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Van Buren County and City of Spencer receive housing grants

Posted by | July 15, 2019 8:00 am

L-R: Miranda Davenport, City of Spencer; Mickey Robinson, City of Spencer mayor; Denise McBride, THDA liaison; Greg Wilson, Van Buren County mayor; Heather Woodlee, county administration; and Allison Fox, UCDD cistrict community development planner.

Van Buren County and the City of Spencer have each secured a $375,000 HOME program grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) to help local families with home repairs.

“With these funds, we have the opportunity to make a significant improvement in the quality of life of our neighbors,” said Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson. “We appreciate THDA’s investment in Van Buren County.”

“I am so proud that the city and county each will receive $375,000 for a total of $750,000. The HOME grant will go a long way to help families in our community get the home repairs they need,” said Spencer Mayor Mickey Robinson.… Read More

Trump’s war on science and facts is harmful to our entire nation

Posted by | July 15, 2019 7:56 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Last week, Donald Trump gave a speech announcing he and his administration’s successes in protecting and improving our country’s environment.  According to Mr. Trump, America has the cleanest air and crystal clean water.  Those annoying things, like facts, tell a different story.

We all know Donald Trump’s opinions regarding former President Obama are not warm and fuzzy. He has shown America and the world what his true “feelings” for anything and everything President Obama and his administration accomplished has been a prime motivation for undoing policies associated with Barack Obama.  It doesn’t matter if those polices, treaties, regulations, etc. may have been … Read More

Dumping on the RINOS

Posted by | July 15, 2019 7:53 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

It is always RINO season in Tennessee. The term RINO refers to Republican In Name Only. Not to get too far in the weeds, but sometimes I like to use the term CINO – Conservative In Name Only – because in many cases the Republicans we elect, in Tennessee, are shamelessly liberal from the start. The only time you will ever hear them espouse conservative values is when they run for re-election. So I am not sure the term conservative and Republican should even be linked together anymore.

Anyway…this last week, while we were all living our lives and not necessarily … Read More

Pick up a copy of today’s Expositor

Posted by | July 15, 2019 7:42 am

Get The Expositor at these locations:

WHITE COUNTY: Highway 84 Market, Jose’s Market, Airport Marathon, Dollar General (all stores), Geer’s Grocery, Wilmar Market, Highway 70 Market, Central View Market and Grill, Big T’s Market, Keith’s Market, The Landing, Lazy Days Market, Mapco Express, Peacock Express, Bon Air Market, EZ Food Mart, Walgreens, Floyd’s Cash Saver, Sparta Market, Highway 111 Shell, Walmart, Regas Exxon, Alcorn’s Market, South Young Market, All In One/Sunoco (next to Burger King), Post Office

VAN BUREN COUNTY: Peacock Express, Citgo, Dollar General, Save-A-Lot, Spencer Drug Co.


Veterans Museum of White County

Posted by | July 15, 2019 7:11 am

Veterans Museum of White County, located in the American Legion Building, on Liberty Square, in Sparta, is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday; or by special request. For more information call the Veterans Service Office at (931) 836-3595.

Sparta Speaker Series

Posted by | July 15, 2019 6:35 am

Presented by: Virgin Falls State Natural Area & The Friends of Virgin Falls

3rd Floor of the White County Courthouse

Tuesday Nights at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 11th – Gary Clendenon – “Invasive and Detrimental Insect Invaders: The Original Ecoterrorists”

A PowerPoint discussing some of Tennessee’s least wanted insect pests. An overview of how to Identify, what to look for, the hosts, and how they are spread. Covering Spotted Lantern Fly, Asian Longhorn Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, Walnut Twig Beetle    (Thousand Canker Disease), Gypsy Moth, Light Brown Apple Moth, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Imported Fire Ants, Asian  Needle Ants, Ambrosia Beetles. Mounted samples for viewing and hand outs will … Read More

Arlen Dillard Rice

Posted by | July 13, 2019 7:26 am

Arlen Dillard Rice, 82, of Sparta, passed away July 12, 2019, at Hospice of Cumberland County.

Mr. Rice was born April 22, 1937, in Sparta, to Dillard A. Rice and Lizzie Ann Daniels Rice.

He was a logger and a mechanic.

Mr. Rice was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Gertha,   Hattie, Mattie, Bertha, Lorene; and brothers Roscoe, Arzo, and Willard Rice.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Norma Sue Jones Rice; daughters, Anna Darlene (Dwight) Jackson, Jamie Lorraine (Ronnie) Burchett, Donna Sue (Christopher) Shera, Karen Diane Maxwell; stepdaughter, Debra Faye (Ronnie) Miller; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and sister, Ilene Rice.

Funeral service will be 2 … Read More

Comptroller’s office launches Tennessee Tax Relief program portal

Posted by | July 12, 2019 1:20 pm

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has created a new interactive web tool that provides important information about Tennessee’s Tax Relief program.

The Tax Relief program began in 1973 and provides property tax relief to qualifying low-income elderly and disabled homeowners, as well as disabled veteran homeowners or their surviving spouses. In tax year 2018, more than $41 million dollars was appropriated by the General Assembly to serve more than 140,000 homeowners across the state.

The new web portal combines important information with images and interactive maps. The portal displays key data, eligibility requirements, and local city and county contacts that will be helpful for anyone interested in learning more … Read More

Team Tennessee All Stars Have Sparta connection

Posted by | July 12, 2019 7:08 am

By Jerry Lowery

Sparta has a real connection to the team from Clarksville that will be representing Tennessee in the Southwest Regional Little League World Series Championship that will be played in North Carolina, July 18-22.  That connection is Cara Sims Miller.

Cara and Matt Miller

Miller was a standout player for the Warriorette basketball team during the 1992 – 1995 seasons.  Miller is the daughter of Carl and  Patsy Sims, of Sparta.  Cara’s son, Drew, is a standout player at 11 years old, playing in the 12-year-old division.  The team from Clarksville will now be Team Tennessee.  They had to come through the losers bracket to win … Read More

WCHS Warriors begin competition

Posted by | July 12, 2019 7:04 am

By Jerry Lowery

With football season fast approaching, the 2019 White County High School Warriors are now in summer workouts after the dead period.  Along with the workouts the Warriors are going to several on seven passing competitions.  Monday and Tuesday, the Warriors traveled to take part in the Cookeville annual camp that involves several teams from surrounding counties.  Coach Mark Frasier commented on the two days of competition. “ It was a good start to the season,”  Frasier stated. “There is definitely room for improvement to be made.  The kids are learning and working hard will continue to get better.”  The Warriors will travel to Jackson County, … Read More


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