Tom Ward

Posted by | May 5, 2017 5:00 pm

Tom Ward, 82, of Sparta, passed away May 4, 2017, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Mr. Ward was born May 12, 1934, in Doyle, to C. Ray Ward and Sarah Catherine Sparkman Ward.

He was a White County fixture, involved with his insurance business, The Ward Agency; the Sparta Rotary Club; 25 years as the voice of White County Warrior football; former White County High School cheerleader van driver; an avid walker; and well known as a University of Tennessee fan.

Mr. Ward was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Central Church of Christ. He was a former state vice-president of the Jaycees. … Read More


Bilbrey new member of American Angus Association

Posted by | May 5, 2017 6:39 am

Dale L Bilbrey, of Sparta, is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 18 million registered Angus.

The Association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members. The programs and services of the Association and its entities — Angus Genetics Inc., Angus Productions Inc., Certified Angus Beef LLC and the … Read More




Tom Ward

Posted by | May 5, 2017 6:09 am

Tom Ward, 82, of Sparta, passed away May 4, 2017, at Saint Thomas West Hospital, in Nashville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Gladys Christine Selby

Posted by | May 5, 2017 6:06 am

Gladys Christine Selby, 92, of Sparta, passed away May 1, 2017, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, in Knoxville.

Mrs. Selby was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Sparta, the daughter of Robert Lee Page and Esther Seegraves Page.

She was a homemaker, loved gardening and especially loved her family. She also was a member of the Smith Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.

Mrs. Selby was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herbert Hulan Selby; and sister, Thelma Fultz.

Survivors include her sons, Jerry Selby, of Crossville, Glenn Selby, of Indiana, Thurman Selby, of Crossville, Steve Selby, of Crossville, Keith Selby, of Crossville; brother, T.L. Page, of Sparta; … Read More


Healthcare CandleLight vigil “protest” being held at Congressman Black’s office

Posted by | May 4, 2017 8:03 pm


Approximately 31 Upper Cumberland citizens have gathered outside US Representative Diane Black’s district office in Cookeville. 

These citizens are holding a candlelight vigil “protest” in response to today’s passage of the US House bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act and replaces it with the Republican’s version. 

Despite the rain, community leaders, organizers, and religious leaders have gathered in this candlelight vigil regarding the recent healthcare bill that was passed by the US House. 

This candlelight vigil has been organized by the Indivisible TN District 6 organization.  

The Expositor will gather an official comment from the Indivisible TN District 6 organization as well as US Representative Diane … Read More


City sets Grand Opening date for the new Skate Park 

Posted by | May 4, 2017 6:09 pm


The City of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen held their bi-monthly meeting on April 4, 2017. 

One of the top items on the agenda was the announcement that the new Sparta Skate Park equipment has arrived and has also been installed. 

The board announced that the official grand opening will be May 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm. 

The new Sparta Skate Park is located next to the Liberty Square Amphitheatre on Bockman Way, Sparta. 

Further details of the City of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting will be published in an upcoming edition of The Expositor. 


Reba Faye Carr McDole

Posted by | May 4, 2017 2:10 pm

Reba Faye Carr McDole, 76, of Big Springs, Tennessee, formerly of Sparta, passed away May 2, 2017, at Starr Regional Medical Center, in Athens, Tennessee.

Born Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1940, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Hanson and Elna L. Carr.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hanson and Elna Carr, and her husband, Bill McDole.

She was a retired registered nurse and a member of the East View Church, in Meigs County, where she led the singing and taught Bible classes.

Survivors include her brothers, Roy Max Carr (Barbara), of Sparta, Lonnie Carr (Carolyn), of Sparta, Shelby Carr (Peggy), of Stevenson, Alabama; sister, … Read More


White County High School Academic Signing Day 

Posted by | May 4, 2017 2:04 pm


White County High School Seniors are participating in the Academic Signing Day. 

Congratulations to the WCHS Seniors on committing to their academic future. 

A slideshow with each student group and their university they will be attending will be posted on SpartaLive. 


National Day of Prayer held at the White County Courthouse

Posted by | May 4, 2017 12:22 pm


The 66th Annual National Observance of the National Day of Prayer is being held all across the United States today, May 4, 2017. 

In White County, the Day of Prayer service is being held at the White County Courthouse. Due to the weather, the event was moved inside the Courthouse. 

The theme of the National Day of Prayer this year is, “For Your Great Name’s Sake”. 

The order of the prayer service is:

  • Jerry Pullum pastor of Bear Cove Baptist Church- opening of the service and opening prayer. 
  • Terri Dickerson member of Bear Cove Baptist Church- signing “Break our Hearts”.
  • Brad Walker pastor of First Baptist Church Sparta-
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Tech to celebrate spring commencement on Saturday

Posted by | May 4, 2017 9:44 am

Who: Approximately 1,700 degrees will be awarded to Tennessee Tech students who represent 79 counties throughout Tennessee, 34 states and 29 other countries. Those earning undergraduate degrees represent 40 fields of study and those receiving graduate degrees represent 23 fields of study.

What: Tennessee Tech will celebrate the end of the 2016-17 academic year with two commencement ceremonies.

Where: The Hooper Eblen Center on the corner of Willow and 12th St.

When: Saturday, May 6 at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Note: Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham will preside over the commencement ceremonies. Barbara Fleming, a 1971 graduate of Tech and a current member of the Board


WCHS baseball seniors honored

Posted by | May 4, 2017 9:26 am

The White County High School Baseball seniors were honored before the game, on April 28. The seniors include (L-R) Trenton Hodges, Matt McCulley, Logan Swoape, Kyler Allen.


Reliving the WCHS glory days

Posted by | May 4, 2017 9:23 am

Pictured (L-R) are Avalyn Carter Pitman, White County High School Class of 1971 and former cheerleader who served as the cheer coach during the recent alumni game, and former White County High School coaches who led each of the women’s teams for the alumni game, Steve Holland and Keith Short.


White County High School alumni game a success as fundraiser

Posted by | May 4, 2017 9:19 am

These are the members of the alumni game from the men’s side. This included members from teams from 1986 all the way to 2017. They were coached by Roy Whited and Nathan Aaron. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

These are the members of the alumni game from the women’s side who played in the game and the cheerleaders who provided constant encouragement. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County High School’s Project Graduation put on an alumni game, on April 28. Forty-nine men and women came back to their alma mater. This included seven members of the back-to-back state championship team and Coach Roy Whited, the first and second all-time leaders in three-pointer shooters in White County history, and a lot of memories for everyone who was included in the game and those who watched the game. There were players in the game that ranged from … Read More


WCMS Warriorettes finish season going 2-2 in CTC Conference

Posted by | May 4, 2017 9:01 am

This past weekend, the White County Middles School Warriorettes played in the CTC conference tournament. The Warriorettes won their first game of the tournament, on April 28, winning 1-0 over Harris Middle School. The Warriorettes would lose, on April 29, to North Franklin 6-0 to put them in the loser’s bracket. Their first opponent was Tullahoma Middle School, who the Warriorettes defeated 12-4. The Warriorettes would then have to face off against their first-round opponents, Harris Middle School. The Warriorettes would fall in that game by a final score 3-2, ending their season.

In the first game of the tournament, Ashlynn Phillips got the start in the circle, … Read More


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