Large crowd gathers for free backpacks and shoe vouchers

Posted by | July 23, 2017 1:37 pm

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Hundreds of parents with their children from across White and Van Buren counties have gathered at the White County Fairgrounds for a chance to receive a free backpack and a free shoe voucher, thanks to the Backpack Assist Ministry and 1000 for 1000 organization.

The first 1000 students will be receiving a free backpack  filled with school supplies, hygiene products and a free $30 gift card to Shoe Sensation.

There is live music and cold drinks to keep everyone cool and entertained, while they wait for the free supplies to be dispersed by the countless volunteers.

The gates at the fairgrounds opened at noon … Read More


Power outage, crews busy making substation upgrades

Posted by | July 23, 2017 1:29 am

Update : Utility crews have completed their scheduled upgrade projects and power has been fully restored. 

As the power outage continues across the western portion of the City of Sparta, utility crews are busy at work installing numerous upgrades to a vital electric substation. 

Several utility crews are currently working on several upgrades to the City’s electric substation near the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Taft Church Road, Sparta. 

The power outage has been planned for quite some time and has been routinely advertised on SpartaLive/The Expositor. 

The planned outage began at midnight and will last for three to five hours. 

City of Sparta Electric customers west of the White … Read More


Sarah Luella Johnson

Posted by | July 22, 2017 7:02 pm

Sarah Luella Johnson, 68, of Spencer, passed away July 21, 2017, at her home.

She was born April 6, 1949, in Spencer, to Lloyd Forsythe and Elizabeth Blanton Forsythe.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., July 25, 2017, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Spencer Town Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4-9 p.m., July 24, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m., July 25, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Eric Rodney Grissom

Posted by | July 22, 2017 6:58 pm

Eric Rodney Grissom, 60, of Smithville, passed away July 19, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Smithville.

Mr. Grissom was born June 19, 1957.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill Grissom and Bernice Hayes Grissom, and a sister, Jennifer Grissom.

Survivors include an aunt, Mary Hitchcock, and an uncle, Jack Grissom.

Graveside service was 11 a.m., July 22, 2017, at Peeled Chestnut Cemetery.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, in Smithville, was in charge of arrangements.


Judy Ann Cunningham

Posted by | July 22, 2017 6:50 pm

Judy Ann Cunningham, 74, a resident of Rock Island and a native of Campaign, passed away July 18, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of McMinnville, following an extended illness.

Mrs. Cunningham was born March 23, 1943, to Sherman Lee and Bernice Bilbrey Lee.

She was a retired school teacher with the White County school system where she taught second grade for 40 years and a member of the Lutheran Church. She was married, on Jan. 2, 1987, to Adrian Larry Cunningham, who preceded her in death, on Sept. 9, 2011.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert Lee; niece, Cheryl Taylor; and special aunt, Mutt … Read More


Charley “Chuck” Franklin Edmonds

Posted by | July 22, 2017 6:40 pm

Charley Franklin “Chuck” Edmonds, 65, of Sparta, passed away July 21, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Edmonds was born Nov. 6, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan, to Billie Wanda Wilhite Edmonds and Walter Frank Edmonds.

He was a certified master mechanic and owner of Chuck’s Auto Garage. He was a graduate of Crestwood High School, in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

Mr. Edmonds was preceded in death by his father; his wife, Sharon Anctil Edmonds; and brother, Johnny Morgan Edmonds.

Survivors include his mother, Billie Wilhite Edmonds; brother, Allen Edmonds; stepdaughter, Sherilyn Richardson; step-grandchildren, Blake Richardson, Kyle Richardson, Sydney Richardson; aunt, Dottie Edmonds; and several nieces, nephews, … Read More


Willa Dean Lowery Carter

Posted by | July 22, 2017 6:17 pm

Willa Dean Lowery Carter, 75, of Sparta, passed away July 20, 2017, at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

Ms. Carter was born Oct. 26, 1941, in Sparta, to William Henry “W.H.” Lowery and Lera Dale Broyles Lowery.

She was a retired school teacher with over 30 years of educating White County students and a member of the Church of Christ.

Ms. Carter was preceded in death by her parents and three infant sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Denise (Steve) Flatt; grandchildren, Kappie (Bryan) Richardson, Paul (Renee) Flatt, Phillip (Amanda) Flatt; great-grandchildren, Grayce Price, Wesly Young, Ella Richardson, Hannah Flatt, Daniel Flatt, Brandi (Peyton) Sims, Jessica (Lelan) Griffith; and great-great- … Read More



Sparta Electric power outage

Posted by | July 22, 2017 10:12 am

There will be a scheduled power outage, on Saturday, July 22, beginning at midnight and lasting approximately three to five hours. The outage will affect all Sparta Electric customers west of the courthouse. This is necessary in order to upgrade substation.


Sparta Electric power outage

Posted by | July 22, 2017 7:00 am

There will be a scheduled power outage, on Saturday, July 22, beginning at midnight and lasting approximately three to five hours. The outage will affect all Sparta Electric customers west of the courthouse. This is necessary in order to upgrade substation.


Collision on Old Highway Road

Posted by | July 21, 2017 8:51 pm

At approximately 6:30 pm, White County E-911 dispatchers received notification of a possible two vehicle collision with possible injuries on Old Highway Road, Sparta.

Emergency responders from BonDeCroft and Eastland volunteer fire departments, White County Emergency Medical Service, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the White County Sheriff’s Department were all dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, emergency service personnel discovered a red Ford Mustang and a sliver Chevrolet Classic were involved in a collision.

According to witnesses on the scene, the Ford Mustang was turning onto Old Highway Road off of DeRossett Loop, while the Chevrolet Classic was traveling down Old Highway Road when the … Read More


Judge Benningfield releases statement regarding controversial contraceptive policy, ACLU-TN responds

Posted by | July 21, 2017 11:46 am

Recently, a Nashville-based television news station released a story regarding a policy that provides contraception services to White County inmates, in exchange for a 30-day reduction to their sentencing.

The Expositor is currently working on developing an article explaining this policy and has gathered or is gathering statements from the District Attorney General’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Americans Civil Liberties Union-Tennessee Chapter, the Tennessee Department of Health, White County Sheriff Department, and General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield.

Benningfield has provided an exclusive statement to SpartaLive/The Expositor. See Benningfield’s statement here Judge’s Statement .

The Americans Civil Liberties Union- Tennessee Chapter Executive Director Hedy Weinberg responded to … Read More


Williams encourages residents to utilize annual Sales Tax Holiday

Posted by | July 21, 2017 10:00 am

State Representative Ryan Williams

With the beginning of a new school year right around the corner, House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) is encouraging the families who live in House District 42 to utilize the state’s annual sales tax holiday to save on items such as clothing, school and art supplies, as well as computer purchases.

The state’s annual Tax Free Weekend is set for July 28-July 30. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 28 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 30. The holiday was established by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2006 and has been held every year since; tax-free purchases include … Read More



Sparta Electric power outage

Posted by | July 21, 2017 8:30 am

There will be a scheduled power outage, on Saturday, July 22, beginning at midnight and lasting approximately three to five hours. The outage will affect all Sparta Electric customers west of the courthouse. This is necessary in order to upgrade substation.


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