Ruby Lee Rittenberry Johnson

Posted by | September 17, 2018 2:55 pm

Ruby Lee Rittenberry Johnson, 83, of Walling, passed away Sept. 16, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 14, 1935, in White County, to Alvin Rittenberry and Fannie Brown Rittenberry.

She married Leonard Allen Johnson, on Aug. 14, 1953. Together, they raised two sons. They were married 46 years until his death, in 1999.

Mrs. Johnson worked many years at Wagner Electric, in Sparta, before retiring, in 1997. She was a member of Gum Springs Baptist Church. Mrs. Johnson was a loving, caring person who loved being with family and friends, attending gatherings and church, taking day trips, and visiting … Read More


Lewis Richard Betterton

Posted by | September 17, 2018 2:45 pm

Lewis Richard Betterton, 77, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 15, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Betterton was born Oct. 12, 1940, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

He was a loving husband and a caring father who was devoted to his community with Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Department. He started the community’s fire department, in 1984, and completed his service there as chief, attending every breakfast, shooting match, and other community events.

Mr. Betterton was preceded in death by his daughter, Helene Kerpics, and grandson, Ethan.

Survivors include his wife, Helene Betterton; son, Lewis Betterton (Bethany); two daughters, Victoria Montandon (Matt), Julie Mountain (Jeremy); grandchildren, … Read More


Aretha Hurd

Posted by | September 17, 2018 2:25 pm

Aretha Hurd, 98, passed away on Sept. 15, 2018.

Mrs. Hurd was born Aug. 25, 1920 in Wallings Creek, Kentucky, to Everett Worley and Rose Ketron Worley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 54 years, Lee Edward “Buck” Hurd; son, Stanley Edward Hurd; two sisters, Hazel Kreis, of Florida, Edith Mills, of Texas; and three brothers, Ernest Worley, of Ohio, Ralph Worley, of Kentucky, and Robert Worley, of Kentucky.

Survivors include her grandsons, Mike Roberts, John Hurd; granddaughter-in-law, Sabrina Hurd; great-grandchildren, Reagan Ann Hurd, Tyler Downs, Tierra Downs, Amber Roberts, Autumn Roberts; and great-great-grandchild Alonnah Downs.

Mrs. Hurd’s wishes were cremation and no … Read More


Mary Emma Lee Ward Poole

Posted by | September 17, 2018 2:18 pm

Mary Emma Lee Ward Poole, 80, of Doyle, passed away Sept. 15, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Poole was born Jan. 28, 1938, in Doyle, to C. Ray Ward and Catherine Sparkman Ward.

She was first and foremost a wife and mother. She was married for 57 years to Dorsie Clifford Poole Jr. who preceded her in death. She devoted her life to caring for her family. She worked for American Express, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and at Spar Gas, in Sparta, Tennessee.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as treasurer for her chapter. She was a member of … Read More


Living 50-Plus

Posted by | September 17, 2018 1:52 pm

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Cross Country has a strong showing at mid-week meet

Posted by | September 17, 2018 1:36 pm

Gabe Sparkman (left)

The White County High School cross-country team had its best showing of the year this past weekend at the Mid State Cross-Country Association mid-week meet. The Warriors’ and Warriorettes’ team had three members place in the top 10 in the event. For the Warriorettes, Evan Welch won her first race of the season, on Tuesday, with a final time of 20:35. Macey Tollison would also pick up a top 10 finish, coming in with a time of 26:39 to put her in ninth place. Freshman Abigail Welch ran in her first race of the season and finished in the top 20 runners, with a time … Read More


WCMS Warriors pick up their third straight win

Posted by | September 17, 2018 1:34 pm

After dropping their first two games of the season, the White County Middle School Warriors have gotten on a roll as of late, winning three straight games. The Warriors’ last win came Sept. 11 when they took down CTC Conference rival Harris Middle School.

The Warriors had a big night offensively, on Sept. 11, winning by a final score of 56-35. Owen Adams led the Warriors’ offense, throwing for over 300 yards and five total touchdowns. Malaki Dowell had two touchdowns on the night, scoring both a receiving and rushing touchdown. Zack Krieg and Peyton Simpson would also add a rushing touchdown. Krieg scored on a tough short-yardage … Read More


Warriors slow down but can’t stop Rebels on homecoming

Posted by | September 17, 2018 1:32 pm

A whole host of Warrior defenders take down the Rebels’ running back, on Friday night.

The White County High School Warrior football team tried to make a statement, on Friday night, at Warrior Stadium when they took on the Franklin County Rebels, and for the first quarter, they did just that.

WCHS held the Franklin County Rebels to just seven points in the first 12 minutes of the game. However, in the second quarter, the Rebels would get three touchdowns and took a 28-6 lead into the half. Franklin County would score three more times in the second half to pull out the 48-6 win. The loss drops the Warriors to 0-5 on the season.

The Warriors’ defense looked improved in the first … Read More


In memory of Pistol

Posted by | September 17, 2018 1:27 pm

Friends of Tammy “Pistol” Wilhite, along with Wilhite’s mother, Jewel Smith, and White County High School Class of 1983, of which Wilhite was a member, dedicated a flagpole in her memory prior to the Warrior football homecoming game, on Sept. 14, 2018. Donations provided the flagpole, plaque, and paid for all installation costs, as well as funded $500 for the Pistol Foundation Scholarship Fund. Wilhite was the longtime sports editor for The Expositor and a well-loved sports enthusiast in her community, donating countless hours to coaching and mentoring the youth of White County.


Bad conduct at recent football game

Posted by | September 17, 2018 1:21 pm

Dear SpartaLive,

Students, parents, and friends go to ballgames to support their team. Games are intended to be fun for the spectators as well as the players. Supporting your team is important. It encourages them to play hard and do their best. Games are intended to be played in an encouraging atmosphere.

Throughout the game and after the game with White County, on Friday night, behaviors did not demonstrate support but belittlement. During the game, the pep section on Cookeville’s side, as well as those on the sideline, regularly chanted “Sparta sucks.” At halftime, another demonstration of poor sportsmanship was displayed when Sparta’s band took the field. The … Read More


Two verses in the middle of nowhere

Posted by | September 17, 2018 1:19 pm

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

“How do you do? My name is Sue.”

I’m not sure how many will remember that line from the popular song by Johnny Cash, but this young man’s father left him early in his life. Before he did, he named him Sue. The boy had to grow up with a girl’s name. Later on in the song, the father reveals the reason for naming the boy Sue. He had figured in his absence the name would either ruin him or make him tough and calloused. Growing up in those days would have been hard for a boy named Sue. He would have … Read More


A speech that needs a lot of work

Posted by | September 17, 2018 1:18 pm

The Right Stuff- By Donald Holman

Even though a week has passed, I thought it might be profitable to analyze former President Barack Obama’s “coming out” speech from the other day. I sincerely doubt he will write another, different speech between now and the election that isn’t a basic recap of the arguments made in this one. So let’s get to it.

I thought he started off in a kind of bad place, citing what a great example George Washington was, before disregarding his example, and I quote,” I was also intent on following a wise American tradition. Of ex-presidents gracefully exiting the political stage, making room for … Read More


Whose money should be used by candidates?

Posted by | September 17, 2018 1:16 pm

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

There has always been a problem with money in politics. Whether it was used to directly fund a particular candidate or promote specific legislation that was good for a particular group or groups, it has been a fact of life in our government. Since the beginning of our country, there has been an ongoing struggle to define how much money and whose money was acceptable to fund candidates running for election in all levels of government. In 1904, Theodore Roosevelt accepted over $2 million from corporations for his successful presidential campaign. This caused a bit of a scandal, so the Tillman Act … Read More


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