Monthly Archives: August 2015

Governor in Crossville to discuss transportation, infrastructure needs

Posted on August 25, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer sat down with local and state officials, in Crossville, on Aug. 24, to discuss the region’s transportation and infrastructure needs.

Haslam and Schroer discussed the functionality and capacity of Tennessee’s state roads and highways, safety issues around roads and bridges, and the impact infrastructure has on economic development efforts in urban and rural communities.

TDOT officials discussed the cost of several projects in the region, including Putnam County – a widening project on SR-136 from SR-111 to I-40 has a cost of completion of $28.1 million.

Consumers could see new payday lending protections

Posted on August 25, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As it now stands, Tennessee payday lenders can require borrowers to pay money back in as few as 15 days before major interest penalties kick in – and ultimately charge as much as 375 percent interest.

Consumers in the Volunteer State may soon see some additional protections at the federal level, if the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announces new rules that are expected to increase the payment period to 30 days.

Payday lenders contend they are offering a one-time financial quick fix for those in a bind.

The CFPB is expected to release a formal proposal this fall to better regulate the payday lending industry. … Read More

Volleyball teams win again

Posted on August 24, 2015 9:09 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Both the White County High School and White County Middle School volleyball teams picked up wins at home on Monday in thrilling matches.

The WCHS varsity team fell behind 1-0, but then bounced back to win three straight to defeat Livingston Academy.  All four games of the match were hard fought close contests (26-24, 25-18, 26-24, 25-22).  That improves WCHS to 2-0 on the season.  The WCHS junior varsity also won their match against Livingston (23-25, 25-17, 15-11).

Meanwhile at WCMS, the Jr. Warriorettes held off Avery Trace (22-25, 25-22, 15-13) to improve to 3-0.  The WCMS junior varsity was defeated (18-25, 25-18, 13-15).

The WCHS team heads … Read More

Simmons faces reckless homicide charge

Posted on August 24, 2015 7:07 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and deputies with the White County Sheriff Department has resulted in the indictment of a Spencer man charged with reckless homicide in the death of his wife.

At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, TBI Special Agents joined investigators with the White County Sheriff Department and the  district attorney general’s office in investigating the death of Jerrica Simmons, on March 11. Law enforcement officials were notified that an injured female was brought to a local emergency room by her husband, Joshua Brandon Simmons. During the course of the investigation, agents learned that Simmons reported … Read More

William “Bill” Thomas Wood

Posted on August 24, 2015 6:06 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

William “Bill” Thomas Wood, 65, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Aug. 20, 2015, at home.

Mr. Wood was born July 30, 1950, in La Porte, Indiana.

He attended La Porte community schools and went on to serve his country honorably in the U. S. Army in Vietnam. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW, both in La Porte, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Richard Barger and Nellie Fern Dove Barger; a son, William Thomas Wood Jr.; a brother, Phillip “Woody Phillips” Wood, who had resided in Sparta, Tennessee; a nephew, Richard Dow, who had resided in Cookeville, Tennessee; and … Read More

Ruby Luna Hennessee

Posted on August 24, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Ruby Luna Hennessee, 88, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 22, 2015, at her residence.

Born Aug. 14, 1927, in White County, she was the daughter of Wiley Luna and Annie England Luna.

She was a graduate of White County High School, retired from Wagner Electric and was a homemaker.

Mrs. Hennessee was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Hennessee; and siblings, J. D. Lloyd, and Lucille Luna Howard.

Survivors include her daughters, Anna Lou Holman and husband Walt, of Sparta, Joan Graham and husband David, of Sparta; Eddie Hennessee and wife Kristy, of Mt. Juliet; brother, Roy M. Luna, of Cookeville; and sister, Hazel Reed, of … Read More

Ina Christine Brown Baker

Posted on August 24, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Ina Christine Brown Baker, 82, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 21, 2015, at the NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Baker was born May 15, 1933, in Sparta, to Albert Jesse Brown and Effie Jewel Sparks Brown.

She and her husband owned and operated a restaurant.

Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James William Baker; and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her son, Robbie Baker, of Sparta, and sister, Ann Jean Tollison, of Sparta.

Funeral service was 2 p.m., Aug. 23, 2015, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Cora Tressa McKheen Benson Ferguson

Posted on August 24, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Cora Tressa McKheen Benson Ferguson passed away Aug. 21, 2015, at her home in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.

Mrs. Ferguson was born Oct. 6, 1915, in Athens, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Caleb Shell McKheen and Mamie Lee Hicks McKheen; husband, Roy Lee Ferguson; son, the Rev. Wayne Lee Benson; McKheen brothers, Floyd Edward, Loyd Leon, H.R. Miller, Arvil Dake, Franklin Delno, Caleb “Snook” McKheen; stepson, Herman Ferguson; stepdaughter, Cynthia Torbett; and step-grandson Tony Ferguson.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Mary Nell Gentry Benson, with whom she made her home; stepson, Franklin Ferguson; step-granddaughters, Mary and Judy Ferguson; grandchildren, Tressella Benson Jaggers, Parker, Aaron Lee and … Read More

MacLeod speaks at WAKE Sparta meeting

Posted on August 24, 2015 9:09 am by Delaney Austin

“For the past 2.5 years, I have been the DUI prosecutor in Putnam and Cumberland counties,” stated MacCleod. “When I started prosecuting DUIs, it was a lot of alcohol.”

“Next thing you know, no alcohol,” continued MacCleod. “There was a shift, it seemed, in the matrix from alcohol to drugs. Lots of oxycodone, oxycontin, xanax, morphine, suboxone, subutex, things of that nature coming up.”

“It was my job to show that they are abusing this drug,” he stated. “If you take it as prescribed, you are not impaired and that’s okay, but there is a lot of abuse.”

“The State of Tennessee, in 2014, ranked second per capita … Read More

Police department to purchase new equipment

Posted on August 24, 2015 9:09 am by Delaney Austin

“We have got a new software update [and] officers will be certified and trained on that machine,” said Guth. “It is like a surveying machine that uses lasers that will allow them to shoot an accident scene. They can use that for points of reference to diagram to scale.”

“They can also use that in crime scenes that will allow them to diagram that so you aren’t doing it freehand.”

In addition to surveying equipment, many officers will receive new cameras and vests this year.

“We have been using cameras for about two or three years now,” stated Guth. “We have actually got it in this year’s budget … Read More

Yard sale

Posted on August 24, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Package liquor store license recommended

Posted on August 24, 2015 9:09 am by Delaney Austin

“Monday was our deadline for round two of package store applications for certificate of compliance,” said Chris Dorsey, City Administrator. “We had two applications turned in and this is a very similar report to what I gave about a month ago when we had four applications turned in.”

“In this case, Article 8-317 of our code says the applications will be brought before the Board. With those applications, one of those applications were complete,” continued Dorsey. “The other was not complete.”

To read more about the final package liquor store license recommended to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, pick up today’s edition of The Expositor.

TTU’s to host workshop on QuickBooks software

Posted on August 24, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Interested in getting started with QuickBooks? A workshop that will be presented 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 3, by Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee Tech to help you get started and learn the basic functions of the QuickBooks software. The event will be at Johnson Hall, room 218, at 1105 N. Peachtree Ave., in Cookeville.

The workshop will be $75 payable by cash or check. Only 10 people will be admitted in to the program. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m., Aug. 28. The 10 applicants chosen will be contacted with information on paying options. Please use the following link to apply for a spot in the workshop:

Gas price brief

Posted on August 24, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Plunging oil prices continue to place downward pressure on prices at the pump. Nationally, gas prices have fallen 7 cents from a week ago, and 14 cents from a month ago. Should oil prices remain at or below their current rate, the national average could dip below $2 per gallon by the end of the year. In the southeastern U.S. the price at the pump has fallen 4 cents in the past week, and more than 20 cents in the past month.

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