Monthly Archives: June 2016

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

Anna Mae Sapp Broyles

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

Anna Mae Sapp Broyles, 86, of Sparta, passed away June 24, 2016, Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Broyles was born April 21, 1930, in White County, to David Casto Sapp and Mary Evelyn Davis Sapp.

She was retired from the State of Tennessee Office of Unemployment Security. Mrs. Broyles loved to go on picnics and was a longtime member of the Hickory Valley Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Broyles; brothers, infant Howard Sapp, Hollis Sapp, H.C. Sapp, Davis “Jack” Floyd Sapp; and a sister, Gladys Wilson.

Survivors include two daughters, Julia Engstrom Day and husband Ronnie, Susan Kirby … Read More

Gladys Irene Davis Cayce Hardie

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

Gladys Irene Davis Cayce Hardie, 94, passed away June 24, 2016, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Hardie was born March 20, 1922, in the Burgess Falls community of White County, to Roderick Random Davis and Celia Caldonia Howell Davis.

She worked at Thomas Industries for many years. She also was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mrs. Hardie was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Celia Paulette Cayce LaVoie; one daughter-in-law, Debra Duke Cayce; and three brothers, Orbie Rhead Davis, Solomon Eli Davis and Jimmie Rodgers Davis.

Survivors include two sons, Steve Cayce and wife Jewell, Randy Cayce; two daughters, Deborah Cope and husband … Read More

11 year old All Stars taking the field in Cookeville

Posted on June 26, 2016 8:08 am by Tammy Wilhite

Sparta’s 11-year old All Star team will play in their area tournament starting Monday at Jere Whitson Fields in Cookeville.

Jon Morris is the coach of the 11’s. Assisting him are Jason Greene and Allen Maples. The members of the team are Jaedyn Walling, Jacob Maples, Seth Greene, Bray Frasier, Connor Brewington, Trad Grizzle, Levi Griggs, Landon Nash, Austin Parker, Leo Chavez, Braxton Seevers, Lucas Cravens and Lavarius May.

Morris talked about his team, “We have a young team as far as experience goes. We have some that play travel ball. You can tell that they are more experienced than some of the others.”

As far as strengths … Read More

9/10 All Stars open with narrow win over Lebanon

Posted on June 26, 2016 5:05 am by Tammy Wilhite

The 9/10 year old All Star team was the first of the contingent of teams from the Sparta Little League organization to get into action.

Despite eight errors in the contest, Sparta was able to hold off Lebanon Gold for the 8-7 win in Saturday’s three games at the White County Recreational Complex down the Smithville Highway.

Sparta jumped out to a 4-0 lead, saw Lebanon came back and take a 5-4 lead, retook the 8-6 advantage and then held off a late threat by the visitors for the 8-7 win.

Tripp Pinion got the win on the mound and Aiden Mullins recorded the save. Pinion also led … Read More


Posted on June 25, 2016 1:01 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.


McCrary speaks at WCRTA meeting

Posted on June 24, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

On June 8, 2016, First National Bank of Sparta sponsored the June meeting of the White County Retired Teachers Association. Along with a great meeting room, the bank also provided a delicious meal for 40 plus retired. Guest speaker for this meeting was George McCrary, who is serving as president of the Middle Tennessee Retired Teachers Association. He discussed the importance of retired teachers staying involved with critical educational issues and making sure the local government representatives are aware of their thoughts on these issues.

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