Top stories of 2008

Posted by | December 29, 2008 12:00 am

October 2008. Markie Voyles, 17-year-old White County High School senior, was killed in a one-vehicle accident.

August 2008. Police tracking dogs assist in the search for three men who escaped capture after being spotted in a reported stolen vehicle and fleeing in another vehicle allegedly stolen from a resident in the Hampton’s Crossroads area.

The Expositor’s “Top 20” list for the most popular stories in 2008 brings a more accurate tally this year with the assistance of the revamped Web site that was launched in 2008.
With input from Expositor readers, as well as viewers of, the list was compiled according to the order of which … Read More

Retails sales lagging

Posted by | December 29, 2008 12:00 am

Recent figures released from Upper Cumberland Development District indicate White County is at the top of the list in the area for a decrease in state sales tax.
According to the information from UCDD, which is derived from Tennessee Department of Revenue, White County was lagging at a minus 12.5 percent, with Putnam County falling directly behind with a minus 11.1 percent. Jackson County, with a much smaller population than either White of Putnam counties, was the area’s highest-rated increase, at 6.5 percent.
With a look back at the retail sales figures for White County in 2007 and through June 2008, the itemized categories indicated where sales are … Read More

Final segment on county salaries

Posted by | December 29, 2008 12:00 am

The last installment of a series about county wages provides a look into numerous areas of the governmental budget.
Wages for the school cafeteria system range from $6.50 to $12.62 per hour. School support employees include custodians, bus drivers/supervisors, vocational school employees, teachers’ assistants, board of education employees, etc. Pay scales differ according to the job and longevity.
Bus drivers are listed at $11,820 annually. The hourly wages for teachers’ assistants vary and can be verified by White County Finance Office.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, median hourly wage-and-salary earnings of school bus drivers were $11.93, in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $8.99 and … Read More

Mary Elizabeth Randolph

Posted by | December 29, 2008 12:00 am

Mary Elizabeth Randolph, 91, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 27, 2008, at NHC of Cookeville.
Randolph was born March 18, 1917, in Smithville.
Survivors include her sons, Frank A. Pedigo, of Ohio, Paul D. Pedigo, of Massachusetts; daughter, Betty Golden, of Ohio; stepdaughters, Pauline Gilliland, Clara Purivs, both of Arizona; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Dec. 30, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Lower Cherry Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., Dec. 29, at the funeral home.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jeffrey Lynn Kinnaird

Posted by | December 29, 2008 12:00 am

Jeffrey Lynn Kinnaird, 54, of Cookeville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Dec. 28, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Kinnaird was born June 24, 1954, in Sparta, to Elmer Lee and Sally Troubaugh Kinnaird.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gary, Arnold, David Kinnaird; sister, Connie Kinnaird; and stepfather, Lillard Franklin.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Parks Kinnaird, of Cookeville; two daughters, Hannah Kinnaird, of Cookeville, Melissa Kinnaird and fiancé Kyle Barefield, of Cookeville; son, Travis Kinnaird, of Cookeville; grandson, Kaleb Allen Barefield, of Cookeville; sister, Judy Prater Berry and husband Leroy, of Jackson County; brother, Eddie Kinnaird and wife Margaret, of Lavergne; sisters-in-law, Darlene … Read More

James F. Templeton

Posted by | December 29, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

James F. Templeton, 92, of Middletown, R.I., passed away Dec. 26, 2008, at home with his wife and daughter by his side.
Templeton was born Aug. 29, 1916, in Quebeck, Tenn., to Franklin Cheatam and Cora Ether Jernigan Templeton.
He was raised in Tennessee. As a young man, he entered the U.S. Navy and served 28 years during World War II, the Korean Conflict and Viet Nam.  He had been stationed in Boston Mass.; Norfolk, Va.; Green Cove Springs, Fla.; Newport; and Quonset. He retired as a master chief. Templeton had also worked at the Newport Naval Base 12 … Read More

Warriorettes overcome slow start for 12th win

Posted by | December 29, 2008 12:00 am

On the move. Whitney Randolph puts the ball on the floor and drives around a McMinn County defender during the Warriorettes’ opening round game of the Sonic Shootout Saturday night. The Warriorettes won 50-25 to improve to 12-1 on the season. They take on DeKalb County at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the semifinals.

    The Warriorettes overcame a sluggish start, but a strong third quarter put the game away as they finished off the 50-25 victory over McMinn County (5-7) for their 12th win of the season against only one loss.  That equals their best start since 2002-03. 
    Jessica Wilson, who has had a few starts this season, stepped … Read More

Warriors hold on for overtime win

Posted by | December 29, 2008 12:00 am

New record. Stewart Mitchell shown here laying the ball in for two of his 24 points in the contest, did most of his damage beyond the arc. The senior guard hit seven threes in the contest which is a new boys’ record at WCHS. The Warriors won 88-85 in overtime over McMinn County and will now face Loudon in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Monday.

    The White County High School Warriors ran the myriad of situations in their first round game of the Sonic Shootout before finishing with the 88-85 win over McMinn County. 
    WCHS led by as many as 18 in the second half, trailed by one … Read More

Sonic Shootout works overtime on Saturday

Posted by | December 29, 2008 12:00 am

Checking out the defense. Josh Turner keeps an eye on the defense as he pushes the ball up the court in the win over McMinn County.

    The Sonic Shootout got underway at Roy Sewell Gymnasium Saturday with eight games hitting the hardwood.
    The bookends for the day were overtime games with a little bit of everything in between.  The tournament opened with an overtime win by the Loudon girls over Oakland and ended with an overtime win by the home standing Warriors over McMinn County.  In between, there was a little bit of everything.
    There were decisive wins, close wins, come-from-behind wins and teams that built big leads … Read More

Top 10 local sports stories of 2008

Posted by | December 29, 2008 12:00 am

Gone too soon. The tragic news of the untimely passing of track star Markie Voyles in an automobile accident was the leading sports news of 2008 in White County.

Top Story No. 5. The Warrior baseball team stunned top seeded Cookeville in the opening round of the District 7AAA tournament back in May.

Top Story No. 2. The Warrior basketball team celebrates as the final seconds tick off the clock in the win over Oakland in the region semifinals in February. That win sent the Warriors to the substate for the second consecutive year.

    Often times big games, victories and winning streaks are the news items that garner … Read More

Nellie Lou Howell Redmon

Posted by | December 28, 2008 12:00 am

Nellie Lou Howell Redmon, 71, of Cookeville, formerly of Sparta, passed away Dec. 29, 2008, at Master’s Healthcare Center, in Algood.

Survivors include two brothers, Benjamin F. Howell, of Sparta, James C. Howell, of Cookeville, and sisters, Carlena Nabors and Barbara Mathis, both of Cookeville.
Funeral service will be graveside at 1 p.m., Dec. 28, 2008, at Rice Cemetery, at Burgess Falls.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hobert J. Crain

Posted by | December 28, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Hobert J. Crain, 84, of Spencer, passed away Dec. 27, 2008,  at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Crain was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Van Buren County, to Homer and Thelia Passons Crain.
He was a veteran of the U. S. Armed Forces and served as the trustee for Van Buren County.
Crain was preceded in death by his wife, Gilbett D. Crain; his parents; two sisters, Sophia Hale, Ellen Frances Crain; and one brother, Homer Crain Jr.
Survivors include four sons, Johnny Crain and wife Sherry, Terry and wife Sheri, Randy Crain, all of Spencer, Bruce Crain and wife … Read More

Evelyn Emogene Cody

Posted by | December 28, 2008 12:00 am

Evelyn Emogene Cody, of Sparta, passed away Dec, 26, 2008, at Cumberland Medical Center, in Crossville,

Cody was born June 23, 1925.
She was a retired employee of Mallory Timers.
Cody was preceded in death by her parents, Frasier and Mallie Billlingsly Vaughn; son Michael E. Cody; and one sister, Helen Norden.   
Survivors include her husband, Gene Cody, of Sparta; three daughters, Patsy Selby and husband Jerry, of Cumberland County, Sandy Bittinger and husband Hal, Susan Sherrell and husband Johnny, all of Sparta; one son, Johnny (Jack) Cody, of Sparta; four sisters, Dot Hamrick, Jonelda Jones, Shirley Crabtree, Linda Barker, all of Cookeville; three brothers, Grant Vaughn of … Read More

True Gifts!

Posted by | December 27, 2008 12:00 am

    As you are reading this, I hope you are getting ready or are in the middle of a wonderful Christmas holiday. 
    I know this is a rough time now as far as the economy goes, but I hope Santa Claus has found some way to bring everyone something on his or her wish list.  Lest we forget, Christmas is about so much more than any gift we receive under the tree. 
    The best presents are often those on which not one penny was spent.  The gift of a wonderful family and good friends surpass anything money can buy.  It’s easy to get caught up in the things that … Read More

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