Sometimes silence is best option but not for Marsha Blackburn

Posted by | March 4, 2019 9:34 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I have to give Marsha Blackburn credit; being elected a senator has not changed her one bit from how she functioned as a congresswoman from Tennessee.  Her recent comments and opinion column, in the Tennessean, confirm that.  She is extremely astute to what her supporters need and/or want to hear from her.  Senator Blackburn also knows what her corporate handlers need her to say and do so they can be assured they are getting their money’s worth.

To say that Senator Blackburn doesn’t support The Green New Deal is a given.  Donald Trump doesn’t support it or the realities of climate change … Read More


Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | March 4, 2019 9:32 am

State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), March 1, 2019 — A resolution I am co-sponsoring that asks the federal government to change the flawed reimbursement formula currently paid to Tennessee hospitals for Medicare patients was approved by the full Senate on Thursday.  Enactment of a fair reimbursement rate would help struggling hospitals in Tennessee, which receive disproportionately low payments compared to other areas of the country for the same services.  Reimbursements in our state are among the lowest in the country.

Senate Joint Resolution 98 asks Tennessee’s representatives in Congress and the U.S. Department of Health to fix the flawed formula, which is critical to the state’s healthcare system.

While the original … Read More


Don’t let the river move without you

Posted by | March 4, 2019 9:30 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

I noticed last week that someone had posted they found a boat freely drifting with the flooded river. This reminded me of a 200-year-old story I recently read.

In the late 1700s, a town was settled and built on the Mississippi River. What started out as a settlement grew into the thriving economic town of Rodney, Mississippi. The town of Rodney actually missed becoming the state capital by three votes. But, in the years that followed, something happened to the bustling town, of Rodney, that took it from a port city of commerce to what is now a ghost town.

Over many … Read More


Sheriff department vehicle crashes on Smithville Highway

Posted by | March 4, 2019 9:29 am

James Edward Youngblood, 51, of Smithville, was charged with failure to exercise due care and driving on roadways laned for traffic after he collided with a White County Sheriff Department vehicle, on Feb. 23, which was driven by Deputy Mark Evans. (Photos submitted by TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL)

A deputy with White County Sheriff department was involved in a two-vehicle crash Feb. 23 that ended with the driver of the other vehicle facing two charges.

James Edward Youngblood, 51, of Smithville, was driving a 2010 Toyota Tacoma and was traveling west on Smithville Highway. Mark Bailey Evans, 43, of Van Buren County, who serves as a deputy with White … Read More



Eddie Lester: a survivor’s story

Posted by | March 4, 2019 9:17 am

Eddie Lester

By Rachel Auberger

Every winter, Eddie Lester would grow a thick, full beard. Every spring, when the dreary, cold weather left, he would shave it off. In the spring of 2013, something was different. When he shaved his beard, he found a large bulge on the left side of his neck. A tumor had been growing under his winter beard.

“I knew something was not normal about it,” Lester said. “I don’t usually go to the doctor, but I knew I needed to have this checked out.”

A trip to Upper Cumberland Ear, Nose, and Throat and Dr. Thomas Lawrence confirmed Lester’s suspicions. Dr. Lawrence delivered … Read More


Kid Scoop scholarship winner

Posted by | March 4, 2019 9:00 am

The Expositor presented a $1,000 Kid Scoop Scholarship to Chet Roberts, a third-grade student at Doyle Elementary, during a special event at White County Library, on Feb. 28, 2019.  The scholarship was presented in memory of former Expositor publisher Jim Shanks who passed away, in August 2018.

For the past year, The Expositor, Rotary Club of Sparta, Friends of White County Library, and Duck Pond Manor have sponsored a weekly page that was published in The Expositor and designed for students in grades 3-5. Each page features a high-interest theme with puzzles and activities to reinforce vocabulary and concepts related to the theme. Students who participated in the … Read More


Cherry Creek breakfast

Posted by | March 3, 2019 10:39 am

Saturday, March 9

Who: Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Department

What: Breakfast (country ham, city ham, sausage, bacon, biscuits, hash browns, eggs cooked to order, pancakes on request, orange juice, milk, coffee

When: 6-10 a.m.

Where: Fire hall, 124 Montgomery Rd.

Contact: (931) 738-8511


Concetta “Connie” Siegel

Posted by | March 3, 2019 6:13 am

Concetta “Connie” Siegel, 92, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 27, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

She was born June 22, 1926.

Graveside service was 11 a.m., Feb. 28, 2019, at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


TN National Guard change of command ceremony set for March 3

Posted by | March 1, 2019 3:47 pm

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee plans to conduct a change of command ceremony on Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 pm in the Hall of Flags at the Tennessee National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters located at 3041 Sidco Drive in Nashville.

Maj. Gen. Terry M. “Max” Haston, a Warren County native, will relinquish command and responsibility to Maj. Gen. Jeffrey H. Holmes of Lascassas. As Tennessee’s 76th Adjutant General, Holmes will command more than 13,000 men and women of the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee State Guard.

Both Haston and Holmes are combat veterans of the Iraq war and former commanders of … Read More


$1 billion in unclaimed property

Posted by | March 1, 2019 9:45 am

Tennessee Department of Treasury will travel to reunite Tennesseans with missing money at events across the state

The Tennessee Department of Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division is traveling to events across the state to reunite Tennesseans with missing money. The Division returned a record-breaking 48,425 claims last year, returning $32.9 million to those with missing money in Tennessee.

In an effort to return missing money to even more Tennesseans this year, representatives from Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division will be visiting some new events across the state and will be returning to several successful events from previous years.

Tennesseans are encouraged to stop by the Unclaimed Property booth to find … Read More


Learn more about Lane Motor Museum and microcars on March 2

Posted by | March 1, 2019 9:29 am

If you love the Cookeville History Museum’s wildly popular microcars exhibit, here’s an opportunity to learn more about where they came from.

Rex Bennett, education director of Nashville’s Lane Motor Museum, will be giving a lecture at 10:30 a.m., March 2,  at Cookeville City Hall, 45. E. Broad St. Refreshments will be served at 10 a.m.

“This exhibit has been the most-attended temporary exhibit we have had since the history museum opened in 2007,” Pam Philpot, Cookeville History Museum exhibit specialist, said. “More than 1,200 have visited over the last month. I think people are fascinated with these funny little cars and even more with the fact that … Read More



The earnest prayers of an 8-year-old and the rest of us, too

Posted by | March 1, 2019 8:42 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl      

“Can I say the prayer?”

Sammie and I were about to eat a late lunch at an upscale hamburger joint with our son, daughter-in-law, and the boys. Almost 8-year-old Grayson had made the offer to say grace, and we were all pleased to hear his request…so pleased that none of the adults corrected his grammar with, “MAY I, not CAN I…”

Instead the four grown-ups just replied, in unison, “SURE!” Our response was so crisp it sounded rehearsed. Then as we all bowed our heads in the busy restaurant, G began his prayer, in his best, pastoral, almost 8-year-old voice.

“LORD! Please … Read More


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