Monthly Archives: July 2015

Anthony (Tony) aka Bobo Johnson

Posted on July 6, 2015 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Anthony (Tony) aka Bobo Johnson, 61, of Sparta passed July 3, 2015, at his home.

Mr. Johnson was born Jan. 8, 1954, to Johnny Spurlock and Mary Frances (Jo Baby) Tubbs.

He was a veteran of U.S. Army and a retired prison guard.

Survivors include his wife, wife Michelle Claudia Maynard Johnson, of Sparta; three sisters, Johnnie Elaine Johnson, of Sparta, Amanda Covington, Sanita Spurlock, both of Nashville; three brothers, Greg Johnson, of Sparta, Lynn Spurlock and wife Frances, Johnny Odell and wife Jackie Spurlock, of Nashville; stepmother, Patricia Baker, of Nashville; uncle, Bobby Spurlock, of Nashville; special niece, Ashley Vance, of Sparta; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins … CONTINUED

Breaking Grass performs at Sparta Amphitheater

Posted on July 6, 2015 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

Booneville, Mississippi bluegrass band Breaking Grass performed at the Sparta Amphitheater on Friday, July 3 to an excited crowd.

Great Falls at Rock Island after July 2 rains

Posted on July 6, 2015 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

Many areas of Rock Island State Park were closed to visitors after recent rains made water levels dangerously high. Signs around the park advised visitors that swimming and wading were not allowed.

Gas prices update

Posted on July 6, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Average retail gasoline prices in Tennessee have fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.52/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,821 gas outlets in Tennessee. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.77/g, according to gasoline price website  The national average has increased 1.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 88.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.


This Week in White County History-1975

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

•Leon C. Burns Jr. was appointed Criminal Circuit Court Judge by Gov. Ray Blanton.

•Garvin Haley took the oath of office for the position of Mayor of Doyle.

•Jeff Ross was elected president of the Sparta Rotary Club.


This Week in White County History-1985

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

•A “major” company visited Sparta over four days to seek data on possibly locating a site for a new plant that would employ 500 to 600 people.

•Retired Sparta Postmaster Jack Carter passed away. Carter served as postmaster in Sparta longer than any other since the service was established in 1830.

•Doyle Mayor Gerald Wallace, aldermen Ronnie Jolley, Ray Watson, Thomas Orr, Charles M. Savage and William N. Horton and alderwoman Dianne Haley were sworn into office by White County Clerk Virginia Wallace.

This Week in White County History-1995

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

•The junior girls all stars represented White County in the District 8 Little League tournament

•White County’s first convenience center opened at the County Highway Department.

•Shane Dodson and Andy Golden, both White County High School students, competed in the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

This Week in White County History-2005

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

•PFC Brandon Day graduated from US Army Field Artillery Training Center in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and was awarded the William T. Lesh Distinguished Honor Graduate award.

•Henrietta Goodwin was presented with the Rotarian of the Year award by Sparta Rotary Club.

•White County High School alum Joe Pat Cope accepted a job at Notre Dame High School, in Chattanooga, as head track coach and assistant girls and boys basketball coach.

Clerk’s office will issue licenses to same-sex couples

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

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled that states can no longer ban same-sex couples from marrying and must also recognize their marriages.
Connie Jolley, White County clerk, stated requirements for same-sex couples wishing to acquire a marriage license are the same as the requirements for opposite-sex couples: both parties must be present, and they must have their driver licenses and Social Security cards. As of June 25, 2015, however, the office is no longer performing marriage ceremonies for any couples, Jolley says. For more information read the Monday, July 6, edition of The Expositor.

TN jobless rate still dropping

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

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for May decreased to 5.8 percent, dropping .2 percent from April. White County’s rate, however, increased from 5.9 percent in April, to 6.3 percent for May. The unemployment rate for the state was reported to be the lowest in seven years when it dropped to 6 percent in April. The rate in March was 6.3 percent. White County’s increase for the month of May is the first rise in unemployment the county has seen this year, with the rate steadily declining each month from 7.8 percent in January, to 5.9 percent in April. See the Monday, July 6, edition of The Expositor for more information.

Calvary Baptist fellowship dinner

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

Calvary Baptist Church, at 4417 Roberts-Matthews Highway, in Sparta, will host a fellowship dinner at noon, Sunday, July 12, 2015.  For more information call (931) 738-5260.

Walker returns to lead a different kind of team

Posted on July 5, 2015 9:09 pm by Tammy Wilhite

In 1998, Brad Walker was one of two seniors on the first-ever boys’ basketball state championship team White County High School had ever put on the court.

Seventeen years later, Walker is returning to his hometown to lead another “team,” but this time, he will be leading team members to a more eternal purpose.

In the winter of 1998, White County was excited and on fire about the success of the Warrior basketball team. WCHS had defied the naysayers and the odds. The rural high school that played in the state’s largest classification against bigger and more urban high schools brought home a state title.

Walker, a 1998 … CONTINUED

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