Monthly Archives: December 2017

Social Security won’t give you security

Posted on December 28, 2017 8:08 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By Chris Hogan for Prager University

If you’re counting on Social Security to finance your retirement, you’re in for a big surprise—and not the good kind.

Let me give you two reasons why.

One: Social Security is going broke.

And, two: Even if it weren’t going broke, it couldn’t possibly cover the cost of a decent retirement.

Let’s look at these two reasons in a little more detail, and then I’ll propose a solution.

Social Security is going broke.

When this government program was set up in 1935, the average life expectancy was 60. But you couldn’t collect your first check until you reached … Read More


White County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit receives new body armor

Posted on December 28, 2017 8:08 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

White County Sheriff’s Office K9 Reno will receive a bullet-and-stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc.

The vests were sponsored by PetArmor and Walmart and embroidered with the sentiment “Protection provided by PetArmor & Walmart.”

Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide bullet-and-stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established, in 2009, to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers.

Since its inception, Vested Interest … Read More


Vehicle runs off Highway 111 on Christmas Eve

Posted on December 28, 2017 8:08 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Emergency responders were dispatched on Christmas Eve to a motor vehicle incident with possible injuries after a vehicle left the roadway and crashed at the bottom of an embankment.

On Dec. 24, 2017, at approximately 2:39 p.m., dispatchers with the White County Emergency 911 Communications Center received an initial report that a vehicle left the roadway on Highway 111 and someone was reportedly trapped inside.

Firefighters with NorthEnd Volunteer Fire Department, White County Sheriff Department, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and White County Emergency Medical Service were dispatched to the scene.

The vehicle was located by first responders on the northbound side of Highway 111 approximately … Read More


Reflecting on the top 2017 stories

Posted on December 28, 2017 8:08 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The year 2017 has proven to be an eventful year for White and Van Buren counties, with headlines ranging from lawsuits against county officials, a police pursuit that led to a deadly officer-involved shooting, and the ongoing federal criminal case of a once prominent White County businessman.

The following news stories interested the readers of SpartaLive the most this year.

15) New Findlay Elementary – On Feb. 27, White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger presented the school system’s plan to the county commissioners for the construction of a new Findlay Elementary School. The county school system has steadily moved forward with the planning of the new 70,000-square-foot … Read More


Curtiss honored for years of service

Posted on December 28, 2017 8:08 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Charles Curtiss, a White County statesman, who has long served the residents of White County in several local and state elected positions, including county commissioner, county executive, and state representative, was recognized and honored, on Dec. 27, 2017, for his years of service. Highway 70, (Smithville Highway) from the DeKalb County/White County line to the city limits of Sparta, will now be known as Representative Charlie Curtiss Highway. See additional photos of the ceremony on 2A. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)


Overturned vehicle on Smithville Highway

Posted on December 28, 2017 7:07 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Emergency responders have been dispatched to the scene of a vehicle that left the roadway and rollover on Highway 70 (Smithville Highway).

At approximately 6:37 a.m., White County dispatchers were notified of a possible single vehicle incident on Highway 70 approximately three miles from the White/DeKalb county line.

Upon arrival, first responders discovered a compact SUV had left the roadway and overturned as it went down an embankment.

One lane has been closed while emergency responders are on the scene. The Tennesse Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation.

See an upcoming edition of The Expositor for further details regarding this incident.


Warriorettes hold on to win

Posted on December 27, 2017 1:01 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriorettes hold on to win against the St. Charles Lady Spartans 66-53. The Warriorettes were led by Hannah Leftwich who finished with a double-double finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Gracie Dodgen also chipped in 15 points and Kanden Reeves added 11 points. The Warriorettes will play in the Championship game tomorrow at 3 pm ET/ 2 pm CT.


Warriorettes finish the third quarter strong

Posted on December 27, 2017 12:12 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriorettes struggled to start the third quarter and let St. Charles get the game back to within 10, but the Warriorettes closed out the third quarter on an 11-6 run and lead 53-38 heading into the final quarter of play.


Warriorettes lead at the half

Posted on December 27, 2017 12:12 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriorettes lead the St. Charles Lady Spartans 39-23 at the half. The Warriorettes were led by Hannah Leftwich in the first half. Leftwich has 14 points and 9 rebounds. Gracie Dodgen also chipped in 9 points and Kanden Reeves added 8 points.


Warriorettes lead at the end of the first quarter

Posted on December 27, 2017 12:12 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriorettes lead the St. Charles Lady Spartans 25-15 at the end of the first quarter.


Warriorettes preparing for practice

Posted on December 26, 2017 1:01 pm by Andy Southard

The Warriorettes are preparing for their only practice in Silver Springs, Maryland before getting their tournament started tomorrow. The Warriorettes will play their first game of the tournament tomorrow at 1 pm ET/12 pm CT. If the Warriorettes win tomorrow they will play in the Championship game on Thursday at 3 pm ET/ 2 pm CT.


Conner graduates from TTU

Posted on December 26, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Jarrod Conner, of Sparta, the son of Kim Swindell Wood and the late Phillip “Woody Phillips” Wood, received his degree in electrical engineering during the Dec. 16, 2017, graduation ceremonies at Tennessee Tech. Conner, a 1999, graduate of White County High School, has been employed by The Expositor for the past 20 years as a graphic designer and will now move on to a position in his chosen field.


Walker receives degree from UT Martin

Posted on December 26, 2017 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Ben Walker, a White County resident, was among students who received degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin during fall commencement held Dec. 16, 2017, in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center on the UT Martin campus.


Sonic Shootout Tournament 2017

Posted on December 26, 2017 8:08 am by Andy Southard

Making the All-Tournament team from Clarkrange and White County are (L-R) Kassie Monday, Kaylie Monday, Gracie Bush, Hannah Garrett (MVP), Gracie Dodgen (White County) Kendreah Reeves (White County), and Hannah Leftwich (White County).

Warriorettes – Sonic Shootout Runner-Up


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