Monthly Archives: February 2016

Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show set for March 4-6

Posted on February 1, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Winter is definitely still here, but “Spring is Calling,” and The Home Builders Association is ready for warmer weather.

The Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show will be March 4-6, 2016, at Hyder Burks Pavilion, in Cookeville. See the latest trends for home building, remodeling, decorating and landscaping, with more than 170 exhibits featuring products and services from the Upper Cumberland and beyond.

If you are shopping for a pool, furniture, lawn mower, windows, plants, cookware, specialty foods or even a complete new home, you will find everything at this event. For more than 40 years, Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland has sponsored this annual event, … Read More


Jackson Hewitt Tax Service is welcomed to Chamber

Posted on February 1, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service is welcomed as one of the newest members of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, on Jan. 19, 2016. L-R: Marvin Bullock, president of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce; Jenny Wilson, administrative assistant at Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce; representative from Tommy Nails; Terry Asburn, Jackson Hewitt representative; Tina Clouse, area manager; representative from Tommy Nails; Rachel Martin, Cookeville Walmart Jackson Hewitt location; and Misty Allen, of The Expositor, in Sparta


Taste of Home tickets now on sale for March 8 event

Posted on February 1, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Hurry and get tickets for the March 8, 2016, Taste of Home Cooking School, which will be at White County Agriculture Building, 564 Hale St., in Sparta.

Tickets are $35 for reserved seating and $12 for general admission. Doors open at 4 p.m. for reserved seating and 5 p.m. for general admission. The show begins at 7 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m.

All tickets will be purchased online this year. No tickets will be sold at The Expositor. Tickets will be available at the door, if the event doesn’t sell out. Buy tickets at www.SpartaLive.com/TOH2016.

The much-anticipated event, which is sponsored by The Expositor, will feature a … Read More


Presidential primary slated for March 1

Posted on February 1, 2016 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

The presidential election season has officially kicked off, with presidential preference primaries scheduled for March 1, and the deadline for registration to vote in the election set for today.

In this election, Sparta and White County residents will be casting their ballots for their preference for either the Republican or Democrat presidential nominee and delegates.

The Democratic ballot will also provide voters with an option to vote for White County’s assessor of property as part of the Democratic primary.

Voting hours 8 a.m.-7 p.m., on March 1.

Early voting begins Feb. 10 and will end Feb. 23 on the second floor of White County Courthouse.

Voting on Election … Read More


White County Fair wins several awards at state competition

Posted on February 1, 2016 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

The 2015 White County Agricultural Fair has taken home some prestigious awards during the 94th Annual Convention of the Tennessee Association of Fairs, held Jan. 21-23, 2016, in Nashville.

The White County Fair Book won first place in the A Division premium book competition, and the fair placed first runner-up for the best fair in the A Division.

White County Fair Board member Karen LaFever, who is the representative from White County Board of Commissioners, says Division A represents the fairs held in smaller communities.

Each year, judges from the state fair board go to all the fairs to score them. Additionally, the White County Fair Board sends … Read More


J.L. “Tick” Brady

Posted on February 1, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

J.L. “Tick” Brady, 73, of Sparta, passed away on Jan. 30, 2016, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Brady was born Jan. 7, 1943, in Sparta, the son John Brady and Mamie Lou Tindell.

Mr. Brady was employed at Mallory Timers of Sparta until his retirement, with more than 30 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a special uncle, Claren Weaver.

Survivors include his wife, Sondra Brady; daughter, Tammy Brady Hickey and husband Chad, of Lascassas; stepdaughter, Carol Young and husband Tony, of Sparta; brother, Bill Brady and wife Pat, of Sparta; sister, Faye Talbert and husband Tony, of McMinnville; stepsister, Carol … Read More


Beula Mae Eldridge Hawkins

Posted on February 1, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Beula Mae Eldridge Hawkins, 87, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 30, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Hawkins was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Sparta, to Frank Eldridge and Pearl Cruise Eldridge.

She was a homemaker and a member of Sparta First Baptist Church. She loved gardening and fishing with her husband until her health did not allow her to get in and out of the boat.

Mrs. Hawkins was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Raymond Eldridge.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years James “Bud” Hawkins, of Sparta; two sons, Charles W. Hawkins and wife Donna, Dennie Franklin Hawkins and … Read More


Charlene “Susie” Swafford Johnson

Posted on February 1, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Charlene “Susie” Swafford Johnson, 82, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 30, 2016, at her home.

Mrs. Johnson was born May 11, 1933, in Walling, to William Waymon Swafford and Lillie Henry Swafford.

She had been employed at Mallory Timers for 33 years. Mrs. Johnson was a member of Taft Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, R.C. Johnson; and a daughter Linda Johnson LaFever.

Survivors include her son, Bill Johnson; daughters, Carol Johnson, Brenda Austin and husband T.K.; four grandchildren, Sara LaFever Halliburton and husband Rorey, Luke LaFever, Lindsey Austin, Thomas Austin; great-grandson, Case Halliburton; a sister-in-law, Jo Coombs and husband Gordon; several … Read More


Mary Maxine Steele Blaylock

Posted on February 1, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mary Maxine Steele Blaylock, 70 of Sparta, passed away Jan. 31, 2016, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Blaylock was born March 5, 1945, in Sparta, e to the Virgil Steele and Mary Young Steele.

She retired from Mallory Timers after 35 years. She was a lifelong Christian and served as a Sunday School teacher for many years.

Mrs. Blaylock was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Ken Blaylock; brothers, James Steele, Johnny Steele; and sisters, Oral Dean Steele and Betty Steele Williams.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Coye Blaylock, of Sparta; two daughters, Sheila Blaylock Miller and fiancé Allen Miller, Sherry Blaylock Bilbrey … Read More


Fred “Freddie” Randall Roberts

Posted on February 1, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Fred Randall “Freddie” Roberts, 53, of the Hickory Valley community of White County, passed away Jan. 29, 2016, at his residence.

Mr. Roberts was born Oct. 3, 1962, in White County, to Gladys Ann Young Roberts Garrell and James Roberts.

He worked many years at Federal Mogul and D & H Construction.

Mr. Roberts was preceded in death by his father; daughter, Sheena Ann Roberts; baby brother, Earl; grandparents Dib and Daisy Young; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Doris and Horace Howard.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Brenda Joan Howard Roberts, of Sparta; mother, Gladys Roberts Garrell, of Sparta; son, Bradley Roberts, of Sparta; grandson, Collin Roberts … Read More


AAA: Gas prices still falling as oil prices rise

Posted on February 1, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Gas prices continue falling at a rate of a half cent a day, despite increases in the price of oil last week. Crude prices rose more than $3 last week, while the national average dropped 3 cents. Pump prices have fallen 25 out of the past 30 days. The current average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $1.80 nationwide, $1.83 in Florida, $1.73 in Georgia, and $1.61 in Tennessee.

Average gas prices for the entire month of January were $1.91 nationwide, $1.93 in Florida, $1.82 in Georgia, $1.69 in Tennessee. During the 31-day period, prices fell 20 cents nationally, 17 cents in Florida and Georgia, and … Read More


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