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.

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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 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

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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

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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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TTU’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center to host seminar

Posted by | August 29, 2014 5:35 am

If you are thinking of starting your own business, there is a lot you need to know. A free seminar that will be presented this August by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at TTU will help get you headed in the right direction. “Business Start-up Essentials” is the title of the seminar being presented 5-7 p.m., Sept. 4, 2014, on Tennessee Tech’s campus at Johnson Hall, room 218, at 1105 North Peachtree Ave, in Cookeville. Although admission is free, registration is required and can be done by visiting the web site at or calling the TSBDC office at … Read More

WCHS soccer nets 1-0 win

Posted by | August 28, 2014 7:08 pm

The Warriorette soccer team picked up a 1-0 win over Sequatchie County on Tuesday.  Jessie Green scored what turned out to be the lone goal of the game early in the season half.

WCHS is now 2-1 on the season.… Read More

Package liquor stores, liquor by the drink to be on November ballot

Posted by | August 28, 2014 5:36 pm

The White County Election Commission approved a petition submitted by Al Klee for package liquor stores and liquor by the drink in White County to be on the ballot in the November election. Each name on the petition was verified and the commission found that the required number of signatures are present. See Monday’s edition of The Expositor for more details.… Read More

Pink out at football game

Posted by | August 28, 2014 4:25 pm

Final practice preparations are underway for Friday’s football game ay Livingston Academy.  Fans of both teams are encouraged to wear pink in a joint effort between the two communities in the battle against cancer.  Kick off is at 7 p.m.

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Tommie Wayne Bearden

Posted by | August 28, 2014 3:21 pm

Tommie Wayne Bearden, 62, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 27, 2014, at his residence.

Mr. Bearden was born Oct. 26, 1951, in Alabama, to Jack Douglas and Mary Sewell Bearden.

He was retired from the U.S. Air Force.

Funeral service will 3 p.m., Aug. 30, 2014, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Saylors Cemetery, with full military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m., Aug. 30, at the funeral home.

The Bearden family asks that memorials be made to Hunter Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.… Read More

Florence Baker Price

Posted by | August 28, 2014 3:15 pm

Florence Baker Price, 88, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 28, 2014, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.

Mrs. Baker was born Feb. 4, 1926, in Sparta to G.H. and Ova Jane Elrod Baker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Tommy Price; daughter, Ruth Ann Price Sparks; and a sister, Cora Holland.

She is survived by two daughters, Wanda Woods, of Sparta, Jeanetta (Will) Stick, of Sparta; two sons, Herbert (Beverly) Price, William (Vickie) Price, all of Sparta; a brother, Lawrence Baker, of Michigan; 22 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., … Read More

Gary McKenzie sworn in as Criminal Court Judge by retiring Judge Leon Burns

Posted by | August 28, 2014 1:55 pm

Gary McKenzie sworn in by retiring Judge Leon Burns. Photo submitted by Gary McKenzie.

Newly elected Criminal Court Judge for the 13th Judicial District Part I Gary McKenzie was sworn in by the man whose position he will soon fill. Retiring Judge Leon Burns swore in McKenzie on Aug. 27 at the Putnam County Courthouse. The 13th Judicial District covers Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White Counties. Before being elected judge, McKenzie served as Deputy District Attorney General, prosecuting some of the most serious cases in White County. McKenzie says he’s “honored and humbled” to have been sworn in by Burns, “an icon and pillar in the legal community.”… Read More

Stewart arrested for allegedly having marijuana for resale

Posted by | August 28, 2014 1:34 pm

A Sparta man was arrested on Aug. 23 after officers conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle for having inoperable taillights found what they say is evidence of the sale of marijuana in his vehicle.

Derek James Stewart was arrested and charged with manufacturing/delivery/selling, tampering with or fabricating evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

For full details on the arrest, see today’s edition of The Expositor.… Read More

Trp. Simmons recognized for 15 years of service

Posted by | August 28, 2014 12:20 pm

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has presented Trooper Ronnie Simmons with an award to recognize his 15 years of service with THP.  Trp. Simmons’ is pictured at the Cookeville District Headquarters receiving the award by Troop Lieutenant Reaker Bass.… Read More

The flock has landed at The Expositor

Posted by | August 28, 2014 10:45 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 Expositor 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

Vehicle flips on Hutchings College Road

Posted by | August 28, 2014 10:38 am

At approximately 9:46 a.m., Cassville Fire Department, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, White County Emergency Medical Services and White County Sheriff Department responded to a crash at the intersection of Hutchings College Road and Smithville Highway. Deputy Lindell Smith says that the vehicle’s occupants are not severely injured, but have been transported by ambulance to Highlands Medical Center.… Read More

Spay/neuter for cats available for $20

Posted by | August 28, 2014 9:57 am

Those living in area code 38501 are eligible to spay or neuter cats for only $20.  The price includes the rabies vaccine as well as supplemental pain medication.  Volume discounts are available for those with several cats, but some restrictions apply.  Call the Putnam County Humane Society at (931) 372-2728 for more information.… Read More

Florence Baker Price

Posted by | August 28, 2014 6:29 am

Florence Baker Price, 88, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 28, 2014, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.… Read More

Benefit for disabled American veterans

Posted by | August 28, 2014 6:03 am

There will be a benefit honoring disabled American veterans beginning at 6 p.m., Sept. 20, 2014, at The Blue Building, 3069 McMinnville Highway, in Sparta. Come sing, pick or dance and help in this cause. Southern Pride Band will be hosting the event. Cost is $5 at the door, but all other donations will be appreciated. For more information about this event call (931) 335-6894. For more information about The Blue Building call (931) 212-5937… Read More

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