Monthly Archives: November 2017

Are you really t-h-a-n-k-f-u-l?

Posted on November 27, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

The apostle Paul said, “In everything give thanks” (1 The. 5:18). Therefore, in this season of thanksgiving, let us all be reminded of some of the things for which we are thankful.

T – Thorns (2 Cor. 12:7): Paul was given a thorn in the flesh so that he would not become too spiritually proud and self-confident. Humility is required of all (James 4:10). Are you thankful for those “thorns” that keep us grounded from day to day (2 Cor. 12:10)?

H – Hope (Titus 1:2): Christians can desire and expect to go to Heaven because God can’t lie. … Read More


Are you asking “why?” and “what?” more often lately?

Posted on November 27, 2017 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

The new tax plan has been the center of numerous news reports, in the mainstream media and the internet. Democrats are telling us the plan is a disaster for the majority of people. Republicans are saying this will improve everything for everybody. As always, the conflicting reports, charts, graphs, and comments are enough to make one’s head explode. Finding the truth is not easy, and I certainly don’t claim to know all the answers.

In my opinion, the biggest obstacle to determining the impact of this new tax plan is the fact that this proposal projects changes occurring over a 10-year period … Read More


Revenue collections fall short of state estimates

Posted on November 27, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Revenue collections across Tennessee continue to grow but still fall short of the state’s budgeted estimates.

State and local sales taxes collected in White County have shown signs of growth for the month of October. Approximately $1,351,649 was collected for state sales taxes and approximately $359,104.72 was collected for local sales taxes, in White County.

State revenues for the month of October exceeded revenues collected in October a year ago but were marginally less than the budgeted estimate. Larry Martin, Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration commissioner, recently reported that October revenues were $1.0 billion, which is $31.1 million more than October 2016 and $1.3 million less than … Read More


White County’s unemployment rate increases slightly

Posted on November 27, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Unemployment rates continue to remain low across the state, including White County, according to a recently released state audit report.

Nearly all Tennessee counties continued to have unemployment rates below 5.0 percent, in October 2017, following a record-breaking September, when, for the first time ever, each of the Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced a rate below 5.0 percent. October marked the fifth month that Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate was in record territory, matching the all-time low of 3.0 percent set last month.

“To have so many counties under 5.0 percent unemployment, as we head into the holiday season, is a good thing,” said Burns Phillips, Tennessee Department of Labor … Read More


Benningfield reprimanded by state judicial regulators

Posted on November 27, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

A White County judge who had planned to offer birth control to prisoners in exchange for jail credit has received a formal reprimand from the state’s judicial regulators.

White County General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield issued a standing order, on May 15, 2017, that offered a 30-day sentence reduction for men who agreed to receive a vasectomy and women who agreed to receive a Nexplanon implant, which prevents pregnancy for up to four years.

However, after receiving criticism from the public, the Tennessee Department of Health, and state lawmakers, as well as receiving attention from the American Civil Liberties Union, Benningfield rescinded his original standing order.

The Tennessee … Read More


Luna and Alley honored by state for their service to White County

Posted on November 27, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Family members of B. K. Luna accept a state resolution presented during a recent county commission meeting. L-R: Stephen Luna, son, who was appointed to the county commission to fulfill his father’s term in office; State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County, a former county commissioner who served with Luna; Jo Luna, wife; and State Representative Paul Sherrell, of White County. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Family members of Andy Alley were present to accept the state resolution. L-R: Randy Alley, son; Angie Floyd Alley, daughter-in-law (wife of Terry Alley); Terry Alley, son and county commissioner; Linda Alley, wife; State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County, a former county

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Commission chairman makes statement about public comments

Posted on November 27, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

White County Commission Chairman Stanley Neal made a statement during the Nov. 20 board meeting about recent comments made by another elected official.

“Before I recognize any member from the audience, I would like to say something, and then I would like to read a statement,” said Neal. “Since I’ve been a member of this commission body, I’ve seen a lot of different people come and speak before this commission body.

“I’ve seen people come forward and spoke about something positive. I’ve seen some who have spoke wanting something, and I’ve seen some that have spoke negatively towards this commission about certain issues or projects.

“But in that … Read More


Checking in with WCHS swim team

Posted on November 24, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School swim team competed in the MTSC High School Invitational, on Nov. 11, in Lebanon. In that meet, the WCHS team finished in 7th place out of 21 teams. The women’s team finished in 8th place out of 16 teams, and the men’s team finished in 10th place out of 18 teams.

WCHS had two new records set in the meet, and eight swimmers set 13 new personal best in the events.

In the men’s races, Tyler Vaughn swam in the 500-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly race. In the 500-yard freestyle race, Vaughn finished in 5th place with a time of 6:04.14 and … Read More


Where Bingo meets chair yoga

Posted on November 23, 2017 1:01 pm by

Starting on Nov. 6 (and recurring every first and third Monday of each month), the Van Buren County Health Department and Community Health Center is hosting a free “chair yoga bingo” game at the Van Buren Senior Center, in Spencer.

Yoga has been proven to increase flexibility, balance, muscle mass, agility, and bone density, which helps maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of fall-related injuries. Also, daily physical activity, like yoga, helps reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and colon cancer.

Chair yoga poses are performed while sitting in a chair and are less strenuous than other yoga … Read More


WCHS bowling update

Posted on November 22, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School bowling team had two matches on Nov. 6 and Nov. 7. On Nov. 6, the team took on Cumberland County High School. On Nov. 7, the team faced off against Upperman High School.

On Nov. 6, the Warriorettes lost their match 23-4. Cumberland County won the total pinfall amount 2401-1936. The Warriors lost their match 17-10 against Cumberland County. The Warriors lost the overall pin fall 2954 to 2700.

On Nov. 7, the Warriorettes lost to Upperman by a score of 21-6. The total pinfall numbers were Upperman’s 2321 to WCHS’s 2146. The Warriors lost their match 20-7. WCHS also lost the overall … Read More


Checking in with local college football players

Posted on November 22, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

With all of the local football players’ seasons coming to a close, here is a look at how each of them finished their season.

Hunter Cantrell, a senior punter at Tusculum University, closed out his final season as one of the most decorated punters in Tusculum history. Cantrell finished with a share of All-SAC first team honors with Limestone punter Alex Haynes. Cantrell finished the … Read More


Checking in with six local college basketball players

Posted on November 22, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

As the college basketball seasons are just really getting started, The Expositor will check in and see how local athletes are starting off their seasons.

Lakelyn Bouldin and the UTC Lady Mocs are off to a rough start on the year starting the season with a 1-3 record. However, Bouldin has gotten off to a good start. Through four … Read More


Eagles split their games during Saturday action

Posted on November 22, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

Bo Walker goes up for a layup over a McCallie defender. Walker finished with 16 points against McCallie.

On Saturday, the Van Buren County Eagles traveled to Chattanooga to take on McCallie High School and Notre Dame High School. Van Buren County struggled in the first game against McCallie, losing 78-53. In the nightcap, the Eagles picked up their second win of the season winning that game 74-62.

In the first game of the day, the Eagles struggled with McCallie pressure, falling behind 25-12 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, McCallie outscored the Eagles 10-7 and took a 35-19 lead into halftime.

After … Read More


Eaglettes go 1-1 over the weekend

Posted on November 22, 2017 9:09 am by Andy Southard

This past Saturday, the Van Buren County Eaglettes traveled down to Chattanooga for two games against Girls Preparatory School and the host school, Notre Dame High School. The Eaglettes finished the day 1-1. The Eaglettes lost a heartbreaker in the first game against GPS, 35-31. In the second game, the Eaglettes came from behind to take down Notre Dame 53-51 in overtime.

In the first game, the Eaglettes jumped out to an early 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, neither team could get much going offensively as both sides scored 3 points, and the Eaglettes took a 17-15 lead into the … Read More


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