Bouldin helps Lady Mocs storm back and win SoCon Tournament Championship

Posted by | March 13, 2017 7:11 am

Lakelyn Bouldin, of Van Buren County

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team overcame a 13-point second half deficit against Mercer to claim its 18th Southern Conference Tournament title and fifth straight, on March 5, 2017, at the U.S. Cellular Center in a nail-biter to the finish.

A last second shot by Mercer’s Linnea Rosendal bounced off the back of the rim and over the front, dashing the Bears’ hope of an upset.

“When I saw it take the second bounce, I thought it was coming my way instead of the opposite,” Chattanooga head coach Jim Foster said. “So I felt pretty good about that.”

Mercer’s KeKe Calloway buried a 3-pointer for … Read More

Brewington signs to play football at Cumberland University Phoenix

Posted by | March 13, 2017 7:04 am

Trey Brewington became the third White County High School student-athlete from the Class of 2017 to sign a letter of intent to play college sports.

On March 10, 2017, Brewington signed his name on the dotted line to play football at Cumberland University, in Lebanon. Brewington, who is a cornerback and wide receiver for the Warriors, is being signed by Donnie Suber to be a member of the Cumberland University Phoenix.

“I’m excited, it’s going to be a new experience, and I can’t wait,” said Brewington. “So far every year that I have played football, I have been around guys that I have known my whole life, so … Read More

Van Buren High School Eagles are ready to take on Columbia Academy this week in State Tourney

Posted by | March 13, 2017 6:58 am

Last year, the Van Buren County Eagles made the school’s second trip to a TSSAA state tournament.

The Eagles are back again this year and looking to see if they can make it to the championship game this time around.

Van Buren will take on Columbia Academy (26-6), at 4:30 p.m., March 16, at Murphy Center, on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

Last year, the Eagles defeated Grace Christian out of Knoxville in the first round of the state tournament 64-60, but lost to B.T. Washington in the semifinals 54-40.

The Eagles (27-6) have gone 10-1 in the past month and look to make a deep … Read More

TDEC announces Energy Education Camps for teachers

Posted by | March 13, 2017 6:52 am

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation recently announced through its Office of Energy Programs that they would be hosting two Energy Education Camps. These camps will be provided at no cost for Tennessee K-12 educators who are interested in attending.

The focus for the three-day camps is to provide Tennessee educators with the resources and information needed to teach about energy and energy conservation in their classrooms. There will also be sessions on how to involve students in service learning projects that promote environmental stewardship.

“TDEC is happy to offer this resource to local educators”, according to Molly Cripps, director of TDEC’s Office of Energy programs. “Energy … Read More

Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | March 13, 2017 6:45 am

Senator Paul Bailey

Numerous bills aiding veterans were approved by State Senators this week, including two major bills to expand access to education. The Senate Education Committee approved the STRONG (Support, Training, and Renewing Opportunity for National Guardsmen) Act that would create a pilot program to provide eligible members of the Tennessee National Guard tuition funding toward a first time bachelor degree through a tuition reimbursement program, while the full Senate passed legislation that will make it easier for veterans to determine how their military training can count as credit in Tennessee’s colleges and universities.

The STRONG Act provides an opportunity for those who protect and serve their … Read More

Donald and the Goliaths

Posted by | March 13, 2017 6:42 am

By Jerry Jones: Patriot and Constitutionalist, Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Sparta’s native son

My two most recent opinion articles revealed the emergence of the Socialist Democrat Party (SDP), a successor to the subverted Democrat Party. Working in tandem, far left extremists and the American Communist Party have garnered positions of influence within the party significant enough to have steered it ever-increasingly left. Many Americans are still unaware of what has happened and the real danger it poses to our Republic. Many good Democrats have continued to follow the dictates of the party’s national leadership, voting a straight party ballot and, without question or pause, accepting and repeating the … Read More

Feeling like we’re playing a little three card Monte?

Posted by | March 13, 2017 6:40 am

Democratic Dialog, by Debra Wines

Does it feel as if we are involved in that card game where distractions are employed to make sure you lose track of what is really going on right in front of you? It has certainly felt that way to me. Several times, since Mr. Trump’s inauguration, I’ve had to turn off the news, stop reading the online newspapers and just not even get online because it felt as if I was being bombarded by information that would get more and more unbelievable. When I figured my head was cleared enough, I’d go back to my routine and realize it was a different … Read More

Churches doing the right thing is not always easy

Posted by | March 13, 2017 6:37 am

By Macil Duncan, Gum Springs Baptist Church

Born again believers are to try and live by the Bible as our plumb line of absolute truth. That is not easy, for we all sin trying to have trusted character. J.C. Watts said, “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.” Many today seem to waiver on this. One reason could be relativism is erasing truth.

Matthew 7:1, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged” is one of the most misunderstood passages of the Bible. If you keep reading, in verse 6 Jesus says, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw … Read More

Take the world out of the church

Posted by | March 13, 2017 6:36 am

By Derrick Coble, West Sparta church of Christ

Pergamos was a city of renown. It boasted a library of 200,000 books, second only to the great library of Alexandria, Egypt. It was there that a better writing material than papyrus was developed known as, parchment (derived from the very name of the city). Furthermore, Pergamos was proud of its 40-foot altar dedicated to Zeus (one of the guardian gods of the city). The people of Pergamos were also highly dedicated to Asclepius (the god of medicine). In fact, there were sanctuaries dedicated to therapeutic regimens in which the most important practice to cure an illness was incubation (a … Read More

Northfield Elementary hosts White County School Board meeting

Posted by | March 13, 2017 6:32 am

Stacy Hinds, principal at Northfield Elementary, with the help of Kenneth Robinson, White County School Board member, recognized students for being “Respectful Culture leaders.” A student from each grade was recognized: pre-k, Myles Wilhite; kindergarten, Lucas Brow; first grade, Mary Ann Smith; second grade, Kaden Seibers; third grade, Lillian Nielson; fourth grade, Brady Hillis; and fifth grade, Regan Goodwin. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

Northfield Elementary School hosted the March 9 meeting of White County Board of Education with a special presentation about “Respectful Culture.”

One of the first items on the board’s agenda was the recognition of students from Northfield Elementary. Each month, the board meeting is held at a different school where students are recognized for their achievements and leadership skills.

Teachers at Northfield were tasked with the responsibility to nominate a student from each grade for being “Respectful Culture” leaders and for providing a good example to their fellow classmates. Those who received recognition and an award from Principal Stacy Hinds were: pre-k, Myles Wilhite; kindergarten, Lucas Brow; first … Read More

Putnam County executive and Cookeville mayor now fill top positions with airport board

Posted by | March 13, 2017 6:27 am

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors was brought together for a special called meeting, on March 9, to address several specific items, one of which was the election of a new chairman.

Robert Berger, who had been serving as chairman, submitted his letter of resignation to the board with an effective date of Feb. 24. Berger, who is a flight paramedic with Erlanger Medical Center’s Life Force unit, was also a pilot representative for the board.

After a brief discussion, a nomination was made for Putnam County Executive Randy Porter, who was serving as vice chairman, to fill that position. With no further nominations, the board voted … Read More

“Gas tax” bill making progress as committee passes TDOT’s budget

Posted by | March 13, 2017 6:24 am

The Tennessee State Senate transportation committee, which is chaired by Senator Paul Bailey, of Sparta, voted on Feb. 27 to approve the Tennessee Department of Transportation 2017-2018 budget.

The new TDOT budget reflects a 15 percent increase from the previous year’s budget. The total increase for the 2017-2018 budget is $300 million, which will bring the total TDOT budget to $2.2 billion. Of that $300 million increase, it includes $278 million from Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act that is making its way through the state legislature.

As previously reported by The Expositor, Haslam recently held a town hall meeting, in Algood, to discuss his proposed IMPROVE Act, which … Read More

Louise England Rascoe

Posted by | March 12, 2017 5:55 am

Louise England Rascoe, 90, of Sparta, passed away March 11, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Rascoe was born April 4,1926, to Tom and Ollie England.

She was a devoted member of Alymra Methodist Church for many years. She also worked at Thurman Funeral Home for 30 years as a bookkeeper. In her spare time she enjoyed garden and homemaking.

Mrs. Rascoe was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Edsel England, Tommy England; and sister, Deloris Spence.

Survivors include her loving husband of 59 years, James Rascoe; sister, Ruby Mills; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., March 13, 2017, at Thurman … Read More

Dorsie Clifford Poole Jr.

Posted by | March 12, 2017 5:53 am

Dorsie Clifford Poole Jr., 85, of Doyle, passed away March 10, 2017, at Generations of Spencer.

Mr. Poole was born Feb. 27, 1932, in Rockwood, to Dorsie Clifford Poole Sr. and Lizzie Lancaster Poole.

He was a retired technical writer and employment consultant. He served his nation with great pride in the U.S. Army as part of the 278th Regimental Combat Team stationed in Iceland.

Mr. Poole was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles. He was active in coaching his children in sports as they were growing up. Mr. Poole was a member of the American Legion and Doyle Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death … Read More

Lindell Fred “Randy” Smith

Posted by | March 11, 2017 6:23 am

Lindell Fred “Randy” Smith, 64, of Walling, passed from this life on March 10, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Smith was born March 15, 1952, in Cagle, Tennessee, the son of Ruby Stinnett Smith and Fred Smith.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., March 13, 2017, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Spencer Town Cemetery, in Van Buren County. The family will receive friends 3-9 p.m., March 12, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., March 13, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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