Monthly Archives: October 2014

Letters to Santa

Posted on October 30, 2014 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Santa’s making his list, so make sure he gets your letter! Get your letter to us by Tuesday, Dec. 2 by 5 p.m. Mail: Santa Claus, P.O Box 179, Sparta, TN 38583 e-mail: Emailing of letters is preferred to ensure accuracy. If you would like to add a photo, please attach it. All letters received by deadline will be included in our Letters to Santa edition inside the Dec. 18 edition of The Expositor. We will use as many photos as possible. Group shots of classes are best.

Veterans Park construction continues

Posted on October 30, 2014 10:10 am by Raela Gore

Today, workers are adding slabs naming White County’s veterans to the walls of Veterans Park.  Once the project is complete, there will

Hardee’s renovations continue

Posted on October 30, 2014 9:09 am by Raela Gore

This morning, the Hardee’s renovations continued as workers added a new sign to the building.

Last day to early vote

Posted on October 30, 2014 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

Today is the last day of early voting. Voting hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the White County Courthouse.

Sobriety checkpoint scheduled

Posted on October 30, 2014 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office will be conducting a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint 8-10 p.m., Nov. 1 in White County on State Route 111 at Walker Cove Road. THP recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving, which kills more than 16,000 people and injures over 305,000 nationwide each year. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, targeting drivers who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed to ensure the protection of all motorists.

Trick or treat at Life Care tonight

Posted on October 30, 2014 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

Life Care Center of Sparta, located at 508 Mose Drive, will host trick or treating tonight from 6-8 p.m.

Eddie Eagle visits Sparta Head Start

Posted on October 30, 2014 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Eddie Eagle visited Sparta Head Start recently to convey his message of gun safety. The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program teaches children in Pre-K through third grade four important steps to take if they find a gun. These steps are presented by the program’s mascot, Eddie Eagle, in an easy-to- remember format consisting of the following simple rules: If you see a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.

50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act focus of Sierra Club meeting Nov. 3

Posted on October 30, 2014 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Upper Cumberland Sierra Club will have a program meeting Monday, Nov. 3, at EarthWares, 37 N. Cedar Ave., Cookeville. At 5:15 p.m. the meeting will begin with a “Meet and Greet,” with refreshments, and the program will be 6-7 p.m. This program commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act. Stuart Carroll, a 30-year veteran with Tennessee state parks, will present the program. Stuart serves us as a Tennessee Park Manager 1 at Fall Creek Falls.

Model T Club visits Sparta

Posted on October 30, 2014 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Thanks to our “roving reporter” Wendell Rust for his assistance in providing SpartaLive with these great photos of some recent visitors to our town. Dan Treace and Skip Lane, along with several other members of the Model T Club, were taking a tour of Sparta. The group brought their Model T’s into Cookeville via trailers, where they are staying, and then decided to drive toward White County to take in the scenery, shop at our stores and dine at some of our restaurants. Treace owns a 1927 Model T touring car, gray with red wheels, which you will see in the photo gallery. Lane owns a 1921 Coupe, … Read More

Dewey Lee Howell Sr.

Posted on October 29, 2014 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Dewey Lee Howell Sr., 74 of Sparta, passed away Oct. 29, 2014, at Highlands Medical Center.

Mr. Howell was born Dec. 19, 1939, to William Howell and Cora Lou Cole Howell.

He was a retired truck driver with several different companies but most notably Thomas Industries.

Dewey was also a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Jacob Cole, and brothers, Vernis Howell and Erbie Howell.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Dorothy Howell; two sons, Dewey Howell Jr., Greg Howell; daughter, Cindy Cole; five grandchildren, Benjamin Cole, Bryon Howell, Zack Howell, Cameron Green, Ashley Green; three great-grandchildren, … Read More

Posted on October 29, 2014 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Posted on October 29, 2014 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Tips for Halloween safety

Posted on October 29, 2014 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

Tennessee Highway Patrol is urging drivers to use caution, buckle up and don’t drink and drive on Halloween this year, as four people were killed across the state during Halloween last year. This is an increase over the previous year, in which three people were killed. There will be increased patrols, as well as sobriety checkpoints to help ensure a safe Halloween for citizens. For more information on how to stay safe this Halloween, visit

Trying on the gear

Posted on October 29, 2014 12:12 pm by Pamela Claytor

Sparta Fire Department Captain Jessie Buttrum helps Brendan try on his helmet while speaking to the children at First United Methodist Church.

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