Sparta Police search for iPad thief

Posted by | April 24, 2015 12:26 pm

At approximately 2:03 a.m. on Friday, April 3, Sparta Police were dispatched to Walmart concerning a theft of 10 iPads from the store. Video surveillance in the store shows a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, 220 pounds, with areas of white visible on the skin of both his arms.  The video shows him driving a silver or champagne colored Dodge Caravan with a luggage rack on top. This suspect is believed to have possibly committed a similar theft in Fayetteville, as well. If anyone has information concerning the suspect or the thefts, contact Investigator Doug Goff, of Sparta Police Department, at 836-3734

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Walter David “W.D.” White

Posted by | April 24, 2015 12:15 pm

Walter David “W. D.” White, 86, of the Shady Grove community, passed from this earthly life to his heavenly home, on April 24, 2015, at Highlands Medical Center.

Mr. White was born June 28, 1928, in White County, Floyd White and Bertha Holladay White.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Floyd White; a sister, Frances Day; and a son-in-law, Mark Morris.

He was a life-long farmer, member of the Shady Grove Methodist Church, and a member of several community organizations.

Mr. White is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Ruth C. Luna White, of the Shady Grove community; nieces and nephews, Jean and Jim McFall, Frank and Toni Day, Joyce Morris, Janet and Dewayne Steward, Linda and David Orr; several great nieces and great nephews; several great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and special friends, Tim and Jean Hauk and family.… Read More

Loredo charged with five counts of aggravated animal cruelty

Posted by | April 24, 2015 10:40 am

A Quebeck man was arrested on April 10 and is facing five counts of aggravated cruelty, following an incident that allegedly took place last fall, according to White County Sheriff Department. For more information on the arrest of Lionel Loredo, see Thursday’s edition of The Expositor.

State agency honored for promotion of Paychecks for Patriots

Posted by | April 24, 2015 10:11 am

Melinda Greene Kelsey, communications constituent and government relations administrator for Tennessee Department of Labor, is pictured in the middle of her team during an April 23 ceremony where they won numerous awards. Kelsey is a 1974 graduate of White County High School.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development collected four awards last night at the Public Relations Society of America Nashville Parthenon Awards, the industry’s most coveted competition. The state agency was honored for their promotion of Paychecks for Patriots, an annual hiring event for veterans. Labor and Workforce Development won the highest honors in the following categories: Public Relations Campaign, Community Relations, Media Relations and Public Affairs. The comprehensive campaign included press releases, editorials, videos, and graphics distributed through social media, partner agencies, and veteran support groups.

BonDeCroft Baptist

Posted by | April 24, 2015 9:58 am

BonDeCroft Baptist Church invites everyone to join them as they observe the annual National Day of Prayer. This year it will be held on May 7th, 2015. The church will be open for prayer 2-5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 7. A prayer service dedicated to our country will be held 6-7 p.m.

First Community Church welcomes new pastor

Posted by | April 24, 2015 9:17 am

By Kelly Hanwright

At the end of last year, the members of First Community voted in Dan Kashner as their new pastor after the retirement of former minister Don Kelly. Dan has been married for 37 years to a wonderful lady named Judy, who instantly immersed herself in the women’s ministry and other church activities. Although they have only been with us a short while, the Kashners are not new to ministry.

“In this day and age” he said, “people are looking for more than just another experience. They want and need to see truth lived out. We want to demonstrate that Jesus Christ is real, and he is in the business of transforming lives and changing hearts.… Read More

Freshmen orientation

Posted by | April 24, 2015 9:05 am

There will be an orientation for upcoming freshmen at White County High School, in the multipurpose room, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 14, 2015. Parents and students are encouraged to attend.

W.D. White

Posted by | April 24, 2015 7:17 am

W.D. White, 86, of Walling, passed away this morning at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Relay For Life fish fry

Posted by | April 24, 2015 7:07 am

Wenda’s Warriors Relay for Life team will host a fish fry 11 a.m-5 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 278 Oakwood St. Plate includes fish, cole slaw, white beans, bread, dessert and drink for $10. Fish sandwich only is $6. Deliveries in town only by calling (931) 881-4339 or (931) 808-6055. Please call ahead for deliveries.

Freda Lee Rogers

Posted by | April 24, 2015 6:56 am

Freda Lee Rogers, 62, of Sparta, passed away April 20, 2015, at the Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville.

She was born Feb. 20, 1953, in Van Buren Counthy.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Edith Hopkins Davis and two infant children.

Survivors include her son, Daniel Adam Parks, of Sparta; two daughters, Julia Tipton, of Sparta, Barbara Ann Rogers, of Nashville; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; father, Carl Rufus Rogers and wife, JoAnn, of Spencer; three brothers,

James Darrel Rogers and wife Denise, of Cookeville, Carl Wayne Rogers, Jody Lynn Rogers, both of Spencer; and one sister, Cynthia Walker, of Spencer.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., April 24, 2015, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Mt.… Read More

Betty Burgess Mills

Posted by | April 24, 2015 6:44 am

Betty J. Burgess Mills, 85, of Sparta, passed away April 22, 2015, at Signature Health Care, in Algood.

Mrs. Burgess was born April 6, 1930, in Sparta, to Robert Taylor Burgess and Beatrice Randolph Burgess.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her three brothers, Terry Burgess, Bill Burgess, Malcolm Burgess; and three sisters, Geneva Brady, Mertie Kesner and Lela Weaver.

Survivors include her husband, Charlie C. Mills, of Sparta; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Lynne Mills, of Sparta; and grandchildren, Kylie Mills and Christopher Mills, both of Sparta.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., April 25, 2015, at Hunter Funeral home, with burial in the Saylors Cemetery.… Read More

National Day of Prayer

Posted by | April 24, 2015 6:22 am

Be a part of a prayer chain linking everyone together to pray for America. The gathering will be noon, Thursday, May 7, 2015, at White County Courthouse. Everyone is invited to gather and join hands to circle the courthouse and lift up prayers for America. In case of rain, the event will be in the upstairs of the courthouse. Everyone is asked to come and be a part of this prayer chain.


Victims of crime honored today in Cookeville

Posted by | April 24, 2015 6:12 am

The Board of Parole, the Department of Correction, and the Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction will pay tribute to victims of crime with a tree-planting ceremony in Cookeville, at 2 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015, at Putnam County Courthouse, 300 E. Spring St. During the event, a local advocate who assists crime victims will also be honored. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors at the same location. This event is one of 10 tree planting ceremonies across Tennessee this week. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 19-25.


Goodwill job fairs

Posted by | April 24, 2015 6:03 am

PUTNAM, WHITE, OVERTON AND VAN BUREN COUNTIES: Goodwill Career Solutions center at 565 S. Jefferson Ave., Cookeville, will host a virtual job fair for Staffing Solutions in Sparta, Livingston, Cookeville and Spencer from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28. More information is available at

PUTNAM, WHITE, CUMBERLAND AND SMITH COUNTIES: Goodwill Career Solutions center at 565 S. Jefferson Ave., Cookeville, will host a virtual job fair for Wise Staffing in Cookeville, Sparta, Gordonsville and Crossville from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, May 1. More information is available at


White County’s Riggle wins best poster at TTU

Posted by | April 24, 2015 5:59 am

Tyler Riggle, a senior earth sciences major from Sparta, won best poster in his academic concentration at Tennessee Tech University’s 10th annual Student Research Day. Riggle’s poster was titled “Mesozoic Faulting Controls on a Cenozoic Channel System, Near Offshore Nova Scotia.” Research Day was April 9 in TTU’s Roaden University Center. More than 170 Tennessee Tech University students presented the results of their semester’s work. About 30 awards were given for poster presentations.

Republicans elect new officers

Posted by | April 24, 2015 5:57 am

White County Conservative Republicans recently elected officers for the next term. They are Chairman-Robert Dunham, 1st Vice Chair- Jim Sergio, 2nd Vice Chair- James Hickey, 3rd Vice Chair- Jerry Lowery (not pictured), Secretary- Shirley Hickey, and Treasurer- Sherrie McCulley. Meetings are the fourth Monday of each month at White County Courthouse.

Bailey says “I did my job”

Posted by | April 23, 2015 3:30 pm

Senator Paul Bailey has been fielding phone calls and text messages for the past 24 hours as many of his White County constituents have reportedly been blaming him for “not doing his job” when a bill came up for a vote yesterday that would allow retail package liquor stores outside the city limits of Sparta.

To help clarify the misinformation that has been spreading on social media, this is the step-by-step outline of what has been taking place.

(1) In Nov. 4, 2014, election, White County voters passed a consumption of alcohol on the premises (liquor by the drink) referendum and retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages referendum.… Read More

WAKE offers training for Tennessee Drug Free

Posted by | April 23, 2015 11:06 am

Front row: Lena Higgins, Jodi Bartlett, Cheyanne Fisher, Whitney Kirby, Elizabeth Kirby, Donna Daniels Back row: Lynn Mitchell, Marcie Kinnard, Heather Redmond, John Rust, William Walrath, Roy Whited, Steve Colquitt, Vickie Wilson

On June 17, the White County Anti-Drug Coalition will be hosting an opportunity for businesses to be a part of the Tennessee Drug Free workplace. Upon the completion of this training, business will be eligible for a 5 percent deduction in Workman’s Comp premiums, the ability to bid on government programs, a shift in burden of proof when denying a workman’s comp claim, and a sober workforce.

If a business is interesting in becoming a Drug Free Tennessee business and receive discounts on workman’s comp rates, contact WAKE Sparta at, (931)304-9747, or visit the website at

For more information on the White County Anti-Drug Coalition and how they are moving in the community, pick up today’s edition of The Expositor.… Read More

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