Monthly Archives: March 2017

Emergency “tornado” sirens being worked on today in Sparta 

Posted on March 2, 2017 12:12 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


According to the White County E-911 Communications Center, some work is being conducted on the Emergency “tornado” sirens in Sparta today. Therefore, citizens in Sparta may hear the sirens go off briefly today. 


Accident on N Spring St near Bockman Way

Posted on March 2, 2017 12:12 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


White County E-911 was alerted of an accident that had occurred on N Spring St near Bockman Way involving two vehicles at approximately 11:55am. First Responders from the Sparta Fire Department, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, Sparta Police, and White County EMS were dispatched to the scene. The south bound lane was partially blocked due to the accident. Firefighters and Law Enforcement were able to clear the scene quickly, allowing traffic to return to normal operations.


TDEC announces Energy Education Camps for K-12 teachers

Posted on March 2, 2017 10:10 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation recently announced through its Office of Energy Programs, that they will be hosting two Energy Education Camps. These camps will be provided at no-cost for Tennessee K-12 Educators who are interested in attending. The focus for the three-day camps is to provide educators with the resources and information needed to teach about energy and energy conservation in their classrooms. There will also be sessions on how to involve students in service learning projects that promote environmental stewardship. “TDEC is happy to offer this resource to local educators”, according to Molly Cripps, Director of TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs. She went on … Read More


Eaglettes come up just short in the Region Championship

Posted on March 2, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

The Van Buren County High School Eaglettes played on Wednesday night in the Region Championship game against a very familiar opponent. The Eaglettes took on Marion County for a chance to host a sectional game. The Eaglettes came up just short with a 50-47 loss to Marion County High School. Tilly Dodson led the way for the Eaglettes with 19 points.

With the loss the Eaglettes will have to travel to Byrdstown on Saturday night to take on Pickett County High School  at 7 p.m. with a chance to go to the State Tournament on the line.


Mitchell gets 400th career win

Posted on March 2, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

Eric Mitchell (center), head basketball coach for White County High School boys, got his 400th career win, on Jan. 13, 2017, with a victory over Stone Memorial High School by a final score of 65-47. Terry Crain, athletic director (left) and Grant Swallows, principal of White County High School (right) present Mitchell with a basketball for achieving this feat.


‘Progress 2017’ magazine published

Posted on March 2, 2017 8:08 am by Jarrod Conner

Check out The Expositor’s most recent publication that highlights businesses and developments in the Sparta-White County area. In addition, the names and winning photos of this year’s Expositor Photo Contest are included.

Click PROGRESS 2017 to view this magazine!


Eaglettes secure a spot in Sectionals

Posted on March 2, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

The Van Buren County High School Eaglettes earned a spot in the Region 3A Championship, with a 67-49 win over Silverdale Academy, on Monday night, in Marion County.

The Eaglettes jumped out to an early 19-6 lead after one quarter of play.

In the second quarter, the Eaglettes were able to outscore Silverdale 17-7 and take a 36-13 lead into halftime.

The Eaglettes were outscored in the second half 36-31 but were able to hold onto and get the victory by a final score of 67-49.

The Eaglettes were led in scoring by Tilly Dodson who had 30 points. Mallory Christian chipped in 17 points, and Kinzie Johnson … Read More


Warriorettes fall in the Region Semifinals

Posted on March 2, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

The 2016-17 Warriorette basketball season came to a close Monday night in the Region 3AAA semifinals at the hands of Cumberland County at Bradley Central High School. The Lady Jets’ defensive pressure was just too much for the Warriorettes to overcome. The Warriorettes just couldn’t ever get anything started. The Warriorettes never led in the game, but they only trailed by 3, with a score of 10-13 at the end of the first quarter.

Cumberland County used a strong second and third quarter to pull away from the Warriorettes on their way to 65-41 win.

Cumberland County started the scoring off, on Monday night, by getting a layup … Read More


Warriors use a big second half to secure spot in Region Semifinals

Posted on March 2, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Many coaches will say that when tournament time rolls around, all that matter is winning and getting to the next round. Whether a team wins by one or 50 has no bearing on the next game. Just going to the next game is the important things. The Warriors did just that. They survived an upset bid by visiting Bradley Central, on Saturday night, to live another day and keep the dream alive.

The win seemed to mean a lot to the Warriors because of the opponent they were facing. The Warriors faced off against a team that not only ended their perfect season last year but also end … Read More


White County FFA members host second digital literacy workshop

Posted on March 2, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County FFA and AT&T hosted a “Digital You” workshop during the meeting of the Sparta Rotary Club, on Feb. 2, 2017. “Digital You” is an initiative established program to provide tools and resources for people of all ages to learn more about online security and technology.

White County FFA Reporter Kennedy Selby led the informational workshop, while FFA members Libby LaFever and Natalie Goodwin worked the room, answering questions and interacting with Rotary Club members during the meeting. In addition to discussing current technology issues, everyone had a lot of fun while going through the program.

White County FFA members and their advisor, Charles Cooper, recently visited … Read More


Measuring life by the Golden Rule…not a cellphone app

Posted on March 2, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings: By Steve Playl, former pastor at First Baptist Church, in Sparta

We were sitting in front of the fireplace, relaxing in the warm glow, each reading some light material, almost dozing. Outside our den windows, the sun had retreated and swept away the last beautiful tones of a lingering sunset. Suddenly the serene darkness was interrupted by the sound of raindrops on our roof.

In unison, Sammie and I raised our heads from the books in which we had been engrossed and looked at each other. First to speak, she addressed me with a simple question. “Is that rain?” she asked quietly.

After a slight pause … Read More


The U.S. is not A democracy. It’s a republic if you can keep it. – Part IV

Posted on March 2, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Mark Herr, CSG Administrative Staff

In the 18th Century, Mrs. Powel took to heart Dr. Franklin’s instruction to keep the U.S. republic. Today’s political environment, however, makes clear that she alone was not enough to keep our republic. She’s gone now and here we are, left to deal with a so-called “democratic” republic on an apparent crash course with anarchy. In 21st Century America, then, how do we maintain our republic?

Before we can maintain this structure, we need to understand it. The original U.S. mixed republic was designed to be balanced on a scale between tyranny and chaos – a place of peace between oppression and … Read More


Van Buren solid waste agreement tabled by White County Commission

Posted on March 2, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

An inter-local agreement resolution received the necessary motions for a vote but was ultimately tabled by the White County Board of Commissioners at its Feb. 27, 2017, meeting.

At the White County Solid Waste Committee meeting, on Feb. 13, County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson informed the members he had met with Van Buren County Executive Greg Wilson requesting that White County would agree to a proposal to accept Van Buren’s solid waste.

Van Buren’s proposal was to transport their solid waste to White County and pay $38 a ton. The White County Solid Waste Committee agreed to the proposal and passed a motion to send the proposal to … Read More


Director of schools presents plan for new Findlay Elementary

Posted on March 2, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Near the conclusion of the White County Commission meeting held Feb. 27, Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger came before the members to give a presentation that focused on the replacement of Findlay Elementary School.

The present Findlay Elementary School, at 576 Hale St., was built in 1966 and hasn’t had any major modifications or remodels in 30 years.

The White County Board of Education began discussions on which option would be best for Findlay – repair or replace. After hiring The Lewis Group Architects to conduct a cost analysis on renovating the existing school, it became apparent to those involved that the best option would be to build … Read More


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