Monthly Archives: January 2018

Alan Lee Dunham

Posted on January 22, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Alan Lee Dunham, 59, passed away Jan. 14, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Dunham was born Nov. 8, 1958, to David Douglas Dunham and Christine Ina Bumbalough Dunham.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Wayne Douglas Dunham.

Survivors include his daughter, Tiffany Leigh Dunham; grandchildren, Shayla Kay Taylor, Seth Brayden Taylor; aunts, Edwina Hutson, Florence Ann Dunham, Jackie Dunham, Ruby Maxwell; and several cousins.

A memorial service will be 6 p.m., Jan. 22, 2018, at Thurman Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 4-6 p.m., Jan. 22, at the funeral home.

Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Eastland breakfast

Posted on January 22, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Janice Mae Maxwell Crawford

Posted on January 22, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Janice Mae Maxwell Crawford, 72, passed Jan. 20, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Ms. Crawford was born May 29, 1945, in Pickskin, West Virginia, to Robert Lee Maxwell and Sadie Jane Meadows Maxwell.

She was a hard worker and was employed by Mallory Timers for several years. Ms. Crawford was also a devoted mother to her sons. She was a devout Christian and a member of Praise Restoration Center, in Sparta, for many years. Ms. Crawford attended church regularly, until her health began declining. She was a loving and kindhearted mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Betty Bechtel; … Read More


Photo contest open to White and Van Buren counties

Posted on January 22, 2018 9:09 am by


WCMS 8th grade teams split with Warren County at homecoming

Posted on January 22, 2018 7:07 am by Andy Southard

WCMS also named their Mr. and Miss Basketball on Friday night. Caydra Parker and Riley Smith were named as Mr. and Miss Basketball (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

WCMS also named their Mr. and Miss Basketball on Friday night. Caydra Parker and Riley Smith were named as Mr. and Miss Basketball (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County Middle School teams brought an end to their regular season Friday night when they hosted Warren County for homecoming.

The Warriors and Warriorettes would split their two games in the contest. In between the seventh and eighth grade games, the school honored their eighth grade players, managers, and cheerleaders, along with … Read More


VBHS splits district matchup

Posted on January 22, 2018 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Mallory Christian drives down the lane in a game from early this season. Christian finished Friday night’s game with 21 points to lead the Eaglettes. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

Caden Mills goes up for a shot over a Sequatchie County player earlier this season. Mills finished Friday night’s game with 21 points to help lead the Eagles to the win. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The Van Buren County High School Eagles and Eaglettes traveled to Whitwell, on Friday night, to take part in a District 5A matchup against the Whitwell High School Tigers and Lady Tigers. The Eagles and Eaglettes would split their two games.

In the Eaglettes’ … Read More


White County High School drops twin bill at Rhea County

Posted on January 22, 2018 7:07 am by Andy Southard

Masyn Winningham takes a 3 in Friday night’s game against Rhea County. Winningham led the Warriors with 10 points and knocked down two 3-pointers in the game. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

Lauren Turner takes a shot under the basket on Friday night. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

Mother Nature finally let the White County High School basketball teams get back in action Friday, with a trip to Rhea County for a District 6AAA doubleheader. Unfortunately, neither team could pick up a win.

In Friday’s outing, the Warriorettes (15-5, 1-1) couldn’t keep pace with the Lady Eagles (19-3, 3-0) who 9-0 run midway through the second quarter to pull away … Read More


James Tindell

Posted on January 22, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

James Tindell, 67, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 21, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Will we ever get to a point when politicians won’t play Russian roulette with our lives?

Posted on January 22, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

In my opinion, probably not. By the time this column is published, we will know if our federal government has been shut down. This “kick the can down the road” mentality of our elected legislators is becoming truly tiresome and, in my opinion, extremely dangerous. From what I have seen and read, the people that will be hurt the most by a government shut down will be the people who have very little power or control over their lives. For several decades now, we have been electing legislators who tell us they have our best interests in mind when they head off … Read More


Straight shooting the facts about politics

Posted on January 22, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Donald Holman

Just a few words about myself by way of introduction. My name is Donald Holman, and I am the youngest child of the late Preacher J. T. and Floria Holman. White and Putnam county soil covers the bones of most of my ancestors, as the good dirt of White County will one day cover mine. My allegiance is to this country and the Constitution, not the Republican Party. Where those two disagree, expect to see this writer come down against the Republican Party. A big thanks to The Expositor and Kim Wood for giving me this opportunity to express, as best I can, the state … Read More


Connection between snow, leprosy, and you

Posted on January 22, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

When the beauty of the snow covers the ground like a pure white blanket, we might think about how the Bible says that God “giveth the snow like wool” (Psa. 147:16), or how He says to the snow, “be thou on the earth” (Job 37:6). Snow is truly just as amazing and wonderful as our God who created it! Even though most of us enjoy the snow and see it as a beautiful part of nature, there is a dark side to it. It can cause deadly car accidents, houses to crumble under the weight of it, or even … Read More


Dragging a horse will get you nowhere

Posted on January 22, 2018 6:06 am by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

When we think of the next level, we can imagine climbing, playing a sport, or a relationship. The next level implies moving up, thinking, or acting on a level above or even anything that is greater than average. The next level only comes when we abandon where we are currently and move to a level that is new and possibly uncharted. The greatest truth wrapping its arms around the next level is the fact that we can’t drag the past to the next level if we expect to remain there, especially into the next level in our relationship with God. If we … Read More


Revenues for December exceed state’s expectations

Posted on January 22, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

The state economy continues to reflect growth, as tax collections exceeded the state’s expectations for December, according to financial reports recently released by the state.

Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin recently announced that revenues for December posted higher than expected and exceeded the monthly revenues from the previous year. State revenues for December were $1.4 billion, which is a growth of 11.34 percent and $139.9 million more than December 2016.

“Total revenues in December were higher than expected due to revenues in the sales, income and corporate tax categories,” Martin said. “Recorded revenues in the corporate category include two substantial one-time payments. The substantial … Read More


White County Anti-Drug Coalition member addresses Rotary

Posted on January 22, 2018 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Beth Kirby, PharmD, recently spoke to Rotary Club of Sparta about the purpose and goals for the White County Anti-Drug Coalition (Warriors Creating A Drug-free Community).

Dr. Kirby said the mission of the Anti-Drug Coalition is to “form partnerships between people and organizations in efforts of prevention and reduction of alcohol and substance abuse” in White County.

The focus of efforts is not on changing one individual’s habit of substance abuse, but changing the environment to impact a greater number of people.

Dr. Kirby continued, “The Anti-Drug coalition wants to unite and train the community in methods for building into our youth the developmental assets that will increase … Read More


Health officials have released statement about widespread cases of the flu in Tennessee

Posted on January 22, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

As winter continues on, so does the flu season, which the state health department states is having a significant impact on the health of Tennesseans.

Tennessee Department of Health is seeing increased reports about seasonal influenza and other respiratory illnesses across the state. As flu season continues, state health officials remind Tennesseans about measures to take to slow the spread of flu in their communities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tennessee Department of Health recommend getting the yearly flu vaccine for everyone aged 6 months and older. According to White County health officials, it’s not too late to benefit from a flu shot this season. The … Read More


Central View students recognized by school board

Posted on January 22, 2018 6:06 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

During a recent meeting of the White County Board of Education, several students were recognized by their school administrator and honored by the faculty and school board members.

On Jan. 11, 2018, the White County Board of Education held its monthly meeting, which was hosted by Central View Elementary School. Each month, a different school hosts the meeting.

The school administrator has an opportunity to make a presentation to the school board and also recognize outstanding students from the host school. Melea Johnson, Central View Elementary School principal, with the help of her staff, presented students from each grade level to be recognized and honored by the school … Read More


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