Monthly Archives: April 2017

City of Sparta approves significant communication upgrades

Posted on April 17, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

During the April 6 Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, a plan was approved to enter into an exclusive service provider agreement with Ben Lomand Connect.

This service agreement will significantly cover all the entire communication system for the governmental operations in City of Sparta. At this time, the city utilizes both Ben Lomand Connect and Frontier Communications for its needs.

Under this agreement, Ben Lomand would become the exclusive communications provider for government operations in the city, including the police department, city hall, fire department, electric department, etc.

Ben Lomand Connect will be providing the city with an all- fiber optic system that will be on … Read More


South Carter Street Park reopens

Posted on April 17, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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A little over a year after approving the bid to build a new pedestrian bridge that goes over the CalfKiller River, the bridge is finally open.

South Carter Street Park had to be closed by the City of Sparta for the duration of the construction project.

As previously reported by The Expositor, on April 7, 2016, the City of Sparta approved a bid from J. Cumby Construction for $386,000 to construct a pedestrian bridge. This new bridge connects South Carter Street Park and a walking trail that goes around the Old City Cemetery near Liberty Square.

This project has been ongoing since the bid … Read More


WCHS students Wilson and Qualls attend SCOPE event

Posted on April 17, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

White County High School students Megan Wilson and Madison Qualls recently traveled to Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro, to attend the 35th Student Congress on Policies in Education.

On March 7, 2017, Qualls and Wilson joined approximately 250 of their fellow high school peers from across Tennessee. This event is an opportunity for high school students to express their views on public education in Tennessee and finding solutions to topics discussed during the event.

The participating students get the opportunity to have mock school board sessions. In these sessions, students assume the roles of school board members, superintendents, and educational leaders.

Students were divided into 16 small … Read More


Ralph William Dodson

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Ralph William Dodson, 77, of Rock Island, passed away April 11, 2017, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.

Mr. Dodson was born July 14, 1939, in Sparta, the son of Dolphus and Mary Dodson.

The family has chosen cremation. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Aliesa Ann Holloway

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Aliesa Ann Holloway, 53, of Ashland City, passed away April 13, 2017, at her home.

She was born May 12, 1963, to J.R. Hodge and Sharon Cox Hodge.

She was a nurse at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, in Nashville, where over the years she was well respected as a caregiver and friend to many of the veterans she served. Her good will and care will be missed by many.

Survivors include her parents; husband, Anthony Holloway; son, Jeremy S. (Belinda) Brown; brother, Marty W. Smith; sisters, Teresa Owens, Terry Smith; and granddaughter, Kaylee Rose Smith.

No services are planned at this time.

Boyd Funeral Home, in Ashland … Read More


Charles Seals

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Charles Seals, 73, of the Hampton’s Crossroads community of White County, passed away April 8, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, following an extended illness.

Mr. Seals was born May 9, 1943, in Sparta, to Jonah Seals and Lottie Ballew Seals.

He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a retired UAW representative chairman at Ford Motor Company and was successful in getting a chapel installed in the plant, providing employees a place to meditate and pray. He was a Master Mason in the Masonic Lodge, in Michigan.

Mr. Seals was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Yvette Seals; brother, … Read More


James “Jim” Larry Fish

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

James “Jim” Larry Fish, 52, passed away April 13, 2017, at his home, in Sparta.

Mr. Fish was born Feb. 2, 1965, in Detroit, Michigan, to James Erie Fish and Ruby Joyce Stepp Fish.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Richard Erie Fish.

He loved life. He enjoyed cooking delicious food for family and friends. He passed his love for sports on to his son, James, and his daughter, Erin. He shared his love for music with his daughter, Elyssa. He always had a beautiful smile on his face. But most of all he loved his family, and it showed in the selfless … Read More


Clara “Ellen” Carter Payne

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Clara “Ellen” Carter Payne, 93, of Sparta, passed from this life, on April 13, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Payne was born March 2, 1924, in Sparta.

She was a long-time member of the West Sparta church of Christ and a teacher in the children’s Bible class for many years. She worked at Mallory before her retirement.

She leaves behind many friends who affectionately called her “Granny Payne” or “Miss Ellen.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Payne; parents Tom and Velvia Carter; sister, Margie McGowan; infant sisters, Margaret Juanita, Ruby Edna; and dear grandson, Brian Lewis Payne.

She is the beloved mother … Read More


Linda Hodge Burks

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Linda Hodge Burks, 77, of Sparta, passed away April 11, 2017, at her residence.

Ms. Burks was born May 16, 1939, in the Bon Air community of White County. She was the last surviving child of 13 born to James Thomas Hodge and Maggie Jane Rogers Hodge.

She was a homemaker who had a passion for gardening and home decorating.

Ms. Burks was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; and seven sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Goodwin and husband Gary, Heather Hayes and husband Jerry; two sons, Mike Burks, Kevin Burks; nine grandchildren, Stacia Drouillard, Brad Goodwin, Trent Goodwin, Tiffany Dobson, Katlin Burks, Madison Burks, … Read More


Charles Ray Lakens

Posted on April 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Charles Ray Lakens, 79, of Crossville, passed away April 14, 2017 at his residence.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m., April 18, 2017, at Young Cemetery.

There will be no visitation before the service

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Earth Day Market draws large crowd 

Posted on April 15, 2017 1:01 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


The Essentials Earth Day Market is currently ongoing today. A large crowd has gathered and is enjoying food, live entertainment, a children’s bounce house, and a wide variety of craft vendors. 

The Earth Day Market is sponsored and hosted by Essentials Salon and Spa, which is located at 221 West Turnable Rd, Sparta. The Earth Day Market will be open until 4 pm today. 

Come out and enjoy the great weather, a wide variety of local crafts, music, numerous food vendors and the CalfKiller Brewery.


Advance Financial donates to 4-H

Posted on April 15, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

To mark the recent grand opening of the new Advance Financial location in Sparta, the Advance Financial Foundation donated $500 to White County 4-H.


Chamber hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Cripple Creek Tavern

Posted on April 15, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Cripple Creek Tavern, at 206 Creek Lake Lane.

Misty Narramore Allen is the new proprietor. The tavern has been a family-run business for more than two decades. Allen’s stepmother had previously operated the tavern when it was known as “My Place.”

In addition to the bar, they have pool tables and karaoke, and sometimes they feature live music. The business is located just off U.S. 70, 10 miles east of Sparta.

Cripple Creek Tavern opens at 10 a.m., Monday–Saturday, and noon, on Sunday.


Overton County Patriots

Posted on April 15, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Overton County Patriots will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, April 24, at the Millard Oakley Public Library, in Livingston. The speaker this month will be Chris Butler, an investigative reporter for Tennessee Watchdog. The OCP is a non-partisan group that keeps Overton and surrounding counties informed as to what is going on in the community and the state. Everyone is invited.


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