Delpha Mason

Posted by | August 10, 2017 10:36 am

Delpha Mason, 70, of Walling, passed away this morning at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Yard sale at Senior Center

Posted by | August 10, 2017 10:30 am


8 a.m.-noon

Every Friday and Saturday

Sparta-White County Senior Center, 321 E. Bronson St.

Lots of household items and furniture – no clothing

Priced to sell

New Spencer convenience center opens on Pine Grove Road

Posted by | August 10, 2017 10:14 am

As of Aug. 8, 2017, residents in the Piney community now have their own convenience center where they can take residential trash and recyclables.

According to Van Buren County officials, the new Piney convenience center is officially open for business. Located in the old BDS building on Pine Grove Road, the new convenience center will give residents a closer place to take their recyclables and trash.

The hours of operation will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m., on Tuesdays; noon-5 p.m., on Thursdays; and 8 a.m.-noon, on Saturdays. The standard trash collection rates will apply at this county convenience center as with all of the other Van Buren County convenience … Read More

“Let it Shine” themed fair starts this weekend in Van Buren County

Posted by | August 10, 2017 10:10 am

Come rain or shine, the “Let it Shine” Van Buren County Fair will officially start this weekend, on Aug. 12 and will continue until Aug. 19.

For many families, the county fair is an opportunity to fellowship, share past experiences, and create new memories. For some, the county fair is an opportunity to enter exhibits into countless categories of competition and showcase their crafts and skills.

Van Buren County Fair, which is organized and operated entirely by volunteers, has something for everyone to enjoy. This year’s event will feature the traditional fair pageants, chainsaw challenges, bicycle racing, and much more.

Some of the events that are scheduled for … Read More

Multiple agencies respond to vehicle fire on Argo Road

Posted by | August 10, 2017 10:06 am

Vehicle fire. Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the flames of a recent vehicle fire on Argo Road. (Photo courtesy of Piney Volunteer Fire Department)

A vehicle fire prompted an immediate response from multiple volunteer fire departments earlier this week, in Van Buren County.

On Aug. 7, 2017, at approximately 7:46 p.m., dispatchers from the Van Buren County E-911 Communications Center received a call about a possible vehicle fire near a structure.

Firefighters from the Spencer, Piney, Cedar Grove, and Fall Creek Falls volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the scene, as well as Van Buren County Emergency Medical Service and Van Buren County Sheriff Department.

Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered a passenger van was fully involved. The van was located near a retaining wall, and a structure was also nearby.

Firefighters worked … Read More

Spencer and TDEC officials say water meets state requirements

Posted by | August 10, 2017 9:48 am

Several Spencer residents recently reported to various Nashville-based news stations their concerns about water quality issues.

However, according to Spencer and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials, the water supply coming from Spencer Utility Water Treatment Plant meets state requirements.

Residents who utilize water from Spencer Water Utility District, which is approximately 2,000 customers, have reported having brown or murky water over the course of several weeks. According to city officials, a bulk of the issues customers have been experiencing occurred after regulators failed at some point during the July 21-23 weekend.

The regulator system that failed controls the incoming water from the city’s water source. Spencer … Read More

TTU Wings Up Caravan headed to Sparta Walmart

Posted by | August 10, 2017 9:44 am

The TTU Athletics Caravans have evolved over time to become one of the most favorite summer traditions enjoyed by Golden Eagle fans across the region.

Donning several different monikers over the years, typically to   represent the theme of the Athletics Department, the 2017 edition has been labeled as the Wings Up Caravans.

What exactly is the Wings Up Caravan? Each summer, Tech   Athletics hits the road to spread excitement and information for the upcoming seasons for all 14 of the department’s programs, making several stops all over the region. In 2017, the Wings Up Caravan will visit 10 different locations. The events span the months of July and … Read More

Warrior Youth Football teams fare well in jamboree over the weekend

Posted by | August 10, 2017 9:40 am

Junior warriors Exavier Gamblin, Eli Sparkman, and Tyson Richmond stop the DeKalb run game.

Warrior Youth Football teams kicked off their 2017 season at the Middle TN Youth Football Conference jamboree hosted by the Cookeville Youth Football League, on Aug. 5.

All three age divisions competed against DeKalb County in two 10- minute quarters. All three teams made significant efforts, with room for improvement in the weeks to come.

The senior division, which consists of 10-and-11-year-olds, won their contest 14-0 over DeKalb. Nate Mullins and Theo Brown each ran in for a touchdown. The Warriors’ defense was very stingy on the day, allowing minimal yardage to DeKalb. Asher Kelso, Devin Johnson, and Keaton Sparkman led the defense with several big tackles, shutting … Read More

Warriorettes’ golf team continues hot streak

Posted by | August 10, 2017 9:34 am

The WCHS Warriorettes’ golf team got its second tournament win of the season, on Monday, at the Early Bird Tournament. L-R: Mackenzie Burton, Ansley Phifer, and Makenzie Morton.

The White County High School Warriors’ and Warriorettes’ golf teams continued their season, on Monday, when they traveled to Cookeville’s Golden Eagle Golf Club for the Early Bird Tournament.

Battling periods of showers, the Warriorettes came away victorious in the tournament, winning by eight strokes, and the Warriors finished the day in fourth place.

The Warriorettes finished with a score of 170. Mackenzie Burton and Makenzie Morton both carded an 85 for the Warriorettes to secure the win. Ansley Phifer also played and shot a 102. Walker Valley finished the tournament in second place, finishing with a 178. Cookeville was the third place finisher, with a score of … Read More

WCHS football schedule looks a lot different than last year

Posted by | August 10, 2017 9:30 am

Head Football Coach Jerry Lowery looks to get his second football season underway on Aug. 18, at home vs. Livingston.

With a new school year starting, the new Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association regions will take effect.

With the new region, that means the Warriors will be traveling in a different direction this year. Over the past two years, the Warriors have been in one of the toughest regions in the state of Tennessee. With powerhouses like Ooltewah, Rhea County, Walker Valley, and Cleveland, the Warriors struggled to find their way the past two seasons, going 0-12 in region play.

This season, the Warriors’ region will still have some powerhouses like Summit, who is coming off a 7-4 season, and Shelbyville who went 8-3 a season ago, but … Read More

Words from a child – make that grandchildren

Posted by | August 10, 2017 8:59 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

“Would you like to say ‘Hi’ to Papa?”

My son and I were communicating via audio on personal electronic devices – i.e. talking on the phone – and 6-year-old Grayson had just walked up. Of course Grayson was up for a short conversation with his grandfather, so my son handed his son the phone.

“Hey, Bro!” was his brief greeting.

Frankly, I can’t even imagine addressing my grandfather as “Bro.” I never heard anyone in the Playl family refer to him as anything other than “Papa Playl.” I corrected my grandson, ever so gently, by reminding him that I’m “Papa” to him, … Read More

“Walking Man” Danny Garcia to benefit rural Tennessee

Posted by | August 10, 2017 8:26 am

It is going to start at the Serenity Thrift Sparta at 9am and end at Clean Heart Christian Ministries on the square approx. 10am. What other avenues do I pursue to help publicize this event. This event is actually the announcement of the Global walk which he will begin in Jerusalem, Israel and go through 20 countries including Russia, Korea, Japan, India and China to raise money for children in each of those countries.

Danny Garcia, a former Marine who is also known as “The Walking Man,” will walk to benefit rural Tennessee and announce his next Global Walk.

Garcia has walked over 27,000 miles on six different … Read More

From duty to be armed to permission to carry

Posted by | August 10, 2017 8:22 am

Language of Liberty – By Publius Huldah

“If the central government has the authority to tell a state it must accept permits from all the other states, then it also has the authority to tell a state it may not accept a concealed permit from any other states. If the central government can do these things it can set up a national concealed carry permit scheme and in essence bring into existence a national arms registry. That is exactly where this is headed.” Attorney Richard D. Fry 1

Some are touting the federal Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (HR 38) as a bill which would expand our … Read More

Former Blackwater guard Slatten to get new trial on murder charge

Posted by | August 10, 2017 7:00 am

A federal appeals court last Friday threw out the life sentence of a Blackwater Worldwide security guard who was convicted of murder in the killing of 14 Iraqi civilians, in Baghdad.

Nicholas Slatten, 33, of Sparta, was originally convicted in April 2015 of first-degree murder by a federal jury in Washington D.C. However, because of a recent ruling, Slatten will now undergo a re-trial in the Iraqi shooting incident.

According to federal court documents, the primary reason for reversing Slatten’s first-degree murder conviction was because of his motion to sever. The circuit justices stated, “The district court denied Slatten’s motion to sever, finding the co-defendant’s admissions constituted inadmissible … Read More

Dronebarger to host town hall about proposed sports complex

Posted by | August 10, 2017 6:57 am

Because of the ongoing developments of the newly proposed sports complex to be built by the White County Public School System, director of schools Kurt Dronebarger has announced he will hold a public town hall.

As previously reported by The Expositor, the White County Board of Education has approved a plan to construct a new sports complex for the White County Public School System. The board is in the process of designing the new complex.

The site for the proposed sports complex has been selected by the board to be placed behind the White County Middle School. Because of the high volume of requests from the public for … Read More

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