Ray Donald Teeple

Posted by | July 16, 2008 12:00 am

Ray Donald Teeple, 68, of Sparta, passed away, July 15, 2008, at his residence.
Teeple was born Jan. 10, 1940, in Sparta, to James P. and Nancy Hall Teeple.
He was a member of Findlay Church of Christ.
Teeple was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Sherman Teeple, Carl Teeple; and three sisters, Ruby Vinson, Ava Teeple.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Spears Teeple, of Sparta; daughter, Lisa Cantrell and husband Jason, of Monterey; two brothers, Lewis Teeple and wife Ruth, of Sparta, James Teeple and wife Louella, of Sparta; and five sisters; Leta Burns, of Sparta, Edwina Bilbrey, of Ypsilanti, Mich., Jean Bailey and husband … Read More


Louanna G. Earles

Posted by | July 16, 2008 12:00 am

 Louanna G. Earles, 84, of Sparta, passed away July 14, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Earles was born April 28, 1924, in Van Buren County, to D.B. George and Annie Sparkman George.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 50 years, James A Eales; brothers, Eucle George, J.D. George; and sister, Imogene Grove.
Survivors include her son, George Earles, of Hendersonville; brother, Robert George, of Manchester; and granddaughter, Courtney Thompson, of Mt. Juliet.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., July 17, 2008, at Thurman Funeral Home, with burial in Crain Hill Cemetery, in Van Buren County.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of


Joshua T. Miktarian

Posted by | July 16, 2008 12:00 am

Joshua T. Miktarian, 33, of Tallmadge, Ohio, passed away, July 13, 2008.
Miktarian was born in Akron, Ohio, and had lived in Tallmadge his entire life. He began his law enforcement career with Uniontown Police Department and then accepted a position with Twinsburg Police Department, where he served the department as the second K-9 officer with partner Bagio. After 11 years, he was proud to return to Uniontown Police Department as a part-time police officer.
Miktarian was preceded in death by his father, Paul Miktarian.
Survivors include his wife, Holly Miktarian; daughter, Thea Faith Miktarian; mother, Minda Barlow, of Quebeck; sister, Veronica Justus, of Sparta; brother, Paul Miktarian … Read More


Fire destroys DeRossett Market

Posted by | July 15, 2008 12:00 am

Firefighters prepare to enter DeRossett Market as the smoke intensifies.

Firefighters from several districts helped fight the fire at DeRossett Market, which occurred around 7 a.m., Tuesday. Details will be available later on  myspartanews.com and in The Expositor, on Thursday. SEE ATTACHED VIDEO


Ernest Carter Elliott, Colonel USAR

Posted by | July 15, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Ernest Carter Elliott, 84, ascended to the gates of heaven July 8, 2008, after an extended illness.
The eldest of four children, Elliott was born Dec. 7, 1923, in Florence, S.C., to Ernest and Emmie Carter Elliott.
A graduate of Florence High School, Col. Elliott earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics from Virginia Military Institute.  Through advanced cross-training with the Army and Navy, he acquired numerous post graduate degrees.
Major Elliott formed the 175th Aviation Company at Fort Benning, Ga., and trained his pilots and men to conduct combat assaults by helicopter. The company … Read More


Amos Arley Bray

Posted by | July 15, 2008 12:00 am

Amos Arley Bray, 84, of Sparta, passed away July 14, 2008, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Luther Glenn Frasier

Posted by | July 15, 2008 12:00 am

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Luther Glenn Frasier, 67, passed away July 14, 2008, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Frasier served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Butch Benefield.
Survivors include his daughters, Debbie Benefield, Tammy Pryor, both of Spartra, Michelle Hester, of Greenbrier; brother, Charles Frasier and wife Maxine, of Cookeville; sister, Carolyn McCormick and husband Bill, of Sparta; grandchildren, Brandon Phillips, Sawyer Wilson, Logan Hawkins, Chase Benefield, Gracie Benefield, Cody Patton, Tyler Hester, Brittany Hester; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m., July 17, 2008, … Read More


Camps galore for local young athletes

Posted by | July 15, 2008 12:00 am

    If you’re an aspiring young athlete in White County, over the next few weeks, there’s bound to be a camp to help fine tune those skills.
    Various camps are planned in a myriad of sports.
    It all begins this week with the White County Middle School girls’ basketball camp that is being conducted by WCMS coaches, Heather England and Andrea Rigsby.  The camp is July 14-17 at the middle school gym at a cost of $25 per camper.  It is open to all upcoming third through eighth graders.  
    There will also be an All Sports Camp hosted by Jimmy and Nicole Delaney at the WCHS outdoor courts.  They … Read More


WCHS football team to host 7 on 7 scrimmage

Posted by | July 15, 2008 12:00 am

Four Warrior quarterbacks drop back to pass during drills at practice.

More drills at practice.

Warrior skill position players huddle up after practice.

   The TSSAA gives high school football teams 10 days of competition in the month of July just like they give the basketball teams in the month of June.
    One glaring difference is that football teams are not allowed to put on their pads until official practice begins on July 28th.  That limits the type of competition teams can have, basically leaving them to have 7 on 7 scrimmages.  
    The Warriors will host one of those this Tuesday with four local teams competing.  Football fans can … Read More


Sparta All Stars in action all across state

Posted by | July 15, 2008 12:00 am

Andrew Sparks throws to first to get the out in pitching machine All Star action in Lebanon. (Photo courtesy of Richie Bouton/Wilson Post)

    Sparta has its share of All Star teams in action all across the state of Tennessee.
    Teams representing Sparta are in action in points from the east to the west of state and points in between. Details are hard to come by from teams playing in such a wide area, but the following is scores that have been reported.
    Two teams have already advanced to the state tournament and happen to be playing on opposite ends of the state.
    The 11/12 Little League softball stars … Read More


Summer coverage

Posted by | July 15, 2008 12:00 am

    Summer is a challenging time for those of us who make a living writing sports for small-town newspapers.  
    I have talked to other sports writers and all of them seem to go through the same thing I do.  Our busiest times coincide with school sports.  In a small town, that’s the big thing, particularly high school sports.  There are no pro teams.  It’s small town sports.
    When school gets out, sports slow down to some extent.  Yes, there are youth sports and that is what the focus becomes during the summer months.  But those don’t last all summer long and it’s a different kind of coverage.  Three and … Read More


Newcomer brings painting skills to White County

Posted by | July 14, 2008 12:00 am

White County welcomes Danny Stephens, owner of Stephens Painting and Custom Finishing, who brings more than 20 years of painting experience, as well as several other skills that will help homeowners create their dream home.

•Name of Business: Stephens Painting and Custom Finishing
•Name of owner: Danny Stephens
•Phone number: (931) 260-6536
•How long have you been in business?  “I’ve been in the painting business 22 years and been in business for myself since 1998. I used to work for Tim Davis – Davis Painting. I worked for him for years.”
•What products or services do you offer?  “Besides painting, I can do seamless wallpaper, refinishing cabinets, countertops, … Read More


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