Record rainfall leads to flooding

Posted by | February 28, 2019 8:18 am

This is a residence from which Sparta-White County Rescue Squad helped remove five stranded individuals from this home in Van Buren County.

By Rachel Auberger

According to TVA, almost seven inches of rain fell in a six-day period adding to what has been the wettest February on the record books.

February 1880 saw Nashville receive 12.37 inches of rain, but already this month TVA has recorded 13.47 inches, in Nashville, and their stream gauge in DeRossett, in White County, has registered 13.03 inches of rainfall.

The already-saturated ground and high-water levels in area rivers made for dangerous conditions when 6.96 inches of rain hit the Upper Cumberland region last week.

Because of flooding on the trails and even some parking areas and roads, state parks Fall Creek Falls, Burgess Falls, … Read More



Janette Lewis Lee

Posted by | February 27, 2019 12:14 pm

Janette Lewis Lee, 58, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 25, 2019, at Signature Health Care of Putnam County.

She was born Sept. 5, 1960, in Sandpoint, Idaho, the daughter of James Lewis and Phyllis Westover Lewis.

She was also known as “Beanie.” She loved playing cards and her dog, Missy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Lee; and her brother, Billy Lewis.

Survivors include her daughter, Keeley Robinson (Garrett), of McMinnville; son, Justin Geer, of Sparta; grandchildren, Makina, Shelby, Landon, Abby; brothers, Jimmy Lewis, Richard Lewis; and sister, Tammy Hunter.

The family has chosen cremation. There are no services planned at this time.… Read More


David Owen Sharp

Posted by | February 27, 2019 12:13 pm

David Owen Sharp, 75, of Huntsville, Alabama, passed away Jan. 29, 2019.

Mr. Sharp retired as an investigator with the Huntsville Police Department after more than 27 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Sharp; two daughters, Leah “Sharp” Turner (Aubrey), Lana Sharp; five grandchildren Trey, Sydney, Shea, McKinlie, Zane; and brother William Sharp (Judye).

There will be a private Celebration of Life at a later date.

Berryhill Funeral Home, in Huntsville, Alabama, is in charge of arrangements.



Counterfeit $20 bills are circulating

Posted by | February 27, 2019 9:58 am

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth has issued a warning to the public – be on the lookout for counterfeit $20 bills.

According to Guth, several businesses and restaurants have experienced this sometimes all-too-common fraud during the past two weeks, which is usually perpetrated with $100 bills. However, as Guth said, the counterfeit $20 bills may show up in an innocent person’s pocket after receiving change from a large denomination bill.

Guth said the counterfeit $20 bills were discovered by the banks via deposits from the businesses. His recommendation to cashiers is to use a counterfeit detector pen to check the authenticity of the bill. Another precautionary measure is … Read More


Bethel Free Will revival

Posted by | February 27, 2019 8:12 am

Mon., March 11-Fri., March 15

Who: Bethel Free Will Baptist Church

What: Revival

When: 7 p.m. nightly

Where: 1320 Brown Town Rd.

Contact: (931) 787-4815


Vehicle fire extinguished

Posted by | February 27, 2019 8:07 am

At approximately 4:28 p.m., on Feb. 26, 2019, Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to 662 Crawford Circle for a vehicle fire that was threatening other vehicles. Mt. Gilead Engine 10 arrived, supported by volunteers from Doyle Volunteer Fire Department and Central View Volunteer Fire Department and extinguished the blaze, which was contained to the engine compartment. Firefighters would also like to thank Deputy Sgt. Markus, of White County Sheriff’s Office for his assistance on scene. (Photos by Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Department)



WCMS Warrior Soccer defeated by Coffee County on Tuesday

Posted by | February 27, 2019 6:40 am

By Jerry Lowery

White County Middle School Soccer took on Coffee County Middle School Tuesday night. Nate Mullins scored two goals for the Warriors. Coffee took the win over the Warriors 6 – 2. See the complete story in the Feb. 28 edition of The Expositor.


WCHS baseball scrimmage

Posted by | February 26, 2019 2:42 pm

By Jerry Lowery

White County High School Baseball to Scrimmage defending State champions today (Tuesday Feb 26) at the high school baseball field today. The scrimmage starts at 5:30. Baylor school won the Division 2 title last year.


Rush to serve eight years, 40 grams meth found in vehicle

Posted by | February 26, 2019 1:59 pm

Christopher Rush

According to District Attorney General Bruce MacLeod, Christopher Rush pleaded guilty, on Feb. 22, 2019, to possession with the intent to sell or deliver over .5 grams of methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

Rush received a sentence of eight years to serve at the Tennessee Department of Correction. Criminal Court Judge David Patterson handed down the sentence, and MacLeod prosecuted the case.

Rush’s arrest, on Jan. 27, 2019, stems from an outstanding warrant he had pending. On that date, according to MacLeod, deputies with the White County Sheriff’s Office observed Rush, in White County, and had prior knowledge of his active warrant. During Rush’s arrest, he … Read More


Bastin to serve eight years on drug charge, 26 grams meth found

Posted by | February 26, 2019 1:04 pm

Elizabeth Bastin

According to Assistant District Attorney General Bruce MacLeod, Elizabeth A. Bastin pleaded guilty, on Feb. 22, 2019, to possession with the intent to sell or deliver over .5 grams of methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

Criminal Court Judge David Patterson handed down an eight-year sentence, which is to be served at the Tennessee Department of Correction. MacLeod prosecuted the case.

Bastin’s arrest stems from a traffic stop by the White County Sheriff’s Office that occurred Dec. 24, 2018. On that date, according to MacLeod, Deputy Travis Bates stopped an automobile in which Bastin was reportedly a passenger. After making contact with the driver, Bates reportedly noticed … Read More


McCall pleads guilty on drug charge, sentenced to 10 years

Posted by | February 26, 2019 12:44 pm

James McCall

According to District Attorney General Bruce MacLeod, James McCall pleaded guilty, on Feb. 22, 2019, to possession with the intent to sell or deliver over .5 grams of methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

McCall received a sentence of 10 years to serve at the Tennessee Department of Correction. Criminal Court Judge David Patterson handed down the sentence, and MacLeod prosecuted the case.

McCall’s arrest, according to MacLeod, stems from a narcotics investigation by the White County Sheriff’s Office that occurred, on Dec. 13, 2017. On that date, deputies came into contact with McCall at a residence, in White County, during narcotics surveillance, and McCall was reportedly … Read More


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