Monthly Archives: February 2016

Lucille Brock

Posted on February 17, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lucille Brock, 86, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 16, 2016, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jewel Ann Stayt

Posted on February 17, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Jewel Ann Stayt, 75, of Cookeville, passed away Feb. 15, 2016, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Stayt was born Jan. 9, 1941, in White County to Herschel Guy and Ethel Wright Guy.

Mrs. Stayt took pride in being a military wife during her husband’s 25-year Navy career. She and her husband were motorcycle enthusiasts. She also loved taking weekend trips with her two special friends, Sue Fox and Shirley Holman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur William “Bill” Stayt; brother, James Guy; and two sisters, Dean Bower and Juanita Guy.

Survivors include three sons, Rick Smith, of Cookeville, Gary Smith, of Sparta, … Read More

Chimney fire on Jerry Parker Road

Posted on February 17, 2016 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

Another chimney fire was reported in White County yesterday evening, this time on Jerry Parker Road. Volunteer firefighters from Cassville, Mt. Gilead, Doyle, Central View and Hickory Valley Volunteer Fire Departments responded. Central View Chief Matt McBride states that upon arrival, there was an active fire in the chimney flue that firefighters put out from the bottom with a dry chemical extinguisher, then moved to the top where they used the dry chemical extinguisher to cool down the flue pipe.  Firefighters contained the fire to the chimney, and there was no further damage to the home, he reports. “Central View  advises you to please have your chimney inspected … Read More

Job fair

Posted on February 17, 2016 8:08 am by

Bouldin and Mills named District 6A Players of the Year

Posted on February 17, 2016 7:07 am by Tammy Wilhite

Nine VBHS Players receive All District honors

When the coaches of District 6A got together last week to finalize plans for their district tournament and vote on the All District team, Van Buren County had a lot of names on the list.

It came as no surprise to anyone that both of the top superlative honors came back to Spencer. Lakelyn Bouldin and Caden Mills have dominated games all season long and are the leading scorer on their respective teams that both finished undefeated in league play.

While Bouldin and Mills took home the top honors, there were plenty of Van Buren honors to go around.

Joining Bouldin … Read More

Crosland named WCHS Scholar Athlete of the Week

Posted on February 17, 2016 7:07 am by Tammy Wilhite

This week the Gary Maxwell Insurance WCHS Scholar Athlete of the Week is Cole Crosland.

The junior point guard for the Warrior basketball team just helped his team finish off the first perfect Warrior basketball regular season in at least 55 years. Crosland is also a standout tennis player at WCHS.

Warrior coach, Eric Mitchell, who nominated Crosland, noted, “It’s a great honor. He’s a fine young man and we are certainly glad to have him back on the team. He’s helped out tremendously this season.”

Jimmy Clark, who represents Gary Maxwell Insurance, added, “Cole is an assist machine, oftentimes passing up a shot of his own to … Read More

Donal B. Young Sr.

Posted on February 17, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Donal B. Young Sr., 79, of Smithville, awoke to a new morning after crossing the river to join the Lord on Feb. 14, 2016.

Mr.Young was born Dec. 6, 1936, in Sparta, to John C. Young and Nancy Mae Young,

Mr. Young made Smithville his home and established his business, Young’s Heating & Air, there in the 1980’s. Outside of work, he enjoyed fishing at Center Hill Lake and shooting the breeze with his friends at the VFW and Amvets. He also developed an interest in wine making and was proud of the numerous awards he received for his labors.

Mr. Young was preceded in death by his … Read More

David Franklin Snodgrass

Posted on February 16, 2016 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

David Franklin Snodgrass, 62 of Sparta, passed Feb. 15, 2016, at his residence.

Mr. Snodgrass was born Feb. 11, 1954, in Memphis,

He was the son of the late David Henry Snodgrass and Grace Inez Bailiff Snodgrass.

He was a laborer at White County Lumber Co.

He is survived by his daughter, Christy Renee Snodgrass, of Cookeville; a son, James Snodgrass; and a brother, Greg Snodgrass and wife Judy, of Quebeck.

There are no planned services.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


BonDeCroft Head Start taking applications

Posted on February 16, 2016 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

BonDeCroft Head Start is taking applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Call Lisa Hernandez at (931) 935-8420 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


Sparta ranked 4th best place to retire in Tennessee

Posted on February 16, 2016 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

SmartAsset, a New York financial technology company, recently released its second annual study on the Best Places to Retire. The study rates cities by their tax friendliness, recreational and social opportunities for seniors, and availability of medical care. Sparta ranked number 4 in Tennessee this year, after being unranked in last year’s study.

Republican meeting

Posted on February 16, 2016 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Conservative Republicans will have their regular monthly meeting, 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in the third floor courtroom (after the county commission meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.) of White County Courthouse. Representatives of the top GOP candidates will be there, and a straw poll will be conducted.

Dorothy Emogene Burton

Posted on February 16, 2016 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Dorothy Emogene Burton, 88, passed away Feb. 15, 2016, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Burton was born Feb. 16, 1927, in Sparta, to George Issac Henry and Addie Caroline Whiteaker Henry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hubert Burton; children, Jerry Burton, Joyce Conley; sisters, Ora Spivey, Cora Moore, Esther Murdock, Ann Bean; and brother, Andy Henry.

Survivors include her children, Cordell Burton and wife Sandra, Darrell Burton and wife Katie, Glenda Marshall and husband George, Kathy Duncan and husband Donnie, Gayle Murdock and husband Mike; grandchildren, Regina Barlow, Brandie Eldridge, Josh Burton, Rhonda Simmons, Christy Slone, Jason Duncan, Brian Murdock, Mary Ann Savage, … Read More

Savage Lumber fire update: damage “minimal”

Posted on February 16, 2016 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

Central View Volunteer Fire Department Chief Matt McBride describes the damage during the fire last night at Savage Lumber as “minimal.”  The cause is undetermined, he says, but began in the upstairs office area between the desk and the wall. “We had a really good response, and a really good turnout,” McBride says. Firefighters arrived very quickly, and though flames were showing upon arrival, the quick response kept the fire contained to a small area. “We were very blessed,” McBride says. Responding agencies were: Doyle Volunteer Fire Department, Mt. Gilead VFD, Central View VFD, Hickory Valley VFD, White County Emergency Medical Services and White County Sheriff Department.

“Expositor Inquires” will help answer questions about community

Posted on February 16, 2016 8:08 am by

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

The article, The Expositor Inquires, will address questions or concerns residents 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 obtain statements directly from the appropriate official sources.

On the first Monday … Read More

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