The Expositor is once again sponsoring ‘Pet Idol,’ which provides those who have beloved furry or feathered friends (or maybe not-so-furry and feathered) a way to showcase their cutie pies in a contest that will also provide a donation to White County Humane Society. DOWNLOAD ENTRY PHOTOS (pdf) DOWLOAD VOTING BALLOT (pdf)
Deadline: Votes must be received at the Expositor by 5 p.m. on Nov. 3rd.
1. Voting forms must be filled out completely.
2. Any incomplete or incorrect voting ballots will be disqualified.
3. Each vote is a voluntary donation of 25 cents. If paying by credit card there is a $5 minimum charge. Mail your
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City officials have once again been faced with a discussion about the future of Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce and what the next steps will before funding is restored to the non-profit organization.
During the Oct. 20, 2011, city work session, Mayor Jeff Young said he feels the Chamber Board of Directors is making headway in resolving some of the reported issues that had been brought to the board’s attention.
City of Sparta has been funding $30,000 annually to the Chamber. However, a majority of the city board’s members recently voted to withhold the funding until specific problems were addressed.
During an Aug. 9, 2011, city work session, … Read More
Sparta Police Department and White County Sheriff Department are expected to receive a total of $30,029.60 from state grant funds as part of efforts by Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to support highway safety in Sparta and White County.
Sparta PD was awarded $4,999.95 for their High Visibility Law Enforcement Campaign in the city, while WCSD was awarded $25,029.65 for use in saturation patrols throughout the county.
On Oct. 20, Haslam and TDOT Commissioner John Schroer announced more than $16.2 million would be granted to law enforcement agencies across the state.
Haslam stated the funds support the mission of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office … Read More
Four students at Cassville Elementary School were honored for their attendance and good attitudes during the recent School Board meeting. Pictured (l-r): School Board member Janet Webb, Travis Parrish, Brayden Hawkins, Principal Dr. Geeta McMillan, Kennedy Selby, Kenna Luna and Director of Schools Sandra Crouch.
At their Oct. 11 meeting, the White County Board of Education heard a presentation, outlining the new teacher evaluation system as required under Tennessee’s First to the Top Act.
The state’s new system, created by the Tennessee Teacher Evaluation Advisory Council, includes multiple measures for looking at performance and provides a way to individualize both support and recognition for educators.
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Grab up that favorite buddy and make plans to attend the annual Taste of Home Cooking School, 7 p.m., Oct. 27, at White County Agriculture Complex, sponsored by The Expositor.
Michelle Roberts, culinary specialist with Taste of Home, will return once again to her adoring fans in White County. Roberts will bring new and simple recipes to the amateur chefs of Sparta. She will inspire and encourage a great kitchen experience.
Tickets are $12 general admission and may be purchased in advance at The Expositor or the night of the school. Reserved seating is sold out. Doors open at 4 p.m. for reserved ticketholders and 5 p.m. for … Read More
City officials said “no” to a proposed $50,000 grant for a farmers market that would have required several thousand dollars more to construct even the simplest of structures.
Mayor Jeff Young discussed the grant with aldermen during an Oct. 20, 2011, work session. The city had been informed several months ago about the grant by Scott Swoape, U.T. extension agent.
No matching funds were required.
Aldermen Jim Floyd and Robert Verble had previously been appointed by the mayor to search for potential locations. They looked at existing city assets, which were not considered good options.
Young said DeKalb County had built a small-scaled version of what he had … Read More
Several aldermen expressed their concerns Thursday night about the amount of money that would be needed to purchase approximately 50 acres of land for use as an industrial park.
Mayor Jeff Young had reportedly discussed the proposed purchase of acreage that sits on the southeast corner of McMinnville Highway and Highway 111.
After several negotiations, Young said his final offer for the property was $750,000, which he said was authorized by the board.
Alderwoman Debbie Sopha said she thought $550,000 was the amount the city had offered for the land. Young said that amount was the original bid.
“I was authorized by this board a minimum bid to … Read More
Fred Alcorn, 87, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 21, 2011, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Mr. Alcorn was born Aug. 10, 1924, in White County, to Will A. and Florence Whitson Alcorn. He was a World War II veteran and retired after 30 years as owner of Alcorn’s Market.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Albert Alcorn, Eugene Alcorn and Alec Alcorn.
Mr. Alcorn was an avid golfer and two-time Sparta Club Champion.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Swindell Alcorn, of Sparta; two daughters, Debbi Booton, of Goodlettsville, Sheree McReynolds and husband Steve, of Hendersonville; and granddaughter, Shea McReynolds, of Nashville.
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Brenda Lee Koontz, 51, of Spencer. passed away Oct. 22, 2011, at her residents.
Mrs. Koontz was born Feb. 20, 1960, in McMinnville, the daughter of E. J. and Kathleen Davis Roberts.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Oct. 25, 2011, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Crain Cemetery. Luke Hobbs will officiate. The family will receive friends 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 24, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct 25, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to assist with funeral expenses.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Olen Ashburn, 70, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 22, 2011, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Ashburn was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Artie Neely Ashburn, and sisters, Dean Moore and Golda Wilson.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Ashburn, of Sparta; son, Wayne Ashburn, of Cookeville; daughter, Marlene Davis, of Cookeville; brothers, Nolan Ashburn, Bobby Ashburn, both of Clarkrange; sister, Mamie Turner, of Sparta; grandchildren, Matthew Davis, Tony Ashburn, Jordan Young, Joshua Jones; and great-grandchild, Katie Washer.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Oct. 25, 2011, at Mundy Funeral Home South Chapel, in Clarkrange, with burial in Martha Washington Cemetery. The family will receive friends … Read More
Donna Jean Chandler, 82, of Walling, passed away Oct. 22, 2011, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mrs. Chandler was born April. 28, 1929, in Fenton, Mich., to George Henry Austin and Oril Violet Whitney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; former husband, John H. Chapman; and two grandchildren, Tracy Lynn Spillers, and Riley David Thompson.
Survivors include her husband, Don Chandler; six children, David Chapman, of Sparta, Bill Chapman, of Fenton Mich., Judy Spillers and husband Donald, of Chouteau, Okla., Carol Conn, of Fenton, Mich., Paul Chapman, of Sparta, Jean Miller and husband Mike, of Linden, Mich.; two sisters, Beth Ann Raliegh and husband Richard, Georgine … Read More
Kristin Elena “KJ” Jones, age 18 passed October 21, 2011 of the Cassville Community.
Survivors include her parents, Jason and Christina Jones, of the Cassville community; sisters, Allyson S. Jones, Bethany A. Jones, both of the Cassville community; and grandparents, James and Kate Malapanes, of Colorado, JoAnne Goodwin of Sparta, James Rex Jones, of Sparta, and the late Joann Jones.
A private funeral service will be at a later date. The family will receive friends 3:30-6:30 p.m., Oct. 26, 2011, at Central Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been established at the family’s request. Donations may be made at First National Bank, in … Read More