Monthly Archives: June 2016

Firefighters respond quickly to fire

Posted on June 16, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

A residential fire on Flatt Street, on the evening of June 12, was quickly contained by Sparta and BonDeCroft firefighters, preventing the loss from becoming much worse than it could have been, according to Sparta Fire Capt. Matt McBride.

The call came in to White County E-911 dispatchers at 3:31 p.m., followed by a second call at 3:33 p.m.

The residence, a mobile home located at 540 Flatt Street, was, at that time, approximately 50 percent involved when callers reported the fire to dispatchers. The smoke reportedly appeared to be coming from the bedroom area of the residence.

Sparta Fire Department, BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Department and Eastland Volunteer … Read More


Early voting begins July 15

Posted on June 16, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Deadlines for the August 4 election are approaching in the coming weeks, and the White County Election Commission has released information to keep voters aware of these cut-off dates before early voting begins.

To be eligible to vote in the Aug. 4 election there are several key dates to be aware of to ensure your vote is counted.

The voter registration deadline is 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 5. Mail registrations must be postmarked by July 5.

Changes of address will be processed for this election if received by Saturday, July 30.

To vote by absentee ballot by mail, the voter must make the request in writing and include … Read More


Ohio man charged with rape while visiting White County

Posted on June 16, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

A man who investigators say allegedly raped his girlfriend’s child while temporarily staying in White County was recently arrested in Ohio and charged in the incident.

The incident reportedly occurred on May 9, 2016.

According to District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, T.J. Tressler, 31, of Ohio, had been in White County temporarily and was staying with acquaintances. His girlfriend and her 13-year-old child had traveled with him.

At some point, they reportedly began staying at the Cookeville Rescue Mission, which Tressler has listed as his address.

According to a warrant for Tressler’s arrest, the victim disclosed to law enforcement that Tressler had raped her, and the rape had … Read More


Black bear is sighted in Sparta

Posted on June 16, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Bears are frequently portrayed as vicious and scary in movies and are usually only seen on the news when something terrible has happened.

However, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Sgt. Jon Ryan says that even though a black bear was recently sighted in the city limits of Sparta, residents should stay calm, as black bear attacks are historically extremely rare.

In fact, sightings have become more common over the past five years, he says, with black bears spotted on deer cameras on Bon Air Mountain and on Highway 84 in the past few years.

Ryan says bears may have gotten a bad reputation from movies and the news, but … Read More


WCHS names 3 new coaches for 2016-17

Posted on June 15, 2016 9:09 pm by Tammy Wilhite

White County High School athletic director, Terry Crain, and principal, Grant Swallows, have been busy this year filling coaching positions.

Some years there is very little movement, but that has not been the case this season. The latest count has WCHS having five new head coaches for the 2016-17 school year.

Matthan Houser stepped down at the end of football season. His replacement, Jerry Lowery, has been named for several months and has been working with the team all that time. Lowery is, however, completing his coaching staff.

Another fall sports coach stepped down earlier this year. Amber Lannom, who has been the coach of the Warriorette soccer … Read More


Thunderstorms begin, roof blows off Doyle car wash, power poles down

Posted on June 15, 2016 5:05 pm by Pamela Claytor

As thunderstorms with winds projected up to 40mph began, calls immediately came into White County E-911 that the roof has blown off of the car wash in Doyle. Debris is also reportedly blocking the roadway. Trees are also blocking Hensley Chapel Road. On Heather Drive, a power pole is reportedly down blocking the roadway.


Burglary at school bus garage nets $16,653 in stolen items

Posted on June 15, 2016 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

Sparta Police Department Chief Jeff Guth reports that a burglary occurred at the White County school bus garage sometime between the evening of June 9 and the morning of June 10. Guth states that employees arrived at work at approximately 7 a.m. on the morning of June 10 to find the gate cut open, vehicles burglarized, tools missing, and a 1997 green GMC truck stolen. The total value of items stolen is estimated at $16,653. The suspect(s) did not enter the building itself.  The truck’s vehicle identification number (VIN) has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database. The case is under investigation by Investigator Travis Barker. … Read More


Everyday Heroes Fun Day at the Fairgrounds Car Show

Posted on June 15, 2016 8:08 am by Pamela Claytor

Entry fee is $10, judging will be held at 11 a.m.


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Memories of Dad

Posted on June 14, 2016 11:11 am by

Send in memories of your dad to be featured in the Thursday, June 16, 2016, edition of The Expositor. Tell us in 500 words or less about your favorite memory/memories of your dad. Also send a photo to go along with your memories. “Memories of Dad” will also be featured on SpartaLive and The Expositor’s Facebook page. Email to kim@spartalive.com. Please include your name, address and phone number, as well as your dad’s name. Deadline is 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, so hurry and send those memories. Let dad know how special he is on this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19.


Final preparations underway for Everyday Heroes Fun Day at the Fairgrounds

Posted on June 14, 2016 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

The Everyday Heroes Fun Day at the Fairgrounds event is this Saturday, June 18, and coordinators are making the final preparations for placement of vendors, food trucks, games, the fireman’s muster, the car show and demonstrators. During the final meeting of the planning committee, representatives of rescue and fire departments came to assist Hana Nash, of Moeller Marine, and Paul Flatt, of the City of Sparta, with coordinating last minute details. A schedule of the day’s events and a map of the placement of activities will be released later this week.


Copeland Chapel Church homecoming and decoration

Posted on June 14, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Copeland Chapel Church will have its homecoming and decoration beginning at 10 a.m., Sunday, June 19, 2016. Old fashioned congregational singing at 11 a.m. Covered dish lunch at noon. Everyone welcome. For more information call Bro. Freddie Copeland at (931) 738-5513.


Low cost screenings for men

Posted on June 14, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Cookeville Urology are partnering to off­er low cost prostate screenings for men 55 and older, 5-7 p.m., Monday, June 20, 2016, Cookeville Urology, 254 W. 7th St., in Cookeville.

According to the American Urological Association, men without symptoms and ages 55-69 benefi­t from routine prostate screenings. Men younger than 55 or older than 69 who are worried about their personal risk factors should talk with their healthcare provider to determine whether prostate cancer screening is appropriate for them.

Cookeville Regional Medical Center will be offering the PSA Test (Prostate-Specific Antigen) for $15 and Urologist Timothy Collins, M.D. will be offering the DRE (Digital … Read More


White County High School JROTC cadets attend Leadership Camp

Posted on June 14, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

On June 3, 2016, 10 JROTC cadets from White County High School traveled to Greenville, Kentucky, to JROTC Leadership Camp. The cadets were Nakeisha Breedlove, Kelsey Damion, Dylan Dodson, Nevin Aquero, Elizabeth Bowe, Megan Rodgers, Madeline Saunders, Skylor Conley, Nicholas Qualls and Cassidy Thompson.

Maj. Thomas McIntyre, a WCHS JROTC instructor, led the group. Summer camp started on June 3 and ended on June 7. The mission of the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge 2016 was to provide JROTC cadets the opportunity to experience adventure and leadership training, while interacting with their peers in a military setting while having fun. It is a physically challenging, teamwork oriented, confidence building … Read More


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