Monthly Archives: January 2016

Public TV stations to offer statewide coverage of TN General Assembly

Posted on January 9, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS, along with Tennessee’s other five public television stations, will present gavel-to-gavel coverage of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly beginning Tuesday, January 12 at Noon CST. 2016 sessions will air Monday-Thursday throughout the legislative session on WCTE World (channel 22.2).

The coverage, which is in partnership with the Tennessee General Assembly, offers citizens a chance to witness their elected representatives in action. In addition to floor sessions, selected committee meetings, where many of the big issues confronting the legislature are debated, will also air. Each week’s broadcast schedule will be set by the Tennessee Senate and House on Thursday of the previous week. Viewers … Read More


Van Buren adds more district wins

Posted on January 8, 2016 11:11 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Mills surpasses 1,000-point plateau

The Van Buren County High School teams showed off their newly repainted gymnasium floor Friday night in Spencer and got two more district wins to boot.

The Eagles rolled past Lookout Valley 82-56 as Caden Mills poured in 29 points.  The Spencer sophomore went over the 1,000-point mark in the contest.

The Eaglettes made it a clean sweep on the night defeating Lookout Valley 60-19 behind 22 points from Lakelyn Bouldin.

On Thursday, Van Buren went on the road and brought home a pair of district wins over Richard Hardy.

The girls, behind 25 points from Carly Cole, rolled to the 75-41 win.  The … Read More


Warriors stay perfect

Posted on January 8, 2016 9:09 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The White County High School Warriors improved to a perfect 15-0 on the season with Friday’s 71-55 win at Stone Memorial.

Four Warriors were in double figures led by the 23 points of Mitchell Lamb.

See Monday’s print edition for the complete story.


Warriorettes improve to 3-0 in district

Posted on January 8, 2016 7:07 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Behind 52 combined points from Hannah Leftwich (22), Deandra Luna (18) and Logan Quillen (12), the Warriorettes held off Stone Memorial for the 70-61 win.

The win puts WCHS at 3-0 in District 6 AAA and 13-2 overall.

See Monday’s print edition for complete details.


WCSD drug investigation leads to several arrests

Posted on January 8, 2016 3:03 pm by Pamela Claytor

White County Sheriff Department conducted a drug investigation that has led to the indictment and subsequent arrest of several individuals.

According to Detective Chris Isom, public information officer for the sheriff department, the following individuals were indicted by the White County Grand Jury on January 5, and have since been arrested:

-Thomas Allen: manufacture/delivery/sale methamphetamine (two counts)
-James Paul Bearden: manufacture/delivery of schedule II drugs (opanas)
-Jeff Kirby: schedule II drugs (methamphetamine)
-Thomas Christopher Parks: manufacture/delivery methamphetamine
-William Washington Simons: schedule II drugs (morphine)
-Virginia Carrol Tollison: manufacture/delivery of schedule II drugs (opanas)
-Thomas David Williams: manufacture/delivery/sale methamphetamine

Additionally, Tollison has also been charged by State of Tennessee … Read More


Looking back in The Expositor archives: Tiffany Cole was first baby of 1966

Posted on January 8, 2016 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

Tiffany Jean Cole, of Doyle, was the first baby born in White County in 1966. She was born 8 pounds, 2 ounces to Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Cole.


Susie Ann Seals Hutson

Posted on January 8, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Susie Ann Seals Hutson, 79, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 7, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Hutson was born Jan. 2, 1937, in Tazewell, Tennessee.

She was a homemaker

Mrs. Hutson was preceded in death by her husband, A.J. Hutson.

Survivors include her daughters, Delores Hutson, Shirley Hutson, Tammy Hutson; two sons, Lewis Dewayne Hutson, Charles A. Hutson; Arthur Hutson; and best friend, Helen Pullum.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Jan. 10, 2016, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Saylors Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Jan. 9, at the funeral home. Thomas McCulley will officiate.

Bob Wilkerson, Wayne Wilson, … Read More


Burgess Lesel Johnson

Posted on January 8, 2016 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Burgess Lesel “B.J.” Johnson, 87, passed away Jan. 5, 2016, at Saint Thomas Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Johnson was born Nov. 28, 1928, in Sparta, to Lesel H. and Annie Mae Johnson.

At age 19, he moved to Detroit, Michigan, and worked for General Motors. He was approved to enter into the engineer program with GM. He worked in the tool and die department while earning his engineering degree through GM. After retiring with GM, he moved to Georgia and started an asphalt paving company. Then moving back to Sparta, he purchased the local rock quarry and started an asphalt paving company. He farmed in lieu of owning … Read More


Bethel “Wally” Wallace Graham

Posted on January 8, 2016 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Bethel “Wally” Wallace Graham, 63, passed away unexpectedly at his home, on Jan. 7, 2016.

Mr. Graham was born July 16, 1952, in White County, to Bethel Ray Graham and Marjorie Graham Loring.

He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his three brothers and their spouses, Jerry Allen, Guy and Peggy Graham, Abner and Paulette Graham, all of Sparta; three sisters and their spouses, Elizabeth Graham, Gail and Willard Cantrell, and Evelyn Walker all of Cookeville; an uncle, Jim Graham, of Sparta; eight nieces and nephews, Kim Hensley, Scotty Graham, Stephan Allen, Andy Allen, Thomas Allen, Corey Allen, all of … Read More


Looking back in The Expositor archives: Austin Haney is first baby of 1996

Posted on January 8, 2016 11:11 am by Pamela Claytor

Austin Hugh Haney was the first baby born in White County in 1996. He was born 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces and 20.5 inches long to Denice Brown and Robert Haney. In this picture, baby Austin Haney is only one hour old.


TDEC encourages Tennesseans to test for radon

Posted on January 8, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is educating Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure, encouraging actions to identify and to address radon problems in the home as part of Radon Action Month.

Some analysts predict as much as 90 percent of Americans’ time is spent indoors, especially during time of cold temperatures.

Since radon is a naturally occurring gas that can seep into homes through cracks and openings in the foundation, and in high concentrations poses a human health risk, homeowners should test.

The EPA estimates that approximately 70 percent of Tennessee’s population lives in high or moderate risk radon areas. According to the EPA, radon is … Read More


Smith named to Honors List

Posted on January 8, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Wesleyan College proudly named more than 250 students to its fall 2015 Honors and Dean’s lists. McKinsey Smith, of Spencer, was named to the Honors List.


Tennessee teens in custody, van driver strangled

Posted on January 8, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The CBS affiliate in Nashville reports that several teen girls were detained in Putnam County after a van driver was strangled. Click here to read the complete story.


TTU sponsoring Hot Cider Social

Posted on January 8, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

TTU’s International Friends is hosting its annual Hot Cider Social, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in room 145 of Southwest Hall (200 W. 10th Street, Cookeville). This event allows students from TTU’s international community to meet families and individuals from the local community. For more information please contact Debbie Barnard at (931) 349.0165 or dbarnard@tntech.edu .


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