School bus evacuated on Golden Mountain Road

Posted by | December 17, 2014 3:36 pm

A White County school bus has been evacuated on Golden Mountain Road near the Richard Roberts Road intersection after it began smoking. It has reportedly been determined to have been caused by a radiator leak.

Allen is headed for Princeton

Posted by | December 17, 2014 12:46 pm

Standing: County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson, Principal Grant Swallows, Mayor Jeff Young. Seated: Bruce Allen. Photo by Pamela Claytor.

White County High School senior Bruce Allen is now among the most academically elite, as he is one of the approximately seven percent of applicants to be accepted into Princeton University, an Ivy League University in New Jersey. Allen will leave for Princeton next fall, and plans to study something in the field of science. Being among the top students in the world will be a challenge, Allen says, but “I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Residents continue to become fire safe with smoke alarms

Posted by | December 17, 2014 10:25 am

A resident requests smoke alarms for his home

Chief Jason Sparks of Doyle Fire Department says that 74 requests for smoke alarms have been made since the department put up signs advertising the alarms. Firefighters have so far installed 193 alarms in 44 homes. Since the program started, they have installed 324 alarms. Sparks reminds landlords that they are legally bound to provide alarms for tenants in rental properties. Tennessee law states: It is unlawful to own or operate a one- or two-family rental unit without installing an approved smoke detector in each unit. It is the responsibility of the owner/landlord of the property to install a detector.

Troopers attend conference

Posted by | December 17, 2014 9:19 am

Lt. Mark Dial, Lt. Kendall Riley, Trp. Al Seitner, Trp. Kevin Ballew, Lt. Reaker Bass, Trp. Jacob Groce

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers recently attended a conference at Fall Creek Falls, where several received awards. Trooper Kevin Ballew received the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers award for DUI enforcement. Trp. Jacob Groce was nominated for Trooper of the Year.

Christmas lighting contest

Posted by | December 17, 2014 6:43 am

Sparta Woman’s Club and Sparta Electric are once again sponsoring the Christmas lighting contest. The contest is open to Sparta Electric customers only. Judging will take place at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19. Be sure to have your lights on at that time. Prizes are House, 1st place $45, 2nd place $30; 3rd place $20; Yard, 1st place $70, 2nd place $60; 3rd place $50; Door, 1st place only $60; Overall, 1st place $105; 2nd place $60, NO THIRD PLACE. Call Margie Stevens (931) 836-2841 or Sherry Hickey (931) 739-2847.

Larry “Bubba” Johnson benefit Dec. 20 at Agriculture Complex

Posted by | December 17, 2014 5:53 am

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.

Fighting to save lives

Posted by | December 17, 2014 5:50 am

In 2014, Susan G. Komen Upper Cumberland has: hosted its 8th annual “Tee It Up for the Cure Golf Classic” at Cookeville Golf Club, held the 6th Susan G. Komen Upper Cumberland Race for the Cure, and granted more than $88,000 to Upper Cumberland non-profits. The affiliate has given $993,945 to breast health programs and research since its founding in December 2006. The money raised has provided 6,044 free mammograms, 2,771 diagnostic services, 4,545 clinical breast exams and has detected 83 breast cancers.

Bicycles donated

Posted by | December 17, 2014 5:38 am

Pictured are a few of the slightly used and outgrown bicycles donated by members of the community for Santa to distribute to less fortunate White County children.


Sparta Fire Department collecting coats

Posted by | December 16, 2014 2:42 pm

The Sparta Fire Department is collecting coats for a coat drive. If you have any old coats that you are not using please bring them by Sparta Fire Station 1. The cut off time is 10 a.m. Monday.

Book signing, Riverbank Books fundraiser scheduled for this Saturday

Posted by | December 16, 2014 2:06 pm

Authors Koko Nervelli & Doris Rouse invite you to their “Fire Sale” book signing at the White County Library, Sat. Dec. 20th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be given to rebuild Riverbank Books (our bookstore that was destroyed by fire last month). Monetary donations and gently used books will be greatly appreciated.

Burke pleads guilty in youth football league theft

Posted by | December 16, 2014 1:22 pm

Jeffery Todd Burke, of Cookeville, who served as a middleman between the Warrior Football League and a fundraiser company, has pled guilty to theft over $1,000, according to the case’s lead investigator, Detective Chris Isom. Burke reportedly took more than $16,000 from the league that was supposed to be turned over to the fundraiser company for cookie dough thefootball players sold to raise money. The league, however, did not receive the cookie dough they had sold and for which they had collected money in the time frame they had been promised. For more information, see Thursday’s edition of The Expositor.

Lorene Stewart Cummings

Posted by | December 16, 2014 12:50 pm

Lorene Stewart Cummings, 90, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 13, 2014, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Cummings was born Jan. 31, 1924, in Sparta, to Lycurgus Jerome Stewart and Margie Saylors Stewart.

She was a homemaker and served as a jailer along side her husband the late Sheriff Joe Thomas Cummings.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by brothers, Tom Stewart and L. D. Stewart; sister, Thelma Stewart; niece Joyce Crosslin and her husband, Robert.

She is survived by her children, Joe S. Cummings, of Hendersonville, Joanie Cummings Dalton (Richard), of … Read More

Santa will make an appearance at the Country Club

Posted by | December 16, 2014 12:50 pm

Santa Claus will be at the country club this Thursday starting at 5 p.m. There will be hotdogs and a fruit bag for the kids. Pictures will be taken with Santa. All of this is free thanks to all that have donated to make this possible.

Elks Lodge spaghetti dinner

Posted by | December 16, 2014 12:35 pm

SpahgettiElks Lodge 2863 will have a spaghetti dinner 5:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at the lodge, 4424 Old Kentucky Rd., in Sparta. The meal will include spaghetti with or without meatballs, salad, bread, drink and dessert, $8. For more information call (931) 858-0930.



E-911 makes major cuts in overtime pay, training expenses

Posted by | December 16, 2014 10:58 am

Two items on the E-911 budget have seen major savings compared to years past, as Director Suzi Cash has diligently worked to cut the money spent on paying overtime hours and keeping training in-house. These two budget items had only reached 4.8 percent and 6.7 percent of the budget, respectively. At this point in the fiscal year, budget items are typically at approximately 40 percent of their budgeted amount for the year. For more information on the amount of money these cuts have saved E-911, see Monday’s edition of The Expositor.

Coats and toys available for those in need

Posted by | December 16, 2014 8:14 am

CoatsVision of Hope Help Center, in Doyle, will be providing coats and toys for those who may need help this Christmas season. Volunteers will be at Doyle Methodist Church 3-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, to help assist individuals who stop by. Volunteers would like to thank everyone who donated the items, especially Cash Express who sponsored a coat drive at their Sparta business.

TWRA proposes changes to license fee structure

Posted by | December 16, 2014 5:52 am

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking to adjust the way hunting and fishing licenses and fees are structured. The proposal includes some incremental fee increases and the inclusion of new user groups. The changes will be considered by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission in January. If approved, the new fee structure would go into effect on July 1, 2015. Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses expire on Feb. 28, and new licenses will be on sale at the current prices from mid-February through the end of June.


Nearly 800 graduate from Tennessee Tech this fall

Posted by | December 16, 2014 5:36 am

As the Tennessee Tech graduates waited to receive their degrees in Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, they were addressed from space by TTU alumnus Barry Wilmore, commander of the International Space Station. Saturday’s graduates represented 76 of Tennessee’s 95 counties, 28 states and 13 countries. Their degrees were in 38 undergraduate and 20 graduate fields. The youngest graduates were born in 1995. They joined the ranks of more than 78,000 TTU alumni.


WCHS teams stay perfect

Posted by | December 15, 2014 9:33 pm

Both the Warriors and Warriorettes picked up wins over Pickett County Monday in Sparta.  The Warriorettes rolled to the 76-35 win.  The Warriors escaped past a scrappy Bobcat squad with the 47-46 win.

Lorene Stewart Cummings

Posted by | December 15, 2014 7:58 pm

Lorene Stewart Cummings, age 90 of Sparta passed away Saturday evening, December 13, 2014 at the Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Dec. 18, 2014, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Saylors Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 18, at the funeral home. Bro. Paul Allen will officiate.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the White County Heritage Museum % Hunter Funeral Home, PO Box 90, Sparta, TN 38583

Complete obituary with survivors will be complete Tuesday morning.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Benefit for Wanda Price

Posted by | December 15, 2014 3:24 pm

There will be a benefit for Wanda Price noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Sparta-White County Rescue Squad building, 320 E. Bockman Way. Wanda has been a part of the White County community for 54 years. This is her second battle with cancer. Proceeds will help with travel expenses. Soup/chili and a drink, $5. For more information call (931) 316-3739

Humane Society receives donation from Walmart

Posted by | December 15, 2014 3:12 pm

The Walmart Foundation recently awarded White County Humane Society a $500 grant through their Local Facility Giving Program. Pictured Sparta Walmart store manager Ricky Hodge presenting a check to WCHS fundraising chairman Susan Fischer. Also pictured are WCHS mascot “Hero” and Spay/Neuter Assistance Coordinator Monica Jicha. All funds received will be used to supplement the cost of spay/neuter surgeries for White County pets.


Buffalo Wild WIngs raising money for Sparta YMCA

Posted by | December 15, 2014 12:39 pm

Tonight Buffalo Wild Wings of Cookeville is hosting an event for the Sparta-White County YMCA. For everyone that comes in tonight from 5 – 9 p.m. and presents the ticket pictured, Buffalo Wild Wings will donate back to our YMCA 10% of the pre tax sales from that customer’s purchase.

White County School Board purchases Food Lion building

Posted by | December 15, 2014 12:20 pm

On Fri., Dec. 12, the White County School Board closed on the purchase of the building that was formerly occupied by Food Lion. The building will house a new technology and vocational center to prepare students for the workplace. “We are truly excited. This will provide many of our students with a greater possibility to further their education,” Gary Sparkman, chairman of the White County School Board, stated. Food Lion reportedly has a lease on the building that will not expire for three more years, but it is not currently known how that lease will move forward following the purchase. … Read More

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