First Community Church cantata

Posted by | November 26, 2014 12:24 pm

First Community Church of Sparta, at 184 Taft Church Rd., presents “The Name…Jesus!” Christmas cantata and their singing Christmas tree at 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. Everyone is invited to attend.


Betty Jean Howard Mabe Jones

Posted by | November 26, 2014 12:20 pm

Betty Jean Howard Mabe Jones, 82, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 25, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Jones was born March 12, 1932, in Cairo, Illinois to Haskel and Gladys Howard.

She was a homemaker and was an avid gardener.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jeff Jones; father of her children, Sheliah Mabe; son, J.D. Mabe; and granddaughter, Diana Michelle Mabe.

Survivors include her four daughters, Diane (Carlos) King, of Cleveland, Tennessee, Willene Allen, of Eldorado, Illinois, Demarise (Danny) Sparkman, of Sparta, Jennifer Mabe, of Sparta; seven grandchildren, Sonnetta Mabe, Joey Caldwell, … Read More


Riverbank Books destroyed in fire

Posted by | November 26, 2014 10:49 am

Last night, firefighters worked into the late hours to battle the blazes of a fire at the building on Bockman Way home to Riverbank Books and Southern Technology.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.  Click through the gallery to see photos of Riverbank Books from this morning.


White County Animal Shelter’s Santa List

Posted by | November 26, 2014 9:42 am

  • Clorox Clean-up or Clorox wipes
  • Frontline Flea & Tick Preventative
  • Creamy Peanut Butter (for administering medication)
  • Dawn Ultra Concentrated Dish Soap (blue)
  • Liquid laundry detergent and bleach
  • Volunteers!

White County Animal Shelter
5600 Gum Spring Mountain Road
Sparta, TN 38583
(931) 761-3647
wcanimalshelterspartatn@gmail.com

Shelter Hours:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 12:00 – 4:00
Thursday: 9:00 – 3:00
Friday: 9:00 – 3:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 3:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 3:00


Holiday Festival set for Nov. 28-30

Posted by | November 26, 2014 9:34 am

Tennessee Technological University’s satellite location, The Appalachian Center for Craft, will be holding a holiday festival from Nov. 28-30.  The event will feature artist demonstrations, crafts for kids, hands-on workshops, studio tours, live music and more.  For more information, visit the page for The Appalachian Center for Craft.

2014 Christmas Carnival set for Dec. 6

Posted by | November 26, 2014 9:32 am

From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Dec. 6, local families are invited to tour the Cookeville Depot Museum for the 2014 Christmas Carnival.  There will be games, balloons, magic, live reindeer, prizes, face painting, cookies, caroling, elves, a selfie booth, and Santa Claus himself.  Families are encouraged to bring their children and their cameras for the holiday fun.


Candy Cane Lane Art Show coming up

Posted by | November 26, 2014 9:29 am

The community is invited to attend Cassville Elementary School’s 2nd Annual Candy Cane Lane Art Show on Dec. 4 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m at Cassville Elementary School.  The show will highlight the unique artistic talents of Cassville’s students.


Giving business to hometown entrepreneurs

Posted by | November 26, 2014 9:14 am

Jennifer Tatum-Cranford of Payless Family Pharmacy

On Nov. 29, Small Business Saturday urges towns to shop local and understand the impact thriving small businesses can have on their communities.  Small Business Saturday is meant to drum up support for the mom and pop shops that are often owned by family, friends and neighbors.

To see the full story celebrating the faces of White County’s small businesses, pick up today’s edition of The Expositor.


Thanksgiving takes on a new meaning for Johnson

Posted by | November 26, 2014 9:10 am

A man who has reached out to help others in time of sickness is now facing a life and death battle of his own that has caused him to reflect on his life and the many blessings he has received.  Larry “Bubba” Johnson realizes that his Thanksgiving holiday this year has taken on a new meaning. Although he is strong-willed and has a constant faith in God, he is facing a battle that sometimes seems uphill – he has been diagnosed with colon cancer and is facing surgery in December.

To read Johnson’s story, pick up today’s edition of The Read More


Bethel Christmas play

Posted by | November 26, 2014 8:14 am

Bethel Free Will Baptist Church presents its Christmas play, “Return to Cricket County,” at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. Everyone is invited. For more information call (931) 738-8697.


Posted by | November 26, 2014 8:05 am

There will be a candlelight service at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at Skurlock Cemetery. Please bring a candle to light for the ceremony.


Betty Jean Howard Mabe Jones

Posted by | November 26, 2014 7:39 am

Betty Jean Howard Mabe Jones, 82, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 25, 2014, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Warriors and Warriorettes stay perfect

Posted by | November 25, 2014 10:21 pm

Both the Warriors and Warriorettes remained perfect on the season with wins over Tullahoma on Tuesday.

The Warriors, behind 21 points from Kordell Henderson, won their game 84-49.

The Warriorettes got 15 points from Bella Taylor and 14 from Hannah Leftwich as they picked up the 65-41 win.

See Monday’s print edition for full details.

The next action for WCHS is Monday, Dec. 1st, when they host Ooltewah.


Fire on Bockman Way

Posted by | November 25, 2014 9:51 pm

A fire has been reported on West Bockman Way across from Hardee’s, in the vicinity of Riverbank Books.



Rock House Christmas event

Posted by | November 25, 2014 1:44 pm

There will be a Christmas open house at the historic Rock House, 3663 Country Club Rd., in Sparta. The event will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, with refreshments provided the Rock House Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Everyone is invited to stop by.


Edwin H. Herel

Posted by | November 25, 2014 11:57 am

Edwin H. Herel, 80, passed away Nov. 24, 2014, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville.

Mr. Herel was born May 24, 1934, in Astoria, New York, the son of Jerry Herel and Antoinette Skokan Herel.

He served his country in the U.S. Army

Mr. Herel was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Herel; children, Jeffrey Herel, Lorraine Herel-Blumer, Teresa Herel-Fritz; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral service will be graveside at 2 p.m., Nov. 26, 2014, at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Father John Pantuso will officiate.

Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ruth Lorelle Carter

Posted by | November 25, 2014 11:50 am

Ruth Lorelle Carter, 83, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 24, 2014, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta.

Ms. Carter was born Oct. 24, 1931, in White County, to Henry Lecil and Ruth Wallace Carter.

She was a former hairdresser.

Ms. Carter was preceded in death by her parents and an infant twin sister.

Survivors include her sister, Virginia Sims, of Sparta, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be graveside at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 25, 2015, at Highland Cemetery. Carl Sims will officiate.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 


Have you gotten your entry form yet?

Posted by | November 25, 2014 9:56 am

Entry forms are available now for Christmas in our Town at local participating merchants, or online at Sparta-Chamber.net. Visit each of the participating merchants between now and Dec. 6 to have your entry form stamped, and return the completed entry to Sparta Office Supply or the Chamber office by 3 p.m., Dec. 6, 2014, to be eligible for prizes. Prizes include a tablet, merchant bucks, cash, and merchandise. Be sure to completely fill in the contact information on the official form. Entry forms must be validated by every participating merchant to be eligible to win. Must be present to win.


Christmas on the Plateau set for Dec. 19

Posted by | November 25, 2014 9:48 am

On Dec. 19, Cumberland Mountain State Park will hold Christmas on the Plateau from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the recreation lodge.  The event will feature a toy drive, homemade ornament crafts, an encounter with a barred owl, reading of A Christmas Story, hot drinks, snacks, and a visit from Santa himself.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the event’s facebook page.


Christmas Concert and Sing-along set for Dec. 7

Posted by | November 25, 2014 9:43 am

The Cookeville Community Folk Orchestra will present a free sing-along Christmas Concert from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 7.  at First Christian Church in Livingston.  The sing-along will feature holiday songs both old and new.


Networking event set for Dec. 3

Posted by | November 25, 2014 9:40 am

All individuals, groups or businesses interested in the welfare of the abandoned, abused, surrendered or neglected animals in White County are invited to a networking event at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Mason San Pedro Mexican Restaurant in Sparta.

Organizers hope to form a more unified approach to the prevention, promotion, rescue and care of the unwanted domestic animals in White County by aligning with the White County Animal Shelter, sharing resources, planning fundraisers and events, recruiting volunteers and meeting others with the same passion for animals.

Tentative Agenda:

6:00 p.m.  6:20 Meet & Greet; Opportunity to order food

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Adoptable Friend of the Week: Maddox

Posted by | November 25, 2014 9:30 am

My name is Maddox, and I’m looking for my furever home.  I’m a 2-3 year old labrador/terrier mix with a lot of luck.  I’m even named “Maddox” because it means “little fortunate one.”  Last week, the shelter got a call that there was a dog who had possibly been hit by a car and was really hurt.  When the animal control officer found me, he thought I wasn’t as bad as they thought and he brought me to the shelter.  They took me to the vet, and they helped me feel better.  The vet thinks I got in a scuffle … Read More




Adoptable Friend of the Week: Artie

Posted by | November 25, 2014 9:19 am

My name’s Artie, and I’m looking for my furever home.  I’m a 2-3 year old shepherd mix with lots of love to give.  They say I’m a just like a teddy bear.  I’m very friendly, and I crave affection.  I can walk on a leash, and I even know how to sit!  All I really want is some doggy friends and a family to call my own.  Come meet me, your new best friend, at the White County Animal Shelter.

White County Animal Shelter
5600 Gum Spring Mountain Road
Sparta, TN 38583
(931) 761-3647
wcanimalshelterspartatn@gmail.com

Shelter Hours:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: … Read More


Danny Bentley wins Turkey Bowl

Posted by | November 25, 2014 9:18 am

Danny Bentley and The Expositor's Traci Massengill

At last night’s Turkey Bowl, Danny Bentley won the event, and took home a $200 gift card from Walmart and $25 from Save A Lot.


Geneva Frances Burgess Brady

Posted by | November 25, 2014 9:14 am

Geneva Frances Burgess Brady, 94, of Cookeville, passed away Nov. 24, 2014, at Cedar Hills Assisted Living, in Cookeville.

Mrs. Brady was born Jan. 6, 1920, in White County, to Robert Taylor Burgess and Beatrice Randolph Burgess.

She was once a teacher at Bear Cove Elementary School, as well as a secretary for Arthur Mitchell. She, along with her late husband Ray Brady, were owners of Brady Motor Company, in Cookeville, where she served as bookkeeper. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed being with people and attending church.

In addition to her parents and husband she is also preceded in … Read More


White County Middle School hosts 2nd Mini-Career Fair

Posted by | November 25, 2014 8:15 am

White County Middle School hosted its second mini-career fair of the 2014-15 school year on Nov. 21, 2014.  Approximately 300 eighth graders participated along with 10 different local manufacturers and three post-secondary institutions. The event is part of an effort to encourage career exploration at an early age. Everyone worked together to offer the students a general overview of the occupations available in the field of manufacturing along with the education and skills needed to work in these various careers.


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