Monthly Archives: August 2018

Community pep rally

Posted on August 20, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


BonDeCroft Elementary receives $507 from Snack Pack donations

Posted on August 20, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Snack Pack at Bon Air Market donated over the summer months for BonDeCroft Elementary. The total was an astounding $507.91. Principal Sara Cope expressed her thanks for the L-R: Addie Henry, Principal Sara Cope, Spencer Shockley, Patti Crawford, and Woodrow Goff. Bon Market currently collecting for Cassville Elementary.


Golf team wins inaugural CCHS 2018 Girls Open

Posted on August 20, 2018 9:09 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warriorettes Golf team traveled down to Druid Hills Golf Course in Crossville on Thursday afternoon.

The Warriorettes would come away with a first-place finish, winning the tournament by one stroke. The Warriorettes’ Makenzie Morton would also win the individual portion of the tournament. She would have to go to a playoff with Cumberland County’s Kelsey Neely, but Morton would pull out the win.

The Warriorettes won the tournament, with a team score of 181. Morton led the Warriorettes with an 87. Morgan Quick would finish her round with a 94. Ansley Phifer would also play and shoot a 99.

The Warriorettes would have … Read More


WCHS volleyball picks up first win of the season

Posted on August 20, 2018 9:09 am by Andy Southard

Lauren Tuner spikes the ball in Tuesday night’s game against Stone Memorial.

The White County High School volleyball team picks up their first win of the season Thursday, with a 2-0 win over Smith County High School.

The Warriorettes won the game in two straight-sets (25-22, 25-14). Lauren Turner led the Warriorettes with nine kills in the match.

With the win, the Warriorettes move to 1-3 on the season.

The Warriorettes’ Junior Varsity team had a playday over the weekend, but the results from that match were unavailable at press time. The Warriorettes will have a busy week this week. They will return to action Aug. 20 when … Read More


Youth football wins 2 out of 3

Posted on August 20, 2018 9:09 am by Andy Southard

The Sparta Youth football teams got their seasons started Aug. 11 All three Warrior football teams traveled to Crossville to take on the Stone Memorial Panthers. The Warriors would win two of their three games on the day.

The Pee-Wee Warriors opened up league play against last years defending champs. The Warriors got the ball first and marched it down the field to the Stone Memorial 20-yard line behind nice runs from Griffin Adams. However, they couldn’t convert it into any points and would turn the ball over on downs.

The Panthers would go three and out on their first series, and the Warriors would follow suit on … Read More


Warriors shut out in Friday’s opener

Posted on August 20, 2018 8:08 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School Warrior football team opened the 2018 season at Livingston Academy, on Friday night. Big plays and long drives by the Wildcats made for a disappointing opening night for WCHS, as Livingston Academy shut out the home team 35-0.

The Warriors would trail Livingston 21-0 at the half. In the third quarter, Livingston would put the game away with two more scores that would give Livingston the win.

The Warriors would receive the ball to open the game. D.J Paul would return the ball to the Warriors’ 35-yard line. However, on the Warriors’ first play of the game, the Warriors would throw an interception.… Read More


Highlands Fitness Challenge winners for White County

Posted on August 20, 2018 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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The Highlands Fitness Challenge recently wrapped up in White County, with the top three individuals receiving awards for their efforts. The Highlands Fitness Challenge, a program that aims to cultivate a healthy and fit workforce in our region, had yet another great year in 2018. This year’s challenge began in April and continued through June of 2018. This competition-based challenge is initiated by the Highlands Health and Wellness Committee. It provides an easy plan that enables Jackson, Overton, Putnam and White County individuals to get active.

The Challenge, which took on a new look in 2018, encouraged individuals to participate in community led walks, … Read More


Democracy is gasping for what could be its last breath

Posted on August 20, 2018 8:08 am by Sparta Live

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

I am amazed at the kerfuffle going on as I write this on Saturday, 8/18/2018, over removing the security clearance from a guy that voted for a communist for president and is an ardent Muslim. Many of us wonder how he ever got one in the first place! The idea that removing a security clearance from someone that is no longer working for the government anyway and therefore has no “need to know,” which I always thought was the criteria to begin with, makes you wonder, doesn’t it? So much has happened so quickly that I believe it is time to … Read More


Is Marsha Blackburn a female Donald Trump?

Posted on August 20, 2018 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Donald Trump has very loyal and staunch supporters. We’ve seen this from the moment he announced he was going to run for the president of the United States. Polls seem to be coming out every week that indicate approximately 50 percent of Republicans are standing firm in their support of him and his administration. Republican senators and Republican congressmen who are up for re-election seem to be a little less enthusiastic; certainly not all of them and ones that want his support appear to be bending over backwards to make sure their constituents know they fall in line with Donald Trump’s policies … Read More


U.C. Regional Airport Board approves PAPI lights purchase

Posted on August 20, 2018 7:07 am by Rima Austin

The Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors met Aug. 14 to discuss purchasing lights for the runway.

Richard Rinks, airport engineer, reported the need to purchase new PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) lights. These lights are situated on either side of a runway and are color-coded to indicate to an incoming aircraft its position as it is relative to the designated glide-scope for the runway.

Rinks stated the lights and boxes that contain them will cost the airport approximately $40,803.94. When asked why the amount was so high, he explained that these particular lights could only be purchased through one company. This particular company is the only … Read More


Police chief addresses city board about parking situation during fair

Posted on August 20, 2018 6:06 am by Rima Austin

Police Chief Jeff Guth addressed Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week about the parking situation for the annual agricultural fair that will run Aug. 31-Sept. 8.

Guth informed the board that the police department has been working closely with the White County Fair Board on how to execute traffic control. He stated all the fair traffic would enter where the Tennessee Highway Patrol building was formerly located. Visitors will park in the ball field, and any overflowing traffic will then be directed to park behind the Women’s Building.

“I think we have a good traffic plan this year,” said Guth. “If we can just get people … Read More


Downtown living has its advantages

Posted on August 20, 2018 6:06 am by Rima Austin

Many people choose to live in the country because it is quieter. The traffic is lighter, and there is not something happening right outside the bedroom window at any given time of the day or night. However, living in town can be beneficial, too, and, in some cases, downright fun.

Karen Hyder LaFever grew up in downtown Sparta, close to Greenlawn Drive. She recalled how her family’s neighbors had a full farm in the middle of town and how they would often wake up with their neighbor’s horse grazing in their yard, while highway 70 traffic roared by just yards from their front door.

“I lived in the … Read More


Bus sign advertising helps support sports programs in White County

Posted on August 20, 2018 6:06 am by Rima Austin

Anyone who has children in grade school knows that every year they can expect some kind of fundraiser to be sent home with a child.

It is no secret that schools need all the help they can get financially, but that still doesn’t help the dread parents feel when their child hands them a fundraising form. White County School Board recognizes this issue and has come up with a solution to take some of the burden off parents and especially the co-workers of those parents.

The school board has elected to utilize the White County busses for advertising local businesses. The money generated from this will be used … Read More


Sparta firefighters and volunteers host benefit for Barry Brady

Posted on August 20, 2018 6:06 am by Rima Austin

Barry Brady has been a firefighter with the Sparta Fire Department for over 25 years; he is now ready to step down.

The catalyst that prompted this decision came at the heels of a cancer diagnosis. According to Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young, firefighters and volunteers decided to have a benefit for him.

“Barry Brady has been a firefighter for the City of Sparta and active in the Tennessee State Fireman’s Association,” said Young. “He was recently diagnosed with cancer and is retiring. To help with the burden of loss of health insurance, this event was created.”

According to Young, there will be barbecue, hot dogs, chips, desserts, … Read More


Vehicle catches fire at Alcorn’s Market on Spring Street

Posted on August 18, 2018 4:04 pm by Rima Austin

At approximately 3:30 p.m., August 18, a vehicle that had pulled up to the front of Alcorn’s Market. A patron noticed that the Dodge Ram was dripping fire from underneath the carriage. He informed the driver of the situation and, trying to back the truck away from the store, the fire grew bigger. The driver escaped without injury and there was no damage to the store. Firefighters extinguished the fire without incident.


James Roland “Jim” Shanks

Posted on August 18, 2018 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

James Roland “Jim” Shanks, 64, publisher of The Expositor, in Sparta, passed away Aug. 17, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He is now resting safely in the arms of Jesus.

Jim was born Dec. 15, 1953, the son of Thad and Madeline Shanks.

Jim became a member of the Sparta-White County community more than 10 years ago. Since the first day he walked into The Expositor, as the new publisher, he made numerous lasting friendships through his contagious smile and his winning personality.

Never at a loss for words with his storytelling capabilities, Jim would keep his staff laughing, as he would share his adventures and experiences, … Read More


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