Monthly Archives: January 2017

Worship friends help each other

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan – Gum Springs Baptist Church

We all have friendships based on things in common, usually at school, work, maybe a shared hobby or even at church. Having those friendships make our life path special. On social media you can have “friends” or followers that you communicate with weekly. During high school, one of my closest friends was Doug Hinshaw, now a fellow pastor. He and I have prayed, worshipped and ministered together for over 30 years through ups and downs in life. I have former staff and deacon friends from churches where I have served that mean the world to me and I consider worship … Read More


And the winner is – the American people

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Jerry Jones – Patriot and Constitutionalist, Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Sparta’s native son

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

With that solemn oath spoken on Jan. 20, 2017, Donald John Trump became the 45th president of our country, thus, bringing to close eight of the darkest and most divisive years in American history, second only to the War Between The States.

The exceptional difference between these two periods was that President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, was trying to … Read More


Trump administration’s alternative facts vs. reality

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

In the first few days of the Trump administration, we have seen and heard a variety of alternative facts from Donald Trump himself, Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer, among others. Mr. Trump wanted people to believe the crowds at his inauguration were HUGE, bigger than any other president before him.

He talked about the crowds and how God stopped the rain as Mr. Trump spoke of the “American carnage” he alone can fix on his way to making America great again, while standing in front of the Memorial Wall of fallen CIA agents. After listening to his inauguration speech, I wondered about … Read More


Chamber of Commerce welcomes new board members, new chairman

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

The new year has brought big changes to the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, with three members leaving, including chairman Ashley Dicus, and three new members coming on board.

Along with Dicus, who represented Hunter Funeral Home, Brent Tevebaugh, representing Sonic Drive In, and Tony Maggart, representing O’Connor Utility District reached the end of their terms, which began in January 2014.

Replacing them are Cody Wilhite, branch manager of Bank of White County, Ricky Hodge, store manager of Walmart, and Misty Allen of Narramore Signs.

In introducing themselves to the new members, board members who have been serving gave the new members an idea of … Read More


Commissioners reject “no distance rules” resolution for beer sales

Posted on January 30, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Updated Jan. 30, 2017

A resolution to adopt the Tennessee alcohol distance requirement laws and rules for local beer sales was rejected by White County commissioners during their monthly meeting, on Jan. 23, 2017.

With 13 of the 14 county commissioners present, the resolution failed to pass.

A previous resolution that was passed many years ago designated the distance rules for the sale of beer in the county. White County has since approved, by referendum, liquor by the drink and package store sales, which, according to the proposed resolution, are governed and controlled by the state and prohibit any distance rules.

The proposed resolution sought to standardize the … Read More


Needles reportedly found in child’s bedroom, three women are charged with child abuse

Posted on January 30, 2017 5:05 am by Pamela Claytor

Sparta police officers recently responded to a Bronson Street residence in response to a reported physical domestic situation, to reportedly find needles and paraphernalia in a room with children’s toys.

According to warrants filed by Patrolman Mike Honaker, when he arrived at the residence, at approximately 7:54 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2017, he looked inside the front window of the house and … Read More


Cookeville man arrested on murder charge in death of Donna Roam

Posted on January 29, 2017 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the Cookeville Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, has resulted in the indictment of a Cookeville man on a murder charge.

At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, on December 18, 2016, TBI Special Agents began investigating the discovery of a body on a logging road off Deck Road in western Cumberland County. The victim was ultimately identified as Donna Roam (DOB 5/31/75), of Sparta. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that led them to a suspect and location in … Read More


WCMS 8th grade teams sweep CTC Tournament Championships

Posted on January 28, 2017 10:10 pm by Andy Southard

The WCMS 8th grade teams were able to sweep the Championship games in the CTC Tournament tonight. The Warriorettes beat Coffee County Middle School 42-36, and the Warriors were able to take care of business against North Middle School 50-34. 


WCMS 8th grade Warriorettes win CTC Championship

Posted on January 28, 2017 6:06 pm by Andy Southard

The WCMS Warriorettes beat Coffee County 42-36 to win the CTC Conference Championship. Mia Murray led the Warriorettes in scoring with 16 points. Gracie Dodgen finished the game with 14 points. 


Charles Edward Rice

Posted on January 28, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Charles Edward Rice, 67, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 24, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Rice was born Nov. 24, 1949, in Sparta, the son of Beecher and Dimple Rice.

He served his country in the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Rice loved riding and working on motorcycles.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Cliff Rice.

Survivors include his wife, Julie Stinson, of Sparta; children, Ronald Stinson, of Sparta, Ashley Olafson, of Sparta, Audra Stinson, of Sparta; and grandchildren, Cheyenne, Colby, Illa, Emma, Jalen, Eli, Carolyn, Patrick, Cloe.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in


Barbara Elizabeth Hensley

Posted on January 28, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Barbara Elizabeth Hensley, 72 of Sparta, passed away Jan. 23, 2017, at her residence.

Mrs. Hensley was born June 9, 1944, in Dickson, she was the daughter of Arthur Crow and Birdie Littleton Crow.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ray Hensley, and a daughter, Elizabeth L. Rogers.

Survivors include her daughter, Debora Clark and husband Stephen, of Sparta; grandchildren, Chris Clark, Alissa Clark, Tom and Shelly Clark, Josh and Christina Clark, Christen Clark, Trenton Clark, Jocelyn Clark, LeighAnne Clark, Joseph Clark, Tucker Clark, Clara Beth Rogers, David Rogers; one brother, Willis Crow and wife Mary, of Hanover, Pennsylvania; 12 great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.… Read More


Curtis Hill Griffin

Posted on January 28, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Curtis Hill Griffin, 84, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 24, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Griffin was born Oct. 20, 1932, in White County, to Cason Griffin and Louetta Elrod Griffin.

He retired from Mallory Timers and was an avid gardener. One of his passions in life was putting out his garden.

Mr. Griffin was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Gladys Howell, Clara Givens, Dora Brock, Margaret Farley, Laverne Brown; four brothers Rascoe, Millard, Leonard, Kenneth Griffin; and son-in-law, Lloyd Watts.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Nina Mae Cope Griffin, of Sparta; daughter, Sherry Griffin Watts, of Mt. Juliet; sons, Scott … Read More


The Expositor Photo Contest

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