Monthly Archives: December 2017

Sonic Shootout Tournament 2017

Posted on December 26, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Making the Sonic Shootout All-Tournament team from Warren County and White County are (L-R) Isaiah Grayson (MVP), Chance Hobbs, Masyn Winningham (White County), Irving Espinoza, Dyson Reece (White County), Tyree Ladet, and Grant Slatten (White County)

Warriors – Sonic Shootout Runner-up


Warriors runner-up in Sonic Shootout

Posted on December 26, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Grant Slatten soars through the air in Friday night’s championship game. Slatten finished with 22 points.

Masyn Winningham goes up for a layup in Thursday’s win over Red Bank. Winningham finished with 16 points in the win.

The White County High School Warriors found themselves in the Sonic Shootout championship game again this year after winning it the past two years, but this year the Warriors were unable to defend their title against a very talented Warren County Pioneer team.

The Warriors squared off against a team that they will see at least two more times this year and gave the Pioneers all they wanted. Both teams would … Read More


2017 Renasant Bank Christmas Tournament

Posted on December 26, 2017 7:07 am by Andy Southard


Warriorettes fall in Sonic Shootout finals

Posted on December 26, 2017 6:06 am by Andy Southard

Kendreah Reeves knocks down a 3. Reeves finished with three 3’s on Thursday night.

Saige Johnson sets up for a 3 in the Warriorettes’ game on Wednesday night. Johnson finished with 6 points in that game.

The Warriorettes were unable to bring home the Sonic Shootout Championship for the second straight year, losing in the championship game this year to Clarkrange High School.

WCHS had their chances at the Lady Buffaloes, but in the end, shooting 23.3 percent from the field proved to be the downfall of the Warriorettes, and Clarkrange captured the 65-48 victory.

The Warriorettes connected on only 12 of their 38 2-points attempts in the … Read More


The end of time in 2017

Posted on December 26, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

As we anticipate the end of this year, God will have blessed us with 8,760 hours of time. Thus, we all have to ask ourselves if our time has been well spent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has broken down the average hours per day that employed full-time Americans spent in selected activities last year. What it reveals is telling of how most Americans have spent their time this year too.

In 2016, this group of Americans spent 6.41 hours a day in working and work-related activities. They spent 1.41 hours a day in household activities and 4 hours … Read More


Wishing everyone hope, courage, peace, and joy

Posted on December 26, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democrat Dialog – By Debra Wines

This past year has been a roller coaster ride of stupendous and death-defying proportions. I know this will come as a shock to any Republicans reading this, but I did have hopes that Donald Trump would, at the very least, be a mediocre president. I did hope that once he was inaugurated and took that very solemn oath of office, his desire to be “the best president” would kick in and he would learn the job, hire good people to advise him, and listen to seasoned policy experts. Within hours of his inauguration, he let Americans know that was not going to … Read More


Two gifts – the native son returns, and the president keeps another campaign promise

Posted on December 26, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Jerry Jones – Patriot and Constitutionalist, Central Intelligence Agency, Ret. Sparta’s native son

As 2017 slides into history, I am making a reappearance. And, thanks to our promise-keeping president, Donald Trump, all of us have a long overdue Christmas and New Year’s gift in the form of reduced federal income taxes beginning Jan. 1, 2018. So, let the celebration begin.

Before I make a few brief comments about President Trump, the Republican Party and their/your big win on tax reduction, let me explain the absence of my weekly article in the Sparta Expositor for the past four months. Much to the chagrin of the Socialist Democrat Party, … Read More


Court of Appeals orders Young to receive new trial on murder charges

Posted on December 26, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Lisa K. Young

A White County woman who was found guilty in April 2016 of first-degree premeditated murder and other charges of a Cookeville woman has been granted a new trial.

On Dec. 7, 2017, the Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee, in Knoxville, issued its opinion about an appeal filed, on June 27, 2017, in the murder trial against Lisa K. Young, of Sparta.

On Feb. 9, 2014, the 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office, assisted by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and detectives with the White County Sheriff Department, conducted an investigation into the death of 41-year-old Jill Farley, of Cookeville.

At approximately … Read More


Chamber board moves forward with smaller mural plans

Posted on December 26, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

After months of discussions and planning, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has decided to pursue a small mural as its first project.

On Dec. 19, 2017, board members once again discussed the project.

Since July of this year, the board has been working on developing plans and ideas for what would be included in the mural and narrowing down a potential site.

During the September and October board meetings, the Chamber has focused on placing the proposed mural on the old Sparta Hardware building, at the corner of South Church Street and Bockman Way, near Liberty Square. The board has already received permission from the … Read More


City of Sparta approves new codes for mobile food truck vendors

Posted on December 26, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Sparta officials approved Thursday to add new codes to address mobile food trucks within the city limits

During the previous city board meeting, the aldermen approved an ordinance, on the first of two required readings, a new provision within the city’s municipal code. This amendment addresses mobile food truck vendors who wish to conduct business within the City of Sparta.

Previously, the City of Sparta did not have any provisions within its municipal code to address this matter. According to Chris Dorsey, city manager, the proposed amendment was modeled after the City of Cookeville’s mobile food truck vendor regulations.

According to the proposed ordinance, “Mobile food units (MFU) … Read More


$34,500 of “Read to be Ready” grant funding awarded to Woodland Park

Posted on December 26, 2017 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

One White County school has recently been named by the Tennessee Department of Education as a recipient of a summer based literacy-focused grant that will aid in the school’s mission to increase and improve literacy skills.

Tennessee’s Education Commissioner Candice McQueen recently announced that 203 schools, including White County’s Woodland Park Elementary School, will be receiving “Read to be Ready” summer grants. The Tennessee Department of Education will be providing a total of $8,860,000 in funding for tuition-free, literacy-focused summer camps for approximately 7,700 students in need across the state.

White County Board of Education has been awarded $34,500 in “Read to be Ready” summer grant funding. According … Read More


Mary Jo Walker

Posted on December 26, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mary Jo Walker, 89, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 23, 2017, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Melvie Mae Simmons Payne

Posted on December 26, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Melvie Mae Simmons Payne, 88, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 22, 2017, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Thomas Alonzo Scott Jr.

Posted on December 24, 2017 4:04 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Thomas Alonzo Scott Jr., 87, passed from this life, on Dec. 21, 2017.

Mr. Scott was born July 3, 1930, in White County, to Thomas Alonzo Scott Sr. and Janie Borden Scott.

Mr. Scott was retired from Carnation Milk, drove a semi for many years for the White County Farmers Co-Op, ran a route throughout Overton and Pickett counties for Dairymen Inc., and was a well known dairyman and beef cattle farmer in the O’Connor community. He will be remembered for his wide smile and friendliness to everyone, having many friends from all walks of life, both young and old. He will be dearly missed by all who … Read More


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