Monthly Archives: May 2017

Officer-involved shooting report released by District Attorney General

Posted on May 31, 2017 1:01 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

An officer-involved shooting in White County almost two months ago that led to the death of a 33-year-old Clarksville man has been ruled by the district attorney general as justified.

On May 31, 2017, Bryant Dunaway, district attorney general for the 13th Judicial District, stated it was clear from the circumstances that Michael Zennie Dial II was “a dangerous and unstable subject who posed a serious and immediate risk of serious bodily injury or death to both law enforcement officers, as well as other citizens in the immediate area.”

On April 12, 2017, Dial led officers from four different agencies on a high-speed pursuit. According to the information … Read More


Pet Idol 2017: Cutest Pet Contest

Posted on May 31, 2017 10:10 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.

The winner will receive a $100 gift card!

ENTER YOUR PET FOR FREE!
Deadline: Photos must be received at the Expositor by 5 p.m., JUNE 9.
Ways to enter:
1. Email photos to: PetIdol@spartalive.com
(Include your pet’s name, your name, address & phone number).
2. Bring photos to our office (34 W Bockman Way, Sparta)

VOTING BEGINS JUNE 15!
• Visit SpartaLive.com/Pet-Idol-2017 to View … Read More


BonDeCroft Baptist Church

Posted on May 31, 2017 6:06 am by


Bethel VBS

Posted on May 31, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mon.-Fri., June 19-23

Who: Bethel Free Will Baptist Church

What: Vacation Bible School (theme is “Over the Moat”); classes for newborn-adult

When: 6-8:30 p.m.

Where: 1320 Browntown Rd., in Sparta

Contact: (931) 738-8697


Copeland Chapel VBS

Posted on May 31, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mon.-Fri., June 5-9

Who: Copeland Chapel Church

What: Vacation Bible School (Come join the Lord’s Army at “Boot Camp”)

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Church

Contact: (931) 738-5513


Almyra homecoming

Posted on May 31, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sunday, June 4

Who: Almyra United Methodist Church

What: Homecoming

When: Worship at 11 a.m.; lunch at noon; entertainment by “The Rest,” at 1 p.m.

Where: Church


Thomas Clark “Tom” Rogers

Posted on May 31, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Thomas Clark “Tom” Rogers, 90, of Spencer, passed away May 26, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Rogers was born Jan. 8, 1927, in Van Buren County, the son of Dan Rogers and Sadie Davis Rogers.

Funeral service was 2 p.m., May 28, 2017, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Lonewood Cemetery, in Spencer.

Spencer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Marvin Sparrow

Posted on May 31, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Marvin Sparrow, 83, of Sparta, passed away May 25, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Sparrow was born Sept. 5, 1933, in Kinston, North Carolina, the son of James Sparrow and Elizabeth Whitley Sparrow.

Funeral service will be in Kinston, North Carolina, with burial in Pine Lawn Cemetery, in Kinston.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Elizabeth Edwina Navy

Posted on May 31, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Elizabeth Edwina Navy, 79, of Sparta, passed away May 27, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

She was born May 14, 1938, in Sparta, the daughter of James Griffin and Birdie Dilldine Griffin.

A memorial gathering will be 1-3 p.m., June 3, 2017, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


John Robinson Crowder

Posted on May 31, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

John Robinson Crowder, 82, of Crossville, passed away, May 24, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Crowder was born Aug. 16, 1934, in Sparta, the son of Vasco Crowder and Mallie Howard Crowder.

He worked as a farmer and was a member of the First Christian Church and in recent years attended First Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Crowder was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Henry Crowder, Howard Crowder; and sisters, Louise Tadsen, Genevra Carter and Bernelle Clayton.

Survivors include his wife, Lou Crowder, of Crossville; sons, Robert Crowder, of Florida, Dr. Randall Crowder, of Crossville; daughter, Carol Durden and husband Frank, of Nashville; grandson, Jacob Crowder and wife … Read More


Memorial Day Observance at the Putnam County Courthouse

Posted on May 30, 2017 3:03 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

On Monday, May 29, 2017, the Putnam County Veterans Association held an Memorial Day Observance ceremony in front of the Putnam County Courthouse. Countless individuals gathered in front of the courthouse to honor the fallen heroes from Putnam County. The ceremony started with the singing of the national anthem  by Mr. Edward Smith, followed by prayer from Pastor Andrew Smith, a singing of “God Bless America” by Mrs. Diane Moor and a speech given by State Representative Ryan Williams. The firing honors salute and taps was presented by the Veterans Honor Guard of Putnam County.

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Memorial Day service at Sparta Rotary Veterans Park

Posted on May 30, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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On Monday, May 29, 2017, a Memorial Day ceremony was conducted at Sparta Rotary Veterans Park, which was sponsored by White County Vietnam Veterans Association. Names of those who died in battle during World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Conflict were read by several individuals, with a bell rung after each name.


Hiring – Shiroki

Posted on May 30, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Donate blood at inaugural Sparta Community Battle of the Badges

Posted on May 30, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Local fire, law enforcement and EMS personnel compete to increase blood donations

Local fire, law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel are teaming with the American Red Cross for the inaugural Sparta Community Battle of the Badges blood drive to see who can recruit the most eligible donors in their community to donate blood.

Individuals can join the Battle of the Badges blood drive by donating on Thursday, June 8, noon – 5 p.m., at the Sparta Civic Center, 540 E. Bockman Way.  Donors’ blood donations will help decide who wins bragging rights.

Battle of the Badges is a friendly competition to encourage community members to join their … Read More


Senior Awards 2017

Posted on May 30, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Check out the special publication inside the Thursday, May 25, 2017, edition of The Expositor featuring the seniors in the White County High School Class of 2017 and the scholarships and awards presented to them on May 12. Click here to see the online version.


England finishes fourth at the state tournament

Posted on May 30, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

A little over a year ago, Jade England had never thrown a shot put competitively when the White County High School track and field team began their season in March of 2016.

Fast forward to this past Thursday, and the WCHS junior finished the season fourth in Class 3A in the state of Tennessee.

England stood toe to toe with some of the strongest female   athletes in the state and showed she belonged. The AAA shot put even was held Thursday morning at the Dean A. Hayes Soccer/Track and Field Stadium on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

The 16 athletes were divided into heats of eight … Read More


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