Ryan Qualls named agency manager at Farm Bureau

Posted by | July 29, 2019 1:56 pm

Ryan Qualls is shown at last month’s retirement celebration for Vaughn Walker, who was retiring as White County Farm Bureau agency manager. Qualls has now stepped into that position. L-R: Mindy Stone, Mary Judd, Bradley Locke, Vaughn Walker, Ryan Qualls, and Janie Simmons.

By Rachel Auberger

Ryan Qualls was given the title of agency manager at White County Farm Bureau Insurance branch, on July 1, 2019, following the retirement of Vaughn Walker.

“Vaughn was a great leader,” Qualls said of his predecessor. “He led this office for over20 years. Not only was he a great leader but he was a great teammate and friend. He is definitely well-respected in the community and has left me with a lot to live up to.”

Qualls, who began working as an agent at Farm Bureau seven years ago when he returned to his hometown of Sparta, said nothing is changing in the local office.… CONTINUED


White County’s jobless rate at 4.4. percent, increase from May 2019

Posted by | July 29, 2019 1:52 pm

Data released July 25 by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development indicates unemployment increased in Tennessee’s 95 counties during June 2019.

White County’s jobless rate increased from 3.3 percent, in May, to 4.4 percent, in June. In June 2018, the rate was 4.5 percent

Van Buren’s numbers showed the unemployment rate at 5.4 percent, in June, which was an increase from May’s rate of 3.7 percent. In June 2018, Van Buren’s jobless rate was 6.5 percent.

Sixty-one counties have unemployment rates below 5 percent, while 34 counties now have unemployment rates at, or above, 5 percent.

With a rate of 3 percent, both Williamson and Davidson … CONTINUED


Taubert, Dodson arrested on multiple charges

Posted by | July 29, 2019 1:50 pm

Derek Lee Taubert

Two subjects were arrested last week after a caller to White County E-911 alerted law enforcement officials to a possible car burglary.

Derek Lee Taubert, 37, of Sparta, and Heather Nicole Dodson, 33, of Robbins, are facing multiple charges that include burglary, identity theft, criminal simulation, and criminal impersonation.

On July 21, 2019, at approximately 2:50 p.m., Deputy Kyle Meyer, of White County Sheriff’s Office, was dispatched to South Village Drive, in White County, about a male and a female reportedly breaking into a car and taking items.

While en route to the scene, Meyer was advised the two subjects were last seen in a … CONTINUED


Hennessee begins work as Sparta city administrator

Posted by | July 29, 2019 1:22 pm

Brad Hennessee, new administrator for City of Sparta, poses in front of the Lester Flatt monument that sits just outside Sparta City Hall. Hennessee says he is ready for the challenge and looks forward to working with all the employees. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

Brad Hennessee started his new job as the administrator for the City of Sparta, on July 22, and had a busy week visiting offices, meeting the employees he will work with, and getting to know the community he is eager to become a part of.

Hennessee, who has an industrial technology degree from Tennessee Tech and a public administration degree from Middle Tennessee State University, had been the public works director for the City of McMinnville where he had worked for 22 years prior to being hired by the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen to take the position vacated by Chris Dorsey.

“I wanted … CONTINUED


Golf tournament raises $20,000 for Motlow in Sparta

Posted by | July 29, 2019 1:19 pm

Citizens Bank of Sparta presented a check for $20,000 to Motlow Sparta, on July 24. The funds were raised from a golf tournament, in June, at Sparta Country Club. L-R: Beth Ann Swallows, Motlow Sparta site coordinator; David Miller, of Citizens Bank; Jesse Villard, of Citizens; Jim Payne, member of Motlow Sparta advisory board; Bobby Officer, chairman of Motlow Sparta advisory board; and Denny Wayne Robinson, White County executive. See story on 1A. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

Motlow State Sparta Advisory Board held its monthly meeting July 24, and, during the meeting, they were presented with a check in the amount of $20,000 from Citizens Bank.

The check was the result of money raised when Citizens Bank hosted a golf tournament, on June 22, 2019, at Sparta Country Club. The purpose of the tournament, according to Jesse Villard, one of the organizers, was to raise money for the Sparta site.

“This was the first time we have hosted this golf tournament, and we feel it was a great success,” Villard told the board. “We have already begun discussing plans to host this … CONTINUED


Aaron Shafer Memorial Road Race

Posted by | July 29, 2019 1:15 pm

The 10th Annual Aaron Shafer Memorial Road Race and Time Trial and TN State Championship Road Race got off to a great start at 8:30 a.m., July 27, 2019, with sunny skies and near-perfect temperatures. The first race was “Men Pro 1/2/3,” which was 70 miles. Downtown Sparta was “filled to the brim” with vehicles around Liberty Square and bikers practicing for the next race. Proceeds from the Aaron Shafer Memorial Road Race benefit the Aaron Shafer Memorial Foundation, which makes numerous donations throughout the year to various organizations. (Photo by KIM SWINDELL WOOD)

Taken inside White County, on Cherry Creek Rd, at top of hill (Photos by


Doris Lucille Estes Downs

Posted by | July 29, 2019 9:46 am

Doris Lucille Estes Downs, 92, of Sparta, went to be with the Lord, on July 26, 2019.

Mrs. Downs was born Aug. 27, 1926, in McCracken County, Kentucky, to Arthus Estes Sr. and Euple Thweatt Estes Shelby.

Most of her younger years were spent in Michigan or in and around Paducah, Kentucky.  It was in Paducah that she met Joe Earl Downs, who would become her husband, on Nov. 26, 1948.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Downs was well-read, plain-spoken, sharp-minded, and tirelessly faithful to her Christian faith.  She was a remarkable Bible scholar. Mrs. Downs loved to sew, knit, crochet, and decorate cakes.  She also read all the … CONTINUED



Pick up a copy of today’s Expositor

Posted by | July 29, 2019 6:59 am

Get The Expositor at these locations:

WHITE COUNTY: Highway 84 Market, Jose’s Market, Airport Marathon, Dollar General (all stores), Geer’s Grocery, Wilmar Market, Highway 70 Market, Central View Market and Grill, Big T’s Market, Keith’s Market, The Landing, Lazy Days Market, Mapco Express, Peacock Express, Bon Air Market, EZ Food Mart, Walgreens, Floyd’s Cash Saver, Sparta Market, Highway 111 Shell, Walmart, Regas Exxon, Alcorn’s Market, South Young Market, All In One/Sunoco (next to Burger King), Post Office

VAN BUREN COUNTY: Peacock Express, Citgo, Dollar General, Save-A-Lot, Spencer Drug Co.




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