Salute to The Troops / Wounded Warrior Project Concert

Posted by | May 19, 2019 1:34 pm

The 6th Annual The s 5-9 p.m., May 25, at the downtown Sparta Amphitheater, on Liberty Square, and is a free concert for the public. This year it will feature up-and-coming artist Steady Rider, of Sparta, and classic rockers from Shattered. A guitar will be given away, and all the proceeds from tickets sales on the guitar will go to The Wounded Warrior Project. Concessions will be available to purchase.

The band “Shattered” will be performing at the Salute to the Troops concert, on May 25, at Sparta Amphitheater.

Paul Wilburn Taylor

Posted by | May 18, 2019 8:23 am

Paul Wilburn Taylor, 81, of Spencer passed away May 17, 2019, from a short illness.

Mr. Taylor was born Aug. 23, 1937, in Hickman County, to Leonard Taylor and Essie Dunn Taylor.

He was a machinist and worked many years at Dezurik.  He was of the Church of God faith and attended East Sparta Church of God.

Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Taylor; and sister, Margaret Reed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Kathryn Melton Taylor, of Spencer; daughter, Norma Jean (Dan) Allen, of Newburn; brothers,  Prentice (Judy) Taylor, Lowell (Joy) Taylor, Joe Taylor; sisters, Faye (Ricky) Bomar, Catherine (David) Hughes; grandchildren, Pauletta … Read More

Van Buren Board of Education

Posted by | May 17, 2019 3:18 pm

The Van Buren County Board of Education will meet Wednesday, May 22, 2019, for a work session. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., in the board office, located at 293 Sparta St., in Spencer, Tennessee 38585.

Inserter needed at Expositor

Posted by | May 17, 2019 10:12 am

NOW HIRING @ The Expositor

Immediate opening for inserter position

Flexible hours


Must be at least 18 years old

Email resumes to, or fill out an application in the office, 34 W. Bockman Way, Sparta.

For more information, you can also call (931) 836-3284, ask for Bobbie.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for April remains at historic low

Posted by | May 17, 2019 9:05 am

For the third consecutive month, Tennessee’s preliminary statewide unemployment rate for April 2019 remains at the all-time low of 3.2 percent, according to data released today by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

Tennessee first set its all-time low unemployment rate in February and it has remained at a seasonally adjusted 3.2 percent each month since establishing the record. Over the last 12 months, unemployment across the state dropped by 0.4 of a percentage point when compared to data from April 2018.

“The latest unemployment numbers demonstrate consistent economic stability,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “We have not experienced much movement in unemployment for nearly … Read More

Tennessee American Legion Boys State returns to TTU on Sunday 

Posted by | May 17, 2019 8:40 am

For the 55th year, young Tennesseans will learn how the scales of justice balance and how state government functions as they visit Tennessee Tech University for Tennessee American Legion Boys State.

Who: About 450 high school juniors from across the state

What: For the 55th year, young Tennesseans will learn how the scales of justice balance and how state government functions as they visit Tennessee Tech University for Tennessee American Legion Boys State.

During the week, participants are immersed in learning state government by running a mock 51st state, Boys State. They will organize political parties and establish city, county and state governments by election, complete with primaries and political campaigns.

When: Sunday, May 19-Saturday, May 25

Where: Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville


•Gov. Bill Lee addresses Boys State attendees at 1:10 p.m., Tuesday, May … Read More

Equine infectious anemia reported in TN, no treatment or vaccine

Posted by | May 17, 2019 8:32 am

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is advising horse owners of a case of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in West Tennessee.

A horse stabled at a farm in Shelby County recently tested positive for EIA. The horse has been euthanized, and state officials are now testing additional horses that stabled with or live near the infected horse.

EIA is not contagious to humans. It is a blood-borne illness that can be fatal for horses. Symptoms may include fever, weakness, swelling, loss of appetite, or colic. However, an infected horse may not show any clinical signs. There is no treatment or vaccine. Once infected, a horse must be permanently quarantined … Read More

Deborah Jean Mason

Posted by | May 16, 2019 4:28 pm

Deborah Jean Mason, 65, of Doyle, passed away May 14, 2019, at Saint Thomas MidTown Hospital, in Nashville.

Mrs. Mason was born Jan. 15, 1954, in Lewisburg, the daughter of James Slaughter and Bobbie Jean Eady Slaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Tim Mason, of Doyle; daughters,

Deana Brantley (John), of McMinnville, Laurie Hurt, of Pleasant View; son, Bobby Hurt (Dana), of Springfield; and eight grandchildren, Trey, Tyler (Madison), Katlyne, Jaydon, Justin, Megan, Jace, and Trent.

A memorial gathering will be 6-8 p.m., May 17, 2019, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ernest Marie Knowles Clark

Posted by | May 16, 2019 4:23 pm

Ernest Marie Knowles Clark, 82, of Sparta, passed away May 14, 2019, at her home.

Mrs. Clark was born Dec. 2, 1936, to Ernest Knowles and Delma Cunningham Knowles.

In addition to being a retired beautician, Mrs. Clark also retired from Red Kap and Wilson factories.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Edgar “Ed” Clark; and sisters, Betty Barnes and Ann Graham.

Survivors include her daughters, Karen (Robert) Gann, of Carthage, Sharon Gail (Harlon) Goines, of Sparta; sons, Marchel “Mike” Clark, of Sparta, Steve Clark, of Sparta; brother, Ervin (Bonita) Knowles, of Quebeck; special daughters, Lynn West, Helen Varnadore, both of Sparta; best … Read More

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