Monthly Archives: June 2017

Rosemary Knuth

Posted on June 16, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Rosemary Knuth, 89, of Sparta, passed away June 13, 2017, at NHC Heathcare of Sparta.

She was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Mount Clemons, Michigan.

The family has chosen cremation. No other arrangements have been made at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Hill Prater

Posted on June 16, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Robert Hill Prater, 83, a former resident of White County, passed away April 20, 2017, in Erlangen, Germany where he was a missionary for the Churches of Christ.

Mr. Prater was born Oct. 1, 1933.

Bob Prater grew up in the Cherry Creek community of White County, Tennessee, attended Yankeetown Elementary School as well as White County High School in Sparta, Tennessee.

Bob received his Bachelor’s Degree from David Lipscomb College, a Master’s Degree from Abilene Christian College and earned his doctorate from the Universtat Erlangen in Erlangen, Germany in 2006.

After college, Bob worked out of New York for a period of time selling FM music to … Read More

Robert Allen Brown

Posted on June 16, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Robert Allen Brown, 81, of White County, passed away June 14, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Brown was born June 21, 1935, in Newell, West Virginia, to Jonathan Brown and Mae Copeland Brown.

After graduating from high school, Mr. Brown enlisted in the U.S. Navy (1954-1958) and was an aircraft mechanic. He was stationed on the USS Hancock Aircraft carrier and Moffett Field, in California. While in the Navy, he met Rosemary Kennemer at a USO dance, and they got married, on July 15, 1956.

After his service to his country, he started working at Lockheed Missle and Space Company, in Sunnyvale, California. While employed there, he worked … Read More

Library event June 17

Posted on June 16, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

On June 17, 2017, at 1 p.m., the library will be hosting, “Clearing the Way Home: An Opportunity to Cull Life’s Treasures.” At this event, Susan Gardner will be showing participants how to use different de-cluttering techniques to “build a better world.”

State unemployment rate plummets nearly an entire point to 4 percent

Posted on June 16, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a preliminary unemployment rate of 4.0 percent for May, remarkably dropping nearly an entire percentage point from April’s revised rate of 4.7 percent. Declining one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month, the national preliminary rate now stands at 4.3 percent.

“May’s unemployment rate is notable for a couple of reasons,” said Commissioner Phillips. “It’s the lowest rate Tennessee has seen in about 20 years, which is outstanding, and the state figure is now lower than the national average.”

The last time Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted rate was 4.0 percent or less was March 2001, after reaching … Read More


Posted on June 16, 2017 8:08 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.


Celebrate summer solstice with the Oakley STEM Center

Posted on June 16, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tuesday, June 20 will see more daylight than any other day in 2017 and the Oakley STEM Center at Tennessee Tech is inviting the community to celebrate.

From 6 to 8 p.m., the STEM Center will host The Longest Day of the Year celebration. This annual event is free and open to families and participants of all ages.

June 20 is the summer solstice, when the earth experiences the longest the largest amount of daylight all year.

Community members can celebrate the summer solstice at the STEM Center with star gazing activities using telescopes, building space satellites and visiting a mini-planetarium. This year, the STEM Center will also … Read More

Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees approves tuition increase and new College of Fine Arts

Posted on June 16, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

In a full agenda, the Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees approved a nearly 4 percent tuition and fees increase, voted to establish Tech’s newest academic college, adopted a board policy on free speech at the university, and approved a proposed budget for 2017-2018.


For 2017-2018, an undergraduate student taking 15 credit hours will see an increase in maintenance and mandatory fees of $161 per semester.

The university’s maintenance fee (also known as tuition) covers up to 15 credit hours per semester for a student. For 2017-2018, it will be $3,828 per semester, an increase of $138 over 2016-2017. This is a 3.74 percent increase. Out-of-state students pay … Read More

ACCUPLACER assessment test available at Motlow State campuses

Posted on June 16, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Motlow State Community College is offering the ACCUPLACER assessment test at all Motlow campuses multiple times through the 2017 calendar year. The ACCUPLACER assessment test replaced the COMPASS test.  Students planning to enroll at Motlow for the fall semester who need to take the ACCUPLACER, which is used to assess a student’s readiness for college-level work, should do so as soon as possible.

Before taking the test, students must have the following on file in Motlow’s admissions office: a completed admission application, official high school and/or college transcripts, and if applicable, official test scores. Special test accommodations are available for students who require other than standard conditions for … Read More

Five employers to participate in job fair on Tuesday, June 20

Posted on June 16, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Goodwill Career Solutions Center, at 565 S. Jefferson Ave., in Cookeville, will host a job fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, for five employers seeking to fill at least 100 positions in Putnam and White counties.

Employers include Pacesetters, Bledsoe Correctional Complex, @WORK Cumberland Staffing, Metro Industrial Services and Silver Angels. Openings include production, corrections and direct care positions. Rates of pay reach $15 per hour.

Representatives from these companies will be on-site and interviews are possible, so job-seekers should dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring a resume, photo ID and their Social Security card or birth certificate.

The Goodwill Career Solutions center … Read More

The mark of a great dad

Posted on June 16, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute – By Brian McCutchen

He isn’t your ordinary father. He has always been around to lead and teach and to discipline and to protect and to love and to pass on values that will sustain each of his children through life. His work ethic is extraordinary. His devotion to his wife no matter the hardships has been inspiring and his desire to lead a godly life is evident in his speech and actions.

On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig declared himself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth” to have played for the Yankees. Today, I declare myself the luckiest man on the … Read More

Possible electric outages

Posted on June 15, 2017 8:08 pm by

From June 12 through July 30, customers of Sparta Electric System may experience temporary power outages. This will be necessary to perform sub-station repairs and pole replacements.

Sparta Electric System will strive to keep outages to a minimum and whenever possible schedule necessary outages for weekends or late nights to minimize customer interruptions.

Sparta Electric appreciates your understanding and patience while they strive to make necessary repairs to make the system more reliable.

Large crowd gathered for the Grand Opening of Hickory Creek Boutique 

Posted on June 15, 2017 6:06 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

Despite the less than picture perfect weather, a large and excited crowd has gathered to participate in the Grand Opening of Hickory Creek Boutique.

Hickory Creek Boutique, which is located at 5 Dr Gaines Street in Sparta, provides a wide selection of vintage decor, custom furniture, paintings, clothing and more.

The focus for this unique store is, “All things repurposed, repainted, and reinvented. We take things that other people see as “junk” and try to make it shine better than it did the day it was created.”

The Grand Opening celebration for Hickory Creek Boutique is from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm today, June 15. For this weekend, … Read More

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