Monthly Archives: February 2016

Super Tuesday: The time to vote our conscience

Posted on February 29, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By David Barton, Guest Columnist

The Presidential Primary is upon us. For voters of faith, now is the time to vote our conscience. We must not wait until November when it will be time to choose from two Presidential candidates.

Many Christians neglect voting in the Primary. As a result, the Presidential choices left for people of faith can be so disappointing, that millions decide to stay home in November. But shirking our duty to vote when we have been blessed with liberty is never an option for people of faith.

In the Presidential election of November 2012, over 90 million eligible voters did not vote. It is … Read More


Insanity – doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results

Posted on February 29, 2016 6:06 am by Sparta Live

I am pretty sure we’ve all heard the definition of insanity, and yet so many of us continue certain behaviors and actually expect the outcome to be different. Is it because some of us are inherently optimistic or into self-delusional behavior?   Is some of this insane behavior just bad habit or is it “tradition?” ”My parents and my parents’ parents did this, so it must be right.”

Over the years things have changed. Technology, alone, has changed just about every aspect of our lives. There are some “traditions” that can be good to continue, like family dinners after church on Sunday. Even those “traditions” can be difficult to … Read More


Wanted person arrested at Findlay Elementary School, on Feb. 23

Posted on February 29, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

A man who had several warrants issued for his arrest was recognized at Findlay School and is now, along with his passenger, facing additional drug charges.

According to an arrest warrant prepared by Patrolman Charlie Sims, of Sparta Police Department, at approximately 8:59 a.m., on Feb. 23, 2016, he and Sgt. Brent Copeland were dispatched to Findlay Elementary School because a wanted person, Steven B. Austin, 30, of Sparta, was reportedly at the school.

Sims states he immediately placed Austin under arrest for seven outstanding warrants. Sims then conducted a search and reports he found 15.5 grams of methamphetamine and approximately two grams of marijuana and resale baggies … Read More


Heart for Haiti Mission Team

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The Expositor Inquires

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Eagles earn spot in Region 3A semifinals

Posted on February 27, 2016 10:10 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Van Buren County Eagles punched their ticket to the Region 3A semifinals with a 67-39 win over Grace Baptist Saturday night in Spencer.

The Eagles jumped out to a 17-4 lead after one quarter and then led 41-11 at the half.  They then coasted home for their 24th win of the season.

Four Van Buren County players reached double figures led by the 19 points of sophomore Caden Mills.

The Eagles will not take on Sale Creek, a 47-41 upset winner over Boyd Buchanan, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (central time) at CSAS in Chattanooga.  The winner not only earns a spot in the region finals, but is … Read More


Warriors roll over Cherokees

Posted on February 27, 2016 9:09 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Despite a slow start, the Warriors rolled past McMinn County 92-43 Saturday night in the Region 3AAA quarterfinals at Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

Jacob Fresh poured in 25 points to lead the Warriors to a perfect 29-0 mark. 

WCHS will now take on Bradley Central Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Cookeville in the semifinals.

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Heart for Haiti Mission Team

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Bouldin’s double-double guides Eaglettes to semifinals

Posted on February 27, 2016 12:12 am by Tammy Wilhite

Defeats CSAS 68-42

Van Buren County County’s girls didn’t flinch when they learned that the top seed from District 5A had not only been upset in the semifinals, but also lost in the consolation game of their tournament.

CSAS had gone into their district tournament as the top seed having lost only one league game and only had three regular season losses total on their worksheet.

That meant that the Eaglettes would host CSAS, the regular season District 5A champion, who was 18-5 overall in their Region 3A opener.

While the game was a battle at the half and appeared it could go either way, Van Buren County … Read More


Warriorette season comes to end

Posted on February 26, 2016 7:07 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Warriorettes saw their season come to an end with a 49-47 heartbreaking loss at McMinn County in the region quarterfinals.

Two McMinn free throws with 5.2 seconds left proved the difference.

Deandra Luna led WCHS with 15 points.

The Warriorettes finish the season at 23-7.


Emergency responders hone their skills with Life Force

Posted on February 26, 2016 4:04 pm by Pamela Claytor

Life Force, an air ambulance service that is part of the Erlanger Health System, in Chattanooga, came to Sparta Fire Station #1 today to instruct White County emergency responders in the difficult situations that may arise in clearing patients’ airways. Pig lungs and tracheae were used so the experience would be as realistic as possible. A state of the art, lifelike mannequin, programmed by a computer that was connected to the mannequin via blue tooth, sat outside the station in an ambulance. The mannequin breathes, bleeds and even has a pulse. Responders had to diagnose and treat the mannequin as they would a real patient before turning the … Read More


SHATTERED playing at The Blue Building on McMinnville Highway

Posted on February 26, 2016 3:03 pm by

The band SHATTERED will be playing a dance/concert at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at The Blue Building, 3069 McMinnville Highway, in Sparta. This is a non-smoking event and is open to all ages. The cost is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are admitted free.


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