Herbert “Peewee” Hutchings

Posted by | July 31, 2015 12:03 pm

Herbert “Peewee” Hutchings, 86, of Sparta, passed away July 30, 2015, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta

Mr. Hutchings was born March 5, 1929, in DeKalb County, the son of Dewey Hutchings and Wincie Young Hutchings.

He was a member of Plainview Church of Christ and served his country in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Hutchings was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Reba Nell Eller Hutchings; sisters-in-law, Willene Sullivan, Illa Shockley; two nieces, Paula Eller, Judy Beard; three nephews, Mark Eller, Terry Eller, Wes Shockley; special cousins, Hattie Shannon, Royce Hutchings; a special friend, Ronnie Brock; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.… Read More


Katherine Elaine Thomas

Posted by | July 31, 2015 11:27 am

Katherine Elaine Smith Thomas, 90, of Burns, passed away, July 30, 2015, at Life Care of Sparta.

Mrs. Thomas was born Jan. 30, 1925, in Lytle, Georgia.

She was a member and pianist of Mission Ridge Baptist Church, in Lylte, Georgia. After graduating from business school, she worked as keypunch operator at Datamatic, in Nashville, and secretary at Diplomat Angus Farm in Burns. She looked forward to spending time with the Dickson County Home Demonstration Club.

She will be best remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who always had time for listening, playing and making homemade ice cream with “Grannie Cookies” on the farm, in Dickson County.… Read More


Who is the best of the best in White County?

Posted by | July 31, 2015 10:36 am

A ballot for the 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards can be found in Thursday’s edition of The Expositor. Be sure to fill out a ballot and mail it or bring it by the office, located at 34 W. Bockman Way, by August 14 for your voice to count, and to be included in a drawing for a $50 gas card. The winners will be announced September 28 in a special edition included in The Expositor, along with photos and stories of some of the featured winners. Entries MUST be submitted on an official newspaper entry ballot. No copies will be accepted!


Haston Cemetery decoration

Posted by | July 31, 2015 10:00 am

Haston Cemetery decoration will be 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. The meeting and lunch will be at Cummingsville School, in Van Buren County. The business meeting will be held first, with a covered dish meal immediately afterward. Families can visit the cemetery at their convenience.


Gas price drops to accelerate from Labor Day through autumn

Posted by | July 31, 2015 9:28 am

2015’s second half represents a strong commitment that motorists will spend even less on gasoline this year than they did in 2014. GasBuddy experts say that before Christmas, as many as 20 states could have average gas prices below $2 per gallon as the national average for December slips to $1.98.

States most likely to see average prices at $1.99 or less before Christmas:

AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA.


Political caricatures show comes to Center for Craft

Posted by | July 31, 2015 9:15 am

Clay caricatures of people, historic and contemporary – including some nudity – will be on display at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft until Aug. 23.

The show is by Zach Tate and features a variety of figures, including some from the political realm.

The show will be in the Center for Craft’s Gallery One. It is free and open to the public.

The Center for Craft is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

It is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at exit 273, Smithville/McMinnville.


Shirley Faye Adcock Jones

Posted by | July 31, 2015 8:29 am

Shirley Faye JonesShirley Faye Adcock Jones, 78, passed away July 30, 2015, at her residence.

Mrs. Jones was born June 3, 1937, in DeKalb County.

She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother. A member of New Union The Baptist Church, Mrs. Jones sang with her husband Royce at church and in local gospel groups.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cordie Adcock and Louvella Russell Adcock; husband Royce D. Jones; and special cousin/sister, Carolyn Rankhorn.

Survivors include her children Deborah (James) Collins, of Madison, Alabama, Anita (Loyd) Wood, of Rock Island, David (Bridgett) Jones, of McMinnville; aunts and uncles, Gene and Mava Russell, Anna Ruth Barnes, Tom Russell, all of McMinnville; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Treca Johnson, Walling, Idell and Gene West, Jane and Bob Williams, all of Manchester, Lane and Sue Jones, of McMinnville; grandchildren, Tara Rigsby, Chris Jones, Adam Collins, Patrick Collins, Nancy Rutledge, Thomas Wood, Becky Brogden; 26 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, family members and friends.… Read More


TDOT construction report-White County

Posted by | July 31, 2015 8:10 am

White County, SR-111 (Spencer Hwy.) repair of bridge over Calfkiller River (LM 6.37) in Sparta: Work on this project continues. The contractor has completed full depth deck repairs and will be completing work on expansion joints for Phase 2 construction. Sandblasting and painting operations within the middle span of the bridge are underway. Temporary traffic control signs are installed providing lane shifts to the outside lanes in both directions as Phase 2 progresses. All motorists should use extreme caution and be alert to construction equipment and vehicles on the project. The contractor may have short term lane closures to perform various operations on an as-needed basis. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary.… Read More


TDOT construction report-Van Buren County

Posted by | July 31, 2015 8:09 am

Van Buren County, SR-111 grading, drainage, and paving from south of Manus Road to south of SR-285 near Double Bridge Road: Work on this project continues. Utilities are currently being installed. Grading and blasting operations continue and the contractor is addressing the slope with removal of unsuitable material and installing graded solid rock within the construction zone. Motorists should expect periodic delays. Flaggers will be present during progression of work. Motorists should use caution and be alert to construction equipment and vehicles within the work zone. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 MPH and is being enforced. Estimated project completion date is spring 2016. [Jones Bros., Inc.… Read More


TDOT construction report-White and Putnam counties

Posted by | July 31, 2015 8:07 am

Putnam and White Counties, SR-111 resurfacing from north of SR-136 in White County (LM 17.43) to north of SR-136 in Putnam County (LM 2.03): Work on this project will begin soon. The contractor will install construction signs during this report period. Milling and paving operations are slated to begin soon afterward. The contractor may have short lane closures to perform various operations on an as needed basis. Flaggers will be on site to help with traffic control. Estimated project completion is September 2015. [Tinsley Asphalt, LLC/Sorrelle/CNP111]


TDOT construction report-Putnam County

Posted by | July 31, 2015 8:06 am

Putnam County, SR-56 bridge repair over I-40 at MM 273 (LM 0.54): Work on this project continues. Concrete barrier rails have been removed and replaced with flexible barrels/drums to provide wider lanes for the traveling public. Nighttime interstate lane closures and traffic pacing will be permitted for bridge repair operations if necessary, but only during the hours of 8PM to 6AM. One lane of I-40 in each direction will be maintained during these temporary closures. During this report period the contractor may have interstate lane closures on each evening except for Friday and Saturday nights to allow the contractor to perform work on the bridge overhead as part of Phase 2 of the project.… Read More


TDOT construction report-DeKalb County

Posted by | July 31, 2015 8:04 am

DeKalb County, SR-26 (U.S. 70) construction of a welded steel plate girder bridge and three retaining walls over the Caney Fork River and Sligo Road (LM 24.58): Work on this project continues. During construction, the current bridge over the river will remain open to traffic until the new structure is constructed and able to carry traffic. During this report period, the contractor will be slip forming the parapet rail, placing final lift of base stone, asphalt binder and completing construction of retaining wall one. Utilities will be slipped through the conduit hangers of the bridge for DTC Wireless and Comcast utilities. The contractor may have short lane closures to perform various operations on an as-needed basis.… Read More


TDOT construction report-White and Cumberland counties

Posted by | July 31, 2015 8:02 am

Cumberland and White Counties, U.S. 70 (SR-1) resurfacing from east of Viola Drive in White County (LM 20.20) to east of Arthur Seagraves Road in Cumberland County (LM 2.02): The contractor has completed milling and paving operations at this time. Rumble strips, thermoplastic pavement markings and final detail work will be performed on U.S. 70 and intersecting county roads during this report period. The contractor will use traffic pacing to complete this portion of the work. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution during this work and keep proper distance from painting equipment and freshly-painted lines. Estimated project completion is August 2015. [Rogers Group, Inc./Sorrelle/CNP020]


THP accepting applications for Citizens’ Trooper Academy

Posted by | July 31, 2015 7:55 am

Tennessee Highway Patrol is now accepting applications for the 2015 fall Citizens’ Trooper Academy. Classes start Sept. 15 and will be held at Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s training center in Nashville.

Participants must be at least 21 years old, available to attend weekly three-hour sessions with no more than one absence, sign required waivers and agreements, and have no criminal history.

Applications are available at tn.gov/safety or may be requested by sending an email to email.safety@tn.gov.

The deadline to register is Aug. 17.

For more information, contact Sergeant Bill Fitzgerald at 615-743-3907 or Shannon Hall at (615) 251-5170.


TTU TSBDC hosts entrepreneurship seminar Aug. 11

Posted by | July 31, 2015 7:26 am

Tennessee Tech University’s Small Business Development Center will host a seminar, on Aug. 11, about starting a business.

John Woodard, assistant director of the TSBDC, will lead the seminar, Business Start-up Essentials. It will be offered from 5:30-7:30 p.m., on the TTU campus.

Woodard will discuss start-up basics, business structures, planning, financing and cash needs, and common challenges.

The seminar is free, but registration is required. To register, call (931) 372-3648 or visit tsbdc.org/ttu. It will be held in Johnson Hall 218, 1105 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville.


TN ranks No. 1 in automotive manufacturing strength, education

Posted by | July 31, 2015 7:21 am

Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in both automotive manufacturing strength and education according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication. In the magazine’s 11th Annual Rankings Report, Tennessee also received accolades in the following categories.

No. 2 Best Business Climate

No. 2 Best Infrastructure

No. 4 Workforce Training Leaders

No. 7 Automotive Employment Leaders

Tennessee, the first state to win back-to-back “State of the Year” honors from Business Facilities, has ranked No. 1 for automotive manufacturing strength for an unprecedented five times in the past six years and also ranked No. 1 for education in 2014.


Emma Jean Winstead Haston

Posted by | July 31, 2015 7:10 am

Emma Jean Winstead Haston, 81, of Sparta, passed away July 30, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Winstead was born Sept. 26, 1933, in Sparta, to Claude Potter Winstead and Lola Beatrice Humphrey Winstead.

She was a homemaker and a member of Gum Springs Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Cornell “Dick” Haston, and her brother, Carl Winstead.

Survivors include her three sons, Douglas Kirk Haston and wife Rita, of Smithville, Jimmy R. Haston, of Ocala, Florida, Richard Haston and wife Selisa, of Sparta; stepdaughter, Margaret Ann Haston Beaver and husband William, of Woodburn, Kentucky; grandchildren, Amy Haston Austin and husband Philip, Adam Haston and wife Victoria, all of Sparta; great-grandchildren, Jesse, Joshua and Jennifer Austin, Lucas and Leah Haston; sisters, Betty Sue Butler, of Sparta, Claudette Aayla, of San Antonio, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.… Read More


Margaret Louise Johnson

Posted by | July 30, 2015 2:07 pm

Margaret Louise Johnson, 85, of Walling, passed away July 29, 2015.

Mrs. Johnson was born Oct. 28, 1929, in Sparta, the daughter of Luther Hutchings and Bessie Holland Hutchings.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Edward Johnson; son, James David Johnson; sister Willie Mae Lowery; and brother Merrill Hutchings.

Survivors include her son, Lynn Johnson and wife Nikkie, of Walling; brother, Harold Hutchings, of Cookeville; daughter-in-law, Linda Johnson, of Walling; three grandchildren, Gavin Johnson, of Walling, Paige Johnson, of Walling, Brandon Johnson and wife Bobbie Sue, of Walling; two great-grandchildren, Dustin Johnson, Willow Johnson; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and a very special friend, Ruby Johnson.… Read More


Kimberly Ruth Judd

Posted by | July 30, 2015 1:01 pm

kim juddKimberly Ruth Judd, 45, of Quebeck, passed away July 29, 2015, at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Murfreesboro.

Mrs. Judd was born May 8, 1970, in Livingston, to the Charles Frederick Rapier and Frances Ruth Copeland Rapier.

She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Lisa Kay Copeland, and special father, William “Pa Bill” Judd.

Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Harvey Edward “Ed” Judd; children, Michael Thomas Judd, Gary Kelly Judd, Robin Renee Judd; grandson, Little Bill Judd; sister, Bridgette Lynn Miranda and husband Chris; special mother, Jane “Mama Jane” Judd; best friend, Rita Moffitt; and several nieces and nephews.… Read More


Highlands Medical Center to become St. Thomas Highlands Hospital

Posted by | July 30, 2015 12:21 pm

On July 24, Saint Thomas Health announced they have signed an agreement with Capella Health to acquire four area hospitals, including Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta, which will now become St. Thomas Highlands Hospital.

Though Capella Healthcare and Saint Thomas Health had signed a partnership agreement in 2012, in which White County Community Hospital became Highlands Medical Center, ownership will now transfer completely to Ascension, parent company of Saint Thomas Health.

For more information on the hospital acquisition, see today’s edition of The Expositor.


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