Monthly Archives: December 2014

Problem located at WCHS

Posted on December 4, 2014 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

Firefighters have reportedly located the source of the problem causing the smoke alarms to sound. Firefighters on the scene have downgraded the situation to “non-emergency.” No further information has been released at this time.

Posted on December 4, 2014 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

WCHS evacuated for smoke alarm

Posted on December 4, 2014 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

Sparta firefighters are currently responding to a smoke alarm at White County High School. Firefighters are inside the building, and students have reportedly been evacuated while firefighters investigate.

Smoke alarms available at Doyle Fire Department

Posted on December 4, 2014 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

Alarms are available for anyone in White County. For information on how to receive a smoke alarm, call 808-8599.

County singer Josh Turner films new music video in Rock Island

Posted on December 4, 2014 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

County singer Josh Turner filmed his latest music video, Lay Low, in and around Rock Island State Park. The video and Rock Island were mentioned in Rolling Stone magazine. Watch the video here.

Christmas tree is up at American Legion

Posted on December 4, 2014 12:12 pm by Pamela Claytor

The Christmas Spirit is showing in Sparta, with a large, decorated Christmas tree standing beside the American Legion building in Liberty Square.

Truck restrictions in place in Blount County

Posted on December 4, 2014 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Following the completion of an operational and safety review, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has determined that vehicles over 30 feet in length will no longer be allowed to utilize a mountainous section of US 129 (SR 115) in Blount County, known as “The Dragon.” For more information on the new restrictions, see TDOT.

White County bands together to rebuild its beloved bookstore

Posted on December 4, 2014 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor


By Pamela Claytor

Staff Writer

In the week since a raging fire on Bockman Way on Nov. 25 destroyed a building that housed two local businesses, including a bright little locally owned bookstore, White County residents have refused to let their bookstore die.

Riverbank Books was a dream realized by owner Tonya Carter, who, after selling books online for several years, opened the business on Bockman Way nearly three years ago.

“We drove by and saw the building for rent and I called about it and I thought, ‘I could do that, I could afford it.’ It wasn’t a plan, it just happened. Of course it … CONTINUED

Progress photo contest is open for submissions

Posted on December 4, 2014 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

White County residents only. No professional photographers. Photo must have been taken within the past 16 months. No Polaroids accepted. Photo must be no smaller than 4×6 inches; no larger than 8×10 inches. One entry per category. Photo must be labeled with category, photographer’s name, address and phone number. Deadline for entries is noon, Feb. 6, 2015. Photos may be e-mailed to or brought to The Expositor, 34 W. Bockman Way, Sparta and must be picked up after March 3, 2015 and prior to March 17, 2015. Expositor employees and families are not eligible to enter.

Flu vaccines now available

Posted on December 4, 2014 8:08 am by Raela Gore

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the surveillance report of the 2014-2015 influenza season for week 47 (ending Nov. 22, 2014). The CDC follows the data both nationally and regionally.

To read the data and tips for staying healthy during flu season, pick up today’s edition of The Expositor.

Christpoint Church Christmas presentation

Posted on December 4, 2014 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tis the seasonChristpoint Church presents the Christmas play “Tis the Season” for two nights: 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, and 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, at 13 Liberty Square. Everyone is invited to attend.

Gum Springs Baptist candlelight service

Posted on December 4, 2014 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Gum Springs Baptist Church, 5454 Franks Ferry Rd., in Sparta, will have a candlelight Christmas service at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21. Everyone is invited to attend.

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