Monthly Archives: June 2016

Coaches Pitch All Stars playing in Carthage

Posted on June 27, 2016 8:08 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Sparta’s 7 & 8 year-old Little League All Star game will begin their area tournament play Tuesday, June 28th against Portland in Smith County.

The seven and eight-year old division is coaches pitch so who is on the mound doesn’t loom as big for this age group. Defense gains a tougher focus because there should be a lot more opportunities to field in this game. Plus, having the bats to put those pitches from the coach in play is another key to this age group.

Bruce Richardson is the manager for this year’s 7/8 year old team and brings plenty of experience as a youth coach to the … Read More

Rain forces All Star cancellations

Posted on June 27, 2016 8:08 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Three of Sparta’s All Star teams were supposed to have been in action tonight (Monday), but Mother Nature had different thoughts.

The 9/10 game, 11’s game and the 12’s game all were cancelled, which brings about changes to the schedule for the week.  As of now, the 9/10 games and the 11 year olds have been pushed back a night. That means the Sparta 9/10’s team will now play Cookeville #2 at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at home. The 11’s will at 6 p.m. in Cookeville.  The 12 year olds are still waiting to see on their schedule as well because Hartsville, whom they were supposed to have … Read More

Frances G. Phifer

Posted on June 27, 2016 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Frances G. Phifer, 90, Doyle, passed away June 26, 2016, in Clairmont, Florida.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Farmers’ Market

Posted on June 27, 2016 11:11 am by

White County Farmers’ Market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the growing season. The market is open 6-10 a.m. Buyers need to get there early for best selections.

All local gardeners and producers are encouraged to participate in the market. There is no fee for sellers. All vendors must acquire a permit through the City of Sparta.

This market is a joint effort of the City of Sparta, White County, U.T. Extension and local producers. Metcalf Park is located downtown off South Church Street, just behind the U.T. Extension office.

For further information, contact the U.T.Extension Office at (931) 836-3348.

Hollis Monroe Cooley

Posted on June 27, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carroll Dean Thompson

Posted on June 27, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Carroll Dean Thompson, 86, of Sparta, passed away this morning at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Searching for veterans

Posted on June 27, 2016 9:09 am by

SpartaLive and The Expositor are searching for men and women who served in the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq. Please email Kim Swindell Wood – Please provide your name and contact information, as well as the military action in which you served.


Posted on June 27, 2016 8:08 am by

The Expositor is once again sponsoring ‘Pet Idol,’ which provides those who have beloved furry or feathered friends (or maybe not-so-furry and feathered) a way to showcase their cutie pies in a contest that will also provide a donation to White County Humane Society.


America: Still worth fighting for, Part II

Posted on June 27, 2016 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty: By KrisAnne Hall

The key to victory, the key to the courage that brings victory is not simply fighting the fight, but KNOWING we fight a righteous battle for the One who gave us Liberty.

Our founders were in a position to pledge their lives, the lives of their families, everything that they had because they were firmly rooted in ALL the assurances of Liberty. Our founders knew that Liberty is a gift from God, and those that stand for God’s gifts will be victorious through God’s promises. They firmly believed that living in tyranny was worse than dying for Liberty.

Did these brave men … Read More

Reading between the lines

Posted on June 27, 2016 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog: By Debra Wines

It seems liberals, conservatives and everyone in between, has their own ideas of exactly what our founding fathers were thinking when they wrote the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The written word is always open to interpretation. You can’t hear the inflection or the emphasis a human being might have used as they were choosing what words to write.

When our founding fathers were determining how to create a new country, independent of Great Britain and writing the documents that would help accomplish this, they took great care to create a way so future leaders of the country would … Read More

Calfkiller Brewing Co. granted on-and-off-premises beer permit

Posted on June 27, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A White County Beer Board meeting, on June 22, 2016, lasted only 15 minutes as members quickly voted to approve an on-and-off-premises beer permit for Calfkiller Brewing Co.

Don Sergio and Dave Sergio, owners of Calfkiller Brewing Co., at 1839 Blue Springs Rd., had originally applied for the on-and-off-premises permit several months ago, but unforeseen delays had caused the beer board meeting to be rescheduled several times.

During an earlier meeting in June, the Sergios were advised to submit a new application that depicted the current distance from the closest residence, which is owned by Andy Alley, a former county commissioner.

Alley, who attended both meetings with attorney … Read More

Sparta turned down second time for Tennessee Downtowns grant

Posted on June 27, 2016 7:07 am by Pamela Claytor

If a grant program makes headlines, typically it is because it has been awarded to a city, county or organization, in anticipation that it will reap great benefits for the entire community.

Sparta, however, has recently been informed that while 12 communities were selected to participate in the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s Tennessee Downtowns program, Sparta was not one of the communities named in the June 17 announcement.

This is the second time in a row that Sparta was not chosen to participate in the program, but feedback from the state provides insight into what the community and city government can do to improve their … Read More

12-year old All Stars playing in Portland

Posted on June 27, 2016 6:06 am by Tammy Wilhite

The Sparta 12-year old Little League All Stars will have to do some traveling to advance out of the area tournament.

They will play their tournament in Portland and will play three straight nights (Monday through Wednesday) at 8 p.m. each game.

Jeff Loveland is the manager of the team. He is being assisted by Daniel Miller and Patrick Noonan. Members of the team are Grant Miller, Jeffrey Loveland, Jacob Cowan, Brandon Noonan, Eli Kelley, Paul Keller, Dylan Nelson, Adam Simmons, Alex Neal, Brayden Shockley, Garrett Smith and Daylon Moore.

Loveland talked about the strength of the team, “The strength of our team should be hitting the ball … Read More

AAA: “Brexit” leads to lower fuel prices

Posted on June 27, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union could impact Americans in a variety of ways; one of them could be lower gas prices. The price for crude oil, which is globally traded on the stock market, declined by nearly $2.50 the day after the “Brexit” vote. Since two-thirds the price of gasoline is influenced by oil prices, this reduces the likelihood of gas prices rising in the near future.

“Gas prices were already falling before the ‘Brexit’ vote, but reductions in the price of oil should allow that trend to continue,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Increased gasoline demand is currently being offset … Read More

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