Van Buren firefighters attend Incident Safety Officer class

Posted by | June 9, 2018 8:45 am

By Hansel Moore, contributor

A fire scene can be dangerous place for firefighters, especially when multiple departments respond to offer assistance.

Communication between departments and individuals is vital to completing the mission of each call, without injuries to any member of the firefighting team.

An Incident Safety Officer class, in Gatlinburg, was recently attended by members of Cedar Grove and Spencer volunteer fire departments. Its purpose and content promoted on-scene utilization of resources and observation of sight safety for all firefighters.

Each fire scene has unique potential hazards that unravel as the battle again flames persist. The ISO is the individual responsible for monitoring the constantly changing environment … Read More

New Van Buren administration building is officially open

Posted by | June 9, 2018 8:38 am

Three of the officials whose offices will be housed in the new Van Buren County Administration Building are L-R: Greg Wilson, Van Buren County mayor; Lisa Zavogiannis, district attorney general for the 31st Judicial District; and Sheriff Eddie Carter.

Numerous Van Buren County residents joined local and state officials for the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new justice center/administration building, on June 3, 2018. (Photos by LOU ANN MYERS)

By Hansel Moore, contributor

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the Van Buren County Administration Building was officially opened for business.

Greg Wilson, county mayor, was surrounded by a variety of Van Buren residents and visiting dignitaries who came … Read More

Lenell Stoglin

Posted by | June 8, 2018 7:56 am

Lenell Stoglin, 84, of Sparta, passed away June 7, 2018, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Father’s Day feature

Posted by | June 8, 2018 6:01 am

SpartaLive/The Expositor is looking a special dad to interview for our Father’s Day feature. Do you know someone unique who exemplifies the true meaning of fatherhood? Please submit your ideas to by 8 a.m., Monday, June 11. Be sure to include the name of the individual and a phone number where he can be reached.

Doyle College research project

Posted by | June 7, 2018 2:07 pm

Submitted by Landon D. Medley

Efforts are underway by the Burritt College Museum to collect information and materials on Doyle College. Some of its founders were from Van Buren County. William N. Billingsley was the former superintendent of White County schools before becoming

president at Burritt College. Robert Jones was a former Burritt College student that became president of Doyle College before later becoming the first president of Middle Tennessee Teachers College (MTSU). Without any officials records of the school, we are asking the public to help in gathering information about teachers and students, as well as pictures of the campus and buildings. If you wish to help … Read More

Little League tournament action

Posted by | June 7, 2018 12:27 pm

Mason Steele sprints home to score the winning run for Jeff’s Body Shop on Tuesday night. Steele helped Jeff’s Body Shop pick up the win and move into the championship game on Friday night. All Little League Championship games will be played on Friday night at the County Fields.

Clay Brewington gets a hit an inside the park homerun for Wallace Insurance in Tuesday night’s semifinal game. Brewington helped lead Wallace Insurance to the 14-4 win.

Kaylin Cunningham gets a hit in Tuesday night’s semifinal game.

WCHS baseball camp hosts 31

Posted by | June 7, 2018 12:21 pm

The White County High School baseball team hosted its annual three-day camp June 4-6. The Warriors had 31 youth in attendance. The WCHS baseball coaching staff and players worked with the them on their hitting, fielding, and throwing.

WCHS and VBHS basketball teams busy with team camps

Posted by | June 7, 2018 12:14 pm

Dyson Reece takes a three point shot in the Warriors game against Van Buren County.

Mia Murray goes up for a layup over a Livingston Academy defender.

Both the White County High School and Van Buren County High School basketball teams were busy to begin their week with team camps.

The Warriors and Warriorettes got their first taste of summer scrimmage action in a two-day play day at WCHS.

The Warriors got in four games in the two days going 4-0 in the play day. The Warriors would pick up wins over Van Buren County, Sequatchie County, Coffee County, and Bledsoe County.

After the games, Coach Eric Mitchell … Read More

Cameron Sutphin headlines June 15 Sparta Green Market

Posted by | June 7, 2018 7:18 am

Cameron Sutphin is the featured performer at the Sparta Green Market, 4-7 p.m., June 15, at Metcalf Pavilion, on Liberty Square. Sutphin performs “classic country and folk music wherever he stops” across the country as a solo performer.

Sutphin says, “I released a Nashville recorded album, Heartbreak Town, (that takes) my songwriting to a whole new level, as each one of the ten songs on the album all have a tangible personal touch.”

Sutphin’s music has been described as transcending the genre of folk Americana and echoes inspiration from singer/songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Neil Young. His music combines simple melodies with a lyrical intensity … Read More

At SCOTUS: A make or bake moment

Posted by | June 7, 2018 7:16 am

Language of Liberty – By Tony Perkins and FRC Senior Writers

It doesn’t seem that long ago when I sat down with CBS’s “Face the Nation” and told a very surprised Bob Schieffer about the battle for religious freedom that was raging. Like many people, he seemed astonished to hear that any American – let alone the wedding industry – would be punished for their mainstream views on marriage. “I must say this is under my radar. I haven’t…I haven’t heard this.” Today, almost three full years into Obergefell, nearly everyone has heard their stories. And this morning [June 4th], in the same court that created the mess … Read More

Bon Air Mountain Historical Society seeking help with education project

Posted by | June 7, 2018 7:07 am

Sue Carmichael, former White County educator and the driving force behind the beginning of what is now known as the Bon Air History Fair, addresses county commissioners about funding for a special project. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

The Bon Air Mountain Historical Society approached Steering Committee A, on Monday night, about procuring funds for the new Historic Bon Air Railroad Depot.

The project being proposed would use funding from the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s “Transportation Alternatives Program” to build a historical reproduction of the Bon Air Railroad Depot for educational purposes.

In old business, the committee discussed whether or not to hire MG Entertainment to work at the Fourth of July celebration this year. It was decided the request to work the show on the was submitted too late and that they would roll it over to a fall meeting, in 2018, or early spring, … Read More

American Flag Week starts June 10

Posted by | June 7, 2018 7:01 am

June 10 through June 16 is National Flag Week and of all the controversies in American History, one of the top ones have been about the American Flag. Arguments have swirled for decades as to the proper handling and treatment of the flag.

President Donald Trump is set to announce National Flag Day, which is June 14. This will be the day that the president urges all Americans to fly the flag. The key word is to “fly” the flag only.

“Wearing the flag on your clothes or as clothing is not right, it’s disrespectful,” says U.S. veteran Paul Poss. “In the Army, we did not even wear … Read More

White County’s Solid Waste Committee addresses old problem

Posted by | June 7, 2018 6:57 am

Harold England, Bruce Frasier, and Mack Johnson, member of the Solid Waste Committee, discuss their options for expansion of the landfill.

The White County Solid Waste Committee met June 4 to discuss the condition of the landfill and whether or not to go higher with the waste being deposited in the existing landfill cell.

According to Denny Wayne Robinson, White County executive, a permit requesting for vertical expansion has been submitted to the state and is close to being approved.

Heather Grissom, the county executive’s administrative assistant, there are many variables that have to happen for a cell to be approved to hold more waste.

“A landfill can be made up of several cells; these are holes in the ground,” says Grissom. “There are a lot of rules and … Read More

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