Monthly Archives: September 2015

Library book sale

Posted on September 22, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Public Library will be hosting a book sale in the fellowship room (lower level, in back) at Sparta First United Methodist Church. The days and hours are:

•Thursday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

•Friday, Sept. 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m

•Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 a.m.-noon

If you have any questions, call the library at (931) 836-3613.

Water Quality Grant proposals now accepted

Posted on September 22, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is now accepting grant proposals for projects that will help improve water quality and reduce or eliminate non-point source pollution.

Nonpoint source pollution is soil, urban runoff, fertilizers, chemicals and other contaminants that degrade surface and groundwater quality. The Nonpoint Source Program was created in 1987 as part of the Clean Water Act and provides funding to states to stop nonpoint source pollution.

Local governments, regional agencies, public institutions, private nonprofit organizations and other state agencies are eligible to apply for those federal dollars administered by TDA’s Water Resources office. Highest priority is given to projects that seek to make measurable improvements to … Read More

Prescription Drug Take Back is September 26 at Walgreens

Posted on September 22, 2015 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Sparta Police Department and Walgreens are partnering to take part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, on Sept. 26, for residents to safely dispose of their expired or unused prescriptions. The event will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. in a tent in the front of Walgreens, at 483 W.Bockman Way. Police Chief Jeff Guth will be on hand to receive and weigh the medications. The Drug Enforcement Agency will take the medications to an incinerator to safely dispose of them. The goal is to keep the medications out of the groundwater and to prevent them from being resold and used illegally.

Frances Olivia Young

Posted on September 21, 2015 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Frances Olivia Knowles Young, 93, passed away Sept. 19, 2015, at her residence.

Mrs. Young was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Benton, Arkansas. She was the daughter of Wesley Taylor Knowles and Med Belle Crawford Knowles.

Mrs. Young was a librarian and archivist for the State of Tennessee, a teacher and a member of The Shady Grove Methodist Church. She was also an avid volunteer for the White County school system.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Calvin Brigham Young; grandson, Charles Calvin “C.C.” Young; grandson-in-law, Keith Wayne Clark; and brother, George Knowles.

Survivor’s include one son, Brigham Taylor Young Sr.; two grandchildren, Dena Clark … Read More

Emergency Services Stair Climb slated for Saturday

Posted on September 21, 2015 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Mary Beth Clouse has coordinated a stair climb to honor White County emergency services that will take place 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 at White County Courthouse. All of emergency services are invited to participate. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson will proclaim the day White County Emergency Services Day and Mayor Jeff Young will proclaim the day Sparta  Emergency Services Day. For more information, call Mary Beth Clouse at 931-510-5503.

DA’s office releases limited information on arrest of Gaines Key

Posted on September 21, 2015 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Gaines Key, a street laborer, age 33 of Sparta, was arrested on Aug. 31 on a pickup indictment from the White County Grand Jury for aggravated sexual battery. According Assistant District Attorney General Philip Hatch, Key was indicted on Aug. 24, on one charge of aggravated sexual battery that allegedly occurred between May 1 and July 31, 2014. Hatch states, “Aggravated sexual battery is a class B felony carrying a range of punishment of eight to 12 years. This case was investigated by detectives of the White County Sheriff’s Department along with the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The defendant is scheduled to appear in Criminal Court on … Read More

BonDeCroft Fall Festival coming soon

Posted on September 21, 2015 9:09 am by Delaney Austin

BonDeCroft Elementary will hosts its annual Fall Festival on October 9 and will include silent and live auctions and random vacation giveaways such as a Gatlinburg trip and a Disney World adventure.

Read more in today’s edition of The Expositor.

Improvements considered for downtown Sparta

Posted on September 21, 2015 9:09 am by Delaney Austin

Sparta’s board of mayor and aldermen consider upgrading to LED street lighting for Bockman Way and planting new trees on Liberty Square while an increase in rates for water and sewer usage in the city’s utility district was approved.

Read more in today’s edition of The Expositor.

Parks charged with assaulting officers

Posted on September 21, 2015 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

A wanted Sparta man is now facing additional charges, as officers report that he assaulted them as they attempted to arrest him, on Sept. 13. According to Detective Chris Isom, public information officer at White County Sheriff Department, Johnny Edward Parks, age 30, was wanted  for several violations of probation. During the course of his arrest, he reportedly assaulted the arresting officers. Parks was charged with aggravated assault on a law officer, evading arrest, resisting official detention, violation of probation, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of simple possession schedule III. For more information, see today’s edition of The Expositor.


Thurman Ralph Barnes

Posted on September 21, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Thurman Ralph Barnes, 64, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 20, 2015, at his residence.

Mr. Barnes was born April 8, 1951, in White County, to Thurman Ray Barnes and Lucille Irene Young Barnes.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Sept. 22, at Hensley Chapel Baptist Church, with burial in Young Cemetery. Visitation will be after 5 p.m., Sept. 21, at the church.

Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Sue Jones

Posted on September 21, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Barbara Sue Jones, 57, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 20, 2015, at her home.

Mrs. Jones was born April 8, 1958, in Sparta, the daughter of Lewis Pitman and Beatrice Cunningham Pitman.

She was a member of First Christian Church for many years.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by two sons and two brothers, Eugene Pitman and Richard Pitman.

Survivors include her husband, Tim Jones, of Sparta; son, Kevin Jones and wife Augusta, of Sparta; granddaughter, Fern Jones, of Sparta; brothers, Royce Pitman and wife Dottie, of Sparta, Dewey Pitman and wife Linda, of Sparta; and sisters, Janie Eulene Pedigo of Sparta, Katherine Korn and husband Joe, … Read More

Appreciation Cookout

Posted on September 21, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Everyone is welcome. The community is asked to bring cards of appreciation to the event for the law enforcement officers and first responders. Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth and White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe will speak at the event. Other officials will also be part of the event. Call Brian McCutchen for more information: Office (931) 836-2874 or cell (931) 545-7543.

Job fair

Posted on September 21, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

This Week in White County History

Posted on September 21, 2015 6:06 am by Sparta Live

•The Rock House Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its first meeting of the calendar year. They talked about the Constitution and the men whom signed the Declaration of Independence.
•John William England made it to the top of the Boy Scouts ladder when he earned his Eagle Scout Badge. The Eagle Scout Badge was founded more than 100 ago and is the highest ranking for a Boy Scout to earn.
•Warren County High School student Carol Camp was named one of the semi-finalists in the 1976 National Merit Scholarship Program.
•James H. Geer, a Sparta native, was named assistant director of the … Read More

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