UCHRA taking applications for Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Posted by | July 25, 2017 6:32 am

“Good news for citizens of the Upper Cumberland area who are struggling to pay their utility bills,” according to Luke Collins, UCHRA Executive Director.

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency is now taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the new program year.

“With these funds in the coming year, UCHRA will be able to provide utility assistance to low income households,” said Collins.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, designed to assist low income households in meeting home energy needs and is intended to    supplement energy costs for those eligible households. Priority for service is not … Read More


Tennessee State Button Society

Posted by | July 24, 2017 12:39 pm

Saturday, Aug. 26

Who: Tennessee State Button Society

What: Meeting

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Shoney’s Restaurant, 880 S. Jefferson Ave., in Cookeville

Contact: (931) 657-5586


Sen. Bailey announces $105,000 in ThreeStar Competitive Grants awarded to District 15

Posted by | July 24, 2017 10:41 am

Senator Paul Bailey

State Sen. Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) announced today that five counties in District 15 have been awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). The grants will be used for a variety of local programs focused on economic development, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

The ThreeStar Grants will award $5,000 to Cumberland County, $25,000 to Bledsoe County, $25,000 to Jackson County, $25,000 to Overton County and $25,000 to White County for a total of $105,000. TNECD awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants to 63 of the 75 applicants for a total of $975,000.

“Congratulations to the local officials who have … Read More


FEMA announces funding for qualified recipients who suffered severe storm damage May 27 and 28

Posted by | July 24, 2017 9:42 am

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse eligible applicants for eligible costs to repair or replace facilities damaged by Severe Storms,  straight line winds, and flooding occurring May 27 to May 28, 2017. This notice applies to the Public Assistance (PA) and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs (HMGP) implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5207.

Under a major disaster declaration FEMA-4320-DR-TN, signed by the President on June 23, 2017, the following counties have been designated adversely affected by the disaster and eligible for PA: Blount, Cumberland, Fayette,

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WCHS Warrior football team will start full practice July 24

Posted by | July 24, 2017 9:17 am

For the past two weeks, the White County High School football team has been hitting the weights hard and doing some 7-on-7 work. But as this past week came to an end, things will now be turned up not one, but several notches. Practice officially begins for the Warriors, on July 24. By official football terms, it means the hitting starts. Full pads go on, and real football starts. The Warriors will look to have practice July 24-27 and then end their week on July 28 when they will travel to Jackson County for a scrimmage. (Above) Andrew Cantrell hits a field goal to end the July 21 … Read More


Sisters help the Knoxville Explosion win the Big Orange Showcase

Posted by | July 24, 2017 9:14 am

On July 14-16, 2017, Maggie Savage and Ellie Savage played with the Knoxville Explosion Select and won the Big Orange Showcase. Maggie helped led the team to a championship pitching, and Ellie was used mainly as the pinch runner. This will be one of the only times that these two sisters get to play on the same team, as Maggie will look to continue her softball career at Vol State next season, and Ellie will join the White County High School Warriorettes this season. The Knoxville Explosion went 6-1 on the weekend and outscored their opponents 30-12. The Explosion won the championship game 1-0 over Tsunami. There was … Read More


WCHS and WCMS volleyball teams finish up team camps last week

Posted by | July 24, 2017 9:11 am

Former volleyball coach Lynn Cannon and her daughter, Kelly, came in on July 17 and 18 to work with the White County High School and White County Middle School volleyball teams.

The White County High School and White County Middle School volleyball teams wrapped up their final week of team camp this week with former head coach Lynn Cannon on July 17 and 18 and then Tennessee Tech’s volleyball head coach Dave Zelenock.

On July 17 and 18, Cannon and her daughter, Kelly, came and held a team camp for the Warriorettes. When Warriorettes’ head coach Joni Simpson-Trivette talked about Monday and Tuesday, she said, “Lynn Cannon and Kelly came in and stressed the fundamentals and proper techniques to our girls. Lynn also went over rotational defense, which is what we are planning to use this year. As of … Read More


Roaring River Dam to be removed

Posted by | July 24, 2017 8:59 am

Roaring River Dam

CROSSVILLE–An aging dam on the Roaring River will be removed in a multi-organizational effort in late July. The exact date will depend on river conditions and visitors should expect limited access in this area.

This will be the largest Tennessee dam ever removed for river and stream restoration purposes. The dam is roughly 220 feet across and 15 feet tall. It is located in Jackson County about five miles before the beginning of the lake formed by the Cordell Hull Dam. The Roaring River is designated as a state scenic river and is a destination for paddlers, anglers and swimmers.

The Roaring River Dam, built in 1976 by … Read More


Phillip “Chip” Williams

Posted by | July 24, 2017 8:23 am

Phillip “Chip” Williams, 63, of Sparta, passed away this morning at Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


What’s wrong with being wrong?

Posted by | July 24, 2017 7:27 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

In every religious discussion, someone is wrong. Sure, we would like to think that everyone is right, but there can only be one right answer in matters of religious doctrine. It may be that your opponent is right and you are wrong. It could be that you are right and your opponent is wrong. It could even be that you are both wrong, but both of you cannot be right. There is a “good and right way” (1 Samuel 12:23) and “there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of … Read More


What are the biggest challenges facing Americans?

Posted by | July 24, 2017 7:24 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

In my opinion, the biggest challenge facing the majority of Americans is a non-functioning federal government. Again, in my opinion, the majority of the dysfunction with our leadership is coming directly from the occupants of the White House. The Republicans have the majority in House and Senate; the White House and the Supreme Court, which is now leaning further to the right, even more so than when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia was alive. For the past eight years, the Republicans have blamed the Democrats for not being able to do their jobs effectively, even though they had the majority in Congress … Read More


Reflections of the past and the reality of today

Posted by | July 24, 2017 7:22 am

By Jerry Jones – Patriot and Constitutionalist, Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Sparta’s native son

I grew up a patriot, as did most of the members of my generation. We are of royal lineage in the sense that we are the direct descendants of the “The Greatest Generation” – our fathers, mothers, uncles, and aunts. They grew up in the harshness of the Great Depression and rallied together during some of the darkest hours of our country (1941-45). They (both men and women) performed nothing short of a miracle when they built, manned, and maintained a manufacturing juggernaut. In concert with this, they assembled, trained, armed, and equipped an … Read More


Doyle Board reviews budget

Posted by | July 24, 2017 7:19 am

Town of Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed the possibility of purchasing new playground equipment during its most recent meeting, as well conducted the first round of reviewing the city budget.

Doyle officials have been busy preparing the proposed 2017-2018 annual budget, which has officially been presented to the aldermen for consideration.

The proposed 2017-2018 budget has dedicated approximately $107,150 in expenditures for the Town of Doyle’s general fund. Doyle is expecting approximately $112,950 in revenues to be collected for the 2017-2018 budget period.

Municipal budgets are required to be reviewed and approved in two separate readings. The board members reviewed the proposed budget and approved its … Read More


Roosevelt Drive repaving project is now moving ahead

Posted by | July 24, 2017 7:16 am

Sparta city officials have been given an update about the ongoing process of repaving the high-traffic street that runs adjacent to the career academy and Motlow.

On July 20, 2017, the City of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed and ultimately took action on a paving project that has been ongoing since 2016, which, at times, has included disagreements between the aldermen and the mayor. This proposed project would repave Roosevelt Drive from North Spring Street to Highway 111.

After a significant amount of time and resources, the city has received a bid for the project. Public Works Director Dillard Quick and City Administrator Chris Dorsey addressed … Read More


Judge offers contraception option to cut sentence for inmates

Posted by | July 24, 2017 7:10 am

White County’s General Sessions Court judge issued a standing order more than two months ago that has now received widespread attention and sparked controversial nationwide debate.

On May 15, 2017, Judge Sam Benningfield issued a standing order that allows inmates at the White County Jail to receive contraception services for a reduced jail sentence. However, The Expositor and general public were not aware of the order until a Nashville-based T.V. station aired a segment about the standing order, on July 19, 2017.

This standing order states, “Any White County inmate serving a sentence for the General Sessions Court who satisfactorily completes the State… Department of Health Neonatal Syndrome … Read More



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