Sparta Board approves multiple hires and vehicle purchases

Posted by | January 22, 2018 6:23 am

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meetings are now livestreamed via The Expositor’s Facebook page and

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Thursday to approve the hiring of several personnel for various city departments and the purchase of two new vehicles.

During the Jan. 18, 2018 meeting, Sparta Public Works Director Dillard Quick was on hand to discuss and answer any questions the board had about two proposed vehicle purchases for his department. Both vehicle bids were secured under state contract pricing.

The first vehicle for consideration was a 2018 Ram 3500 with a flatbed in the bid amount of $35,141.45 from T.T. of Columbia (TN) Inc. According to Quick, the water and sewer departments will use this vehicle primarily to pull the … Read More

Sandra Kay Smith Franklin

Posted by | January 21, 2018 8:06 am

Sandra Kay Smith Franklin, 65, of Sparta, passed away Jan, 17, 2018, at Erlanger Hospital, in Chattanooga.

Graveside service was 11 a.m., Jan. 20, 2018, at Black Oak Cemetery.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Donald Lohorn

Posted by | January 21, 2018 8:05 am

Donald Lohorn, 81, of Smithville, passed away Jan. 16, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Smithville.

Mr. Lohorn was born April 13, 1936.

Over the years, he managed the Smithville Drive-In and worked at Genesco and the Smithville CO-OP. He enjoyed his cat, electronics, and swinging on the porch.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Faye Lohorn; his parents Ray Lohorn and Mary Lou Collins Lohorn; and siblings Thelma, Alvin, Ella Joe, Jesse, Vernon Lohorn.

Survivors include his sons, Coy Lohorn, of Scottsville, Kentucky, Jason (Nikki) Lohorn, of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter, Greta (Chris) Mick, of Smithville; seven grandchildren, Justin Lohorn, Austin Lohorn, Hayden Lohorn, … Read More

Paul Otis Prater

Posted by | January 21, 2018 8:04 am

Paul Otis Prater, 77, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 17, 2018, at Kindred Hospital, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Mr. Prater was born July 20, 1940, in Sparta, the son of Denton Prater and Pauline England Prater.

He retired from General Shale after 35 years of service. He enjoyed spending time working in his shop.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Ruth Prater, of Sparta; son, Tim Prater, of La Vergne; brother, Billy Gene Prater and Ada, of Sparta; adopted sister, Carlena Walker, of Cookeville; three brothers-in-law and spouses, Willis Dale “Mutt’ Brock and Corena, of Sparta, Olen Ray Brock, of Sparta, Lynell Brock and Ann, of Sparta; sister-in-law, Dot Brock, … Read More

Alex Isaiah Vinson

Posted by | January 21, 2018 8:04 am

Alex Isaiah Vinson, 19, of McMinnville, passed away Jan. 17, 2018.

He was born Jan. 19, 1998, in Cookeville, to Crystal Vinson and Tony Vinson.

He graduated from Cornerstone, in Spring Hill. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing football, being outside, and spending time with friends and family. He was an employee of Meadows Homes, in Morrison.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Wayne Vinson, and step-grandfather, Gene Howell, both of whom had resided in Sparta.

Survivors include his parents, Crystal Vinson, of Morrison, Tony and Beth Vinson, of Manchester; his brother, Seth Vinson, of Manchester; stepbrother, Cruz; stepsisters, Callie, Charlie; his closest friend whom he called … Read More

Dorothy Irene Fielder

Posted by | January 21, 2018 8:03 am

Dorothy Irene Fielder, 84, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 18, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Fields was born Sept. 21, 1933, in Harbor Beach, Michigan, the daughter of Howard Freel and Dorothy Moran Freel.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m., Jan. 26, 2018, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in Sparta.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Thelma Rhea Walling Sullivan

Posted by | January 21, 2018 8:02 am

Thelma Rhea Walling Sullivan, 84, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 19, 2018, at her home.

She was born Feb. 1, 1933, in the Piney community, of Van Buren County, the daughter of Oscar Walling and Ola Hitchcock Walling.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Jan. 22, 2018, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Shockley Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-9 p.m., Jan. 21, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 22, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Eula Vinson McBride

Posted by | January 21, 2018 8:02 am

Mary Eula Vinson McBride, 95, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 17, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. McBride was born May 18, 1922, in White County, to James Vinson and Mary Lydia Lambert Vinson.

She retired from Mallory Timers and was a former shirt factory worker. Mrs. McBride was a longtime member of Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church.

Mrs. McBride was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles C. McBride; grandson, Kevin Young; three brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Jerry and Gertrude McBride, Gary and Dimple McBride, Clifford and Pat McBride, Janice and Joe Denny Humphrey; eight grandchildren, … Read More

James Webb

Posted by | January 21, 2018 8:01 am

James Webb, 75, passed Jan. 16, 2018, at the Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, in Murfreesboro.

Mr. Webb was born Jan. 22, 1942, in Bledsoe County, to Charlie Webb and Neva Mathis Webb.

He was a timber cutter and dozer operator.

Mr. Webb was preceded in death his parents; his brothers, Tom Webb, Charles Webb; a son, Jeffery Bo Walling; and brother-in-law, Jimmy Rainey.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Mary Brymer Webb; sons, Jason (Brandi) Hale, James Logan Webb; daughter, Connie (Modesto) Loya; sisters, Josie Rainey, Joyce (Rayburn) Prater, Wilma Webb (Jimmy Bouldin), Nancy (Tommy) Holloway; sister-in-law, Vivian Webb; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and … Read More

Warriors struggle in the first half

Posted by | January 19, 2018 7:28 pm

The Warriors struggle offensively in the first half a trail the Eagles 46-14 at halftime. The Warriors were led by David Kinser in the first half. Kinser finished the half with 5 points.

Warriorettes unable to come from behind against Rhea

Posted by | January 19, 2018 6:40 pm

The Warriorettes were never able to get a run going to make a comeback against Rhea County And fall to the Lady Eagles by a final score of 90-64. The Warriorettes were led by Hannah Leftwich who finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Gracie Dodgen also chipped in 13 points.

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