Kevin Charles Biehl

Posted by | October 20, 2014 2:18 pm

Kevin Charles, 60, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 5, 2014, at his home.

He served in the U.S. Navy, 1972-1975, during the Vietnam Conflict.

There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m., Oct. 26, 2014 at Almyra Methodist Church.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Gary Mullican

Posted by | October 20, 2014 1:10 pm

Gary Mullican, 73, of Morrison, passed away Oct. 19, 2014, at NHC Healthcare of McMinnville, after an extended illness. Mr. Mullican was born Aug. 10, 1941, in White County.

He was a former lab supervisor with Coffee County Hospital prior to his disability, formerly served as deacon at Pistole Baptist Church for many years and then at Morrison First Baptist Church, Sunday School teacher, former Ruritan Club member, and a member of Northside Baptist Church. He loved Southern Gospel music and sang with several gospel quartets over the years.

Mr. Mullican was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Mullican … Read More

Halloween at Elks Lodge

Posted by | October 20, 2014 12:07 pm

Elks Lodge 2863 will host a Halloween party beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, at the lodge, 4424 Old Kentucky Rd., in Sparta. The band “Soul Fissh” will begin playing at 7 p.m. There will be a $5 donation at the door. You can order from the menu. There will be games during the intermissions and judging of the best costume. Costumes are optional. For information call (931) 858-0930.



Elma Jean Cole

Posted by | October 20, 2014 9:20 am

Elma Jean Cole, 80, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 16, 2014, at NHC Healthcare of Smithville.

Mrs. Cole was born March 19, 1934, to Henry Creed Young and Mary Lou Parrish Young.

Graveside service will be 3:30 p.m., Oct. 21, 2014, at Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. There will be a visitation with the family, 6-8 p.m., Oct. 20, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Winnie Virginia Mabe Billings

Posted by | October 20, 2014 9:11 am

Winnie Virginia Billings, 85, of the Old Zion community of White County, passed away on Oct. 17, 2014, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Billings was born Thursday, Feb. 7, 1929, in Sparta, the daughter of Jessie Mabe andRoxie Judd Mabe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Noah Thurston Billings; and her baby brother, Harold Gene Mabe.

Surviving family members include three daughters, Linda Underwood and Mike, of Byron, Georgia, Diana Miller and Rick, of Sparta, Denise Daniels and Hartford, of Sparta; grandchildren, Laura Mixon, Marcus Underwood, Frankie Day, Jessica Moore, Derek Hunter, Lindsey Warfield; step-grandson, … Read More

Karen Sue West Lack

Posted by | October 20, 2014 8:19 am

Karen Sue West Lack, 50, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 17, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Lack was born June 7, 1964, in White County, the daughter of James Larry “Jay” West and Shirley West Smith.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Oct. 20, 2014, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Saylors Cemetery. The family will receive friends 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 20, at the funeral home.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friends of the Library make programs possible

Posted by | October 20, 2014 8:05 am

For National Friends of Libraries Week, the White County Public Library is thankful for the work the Friends of the White County Public Library have done to make so many events and opportunities possible.
The Friends of the White County Library has flourished since its beginnings in 1988; the group now consists of approximately 500 members dedicated to supporting the library  Members of the Friends of the White County Public Library meet to brainstorm ideas for improvement.  To find out more about this story, see the Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, edition of The Expositor.

ECD Board evaluates White County tourism dollars

Posted by | October 20, 2014 7:59 am

At the Oct. 13 meeting of the White County Joint Economic and Community Development Board, the board members met at Miss Marenda’s Tea Room to discuss White County’s economic status.
Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Interim Director Jody Sliger stated that White County had generated $20.25 million in direct tourism expenditures, produced $2.08 million in payroll, created $950,000 in local tax revenue, and created $1.5 million in state tax revenue.  Information provided by Sliger concluded by estimating that without state and local taxes generated by tourism, each White County household would pay $215.71 more in taxes.

Driver cited in Highway 111 crash

Posted by | October 20, 2014 7:54 am

A crash that occurred on Highway 111 on Oct. 16 has been attributed to distracted driving, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers. According to Trooper David Hickey, the investigating officer of crash, a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle, driven by Sarah Mills, age 18, was traveling north on Highway 111. Hickey says that Mills’ vehicle drifted across the yellow line and hit a 2012 Ford Tennessee Department of Transportation truck that was parked on the shoulder. For more details see the Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, edition of The Expositor

Eastland breakfast

Posted by | October 20, 2014 7:45 am

Eastland Volunteer Fire Department will host a breakfast 6-10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at fire station #1, 221 Eastland Cemetery Rd. The meal will include scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, potatoes, gravy and biscuits (pancakes on request). The cost is adults $6; children 12 and under, $3. For deliveries call (931) 935-8200.

Interact Club receives donation

Posted by | October 20, 2014 7:41 am

White County High School Interact Club President Kent Sapp (right) and Interact Club Treasurer James Crider (center) accept a donation of $478 from Sparta Rotary Club President John Downs (left) in consideration of the outstanding job they did assisting Rotarian Edd Rogers with the 20th anniversary celebration at Valley Ford. The Interact members prepared and served up several hundred hot dogs, which were enjoyed by the many attendees at the Valley Ford anniversary event Sept. 27, 2014.



Gas prices update

Posted by | October 20, 2014 7:36 am

Average retail gasoline prices in Tennessee have fallen 8.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.90/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,821 gas outlets in Tennessee. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.12/g, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in Tennessee during the past week, prices yesterday were 27.8 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 24.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

Making it official

Posted by | October 17, 2014 2:30 pm

The new First Tennessee sign is going up, marking the official changeover from Bank of America to First Tennessee today.

Veterans Park panels installed

Posted by | October 17, 2014 12:13 pm

Several panels were installed this morning at the Rotary Veterans Park, on the corner of East Bockman Way and North Main Street. Several more panels will be installed in the near future. Names of White County veterans are displayed in the beautifully structured area that honors those who have served in the military. Dr. Charles Mitchell, Rotary Club member and a World War II veteran, stands with his hand over his name.

Last bluegrass concert of the season tonight

Posted by | October 17, 2014 12:05 pm

The last bluegrass at the amphitheater show for the season is tonight at 7 p.m. The Hunt Family and Jimmy Demps and Hot Biscuitz will be performing. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be at Sparta Civic Center, 514 E. Bockman Way. Admission is free.

Fish fry to benefit Alzheimer’s organization

Posted by | October 17, 2014 11:58 am

Everyone is invited to come out and support Alzheimer’s Tennessee with a fish fry by some of the most well known cooks in Sparta. The event will take place 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at 278 Oakwood St., at the Leftwich residence.  Proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s Tennessee.

Soup and Sirens tomorrow

Posted by | October 17, 2014 11:32 am

The  annual Soups and Sirens is tomorrow with local fire departments competing for your vote! $5 will buy you a bottomless bowl of soups and chilis, and a ticket to vote for your favorite.

The event begins at 1 p.m., in the Historic Oldham Theatre on Liberty Square.  Classic Cars roll onto Liberty Square at 2 p.m.  There will be several new activities for kids this year.

Contact:  Junior Jones (931) 212-7658 for car show or Jody Sliger (931) 836-3552 for Soup-Chili Competition.

Free financial literacy summit for teachers at TTU

Posted by | October 17, 2014 10:09 am

A free financial literacy summit is being sponsored by the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission, on Oct. 25, which is administered by the Tennessee Treasury Department. The summit will be held on the Tennessee Tech University campus. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the summit will last from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., local time. Lunch and free parking will be provided to participants. To register online, teachers can visit For questions, they may contact James Armistead at (615) 532-5892 or by email at


Guest pianist to give recital Oct. 30

Posted by | October 17, 2014 9:55 am

Ryan Fogg, a pianist and professor at Carson-Newman University, will give a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, at Tennessee Tech. The concert will feature pieces by Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Lowell Liebermann and Sergei Rachmaninoff. It will be in Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building. Fogg is an associate professor of music and director of keyboard studies at Carson-Newman. He regularly performs throughout the United States, has several recordings and has written articles about teaching and performing in professional academic journals. The concert is free and open to the public. The Bryan Fine Arts Building is … Read More

Today is National Mammography Day

Posted by | October 17, 2014 9:55 am

The American Cancer Society reports that about 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2014 alone.  Breast cancer is a pervasive disease that has touched the lives of survivors, survivors’ loved ones, and those who suffer the loss of a loved one.  In cases of breast cancer, early detection is crucial.  Schedule a mammogram and speak with a doctor to learn your risks– it could save your life.

Free women’s health community seminar at CRMC

Posted by | October 17, 2014 9:51 am

Dr. Bert Geer, urogynecologist, will be presenting a free women’s health seminar at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3,  Cookeville Regional Medical Center Education Center. Dr. Geer will be speaking about current treatment options for bladder leakage and pelvic organ prolapse. Dr. Geer of Cookeville Gynecology is now a board certified Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (formerly known as urogynecology) specialist by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and its division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. For more information or to reserve a seat for the seminar, please call 1-877-433-2873.


Cumberland Mountain State Park to hold free birds of prey program

Posted by | October 17, 2014 9:50 am

From 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on November 2 at Cumberland Mountain State Park’s Park Recreation Lodge, Wings to Soar will be presented by Save Our American Raptors (S.O.A.R.) to offer a close encounter with some of nature’s birds of prey.  This year’s program welcomes a Great Horned Owl and a Broad Winged Hawk.  A Peregrine Falcon may also be present.  For more information, contact the park at (931) 484-6138.

Baxter Harvest Fest Car Show set for Oct. 25

Posted by | October 17, 2014 9:47 am

From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Oct. 25, Cookietown Car Club will be holding the Baxter Harvest Fest Car Show.  The event will feature door prizes, trophies, live music, an antique car/tractor show, a pet costume contest, local artists, history walks, food, and a parade of the Cookeville/Putnam County Animal Shelter pets.  This event is free to spectators.  For more information, call (931) 510-9102.

2014 Cumberland Hispanic Festival tomorrow

Posted by | October 17, 2014 9:40 am

Tomorrow from noon until 9 p.m. at the Cumberland County Playhouse grounds, the third annual Cumberland Hispanic Festival will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with music, food, dance, and art.  More than 50 artists representing Hispanic cultures will be present. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page:


Brown Bag concert this morning

Posted by | October 17, 2014 9:33 am

This morning from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cookeville Depot Museum, Warren Gently will be performing outdoors on the patio as part of the Cookeville Department of Leisure October Brown Bag series.  This event is free and open to the public.


Upper Cumberland’s first Blues and Brews Craft Beer Festival tomorrow

Posted by | October 17, 2014 9:29 am

From 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. tomorrow, taste craft beers and enjoy live music at the Upper Cumberland’s first Blues and Brews Craft Beer Festival at Dogwood Park to benefit WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS.  Calfkiller Brewing Company will offer brews for tasting.  Local breweries as well as breweries from across the country will be present.  For more information, visit 

Calfkiller growlers can now be filled in Sparta

Posted by | October 17, 2014 9:17 am

Beginning at 4 p.m. today, the Shell Station, known as Dixie 2, across from Walgreens at 470 W. Bockman Way, will begin filling Calfkiller Brewing Company growlers in what they are calling their “Growler Grand Opening.” Growlers can also be purchased at the store.

Turkey and dressing dinner at Piney

Posted by | October 17, 2014 8:54 am

Piney Fire Department, in Van Buren County, will host its annual turkey and dressing dinner, on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Station #1, on Old Highway 111. The meal will include turkey and dressing and all the side dishes, as well as a drink, for $7.  Dinner begins at 4 p.m. Auction at 5:30 p.m. For free delivery in the Piney area, call (931) 946-7099.

Woodmen of the World flag-retirement ceremony

Posted by | October 17, 2014 8:50 am

Woodmen of the World will be conducting a flag-retirement ceremony at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, at Pearson Park, in the pavilion. Pearson Park is adjacent to Sparta Civic Center, 524 E. Bockman Way. The community is encouraged to bring any old and tattered flags that need to be disposed of and observed the ceremony. For more information call Regina Wilhite, (931) 836-2459.

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