Monthly Archives: September 2018

Elementary students learn about White County history

Posted on September 12, 2018 5:05 am by Rima Austin

Sparta/White County is considered small in comparison to some of its neighboring communities until a person tries to see all of the attractions and the history behind them, which is exactly what several elementary students discovered last week when they toured numerous sites.

Angela Fresh, supervisor of elementary instruction for White County schools, stated that the school board would like to introduce students early to the history that surrounds them. White County fourth grade students participate in a city tour, while the fifth grade students take part in a county tour that focuses on the coal mining history of the area.

“We focus on the history of White … Read More

City oaths of office

Posted on September 12, 2018 5:05 am by Rima Austin

Four city officials were administered their oaths of office during the Sept. 6, 2018, meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. L-R: Hoyt Jones, alderman; Jim Floyd, alderman/vice-mayor; Jeff Young, mayor; and Bobby Officer, alderman. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Mayor has vowed to hold TDOT’s “feet to the fire”

Posted on September 12, 2018 5:05 am by Rima Austin

During the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Sept. 6, Public Works Director Dillard Quick gave a report about the road construction project, on Bockman Way.

Quick stated that Rogers Group worked into the night, on Sept. 4, to get Bockman Way ready for paving.

Mayor Jeff Young expressed concern that some curbs are still unfinished throughout the city. Young explained that when he saw the crews milling around the street, he knew it was about to be paved. He then called Tennessee Department of Transportation and asked them to explain why they were ready to start paving when they haven’t finished filling in the sidewalks.

“When … Read More

Volleyball suffers pair of losses

Posted on September 12, 2018 5:05 am by Andy Southard

The Warriorette volleyball team found the going tough last week, dropping both their matches, on Tuesday and Thursday.

The Warriorettes lost a non-district match to Livingston, on Tuesday, and then were defeated by Soddy-Daisy, on Thursday, inside Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

The Warriorettes dropped three straight, on Tuesday, against Livingston, falling 25-22, 25-18, and 25-21. Lauren Turner led the Warriorettes with three kills and five blocks.

On Thursday night, the Warriorettes would drop the match in three straight games. The Warriorettes would lose the first game 25-19. In the second game, the Warriorettes would keep the game close and force it to go into extra points but would fall … Read More

WCMS volleyball wins two last week

Posted on September 12, 2018 5:05 am by Andy Southard

Nia Powers spike the ball across the net. Powers has helped the Warriorettes get off to an 11-0 start on the season.

The White County Middle School volleyball team finished last week by picking up a pair of wins.

WCMS went on the road Tuesday, playing at Algood, and defeating them 2-0. The Warriorettes made quick work of the Lady Redskins, winning 25-12 and 25-18.

The Warriorettes would close out their week, picking up another CTC Conference win, on Thursday, winning that game 2-0. The Warriorettes would make quick work of the first game 25-12. In the second game, the Warriorettes would close out the match with a … Read More

Warriors fall victim to Cavaliers again

Posted on September 12, 2018 5:05 am by Andy Southard

The White County High School football team will have to wait another year to try and end Cookeville’s domination on the football field.

The Cavaliers made it five straight over the Warriors, on Friday night, with a dominating 55-0 win. Cookeville rolled up the yards and points on the scoreboard, jumping out to a 35-0 lead by the half, invoking the mercy rule for the entire second half of the contest.

Cookeville took control of the game early and would never relinquish the reins, taking out any doubt of the Warriors ending the streak. The Warriors would open up the game with the ball. However, on their first … Read More

Hurricane evacuee information

Posted on September 12, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sobriety roadside safety checkpoint

Posted on September 12, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on September 9th 2018 through September 16, 2018, on US Hwy 70, in White 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.

Doyle College Research Project

Posted on September 12, 2018 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Landon D. Medley

Miss Minnie Moyers was the best known teacher at Doyle College. Minnie Ann Moyers born 31 Oct 1870 Cumberland Co., TN died 30 Jun 1958 buried Greenwood Cemetery, White Co., TN, daughter of Henry Y. and Eliza Ann Hembree Moyers. Henry Y. Moyers born 13 Jun 1838 died 23 Jul 1907 buried Greenwood Cemetery. He was a photographer. He was appointed U. S. Post Master at Doyle Station on 14 May 1890. Minnie graduated George Peabody College in 1905. Union Baptist Association records shows she was over the orphan home at Doyle. Most families in Doyle have a Minnie Moyers’ story. I am seeking … Read More


Posted on September 10, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Saturday, Sept. 22

Who: Quebeck-Walling Community Club

What: Potluck, bring a dish to share

When: 6 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Quebeck Community Center, 375 Quebeck Rd.

Contact: (931) 657-1009

Adopt a Shelter Dog

Posted on September 10, 2018 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Joe Williams

Posted on September 8, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Joe Williams, 72, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 4, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Williams was born Nov. 30, 1945, in the Glade Creek community.

Survivors include his mother, Cecil Blaylock Warren; brothers, Cletus Blaylock, Billy Blaylock, Johnny (Rosalee) Blaylock; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was 3 p.m., Sept. 7, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Smith Chapel Cemetery. Mark LaFever officiated, with music provided by the Old Time Singers.

Eric Blaylock, Colby Blaylock, Michael Blaylock, Casey Blaylock, Isaac Blaylock, and Lee Blaylock served as pallbearers.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.

Pauline Burton Kirby

Posted on September 8, 2018 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Pauline Burton Kirby, 90, of Cookeville, passed away Sept. 5, 2018, at her daughter’s residence.

Mrs. Kirby was born Feb. 8, 1928, in Jackson County, the daughter of Lem Burton and Mandy Minnear Burton.

She was the wife of Arthur Kirby, a World War II veteran.

Mrs. Kirby was a longtime member of Willow Avenue Church of Christ, in Cookeville. She loved her family, especially her two grandchildren and five great-grandsons who called her Granny D. She lived long enough to see her great-great granddaughter be born, on Aug. 29, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Jeff, Paul, and Ralph Burton; sister, … Read More

Kristy Diane Johnson Jones

Posted on September 8, 2018 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Kristy Diane Johnson Jones, 38, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 4, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Jones was born Aug. 5, 1980, in Crossville. She was a former longtime employee of The Expositor, in Sparta; worked with her mother in the restaurant business where she had many jobs; and later became a caregiver to her grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Wayne Jones; brother, Robert “Tooter” Johnson; and grandparents, James M. and Abbie Johnson, John Arthur Copeland II, and Lorene Copeland.

Survivors include her mother, Vaunda Johnson Copeland; father, John Arthur Copeland III; and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral service … Read More

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