Rotary Club learns about job opportunities for veterans

Posted by | August 25, 2017 6:33 am

The Rotary Club of Sparta recently learned about veteran job and educational opportunities in White County in a program presented by Anthony Scionti, Veteran’s employment representative. Bill Loos, past president, invited Scionti, to speak at a luncheon meeting at the Sparta Country Club

“My responsibility is to provide quality job opportunities for all veterans and local employers,” Scionti said. “The average time before a veteran seeks services from the State of Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is about two years’ separation from the military.”

The American Job Center provides training to veterans on how to write a resume, dress for success, how to interview, job opportunities, … Read More


Dove season opens Sept. 1

Posted by | August 25, 2017 6:17 am

Early Canada goose season also begins

Dove season opens on Friday, Sept. 1, at noon (local time), the annual start of one of Tennessee’s most long-standing outdoor sports traditions.

Tennessee’s 2017 season is again divided into three segments: Sept. 1 through Sept. 28; Oct. 14 through Nov. 5; and Dec. 8 through Jan. 15, 2018. Hunting times, other than opening day, are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.

Doves are found throughout the various regions in the state, but the highest concentration is in farming areas. The hunter must have in his/her possession a valid state hunting license and Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit at all times while hunting. … Read More



Second lawsuit filed in two weeks against sheriff and judge

Posted by | August 24, 2017 6:00 pm

The second lawsuit in two weeks has been filed against a White County Judge and the White County Sheriff.

On Aug. 24, 2017, a lawsuit was filed in the Chancery Court for White County against White County General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield and White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe. This is the second lawsuit filed in two weeks.

The recent lawsuit claims that Judge Benningfield instituted a eugenics program in White County. Additionally, the lawsuit also claims that Sheriff Shoupe was involved in enforcing the alleged eugenics program.

The newly filed lawsuit states that the plaintiff in this lawsuit, Christopher Sullivan, has been required to serve an additional 30-days … Read More


Yard sale at Senior Center

Posted by | August 24, 2017 11:30 am

YARD SALE

8 a.m.-noon

Every Friday and Saturday

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

Lots of household items and furniture – no clothing

Priced to sell


Sparta Country Club to hold Inaugural Pistol Two Man Scramble benefiting the Pistol Foundation

Posted by | August 24, 2017 10:32 am

The Sparta Country Club will hold its Inaugural Pistol Two Man Scramble on Sept. 2 and 3. This scramble is to raise money for the Pistol Foundation that supplies two graduates per year a scholarship in honor of Tammy “Pistol” Wilhite.

Tammy “Pistol” Wilhite passed away suddenly on Nov. 29, 2016. She was the sports editor for The Expositor for 22 years before she passed. She was also a beloved member of the community and had served as a coach to countless White County children in the different sports leagues for many years.

Cost: $200 per team includes the two days of golf, two mulligans per golfer each … Read More


Douglas receives award from TWRA

Posted by | August 24, 2017 10:17 am

James Douglas recently received an award for 30 years of service from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). He began his career in 1987. James Douglas and his wife, Terri, moved to this area, in 1989, where he served as a wildlife officer in Van Buren County and then in White County. Since 1999, James Douglas has been the manager of the Bridgestone/Firestone Wildlife Management Area, on Bon Air Mountain. He also retired from the United States Coast Guard, in 2014, after a 30-year career.


Citgo kicks off donations to schools

Posted by | August 24, 2017 9:44 am

Citgo Gas Station, at 440 W. Bockman Way, in Sparta, kicked off a new venture, on Aug. 22, 2017. Lalo Patel, owner, held a ribbon cutting ceremony symbolizing the donations that his business will now be contributing to White County schools. One cent from each gallon of gas that is sold at the designated pump, which is decorated in bright yellow, will be set aside for a specific school each quarter. This quarter, the money will go to Findlay Elementary. Front row, L-R: John McGhee, Citgo customer whose late wife, Wanda, was an educator in the White County school system more than 40 years; Cierra Ritchie; Jakshawn Winningham; … Read More


Warriors head to Warren County on Friday

Posted by | August 24, 2017 9:14 am

Jayden Hicks pitches the ball before getting tackled on Friday night. Hicks will look to lead the Warriors to their first win of the season this Friday night when the Warriors take on the Pioneers at Nunley Stadium. That game will kick off at 7 p.m.

The White County High School Warriors will look to pick up their first win of the season on Friday night when they make the southward trek to McMinnville to square off against the Warren County Pioneers.

Friday’s game is against a very familiar foe. Warren County and White County have always been regular combatants in the sports arena. Whether in the same district or not, the two have faced off just about every season in just about every sport.

Since McMinnville City and McMinnville Central consolidated in 1969 to become Warren County High School, the Warriors and Pioneers have met 38 times. Warren County holds the 21-17 advantage … Read More


WCHS Volleyball nets another win

Posted by | August 24, 2017 9:10 am

Lauren Turner spikes the ball on Tuesday night.

Ellie Savage serves the ball on Tuesday night. Savage helped the Warriors to victory.

The White County High School Volleyball team picked up its second win, on Monday night, defeating the visiting Coffee County Lady Raiders inside Roy Sewell Gymnasium. The Warriorettes picked up a 3-1 victory winning their sets by a score of 25-10, 16-25, 25-8, and 25-22.

In the first game, with the Warriorettes already up 6-3, the Warriorettes would win 5 straight points to take a 10-3 lead. The two teams would then trade points back and forth till the score was at 13-7, and the Warriorettes … Read More


WCHS Soccer team gets their first win of the season

Posted by | August 24, 2017 9:03 am

Millie Simmons tries to break away from the DeKalb County defender on Tuesday night.

The White County High School Soccer team didn’t like the feeling they felt after taking their first loss of the season, on Aug. 15. On Aug. 22, they didn’t hold back as they defeated DeKalb County 5-0 picking up their first win of the season.

The Warriorettes got off to a quick start on Tuesday night, jumping ahead 1-0 on the visiting DeKalb County Lady Tigers. Saige Johnson found the back of the net after getting a rebound from a shot after a corner kick with 32 minutes left in the first half. Millie Simmons was the next Warriorette to find the back of the net when she … Read More


Warrior Youth Football teams pick up first wins of the 2017 season

Posted by | August 24, 2017 8:57 am

Senior Warriors Tripp Pinion tosses to Nate Mullins for a touchdown.

Junior Warriors Jojo Dowell takes a handoff from Exavier Gamblin.

The Warrior Youth Football teams got back to work this week facing off against the DeKalb County Tigers at home, on Aug. 19.

After a rough start to the season against the Stone Panthers, the Warrior Youth teams swept DeKalb, winning in all three age divisions.

The Senior Warriors won the toss and deferred to the second half. DeKalb’s first series was turned over on downs after Tripp Pinion, Nate Mullins, Kayden Blaylock, and Devin Johnson made impressive tackles   to stop the Tigers. Asher Kelso made a … Read More


Senior Day at White County Fair set for Friday, Sept. 1

Posted by | August 24, 2017 8:36 am

Senior Day at White County Fair is set for Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at White County Agriculture Complex. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies are at 9:45 a.m.. The Ms. Senior White County Pageant begins at 10 a.m., followed by a talent contest and lots of fun, entertainment, and food.

Applications for the Ms. Senior White County Pageant and for the talent competition are available at Life Care Center of Sparta and Sparta-White County Senior Center. The pageant is open to women 65 and older. All other senior day activities are open to anyone 55 and older. If you have any questions, please call Rebecca Young at … Read More


51st Annual Beersheba Springs Arts and Crafts Fair set for this weekend

Posted by | August 24, 2017 7:46 am

The 2017 Beersheba Springs Arts and Crafts fair is scheduled to take place Aug. 26-27.

Every year, the historic City of Beersheba Springs plays host to what has became a well-known annual original mini-market. The 51st Annual Beersheba Springs Arts and Crafts Fair will take place once again at the Beersheba Springs Assembly Grounds, at 55 Hege Ave., in Beersheba Springs.

This year’s arts and crafts fair will feature over 250 vendors and artisans who will be featuring handmade and home-produced crafts.

The event is nestled in the mountain setting and is held on the historic Beersheba United Methodist Assembly Grounds. The grounds are home to a 19th-century … Read More


4-H members recognized and rewarded at Van Buren Fair

Posted by | August 24, 2017 7:40 am

Jensen Mooneyham, who was one of two winners of the most blue ribbons, stands with Paula May, Van Buren’s 4-H agent. (Photo courtesy of PAULA MAY)

The staff at the University of Tennessee Extension Office of Van Buren County has recently recognized several 4-H members for their entries in the Van Buren County Fair.

Countless handcrafted exhibits contribute to county fairs. Individuals work on these items throughout the year. According to UT Extension Office staff members, this was no exception for the Van Buren County Fair.

During the course of the recent Van Buren County Fair, patrons had the opportunity to visit the Yvonna Sutton Fair Barn, located at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds. Those visited were able to see hundreds of exhibits that filled both the upstairs and downstairs areas.

This year, exhibits … Read More


Progress being made on new county building in Van Buren

Posted by | August 24, 2017 7:38 am

Construction work continues to be made on the new county building that will house the Van Buren County Justice Center, the county jail, and other county government offices.

This new multipurpose building will replace the former administration building that was destroyed. A massive fire broke out, on Jan. 7, 2015, that ultimately destroyed the former Van Buren County Administration Building that was located on College Street.

Because of the freezing temperatures that challenged firefighting operations, firefighters were unable to spray water and utilize ladders and other pieces of equipment as they became frozen over. Mutual aide was called in from surrounding areas, including White County.

The old administration … Read More


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