Pet food drive

Posted by | December 2, 2016 10:36 am

The White County Farmer’s Co-op is teaming up with the Friends of White County Animals for their bi-annual pet food drive. The pet food drive is ongoing and concludes with the collection event 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec. 10, on-site at the White County Farmers Co-op, at 271 Mayberry St., in Sparta.

Please bring or purchase at the White County Farmers Co-op un-opened bags of dry pet food, canned pet food, or pet store gift cards. Many animals are taken to the shelter because their owners can no longer afford to feed them. You can help families in need and help them keep their pets in their loving homes.… Read More

Bobby Lee Cope

Posted by | December 2, 2016 10:26 am

Bobby Lee Cope fell asleep in death, on Nov. 28, 2016, in Sebring, Florida.

Mr. Cope was born Sept. 30, 1936, in Sparta, to Beecher Ray Cope and Pauline Johnson.

He was a lifelong truck driver. He loved a good cup of coffee, smoking cigarettes, drinking cold beer and listening to the radio on the patio. He was just a simple man that liked simple things.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Foster of Sebring, Florida, and half-brothers, Burt Rutherford, of Sparta, and Ray Cope of New Mexico.

He will be greatly missed.

Rescue Squad, Pro Air/RH Care collecting supplies for Gatlinburg victims

Posted by | December 2, 2016 8:22 am

Pro Air Medical, along with RH Care, have teamed up with the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad in collecting and delivering supplies and essentials to the wildfire victims in Gatlinburg. The owner of Pro Air and RH Care has donated $600 for the Rescue Squad to purchase supplies, but the squad is still asking for the community’s help with monetary donations or necessities such as water, Gatorade, toiletries, nonperishable food, medical supplies etc. You may drop off items at Pro Air/RH Care at 501 Mose Drive, Sparta, until 5 p.m. today, or at the Rescue Squad 8-11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. The squad will be delivering the supplies to … Read More

Christmas Market

Posted by | December 2, 2016 7:46 am

Saturday, Dec. 3

Who: American Legion

What: Christmas Market Art and Vendor Fair ($25 booth rental, includes two tables); admission is free. Fine art and gifts, Christmas decor, baked goods, handmade items, local author, woodworking and much more. Kids’ coloring contest sponsored by Woodmen of the World. Prize drawings.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: American Legion Building, 5 Liberty Square

Contact: (931-761-1776)

Christmas Market

Posted by | December 2, 2016 7:46 am

Saturday, Dec. 3

Who: American Legion

What: Christmas Market Art and Vendor Fair ($25 booth rental, includes two tables); admission is free. Fine art and gifts, Christmas decor, baked goods, handmade items, local author, woodworking and much more. Kids’ coloring contest sponsored by Woodmen of the World. Prize drawings.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: American Legion Building, 5 Liberty Square

Contact: (931-761-1776)

Cookeville native serves in Pearl Harbor 75 years after attack that led U.S. into World War II

Posted by | December 2, 2016 7:37 am

By Dusty Good, Navy Office of Community Outreach

PEARL HARBOR – As the nation pauses to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, which occurred 75 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941, the occasion has special meaning for a Cookeville, Tennessee native who is serving in the U.S. Navy in the very location that drew the United States into World War II.

Chief Petty Officer Karen Tower, a 2000 Cookeville High School graduate, is assigned to the Navy’s U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters. According to Navy officials, the U.S. Pacific Fleet is the world’s largest fleet command, encompassing 100 million square miles, nearly half the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to … Read More

“Double Your Donation Day” scheduled for December 6

Posted by | December 2, 2016 7:11 am

dydpicIf one has been looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people in our community this season then look no further than “Double Your Donation Day.”

The Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation is asking the public to support local patients in need by making a gift to the Foundation on “Double Your Donation Day,” on Tuesday, Dec. 6. All gifts made to the Foundation, on Dec. 6, will be matched, dollar for dollar, to $15,000.

The Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation offers charitable aid to local patients struggling with disease, sickness or injury. The Foundation prioritizes assisting low-income, working-poor and under-insured patients. All recipients are … Read More

American Legion presents plaque

Posted by | December 2, 2016 7:07 am

American Legion Post #99 presents Walmart with a Plaque of Appreciation for its support and generous donation to the Legion’s building restoration fund. L-R: Walter Buttrum, Larry Officer, Walmart assistant manager Tandy Sitton, and Gary Sides, American Legion commander

Man arrested for Sequatchie County wildfire

Posted by | December 2, 2016 7:00 am

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Crime Unit, along with authorities in Sequatchie County, have charged 24-year-old Dakota Ashton Tucker of Monteagle for deliberately setting a fire that burned 65 acres.

Tucker is now charged with setting fire to personal property or land for the fire that occurred November 14 near Sunshine Road in Sequatchie County. He is currently being held in the Grundy County jail. Additional charges against Tucker are pending.

Setting fire to personal property or land is a Class E felony. Conviction carries a sentence of 1 to 6 years incarceration and up to $3,000 in fines.

This year, more than 1,400 wildfires have burned … Read More

In-state rival Lipscomb downs Golden Eagles in rugged contest

Posted by | December 2, 2016 6:49 am

Photo by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

The Tennessee Tech men’s basketball team couldn’t match a torrid pace from 3-point range set by Lipscomb Thursday evening, as the Bisons (3-6) downed the Golden Eagles (2-6) in a rugged and hard-nosed contest in Nashville, 104-85.

Lipscomb was nearly infallible over the game’s first 20 minutes, firing at a 75.0 percent rate from beyond the 3-point arc and 61.5 percent mark from the field. The Bisons finished 9-for-12 in the half, scoring 54 points while the Golden Eagles struggled to match the offensive output.

Tech finished the half a cold 0-for-7 from downtown and shot just 34.6 percent from the floor. … Read More

Tammy Sue “Pistol” Wilhite

Posted by | December 2, 2016 6:30 am

Tammy Sue “Pistol” Wilhite, 51, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 29, 2016, at her residence

Pistol was born Aug. 30, 1965, in White County.

She had been the sports editor for The Expositor for the last 22 years. Prior to her journalism career, she worked in the human resources department at Allied Signal.

Pistol was a beloved member of the community and had served as a coach to countless White County children in the different youth sports leagues for many years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Porter Wilhite and her grandparents, Sim and Lela Wilhite and Clay and Austie Sells Nation.

Survivors include her … Read More

Saying goodbye to a legendary sports writer, faithful friend and God’s angel

Posted by | December 1, 2016 6:02 am

As I sit at my desk at The Expositor, the view to my immediate left encompasses an area that has been filled with beautiful smiles, sweet conversations and lots of laughter.

How do you say goodbye to someone who was larger than life – someone who was always beside you through the numerous ups and downs of life? Where have 20 years gone?

Tammy “Pistol” Wilhite – how can I ever find the right words to explain to those who did not know you just exactly what a wonderful human being had graced this earth for such a brief time?

Pistol was the epitome of a true sports … Read More

Shop with a Cop returns in 2016

Posted by | November 30, 2016 2:28 pm


The annual Shop with a Cop event was held at the Cookeville K-Mart store on Nov. 29. The region’s Fraternal Order of Police made calls throughout the Upper Cumberland communities to raise money to fund shopping trips to get coats, socks, underwear and winter clothes for local children. Each year, White County Sheriff Department Lt. Craig Capps takes White County children shopping. This year, River Williams joined Capps to pick out winter essentials. The program was designed to foster positive relationships between law enforcement officers and their communities, as receiving a gift they may not have otherwise received can leave a lasting impression.

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TBI establishes hotline to coordinate missing persons reports in wildfire response

Posted by | November 30, 2016 10:00 am


Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has established a hotline to coordinate reports of missing persons in the areas affected by the recent wildfires in East Tennessee.

Those wishing to report missing individuals believed to be in the affected areas of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Wears Valley may contact 1-800-TBI-FIND. Callers should be prepared to relay as much identifying information as possible, including names, phone numbers, vehicle identification, and last known whereabouts. Recognizing the importance of accounting for individuals who may be missing, the TBI urges the public to refrain from calling to inquire about the status of personal properties in the affected areas.… Read More

In honor of “Pistol”

Posted by | November 30, 2016 9:24 am

“We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ms. Tammy (Pistol) Wilhite. There was not a greater advocate for White County athletics than Pistol. Her involvement went far beyond the news story as she personally touched the lives of thousands of Warriors. She was more than a friend, she was part of our school family. Plans are already underway to honor this special life. She will be deeply missed in our schools and our community.”

Kurt Dronebarger
Director of White County Schools

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