NAACP meeting Jan. 15

Posted by | January 10, 2019 8:26 am

The local branch of the NAACP will have its regular meeting, on Jan. 15, at the White County Courthouse. The meeting will be held in the third floor courtroom, at 6 pm. On the agenda will be efforts to increase membership as well as plans for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The local branch of the NAACP includes White, Warren, Putnam, Overton, and Clay counties.

The public is invited.


Freelance writers needed

Posted by | January 10, 2019 8:14 am

The Expositor is looking for freelance writers to cover various aspects of the news, such as feature stories and community events. The individual will be paid per story. This job is perfect for someone who is retired or semi-retired or for individuals who are looking to supplement their income. The individual must have good grammatical skills and be able to take photos to go along with their stories. Excellent communication skills are a must. Apply by emailing Kim Swindell Wood, editor, kim@spartalive.com.


Archrivals square off Friday night

Posted by | January 10, 2019 7:56 am

When it comes to rivals, one ranks first and foremost for White County High School – Cookeville.

That rivalry has been going on for more than 100 years. The series has had the full spectrum of games over that time. There have been nail-biters, blowouts, defensive battles, shootouts, and everything in between. It’s more than a game, and it’s a bout, a due, something for bragging rights between more than just the players. It’s Sparta vs. Cookeville.

The first of two district meetings between the two neighboring high schools on the basketball court will take place Friday, in Cookeville.

If a bout between rivals is not enough to … Read More


WCHS survives scare from Cumberland County

Posted by | January 10, 2019 7:54 am

David Kinser goes up for a shot over a Cumberland County player, on Tuesday night.

The Warrior and Warriorette basketball squads traveled east, on Tuesday, for an encounter against former District 6-AAA opponents Cumberland County.

Both games went right down to the wire, with White County High School coming away with a sweep for the night.

The Warriorettes (18-1) trailed the Lady Jets (15-4) by three points midway through the fourth quarter. However, over the final four minutes of the game, both teams were tied four times, but a free throw by Mia Murray, with 22 seconds remaining, gave the Warriorettes the lead for good and helped WCHS pick up their first win against Cumberland County since Jan. 20, 2015.

The Warriors (15-4), … Read More


White County dominates Bledsoe

Posted by | January 10, 2019 7:51 am

Gracie Dodgen knocks down one of her five three pointers against Bledsoe County, on Monday night. Dodgen finished the game with 19 points to lead the Warriorettes to the win.

The White County High School Warriors and Warriorettes squared off against Bledsoe County, on Monday night, in non-district action, and it was WCHS that came away with dominating wins.

The Warriors and Warriorettes both made quick work of the Bledsoe County Warriors and Lady Warriors in Roy Sewell Gymnasium.

The White County Warriorettes bounced back from their first loss of the season with a vengeance, taking the 74-42 win in the contest.

In the nightcap, the White County Warriors never trailed, as they jumped out to an 18-7 lead and coasted home from there. Bledsoe County never got any closer than eight after the fast start, and the … Read More


Keep going to church in 2019

Posted by | January 10, 2019 7:48 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

We got there about 10 minutes early, but we still got there too late to get an inside seat… so we sat outside, and that was OK. Music rolled through the front door of the little church house and joined the notes that were piped out to us through speakers set up nearby. Folding chairs were arranged on the front porch of The Robert F. Thomas Chapel and on the concrete “lawn” in front of the building. The three of us each took a seat on one of the metal chairs. It was the last Sunday in 2018.

The usher who directed … Read More


George Washington’s State of the Union address holds lessons for the 21st Century

Posted by | January 10, 2019 7:46 am

Language of Liberty – By Brad Johnson

A few million people will be watching when President Trump delivers his State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 29. I doubt I’ll be one of them. The last State of the Union I watched from start to finish was literally 30 years ago, and I don’t feel the least bit deprived—intellectually, spiritually, or otherwise.

The first State of the Union address was delivered in about 10 minutes by George Washington on this very date—Jan.  8—in 1790. At barely 800 words, it was the shortest of them all. Like the federal government itself, the subsequent … Read More


Glancing back and looking forward

Posted by | January 10, 2019 7:44 am

By Jerry Jones – patriot and constitutionalist, Central Intelligence Agency, Ret. Sparta’s native son

Over the course of the past two years, President Donald Trump has kept many of his campaign promises and has scored accomplishment after accomplishment at home and abroad.  I am not aware of any previous U.S. president who has been so dedicated and determined to keep all the campaign promises he made to his supporters and the American people.  What he has accomplished in the first half of his first four-year term as president is astounding.

Given the lengthy list of his accomplishments (over 220 promises kept), I will only cite a few of … Read More


Walmart donates to schools

Posted by | January 10, 2019 7:41 am

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Walmart recently donated sandwich and vegetable trays to every school in White County.  According to Ricky Hodge, Sparta Walmart manager, this is the second year of doing this to show appreciation for what all of the teachers do for the children in the various communities.  This is also the second year of Sparta Walmart’s involvement with the pre-k classes. Santa treats all the children with presents that consist of clothes, shoes, socks, and, of course, toys.  But all of the Walmart associates and several customers, including a secret Santa, pitch in and make this wonderful event happen.


Bailey comments on Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee

Posted by | January 10, 2019 7:38 am

Bill Lee, Tennessee governor-elect

In a recent interview with Senator Paul Bailey, of White County, he was asked about his thoughts concerning the governor-elect of Tennessee, Bill Lee.

Bailey said he was looking forward to working on Lee’s agenda to improve partnerships for better vocational, technical, and agricultural education so every student has an opportunity to compete in the workplace.

“We’ve got several initiatives that his transition team has been expressing to those of us in the legislature,” said Bailey. “Obviously, some of his initiatives are near and dear to the legislature, especially over the past four years and that’s to continue to expand vocational education. We have got to make sure … Read More


BASF employees provide Christmas gifts for children in foster care

Posted by | January 10, 2019 7:36 am

Employees from across BASF’s site in Sparta provided Christmas gifts for five families with children in foster care. The children range in age from 8 months to 15 years, and each has been temporarily placed with a family member until they are able to return home or other permanent options are sought. Employees delivered the gifts to the families, on Dec. 19. L-R: BASF employees Melinda Williams, Michael Maynard, Brian Tupper, Jennifer Philippe, Justin Davis, Renee Flatt, and BASF’s site manager at Sparta, Andy Schmitt.


Budget committee addresses 2019 fiscal calendar

Posted by | January 10, 2019 7:32 am

The White County Budget Committee met Jan. 7 to discuss allocation of funds and the budget calendar for 2019.

Creating a budget calendar in an in-depth process that must include all the departments under the county’s payroll.

“We’ll start next week distributing all of our proposal forms to all of the departments,” said White County Director of Finance Chad Marcum. “Everybody is used to that. Based off of those, we will have some preliminary information on what kind of requests we are looking at and who has some big items.”

Marcum said based off of what the departments send back as requests for purchase, his office would start … Read More


Old problems still crop up during Solid Waste Committee meeting

Posted by | January 10, 2019 7:28 am

Members of the White County Solid Waste Committee discuss their options, once again, for solving the issue of whether to create a transfer station or build a new cell at the landfill. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Once again, the Solid Waste Committee is faced with whether or not to create a transfer station or continue to dispose of dumping White County’s solid waste in the landfill cell.

According to the committee, the existing cell is scheduled to be full within 12 months. The committee assures there is plenty of land left should the board decide to dig another cell. The argument lies, however, in which direction the board would like the landfill to go.

“We have to make a decision on how we are going to proceed on whether we want to open another cell, put in a transfer station, or pay someone to … Read More


Photographer needed for news-related incidents, such as crash scenes and crime scenes

Posted by | January 10, 2019 6:41 am

The Expositor is looking for one or more individuals to take photos at crash scenes, various crime scenes, etc.  The individual will also need to obtain basic information about the incident. The individual will be paid per incident. This job is perfect for someone who already works in emergency services, specifically those who are volunteers and would like to supplement their income. The job will require some “middle-of-the-night” incidents. Excellent communication skills are a must. Apply by emailing Kim Swindell Wood, editor, kim@spartalive.com.


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