Brenda Lee Margeson Brady

Posted by | January 15, 2019 1:21 pm

Brenda Lee Margeson Brady, 55 of Sparta, passed away Jan. 13, 2019, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital.

Mrs. Brady was born April 28, 1963, in White County, to Willie Martin Margeson and Myrtle Frances Young Margeson.

She was a convenience store clerk.

Mrs. Brady was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eddie Dean Brady; brother, Freddie Lynn Margeson; and nephew, Gage Youngblood.

Survivors include her children, Melissa Nash and Derrick Luna, James Brady and Natasha Guy, Jennifer Sparks, Carrie Russell; grandchildren, Landon Nash, Keely Nash, Caleb Guy, Haley Brady, Lilyana Nash, Huxlee Brady; siblings, Elsie Gentry, Lillie Henry, Shirley Riddle, Stanley Margeson, J.T. Margeson, Jerry Margeson, Angela … Read More

Farmers offered new cost share opportunity for certification

Posted by | January 14, 2019 5:02 pm

Tennessee farmers looking to expand their markets and increase food safety by becoming Good Agricultural Practices  certified now have the opportunity to receive financial assistance from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

GAP certification allows producers to sell directly to more businesses and institutions with stringent food safety requirements, such as grocery stores or hospitals. These new opportunities allow producers to increase their income, and the certification helps to ensure food is safe and wholesome for specialty crops throughout Tennessee.

“We continue to look for ways to provide new opportunities to farmers,” Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “Mitigating the cost of GAP audits may help enable more producers to … Read More

McMinnville man arrested, charged in fatal shooting

Posted by | January 14, 2019 3:20 pm

According to a press release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a joint investigation with Special Agents from the TBI and investigators with the McMinnville Police Department and the 31st District Attorney General’s Office has resulted in the arrest of a McMinnville man on a murder charge.

On Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at the request of 31st District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, Agents and investigators began investigating a shooting that occurred on Lind Street in McMinnville. Darius Michael Bishop (DOB 01/03/1986) was at home with several other people when two masked men forced their way through the front door. Mr. Bishop confronted the men, and was shot. He … Read More

Ginger Jared and Brent Jolly to be inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

Posted by | January 14, 2019 2:42 pm

White County High School will add two more members to its Sports Hall of Fame, on Jan. 26, 2019,  when the all-time leading scorers for both the Warriors and Warriorettes will join the prestigious club.

Ginger Jared (Class of 1992) and Brent Jolly (Class of 1999) will be honored at halftime of the Warriorettes’ game against Cumberland County, on Jan. 26.

On that night, WCHS will also honor the 1998-99 State Championship team, as it was 20 years ago that the team pulled off their second consecutive State Championship win. The team will be recognized during halftime of the Warriors’ game against Cumberland County.

Eighth grade teams pick up a sweep

Posted by | January 14, 2019 2:33 pm

Thomas Brock takes a three from the corner in a game earlier this season. Brock led the Warriors in their win, on Monday night, against Tullahoma West with 15 points.

The White County Middle School eighth grade basketball teams picked up a pair of wins in their final home games of the season against Tullahoma West, on Jan 7. The Warriorettes got the night rolling as they held on late for a 30-25 win. The Warriors followed suit in the nightcap, picking up the 30-26 win.

In the first game of the night, the Warriorettes jumped out to an early 11-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and added to their lead in the second by outscoring west 6-4 in the quarter. The Warriorettes led Tullahoma West 17-11 at the half. In the third quarter, the … Read More

Warriorettes’ comeback falls short

Posted by | January 14, 2019 2:31 pm

Mia Murray goes up for a layup over a Cookeville player, on Friday night. Murray finished the game with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Warriorette basketball team is starting to make a practice of making a comeback in the fourth quarter.

For the second time last week, the Warriorettes tried to make a comeback. However, on Friday night, the Warriorettes’ furious comeback in the fourth quarter came up short. The Cookeville Lady Cavaliers took the upper hand’ on Friday night’ picking up the 64-49 win. The Warriorettes’ loss puts them at 0-1 in the district ,while the Lady Cavs improve to 1-1.

After being tied, 31-31, at the half, the Warriorettes were outscored 15-4 in the second quarter. That deficit proved to be too much for the Warriorettes, as they cut … Read More

Warriors lose to Cavaliers

Posted by | January 14, 2019 2:28 pm

Grant Slatten slams one home, on Friday night, against Cookeville. Slatten led the Warriors with 25 points.

When two rivals meet, no one can ever predict the outcome.

So far this season, that has been the case for the Warriors and the Cavaliers on the basketball court. The first time these two teams met the game came down to the wire, with the Cavaliers pulling out a two-point win.

Meeting two was on Friday night, in Cookeville, and the outcome was as close as it could get.

The Cavaliers (17-6, 2-0) led by eight points, with 2:17 remaining in the game. The Warriors (15-5, 0-1), though, refused to give up and came roaring back and took a one-point lead, with 1:05 remaining in the game. … Read More

Bringing the victory full circle

Posted by | January 14, 2019 10:21 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

There’s a story of a king who ruled over a kingdom many years ago. It was told to this king that three nations were rising against him to attack his kingdom. They had already joined forces and were marching toward their city with great numbers. Of course the king was fearful and did something only a wise king would think to do –  he ran to the Lord, fasted, and prayed, and called the entire kingdom to do the same. This story is not a fairytale read to children from a library shelf, albeit it should be. This story is true and … Read More

Condition of riverwalk is shameful

Posted by | January 14, 2019 10:19 am

Dear Editor,

There has been much talk lately about promoting tourism in Sparta/ White County that seems really promising.  It looks like we have a bright future ahead in White County.

However, I do have one concern.  When the South Carter Street Park and walking trail re-opened, in 2017, I was delighted.  Not only would it enhance White County’s tourism opportunities, it also would be a great place for members of the community to have a safe place to exercise, to bring their children to the playground, to walk their dogs, to have easy access to the small businesses in the downtown area, to Liberty Square, and to … Read More

How much more will Americans take before they say enough is enough?

Posted by | January 14, 2019 10:15 am

Democratic Dialog – Debra Wines

I understand I am going to alienate several people, but I am tired of people calling themselves “American patriots” while they blindly ignore facts about the occupant of our White House.  It is one thing to have valid differences of opinion about a myriad of different government policies and laws.  It is another to completely disregard the harm that is being done to America, not just to the people in our country but also those around the world.

Like with lies, if you repeat them enough, people will start to believe them.  I think it is important to counteract lies with facts.  My … Read More

Americans watch their rights fade away as government runs amok around the world – Part II

Posted by | January 14, 2019 10:08 am

The Right Stuff – Donald Holman

I would like to revisit the topic of my last column because of its impact on our lives. The movement to reduce the impact voters have on their elections is continuing and expanding. And it is not limited to America. Across the globe, the forces of unaccountable government are spreading, while the forces supporting accountable government fade. In a recent edition of The Expositor, even the Democrat with whom I share this page was writing about government not responding to the voters. While I may (do) disagree with some of the things she proposed needed to be done, there is no doubt … Read More

Selling alcoholic beverages on Sundays and immigration sanctuary among most talked about new laws

Posted by | January 14, 2019 9:59 am

Numerous laws went into effect Jan. 1, 2019, that are of interest to the public.

The entire list of new laws were published in a previous edition of The Expositor, but the following is a detailed version of specific bills that have generated debates among White County residents.

HB1540: Alcoholic Beverages – As enacted, authorizes the sale of alcoholic beverages and wine on Sundays during certain hours; prohibits sales on Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving; revises other provisions relating to alcoholic beverages.

This bill permits package stores to sell alcoholic beverages and retail food stores to sell wine during hours when beer is sold.


Effective on the … Read More

White and Van Buren counties each report decreased unemployment

Posted by | January 14, 2019 9:53 am

Each of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced lower unemployment in November 2018, according to newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

White County reported 3.5 percent for November 2018, down from 3.9 percent for October 2018. Van Buren County’s jobless rate for November was 4.5 percent, which was a decrease from 5 percent for October.

In the four other neighboring counties: Cumberland County reported. 2.9 percent for November 2018, DeKalb County 4.1 percent, Putnam County 3.4 percent, and Warren County 3.8 percent.

Ninety-one counties had an unemployment rate of 5 percent or lower during the month and only four counties had a rate higher … Read More

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