Monthly Archives: April 2015

Climate Crew making a difference

Posted on April 6, 2015 11:11 am by Delaney Austin

White County High School’s Climate Crew has been awarded by the state for their accomplishments in creating a welcoming school atmosphere where students may feel welcome and safe.

To read more about the award and what the Climate Crew is doing in the school system, pick up today’s edition of The Expositor.

Lindsey graduates basic training

Posted on April 6, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Air Force Airman Brandon C. Lindsey graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Lindsey is the son of Ronnie Lindsey of Sparta, and David and Kimberly Gragg of Cookeville. He graduated in 2011 from Cookeville High School.

Gas prices update

Posted on April 6, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Average retail gasoline prices in Tennessee have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.12/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,821 gas outlets in Tennessee. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.39/g, according to gasoline price website The national average has decreased 7.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 118.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.


This Week in White County History-1975

Posted on April 6, 2015 7:07 am by Sparta Live

•Severe flooding caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage during the 48-hour deluge. Homes were flooded, bridges washed away, livestock were lost, roads were damaged and residents had to be rescued from their homes y the Rescue Squad.
•Army General Carl Wallace arrived in Sparta by helicopter and visited the Sparta Armory.
•Fred Thompson, Nashville attorney and widely known for this role in uncovering portions of the Watergate cover-up, appeared as the guest speaker for Law Day in Sparta.

This Week in White County History-1985

Posted on April 6, 2015 7:07 am by Sparta Live

•Joe Broyles announced his candidacy for Sparta city alderman.
•Mr. and Mrs. Willie Jarvis celebrated 50 years of marriage with a reception at Sparta Civic Center.
•White County Executive Manuel Officer turned over the first shovel of dirt at the site of Appalachian Woods Products- Sparta plant as part of their expansion.

This Week in White County History-1995

Posted on April 6, 2015 7:07 am by Sparta Live

•Potters Builder Mart celebrated their red ribbon cutting ceremony for their grand opening celebration.
•The National Guard Armory held an artillery exposition, with 123 people showing up to view the variety of weapons on display.
•White County Commissioners agreed to the purchase of 20 acres on Hale Street, adjacent to the fairgrounds and Findlay Elementary School.

This Week in White County History-2005

Posted on April 6, 2015 7:07 am by Sparta Live

•David Bruce took over as coach of the White County High School boys’ soccer team.
•Jerry Lowery was named Parks and Recreation Director by White County commissioners.
•White County High School was named one of seven schools across the state accepted as members of Successful Practices Network, a national network of approximately 200 schools that demonstrated commitment to school improvement and high academic achievement for all students.

Ruth Billings Stewart

Posted on April 4, 2015 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Ruth Billings Stewart, 90, of Sparta, passed away April 3, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta. At the time of passing, she was surrounded by all of her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Stewart was born Jan. 22, 1925, in DeKalb County to William “Billy” Billings and Mary Frances Young Billings.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Stewart; infant son; parents, William “Billy” Billings, Mary Frances Young Billings; and siblings, Oscar  Billings, Tom Billings, Willie LaFever, Ada Templeton, Betty Roberts, Maude Huskins, Ethel Holland, Lula Watson and Jimmie Saylors.

Mrs. Stewart is survived by her children, William “Bill” Stewart and wife Lillian, of McMinnville, Kathy … CONTINUED

Harold Franklin Hensley

Posted on April 4, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Harold Franklin Hensley, 69 of Sparta, passed away April 3, 2015, at St. Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Hensley was born Jan. 29, 1946, in Oak Ridge, to Claude Hensley and Grace Novene Vantrese Hensley.

He retired after 30-plus years with Mallory Timers, then went on to work at Indian Mound Boys’ Home. He was a longtime BonDeCroft Utility District Commissioner and served in the National Guard.

Mr. Hensley was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Lois Gail Frasier Hensley.

Survivors include his stepson, Jackie (Jennifer) Philippe; daughter, Kim (Chad) Thedford; son, Frank (Belinda) Hensley;

Grandchildren, Shandi Philippe, Jacque Philippe, Jeremy Philippe, Alexis Thedford, … CONTINUED

Jackie Glenn Simmons Sr.

Posted on April 4, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Jackie Glenn Simmons Sr., 51, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 4, 2015, at Highlands Medical Center.

Mr. Simmons was born Sept. 4, 1963, in White County, to Betty Dishman Simmons and Jackson Kenneth Simmons.

He was a former heating and cooling worker.

Mr. Simmons was preceded in death by his father and his wife, Amy Fennig Simmons.

Survivors include his daughter, Rashelle Meadows, of Sparta; son, Jackie Glenn Simmons Jr. “JR” and fiancée, Whitney Blalock, of Sparta; mother, Betty Simmons, of Sparta; grandmother, Lou Ester Dishman; brother, James K. Simmons; sister, Janet McClain; grandchildren, Zachary Whited, Brayden Simmons; close friend, Terry Kirby; and man’s best friend, Duke.


Betty Ruth Dennis York

Posted on April 4, 2015 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Betty Ruth Dennis York, 77, of Sparta, passed away April 3, 2015, at Signature Health Care of Putnam County.

Mrs. York was born April 11, 1937, in Sparta, to Arthur Dennis and Lula Belle Qualls Dennis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward York, whom she married June 17, 1954; brothers, Fred Dennis, Horace Dennis, half-brothers, Howard Cantrell, Gordon Cantrell; and half-sister Helen Cantrell.

Survivors include her daughter, Peggy York Morris and husband Roger, of Sparta; granddaughter, Kim Morris, of Sparta; sisters, Essie Dennis Lebenhart, of Sparta, Judy Dennis Stoglin and husband Teddy, of Sparta; and two nephews, Anthony Stoglin, Troy Smith, both of … CONTINUED

Serenity thrift bringing jobs, charity to White County

Posted on April 3, 2015 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

Serenity Pointe founder Debbie Morrison and Senior Vice President of Operations Daniel Moore are currently in the process of opening a Serenity Thrift store in the former Walmart building, and ask that residents consider donating their second-hand items in the donation bins with their yellow labels. The nonprofit organization will be supporting Clean Heart Ministries and the White County senior citizens feeding program with their profits. They will also create several jobs at both the store, and their new warehouse hub, which will be located in the former tobacco warehouse building on North Spring Street.

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