Monthly Archives: August 2017

Krystal is returning to Sparta 

Posted on August 31, 2017 8:08 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


A new billboard ad announcing the return of a former restaurant to Sparta is causing some excitement within the community. 

A Roland digital billboard, located on Bockman Way, is now displaying an ad proclaiming ” Krystal coming soon to Sparta”. 

Krystal’s use to have a location on Bockman Way that closed in 2012. 

The Expositor hasn’t confirmed with the Krystal Company about this announcement. The location and when the restaurant will open has also not yet been confirmed. 

Follow SpartaLive for further details regarding the return of a Krystal restaurant in Sparta. 


Warriors open region play against Summit

Posted on August 31, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warriors open their region slate this week when Summit High School makes it way onto Dee Harris Field.

This will be the first time the Warriors and the Spartans have ever faced-off on the gridiron. Summit, who started its football program in 2011, had a rough go the first few years. The Spartans went 4 and 26 in the first three years. But since Brian Coleman took over the Spartans, the team has gone 12-12 over the past two seasons.

The Spartans finished last year with a 7-4 record and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Cane Ridge 35-21. This … Read More


Warrior youth football teams pick up three more wins

Posted on August 31, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

The Warrior Youth Football teams faced off against the Overton Outlaws, on Aug. 26, 2017. Once again, all three age divisions walked away with wins on their home turf. The teams will be traveling the next couple of weeks and will head to Upperman, on Sept. 2.

The Peewee Warriors lost the coin toss, and the Outlaws deferred until the second half. Griffin Adams came out strong with a touchdown on the first play of the game, but it was called back due to a penalty on the play. The Warriors’ Hudson Dodd gained a few yards and put Adams back in position to score. The extra point … Read More


Progress continues at Van Buren’s first county-owned park

Posted on August 31, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Progress continues to be made at Van Buren’s first county-owned park as the project continues moving forward.

Construction crews are continuing to make progress in the construction of Van Buren County’s first county-owned park. Construction continues on the new amphitheater, and concrete has been poured for the new light poles going around the park.

The new park is being constructed in the historic Burritt College campus area. Van Buren’s newest park will feature walking trails, gazebos, an amphitheater, and, eventually, an information center.

This project is being made possible by several grants received by Van Buren County, including a $900,000 state grant. Additionally, in 2016, Van Buren County … Read More


Privatization of state parks to be left for next governor

Posted on August 31, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration is abandoning all efforts to privatize Fall Creek Falls State Park.

The attempt to outsource management of Fall Creek Falls State Park, along with other state parks, has officially been tabled by Haslam. Privatization of state parks, which has become a volatile issue, will be left for consideration by Tennessee’s next governor.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau recently made an announcement before the state legislative study committee. The committee is reviewing the Haslam administration’s outsourcing efforts across state government.

The legislative review has been created because of the governor’s administration’s efforts to outsource Fall Creek Falls State Park, located in … Read More


Highway 111 widening project misses deadline, again

Posted on August 31, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The Tennessee Department of Transportation and Jones Bros. Inc. are racing to the finish line for the Highway 111 widening project but misses their deadline.

As construction crews continue to work around the clock, the projected completion date of widening Highway 111 is today. Even though project officials stated they would meet their deadline, it appears construction will continue on.

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson, Jennifer Flynn, of Region Two, the multi-lane widening project was on schedule up until two weeks ago. As previously reported, TDOT anticipated this project to be completed by the end of August.

The lane expansion project was commissioned by TDOT … Read More


The awesomeness of God – seen in the solar ‘clipse

Posted on August 31, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

“Nahnee! Did you dit to see da ‘clipse?”

Katie Grace’s voice was filled with excitement, but Sammie thought she detected a shadowy tone as well.

“Yes, I did Katie Grace! Did you get to see the eclipse?

“No.” Now the disappointment in K.G.’s phone conversation was unmistakable. “I hadda take a nap so I didn’t dit to see it.”

Almost 4-year-old K.G. had no idea what she had missed, but all the hype about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse had built her up for a big let-down. Whatever a “’clipse” is, she knew she had slept through it!

So, did YOU dit … Read More


2017 White County Fairest of the Fair contestants

Posted on August 31, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Pageantry begins at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 4, in the following order:

-Fairest Little Miss
-Fairest Junior Miss
-Fair Princess
-Fairest of the Fair


How’s Socialism doing in Venezuela?

Posted on August 31, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By Debbie D’Souza, for Prager University

Once there was a South American country with a promising future. It had a functioning democracy, a rapidly developing economy, and a growing middle class. All the important indicators, including education, health care, and foreign investment, were pointed in the right direction.

It was far from perfect, but the mood was hopeful – and with good reason.

But now all that promise is gone. The country is a failed state, a hollowed-out shell of its former self.

Services like power and water are sporadic. The most basic consumer goods, from bread to toilet paper, are in chronically short … Read More


163rd Annual White County Agricultural Fair starts Friday

Posted on August 31, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The bright lights of the midway, the smells of food, and the plentiful exhibits will be back once again this weekend for the White County Fair.

Established in 1855, the White County Agricultural Fair, which is set for Sept. 1-9, has been bringing together families, friends, business owners, and rural and urban communities within White County for memory making fun.

This year’s theme for the White County Fair is “Put on Your Fair Face.” “Selfie” stations will be located around the fairgrounds as a way to capture a person’s “fair face” and create new memories at the White County Fair. Participants are encouraged to share their photos on … Read More


Auction of seized Gentry items yields $1,034,970

Posted on August 31, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

More than $1 million was garnered during the Aug. 26 auction of the seized assets from Gentry Bros. Tractor Supply and Gentry Auto that was held by the U.S. Marshals Service in an effort to recoup losses incurred by the victims of a Ponzi scheme.

Hundreds of potential buyers filled the lot of the former Gentry Bros. Tractor Supply, on Millers Point Road, in Sparta, and countless vehicles were parked along Highway   111 near the entrance to the former business.

The U.S. Marshals Service held a live auction to sell tractors, trucks, trailers, farm equipment, and tools in the liquidation of assets seized from Jeffery Gentry. The auction … Read More


Chamber of Commerce discusses creating a mural for the community

Posted on August 31, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The development of a mural for the community was one of the main items discussed during the recent meeting of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

As previously discussed during the July Chamber meeting, the board of directors is working on plans to create a mural that will be placed in Sparta. The idea behind developing a mural is to highlight characteristics, symbols, and trademarks of Sparta and White County. This new mural would create a photo-taking opportunity for locals and visitors alike.

The board previously agreed to develop ideas and to continue the discussions. During the Aug. 22 meeting, several ideas and locations were discussed, … Read More


Senior Day at White County Fair set for Friday, Sept. 1

Posted on August 31, 2017 5:05 am by

Senior Day at White County Fair is set for Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at White County Agriculture Complex. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies are at 9:45 a.m.. The Ms. Senior White County Pageant begins at 10 a.m., followed by a talent contest and lots of fun, entertainment, and food.

Applications for the Ms. Senior White County Pageant and for the talent competition are available at Life Care Center of Sparta and Sparta-White County Senior Center. The pageant is open to women 65 and older. All other senior day activities are open to anyone 55 and older. If you have any questions, please call Rebecca Young at … Read More


Lacrisha Lynn Davis

Posted on August 30, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lacrisha Lynn Davis (LA, Lovey, Sis), 34, passed away Aug. 24, 2017, at Skyline Medical Center, in Nashville.

She was born April 2, 1983, in Cookeville.

Survivors include her son, Caleb Kincaid Davis; parents Darla and Lee Kello, Danny Davis; brother, Daniel Davis and wife Kathy; life partner, Nathan “Jonesy” Jones; aunts, Carmie McDonald, Donna Cravens, Peggy Wilmoth (Ray); grandmother, Doris Meuse; in-laws, Vicky and Willie Jones; nephews, Hunter Davis, Frankie, Chris; and several other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral service will be 6 p.m., Sept. 5, 2017, at Thurman Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 4-6 p.m., Sept. 5, at the funeral home.

In lieu of … Read More


Sparta Country Club to hold Inaugural Pistol Two Man Scramble benefiting the Pistol Foundation

Posted on August 30, 2017 9:09 am by

The Sparta Country Club will hold its Inaugural Pistol Two Man Scramble on Sept. 2 and 3. This scramble is to raise money for the Pistol Foundation that supplies two graduates per year a scholarship in honor of Tammy “Pistol” Wilhite.

Tammy “Pistol” Wilhite passed away suddenly on Nov. 29, 2016. She was the sports editor for The Expositor for 22 years before she passed. She was also a beloved member of the community and had served as a coach to countless White County children in the different sports leagues for many years.

Cost: $200 per team includes the two days of golf, two mulligans per golfer each … Read More


Tennessee National Guard prepared to assist Harvey relief effort if called

Posted on August 30, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Soldiers and Airmen of the Tennessee National Guard stand ready to assist the citizens of Texas, if called upon, with their relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  However, to date there have been no official requests for such assistance.

“We’ve conducted the necessary planning to ready our forces on what we think we could best provide by way of support to our brothers and sisters in Texas but must wait patiently for the call”, said Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General.  “I have been in constant contact with the national command authority and have kept Governor Haslam and his staff informed on possible deployments.”

The … Read More


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