Monthly Archives: October 2015

Sixth grade splits with Coffee County

Posted on October 26, 2015 10:10 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The White County Middle School sixth grade team split their games with Coffee County on Monday night in Sparta.

The Warrior avenged last week’s loss to the Raiders with the 27-24 win.  Isaac Butcher led the way with eight points.

The Warriorettes came up short in overtime to the Lady Raiders 34-29.  Jordan England and Caydra Parker tallied nine each in the loss.

See Thursday’s print edition for a complete recap.

FBI assisting in case against man who allegedly shot Algood police officer

Posted on October 26, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Putnam County Sheriff Department, in conjunction with District Attorney General Bryant C. Dunaway, is filing formal charges today of attempted first-degree murder against Floyd Ray Cook, the man who shot Algood police officer Ahscari Valencia, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

In addition, the FBI will provide assistance in this case since the subject fled across state lines.

Floyd Ray Cook is now listed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s 10 Most Wanted List.

Officer Valencia is doing fine and looking forward to returning to duty.

District 6AAA preseason polls released

Posted on October 26, 2015 2:02 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The girls’ and boys’ basketball coaches of District 6AAA, along with the media who covers those teams, got together Monday at First National Bank in Cookeville for their preseason luncheon.

All coaches spoke about the coming season for their respective teams. At the conclusion of the meeting, those in attendance voted and the results were announced for the preseason prediction for the order of finish in the district this season.

While it was clear that the Cumberland County girls are the favorite to win that side of the competition, the boys’ race is up for grabs.

The following are the results of each poll.


Girls’ – (1)  … Read More

Bailey, Wilson discuss possible privatization of Fall Creek Falls

Posted on October 26, 2015 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

A proposed state plan that aims to privatize certain aspects of state parks and other state agencies is causing a great deal of discussion amongst state employees, and State Senator Paul Bailey and Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson discussed with The Expositor how they feel the plan could affect state employees of Fall Creek Falls State Park.

A private company will reportedly be taking over hospitality operations at the state parks on Aug. 1, 2016, according to the plan laid out by the state.

For more information, see today’s edition of The Expositor.

Charlene Grissom Bouldin

Posted on October 26, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Charlene Grissom Bouldin, 73, passed away Oct. 26, 2015, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

She was born in the Terrapin Springs community, on Aug. 20, 1942. She was a member of the Bethlehem Church of Christ and owned and operated Bouldin’s Service Station along with her husband R.J. Bouldin who preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Morgan and Pauline DeLon Grissom; brothers, Truman Grissom, Paul Grissom; sisters, Lottie B. Roberts, Helen Hillis Bouldin; and an infant sister, Jennifer Grissom.

She is survived by her sons, Timothy Bouldin, of Gruetli-   Laager, Kevin (Melandy) Bouldin, of Spencer; sisters, Mildred Walling, Bernice Denney; … Read More

Tornado siren

Posted on October 26, 2015 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

A test of the City of Sparta’s weather siren will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, weather permitting. Testing will not be done during inclement weather so as not to confuse the public about an actual weather threat.

WCSD cleared in death of James Margeson

Posted on October 26, 2015 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

On Friday, Oct. 23, a federal lawsuit against White County Sheriff Department, Detective Chris Isom, former Detective Joey Williams and Detective Richard Lynch was concluded as a federal jury found them not guilty in the July 22, 2011 death of James Edward Margeson.

The jury was charged with answering the following, according to Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, “Did officers violate James Edward Margeson’s constitutional rights?” and, “Did officers commit an assault and battery against James Edward Margeson?” The jury returned a not guilty verdict on both counts.

Sheriff Shoupe, along with Chief Deputy Thomas Simmons, Lt. Craig Capps, former Sgt. Daniel Trivette, and former deputies Will Whitson and Nick … Read More

Local law enforcement officers conduct roadside sobriety checkpoint

Posted on October 26, 2015 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

Tennessee Highway Patrol, with assistance from Sparta Police Department, White County Sheriff Department, Crossville Police Department, Monterey Police Department, Van Buren County Sheriff Department and White County Emergency Medical Services, held a sobriety checkpoint on both ends of the Sparta city limits on the evening of Oct. 23. Some officers were set up outside the Civic Center, while others were set up on the other end of Bockman Way. Officers were specifically looking for signs of impairment, but issued several citations for children not properly restrained in car seats, as well as any other driving violations that they witnessed. Results of the checkpoint are not yet available.

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September unemployment rates released

Posted on October 26, 2015 12:12 pm by Delaney Austin

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released statistics for White County’s unemployment rates for Sept. 2015, which shows an increase in unemployment from August 2015 and a decrease compared to Sept. 2014.

The state report shows an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent for Sept. 2015. This rate is increased from the 6.0 percent reported in the August 2015 statistics. “Those numbers, because as people fall of unemployment because they reach the maximum so forth and so on, may be effected,” stated Marvin Bullock, President of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce.

Read more in today’s edition of The Expositor.

Small business seminar held at Oldham Theater

Posted on October 26, 2015 12:12 pm by Delaney Austin

The Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce and America’s Small Business Developments Centers (SBDC) hosted a seminar at Oldham Theater to help promote small business in White County.

The seminar informed local business owners on the opportunities available to them by updating their information on Google and Google Maps.

Read more in today’s edition of The Expositor.

White County revenue collections on track

Posted on October 26, 2015 12:12 pm by Delaney Austin

Revenue collections are in for September, the second month of fiscal year 2015-2016, and White County’s local sales tax collection was down, but on track with the budget.

“The county’s local option sales tax was actually down for White County during the month of September as compared to the previous three months of June, July, and August. However, this is still on-budget with expectations for the 2015-2016 fiscal year,” stated White County department of finance director Chad Marcum.

Microsoft Word - Document15Read more in today’s edition of The Expositor.

Genesis House donates signed books to library

Posted on October 26, 2015 11:11 am by Delaney Austin

To commemorate October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Genesis House donated autographed copies of Nine Brutal Years by Leesia Champion in memory of domestic violence victims and survivors. Nine Brutal Years chronicles Champion’s experience of an abusive marriage. Champion will be holding a book signing at River Bank Books on October 31.

Cooke added to TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list

Posted on October 26, 2015 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Floyd Ray Cook, of Lebanon, Kentucky.

Cook is wanted by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Putnam County Sheriff Department for attempted murder. On Oct. 24, 2015, officers with the Putnam County Sheriff Department responded to an officer involved shooting where Cook is believed to have shot Algood Police Officer Ahscari Valencia during a traffic stop. Cook fled to Kentucky, where he was allegedly involved in another shooting incident with law enforcement officers. He escaped on foot in the area of Highway 61 area, south of Burkesville, Kentucky, close to the Tennessee/Kentucky line.… Read More

Joseph Chad Daniels

Posted on October 26, 2015 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Joseph Chad Daniels, 34, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 25, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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