Monthly Archives: August 2017

Upper Cumberland Parade of homes set for Aug. 19 and 20

Posted on August 4, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The Upper Cumberland Parade of Homes will be Aug. 19 and 20, in Cookeville, and surrounding areas. Presented by the Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland, the tour will include new and remodeled houses that feature a variety of design styles and innovative building products.

The Upper Cumberland is a great place to live, and the Parade of Homes celebrates the exceptional quality, fine craftsmanship and design choices that are available here. Instead of just browsing through design magazines and watching HGTV, you can stroll through impressive homes in real neighborhoods and talk directly to builders and product suppliers to gather information for your own project. You … Read More

Newly renovated Jere Whitson Building open for business

Posted on August 4, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

One of Tennessee Tech’s oldest and most historic buildings is open again for business. The Jere Whitson Building, which originally housed the university library, has been transformed into a campus visitor and welcome center.

With more than 27,000 square feet of usable space, the building is now home to the offices of admissions, financial aid, advisement, academic services, records and registration and military and veteran affairs.

Consolidation of these offices into one space makes it much easier on students who need assistance, and provides important navigation help for incoming students and their families.

“Opening the building before the semester begins is helpful for campus visits,” said Leslie Crickenberger, … Read More

Smith is new lay preacher at Blue Spring Presbyterian Church and at Sparta First Presbyterian

Posted on August 4, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Two of local Presbyterian churches are welcoming a new preacher and pastor. Andrew Smith, a member and elder at First Presbyterian Cookeville, has been called to be the lay pastor at Blue Spring Presbyterian Church and at Sparta First Presbyterian, both part of the White County Parish.

Smith received his Master of Theological Studies (MTS) Degree in 2015 from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and in addition to being a new pastor in White County, he also teaches courses in writing, literature, and religious studies at Tennessee Tech. He earned his Master of Arts in Literature at Middle Tennessee State University, in 1999, and has been at Tech since … Read More

2017 FAIR Magazine is online

Posted on August 4, 2017 10:10 am by Jarrod Conner

The 2017 White County Fair magazine is now available online. Click HERE to view it. The print version is available at locations across White County now. This year’s fair is Sept. 1-9, 2017.

Tennessee Tech, TCAT Livingston, Fitzgerald companies to announce new partnership

Posted on August 4, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

WHAT: Announcement of public-private partnership between Tennessee Tech University, Tennessee College of Applied Technology Livingston, and Fitzgerald companies

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 7, 9 a.m.

WHERE: Oakley STEM Center lobby, 155 W. 7th Street, Cookeville TN 38505


  • Phil Oldham, president of Tennessee Tech University
  • Myra West, president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Livingston
  • Representatives of Fitzgerald companies

Visuals: Two Fitzgerald trucks will be available for photo and video opportunities outside of the Oakley STEM Center, along with Tech’s Baja and Formula car teams.

The mission of the partnership is to support research, education and training in the region and to promote optimization in the trucking industry. Details … Read More

Terry Whitson

Posted on August 4, 2017 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Terry Whitson, 69, of Sparta, passed away this morning at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Larry Battle hired by Custom Tool as director of business development

Posted on August 4, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Custom Tool, Inc., a precision machining company, has hired Larry Battle as director of business development. Battle brings significant industry experience in the health care, law enforcement equipment, and heavy-truck markets, along with management experience gained with large manufacturers in the Southeast.

“This is a very dynamic time in manufacturing” states Bob Young, vice president sales and operations at Custom Tool. “Larry’s mission will be to introduce Custom Tool in markets where customers need a sustainable, dependable supplier for parts specific to their individual needs. That mission includes helping us build on our workforce development efforts to ensure we have the talent base to deliver high quality parts … Read More

Faith Baptist VBS

Posted on August 4, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Faith Baptist Church, 640 Maughon Rd., in Sparta, will host a Vacation Bible School, for children 4 years old to sixth grade, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 5, and 10 a.m.-noon, on Sunday, Aug. 6. For more information call (931) 738-8849.

Kinnaird reunion

Posted on August 4, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Aug. 26

Who: Kinnaird family

What: Reunion (potluck lunch; paper goods provided)

When: Noon-3 p.m.

Where: Northfield Elementary School cafeteria

Contact: (931) 761-3328

Juanita Ann “Nina” Mitten

Posted on August 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Juanita Ann “Nina” Mitten, 29, of Manchester, passed away July 26, 2017, at Unity Medical Center.

Mrs. Mitten was born July 23, 1988, in Sparta.

Above all, she loved the Lord. Mrs. Mitten enjoyed scrapbooking, spending time with her family, and was great with little kids. She was an amazing poetry writer. Her talents in poetry were proven when one of her poems was published in a book. She will be missed by her loving family.

Mrs. Mitten was preceded in death by her grandmother, Juanita Ann Rogers.

Local foods plentiful and more convenient than ever

Posted on August 4, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Farmers Market Week is Aug. 6-12

August marks the peak of growing season, with more types of produce available in larger quantities than any other time of year. August 6-12 is National Farmers Market Week. From special events and activities to lighting up the night in Nashville, it’s a great time to get your fill of fresh, local foods.

It’s easier to find a market than ever before. Weekday markets are now popular, and in areas with dense populations, farmers often set up in a neighborhood for a single afternoon or evening during the week. The combination of convenient locations and abundant supply makes it possible for … Read More

Girls Golf team wins the Golden Eagle Classic 

Posted on August 3, 2017 5:05 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriorettes Golf team won the Golden Eagle Classic today at the Dayton Country Club in Dayton, Tennessee. 

The Warriors Golf team came in 2nd in the tournament. 

White County Fair Books are ready

Posted on August 3, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Fair Board members are excited about the upcoming fair, which will be Sept. 1-Sept. 9. The fair books are  ready for distribution, and Terrie Walker proudly displays the board’s 2016 first place trophy that was won at the Tennessee Association of Fairs for the best fair book. This was the second year that White County Fair won first place in this same category. The fair book is designed by The Expositor’s graphic artist, Jarrod Conner.

White County Fair books are available at The Expositor, First National Bank, Citizen Bank, Bank of White County, Caney Fork Electric, Sparta Electric, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, Ben Lomand Telephone, U.S. … Read More

Putnam County Library Friends presents Dinner With an Author

Posted on August 3, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

This year’s dinner will be 6:30 p.m., Friday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m., at Leslie Town Centre, which is located at 111 West 1st Street, in Cookeville.

The guest author this year is Ruta Sepetys, the 2017 winner of both the Carnegie Medal (the UK’s most prestigious award for children’s literature) and the Golden Kite Award for Young Adult Literature from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  Sepetys is a New York Times bestselling author of Out of the Easy, Between Shades of Gray, and her most recent book, Salt to The Sea.  Her writing can be described as deeply researched historical fiction that appeals to … Read More

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