Monthly Archives: June 2016

Carroll Dean Thompson

Posted on June 28, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Carroll Dean Thompson, 86 of Sparta, passed away June 27, 2016, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mr. Thompson was born Dec. 7, 1929, in Tower Hill, Illinois, to Alva Thompson and Nellie Strech Thompson.

He was a graduate of Cowden High School and a U.S. Navy veteran. He was an avid golfer and an active member of Central Church of Christ.

He was employed by Mallory Timers for 39 years and was transferred from Indianapolis, Indiana, in March 1967, to begin production in the new Sparta plant. He retired in 1992.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Anna Thompson; daughters, Karen (Dave) Rogers, Laurie (Charles) Sewell, Pam (Monte) … Read More

Hollis Monroe Cooley

Posted on June 28, 2016 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Hollis Monroe Cooley, 91, of Sparta, passed away June 26, 2016, at his residence.

Mr. Cooley was born March 2, 1925, in Sparta, Tennessee, the son of Monroe Cooley and Cora Stults Cooley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edna Cooley; brothers, Beecher Cooley, Floyd Cooley; and sister, Katherine Jenkins.

Survivors include his daughter, Joy Cooley Heatherly, of Sparta; son, Louis Allen Cooley (Betty), of Brentwood; grandsons, Jim Lee Perry, of Sparta, Chris Cooley (Courtney), of Smyrna, Russell Cooley (Kayla), of Nashville; great-grandsons, Brandon, Tyler, Chase, Hunter; sisters, Mary Ruth Alley, of Sparta, Daphene Richardson, of Sparta, Geraldine Hickey, of Sparta; and brother, John … Read More

WCRTA donates to program for feeding children

Posted on June 28, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mabel Joyce Moore, Lisa Yoder, Gary Sparkman and Susan LaFever are pictured with the publicity check for $6,195.58 presented to the “Feeding America: No Child Should Go Hungry” campaign at the Representative Assembly of the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association, on June 14, 2016. The White County Retired Teachers Association banded together with other local chapters to donate money. This money will remain in Tennessee and will be distributed through the regional food banks across the state. President Gary Sparkman stated, “White County Retired Teachers Association was happy to contribute to this cause. Food insecurity is increasing in Tennessee. No child should go hungry and no senior citizen should … Read More

UCHRA commodities distribution

Posted on June 28, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency will hold a commodities distribution for White County, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 14, 2016, at the White County Agriculture Complex, at the fairgrounds, 565 Hale St., in Sparta.

Everyone must present a valid UCHRA commodity card to receive commodities. To sign up or reprint lost commodities cards contact your local UCHRA office.

TN Promise students must complete community service by Aug. 1

Posted on June 28, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

All incoming and current Motlow State Community College students have until Aug. 1 to complete eight hours of community service to remain eligible for the Tennessee Promise scholarship.

Students who still need to complete their community service hours can visit the Motlow Tennessee Promise webpage at for an up-to-date listing of community service opportunities in their area.

Students can also visit the tnAchieves website,, which lists a host of community service opportunities for students in their local region. Community service hours can be submitted to the tnAchieves website as well.

Students must complete the tnAchieves program in their county to access Tennessee Promise funding.

THP promotes Jolley

Posted on June 28, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has promoted Michael Paul Jolley to the rank of sergeant in the Protective Services Division of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Jolley has been with the THP for 18 years, with the last two years in Protective Services.

The Protective Services Division is made up of three units: the Executive Protection Unit protects the governor; the Capitol Protection Unit guards the Tennessee Supreme Court, Legislative Plaza and the State Capitol; and the Facilities Protection Unit protects other state buildings, such as the William R. Snodgrass Tower and the TBI lab, in Nashville.

Jolley will be over the Facilities Protection Unit.

Jolley is … Read More

“Expositor Inquires” will help answer questions about community

Posted on June 28, 2016 7:07 am by

The Expositor is publishing a 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.

On the … Read More

Karaoke at Senior Center tonight

Posted on June 28, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Join karaoke fun every Tuesday at Sparta-White County Senior Center. Bring your own CDG’s or choose from the list of more than 800 songs. Fun begins at 6 p.m. There is a $2 admission charge.

Early voting for Aug. 4 election

Posted on June 28, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Early voting for Aug. 4, 2016, election, which includes the following:

  • Republican and Democratic State and Federal Primary
  • White County General Election
  • Sparta City Election

DATES: July 15-30, 2016, at White County Election Commission Office

LOCATION: Room 215, White County Courthouse

TIMES: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. – Tuesday, Thursday; 9 a.m.-noon – Saturday

Board Valley VBS

Posted on June 28, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Board Valley Church would like to invite all explorers to its Vacation Bible School called “Journey off the Map,” 6-8 p.m., nightly, July 9-13, 2016. There will be snacks, games, missions and a prize giveaway for each class group.

Quebeck potluck

Posted on June 28, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, July 23

Who: Quebeck-Walling Community Club

What: Potluck, bring a dish to share

When: 6 p.m., Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Quebeck Community Center

Contact: (931) 657-1009

“Smart Steps” child care payment assistance program

Posted on June 28, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

JUNE 27, 2016 – Tennessee Department of Human Services announced the launch of a new child care payment assistance program called, Smart Steps, designed to address the needs of parents who are working or pursuing postsecondary educational goals leading to self-sufficiency.

“We are very excited to launch Smart Steps child care payment assistance for parents working or pursuing educational goals in Tennessee,” DHS Commissioner Dr. Raquel Hatter said. “This program is a game changer in supporting the well-being and resilience of families by providing access to affordable quality child care. Participating children will also be enrolled in the Imagination Library. This new category of child care assistance is … Read More

Alexander: Pat Summitt showed us the measure of a real champion

Posted on June 28, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2016 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the passing of Pat Summitt:

“It’s hard for people outside Tennessee to understand just how much Pat Summitt became a part of the lives of so many citizens in our state. She took time for community events. She taught us the game of women’s college basketball. And she was so up front and personal about it, with her famous stare and her discussion of her extraordinary athletes, what their strengths were and what they had to work on. We all felt we not only knew her—we knew the athletes as well.

“Pat … Read More

Ruby Jewel Bumbalough Randolph Conley

Posted on June 28, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Ruby Jewel Bumbalough Randolph Conley, 93, of Sparta, passed away June 26, 2016, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Conley was born April 28, 1923, in White County, to Seth Monroe Bumbalough and Biddie Daniels Bumbalough.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Conley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thurman Conley; children, Edith Louise Steele, Bobby Cecil Conley; brothers, Noah, Will, Tom, Riley, Charlie, L.D. Bumbalough; and sisters, Bessie Randolph, Reba Austin and Nottie Norton.

Survivors include her children: Kenneth (Barbara) Randolph, Donald (Beulah) Randolph, Wilma Jean Presley, Glen (Fannie) Conley, Kathy Young, Jerry Conley, Terry Conley; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.… Read More

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