Park ranger provides hiking tips

Posted by | September 15, 2018 6:53 am

By Jacob Young, park ranger

Fall Creek Falls State Park offers over 50 miles of trails, stretching from the south end of the park near the Piney community to Virgin Falls, in White County. We offer hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and even some dual purpose paved sections of trail.

Over the course of the year, we experience over 1.5 million visitors, and many of them choose to check out a trail on their visit. With all that traffic, there are helpful tips that we would like to pass along, not only to make your hike more enjoyable but also to keep you safe and allow us to … Read More


Annual Folk Festival draws crowd of thousands to Van Buren

Posted by | September 15, 2018 6:49 am

By Hansel Moore

Fall Creek Falls State Park hosted the annual Folk Festival this past weekend.

People came from all over the state to experience the beauty of the park as it was amplified by the soundtrack of a variety of performers. Multiple stages were the site of music familiar to the mountains.

The festivities were officially kicked off, on Sept. 7, 2018, as the stages and grills were warmed up for the weekend. On Sept. 8, people from all over came to experience this annual event.

“We have been coming here for years,” explained a repeat customer from Crossville. “We wouldn’t miss it.”

The threat of inclement … Read More


Van Buren remembers 9/11

Posted by | September 15, 2018 6:39 am

Story by Hansel Moore (Photos by Josh Randall and Tara Reid)

By Hansel Moore

Sept. 11, 2018, was the 17th anniversary of the day when men chose to be our enemies and coordinated an attack on our country.   We are two generations away from that day, and it seems as if the significance diminishes with each year that passes. This is a day that must not be forgotten. There are few … Read More


Youth football on a roll

Posted by | September 15, 2018 6:19 am

Griffin Adams finds some running room and takes off for a 70 yard touchdown run.

The White County Warrior youth football teams continue a successful campaign this season with back-to-back sweeps of Livingston and Upperman.

The Pee-Wee team remained unbeaten with decisive wins over Livingston and Upperman by a final score of 28-0 and 34-0. The team has been led in rushing by Griffin Adams, who have combined to score six touchdowns in the two games, and Tate Pinion with two. The Warriors’ defense has also been led by Paul Dylan Bickford and Adams. The Pee-Wee Warriors are now 5-0 on the season.

The Junior Warriors have hit their stride, picking up a 38-24 win over Livingston and then taking care of Upperman … Read More


Warriorettes win their third straight 6AAA District Tournament

Posted by | September 15, 2018 6:11 am

The WCHS Warriorettes won their third straight District 6AAA title on Monday. Members of the Warriorettes golf team include (L-R) Ansley Phifer, Morgan Quick, Coach Eric Mitchell, and Makenzie Morton.

Makenzie Morton won the District 6AAA Golf tournament this past Monday. Morton finished her round with a score of 72.

It was a big day for the White County High School golf team, on Monday, at the Golden Eagle Golf Club, in Cookeville, which was the host course for the 2018 District 6AAA Golf Tournament.

The Warriorettes’ golf team won their third straight district championship, which secured their spot in the region tournament that will be held at … Read More


Cash Express says thanks to law enforcement and first responders

Posted by | September 15, 2018 6:01 am

In honor of the first responders who responded to the terrorists’ attacks on the United States, on Sept. 11, 2018, and the first responders who put their lives on the line every day, in White County, Cash Express presented cakes to the different law enforcement agencies throughout the county, on Sept. 11, 2018.

Hollie Copeland, employee of Cash Express, in Sparta, stated her company does something to show its appreciation to local law enforcement agencies every year. This year, Cash Express bought cakes and presented them to all the fire departments, White County Emergency Medical Service, E-911 Communications Center, Sparta Police Department, and White County Sheriff Department.

“This … Read More


Teen charged in father’s death

Posted by | September 14, 2018 9:24 am

A White County teen was taken into juvenile custody late Thursday night and charged with voluntary manslaughter. The event took place at approximately 6 p.m., on Crossville Highway. The teen reportedly placed a call to E-911 telling them that he had shot his father. According to Assistant District Attorney Bruce MacLeod, the teen’s initial hearing is set for Sept. 15.


We must remember September 11th

Posted by | September 14, 2018 7:56 am

Language of Liberty – By J.C. Bowman

Our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001 and our world changed. Muslim terrorists called al-Qaeda, with training camps all around the world were responsible for the death of the more than 3,000 victims. This is an enemy unlike any we have ever faced. There are multiple countries, multiple fronts and multiple threats.

This enemy is committed to the absolute destruction of the American way of life and imposing their beliefs and values upon the world. In their world, law is determined by force—those with power—whether military strength or political dominance—make the rules. It is our belief in freedom, human rights, … Read More


The Peter Principle

Posted by | September 14, 2018 7:54 am

By Jerry Jones – Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Sparta’s native son

It has been a year since I have shared my political opinions and insights with the readers of The Expositor. It has taken that long to recover from Hurricane Harvey and the significant damage and losses personally encountered when that powerful force of nature came ashore in late August 2017. I hope to return to my once-a-week articles, but for a while I will be submitting my articles on an irregular basis due to a combination of personal and business-related demands on my time. I regret that my absence left you at the mercy of the national … Read More


Paul Miktarian art exhibit

Posted by | September 14, 2018 7:50 am

On Sept.15, 2018, 1-4 p.m., Paul Miktarian will be having a special art exhibit at the Fragrant Mushroom, which includes new work he has painted this year and all oil pastels, which are mostly animals. Everyone is invited to stop by and view Miktarian’s unique artwork.


Pinkie celebrates 95th birthday

Posted by | September 14, 2018 7:46 am

Family and friends met at the Sparta-White County YMCA, on Sept. 11, to celebrate the 95th birthday of Ruth Rhea “Pinkie” Tubb Hill. After the Silver Fit for Life class, which Hill attends every week at the YMCA to exercise, her family members had cupcakes and drinks waiting for her and her classmates. Hill said she was already looking forward to her next birthday milestone. “In five more years I’ll be 100,” said Hill. “It will be here before you know it.”


Jail receives commendation certificate from TCI

Posted by | September 14, 2018 7:42 am

L-R: Capt. Kenny Dobson, Sheriff Steve Page, Jail Administrator Greg Mathews

The White County Jail received a certificate, on Sept. 11, 2018, from the Tennessee Correctional Institute for the department’s efforts to meet the basic standards required for Tennessee jails. The Tennessee Correctional Institute is the state agency appointed by the Tennessee governor to oversee and set standards for all county jails.

“Due to the hard work of the White County correctional officers and jail administration, we met and surpassed all standards except being overcrowded, ” said Cami Howard, head of administration at White County Sheriff Department.


Sparta man facing 12 to 20 years for sale and delivery of meth

Posted by | September 13, 2018 2:29 pm

In a jury trial Aug. 21 at the White County Justice Center, Bobby Wayne Centers, 54, was found guilty of sale and delivery over 26 grams of methamphetamine.

According to Bruce MacLeod, assistant district attorney general, the trial lasted nine hours. The jury for the trial, which was tried by MacLeod and assistant district attorney general Mark Gore, came back with a guilty plea at approximately 6 p.m. the same day.

“Mr. Centers is awaiting a sentencing hearing,” says MacLeod. “He is facing 12 to 20 years in prison.”

Centers, who was out on bond until the trial, is now awaiting a sentencing hearing. The date for that … Read More


YMCA and Ben Lomand partner to increase bandwidth at the facility

Posted by | September 13, 2018 10:34 am

L-R: Ben Lomand Combination Technician and YMCA Board member David Williams, Senior Customer Service Representative Tammy Odom, and Ben Lomand District Manager David Vaughn

Exercise is a booming industry, and working out seems to be a favorite pastime for a lot of people. The only downside to it is the rising costs that are associated with joining a health club.

There was a time when the YMCA was not thought of as a mainstream health club. Its lack of technology has always been one of the reasons it was thought of as not being competitive. This has changed. The Sparta- White County Family YMCA recently had fiber optics installed at their facility to bump the speed of the Wi-Fi, and Ben Lomand, the company responsible for the upgrade, said they are not … Read More


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