Swindell reunion

Posted by | September 19, 2017 11:51 am

Saturday, Sept. 23

Who: Swindell family and friends

What: Reunion (bring covered dish)

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Quebeck Community Center

Joe Grant Griffin

Posted by | September 19, 2017 11:46 am

Joe Grant Griffin, 64, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 18, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Griffin was born Nov. 18, 1952, in White County, to Erbie Griffin and Bytha Jane Brymer Griffin.

He was a former employee at Moeller Marine and was a longtime member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Janice Griffin; two sons, Bryan (Kim) Griffin, Kelly Griffin; daughter, Kayla Griffin; two stepchildren: Michelle Lago, Robert Lago; grandchildren, Brittany Randolph, Brandon Randolph, Keely Griffin, Alexis Griffin, Joshua Lago, Hailee Lago, Cara Lago; great-grandchildren, Jaxson Russell Ward, Airelle Rose Lago; sister, Virginia Ann Anderson; and brother, Richard … Read More

Yard sale

Posted by | September 19, 2017 11:24 am

Yard sale (behind The Expositor, in parking lot)

6:30 a.m.-?

Saturday Sept. 23

34 West Bockman Way

Tools. Big Boy 4-wheeler, plus size clothes, men’s

XL, boys shoes, women’s shoes, sheets, tablecloths, curtains, dishes , collectible angels, movies, DVDs, and lots more!

Discover Sparta 2017

Posted by | September 19, 2017 11:22 am

Sparta and White County, as well as the surrounding area, is filled with beauty beyond compare and numerous attractions that continually draw people from all over the country to the heart of the Upper Cumberland. Discover Sparta is a compilation of all those things that make this a great place to live, work and play.

View magazine: Discover Sparta 2017

Kenneth Virgle McCormick

Posted by | September 19, 2017 8:27 am

Kenneth Virgle McCormick, 73, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 15, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. McCormick was born June 17, 1944, in White County, to Beecher Virgle McCormick and Cora Kate Wilmoth McCormick.

He served 28 years with Sparta Police Department and retired as a lieutenant uniform commander.   He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in Vietnam.

Mr. McCormick was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Michael Lane McCormick.

Survivors include his wife, Jonna Faye Dickerson McCormick, of Sparta; son, Kenneth Wayne McCormick, of Sparta; brothers, Gordon Lane (Sue) McCormick, of Sparta, Donald McCormick, of Nolensville; and several nieces … Read More

George Junior Brymer

Posted by | September 19, 2017 7:57 am

George Junior Brymer, 81, passed away Sept. 15, 2017.

Mr. Brymer was born Dec. 1, 1935, in Spencer, to Carl Brymer and Cleo Simmons Brymer.

He was a member of the Spencer Church of God and the Van Buren County Rescue Squad and had worked in timber most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jeff Brymer; granddaughter, Kayleigh Armstrong; and sister, Estell Brymer.

Survivors include his wife, Evie Hale Brymer; son, Jerry (Jodi) Brymer; daughters, Mary (Wayne) Drake, Tina (Richard) Smothers; sisters, Margaret (Harold) Scott, Beatrice Mitchell; brothers, Edward, Carl (Heather), Buster (Dot), Willard (Ann), Houston (Betty), Jimmy (Debbie), Larry Dale … Read More

Jeannette Harville Stewart

Posted by | September 19, 2017 7:48 am

Jeannette Harville Stewart, 79, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 15, 2017, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Stewart was born Feb. 27, 1938, in Plant City, Florida, to Quinnie P. Harville and Sofia Thompson Harville.

She owned a daycare for children and was a homemaker. She was an avid reader.

Mrs. Stewart was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold C. Stewart; a daughter, Sophia Lynn Smothers; and a sister Elizabeth Harville.

Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Farahani, of California, Melinda Smothers and Larry Neely, of Sparta; son, Rick Smothers and wife Tina, of Sparta; five grandchildren, Sheena Farahani, Shaheen Farahani, both of California, … Read More

Helen Elaine Walker Hodge

Posted by | September 19, 2017 7:41 am

Helen Elaine Walker Hodge, 44, of Sparta, passed from this life, on Sept. 16, 2017, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Hodge was born Aug. 11, 1973, in Smithville. She was the daughter of Harold Young and Janice Brymer Young.

She is survived by her children, Terri Hodge (Morris), Courtney Walker, and Casey Walker, and special friend, Charles Green, all of Sparta.

Funeral service was 2 p.m., Sept. 18, 2017, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Young Cemetery. Dewey Young officiated.

Pallbearers were Dillon Frazier, Casey Walker, J.T. Randolph, Jackie Brown, and Austin Cunningham. Honorary pallbearers were Eric Miller, Tyler Mille, and Dillon Sims.

Oak Lawn … Read More

Van Buren “Meet and Mingle” with law enforcement held Sept. 16

Posted by | September 19, 2017 6:45 am

Van Buren County law enforcement was honored on Sept. 16, 2017, at a breakfast “Meet and Mingle,” which was held at the Van Buren County Fair Building. The event was sponsored by Caney Fork Electric Cooperative, Citizens Tri-County Bank, and Ben Lomand Connect.

Van Buren County Sheriff Department

Lisa S. Zavogiannis, district attorney general for Van Buren and Warren counties, and Sam Benningfield, general sessions court judge for Van Buren and White counties

Van Buren County Sheriff Eddie Carter with the correction officers

A crowd begins to gather

Rotary Club adds 1,300th name to wall at Veterans Park

Posted by | September 19, 2017 6:22 am

The Rotary Club of Sparta is pleased to announce that the 1,300th White County/Sparta veterans name has been added to the Veterans Park.

Donna Fare, Rotary Club of Sparta Veterans Park Committee, said, “The Veterans Park continues to grow to the point that more panels are needed to inscribe names on the wall of honor.”

When the “Eternal Flame” was lit at the Veterans Park, on Aug. 14, 2015, Mayor Jeff Young, said, “The City of Sparta would like to thank the Rotary Club for all of their excellent work. They have really done a great job with this park.”

July 1, 2016, Beth Stubbs, 2015-2016 Rotary District … Read More

Rotary Club distributes dictionaries to third grade students

Posted by | September 19, 2017 6:15 am

The Rotary Club of Sparta is pleased to announce that every third grade student in White County, including home-schooled, received a dictionary. Rotary members visited each school to make a personal presentation to the students.

Don Randolph, Rotary member, said, “The students were very excited to receive their dictionaries. In some cases, a dictionary is one of the few books in the household.”

For many years at the beginning of each new school year, Rotary delivers hundreds of dictionaries free-of-charge, to all third-grade students.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/SpartaTNRotaryClub/ and https://www.rotary-club-of-sparta-tennessee.org/ to learn more about Rotary Club of Sparta.

American Legion, Sparta Woman’s Club conduct 9/11 ceremony

Posted by | September 19, 2017 6:10 am

Knights of Columbus conduct a retirement ceremony for an American flag.

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GFWC Sparta Woman’s Club and the American Legion jointly held a ceremony, on Sept. 11, 2017, in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked New York, and thousands lost their lives. Sherry Hickey, president of Sparta Woman’s Club, served as mistress of ceremonies. Chaplain Marjorie Stevens read a special prayer for the day, and secretary Mary Dingwall told about the history of 9/11. Donna Fare ended the day with facts about the Veterans’ Cemetery, which is a fundraising project for Sparta Woman’s Club. Knights of Columbus served as the color guard and also assisted in retiring an American flag. State Representative Paul Sherrell, … Read More

International Dot Day

Posted by | September 19, 2017 5:49 am

BonDeCroft Elementary School recently celebrated International Dot Day, which was inspired by the book “The Dot,” by Peter Reynolds. Students created artwork featuring dots and displayed them in the gym for the entire school to view as a Dot Museum.



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