Monthly Archives: March 2017

Mountain movers have an attitude of gratitude

Posted on March 20, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Macil Duncan – Gum Springs Baptist Church

Jeremiah tells us, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” In Matthew 19:26 Jesus said, “… With men this is impossible; but with God ALL things are possible.” Do you believe that? We have limitations as humans but God has no weakness, no ability to fail. Our biggest weakness as humans is losing faith, therefore losing gratitude, and it affects our attitude. Jesus tells us to have faith like a tiny mustard seed, and we can move mountains. The mustard seed illustrates powerful potential, not small size. Just as a … Read More


Who knew healthcare insurance was so complicated?

Posted on March 20, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – by Debra Wines

I’m pretty sure most adults know healthcare insurance is complicated. If you have read any kind of insurance policy to determine if it would be beneficial for you and/or your family, I am sure it was somewhat confusing as to what will or won’t be covered. Health insurance is even more complicated primarily because of all the healthcare issues that may or may not occur. I don’t blame Mr. Trump for thinking it would be a simple process to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He, like the rest of Americans, figured the Republicans in Congress who had been trying to … Read More


Obama – subversive and would be traitor!

Posted on March 20, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

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

When former President Barrack Obama boarded a government airplane and headed west, on Jan. 20, 2017, after witnessing the swearing in of Donald Trump as our new president, many Americans hoped they would never see him or hear his name and voice again. During eight-year reign, this far-left leaning, anti-American, pro-Muslim, imperialistic despot did what no foreign enemy had been able to do since its founding. He left our country vulnerable and positioned for a hostile takeover by radical anti-American extremists and their brainwashed minions within our country and/or by one or more of … Read More


Capitol Hill Week

Posted on March 20, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Senator Paul Bailey

Senate Committees advanced a number of important bills this week, including the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act which proposes a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. Senate Bill 1215 would spur deployment in rural unserved areas, opening them up to economic investment and job growth.   This is a very important bill to our rural communities.

Tennessee currently ranks 29th in the U.S. for broadband access, with 13 percent of the state lacking accessibility. While only two percent of the state’s urban citizens lack access, 34 percent of rural residents are without coverage at recognized minimum standards due to low population … Read More


President Donald Trump visits the Volunteer State on March 15

Posted on March 20, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

President Donald Trump made a historic visit to Tennessee, on March 15, 2017, as he made a stop at the home of Andrew Jackson in observance of the 250th birthday the former president who was known as “Old Hickory.”

After President Trump laid a wreath upon Jackson’s tomb and paid his respects, he traveled to downtown Nashville to the Municipal Auditorium to hold a rally. It was reported the main purpose of the event was to speak about the issues of healthcare and school choice. The Expositor was in attendance at the rally.

School choice and healthcare were indeed some of the talking points of President Trump’s rally.… Read More


Fun and educational activities to experience during spring break

Posted on March 20, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

White County Schools will be closed during the week of March 20-24 for spring break.

Some families will utilize this time to travel to visit family and friends or they may take a vacation. However, for those who are looking for fun activities to do but wish to stay local, the options are boundless.

There are several family-friendly opportunities in White County. For those who are interested in the rich history, culture and traditions of White County, there are several options. Also, there are plenty of options throughout the Upper Cumberland, as well.

Downtown Sparta is the home of White County Heritage Museum, at 144 South Main Street. … Read More


Contract for stump grinding placed on hold by city officials

Posted on March 20, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Sparta Board of Mayor of Aldermen held its regular meeting March 16, 2017, which highlighted a deep discussion on the approval of a stump-grinding bid that was placed on hold.

The stump-grinding contract traditionally serves as a one-year contract and is rebid annually. Last year, Ronnie Roberts was awarded and fulfilled the contract for stump grinding services. However, this year the lowest bidder was England Diesel, whose bid was 30 cents cheaper per inch than the next closest bid.

Alderman Jim Floyd questioned if England Diesel could perform the services required. According to a report given during the meeting, England Diesel appears to have all the necessary equipment … Read More


Allie Parsley

Posted on March 20, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Allie Parsley, 78, of Sparta, passed away this morning at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


John Thomas Jenkins

Posted on March 20, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

John Thomas Jenkins, 79, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, formerly of Sparta, passed away March 13, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Jenkins was born on June 22, 1937, to Hershel Jenkins and Notie Jane Rose Jenkins.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This information is courtesy of Oak Lawn Funeral Home.


Mary Lynne Nash

Posted on March 20, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mary Lynne Blair Nash, 49, of Sparta, passed away March 13, 2017, at the Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

She was born Aug. 25, 1967, in Memphis.

Funeral service was 11 a.m., March 17, 2017, at Old Country Church, in Quebeck, with burial in Lost Creek Cemetery.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Bettye Jean Selby Wilson

Posted on March 20, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Bettye Jean Selby Wilson, 84 of Sparta, loving wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully at her home, in Ocala, Florida, on March 14, 2017.

She was born March 21, 1932, in Sparta.

A graveside service was 1 p.m., March 18, 2017, at Plainview Cemetery, in the Cassville community.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


George O. Divine

Posted on March 20, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

George O. Divine, 59, of Sparta, passed away March 14, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Divine was born June 13, 1957, in Hackettstown, New Jersey, the son of George and Evelyn Yonkers.

He grew up in San Jose, California.

Mr. Divine was a great car salesman for 35 years. He never met a stranger and was loved by everyone.

Mr. Divine was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Charles “Brother” Bradley.

Survivors include his wife, Felicia Divine, whom he married May 5, 1996, in Mobile, Alabama; his mother-in-law, Edith Bradley, of Sparta; one sister, Kathy Sullivan, of Seattle, Washington; nephew, Greg Jamison; one niece, Kris … Read More


David Clark Brymer

Posted on March 20, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

David Clark Brymer, 51, of Sparta, passed away March 15, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Brymer was born Jan. 2, 1966, in Trenton, New Jersey, the son of Tilbert Clark Brymer Sr. and Barbara Bohn Brymer.

He was a member of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church. He loved owning and driving race cars. He was the owner of Brymer Nursery and Landscaping, in New Jersey.

Mr. Brymer was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred and Anna Mary Bohn and Will and Catherine Brymer.

Survivors include his parents, Tilbert Clark Brymer Sr. and Barbara Jean Brymer, of Sparta; brothers, Tilbert Clark Brymer Jr. and wife Leslie … Read More


Henry Earl Walling

Posted on March 20, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Henry Earl Walling, 78, of Spencer, passed away March 16, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Walling was born Oct. 19, 1938, in Spencer, the son of James “J.G.” Walling and Treva Clouse.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Everett Lee Walling, Harold Dean Walling; and a granddaughter, Shalla Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Walling, of Spencer; daughters, Melinda Walling, of Spencer,Lisa Smith, of Spencer; son, Robert Walling (Vicki), of Spencer; grandson, Ethan Walling, of Spencer; sisters, Maude Christian, of Spencer, Gaynell Meeks, of McMinnville; brothers, Roy L. Walling, of Spencer; and several nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.

The family has chosen cremation. No … Read More


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