Backpack Assist Ministry

Posted by | July 14, 2018 11:57 am

Colin and Kelli Long show off their new backpacks. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

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A line of parents with their children backed up all the way to North Spring Street, at the White County Fairgrounds, on July 14, waited to participate in the sixth annual Backpack Assist Ministry.

What started out as a backpack giveaway six years ago in the agricultural building at the fairgrounds has morphed into a full carnival. Upon entering, the parents pick up a ticket at the front entrance to the fairgrounds. This ticket is good for a pair of shoes, donated by Show Sensation in Cookeville; a backpack; a free outfit of clothes from Cute as a Button Consignment Shop; and food.

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John Houston Mullins

Posted by | July 14, 2018 11:27 am

John Houston Mullins, 95, passed away July 13, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., July 17, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., July 16, at the funeral home.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jillian Anderson

Posted by | July 14, 2018 9:31 am

Jillian Anderson, 62, passed away July 10, 2018.

She was born to William Henry Friant and Suzanne Collette Spencer Friant, on July 29, 1956.

Mrs. Anderson graduated from Lincoln Senior High School, in Warren, Michigan. She started building her home and family. She married the love of her life, on Oct. 6, 1984. Mrs. Anderson moved to Sparta, in 1989.

She loved her family and took great joy and pride in all things her family did. Mrs. Anderson surrounded herself and her home in photos and clippings from her family, both near and far. Her craft supplies were constantly in use, always making special things for those she … Read More

Billy Gene Prater

Posted by | July 14, 2018 9:10 am

Billy Gene Prater, 71, of Sparta, passed from his earthly home, on July 13, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Prater was born Sept. 9, 1946, in Fort Mountain, Tennessee, to Denton William Prater and Winnie Pauline England Prater.

He served our country in the United States Army, 1968-1970, during the Vietnam War, in the Black Horse Company. He received many medals, including National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Metal with 2 Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal W-1960 Device, Purple Heart, 2 Overseas Bars, Sharp-Shooter M14, and Expert M16.

Mr. Denton worked for General Shale-Sparta Concrete, IMI, Inc., White County Concrete. He loved his job driving for the concrete … Read More

Warrior Rumble set for Aug. 4

Posted by | July 14, 2018 8:40 am

Coach Jerry Lowery announces the Inaugural Warrior Rumble, scheduled for Aug. 4

•Car Show (Motorcycle and Jeep Show)

•Grades 1-12 skills competition.   Pass accuracy.   Place kicking and punting accuracy. $10 entry

•High school age and up through adult. 5-on-5 flag football tournament. $10 entry per person. No more than 7 on team.

SHATTERED in concert at 6 p.m. at Warrior stadium.

More details and times online and in Thursday’s Expositor.

Contact Lowery for more details –

TN Pathways launched by governor and education commissioner

Posted by | July 13, 2018 2:29 pm

New Drive to 55 Initiative will equip more high school students to transition into high-skilled jobs and postsecondary opportunities in Tennessee after graduation

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen unveiled, on July 12, 2018, Tennessee Pathways as a part of the Drive to 55, the governor’s initiative to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with post-secondary credentials to 55 percent by the year 2025. Tennessee Pathways lays the foundation for the Drive to 55 by focusing on students in elementary, middle, and high school to further align K-12 education to opportunities after high school graduation – including industry needs and post-secondary expectations – so students … Read More

Join Honor Vote Program and dedicate vote to veterans

Posted by | July 13, 2018 2:20 pm

Tennesseans will head to the polls in 2018 with an updated way to proudly honor someone who is serving or has served our country. The Honor Vote program, which is supported by Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta), allows registered Tennessee voters to dedicate their vote to a U.S. veteran or active duty military member, both online and with a commemorative button, to thank them for protecting our country.

“I am very happy to support this program to honor our veterans,” said Senator Bailey. “This is one of many ways we can thank them and acknowledge their role in protecting our freedoms, including the right to vote.”

Once enrolled, dedications … Read More

Sparta native ignites laughter at Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson

Posted by | July 13, 2018 1:02 pm

Derik Zooashkiyani

Derik Zooashkiyani (Derik Zoo), from Sparta, Tennessee , certainly knows more about comedy than horses, but that didn’t stop him from landing a lead role at Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson, Missouri. Zoo’s role at the wildly popular dinner attraction is the show’s comedic sidekick ‘Skeeter.’ This is the 32-year-old’s first season at the Stampede.

“I’m excited to be able to perform in front of hundreds of thousands of people,” said Zoo. “In peak season, I’ll be making about 5,000 people laugh every day. Being the class clown prepared me for this. Thank you White County High for not throwing me out because look where I … Read More

TWRA working to stop Asian carp

Posted by | July 13, 2018 12:25 pm

Biologists with TWRA monitor fish populations throughout the state, including species such as invasive forms of Asian carp. There are four species of Asian carp currently in Tennessee including bighead, black, grass and silver carp. Although concerned with all invasive species, TWRA focusses on the impact of silver carp which have greatly impacted west Tennessee.

Silver and bighead carp are filter feeders which can remove microorganisms from waterways utilized by native fish. Silver carp are known to jump from the water when startled. Silver carp have not been detected in waters near Chattanooga. However, biologists continue monitoring for the physical presence and movement of this and other species.… Read More

Early voting starts today

Posted by | July 13, 2018 6:33 am

Early voting:

Dates: July 13, 2018 – July 28, 2018


Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.;

Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am.-6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon

Location: White County Courthouse, 1 E. Bockman Way, Room 215

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