites its student body, students from area high schools and those who are home-schooled, and the general public to the annual College Fair 9-11:30 a.m., Sept. 3, at the Moore County campus, inside Nisbett Center. The event will include representatives from more than 30 colleges and universities, technology centers, specialty schools and the Armed Forces. For more information call (931) 393-1548 or email bcannon@mscc.edu.

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Sparta’s Geekbox speakers make grand entry into racing

Posted by | August 29, 2014 6:08 am

Geekbox speakers executives Charles Bell and Greg England celebrated the mini boom box’s new relationship with professional stock car driver Justin Boston (“JBoss”–No. 25: ZLOOP Computer & Electronic Recycling Centers –Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports) recently at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

 

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TCAT graduates ready for technical employment

Posted by | August 29, 2014 6:03 am

Technical skills, knowledge and attitudes appropriate to the workplace are the outcomes of 29 students receiving 31 diplomas at the conclusion of summer trimester at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – McMinnville. Two of those students are White County residents. Students and their program areas include Tonya Hall, business systems/administrative office, and Justin Jones, welding.… Read More


Uplands Village residents prepare for 32nd Annual Silent Auction

Posted by | August 29, 2014 5:55 am

 The May Cravath Wharton Association of Uplands Village will be holding its 32nd Annual Silent Auction, Sept. 25-27, 2014. Proceeds from the auction benefit the mission of the Wharton Association, which grants scholarships to area residents, addresses community needs for such things as food, home heating, and electricity, holds special events and provides supplemental equipment at the assisted living and long-term care centers in Uplands Village, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Pleasant Hill. Funds are also contributed to the Cravath Fund, which supports elders who have outlived their financial resources. Silent auction hours are 4-8 p.m., Sept. … Read More


TDOT halts work for holiday

Posted by | August 29, 2014 5:43 am

In observance of the Labor Day holiday period, Tennessee Department of Transportation crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures on interstates and state highways beginning at noon, on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, through 6 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

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