Monthly Archives: July 2015

Dodson reunion

Posted on July 9, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The descendants of Harvey and Betty Dodson will have their annual reunion beginning at noon, Sunday, July 26, 2015, at John Henry Demps Music Barn.

Yard sale

Posted on July 9, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

There will be a seven-family yard sale at Sparta Civic Center, at 7 a.m., Thursday, July 9. Anything from Antiques to new items – we have a little bit of everything.

Discover the Upper Cumberland series premieres July 16

Posted on July 9, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

WCTE’s original series, Discover the Upper Cumberland, premieres  Thursday, July 16 at at 7 p.m. New episodes will air on the third Thursday of each month.

Discover the Upper Cumberland will take viewers on location and bring them into the studio for interviews with experts about local issues. The plan is to produce at least one segment from each of the 14 Upper Cumberland counties each season. The first installment features a visit to Calfkiller Brewery to see what the Sergio Brothers are brewing in White County.

For more information on this series, visit

Friends of W.C. Animals receives US Bank “Dollars for Doing”

Posted on July 9, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

US Bank, in conjunction with their “Dollars for Doing” program, assisted in the organization and promotion of the first Mutt Strut 5K and Fun Run to benefit Friends of White County Animals, in 2014.  US Bank employees and family also volunteered to assist with the 2015 Mutt Strut. US Bank encourages its employees to volunteer in their community and as an additional incentive pays the organization of the employees choosing for their volunteer time.  Pictured is Vanessa O’Neal, branch manager West Bockman office, presenting the organization with a check for her volunteer time with the Friends of White County Animals.

Cumberland County Playhouse and Scopes Trial Festival partner for 90th anniversary

Posted on July 9, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The 2015 Scopes Trial Festival, July 17-19, in Dayton, Tennessee, will mark the 90th anniversary of the historic Scopes Monkey Trial. Cumberland County Playhouse and Dayton Scopes Festival have partnered  to produce “Front Page News” from the Rhea County courtroom, the original site of the trial, in 1925, where William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow clashed over whether Tennessee schools would teach evolution or Biblical creation.

Dates and times:

Friday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 18, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 19, 3 p.m.

A full schedule of activities throughout the festival can be viewed at Tickets range from $23 to $25 with discounts for seniors and

Evelyn Frey celebrates 102nd

Posted on July 9, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Evelyn Frey turns 102 on July 26. She was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and resided most of her life in Illinois, where she retired from the U.S. Army Rock Island Arsenal. She is currently residing at Life Care Center of Sparta. In addition to a party at LCC, she plans on having parties at Ralph’s Donut Shop, Miss Marenda’s Tea Room, and the Saturday night Cruise-In on Liberty Square.

(The following story was published in The Expositor prior to Evelyn Frey’s 100th birthday. She is still planning on a ride in her son’s Corvette.)

In 1913, Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as the nation’s 28th president, the … CONTINUED

Selby graduates from ETSU

Posted on July 9, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

East Tennessee State University conferred more than 1,800 degrees in two spring commencement ceremonies, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, on May 9, 2015. Chelsea Selby, of Sparta, received her Bachelor of Science degree.

Brenda Marie Weaver Johnson

Posted on July 8, 2015 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Brenda Marie Weaver Johnson, 64, of Sparta, passed away July 7, 2015, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.

Ms. Johnson was born Feb. 7, 1951, in White County, to Ruby Evelyn Clouse Weaver Sherrell and O.D. Weaver.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Haston Weaver.

Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Johnson Davis, of Sparta; sons, Rodney (Constance) Johnson, Stephen (Marianne) Johnson, Jeffrey Johnson, all of Sparta; mother, Ruby Weaver Sherrell, of Sparta; grandchildren, Brandon Spivey, Ashley Spivey, Emalee Johnson, Kenneth Johnson, Ethan Johnson, Destiny Johnson, Zoey Johnson; and brothers, Kenneth Weaver and James Weaver.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., July … CONTINUED

West Sparta VBS

Posted on July 8, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Howard and Crook reunion

Posted on July 8, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

There will be a reunion of the descendants of Robert F. Howard and Nancy Crook, on July 12, 2015, at Sparta-White County Rescue Squad building, 320 E. Bockman Way, in Sparta. A covered dish lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Rescue Squad training for the unthinkable

Posted on July 8, 2015 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Ray Brown (left), Tyler Brandes (center) and T.C. Good (right), practice their extrication skills so they are prepared in the event of a real emergency.

Rescue Squad hones their extrication skills

Posted on July 8, 2015 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

Sparta-White County Rescue Squad spent yesterday evening in extrication training. Chief Mike McLatchy instructed the all-volunteer squad members as they practiced cutting open cars, so as to be prepared for motor vehicle accidents in which each moment a victim is trapped inside a car could make the difference between life or death.  While training, emergency tones sounded on their radios, and the squad quickly packed up their equipment to rush to a reported motor vehicle accident on Lester Flatt Road.

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