Monthly Archives: April 2018

White County Animal Shelter

Posted on April 27, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

School board members want to ensure student data privacy

Posted on April 27, 2018 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee school board members have been actively addressing the issue of student data privacy and are urging Congress to consider changes to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). During the November 2017 Tennessee School Boards Association annual business meeting, TSBA members overwhelmingly approved a resolution that called for changes to FERPA that would provide much needed privacy protections for students.

TSBA wants Congress to exclude certain items from the definition of “directory information”. Directory information is data which may be disclosed to a third party. School districts compile a significant amount of personal data on students. Currently, in addition to a student’s name, FERPA defines “directory … Read More

TTU computer science student ranks in top 10 nationally

Posted on April 27, 2018 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Muzakhir (Muza) Amanzholov likes to be challenged academically. So much so the soon-to-be Tennessee Tech graduate took the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition just for the fun of it.

The result was Muza receiving a score of 30, which is one of the best individual scores ever recorded by a Tech student. With his score, Muza ranked in the top 10 percent nationally among the 4,683 students who took the prestigious test.

“I already participated in this type of competition when I was in high school. I just had an interest to take it. I wanted to know how different the testing is at the college level as

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Proposals now accepted through June 8 for tree planting projects

Posted on April 27, 2018 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

In an effort to increase city tree populations and enhance the benefits they provide, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is now accepting urban forestry tree planting project proposals through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP).

“The TAEP community tree planting grants will support much more than community beautification,” Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “The Tennessee grown trees that are planted from this cost-share program will provide energy savings, stormwater mitigation, air quality improvement, and increase the urban forest canopy.”

Local governments, private non-profit organizations and educational institutions are eligible to apply. TAEP offers a 50/50 matching cost-share program for tree planting on public property, rights-of-way, and … Read More

Van Buren Election Commission

Posted on April 27, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

2018 4-H Congress – Van Buren

Posted on April 26, 2018 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Chloe` E. Ragland

It all starts as a seed; you nurture it so the seed becomes strong enough to stand on its own. You carefully watch the growth process. As it grows, it plants itself firmly in the ground and sprouts to start its journey to become a tree.

The 71st Annual Tennessee 4-H Congress event was held March 18-21, 2018 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at the Embassy Suites Hotel. This year’s event had a theme called, “Branching From Our Roots.” To 4-H’ers, this means to expand our organization and our community service throughout Tennessee and the world.

The Tennessee 4-H Congress program is mainly for 9th and … Read More

Spencer Police Department promoting Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Posted on April 26, 2018 12:12 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

The Spencer Police Department has announced that they will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to promote motorcycle safety.

Nationally, each year during the month of May, organizations and law enforcement agencies recognized the month as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Law enforcement agencies participate during Motorcycle Safety Awareness month by providing information and increasing awareness in their communities about the importance of sharing the road and looking twice for motorcyclists.

“Motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather gets   warmer, which is why it is the perfect time for us to remind the community about the vulnerability of motorcycle riders,” stated Spencer Police Chief Michael … Read More

Bowling earns national award

Posted on April 26, 2018 12:12 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

State Senator
Janice Bowling

State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) is set to receive a national award from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice for her efforts to accelerate the deployment of advanced communications networks throughout Tennessee. Bowling has been chosen to receive the group’s “2018 State Champion Award.”

“Through your outstanding and tireless work on behalf of the communities, businesses, institutions, and residents of Tennessee, you have richly earned our award and the honor and respect that goes with it,” said CLIC Project Director Catharine Rice in a letter to Bowling. “More specifically, we selected you for this award in recognition of your singular and exemplary leadership at … Read More

City of Spencer to hold multi-employer job fair next week

Posted on April 26, 2018 12:12 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

Officials with the City ofSpencer have announced that a community wide multi-employer job fair will be held next week, with multiple employers confirmed to be in attendance for those seeking gainful employment.

The City of Spencer has announced, that on May 3, 2018, the city will hosting a multi-employer hiring event, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Yvonna Sutton Fair Building, at 238 Spring Street, in Spencer.

A wide range of employers, including factories, medical providers, distribution, and corrections will be on hand with jobs available. Those that have already been confirmed that will be in attendance include:

-Sunkote Coatings: accepting applications for general production

-Acument Global: … Read More

Gentry’s sentencing postponed again

Posted on April 26, 2018 11:11 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

According to information released by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, a sentencing hearing for a White County man who has plead guilty to wire fraud and money laundering that was scheduled for today, April 26, has been postponed once again.

According to information released by the Criminal Court Clerk with the US District Court in Nashville, the sentencing hearing for Jeffrey Lynn Gentry, of Sparta, has been postponed until May 14, 2018. Information regarding the reasoning behind postponing the sentencing hearing hasn’t been released to The Expositor at this time.

This will be the second rescheduling of Gentry’s sentencing hearing.Previously, Gentry was … Read More

Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital dedicates new chapel

Posted on April 26, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The White County Community, along with the staff at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, were invited to attend a special blessing ceremony for the newly renovated chapel at Saint Thomas Highlands, on April 12, 2018. A breakfast reception was followed by a welcome and prayer of blessing given by Tracey Biles, vice president of mission for Saint Thomas Health, and Father Stephen Brett, of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. Regional chaplain, Ben Wiles, of Saint Thomas Health, offered a reflection and scripture reading. “Having a way for families and patients to be still, reflect, and pray is a very important component of our mission with Saint Thomas Health,” said Biles. … Read More

4-H Air Rifle Team

Posted on April 26, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County 4-H Air Rifle Team Junior Division placed first in state competition, on April 21, 2018, at Dickson County High School. Front row, L-R: Owen Taylor, Austin Parker, Seth Speck, Kade Sparks; back row: Jake Colwell, Jacob Speck, Ryan O’Dell, Layne Brown

White County 4-H Air Rifle Team Senior Division placed second in state competition, on April 21, 2018, at Dickson County High School. L-R: Rhett Robinson, Jake Sloan, Joey Morris

Clean Heart Ministry introduces Veterans Outreach Program

Posted on April 26, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Rotary Club of Sparta recently invited Clean Heart Christian Ministry to introduce their Veterans Outreach Program expected to roll out this year. The program is designed to assist veterans and their families with how to access Veterans Administration eBenefits and My Healthy Veteran, which is an online health record.

According to, “The VA program My HealtheVet is the gateway to veteran health benefits and services.”

eBenefits is a VA created “web portal that would provide service members, veterans, their families, and authorized caregivers with a single sign-on, central access point to clinical and benefits information.”

“CHCM is not a government affiliated organization,” said Bill Rabchenia, facilitator and … Read More

ERG welcomes Kristy Butcher

Posted on April 26, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Kristy Butcher has been involved in local real estate sales since 2006. She is an accomplished broker who enjoys meeting new people and assisting them with their real estate needs. Making the buying and selling process easy and enjoyable for other people has always been her goal. She has made a long list of lifetime friends and would like to continue adding to that list. Butcher is excited about joining the ERG – Elite Realty Group and being a part of a longtime established office of professionals with proven results and experience. She can be reached at (315) 486-6071 cell or (931) 836-1490 office.

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