9/10-year-old All-Stars split first two games of All-Star tournament

Posted by | June 22, 2017 7:04 am

Kane Smith hits a rock off the fence, on Monday night. Smith hit a home run, on Saturday night ,and then followed it up with two singles that nearly got out of the ball park.

The White County 9-10-year-old boys’ All-Star Team traveled to Carthage, on Saturday and Monday night to take part in the week-long Little League All-Star Tournament. The tournament is formatted in a round robin format, meaning every team in the tournament will play each other once, with the top two teams at the end of it moving on to the next round. So far, the White County All-Stars are 1-1 in the tournament, with a win over Lebanon and a loss to Smith County All-Stars.

In the first game of the tournament on Saturday night, the White County All-Stars came from behind to beat the Lebanon All-Stars 10-9. On … Read More

TN Promise students can attain community service requirements June 24 at state parks

Posted by | June 22, 2017 6:59 am

State parks across Tennessee will be helping high school students complete their community service requirements for the Tennessee Promise Program by hosting the “Tennessee Promise Saturday” event, on June 24, 2017.

Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer events across the state to help Tennessee Promise scholars log community service hours.

All 56 Tennessee state parks are offering volunteer events, which include projects such as litter cleanups, trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, summer event assistance and more.

These projects are intended to help maintain the natural beauty of the parks, as well as provide meaningful outdoor experiences for volunteers. Tennessee Promise mentors and the general public are invited to … Read More

Being remembered and remembering on Father’s Day

Posted by | June 22, 2017 6:57 am

Playl’s Ponderings – by Steve Playl

At 6 a.m. on Father’s Day, with the help of her mom, my youngest granddaughter called to wish me a Happy Father’s Day. She didn’t wake me up; our 9-week-old puppy had already done that. Before the day was done, I had heard from all of my children and grandchildren with Father’s Day greetings.

Throughout the day, I thought of my dad.

He was almost 44 when I, his fourth boy and last child, was born. His first, Buford, Dad’s namesake, would have been old enough to be my father, had he survived, but he died at the age of 5.

The … Read More

Discovering the ship of self

Posted by | June 22, 2017 6:54 am

By Eric Williams – Fellowship Renewed Church

St. Augustine said in his Confessions, “Give me chastity and continency [self-control], only not yet.” (The Confessions of St. Augustine, AD 401)

This is very often our confession as well, isn’t it? We desire to have self-control, but only when it is convenient. However, we quickly come to realize that self-control is never convenient. If we were to ever find that self-control were convenient, then we know it is only because self-control was not needed.

Stoicism was a prominent philosophical system from about 300 BC to AD 300 (during the time the New Testament scriptures were written and the church was … Read More

Critical Games set for grand opening on June 23

Posted by | June 22, 2017 6:51 am

Owners of a new small business called Critical Games have been working around the clock preparing for their grand opening, on June 23, 2017.

The Grand Opening for one of Sparta’s newest businesses, Critical Games, at 415 Grissom St., in Sparta, will be 10 a.m.-10 p.m. There will be door prizes, including bundles, booster packs, dice, card sleeves and more. The Mad Raven will be providing the catering for the event.

The idea of opening Critical Games, which is a table-top gaming and hobby store, came about when four friends wanted to develop a place where table-top game enthusiasts could come together and enjoy playing their favorite games. … Read More

Let’s study the Constitution-Part VII

Posted by | June 22, 2017 6:48 am

Language of Liberty – By Susan Frickey, CSG student

The Third Amendment reads, “No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war except in a manner prescribed by law.”

This Amendment, introduced by James Madison, was important to the Framers because of the callous way the British troops would confiscate and loot personal residences during the Revolutionary war through Britain’s Quartering Acts.

In The Making of America by W. Cleon Skousen, he writes how quartering of troops was among the “long train of abuses and usurpations” of King George listed in the Declaration of … Read More

Wendy Gentry files for bankruptcy while under federal investigation

Posted by | June 22, 2017 6:44 am

Wendy L. Gentry, who has reportedly been named as a person of interest in a federal investigation for operating an alleged ponzi-scheme with her husband, Jeffery L. Gentry, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, on June 6, 2017, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

However, on June 14, 2017, the bankruptcy court dismissed the case “for the best interest of the creditors.”

As previously reported, Jeffery L. Gentry and Wendy Gentry, of Sparta, are both under investigation by the United States government for allegedly operating a ponzi-scheme, reportedly victimizing countless people. Three civil lawsuits have been filed and the U.S. Marshals Service has … Read More

Chamber of Commerce holds strategic planning session

Posted by | June 22, 2017 6:40 am

Members of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, along with the Chamber staff, recently held a strategic planning session to develop set priorities and goals to guide the Chamber over the course of the next three to five years.

Tennessee Valley Authority offered its services to provide the planning session, which was conducted June 20, 2017. Katrina Shirley, TVA’s economic development consultant for training and development, was the facilitator.

Part of the focus of the TVA planning session services is to help organizations understand the trends in economic development, what industries and companies are looking at in making their decisions, and how it all ultimately … Read More

Commission passes $53 million budget, tax rate remains same

Posted by | June 22, 2017 6:34 am

White County commissioners have passed a multi-million-dollar budget, while keeping the property tax rate at the existing status.

White County commissioners met, on June 19, 2017, with the primary focus of establishing and securing the finances for the county government by passing the proposed $53 million budget and keeping the property tax rate at $2.05 per $100 assessment.

The board quickly received a motion and a second to pass the proposed budget as presented. With no discussion by the commissioners, a roll call vote was taken. Eleven of the 12 commissioners present voted to approve the resolution. Mack Johnson voted “no.” Stephen Luna and Russell Gooch were absent.… Read More


Posted by | June 21, 2017 11:01 am

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.


Deputies respond to dispute on Bon Air Mountain, results in rear windshield being busted out on sheriff patrol car

Posted by | June 20, 2017 4:04 pm

On June 19, 2017, White County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to Bon Air Mountain in regard to a dispute, which ultimately led to the rear windshield of a sheriff’s deputy patrol car being busted out.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., on June 19, 2017, White County E-911 dispatchers received a call on Old Highway Road, which is located on Bon Air Mountain, about a possible dispute. Deputies with the White County Sheriffs Department were dispatched to the location.

According to Detective Chris Isom, public information for White County Sheriff Department, Sgt. John Meadows and Deputy Jacob Duke responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, Meadows and Duke came into contact … Read More

Yard sale at Senior Center

Posted by | June 20, 2017 3:01 pm


8 a.m.-noon

Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24

Sparta-White County Senior Center, 321 E. Bronson St.

Lots of household items and furniture – no clothing

Priced to sell

Martha Whitworth

Posted by | June 20, 2017 12:50 pm

Martha Whitworth, 65, of Doyle, passed away this morning at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

George Mansfield Johnson Sr.

Posted by | June 20, 2017 12:47 pm


George Mansfield Johnson Sr., 88, of Walling, passed away June 19, 2017, at home.

Mr. Johnson was born June 26, 1928, to late James Herman Johnson and Nancy Eller Johnson.

He served in the U.S. Army, Nov. 29, 1950-Nov. 28, 1952. He was retired from DTC Communication, in DeKalb County.

Mr. Johnson was a Christian and was known for his love for the Lord. He was an inspiration to many.

He was preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his children, Nellie Jane Johnson Keaton; son, George M. Johnson Jr.; wife, Clara Johnson; wife, Jewell Hoffman Johnson; granddaughter, Stacey Powell; stepdaughter, Jenny Smith; four brothers, … Read More

Back-to-School plans should include required vaccinations

Posted by | June 20, 2017 8:13 am

To prevent the spread of diseases and to keep our kids of all ages and their classmates safe, healthy and in school learning, all students in Tennessee, from kindergarten to college, must have proof of immunizations before they can start school. State leaders of health and education say it’s best to get those important vaccines now to avoid longer wait times later and to ensure a smooth beginning to the 2017 school year.

“As a parent, there is a lot on our plate before a new school year, but as a physician I know one of the most important is getting vaccinated to prevent communicable diseases that can … Read More

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