Monthly Archives: November 2017

Velma Louise Cunningham

Posted on November 21, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Velma Louise Cunningham, 74, of Spencer, passed away Nov. 19, 2017, at Generations Center of Spencer.

Ms. Cunningham was born Aug. 18, 1943, in Spencer, the daughter of J.L. Hale and Melvina Russell Hale.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Evelyn Robinson.

Survivors include two sons, James Cunningham and wife Teresa, of Spencer, Brian Cunningham and wife Tina, of Spencer; two granddaughters, Stephanie Caballero, of Spencer, Haidee Cunningham, of Spencer; great-grandson, Alex Caballero, of Spencer; sister, Viva Lemons, of Spencer; brother, Tony Hale, of Sparta; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Nov. 22, 2017, at Spencer … Read More


Eileen Frances Leeds

Posted on November 21, 2017 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Eileen Frances Leeds, 69, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 19, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Leeds was born Aug. 30, 1948, in Bronx, New York, the daughter of William Flores and Margaret McGee Flores.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Leeds Sr., and six brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her sons, Charles Leeds Jr., of Atlantic City, New Jersey; John Leeds, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey; James Leeds of Monterey, IN; and George Leeds of Crossville, TN.

Daughter, Lee Ann Gallagher and husband Kenneth, of Sparta;

brothers, Thomas Flores, Steven Flores, Alexander Flores, Richard Flores; sisters, Maureen Flores, Irene Flores; … Read More


Lori Ann Pollard Kibbey

Posted on November 21, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Lori Ann Pollard Kibbey, 48, passed away Nov. 18, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, after an extended illness.

Ms. Kibbey was born Jan. 23, 1969, in Willoughby, Lake County, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her grand parents, J. D. Pollard and Opal Roberts Pollard, who had resided in Doyle, Clelon Elrod and Geneva Nash Elrod, who had resided in Sparta; and an aunt, Shirley Elrod Allen, who had resided in Sparta.

Survivors include her parents, John and Geraldine Elrod Pollard, of Sparta; sister, Lisa Pollard Robinson, of Knoxville; brother, Johnny Pollard, of Sparta; nephew, John-John Pollard, of Sparta; nieces, Stacie Robinson McDonald, of Sparta, Olivia … Read More


Rose Mae Brown Bennett

Posted on November 21, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Rose Mae Brown Bennett, 86, of Arrington, went home to be with her Lord, on Nov. 5, 2017.

Born in Putnam County, Tennessee, Mrs. Bennett, along with her husband, Gene, owned and operated Edison Vacuum, in Nashville, for over 55 years and also Roseland Farm, in Arrington,

She was a member of the Nolensville First Baptist Church where she taught Children’s Sunday School for many years. She was a past Worthy Matron of Rock City Eastern Star and a very loyal fan of the football program at the University of Tennessee.

Mrs. Bennett was preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. Alfred Brown and Loela Brown, and … Read More


Clayton Ray Hollingsworth

Posted on November 21, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Clayton Ray Hollingsworth, 93, passed away Nov. 18, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Hollingsworth was born Nov. 23, 1923, in Doyle, to Luther Elbert Hollingsworth and Ora Womack Hollingsworth.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his service, he returned home to his family.

He enjoyed his faming, cattle, outdoors, and his loving family. Mr. Hollingsworth also drove a school bus for the White County area for several years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Josephine Phifer Hollingsworth; and brothers Carl Hollingsworth and Keith Hollingsworth.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Clayton E. Hollingsworth and Elaine, of Sparta; brother, … Read More


Eastland breakfast

Posted on November 21, 2017 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Dec. 2

Who: Eastland Volunteer Fire Department

What: Breakfast- adults $7; children 12 and under, $3 (scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, potatoes, gravy and biscuits, pancakes on request)

When: 6-10 a.m.

Where: 221 Eastland Cemetery Rd. at Fire Station #1

Contact: (931) 935-8200 for deliveries


Increased patrols are planned during Thanksgiving holiday

Posted on November 20, 2017 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

On Nov. 20, Commissioner David W. Purkey of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDSOHS) and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott joined multiple law enforcement partners to announce the fifth annual “I-40 Challenge Drive to Zero Fatalities” traffic safety initiative.

The I-40 Challenge will consist of increased patrols from state police/ highway patrol agencies along the I-40 corridor. In Tennessee, I-40 enforcement efforts will increase on the busiest travel days during the Thanksgiving holiday starting on Wednesday, November 22, and continuing through Sunday, November 26.

“It is so heartbreaking when we lose a life on our Tennessee roadways,” Colonel Tracy Trott said. “I am … Read More


WCMS 7th and 8th grade basketball teams go 2-2 against Tullahoma

Posted on November 20, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Garrett Johnson goes up for a layup in Thursday night’s game vs. West. Johnson led the 7th grade Warriors team with 12 points.

The White County Middle School 7th and 8th grade basketball teams played host to CTC Conference opponent West Tullahoma, on Thursday night. The 7th grade teams picked up wins in both of their games, but the 8th grade teams were not as lucky.

In the 7th grade games, the Warriorettes were the first team to play. The Warriorettes won their game 31-19. In the second game, the Warriors defeated West Tullahoma 46-15.

In the 8th grade games, the Warriorettes were defeated 24-17. In the last … Read More


Parker signs with University of the Cumberlands, will continue softball

Posted on November 20, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Paige Parker always knew she wanted to play sports past her high school day. She had been dreaming about that day since she was 7 years old. On Nov. 8, 2017, she turned that dream into a reality when she signed with University of the Cumberlands.

University of the Cumberlands is an NAIA school located in Williamsburg, Kentucky. The Patriots went 19-34 last year and competed in the Mid-South Conference. This year, though, the Patriots will be under the guidance of a Tennessee Tech former assistant coach, Bailey Dillender. Dillender had this to say about Parker.

“I watched Paige the entire time I was living in Cookeville and … Read More


White County High School chosen to be a part of the inaugural Unified Track and Field State Invitational

Posted on November 20, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association and Special Olympics Tennessee are pleased to announce the eight high schools that will participate in the inaugural Unified Track and Field State Invitational. Each of these schools will work closely with Special Olympics Tennessee in training students with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. The schools are as follows:

-White County High School (Sparta)

-Bartlett High School (Bartlett)

-Glencliff High School (Nashville)

-Hardin Valley Academy (Knoxville)

-Harpeth High School (Kingston Springs)

-Lebanon High School (Lebanon)

-Sycamore High School (Pleasant View)

-Volunteer High School (Church Hill)

Sean Stake, vice president of sports at Special Olympics Tennessee, spoke of the decision-making … Read More


Warriors net first win of the season

Posted on November 20, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Dyson Reece goes up for a layup in Friday’s game vs. Cannon County. Reece led all scorers with 24 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

When the White County High School Warriors and the Cannon County Lions took the court on Friday night, nobody knew what to expect in this game. The Warriors would lead 17-12 after one quarter of play. In the second quarter, the Warriors’ offense would break out and outscore the Lions 24-10 and take a 19-point lead into the locker room. The Warriors would win the game 77-54.

In the first quarter, the Warriors jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after getting two free … Read More


Warriorettes outscore Cannon County 68-30

Posted on November 20, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

The Warriorette basketball team bounced back from a tough opening night to pick up their first win of the season, on Friday, when they handed Cannon County a 68-30 loss at Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

Sophomore guard Kanden Reeves led the way with 12 points, followed by Gracie Dodgen with 11 points. The Warriorettes shot the ball well from the field, hitting 44 percent of their shots overall. They were 14 of their 34 attempts from 2 points’ range and 10 out of 21 from outside the arc. The Warriorettes improved their percentage from the charity stripe converting on 10 of their 12 attempts.

The big key for the … Read More


U. C. Home and Garden Show inviting exhibitors to participate

Posted on November 20, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

While you are going to holiday parties and shopping for gifts, the Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland is already making plans for the 2018 Home & Garden Show, which will be March 2-4 in Cookeville.

If you sell products or services for the Home, and would you like to be face-to-face with thousands of local customers, now is the time to reserve your exhibit space. For almost 50 years, the Home Builders Association has sponsored the event each March to help businesses to connect with consumers that are interested in building, remodeling, buying, landscaping, interior design and other home-related projects.

For more information about participating in … Read More


Gilmore says $500 prize is just in time for Christmas presents

Posted on November 20, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sara Gilmore, of Sparta, was the recent winner of $500 from The Expositor during the “12 Weeks of Christmas” promotion. Gilmore’s name was drawn from one of the participating businesses, Sparkle City. L-R: Sara Gilmore, winner, and Amy Vinson, Expositor bookkeeper.


Prayer is the first step to being thankful

Posted on November 20, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

In the First National Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1779, George Washington stated that “it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” This was rightfully said in accordance with the thankfulness and praises to God that ring through the Scriptures (Psa. 30:4,12; Col. 3:15). In fact, it can be easily seen that a thankful life involves three main areas: a life led by prayer, lifting up others, and one that loves kindness.

Prayer is the first step … Read More


We should have paid more attention to Barry Goldwater

Posted on November 20, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

In 1960, Barry Goldwater wrote a book called “The Conscience of a Conservative.” His ideas did not go over well with Democrats or liberals who thought it went too far in eliminating federal government programs. Throughout the years, Barry Goldwater was criticized by many, in his own party, for being too vocal about the direction the Republican Party was taking. We all should have listened to him. In his acceptance speech as the Republican presidential candidate, in 1964, Senator Goldwater issued a warning about the people who would seek absolute power as being corrupt, and we should be suspicious of and oppose … Read More


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