Monthly Archives: September 2019

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Posted on September 21, 2019 11:11 am by

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Show your Sparta pride

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Fall Photo Contest

Posted on September 21, 2019 10:10 am by

Enter a Fall Photo Contest

Sponsored by The Expositor and SpartaLive.com

Send in your favorite fall photo beginning RIGHT NOW! Maybe you have a photo saved from last year, or you may have already seen some beautiful fall scenes/decorations this year. The prize is a 6-month subscription to The Expositor.

E-mail photos to kim@spartalive.com. Please provide a phone number, along with the name of the photographer. Deadline for entries is 8 a.m., Sept. 26. All photos will then be posted on SpartaLive.com. The photo with the most “likes” by 8 a.m., Sept. 30, will be the winner.

For more information, call Ashlee (931) 836-3284.


Tennessee Tech University research on electric vehicles first of its kind

Posted on September 21, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A unique research project that focuses on electric vehicles in rural communities in the Upper Cumberland is being conducted by Tennessee Tech and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The DOE has approved $779,823 for the project “Developing an EV Demonstration Testbed in the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee, an Economy Distressed Rural Region.” The study, which is the first of its kind, is to develop a rural electric vehicle testbed to demonstrate and evaluate the applications of electric vehicles over a diverse range of activities serving a rural and largely economically distressed Upper Cumberland region. Previous research has been based solely on urban and suburban use … CONTINUED


Support Sparta-White County Volunteer Rescue Squad

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Active Duty Military Personnel

Posted on September 21, 2019 5:05 am by

On Oct. 7, The Expositor will begin publishing a list titled “Active Duty Military Personnel.” We are proud to join the community in recognizing those who are serving our country. We will continually accept additions to the list. The names submitted must have a connection to White, Van Buren, Putnam, DeKalb, Cumberland, or Warren counties. (The individual serving in the military must be from one of these counties or have parents, a spouse, or children who live in one of these counties.)

Submissions must be emailed to kim@spartalive.com. Please provide  name and rank, branch of military, hometown, and where the person is stationed.


Sparta Rotary Club BBQ

Posted on September 21, 2019 4:04 am by


Fall Photo Contest

Posted on September 20, 2019 4:04 pm by

Enter a Fall Photo Contest

Sponsored by The Expositor and SpartaLive.com

Send in your favorite fall photo beginning RIGHT NOW! Maybe you have a photo saved from last year, or you may have already seen some beautiful fall scenes/decorations this year. The prize is a 6-month subscription to The Expositor.

E-mail photos to kim@spartalive.com. Please provide a phone number, along with the name of the photographer. Deadline for entries is 8 a.m., Sept. 26. All photos will then be posted on SpartaLive.com. The photo with the most “likes” by 8 a.m., Sept. 30, will be the winner.

For more information, call Ashlee (931) 836-3284.


Best time to start booking holiday flights begins Sept. 25

Posted on September 20, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The much-anticipated Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays may still be months away, but the best time to book flights for these busy travel weeks is quickly approaching. In fact, a recent analysis of AAA Travel’s flight booking data from the last three years reveals that Sept. 25 marks the start of the best booking window for air travel around both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Thanksgiving insights

Most travelers book their flights for Thanksgiving between Sept. 25 and Oct. 27, which is 28 to 60 days prior to the holiday and offers relatively good prices ($491 on average). Surprisingly, AAA’s analysis found that travelers can find some of the … CONTINUED


Alexander says agriculture funding bill “big win” for Tennessee farmers

Posted on September 20, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Legislation also includes funding for FDA to  fight opioid crisis

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, on Sept. 19, that legislation advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee is good news for Tennessee farmers.

“The bill I voted for [Sept. 19] is a win for Tennessee farmers because it funds the Farm Service Agency, Rural Development programs, and agricultural research at Tennessee’s universities,” Alexander said. “The bill also includes $64 million to help provide access to broadband for rural communities, which will help enhance educational opportunities and economic development in rural areas.

“This bill provides $3.15 billion for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including $8 million and … CONTINUED


STEM grant opportunities now open for K-12 Tennessee Valley educators

Posted on September 20, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

The TVA STEM Classroom Grant Program sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority and Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree organization, is now open for applications. The program funds Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics learning projects in classrooms and schools in the TVA service areas throughout the Tennessee Valley.

The 2019-2020 application is now open and closes Oct. 20. Grants may be requested in amounts up to $5000. Eligible applicants are teachers or school administrators in public schools, grades K-12. Schools must be located in the TVA service area and receive power from a TVA distributor.

“TVA recognizes that excellence in education is the key to our future workforce … CONTINUED


TN is leading nation with proposal of innovative block grant waiver

Posted on September 20, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) said this week that Tennessee is leading the nation with an innovative block grant waiver proposal that would give the state new flexibility in its Medicaid financing structure.  Bailey made the statement as Gov. Bill Lee and TennCare officials unveiled Draft Waiver Amendment 42 to the state’s TennCare waiver, the vehicle in which Medicaid funds are distributed by the federal government.

“This is a groundbreaking proposal as we lead the nation with this block grant waiver request,” said Bailey, who sponsored the legislation calling for submission of the amendment.  “It is an innovative and responsible proposal, which builds on … CONTINUED


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