Monthly Archives: January 2018

Goodwill-hosted job fair has been rescheduled for Jan. 23

Posted on January 19, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 565 S. Jefferson Ave. in Cookeville will host a job fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, for four employers seeking to fill more than 100 positions in Putnam and White counties.

The hiring event was originally planned for Jan. 16 but was rescheduled because of severe winter weather.

Employers include TLD Logistics, Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, Metro Industrial and WISE Staffing. Openings include over the road trucking, correction officer, assembly, packaging, furniture delivery, home restoration and other positions. Rates of pay reach $15 per hour.

Representatives from these companies will be on-site and interviews are possible, so job-seekers should … Read More


Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Jan. 18

Posted on January 18, 2018 5:05 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting – 01/18/18

(Headphones may be required due to low volumes during the meeting.)

Posted by The Expositor on Thursday, 18 January 2018


Plans for WCMS Homecoming

Posted on January 18, 2018 2:02 pm by Andy Southard

Please be advised there is a SMALL chance these may change due to weather.

Friday 1/19 vs Warren Co

7th grade begins at 4:00

Homecoming @ 5:45

8th grade immediately following

Saturday 1/20 vs Warren Elementary

7th grade ONLY

Begin @ 6:00


Gospel singing

Posted on January 18, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Jan. 27

Who: Church of Christ at Bethlehem

What: Gospel singing

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Church, 5544 Old State Highway 111, in Spencer


Tonight’s basketball games postponed

Posted on January 18, 2018 12:12 pm by Andy Southard

The snow that hit the Upper Cumberland on Tuesday has continued to bring sporting events to a halt. The games scheduled for Thursday night involving local teams have all been canceled for tonight.

White County Middle School teams were set to host Warren County Middle School tonight, but that game has been rescheduled. The WCMS 8th grade teams will have their homecoming games tomorrow night. Those games are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The seventh grade game has been moved to Saturday.

Van Buren’s make-up game against South Pittsburg that was scheduled to take place tonight at 5 p.m. has also been canceled. The makeup date for … Read More


Bella Taylor nabs second SAA Player of the Week accolade

Posted on January 18, 2018 11:11 am by Sparta Live

Courtesy of Sewanee sports

For the second time this season, junior guard Bella Taylor collects her second Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award, announced by the conference office on Monday.

In a recent non-conference contest against Welch, Taylor scored 17 points with five assists and rebounds each.

Against Oglethorpe, the Sparta, Tennessee. native recorded 12 points and four assists.

Then, at Berry, the junior made history for the Sewanee women’s basketball program, shattering a school record that was held for 37 years with a 40-point performance against the Vikings, surpassing the previous record of 37 set in 1981. She surpassed the record by … Read More


Former WCHS assistant football coach new cornerback coach at TTU

Posted on January 18, 2018 11:11 am by Sparta Live

By Thomas Corhern – TTU Sports Information

For Taylor Hennigan, Tennessee Tech has always been a part of his life.

When he was growing up, his father, Mike Hennigan, was the head coach for the Golden Eagles. The younger Hennigan later played for Tech, then, even coached on the staff.

Now, after a stint as an assistant at nearby White County High School, Hennigan is coming back to Tennessee Tech, joining head coach Dewayne Alexander’s staff as the Golden Eagles’ cornerbacks coach.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Hennigan said. “I’m very excited. Obviously, this is home and I’ve been here and around here for a long time.”

In what … Read More


Weather forces changes to basketball schedule

Posted on January 18, 2018 11:11 am by Andy Southard

As the old saying goes, “You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out.” Well, in this case, snowed out is the more appropriate ending to that sentence.

For the second time this season, White County High School has had to change their basketball schedule due to the temperament of Mother Nature. The snow that commenced Tuesday morning across the Upper Cumberland area forced cancellation or postponement of basketball games all across the region. Several local teams were affected as well. White County High School was scheduled to travel to Stone Memorial High School, on Tuesday night, for a crucial District 6AAA encounter, but the snow … Read More


Find out what U.T. Extension offers

Posted on January 18, 2018 10:10 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Have you ever seen the UT Extension sign beside the Van Buren County Administration Building and wondered what that is? Maybe you associate Extension with farming, 4-H, or FCE clubs and think it has nothing to do with you. Well, no matter your age, occupation, or where you live, Extension has had an impact on your life and likely has some programs that could help you.

The primary goal of UT Extension is education. A part of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Extension offices can be found in all 95 counties in Tennessee and are staffed with agents who are trained in agriculture (Ag) and/or Family … Read More


Weather causes disruptions in Van Buren County, meetings postponed

Posted on January 18, 2018 10:10 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Once again, Mother Nature has brought in another round of frigid weather and has produced accumulating snowfall throughout most of the region, which has caused traffic headaches, forced the Van Buren County government offices to close and postpone meetings.

Students in Van Buren County have been thankful for the latest round of snowy weather that closed the schools Tuesday and Wednesday this week. On Jan. 16, the frigid weather forced numerous businesses to close early, including the government offices at the Van Buren County Administration Building.

The weather was disconcerting enough that the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners cancelled its Jan. 16 monthly board meeting. The commissioners … Read More


Van Buren County school System’s state report card has been released

Posted on January 18, 2018 10:10 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Recently, the Tennessee Department of Education has unveiled the latest version of the state report card, which is now available online for educators and parents who would like to track the progress of their school and school district.

The 2016-2017 report card for Van Buren County Schools has officially been released by the Tennessee Department of Education. According to Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, this summary report card provides a snapshot of schools, school districts, and overall state performances.

The Tennessee Department of Education annual report card offers parents and educators the ability to view multiple achievement and growth measures – in addition to metrics such as student … Read More


$274 million awarded for road and bridge projects by TDOT

Posted on January 18, 2018 10:10 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer recently announced the state has awarded $297 million in contracts from bids accepted in December for crucial road and bridge construction projects throughout Tennessee.

With the first major awarding of IMPROVE Act projects and the largest such bidding process in Tennessee Department of Transportation history, the IMPROVE Act is expected to begin to reduce the number of backlogged projects. With the increased transportation funds provided through the IMPROVE Act and TDOT’s federal budget, 72 new projects will be under construction across the state in the coming weeks.

According to data released by the governor’s office, within … Read More


Williams benefit Jan. 20

Posted on January 18, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood


Rotary Club to host Valentine Dinner

Posted on January 18, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Rotary Club of Sparta’s Valentine Dinner will be Feb. 14, at Duck Pond Manor, with dinner served at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 for two people to enjoy great food and dancing with their Valentine sweetheart.

Rotary’s Valentine Dinner is a fundraising event for literacy in Sparta. Proceeds will be used to partner with the Sparta Expositor and Friends of White County Library to create a Family Literacy Project designed to help those who do not read or read poorly.

“Your generous donation may help someone in Sparta learn to read,” says Cathy Farley, Rotary president elect 2018-2019.

Illiteracy and crime are closely related. The Department of Justice … Read More


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