Monthly Archives: March 2018

Sobriety roadside safety checkpoint – Van Buren

Posted on March 9, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting sobriety roadside safety checkpoints during the week of 03-25-2018 on State Route 1 in Van Buren County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.


Troy Ray Billings

Posted on March 9, 2018 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Troy Ray Billings, 53, of Sparta, passed away March 8, 2018, at his residence.

Born Wednesday, June 17, 1964, in Muncie, Indiana, he was the son of Olen Billings and Bonnie Threet Billings.

Mr. Billings truly enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Tony Billings.

Survivors include his wife, Diana Billings, of Sparta; daughters, Amanda Huber and husband Alex, of McMinnville,

Lindsey Marie Billings of Sparta; grandsons, Gabriel Huber, Elijah Huber, both of McMinnville; parents, Olen and Bonnie Billings, of Walling; brother, Michael Billings, of McMinnville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., March 12, 2018, at … CONTINUED


Name released from Washington Street death investigation

Posted on March 9, 2018 12:12 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

The name of a deceased individual that was found by White County Sheriff deputies at a residence located on Washington Street has been released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

According to Susan Niland, TBI Spokeswoman, the individual found deceased during a welfare check yesterday, March 8, has been identified as 50-year-old Timothy Jordi.

As previously reported, on Thursday, March 8, at approximately 2:30 pm, The Expositor was notified that White County Sheriff deputies and agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were located at a residential property on Washington Street in the Mt. Vernon Subdivision.

According to Bryant Dunaway, 13th Judicial District Attorney General, detectives and deputies … CONTINUED


Robert “Bob” Merritt

Posted on March 9, 2018 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A memorial service for Robert “Bob” Merritt, will March 10, 2018, at Fellowship Renewed Church, at 26 W. Maple St., in Sparta.

The service will begin at noon, but doors will be open at 11 a.m. for anyone who would like to come visit with the family before the service.

Also, the service will be livestreamed from the Fellowship Renewed Church Facebook page for anyone unable to attend.

Mr. Merritt is survived by his wife, Sherrie Wagner; two children, Miriam Jared, Wesley Wagner; and two sisters, Ruth Merritt and Linda Merritt, both of Nashville.

The service will be officiated by Eric Williams, pastor of Fellowship Renewed Church, but … CONTINUED


One World multicultural event Sylvia Samis, child of Holocaust survivors

Posted on March 9, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sylvia Samis

One World, a student organization at Tennessee Tech, will host its annual multicultural evening Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. in the Tech Pride Room of the Roaden University Center.

Second generation Holocaust survivor and musician Sylvia Samis will be the guest speaker for the event.

Samis was born in Munich, Germany, to Holocaust survivors Isak Rosenzweig and Sabina Warshawsky Rosenzweig. The family immigrated to the United States when Sylvia was 3 years old in hopes of a better life. As a child of Holocaust survivors, Samis is active in Holocaust education and remembrance.

Samis will share her parents’ story and play music of the Holocaust … CONTINUED


Tennessee Farm Bureau announces Black Vulture Sub-permit

Posted on March 9, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Black vulture attacks on livestock are a serious and costly issue for many Tennessee producers who experience losses of livestock to black vultures. Unfortunately, producers are limited in legal methods of removing problem black vultures since they are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Previously, the only legal option to protect livestock from depredation was to apply annually for an individual black vulture depredation permit at the cost of $100.

We are pleased to announce the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation (TFBF) Board of Directors has obtained a statewide depredation permit for black vultures from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). TFBF has worked with … CONTINUED


$600,000 included in budget to purchase property for Upper Cumberland Veterans Cemetery

Posted on March 9, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Senator Bailey (left) and Chairman Yager (right)

Senate State and Local Government Committee Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) amended the budget for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs to include $600,000 to purchase property for the Upper Cumberland Veterans Cemetery. The amendment was proposed in the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Tuesday when Many-Bears Grinder, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, presented the department’s budget for approval.

“Veterans in the Upper Cumberland area of Tennessee have been working for several years to fund a veterans cemetery for their area,” said Senator Bailey. “It is time for the state to commit … CONTINUED


R.T. Tindle

Posted on March 9, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

R.T.  Tindle, 67, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Feb. 27, 2018, at his home.

Mr. Tindle was born Sept. 8, 1950, in Sparta, to Wylie Tindle and Mary Smith Tindle.

He worked as a carpet installer for 20 years at the Floor Store. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and NASCAR racing.

On Sept. 5, 1987, in La Porte, Indiana, he married Marilyn A. Stanage, who survives.

Mr. Tindle was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Tindle is survived by his beloved children, Lynn (Kim) Tindle, of La Porte, Indiana, Marty Tindle, of La Porte, Indiana, Gina Bernacchi, of Sawyer, … CONTINUED


Geraldine J. Tanner

Posted on March 9, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Geraldine J. Tanner, 91, of McMinnville, passed away March 6, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Tanner was born March 3, 1927, in White County.

She was a retired store owner of Tanner’s Grocery Store.

Mrs. Tanner was preceded in death by her parents, Buck Jordan and Annie Mae Craig Jordan; husband, Thomas Mason Tanner; son, Eddie Shultz; daughter, Diana Prater; brothers, Elmore Jordan, Donald Jordan; sisters, Gladys Smith, Kate Whillhoite, Maige Geer, Edith Henry; and stepdaughter, Joan Ray.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Pam Shultz, of Tullahoma; sister, Aileen Betchel, of Akron, Ohio; grandchildren, Kenny (Chasity) Shultz, Diana Michelle Davis, Dwayne Prater; 11 great-grandchildren; stepchildren Tammy (Ronnie) … CONTINUED


Mildred Knowles

Posted on March 9, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Mildred Knowles, 91, of Sparta, passed away this morning at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Death investigation on Washington Street ongoing

Posted on March 8, 2018 8:08 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

On Thursday, March 8, at approximately 2:30 pm, The Expositor was notified that White County Sheriff deputies and agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were located at a residential property on Washington Street in the Mt. Vernon Subdivision. The Expositor confirmed that an active investigation was taking place at 707 Washington Street.

According to Bryant Dunaway, 13th Judicial District Attorney General, detectives and deputies with the White County Sheriff’s Department, along with special agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, were on the scene conducting a death investigation. The investigation is ongoing, and the cause of death will be determined following an autopsy. Additional information, along with … CONTINUED


Jerry Dale Cole

Posted on March 8, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Jerry Dale Cole, 62, of Sparta, passed away March 7, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Cole was born April 8, 1955, in Cookeville, to Ridley Cole and Anna Tollison Cole.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m., March 12, 2018, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., March 12, at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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