The lion doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of the sheep

Posted by | October 8, 2018 6:16 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Have you ever been out in a field alone and heard the roar of a lion? Yeah, me neither. Since we don’t have lions lurking about in Middle Tennessee, it’s just simply not likely to happen. But think about the lion’s strategy when he’s on the prowl. He pierces the calm with a curdling roar that strikes fear into the herd. They begin to scatter and the weakest is chased down in the confusion to become the next meal for the lion.

The lion has one agenda and one only – to devour. He will use tactics that are fair and unfair … Read More


A wicked good time is promised at the Howl-O-Wine ‘n Wags

Posted by | October 8, 2018 6:15 am

By Rachel Robinson

Friends of White County Animals in Partnership with Northfield Vineyards holds the 3rd Annual Wine ‘n Wags

SPECIAL REPORT – JUST IN THE HOWL-O-WINE NEWSROOM: There have been some witches busily working their “Witchcraft.” But we’ve “Been Howlin’ For You” to have a good time so we caught them in the act. Don’t let them spread their “Witchy Woman” ways so check your return addresses printed on the invitation and rsvp card envelopes. Please correct the P.O. Box No. to read FWCA P.O. Box 6231. Because of the “Bad Things” that have happened we will do a “Zombie Dance” and extend the rsvp date to … Read More


Is it ever acceptable to lie?

Posted by | October 8, 2018 6:12 am

Democratic Dialog – by Debra Wines

According to the Ten Commandments, bearing false witness against your neighbor is wrong. Most of us consider that particular commandment to include lying in general is wrong, and, in some religions, it is considered a sin. Depending on the severity of the lie, it may rank as a minor sin or it could be an “Oh, you’re going straight to hell” sin.

I believe every single human being has lied. It is human nature. You lie to protect yourself. You lie to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. We’ve all done it, and, if you say you’ve never lied in your life, you are … Read More


Remembering my special friend

Posted by | October 8, 2018 6:10 am

S. Ed Wood

In memoriam – S. Ed Wood

Donald S. Holman – Written on Oct, 20, 2015

I first met Ed in 2000. Newly moved back to Sparta, my brother Paul and I were busy remodeling a building on Bockman Way we intending to use for our office and residence. Tall, with a shock of white hair and blue eyes, Ed showed up, casually introduced himself, and chatted for a while. It was only on his second visit that I realized he had come with a purpose. He was recruiting for a new chairman for the White County Republican Party. Long story short, I accepted and thereby … Read More


Officials meet with Motlow College representatives to discuss plans

Posted by | October 8, 2018 6:07 am

County, city, and state officials, as well as representatives from the White County school system and Upper Cumberland Development District, recently met with representatives from Motlow State Community College to make plans for future educational needs in White County. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Numerous elected officials met with the upper echelons of Motlow State Community College, on Oct. 4, 2018, to discuss the future of the college and its role in Sparta.

Bank of White County hosted the breakfast where representatives from the city, county, and school system were featured speakers. White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson spoke to the group about the importance of college educated White County High School alumni serving in key positions in the county.

Melody Edmonds, Motlow State Community College interim vice president of academic affairs, presented the audience with facts about White County college statistics. She stated that, according to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission … Read More


BonDeCroft helping school in North Carolina damaged by hurricane

Posted by | October 8, 2018 6:05 am

Sara Jones Cope, principal at BonDeCroft, along with students and their parents, teachers, and staff, are “paying it forward” as they help a school in North Carolina that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Florence.

The death toll rose to almost 40 in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence that hit the coast around the end of September. Residents in the coastal towns of the state are still trying to clean up the destruction that was left in Florence’s wake. Not only were houses damaged or destroyed but businesses and schools as well.

Now remember back to 2015 during the ice storm that hit White County. The … Read More


Vinson named new publisher

Posted by | October 8, 2018 6:00 am

Sparta’s hometown newspaper, which has been in business more than 150 years, is now being led by White County native Cristie Roberts Vinson.

Vinson, who has worked at The Expositor for 28 years, was recently named to the position of publisher. Vinson takes the helm after the death of Jim Shanks, who began his tenure as publisher at The Expositor, in January 2007. Shanks passed away in August of this year.

Vinson, a life-long resident of White County who attended Tennessee Tech, has worked with four publishers throughout her years in the newspaper business. She began her career in the sales department and was later promoted to advertising … Read More


Film project underway in Sparta

Posted by | October 8, 2018 5:57 am

White County residents Michal Huff, Gregory Jackson, Richard Eller, Kenneth Cooksey, and Kayleigh Auna Lee, as well as award winning New York actress Charlotte Haug and Arkansas actor Buddy Campbell, will be starring in the “Raising Phil and Ernie.” (Promotional photos courtesy of Linda Lee)

There are several film projects in the works for Sparta, and one of those is the production of “Raising Phil and Ernie.”

White County native Linda Lee, who is an author, screenwriter, producer, and director of the future film, wanted to shoot the movie in her hometown. “Raising Phil and Ernie” TV series began airing on All Nations TV, on Sept. 9, 2018.

The series is being filmed on location in Sparta, and White County residents Michal Huff, Gregory Jackson, Richard Eller, Kenneth Cooksey, and Kayleigh Auna Lee, as well as award winning New York actress Charlotte Haug and Arkansas actor Buddy Campbell, will be starring in the … Read More


Emma Copeland

Posted by | October 8, 2018 5:51 am

Emma Copeland, 83, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 7, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Richard Manchester Davis

Posted by | October 7, 2018 8:43 am

Richard Manchester Davis, 89, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 4, 2018, at his residence.

The family has chosen cremation. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Joe Hubert Sullivan

Posted by | October 7, 2018 8:43 am

Joe Hubert Sullivan, 81, of Sparta, passed away on Oct. 5, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Sullivan was born Sept. 6, 1937, in Spencer.

He was the son of Jim Sullivan and Lyla Pack Sullivan. He was the husband of Vauda Carter Sullivan. He was a member of the O’Connor Church of Christ for 43 years, and he was the owner of Sullivan and Son Lumber Company for 36 years.

Mr. Sullivan was preceded in death by parents and his son, Terry Sullivan.

Survivors include his wife, Vauda Carter Sullivan, of Sparta; daughter, Daphne Jacob, of Sparta; grandsons, Brook Jolley, Joe Jacob, Tyler Sullivan, of Sparta; … Read More


Malinda Carter Broyles

Posted by | October 7, 2018 8:42 am

Malinda “Linda” C. Broyles, 84, of Midlothian, Virginia, passed away on June 22, 2018

Mrs. Broyles was born Feb. 23, 1934, in White County, to Frank Carter and Novella Frazier Carter.

She graduated from White County High School, in 1952, and secretarial school soon after. While her husband attended Tennessee Technological University, she worked as a secretary to support them both until Bill graduated and became employed with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Malinda Carter and William “Bill” Nile Broyles married, in Sparta, on Sept. 17, 1954.

Mrs. Broyles was a devoted wife and mother, building a loving home with Bill as they pursued his work with the … Read More


Patricia Ann Woosley Allen

Posted by | October 7, 2018 8:40 am

Patricia Ann Woosley Allen, 70, of McMinnville, passed away Oct. 5, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Woosley was born Feb. 12, 1948, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to Ralph Woosley, Sr. and Anna Hayes Woosley.

She was a former airline security guard.

Mrs. Woosley was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Barry Steven “Champ” Allen; grandsons, Willie Evan Griffin, Aaron Shane Griffin; and brothers, Freddie Woosley and Mickey Woosley.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen (Willie) Griffin; grandchildren, Katina Kilgore, David Griffin, Jason Griffin, Leigha Griffin; several great-grandchildren; and brother, Ralph Woosley Jr.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Oct. 8, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Peeled … Read More


Registration deadline is Oct. 9

Posted by | October 6, 2018 6:53 am

Tennesseans who want to vote in the Nov. 6 general election must register to vote by Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

Registering to vote is easy in Tennessee. Tennessee citizens may register online from a computer, tablet or smartphone at GoVoteTN.com. Voters may also register in person or submit a voter registration form by mail, but forms must be postmarked by Tuesday.

“Over 170,000 voters have used our website to register or update their registration since we launched online voter registration last year. Tennesseans have more options than ever to register to vote, but the deadline is approaching quickly,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said.

Early voting begins … Read More


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