Monthly Archives: January 2016

Toby Jensen makes Christmas wish for animal shelter

Posted on January 7, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

(Submitted by Susan Fischer) Just wanted to share a story about my great-grandson Toby Jensen, a 2nd grader at Cassville School. His letter to Santa was published in The Expositor recently and also shared on Facebook. Prior to Christmas, the front porch of his home, in Sparta, was filled with cases of canned dog food and bags of dry dog and cat food in all sizes. He even had some delivered by Amazon from family in New Jersey. He was so excited and couldn’t wait to take it to the White County Animal Shelter. The cat food went to Juanita Hall who takes care of the feral cat … Read More

“Expositor Inquires” will help answer questions about community

Posted on January 7, 2016 8:08 am by Pamela Claytor

The Expositor will be running a new monthly article that will give residents an opportunity to have their concerns answered.

The article, The Expositor Inquires, asks that the community submit questions or concerns they may have about something going on in White County.

The Expositor will be accepting questions about all topics, including city and county government, status on construction projects, new businesses and updates on news stories.

Any questions you would like to submit should be sent to Be sure to put “The Expositor Inquires” in the subject line.

The questions will be researched, and The Expositor will get statements directly from the appropriate official sources.… Read More

United Way job fair

Posted on January 7, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

United Way of Wilson County and The Upper Cumberland is hosting a job fair in White County, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at Sparta Civic Center, 514 E. Bockman Way. This event is free for employers as well as the community. No registration is necessary to attend job fair. If interested in reserving a table for your business please contact; Mistie Ragland, campaign coordinator at (931) 409-0386 or email

UCDD providing help during open enrollment period

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

Jan. 30 and 31 are the last two days for the 2016 Open Enrollment Period. To save yourself the Personal Responsibility Payment for 2016 Health Insurance and to see if you qualify to purchase affordable health insurance on the Marketplace come to the Upper Cumberland Development District Offices, at 1225 S. Willow Ave., in Cookeville, 2-5 p.m. Several well trained volunteers and a federally qualified navigator will be present to answer questions and give assistance. This is the last opportunity to learn what you can do before the deadline to be sure you are insured or exempt from the penalty. Call 844-644-5443 to make your appointment.

Two vehicle crash at Highway 111 and Roosevelt

Posted on January 6, 2016 3:03 pm by Pamela Claytor

A two-vehicle collision on Highway 111 at the intersection of Roosevelt Drive sent two individuals to the hospital for injuries suffered in the crash. Responding to the scene were Sparta Police Department, Sparta Fire Department and White County Emergency Medical Services. Patrolman Andy Julian and Sgt. Brent Copeland were in charge of the crash investigation.

Whited named WCHS Scholar Athlete of the Week

Posted on January 6, 2016 8:08 am by Tammy Wilhite

After taking a couple of weeks off for the holidays, the Gary Maxwell Insurance WCHS Scholar Athlete of the Week award continues.

This week’s honoree is junior Warrior basketball player, Pierce Whited, who was nominated for the honor by WCHS coach, Eric Mitchell.

“Pierce excels on the basketball court and in the classroom. He represents our team well both on and off the court.”

Gary Maxwell Insurance’s Jimmy Clark noted, “I love watching Pierce play. He’s got a lot of confidence and isn’t afraid to take the open shot. Off the court, it’s evident that his parents are doing a great job raising a polite, respectful young man.”… Read More

Van Buren teams open 2016 with wins

Posted on January 6, 2016 8:08 am by Tammy Wilhite

The Van Buren County High School basketball teams got back into action for the first time in 2016 and the first time since December 22nd.

The Eagles and Eaglettes traveled to Jasper to take on District 6A foe, Marion County. Both teams notched wins and improved to 11-3 overall and 6-0 in the district.

The Eaglettes placed four players in double figures led by Lakelyn Bouldin with 24 on the way to the 71-51 win over Marion County. The Eagles had Drew Roberts (28) and Caden Mills (26) combine for 54 points on the way to the 80-61 victory over the Warriors.

The Eagles and Eaglettes … Read More

Royce Ealon Knowles

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

Royce Ealon Knowles, 87, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday Jan. 2, 2016, at Carriage House Inn, in Shelbyville.

Mr. Knowes was a retired salesman with Pfister food brokerage and a member of North Warren #594 and Rock Island #452 Masonic lodges and Christ United Methodist Church. He retired and returned to Tennessee, in 1987.

Mr. Knowles, a loving husband and father, was preceded in death by his wife Agnes; parents, Sullivan Knowles and Lillie Haston Knowles; brothers William, Lloyd, Raymond; and grandson Erick Fouts.

Survivors include his daughters, Debra Moon and husband Bud, of Kathleen, Florida, Marilyn McCauley, of McMinnville; son, Gary and wife Mary, of Warren, Michigan; … Read More

Farris and Stover named to chancellor’s honor roll

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

To be eligible for Chancellor’s Honor Roll recognition at UT Martin, a student must take at least 12 hours of credit (pass-fail courses are not included) and achieve a 3.2 (B) grade point average based on a 4.0 scale. Students can make the Chancellor’s Honor Roll with honors (3.2 through 3.49), high honors (3.5 through 3.79) or highest honors (3.8 through 4.0).

•Ashtyn N. Farris, Sparta, High Honors

•Alexandra T. Stover, Sparta, High Honors

WCHS wins two overtime thrillers

Posted on January 5, 2016 10:10 pm by Tammy Wilhite

It took overtime in both games for the White County High School teams to notch victories at Lebanon.

The girls’ game needed one extra period for the Warriorettes to pick up the 52-50 win over the Blue Devilettes.  Hannah Leftwich led the way with 17.

The boys’ game took two overtimes for the Warriors to pull off the 71-69 win.
WCHS had to overcome an 18-point halftime deficit and did so in the third quarter alone.  After trailing 36-18 at the half, the Warriors went on a 3-point barrage to take the 45-44 lead going into the final quarter of regulation.

Four Warriors reached double figures led by … Read More

Former police lieutenant indicted

Posted on January 5, 2016 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

A former Sparta Police Department lieutenant was arrested today on an indictment issued Jan. 4, 2016, by White County Grand Jury.

Robert Eugene Hall, 68, of Sparta, was charged with theft of property ($60,000-$250,000); theft of property ($60,000-$250,000 conspiracy) and forgery (two counts).

According to District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, investigators with the Special Investigation Unit of the State of Tennessee Comptroller’s Office began to investigate allegations of theft committed over a period of time spanning from January 2007 through December 2013, by Robert Hall, a former Sparta police officer, and Gary Bradley, a deputy with Washington County Sheriff Department. The victim of the theft was Tennessee Law … Read More

Donald Burns pleads guilty to sex charge

Posted on January 5, 2016 3:03 pm by Pamela Claytor

After nearly three years since his arrest, Donald Jennings Burns has plead guilty to attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, 100 images, a class C felony, according to White County Sheriff Department Public Information Officer Detective Chris Isom.

Burns, who was a former preacher at Central Church of Christ in Sparta, was arrested on March 5, 2013 on a one-count indictment of sexual exploitation of a minor, following a five month investigation into allegations that Burns had possession of images of child pornography.

Burns will be on the sex offender registry for life.

He will be sentenced on April 18, and sentencing can range from three to 15 … Read More

Grady Kincer, of Van Buren County, pleads guilty to arson

Posted on January 5, 2016 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

A Van Buren county man faces five years in prison after pleading guilty in December to one count of arson.


On Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, Grady John Kincer pleaded guilty in Van Buren County Circuit Court to one count of arson related to an Aug. 24, 2013 fire he admitted starting in a Spencer, Tennessee. home. In addition to a five-year jail sentence, Kincer, 43, must also pay court costs and restitution to the victim for any losses not covered by insurance.


State Fire Marshal’s Office Bomb & Arson Unit investigators were first notified about the incident by the Piney Volunteer Fire Department and worked with … Read More

Adalyn Light is White County’s first baby of 2016

Posted on January 5, 2016 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

Congratulations are in order for the first White County baby born at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Adalyn Nicole Light was welcomed into the world at 6:03 p.m. on January 1, 2016. Little Adalyn was born weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces and 19.5 inches long. Her proud parents are Jeremy and Chelsey Light of Sparta. Michael Cole, M.D.OB/GYN, delivered Adalyn and CRMC’s hospitalist pediatrician attended the baby while in the hospital. This past year was a busy one for the Birthing Center as 1,610 babies were born, including 821 boys, 789 girls and 23 sets of twins. The largest baby born at CRMC last year was 10 pounds and … Read More

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