Jerry Allen Nelson

Posted by | May 12, 2018 7:51 am

Jerry Allen Nelson, 81, of Walling, passed away May 10, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Nelson was born Jan. 5, 1937, in Menomonie, Wisconsin, the son of Vernon Nelson and Elizabeth Ray Nelson.

Funeral service will be 3:30 p.m., May 14, 2018, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1:30-3:30 p.m., May 14, at the funeral home.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dental ministry provides free dental care for those in need

Posted by | May 11, 2018 3:15 pm

Over 20 White County residents were served by a host of volunteers today, as a mobile dental unit was on site at The Lord’s Chapel on Hensley Chapel Road and provided care for their teeth and also ministered to their souls.

The medical dental unit is a ministry extension of Brentwood Baptist Church. This customized mobile unit provides free, limited medical and dental care to those in need and serves as a way to minister to the community as well.

What originated as a missionary outreach service in Brazil, in 2011 the ministry leadership team at Brentwood Baptist began work on a mobile dental ministry that could serve … Read More

Audrey Sue England Maxwell

Posted by | May 11, 2018 2:19 pm

Audrey Sue England Maxwell, 66, of Sparta, passed away May 10, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Ms. Maxwell was born Sept. 23, 1951, in White County, to Alpha England and Nancy Dildine England.

She was retired from Mallory. She was a beloved sister and aunt who enjoyed nothing more than to spoil her nieces and nephews. She was an avid animal lover as well.

Ms. Maxwell was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her brothers and sisters, A.J. (Fran) England, Ray (Jewellene) England, Tom (Donna) England, Joan (Robert Lee) Stewart, Glenda Coffman, Michael England and fiancée Lisa Wilder; special great-niece, Jordyn Dixon; special … Read More

School board votes to close Central View Elementary School

Posted by | May 10, 2018 10:47 pm

The White County Board of Education held their monthly meeting on May 10, 2018 to discuss several items, including the proposed closure of Central View Elementary School.

Following a lengthy discussion amongst board members, the school board ultimately voted 4-2 to close Central View at the end of the current school year. See an upcoming edition of The Expositor for further details regarding the school board’s meeting.

The following video is a recording of the White County Board of Education May 10 meeting.


31 arrested thus far in Operation Cuff and Stuff conducted May 9

Posted by | May 10, 2018 12:58 pm

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On May 9, 2018, the White County Sheriff Department’s Narcotics Division conducted a large-scale indictment drug round up resulting in the arrest of 31 individuals on numerous drug charges.

According to Melissa Worthington, public information officer WCSD, the roundup, which was named “Operation Cuff and Stuff,” began at approximately 6 a.m.

Officials with the department, along with representation from Sparta Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Overton County Sheriff Department, White County Emergency Medical Service, 13th Judicial Drug Task Force, Clay County Sheriff Department, Tennessee National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, and Van Buren County Sheriff Department, set out in teams to begin serving indictments.

Below … Read More

Spencer job fair saw large number of applicants, employers

Posted by | May 10, 2018 9:53 am

A wide range of employers, in Van Buren County and from across the Upper Cumberland region, participated in the Spencer job fair.

The recent multi-employer City of Spencer job fair was deemed a success as over 100 job seekers met with numerous hiring employers.

On May 3, 2018, the City of Spencer hosted its second multi-employer hiring event at the Yvonna-Sutton Fair Building. A wide range of employers, in Van Buren County and from across the Upper Cumberland region, participated in the event that saw numerous job seekers attend.

Some of the employers that were on hand for the event included SunKote Coatings, Acurment Global, Tennessee Department of Correction, Metro Staffing, Generations, and Tri-Star Distribution. Excel Temporary Service, Jackson Kayak, Sea Star Solutions, UPS, Bridgstone, Averitt, Precision Molding and THK … Read More

Senior Companion Program provides numerous services

Posted by | May 10, 2018 9:50 am

With the help of the Senior Companion Program, Van Buren County senior citizens have access to numerous services, and the program continues to provide a vital impact to Van Buren County.

The Senior Companion Program gives the “Gift of Friendship” to those served in Van Buren County and helps allow many older adults to remain in their own homes and maintain their own independence.

“We can help the older adults by supplying transportation to medical appointments, to the pharmacy, grocery store, and other needed appointments,” stated Melba Mooneyham, director of the Senior Companion Program. “We will do light housework, such as washing dishes, light laundry, light meal preparation, … Read More

Spencer Police Department announces participation in “Click It or Ticket” campaign

Posted by | May 10, 2018 9:46 am

Spencer Police Department recently announced their agency will be participating in increasing seat belt enforcement during the national “Click It or Ticket” mobilization campaign.

From May 21 to June 3, law enforcement agencies from across the state will be focusing on increasing seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s nationwide mobilization campaign.

“Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car, but it’s more than that – buckling up is the law,” according to Michael Brock, Spencer police Cchief. “Our law enforcement personnel see the consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss … Read More

Warrior Basketball Camp

Posted by | May 10, 2018 9:38 am

Click here for downloadable registration form

White County High School Warrior Basketball Camp

Registration: 30 minutes prior to each camp session

$40 per play (discounts for multiple children)

May 30 and 31

8-11 a.m.

Who can attend: Must be at least 6 years old and must not have yet completed the 8th grade

Breakfast and lunch provided

Additional details on registration form

Warriorette Basketball Camp

Posted by | May 10, 2018 9:00 am

Click here for downloadable version of entire registration form

White County High School Warriorette Basketball Camp

May 22-24, 2018


Roy Sewell Gymnasium

$40.00 per camper

(Make checks payable to White County High School)

Ages: K-8th grade

Major League Baseball player autographs hats for Van Buren County High School team

Posted by | May 10, 2018 8:28 am

Recently, thanks to the generosity of a Major League Baseball player, the Van Buren County High School baseball team received personally autographed baseball hats. Spencer Mayor Mickey Robinson presented to each member of the Van Buren County High School baseball team an autographed Red Sox baseball hat from Mookie Betts. Betts is a professional right fielder for the Major League Baseball Boston Red Sox team. Born in the Nashville Area and a graduate of Overton High School in Nashville, Betts has ties in the region.

Warriors’ season ends at the hands of Warren County

Posted by | May 10, 2018 8:25 am

Jason Maxwell

Coming off their victory over Rhea County to finish in third place last Monday, the Warrior baseball team could not carry that momentum over into Monday’s game at Warren County and Tuesday’s game at White County.

Monday night’s game came down to the last play, but the Warriors were on the wrong end of a 6-5 defeat to the Pioneers. The game was tied at 5, with Warren County batting in the bottom of the seventh when a walk brought in the winning run.

On Tuesday night, the Warriors’ offense struggled to get going, as the Pioneers dispatched them by a final score of 10-3.

On Monday night, … Read More

Softball season ends at the hand of Rhea County

Posted by | May 10, 2018 8:22 am

Savannah Jones swings at a pitch in a game earlier this season. Jones finished with two hits in Monday’s loss to Cookeville.

For the Warriorette softball team, the District 6AAA tournament came to a close, on Tuesday afternoon. The Warriorettes struggled, on Tuesday, to ever get their offense going against Rhea County. The Warriorettes would fall to Rhea County 11-0 on Tuesday afternoon. The Warriorettes would fall into the loser’s bracket after they lost to Cookeville on Monday night by a final score of 12-1.

On Monday night, the Warriorettes couldn’t keep up with Cookeville and fell 12-1.

Cookeville got on the board in the first inning with a double to take a 1-1 lead.

The Warriorettes would tie things up in the top of the second inning. The Warriorettes … Read More

24th Annual Bon Air History Fair continues tradition

Posted by | May 10, 2018 8:12 am

Longtime White County favorites, Stacy Lawson (left) and John Powell (right), both are lifelong musicians, who combine Americana, folk, and blues to tell stories through their music.

Doug and JoAnn Watts stop by one of the many display tables to discuss artifacts and mining on the mountain.

Betty McBride and William Bohannon stop to talk for a spell with Carrie Guy and Wesley Bohannon.

Sarah Merritt, on the violin, is accompanied by her mother, Tabitha Merritt. Sarah is an accomplished White County violinist and a member of the Nashville Praise Orchestra.

By Cheri Harper

The 24th Annual Bon Air History Fair was held 1-5 p.m., May 6, 2018, … Read More

WCHS seniors recently honored for scholastic achievements

Posted by | May 10, 2018 8:01 am

On April 30, 2018, a group from White County High School’s graduating class of 2018 was honored. Seniors who had maintained an “A” average for their entire high school career were awarded a medallion to wear in honor of their achievement. In addition to their loved ones being there to support them, there were many educators from across White County in attendance as well.

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