Monthly Archives: August 2017

Words from a child – make that grandchildren

Posted on August 10, 2017 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

“Would you like to say ‘Hi’ to Papa?”

My son and I were communicating via audio on personal electronic devices – i.e. talking on the phone – and 6-year-old Grayson had just walked up. Of course Grayson was up for a short conversation with his grandfather, so my son handed his son the phone.

“Hey, Bro!” was his brief greeting.

Frankly, I can’t even imagine addressing my grandfather as “Bro.” I never heard anyone in the Playl family refer to him as anything other than “Papa Playl.” I corrected my grandson, ever so gently, by reminding him that I’m “Papa” to him, … CONTINUED


“Walking Man” Danny Garcia to benefit rural Tennessee

Posted on August 10, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

It is going to start at the Serenity Thrift Sparta at 9am and end at Clean Heart Christian Ministries on the square approx. 10am. What other avenues do I pursue to help publicize this event. This event is actually the announcement of the Global walk which he will begin in Jerusalem, Israel and go through 20 countries including Russia, Korea, Japan, India and China to raise money for children in each of those countries.

Danny Garcia, a former Marine who is also known as “The Walking Man,” will walk to benefit rural Tennessee and announce his next Global Walk.

Garcia has walked over 27,000 miles on six different … CONTINUED


From duty to be armed to permission to carry

Posted on August 10, 2017 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By Publius Huldah

“If the central government has the authority to tell a state it must accept permits from all the other states, then it also has the authority to tell a state it may not accept a concealed permit from any other states. If the central government can do these things it can set up a national concealed carry permit scheme and in essence bring into existence a national arms registry. That is exactly where this is headed.” Attorney Richard D. Fry 1

Some are touting the federal Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (HR 38) as a bill which would expand our … CONTINUED


Yard sale

Posted on August 10, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Former Blackwater guard Slatten to get new trial on murder charge

Posted on August 10, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A federal appeals court last Friday threw out the life sentence of a Blackwater Worldwide security guard who was convicted of murder in the killing of 14 Iraqi civilians, in Baghdad.

Nicholas Slatten, 33, of Sparta, was originally convicted in April 2015 of first-degree murder by a federal jury in Washington D.C. However, because of a recent ruling, Slatten will now undergo a re-trial in the Iraqi shooting incident.

According to federal court documents, the primary reason for reversing Slatten’s first-degree murder conviction was because of his motion to sever. The circuit justices stated, “The district court denied Slatten’s motion to sever, finding the co-defendant’s admissions constituted inadmissible … CONTINUED


Dronebarger to host town hall about proposed sports complex

Posted on August 10, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Because of the ongoing developments of the newly proposed sports complex to be built by the White County Public School System, director of schools Kurt Dronebarger has announced he will hold a public town hall.

As previously reported by The Expositor, the White County Board of Education has approved a plan to construct a new sports complex for the White County Public School System. The board is in the process of designing the new complex.

The site for the proposed sports complex has been selected by the board to be placed behind the White County Middle School. Because of the high volume of requests from the public for … CONTINUED


Airport to begin $300,000 lead-in lights project

Posted on August 10, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport board members recently reviewed and approved a plan to install lead in lights for the airport.

On Aug. 8, 2017, the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting to discuss several items, ranging from airport projects and the upcoming eclipse.

One of the larger items on the agenda was the discussion of the bid results for a new lead-in light project for the runway. According to the airport’s engineer, there were three potential bidders that attended the mandatory pre-bid meeting.

However, only one of those three potential bidders submitted a bid for consideration. Guardian Electric Corporation, in Nashville, … CONTINUED


Jerry Eugene Frasier

Posted on August 10, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Jerry Eugene Frasier, 68, of Sparta, passed away Wednesday evening at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Anna Ruth Hagewood

Posted on August 9, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Anna Ruth Hagewood, 72, of Avon Park, Florida, passed away Aug. 7, 2017.

Mrs. Hagewood was born Sept. 8, 1944, in Manchester, Tennessee, to Lewis Thomas Wood and Mamie Ruth Swoape Wood. She grew up in White County and graduated from White County High School, in 1962.

She made Avon Park, Florida, her home, in 1970, coming from Frostproof. She was of the Christian faith. She was a great cook and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Alvin J. Hagewood, of Avon Park; daughters, LaNita (Jeffrey) Roth, of Avon Park, Lisa (Scott) Mason, of Avon Park; grandchildren, Jeston Mason, Rori Roth, … CONTINUED


Margaret Ann Bryan Marlowe

Posted on August 9, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Margaret Ann Bryan Marlowe, 89, passed away Aug. 7, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

She was born March 27, 1928.

Mrs. Marlowe owned and operated Sparta Flowers and gifts for many years. After she sold the shop, she continued to work there for many more years until her health made it impossible to stand all day. She was a lifelong member of Sparta First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Marlowe served as a commissioner of Sparta Housing Authority for many years. She also assisted with the White County Fair Association and worked with the Fairest of the Fair Pageant by doing the decorations for all the pageants. Mrs. … CONTINUED


Collision on North Spring Street 

Posted on August 8, 2017 6:06 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley


Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of an automotive accident involving a pickup truck and a commercial tractor trailer. 

At approximately 4:40 pm, White County E-911 dispatchers received a call regarding a collision involving a tractor trailer on North Spring Street at the Robert Matthews Highway intersection. 

The Sparta Fire Department, White County Emergency Medical Service and the Sparta Police Department were all dispatched to the scene. 

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered a blue Ford Ranger was involved in a side collision with a commercial Tractor-Trailer. 

The White County EMS personnel attended to those involved in the incident, while firefighters and law enforcement secured the scene and … CONTINUED


FHU names Lewis to Dean’s List

Posted on August 8, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Freed Hardeman University has released the names of students who made the President’s List and the Dean’s List for Spring 2017. Recognition on the Dean’s List requires full-time status and a minimum GPA of 3.40 for the semester. The following student was on this list: Alex Lewis, a junior communication public relations major, of Sparta.


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