Monthly Archives: June 2018

Roberts’ success helps him complete a lifelong dream

Posted on June 28, 2018 10:10 am by Andy Southard

Ethan Roberts is a baseball player that has not only made his name known to the residents of White County but also to the nation.

Roberts, a 2015 graduate of White County High School, earned all-district honors all four years of his high school career, and he was also named to the all-state team his senior year. However, Roberts has put his name into the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles’ record books and has also fulfilled a lifelong dream.

As a TTU freshman, Roberts was named to the Louisville Slugger’s Freshman All-American Team. He was also named to the OVC’s All-Rookie Team. As a sophomore, Roberts moved into the … Read More

7/8 Coach Pitch All-Stars fall in opener

Posted on June 28, 2018 10:10 am by Andy Southard

The White County-Sparta Little League’s 7/8 Coach Pitch All-Star baseball team took the diamond, on Monday night, in Carthage.

The All-Stars would struggle out of the gate falling to the host team Smith County 18-6.

After falling behind 5-0 in the top of the first inning, Sparta would cut into Smith County’s lead in the bottom of the first inning. Lucas Phillips got things going with a single but would be erased, when Connor Shannon would hit into a fielder’s choice. However, the Warriors would get back-to-back hits from Griffin Adams and Reece Wallace to pick up their first two runs of the game and cut the lead … Read More

2018 Sparta Babe Ruth Champions

Posted on June 28, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The 2018 Babe Ruth Champions who have been undefeated all season are Jacob Cowan, Dylan Nelson, J.J. Baksa, Brandon Noonan, Cody Brady, Austin Kirby, Aizik Nabors, Logan Sims, Jonathon Wilkerson, (not pictured) Dylan Goodwin, Stephen Maples. Coaches are John Cumming and Patrick Noonan.

White County athletes leave for Special Olympics USA National Games on Friday

Posted on June 28, 2018 10:10 am by Andy Southard

In September, three White County athletes were selected to attend and compete in the Special Olympics USA National Games.

On June 30, these athletes will board a plane headed to Seattle, Washington, to compete. The athletes are Mary Bailey, Lexie Wilhite, and Calvin Jones. Joining them in this trip will also be White County High School teachers Nancy Benningfield and Jill McCulley, who will serve as coaches for the Tennessee Bocce ball team.

Bailey, who is no stranger to Special Olympics, has competed for over 10 years in various sports. She was selected to play Unified Bocce Ball. Bailey also loves snowboarding and has a few medals to … Read More


Posted on June 28, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Expositor is once again sponsoring ‘Pet Idol,’ which provides those who have beloved furry or feathered friends (or maybe not-so-furry and feathered) a way to showcase their cutie pies in a contest that will also provide a donation to White County Humane Society

Top vote-getters for PET IDOL as of 10:30 a.m., Thurs., June 28, are as follows:

  • Jake – 60 votes (Linda Jones)
  • Callie – 80 votes (Dana Ellis)
  • Sammy – 14 votes (Doris Prater)
  • Brutus – 80 votes (Tina Cope)
  • Pretty Girl Moesi – 80 votes (Tina Cope)
  • Freddy – 40 votes (Cristina Wilson)
  • Sammy – 40 votes (Cristina Wilson)

How to vote!

  1. Pick your
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Having our little “ups and downs”

Posted on June 28, 2018 10:10 am by Sparta Live

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Katie Grace cried one day at V.B.S. When K.G. cries, it will tear your heart out. She doesn’t wail or bawl. She hardly even makes a sound. She just scrunches her pretty little face, and tears flow like an April downpour. She doesn’t cry for sympathy, but…it’ll tear your heart out.

Obviously, I wasn’t present the day she cried at V.B.S., but, still, just hearing about it tore my heart out.

Here’s the story as I heard it:

The day before she cried, she had received an award for being “kind and helpful.” Her reward was a rubber stamp and an inkpad. … Read More

Media separated from reality at border

Posted on June 28, 2018 10:10 am by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty – By Tony Perkins and FRC Senior Writers

It’s one thing to tell a story that tugs on people’s heartstrings. It’s quite another to manipulate that story to color people’s view. Of course, the liberal media knows a thing or two about twisting the truth to suit their narrative. And, after days of posting gut-wrenching photos of children at the border, the facts are finally catching up with them. Turns out, the faces of the immigration debate aren’t faces from this crisis at all!

Time magazine is one of the biggest offenders. Its latest cover, a crying toddler staring up at President Trump, was never … Read More

Revenues remain strong

Posted on June 28, 2018 10:10 am by Rima Austin

According to the financial and administration office of Tennessee, overall May revenues were up and were more than the state had budgeted.

White County revenues reflect this positive report as well. According to Chad Marcum, White County finance director, the county is in good shape financially and projects that it will continue to remain so for a long time.

“Local Option Sales Tax collections have been increasing over the past two to three years as economic development continues to take place in the area,” said Marcum. “We project that sales tax collections will remain strong into fiscal year 2019.”

Marcum also said gas tax revenues for highway use … Read More

Jobless rate is at record low

Posted on June 28, 2018 10:10 am by Rima Austin

There are now more jobs than there are workers to fill the positions. A recent study shows the unemployment rate, in White County, as 3.5 percent. However, to some, that number is still high. When asked about the unemployment rate, Marvin Bullock, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce president, said he has heard the rate is actually at 3.1 percent.

“Full employment is considered 5 percent,” said Bullock. “We are that – far below full employment.”

Bullock also said low unemployment can be a good thing and a bad thing. He said the county has created over 500 jobs in the last year and a half, but the problem … Read More

White County is the recipient of $5,400 grant for an archaeological survey of Burgess Falls State Park

Posted on June 28, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Historical Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, announced this week the award of 30 matching grants from the Historic Preservation Fund. White County was among the recipients.

The grants are awarded annually to community and civic groups for projects that support the preservation of historic and archaeological resources. State Historic Preservation Officer and Executive Director Patrick McIntyre notes, “This year’s grants reflect the many diverse ways the Tennessee Historical Commission’s support reaches all corners of the state. We are proud to work with our partners to help save these important places.

Awarded annually, 60 percent of the project funds are from the federal Historic Preservation Fund, … Read More

New bar and grill to open in Sparta

Posted on June 28, 2018 9:09 am by Rima Austin

Construction is underway for a burger restaurant and bar on the corner of Churchill and Roosevelt. The owners, Frank and Diana Del Toro, expect to be serving customers by spring. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Diana and Frank Del Toro are excited about their new business, on Churchill Drive, that will serve burgers, beer, and more.

Speculation has been swirling for months as to what kind of business is being constructed at 194 Churchill Dr., in Sparta. Finally it has been released that it will be a burger bar named “Frank’s.”

According to Diana Del Toro, Frank’s wife, her husband has always wanted to own a burger restaurant and … Read More

Van Buren Election Commission

Posted on June 28, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Van Buren County Election Commission will meet at the office at 3 p.m., July 2, 2018, to check and seal the voting machines for the upcoming election. On, Aug. 3, 2018, at 3 p.m., Canvass Voting Machines.

Donnie Roberts

Posted on June 28, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Donnie Roberts, 53, of Sparta, passed away this morning at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rickey Carl Mott

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

Rickey Carl Mott, 63, of Sparta, passed away June 25, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Mott was born June 14, 1955, in Sparta, to Josephine “Jo” Greene Mott and Benny Carl Mott.

He worked in the public works department for the City of Sparta. He was a longtime, active member of Hickory Valley Baptist Church and an avid outdoorsman, but most importantly, he was “Pa” to his family and work family.

Mr. Mott was preceded in death by his father; his grandmothers, Myrtle Hicks, Lily ” Granny Bill” Griffin; and grandfathers, Robert Edward Greene and Isaac Mott.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, … Read More

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