Billy Gene Prater

Posted by | July 14, 2018 9:10 am

Billy Gene Prater, 71, of Sparta, passed from his earthly home, on July 13, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Prater was born Sept. 9, 1946, in Fort Mountain, Tennessee, to Denton William Prater and Winnie Pauline England Prater.

He served our country in the United States Army, 1968-1970, during the Vietnam War, in the Black Horse Company. He received many medals, including National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Metal with 2 Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal W-1960 Device, Purple Heart, 2 Overseas Bars, Sharp-Shooter M14, and Expert M16.

Mr. Denton worked for General Shale-Sparta Concrete, IMI, Inc., White County Concrete. He loved his job driving for the concrete … Read More

Warrior Rumble set for Aug. 4

Posted by | July 14, 2018 8:40 am

Coach Jerry Lowery announces the Inaugural Warrior Rumble, scheduled for Aug. 4

•Car Show (Motorcycle and Jeep Show)

•Grades 1-12 skills competition.   Pass accuracy.   Place kicking and punting accuracy. $10 entry

•High school age and up through adult. 5-on-5 flag football tournament. $10 entry per person. No more than 7 on team.

SHATTERED in concert at 6 p.m. at Warrior stadium.

More details and times online and in Thursday’s Expositor.

Contact Lowery for more details –

TN Pathways launched by governor and education commissioner

Posted by | July 13, 2018 2:29 pm

New Drive to 55 Initiative will equip more high school students to transition into high-skilled jobs and postsecondary opportunities in Tennessee after graduation

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen unveiled, on July 12, 2018, Tennessee Pathways as a part of the Drive to 55, the governor’s initiative to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with post-secondary credentials to 55 percent by the year 2025. Tennessee Pathways lays the foundation for the Drive to 55 by focusing on students in elementary, middle, and high school to further align K-12 education to opportunities after high school graduation – including industry needs and post-secondary expectations – so students … Read More

Join Honor Vote Program and dedicate vote to veterans

Posted by | July 13, 2018 2:20 pm

Tennesseans will head to the polls in 2018 with an updated way to proudly honor someone who is serving or has served our country. The Honor Vote program, which is supported by Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta), allows registered Tennessee voters to dedicate their vote to a U.S. veteran or active duty military member, both online and with a commemorative button, to thank them for protecting our country.

“I am very happy to support this program to honor our veterans,” said Senator Bailey. “This is one of many ways we can thank them and acknowledge their role in protecting our freedoms, including the right to vote.”

Once enrolled, dedications … Read More

Sparta native ignites laughter at Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson

Posted by | July 13, 2018 1:02 pm

Derik Zooashkiyani

Derik Zooashkiyani (Derik Zoo), from Sparta, Tennessee , certainly knows more about comedy than horses, but that didn’t stop him from landing a lead role at Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson, Missouri. Zoo’s role at the wildly popular dinner attraction is the show’s comedic sidekick ‘Skeeter.’ This is the 32-year-old’s first season at the Stampede.

“I’m excited to be able to perform in front of hundreds of thousands of people,” said Zoo. “In peak season, I’ll be making about 5,000 people laugh every day. Being the class clown prepared me for this. Thank you White County High for not throwing me out because look where I … Read More

TWRA working to stop Asian carp

Posted by | July 13, 2018 12:25 pm

Biologists with TWRA monitor fish populations throughout the state, including species such as invasive forms of Asian carp. There are four species of Asian carp currently in Tennessee including bighead, black, grass and silver carp. Although concerned with all invasive species, TWRA focusses on the impact of silver carp which have greatly impacted west Tennessee.

Silver and bighead carp are filter feeders which can remove microorganisms from waterways utilized by native fish. Silver carp are known to jump from the water when startled. Silver carp have not been detected in waters near Chattanooga. However, biologists continue monitoring for the physical presence and movement of this and other species.… Read More

Early voting starts today

Posted by | July 13, 2018 6:33 am

Early voting:

Dates: July 13, 2018 – July 28, 2018


Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.;

Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am.-6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon

Location: White County Courthouse, 1 E. Bockman Way, Room 215

Plainview Free Will singing

Posted by | July 12, 2018 3:08 pm

Sunday, July 22

Who: Plainview Free Will Baptist Church

What: Singing featuring “Rapture Ready”

When: Meal at noon; singing at 2 p.m.

Where: Church, 275 Plainview Church Rd, just off Highway 30

Contact: (931) 267-2704

Scott reunion

Posted by | July 12, 2018 3:08 pm

Sunday, July 22

Who: Descendants of Samuel Scott and Frances England Scott

What: Reunion

When: Doors open at 11:15 a.m.; lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Sparta Civic Center

Contact: (334) 714-7637

Quebeck-Walling potluck

Posted by | July 12, 2018 3:07 pm

Saturday, July 28

Who: Quebeck-Walling Community Center

What: Potluck, bring a dish to share

When: 6 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Quebeck-Walling Community Center, 375 Quebeck Rd.

Contact: (931) 657-1009

Fall Creek Falls breakfast

Posted by | July 12, 2018 3:06 pm

Saturday, July 28

Who: Fall Creek Falls Fire Department

What: Breakfast – Cost is $7 (biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, sausage, country ham, fried bologna, fruit, orange juice, coffee, milk)

When: 7-11 a.m.

Where: Fire hall, 24897 Route 30 West

Cagle singing

Posted by | July 12, 2018 3:05 pm

Saturday, July 28

Who: Cagle Community Church

What: Singing featuring “The Lore Family”

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Church, Highway 8 and 111, 34 Church Rd., in Dunlap

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