White County athletes leave for Special Olympics USA National Games on Friday

Posted by | June 28, 2018 10:51 am

White County will have three Special Olympics athletes heading to the National Game, on June 30. These three members are L-R: Mary Bailey, Calvin Jones, and Lexie Wilhite.

In September, three White County athletes were selected to attend and compete in the Special Olympics USA National Games.

On June 30, these athletes will board a plane headed to Seattle, Washington, to compete. The athletes are Mary Bailey, Lexie Wilhite, and Calvin Jones. Joining them in this trip will also be White County High School teachers Nancy Benningfield and Jill McCulley, who will serve as coaches for the Tennessee Bocce ball team.

Bailey, who is no stranger to Special Olympics, has competed for over 10 years in various sports. She was selected to play Unified Bocce Ball. Bailey also loves snowboarding and has a few medals to … Read More


Posted by | June 28, 2018 10:37 am

The Expositor is once again sponsoring ‘Pet Idol,’ which provides those who have beloved furry or feathered friends (or maybe not-so-furry and feathered) a way to showcase their cutie pies in a contest that will also provide a donation to White County Humane Society

Top vote-getters for PET IDOL as of 10:30 a.m., Thurs., June 28, are as follows:

  • Jake – 60 votes (Linda Jones)
  • Callie – 80 votes (Dana Ellis)
  • Sammy – 14 votes (Doris Prater)
  • Brutus – 80 votes (Tina Cope)
  • Pretty Girl Moesi – 80 votes (Tina Cope)
  • Freddy – 40 votes (Cristina Wilson)
  • Sammy – 40 votes (Cristina Wilson)

How to vote!

  1. Pick your
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Having our little “ups and downs”

Posted by | June 28, 2018 10:21 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Katie Grace cried one day at V.B.S. When K.G. cries, it will tear your heart out. She doesn’t wail or bawl. She hardly even makes a sound. She just scrunches her pretty little face, and tears flow like an April downpour. She doesn’t cry for sympathy, but…it’ll tear your heart out.

Obviously, I wasn’t present the day she cried at V.B.S., but, still, just hearing about it tore my heart out.

Here’s the story as I heard it:

The day before she cried, she had received an award for being “kind and helpful.” Her reward was a rubber stamp and an inkpad. … Read More

Media separated from reality at border

Posted by | June 28, 2018 10:19 am

Language of Liberty – By Tony Perkins and FRC Senior Writers

It’s one thing to tell a story that tugs on people’s heartstrings. It’s quite another to manipulate that story to color people’s view. Of course, the liberal media knows a thing or two about twisting the truth to suit their narrative. And, after days of posting gut-wrenching photos of children at the border, the facts are finally catching up with them. Turns out, the faces of the immigration debate aren’t faces from this crisis at all!

Time magazine is one of the biggest offenders. Its latest cover, a crying toddler staring up at President Trump, was never … Read More

Revenues remain strong

Posted by | June 28, 2018 10:17 am

According to the financial and administration office of Tennessee, overall May revenues were up and were more than the state had budgeted.

White County revenues reflect this positive report as well. According to Chad Marcum, White County finance director, the county is in good shape financially and projects that it will continue to remain so for a long time.

“Local Option Sales Tax collections have been increasing over the past two to three years as economic development continues to take place in the area,” said Marcum. “We project that sales tax collections will remain strong into fiscal year 2019.”

Marcum also said gas tax revenues for highway use … Read More

Jobless rate is at record low

Posted by | June 28, 2018 10:15 am

There are now more jobs than there are workers to fill the positions. A recent study shows the unemployment rate, in White County, as 3.5 percent. However, to some, that number is still high. When asked about the unemployment rate, Marvin Bullock, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce president, said he has heard the rate is actually at 3.1 percent.

“Full employment is considered 5 percent,” said Bullock. “We are that – far below full employment.”

Bullock also said low unemployment can be a good thing and a bad thing. He said the county has created over 500 jobs in the last year and a half, but the problem … Read More

White County is the recipient of $5,400 grant for an archaeological survey of Burgess Falls State Park

Posted by | June 28, 2018 10:08 am

Photo courtesy of Tennessee State Parks

The Tennessee Historical Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, announced this week the award of 30 matching grants from the Historic Preservation Fund. White County was among the recipients.

The grants are awarded annually to community and civic groups for projects that support the preservation of historic and archaeological resources. State Historic Preservation Officer and Executive Director Patrick McIntyre notes, “This year’s grants reflect the many diverse ways the Tennessee Historical Commission’s support reaches all corners of the state. We are proud to work with our partners to help save these important places.

Awarded annually, 60 percent of the project funds are from the federal Historic Preservation Fund, … Read More

New bar and grill to open in Sparta

Posted by | June 28, 2018 9:50 am

Construction is underway for a burger restaurant and bar on the corner of Churchill and Roosevelt. The owners, Frank and Diana Del Toro, expect to be serving customers by spring. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Diana and Frank Del Toro are excited about their new business, on Churchill Drive, that will serve burgers, beer, and more.

Speculation has been swirling for months as to what kind of business is being constructed at 194 Churchill Dr., in Sparta. Finally it has been released that it will be a burger bar named “Frank’s.”

According to Diana Del Toro, Frank’s wife, her husband has always wanted to own a burger restaurant and … Read More

Van Buren Election Commission

Posted by | June 28, 2018 9:28 am

Van Buren County Election Commission will meet at the office at 3 p.m., July 2, 2018, to check and seal the voting machines for the upcoming election. On, Aug. 3, 2018, at 3 p.m., Canvass Voting Machines.

Donnie Roberts

Posted by | June 28, 2018 9:18 am

Donnie Roberts, 53, of Sparta, passed away this morning at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rickey Carl Mott

Posted by | June 27, 2018 9:57 am

Rickey Carl Mott, 63, of Sparta, passed away June 25, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Mott was born June 14, 1955, in Sparta, to Josephine “Jo” Greene Mott and Benny Carl Mott.

He worked in the public works department for the City of Sparta. He was a longtime, active member of Hickory Valley Baptist Church and an avid outdoorsman, but most importantly, he was “Pa” to his family and work family.

Mr. Mott was preceded in death by his father; his grandmothers, Myrtle Hicks, Lily ” Granny Bill” Griffin; and grandfathers, Robert Edward Greene and Isaac Mott.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, … Read More

Benefit for Delores Davis

Posted by | June 26, 2018 4:33 pm

Saturday, July 21

Who: For Delores Davis (to help pay medical bills; widow of veteran Luke Davis)

What: Benefit (yard sale and silent auction)

When: 7 a.m.-until

Where: Doyle Civic Center

Contact: (931) 657-5630

St. Andrew yard sale

Posted by | June 26, 2018 4:26 pm

Friday, June 29

Who: St. Andrew Catholic Church

What: Annual yard sale (proceeds benefit Pacesetters in Sparta)

When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: 829 Valley View Dr.

Fire on the Mountain

Posted by | June 26, 2018 4:22 pm

Sunday, July 1

Who: BonDeCroft Baptist Church

What: Special speaker, Bro. Jacob Berry; free food, fun, and fellowship for all; fireworks at dark; please bring lawn chairs

When: 6 p.m.-?

Where: 8545 Crossville Highway

Little League 13-year-old division season comes to a close

Posted by | June 26, 2018 4:08 pm

The White County-Sparta Little League 13-year old division wrapped up their season this past week. The White County-Sparta Little League decided this year to start this league on a trial run and see how it went. The League will continue next season and will also add 14-year-olds into the league. The league regular season championship would be so close it would come down to the final night before it was decided. Maples Surveying would pull out the win and win the league. Sonic would finish the regular season in second place, and American flag would round out the standings. Seth Speck from Sonic would win the league’s sportsmanship … Read More

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