United Daughters of the Confederacy

Posted by | April 17, 2018 8:30 am

Wednesday, May 2

UDC meeting

Who: United Daughters of the Confederacy, Captain Sally Tompkins 2123

What: Meeting

When: Noon

Where: Putnam County Library, upper level

Contact: (931) 738-5869


WCHS Class of 1968 reunion

Posted by | April 17, 2018 8:26 am

Saturday, June 16

Who: White County High School Class of 1968

What: Reunion ($22 per person, payable in advance)

When: 4 p.m., reception; 5 p.m., group photo; 6 p.m., buffet; 7 p.m., 60s music

Where: Sparta-White County Senior Center

Contact: Bitsy Lamb Jones (931) 316-7241 or Bruce Frasier (931) 738-8576 – Obtain reunion info and RSVP at www.WCHS1968.com


Leland C. “L.C.” Kell

Posted by | April 17, 2018 8:05 am

Leland C. “L.C.” Kell, 87, a resident of the Sparkman community and Van Buren County native, passed away April 15, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta, following an extended illness.

Mr. Kell was born Oct. 31, 1930. He was the son of John Bates Kell and Tere Mary Johnson Kell.

He was a United States Navy veteran of Korea, self-employed farmer, and a member of the Baptist Church.

Mr. Kell was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rebecca Sparkman Kell; and siblings, Merle Kell, Ernistina Kell, Brownie Kell, Wayne P. Kell, and Billy C. Kell.

Survivors include his daughter, Jo Ann Kell, of the Sparkman community; son … Read More


J.B. “Buck” Dockery

Posted by | April 17, 2018 6:36 am

J.B. “Buck” Dockery, 72, of Sparta, passed away this morning at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Emergency Services Appreciation Banquet scheduled for April 26

Posted by | April 17, 2018 6:34 am

Thursday, April 26, is the date for the Emergency Services Personnel Appreciation Banquet. All White County and Van Buren County emergency services personnel are invited, along with their spouses, for this event. This includes those involved in emergency services at the sheriffs’ departments, city police, firemen, and rescue squads.   It will take place at 6 p.m., at the White County Middle School. Childcare provided upon request, for ages 6 and under. The complimentary meal and program are provided free of charge to all these dedicated personnel who give so much to their communities. Area churches and businesses are sponsoring this event. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so … Read More


Velma Ruth Davis Simmons

Posted by | April 16, 2018 12:25 pm

Velma Ruth Davis Simmons, 91, of the DeRossett community of White County, passed away April 14, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Simmons was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Sparta, to Matthew Rhar Davis and Mary Racheal McCain Davis.

She was a homemaker. Mrs. Simmons was a member of Smith’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church and enjoyed quilting, gardening, and knitting.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Rolis Simmons; sons, James R. Simmons, Paul Andrew Simmons; granddaughter, Brittany Cunningham; sister, Linda Blaylock; and brothers, Harold Davis and Woodrow Davis

Survivors include her daughters, Billie Ruth (John) Paige, Treva Faye (Wayne) Jackson; sons, John Thomas Simmons, … Read More


Troy Lee Carter

Posted by | April 16, 2018 9:39 am

Troy Lee Carter, 68, of Sparta, passed away April 14, 2018.

Mr. Carter was born Feb. 7, 1950, in Sparta, to Orby Carter and Willease Deering Carter.

He was a member of Taft Church of Christ where he served as an elder. He was a lifetime farmer, which he loved. He was also co-owner of Carter Brothers Logging with his brother, Donnie. Most of all, he was a loving family man who always put their needs above his own.

Mr. Carter was preceded in death by his parents, Orby Carter and Willease Deering Carter; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth White and Virginia Gilbert White; his grandparents, Lee Deering … Read More


Republican meeting

Posted by | April 16, 2018 8:56 am

The White County Republican Party meets at 7 p.m., Monday, April 23, 2018, in the third floor courtroom, at White County Courthouse. John Rose, candidate for US Congressional District 6 will be the speaker. Come meet with fellow Republicans to learn about and discuss issues important to the local community, the state, and the nation.


WCMS baseball falls to Algood

Posted by | April 16, 2018 7:41 am

The White County Middle School baseball team came to close to picking up their fifth win of the season, on Thursday night. However, the Warriors were on the wrong endof a 3-2 defeat to Algood. The game was tied at two, with Algood batting in the bottom of the fifth when they singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring one run.

The pitching for both sides was strong, as they combined to strike out five hitters. Algood would strike first, scoring one run to take an early 1-0 lead. Neither team could get much going until the top of the fifth inning when the Warriors would … Read More


WCMS softball team closes out their season winning 3 out of 4 games

Posted by | April 16, 2018 7:39 am

The White County Middle School Softball team honored their eighth graders on Thursday night. (Photo submitted)

The White County Middle School had an excellent end to their season last week as they picked three wins in four games. The Warriorettes traveled to Tullahoma Middle School, on Wednesday night. The Warriorettes were able to win both of those games by scores of 8-0 and 8-1. On Thursday night, the Warriorettes played host to Harris Middle School. The Warriorettes split those two games, losing the first game 7-6 but were able to pick up a big lopsided win in the second game 18-4.

In the first game, on Wednesday night, Addison Abell had all the right stuff for the Warriorettes, as she allowed zero runs and … Read More


Warrior baseball picks up two wins to close out their week

Posted by | April 16, 2018 7:35 am

Jason Maxwell takes a swing in Friday’s game against Livingston Academy. Maxwell went 5-for-7 over the two day span and drove in three runs to help lead the Warriors to two wins.

Hayden Farris throws a pitch in Friday’s game against Livingston Academy. Farris pitched the first three innings, giving up one run.

What was supposed to be a hectic end of the week for the Warrior baseball team ended on a slowed down pace thanks to Mother Nature.

The Warriors did win both of their games they played this week, wrapping up with a 4-1 win over visiting Livingston, on Friday. White County High School was scheduled … Read More


Capitol Hill Week

Posted by | April 16, 2018 6:42 am

By State Senator Paul Bailey

The State Senate unanimously approved legislation today protecting landowners by allowing local governments to regulate the wind energy industry in Tennessee. Senate Bill 1793, sponsored by Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) and Representative Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville), comes after legislation was passed last year requiring a study be conducted regarding wind turbines and their impact on Tennessee communities and surrounding property owners.   That legislation, also sponsored by Bailey and Sexton, placed a moratorium on wind turbines until July 1, 2018, to give a joint legislative study committee time to report their findings.

“This legislation, which follows the recommendations of the joint legislative study committee, provides … Read More


You must die in order to live

Posted by | April 16, 2018 6:39 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

Everyone should be interested in putting sin to death and becoming a Christian. Sin is anything that we do which God tells us not to do (1 John 3:4), and sin is anything that we don’t do which God tells us to do (James 4:17).

A person who has never become a Christian is a sinner and considered as “dead” (Ephesians 2:1-3). We all want to live for Christ and live with Him in eternity (Titus 2:11-14). To do this, the apostle Paul spoke about dying to sin: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, … Read More


Job one – clearing the road

Posted by | April 16, 2018 6:38 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Imagine the most important person in your life. Imagine they are in a desperate situation and in dire need of rescue. Imagine you can see them but the distance between the two of you is simply too great or maybe treacherous. The road is impassible, and you are at opposite ends. If they are to be rescued, then the road is going to have to be leveled before you.

Now, what if someone were to come in and bust up the rocks, fill in the holes, and lay down a firm bed? And they could do this just in time for your … Read More


Aaron Shafer Memorial Road Race set for April 21

Posted by | April 16, 2018 6:36 am

By Rima Austin – contributor

A nine-year tradition that grew from a vision for Sparta has now grown into a major event and will take place this year, on April 21

The Aaron Shafer Memorial Road Race and Time Trial is set for April 21.

The idea started in the old coffee shop across from The Expositor office, Aaron Shafer, Kurt Phifer, and Ricky Lack were drawn to each other through the mutual love of bicycle racing. Phifer and Lack would sit down around their coffee cups and discuss races that were coming up or reminisce about ones that they had raced in. What they soon became aware … Read More


The modern dilemma

Posted by | April 16, 2018 6:33 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

Picking up the discussion where we left off last week, what have we done as a society to provide a foundation for our children and the future? Having inherited a largely law abiding, family-centered society, what have we done with it?

I was born in 1959, into the family of a very conservative Baptist minister, who believed the church should be the center of family activities. I remember in the 60s, hearing my father declare from the pulpit that in the not-too-distant future, churches would be forced to curtail and/or cancel meetings through the week, particularly Wednesday night “prayer meeting” services. … Read More


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