Dodson wins today at Beef Expo

Posted by | July 6, 2015 3:04 pm

Elizabeth Dodson, 15, of Sparta, won first place today in Showmanship in the Junior High Division of the 2015 Tennessee Junior Livestock Beef Expo, at Middle Tennessee State University.

Free Medicare help

Posted by | July 6, 2015 2:16 pm

SHIP representatives from  Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability will be at White County Library, 11 N. Church St., in Sparta, on July 22, 2015, 9 a.m.-noon, on to help counsel on any Medicare questions, abuse or concerns as well as screening for Low Income Subsidy  extra-help with Medicare Part D. Please contact SHIP at 1-877-801-0044 for an appointment. SHIP/SMP covers all 14 Upper Cumberland counties.

Calvary Baptist VBS

Posted by | July 6, 2015 2:12 pm

Calvary Baptist Church will host a Vacation Bible School, 9:30 a.m.-noon,  Mon., July 20, – Thurs., July 23, at the church, 4417 Roberts-Matthews Highway. The them is “God Bless America.”  Transportation will be provided by call (931) 738-5260. For more information call the phone number listed or (931) 738-8296.

Anthony (Tony) aka Bobo Johnson

Posted by | July 6, 2015 1:26 pm

Anthony (Tony) aka Bobo Johnson, 61, of Sparta passed July 3, 2015, at his home.

Mr. Johnson was born Jan. 8, 1954, to Johnny Spurlock and Mary Frances (Jo Baby) Tubbs.

He was a veteran of U.S. Army and a retired prison guard.

Survivors include his wife, wife Michelle Claudia Maynard Johnson, of Sparta; three sisters, Johnnie Elaine Johnson, of Sparta, Amanda Covington, Sanita Spurlock, both of Nashville; three brothers, Greg Johnson, of Sparta, Lynn Spurlock and wife Frances, Johnny Odell and wife Jackie Spurlock, of Nashville; stepmother, Patricia Baker, of Nashville; uncle, Bobby Spurlock, of Nashville; special niece, Ashley Vance, of Sparta; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.… Read More

Great Falls at Rock Island after July 2 rains

Posted by | July 6, 2015 9:38 am

Photo by Pamela Claytor

Many areas of Rock Island State Park were closed to visitors after recent rains made water levels dangerously high. Signs around the park advised visitors that swimming and wading were not allowed.

Gas prices update

Posted by | July 6, 2015 8:16 am

Average retail gasoline prices in Tennessee have fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.52/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,821 gas outlets in Tennessee. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.77/g, according to gasoline price website  The national average has increased 1.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 88.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.


This Week in White County History-1975

Posted by | July 6, 2015 7:37 am

•Leon C. Burns Jr. was appointed Criminal Circuit Court Judge by Gov. Ray Blanton.

•Garvin Haley took the oath of office for the position of Mayor of Doyle.

•Jeff Ross was elected president of the Sparta Rotary Club.


This Week in White County History-1985

Posted by | July 6, 2015 7:36 am

•A “major” company visited Sparta over four days to seek data on possibly locating a site for a new plant that would employ 500 to 600 people.

•Retired Sparta Postmaster Jack Carter passed away. Carter served as postmaster in Sparta longer than any other since the service was established in 1830.

•Doyle Mayor Gerald Wallace, aldermen Ronnie Jolley, Ray Watson, Thomas Orr, Charles M. Savage and William N. Horton and alderwoman Dianne Haley were sworn into office by White County Clerk Virginia Wallace.

This Week in White County History-1995

Posted by | July 6, 2015 7:35 am

•The junior girls all stars represented White County in the District 8 Little League tournament

•White County’s first convenience center opened at the County Highway Department.

•Shane Dodson and Andy Golden, both White County High School students, competed in the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

This Week in White County History-2005

Posted by | July 6, 2015 7:33 am

•PFC Brandon Day graduated from US Army Field Artillery Training Center in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and was awarded the William T. Lesh Distinguished Honor Graduate award.

•Henrietta Goodwin was presented with the Rotarian of the Year award by Sparta Rotary Club.

•White County High School alum Joe Pat Cope accepted a job at Notre Dame High School, in Chattanooga, as head track coach and assistant girls and boys basketball coach.

Clerk’s office will issue licenses to same-sex couples

Posted by | July 6, 2015 7:11 am

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled that states can no longer ban same-sex couples from marrying and must also recognize their marriages.
Connie Jolley, White County clerk, stated requirements for same-sex couples wishing to acquire a marriage license are the same as the requirements for opposite-sex couples: both parties must be present, and they must have their driver licenses and Social Security cards. As of June 25, 2015, however, the office is no longer performing marriage ceremonies for any couples, Jolley says. For more information read the Monday, July 6, edition of The Expositor.

TN jobless rate still dropping

Posted by | July 6, 2015 7:07 am

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for May decreased to 5.8 percent, dropping .2 percent from April. White County’s rate, however, increased from 5.9 percent in April, to 6.3 percent for May. The unemployment rate for the state was reported to be the lowest in seven years when it dropped to 6 percent in April. The rate in March was 6.3 percent. White County’s increase for the month of May is the first rise in unemployment the county has seen this year, with the rate steadily declining each month from 7.8 percent in January, to 5.9 percent in April. See the Monday, July 6, edition of The Expositor for more information.

Calvary Baptist fellowship dinner

Posted by | July 6, 2015 6:48 am

Calvary Baptist Church, at 4417 Roberts-Matthews Highway, in Sparta, will host a fellowship dinner at noon, Sunday, July 12, 2015.  For more information call (931) 738-5260.

Walker returns to lead a different kind of team

Posted by | July 5, 2015 9:59 pm

In 1998, Brad Walker was one of two seniors on the first-ever boys’ basketball state championship team White County High School had ever put on the basketball court.

Seventeen years later, Walker is returning to his hometown to lead another “team,” but this time, he will be leading team members to a more eternal purpose.

In the winter of 1998, White County was excited and on fire about the success of the Warrior basketball team. WCHS had defied the naysayers and the odds. The rural high school that played in the state’s largest classification against bigger and more urban high schools brought home a state title.

Walker, a 1998 graduate of White County High School, played a huge role in that team’s success.… Read More

WCHS softball alumni game Saturday

Posted by | July 5, 2015 9:55 pm

After having to be postponed from the spring, the inaugural Warriorette softball alumni game will take place this Saturday, July 11th, at the White County High School softball field.

Things will begin at 5 p.m. with barbecue plates and food at the concession stand. The home run derby will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the actual game to follow at 6 p.m.

Any former Warriorette softball players interested in attending should contact current WCHS softball coach, Erin (Sims) Replogle, at by July 8th.

See Monday’s print edition for more information.

9/10 All Stars drop district opener

Posted by | July 5, 2015 9:46 pm

Sparta’s 9/10 All Stars found the going rough Sunday afternoon in the District 2 opener.

Lebanon Gold defeated Sparta 10-0 limiting the local team to just one hit in the contest.

They will return to action in the loser’s bracket Monday at 6 p.m. against Smith County Orange, who was defeated by Gallatin.

Sparta’s 7/8 year old team gets district play started Monday at 7:30 p.m. against Lebanon Gold in Carthage.

See Thursday’s print edition for details of the district tournament games.

9/10’s fall to Smith, but advance to district

Posted by | July 5, 2015 3:24 am

Both Sparta All Star teams now in district play

After two rain outs, the Sparta 9/10-year old All Star team finally got back into action on Saturday.

Six errors led to a 6-0 Smith County lead on the way to a 9-6 defeat of Sparta.  However, the local team still earned the right to advance to the district tournament due to the tiebreaker.

Sparta’s 9/10 team takes on Lebanon Gold Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in Lebanon.

The 7/8-year old team starts district play Monday at 7:30 p.m., also against Lebanon Gold, in Smith County.

See Monday’s print edition for complete details and for brackets.  Check back at for updates on the outcomes.… Read More

James Merrell McBride

Posted by | July 4, 2015 3:19 pm

James Merrell McBride, 60 of Quebeck, passed away July 3, 2015.

Born May 24, 1955, in Smithville, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Jim McBride and Doris Humphrey McBride.

He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church for 18 years and a graduate of White County High School.

In addition to his parents, Mr. McBride was preceded in death by a sister, Gail Lowery.

Surviving family members include his wife, Deborah McBride, of Quebeck; two sons, Ethan McBride, of Quebeck,

Josh McBride, of McMinnville; brother, Jeff McBride, of Sparta; sister, Vanessa Lance and husband Phillip, of McMinnville; and many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be noon, July 7, 2015, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Mt.… Read More

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