Find out more about rabies and how to protect your animals

Posted by | September 25, 2019 7:26 am

World Rabies Day will be observed Sept. 28, to raise awareness about rabies and to let people know the disease is still a threat. Although there are only a handful of reported human rabies cases in the U.S. annually, more than 40,000 people are estimated to die worldwide each year from this dreaded disease. Transmissible to humans through pets and wildlife, this fatal disease is very preventable. Tennessee is among the states where USDA actively conducts an oral rabies vaccination program for wildlife to prevent the spread of raccoon variant rabies into Tennessee from east of the Appalachian Mountains.

Dan Grove, UT Extension wildlife veterinarian, can discuss the … CONTINUED


Fall Photo Contest

Posted by | September 25, 2019 7:25 am

Enter a Fall Photo Contest

Sponsored by The Expositor and SpartaLive.com

Send in your favorite fall photo beginning RIGHT NOW! Maybe you have a photo saved from last year, or you may have already seen some beautiful fall scenes/decorations this year. The prize is a 6-month subscription to The Expositor.

E-mail photos to kim@spartalive.com. Please provide a phone number, along with the name of the photographer. Deadline for entries is 8 a.m., Sept. 26. All photos will then be posted on SpartaLive.com. The photo with the most “likes” by 8 a.m., Sept. 30, will be the winner.

For more information, call Ashlee (931) 836-3284.




Shakespeare in the Park opens Sept 27 at Dogwood Park, in Cookeville

Posted by | September 24, 2019 2:00 pm

Jordyn Strilecky, left, as Imogen in “Cymbeline” and Stacie Brewster as Cleopatra in “Antony and Cleopatra” prepare for their Shakespeare in the Park roles.

William Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” and “Antony and Cleopatra” are coming to Dogwood Park.

“There’s something for everybody in Shakespeare,” said Matthew Wilson, director of “Cymbeline,” which opens at 7 p.m., Sept. 27, during Cookeville’s 16th annual Shakespeare in the Park. “That’s why Shakespeare has lasted this long.”

“Antony and Cleopatra,” directed by Samantha Raper, opens Saturday at 7 p.m. It’s the first time that two Shakespeare plays will be performed in repertory at Dogwood Park. Each show is approximately two and a half hours, including an intermission. Admission is free, and concessions are available.

Remaining performances for “Cymbeline” are Sept. 29, Oct. 1 and Oct. 4, while “Antony and … CONTINUED


Ronnie Wade Davis

Posted by | September 24, 2019 1:53 pm

Ronnie Wade Davis, 60, of Cookeville, passed away Sept. 23, 2019, in Cookeville.

Mr. Davis was born July 24, 1959, in Sparta, to John and Betty Sue Davis.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Betty Sue Davis, and an uncle, Joe Thomas Davis.

Survivors include his son, Kyle John Thomas Davis (Haley), of Cookeville; grandsons, Tristan and Andrew Davis, both of Cookeville; father, John “Bud” Davis (Lois), of Cookeville; wife of 28 years, Kimberly Davis; uncles, Bobby Davis (Janet), of Sparta, Bill Davis (Nell), of Sparta, Edward Phifer, of Sparta; and aunt, Reba Davis, of Murfreesboro.

A memorial service will be 5 p.m., Sept. 26, 2019, … CONTINUED


Brenda Ladale Henderson Bohanon

Posted by | September 24, 2019 1:45 pm

Brenda Ladale Henderson Bohanon, 73, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 20, 2019, at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, in Nashville.

Mrs. Bohanon was born Nov. 8, 1945, in Sparta.

She attended Wallace-Smith School, in Sparta, and graduated from Darwin High School, in Cookeville.  Mrs. Bohanon attended Kynett United Methodist Church where she was an active and faithful member. She was a true Lady Vols fan. She loved fishing and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Bohanon was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred Henderson and A.J. Cullom, and one brother, James Harold Henderson.

Survivors include her husband of over 51 years, Charles Taylor Bohanon; daughter and son-in-law, Danette … CONTINUED


Fall Photo Contest

Posted by | September 24, 2019 11:25 am

Enter a Fall Photo Contest

Sponsored by The Expositor and SpartaLive.com

Send in your favorite fall photo beginning RIGHT NOW! Maybe you have a photo saved from last year, or you may have already seen some beautiful fall scenes/decorations this year. The prize is a 6-month subscription to The Expositor.

E-mail photos to kim@spartalive.com. Please provide a phone number, along with the name of the photographer. Deadline for entries is 8 a.m., Sept. 26. All photos will then be posted on SpartaLive.com. The photo with the most “likes” by 8 a.m., Sept. 30, will be the winner.

For more information, call Ashlee (931) 836-3284.


Over 100 new officers set to graduate from TLETA on Sept. 27

Posted by | September 24, 2019 10:26 am

White County and Van Buren County among those listed

Over 100 newly certified law enforcement officers are slated to graduate from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, on Sept. 27, 2019. The graduation ceremony for TLETA Basic Law Enforcement School Class 1869 will be held at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Hermitage Hills Baptist Church (3475 Lebanon Pike) in Hermitage.

“The cadets of Class 1869 have demonstrated they have the commitment it takes to serve their fellow Tennesseans,” said TLETA Director Brian Grisham. “In addition to completing their TLETA training, they donated 82 units of blood during a blood drive with the American Red Cross that have the … CONTINUED


Endemic deer virus above average in severity this fall

Posted by | September 24, 2019 10:02 am

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency offices are receiving reports of dead deer in scattered areas of the state. The timing and details of many of the reports are indicative of hemorrhagic disease.

Hemorrhagic disease occurs at varying levels of severity each year in Tennessee’s deer herd. So far this year, reports are predominantly coming from Middle Tennessee, and based on the volume of reports it appears to be above average in severity.

Reports to TWRA offices indicate mortality of deer in at least 20 counties with more expected as the season progresses. The last substantial outbreak of HD in Tennessee was in 2017 and was predominantly in East Tennessee. … CONTINUED


Seed Swap to be held Oct. 5 at Tennessee Tech’s Oakley Farm

Posted by | September 24, 2019 9:55 am

Michael Best, a professor of agricultural economics and director of the Sustainable Mountain Ag Center, picks some of the green bean seeds that will be available at the annual seed swap on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Tennessee Tech’s Oakley Farm, located in nearby Overton County, will be the site for the annual seed swap on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Several hundred people from as far away as Michigan are expected to gather at the Oakley Farm to buy, sell, share and swap corn, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra and cantaloupe seeds.

“We normally have several hundred people attend each year and have had people come from all over this part of the country,” said Michael Best, a professor of agricultural economics and director of the Sustainable Mountain Ag Center. “We have seed vendors set up who sell and trade seeds from several companies and farms.”… CONTINUED


Oktoberfest benefits Sparta-White County Rescue Squad

Posted by | September 24, 2019 9:48 am

L-R: Bill Loos, coordinator of Oktoberfest event; Ray Brown, chief of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad; and Jessica Upchurch, co-owner of Happy Trails Brewing Company.

On Sept. 21, 2019, Happy Trails Brewing Company went all out, holding its inaugural Oktoberfest event, in Sparta, coinciding with the first official day of Oktoberfest, in Munich Germany.

Happy Trails owner Jessica Upchurch teamed up with Sparta-White County Rescue Squad Chief Ray Brown and Bill Loos to bring this family event to Sparta.  Happy Trails was trimmed with Bavarian decorations and provided swag such as alpine hats and necklaces for a donation.  Specially designed 2019 commemorative mugs and t-shirts were also available. Polka … CONTINUED


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