Is Marsha Blackburn a female Donald Trump?

Posted by | August 20, 2018 7:55 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Donald Trump has very loyal and staunch supporters. We’ve seen this from the moment he announced he was going to run for the president of the United States. Polls seem to be coming out every week that indicate approximately 50 percent of Republicans are standing firm in their support of him and his administration. Republican senators and Republican congressmen who are up for re-election seem to be a little less enthusiastic; certainly not all of them and ones that want his support appear to be bending over backwards to make sure their constituents know they fall in line with Donald Trump’s policies … Read More


U.C. Regional Airport Board approves PAPI lights purchase

Posted by | August 20, 2018 7:21 am

The Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors met Aug. 14 to discuss purchasing lights for the runway.

Richard Rinks, airport engineer, reported the need to purchase new PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) lights. These lights are situated on either side of a runway and are color-coded to indicate to an incoming aircraft its position as it is relative to the designated glide-scope for the runway.

Rinks stated the lights and boxes that contain them will cost the airport approximately $40,803.94. When asked why the amount was so high, he explained that these particular lights could only be purchased through one company. This particular company is the only … Read More


Police chief addresses city board about parking situation during fair

Posted by | August 20, 2018 6:20 am

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth

Police Chief Jeff Guth addressed Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week about the parking situation for the annual agricultural fair that will run Aug. 31-Sept. 8.

Guth informed the board that the police department has been working closely with the White County Fair Board on how to execute traffic control. He stated all the fair traffic would enter where the Tennessee Highway Patrol building was formerly located. Visitors will park in the ball field, and any overflowing traffic will then be directed to park behind the Women’s Building.

“I think we have a good traffic plan this year,” said Guth. “If we can just get people … Read More


Downtown living has its advantages

Posted by | August 20, 2018 6:17 am

Apartment living in downtown Sparta can provide access to fun events and easy access to stores.

Many people choose to live in the country because it is quieter. The traffic is lighter, and there is not something happening right outside the bedroom window at any given time of the day or night. However, living in town can be beneficial, too, and, in some cases, downright fun.

Karen Hyder LaFever grew up in downtown Sparta, close to Greenlawn Drive. She recalled how her family’s neighbors had a full farm in the middle of town and how they would often wake up with their neighbor’s horse grazing in their yard, while highway 70 traffic roared by just yards from their front door.

“I lived in the … Read More


Bus sign advertising helps support sports programs in White County

Posted by | August 20, 2018 6:13 am

Anyone who has children in grade school knows that every year they can expect some kind of fundraiser to be sent home with a child.

It is no secret that schools need all the help they can get financially, but that still doesn’t help the dread parents feel when their child hands them a fundraising form. White County School Board recognizes this issue and has come up with a solution to take some of the burden off parents and especially the co-workers of those parents.

The school board has elected to utilize the White County busses for advertising local businesses. The money generated from this will be used … Read More


Sparta firefighters and volunteers host benefit for Barry Brady

Posted by | August 20, 2018 6:11 am

Barry Brady, who has served as a firefighter a quarter of a century, has always lent a helping hand to those in need. Now the time has come for the community to show its support as Brady battles cancer.

Barry Brady has been a firefighter with the Sparta Fire Department for over 25 years; he is now ready to step down.

The catalyst that prompted this decision came at the heels of a cancer diagnosis. According to Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young, firefighters and volunteers decided to have a benefit for him.

“Barry Brady has been a firefighter for the City of Sparta and active in the Tennessee State Fireman’s Association,” said Young. “He was recently diagnosed with cancer and is retiring. To help with the burden of loss of health insurance, this event was created.”

According to Young, there will be barbecue, hot dogs, chips, desserts, … Read More


Vehicle catches fire at Alcorn’s Market on Spring Street

Posted by | August 18, 2018 4:26 pm

At approximately 3:30 p.m., August 18, a vehicle that had pulled up to the front of Alcorn’s Market. A patron noticed that the Dodge Ram was dripping fire from underneath the carriage. He informed the driver of the situation and, trying to back the truck away from the store, the fire grew bigger. The driver escaped without injury and there was no damage to the store. Firefighters extinguished the fire without incident.


James Roland “Jim” Shanks

Posted by | August 18, 2018 2:45 pm

James Roland “Jim” Shanks, 64, publisher of The Expositor, in Sparta, passed away Aug. 17, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He is now resting safely in the arms of Jesus.

Jim was born Dec. 15, 1953, the son of Thad and Madeline Shanks.

Jim became a member of the Sparta-White County community more than 10 years ago. Since the first day he walked into The Expositor, as the new publisher, he made numerous lasting friendships through his contagious smile and his winning personality.

Never at a loss for words with his storytelling capabilities, Jim would keep his staff laughing, as he would share his adventures and experiences, … Read More


Lonus Junior Barnett

Posted by | August 18, 2018 2:06 pm

Lonus Junior Barnett, 84, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 17, 2018, at his home.

Mr. Barnett was born Sept. 27, 1933, in Albany, Kentucky, to Lonus H. Barnett and Bell Sells Barnett. He had over 31 years as a work career at General Motors. He was a farmer and avid gardener as well. After retirement, he relaxed by working to help his community. He would cut wood, pick up neighbors’ leaves, and clean off wintry sidewalks, in Indiana. When he moved to Sparta, he gave a lot of his time helping to maintain Plainview Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James Barnett, Gene Barnett; … Read More


Dora Bell Brady Pollard

Posted by | August 18, 2018 1:55 pm

Dora Bell Brady Pollard, 65, of the Gum Springs Mountain community, of White County, passed Aug. 15, 2018, at her son’s residence.

Mrs. Pollard was born March 17, 1953, on Gum Springs Mountain, to James Martin Brady and Mildred Naomi Young Brady.

She was a UCHRA van driver and liked to collect bells

Mrs. Pollard was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David Franklin Pollard; sisters, Ruth Young, Velna Pollard, Joenna Luna; and brother, Dean Brady.

Survivors include her sons, T. Frank Pollard and wife Valerie, of Smithville, Larry R. Pollard and Kasey Hughes, J.D. Pollard and Kim Bailey, Patrick S. “Pat” Pollard, Toby Dewayne Pollard, all … Read More






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