Monthly Archives: September 2017

Fuel prices hold steady, unlikely to fall anytime soon

Posted on September 7, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

With the passing of Hurricane Harvey and the wake of the damages caused by the hurricane, fuel prices have risen across the country and are unlikely to rescind any time soon.

White County motorists and travelers across the country have most likely noticed the rise in fuel prices. Many experts in the petroleum and transportation industry don’t believe the prices of fuel will be dropping anytime soon.

Tennessee’s average price rose 40 cents in the past eight days, according to a report issued by the AAA – The Auto Club Group. In Sparta, the average price, on Sept. 6, was $2.68 per gallon for regular unleaded gas.

Two … CONTINUED


Doyle Board approves 2017-2018 $107,150 budget

Posted on September 7, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Doyle officials approved the new budget, on Sept. 5, 2017, for the upcoming fiscal year after numerous discussions over the past three months.

The Town of Doyle requires that the proposed budget be presented, discussed, and approved in three separate readings.

During the second reading of the proposed budget last month, the board voted unanimously to approve increasing the amount budgeted for the Town of Doyle Fire Department.

Annually, the Town of Doyle contributes to the Doyle’s   volunteer firefighters’ points fund. These funds are used as a small incentive to encourage participation and to provide some form of reimbursements for volunteer firefighters. The board voted during its August … CONTINUED


Ms. Senior White County 2017

Posted on September 7, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Gladys Whiteaker (left) was crowned the 2017 Ms. Senior White County during Senior Day at the fair, on Sept. 1, 2017. Ruth Rhea “Pinkie” Tubb Hill (right), the 2016 Ms. Senior White County, crowned the winner. Photo by TERRIE WALKER


White County Fairest of the Fair

Posted on September 7, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The 2017 White County Fairest 0f the Fair, Regan Flatt, was crowned during festivities, on Sept. 4, 2017, at the White County Agriculture Complex. The queen’s court included Staci Dildine (first runner up), Jordan Glass (second runner up), Sierra Maggart (third runner up), Hailie Ray Young (fourth runner up), and Libby Lafever (Miss Congeniality). Other pageant photos can be found inside today’s edition of The Expositor. Photo by TERRIE WALKER


White County’s jobless rate maintains its low percentages

Posted on September 7, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Tennessee continues to make strong improvements in its unemployment rates, while White County maintains its low unemployment rate.

Tennessee continues to reach historic lows in statewide unemployment figures, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. In a recently released audit report, Tennessee’s county unemployment rates for July 2017 showed improvement in a large number of counties.

Approximately 40 of Tennessee’s 95 counties saw their unemployment rates continue to improve compared to June 2017 state audit report. Additionally, 31 counties across the state saw no measurable movement during the most recent survey.

Unfortunately, 24 Tennessee counties did experience a small increase in their unemployment figures. These … CONTINUED


Airhart named interim director of Achievement School District

Posted on September 7, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Kathleen Airhart, former superintendent of Putnam County schools who was named Tennessee Superintendent of the Year, in 2011, will served as interim director of the state-run Achievement School District, effective the end of September after the departure of the current superintendent. Airhart now serves as Tennessee Education deputy commissioner and chief operations officer. Click here for the complete story.


Firefighters respond to fully engulfed structure fire on Tom Frasier Road

Posted on September 7, 2017 1:01 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Multiple fire departments from across White County were dispatched late in the night on Sept. 6 to respond to a fully involved structure fire.

At Approximately 10:50 pm, the White County Emergency 911 Communications Center was notified about a possible structure fire on Tom Frasier Road, which runs off of Verna Qualls Road.

Initial reports stated nearby residents believed the home was unoccupied.

Multiple fire departments including Eastland, Sparta, BonDeCroft, Cherry Creek and Hickory Valley were all dispatched to the scene. The White County Sheriff Department and the White County Emergency Medical Services were also dispatched to standby at Tom Frasier Road.

Upon arrival, emergency responders were faced … CONTINUED


Single vehicle accident on Memorial Highway, one transported

Posted on September 6, 2017 7:07 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

On Sept. 6, at approximately 5:21 p.m., dispatchers from the White County E-911 Communications Center received an emergency call regarding a single vehicle accident on Highway 70S (Memorial Highway).

Doyle, Mt. Gilead, Central View and Hickory Valley volunteer fire departments, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, White County Emergency Medical Service, White County Sheriff Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were all dispatched to the scene on Memorial Highway.

Initial reports stated that a vehicle was traveling down Memorial Highway – Southbound and crossed the median onto the Northbound side of Memorial Highway before crashing into the ditch line / tree line.

Multiple eyewitnesses were able to confirm the initial … CONTINUED


Blasting occurs at the Rogers Group rock quarry

Posted on September 6, 2017 2:02 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

Residents across Sparta and White County took to social media about experiencing ground shaking and reportedly hearing a loud boom today around noon.

The Expositor was able to reach out to Rogers Group, which operates a quarry on the Old Smithville Highway in Sparta. An official with Rogers Group confirmed that the Sparta Quarry has been conducting blasting operations today.

The Sparta Quarry has been owned and operated by Rogers Group since 1983. Officials stated that blasting can occur whenever necessary in order to expand and continue operations at the quarry.


Community pep rally

Posted on September 6, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Revival

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

Sun.-Fri., Sept. 10-15

Who: Community Fellowship Church

What: Revival (Dr. Rudy Holland, speaker)

When: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., on Sept. 10; 7 p.m. nightly, Sept. 11-15

Where: 382 W. Bockman Way, Sparta

Contact: (931) 657-5244


Potluck

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

Saturday, Sept. 23

Who: Quebeck-Walling Community Center

What: Potluck, bring an entrée or side dish to share

When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m., meal begins at 6 p.m.

Where: Quebeck Community Center

Contact: (931) 657-1009


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