Road Trips

Posted by | April 29, 2008 12:00 am

         You know one of the best things about my job.  It’s all the really neat road trips I get to take.  (Well, at least before gas prices rose so ridiculously high.)

            So let me divulge a little secret.  The games I go to are only a small part of the fun.  My gang and I have made a regular occurrence of going to Buffalo Wild Wings in Murfreesboro or Chattanooga or wherever we can find one.  I think that’s the best part of going to Murfreesboro a bazillion times per year. 

            Buffalo Wild Wings has really good wings and while waiting on your food you get to play … Read More


Mildred Gladys Maynard Qualls

Posted by | April 29, 2008 12:00 am

Mildred Gladys Maynard Qualls, 73 of Sparta, passed away Monday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Qualls was born Oct. 30, 1934, to Toy and Mertie Cleo Clouse Maynard.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Eugene Qualls.
Survivors include one son Ricky E. Qualls and wife Kathy, of Cookeville; two grandchildren, Krystal Qualls and Ryan Qualls, both of Cookeville; one brother, Herman Floyd Maynard and wife Joyce of Sparta; and one sister, Helen Williams and husband Roger of Sparta.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m., May 1, 2008, at the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends … Read More


William Clark “Bill” Gilliam

Posted by | April 29, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance for service to his country.

William Clark “Bill” Gilliam, 82, of Sparta, passed away April 28, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Gilliam was born March 29, 1926, in White County, to Charlie Gilliam and Jessie Reed Gilliam.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and had been employed at Wagner Electric.
Gilliam was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva Lowery Gilliam, of Sparta; one son, Denny Gilliam and wife Joan, of Sparta; two granddaughters, Jennifer Gilliam and Chelsey Gilliam, both of Sparta; one grandson, Chaz Gilliam, of Sparta; special brother-in-law, Cecil Elliot, of Sparta; and … Read More


Rosia Lee Ward

Posted by | April 29, 2008 12:00 am

Rosia Lee Ward, 75, of McMinnville, passed away April 27, 2008, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville.
Ward was of the Baptist faith and had been a factory worker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Evelyn Carter Gilreath; two sisters, Beatrice Grisby, Thelma White; and five brothers, Tory Gilreath, Porter Gilreath, Raymond Gilreath, Charles Gilreath, Cullum Gilreath.
Survivors include one daughter, Rose Caten and husband Howard, of McMinnville; one grandchild,
Joshua Dillion Caten, of McMinnville; two sisters, Mae Conant and husband Ray, Mary Jones, all of Sparta; five brothers, Paul Gilreath and wife Betty, of Sparta; George Gilreath and wife Morrel, of Lafeatte, Kenny … Read More


Sarah E. Hall

Posted by | April 28, 2008 12:00 am


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Sarah Evelene Hall, 60, of Sparta, passed away April 26, 2008, at Centennial Medical Center, in Nashville.
Hall was born Nov. 10, 1947, in Cumberland County, to Walter Cagle and Zella Troglen Cagle.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Robert E. Hall of Sparta; daughter, Jennifer Boggs of Sparta; son, Steven Hall, of Sparta; grandson, Ryan Boggs, of Sparta; father, Walter Cagle, of Pikeville; and sister, Mary Cunningham, of Pikeville.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., April 30, 2008, in the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 5 p.m., April 29, 2008, at the … Read More


WCHS swept by Siegel to wrap up 7AAA regular season

Posted by | April 28, 2008 12:00 am

Wesley Dickson gets caught in a rundown.

Jaylen Qualls throws to first baseman, James Guth.

Senior pitcher, Drew Haston, threw five strong innings in the 3-2 loss to Siegel.

    The White County High school baseball team wrapped up their District 7AAA regular season with a series against Siegel.
    The Warriors were not able to get the goose egg out of the win column in district games, but after Siegel showed their power in a 14-1 win on Friday, the Warriors had the Stars on the ropes at home Saturday before narrowly falling 3-2.
    Friday’s meeting at Siegel was all about the power of the Siegel Stars as they … Read More


WCHS soccer team adds another victory

Posted by | April 28, 2008 12:00 am

Warrior senior soccer player, Kris Jones

    A little over a week ago, the White County High School soccer team played host to Jackson County in front of the WCHS student body.
The Warriors returned the favor and went to Gainesboro on Friday and played in front of the JCHS student body.  No matter the location, the Warriors were able to record the shut out victory picking up their ninth win with the 5-0 victory.
The Warriors got off to a quick start in the game with the first three goals being scored on headers.  Just four minutes into the contest, WCHS senior, Kris Jones, headed in a goal … Read More


WCHS softball swept by Cookeville in two-game series

Posted by | April 28, 2008 12:00 am

Miya Teeples

Holly Selby

    The White County High School softball team took on archrival, Cookeville, on back-to-back nights in District 7AAA action, but couldn’t come up with a win in either game.
    Each team honored their two seniors on each respective home field, but in the end, it was Cookeville who got the better of the two senior night contests.  Cookeville took a 10-1 win on Wednesday.  Thursday’s game was closer, but the Lady Cavs still polished off a 5-1 victory.
    Wednesday’s game, which was postponed from an earlier date, was at Sparta and the team started the game a little misty eyed after honoring seniors, Ashley Brock … Read More


WCHS softball drops two more heartbreakers

Posted by | April 28, 2008 12:00 am

Markie Voyles

    For the lack of a better way to describe the Warriorettes fortunes in close games, they are just snake bit.  
Four out of their last six games, they have lost in the bottom of the last inning of the game.  The latest two of those were in a doubleheader on Friday at Franklin County High School.
The teams got together to play a pair of five-run games and both went right down to the wire.  Franklin County broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth for the win.  The second game was also scheduled for just five innings, but the teams played to a … Read More


Singled out in a crowd

Posted by | April 27, 2008 12:00 am

The Thursday, April 24th, edition of The Expositor reported that B.K. Luna, of Luna and Son Tires, was found to be in violation of the state ethics law by doing business with the county school system. Since Mr. Luna is a county commissioner, sate ethics law prohibits such action. The penalty is a class C misdemeanor.
What bothers me is the fact that other commissioners also do business with the county, yet Mr. Luna was the only one cited. I, for one, believe that we need a strong ethics law, but how it was handled was not fair or accurate. This is not to say that … Read More


Sparta man facing animal cruelty charges

Posted by | April 27, 2008 12:00 am

Billy Robert Austin, 46, of Sparta, will make his initial appearance in White County General Sessions Criminal Court, on Friday, on animal cruelty charges after law enforcement discovered numerous dogs abandoned, reportedly without water or food.
“The place smelled really bad,” stated Sgt. Wade Pike, of White County Sheriff Department. “One dog was injured where he had been in a fight with some of the other dogs. It had several wounds around his legs and face area.”
At approximately 3:45 p.m., April 22, 2008, Pike was sent to a home on McMinnville Highway, where the landlord wanted to “check the condition of the house” after the tenant had … Read More


Butcher is on the cutting edge of recovery

Posted by | April 27, 2008 12:00 am

Jackson Butcher gets ready for a game of “Wii” baseball as part of his therapy at Life Care Center of Sparta while Teresa Ret, a registered occupational therapist, makes sure she stays out of the way of his legendary swing.

Teresa Ret gives Jackson Butcher a big hug as she praises him for his success in completing one of his tasks.

Teresa Ret, registered occupational therapist at Life Care Center of Sparta, helps Jackson Butcher with reestablishing his coordination as he performs the task of walking a straight line.

A life-changing occurrence that literally happened in the blink of an eye has left one White County family dealing … Read More


“Rape, murder or abduction,” possible motive says sheriff

Posted by | April 27, 2008 12:00 am

Driving down the roadway after dark and all of the sudden, the unmarked vehicle in the rear turns on a flashing blue light
What would a person do? In a perfect world, an official law enforcement officer would approach the vehicle and inform the driver what he or she was doing that might be in violation of the traffic laws.
However, this is not a perfect world. While no one has been hurt yet, there have been three incidents reported about men impersonating police officers, in White County, in the past three weeks. And it is possible others have occurred in the county and remain unreported.
The … Read More


Gibson resigns as district attorney

Posted by | April 27, 2008 12:00 am

The man who sat at the helm of the 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s office 18 years has tendered his resignation after two years of legal wrangling over what was considered inappropriate judgment.
William E. “Bill” Gibson, who was first elected to the position in 1990 and reelected during each successive race, sent a letter to Gov. Phil Bredesen, on Thursday, stating his resignation would be effective July 10, 2008.
Gibson’s actions came into the forefront when it was reported he had written letters to Christopher B. Adams, between July 2004 and July 2006, while Adams was awaiting trial for murder and aggravated robbery. Adams had pled … Read More


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