2-year-old Eli Whitson is back home

Posted by | December 10, 2018 1:10 pm

Eli Whitson stole the hearts of the entire community, as well as surrounding counties, when his mother used social media to request prayers for her son after he fell into a pool and was not expected to survive.

It’s been a month since 2-year-old Eli Whitson’s parents were asking for fervent prayer on Facebook. Today, Eli is playing and laughing at home with his parents, Will and Jessica Whitson, and his baby brother, Judah Whitson.

Jessica Whitson said that in early November, she got Eli ready to go to his babysitter’s house just like any other day. She dropped him off and went on about her day.

“I … Read More



More than 50 positions available during hiring event

Posted by | December 8, 2018 8:09 am

The Goodwill Career Solutions center, at 565 S. Jefferson Ave., in Cookeville, will host a job fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 11, for three employers seeking to fill more than 50 positions, in Putnam and White counties.

Employers include Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, Goodwill, and Senior Solutions Home Care. Openings include production worker, retail associate, caregiver, and correction officer. Rates of pay reach $12 per hour.

Representatives from these companies will be on-site and interviews are possible, so job seekers should dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring a resume, photo ID and their Social Security card or birth certificate,


Donation drive to benefit relative caregiver families

Posted by | December 8, 2018 8:05 am

In December, the Relative Caregiver Program, in partnership with the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability and Quality of Families, is holding a donation drive of household basics to benefit relative caregiver families in the Upper Cumberland region.

Organizers are asking for donations of toiletries, laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, paper towels and other household products. Donations can be dropped off at the Upper Cumberland Development District/ RCP office at 1225 S. Willow Ave., in Cookeville, throughout the month of December.

All items collected in the donation drive will be given to caregiver families in the Upper Cumberland Relative Caregiver Program. Donated items will be combined with … Read More


Blood drive held today in memory of Putnam County officer

Posted by | December 8, 2018 7:59 am

A blood drive is being held in memory of Sgt. Mike Wilson, who served with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for 22 years.

Wilson passed away due to stage 4 melanoma. He left behind a wife and two sons.

The blood drive will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Cookeville Justice Center, and is being hosted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.  The community is invited to donate blood in Wilson’s memory to help others who are struggling with cancer or other illnesses and traumas.

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 18 years old (17 and 16 years old with … Read More


Walter Thomas “Tommy” Leftwich

Posted by | December 7, 2018 7:24 am

Walter Thomas “Tommy” Leftwich, 74, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 6, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Leftwich was born March 5, 1944, to James R. Leftwich and Sarah Gist Leftwich, who preceded him in death, along with three brothers Jeff, Johnny Leftwich, and Richard Don Leftwich.

Mr. Leftwich was educated in the school system, in Cummingsville, Wallace Smith, and Darwin High School.

His last place of employment was Tennessee Department of Transportation where he has several friends: Bob and Andy Greer, James Eller, Lyle Scott, Buddy Shockley, and Harold Massa.

He was united in marriage to Wenda Page, in 1966. In this marriage, three children were born.

He … Read More



Veteran’s account of the day he witnessed attack on Pearl Harbor

Posted by | December 7, 2018 5:52 am

Richard Smith (right) a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, is pictured with his brother-in-law, Nicholas Guidara (left)

By Kim Swindell Wood

Editor’s note: The following story was published in The Expositor, in December 2003, which provides a first-hand account of the attack on Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 7, 1941. One of White County’s native sons, Richard Smith, was there and vividly remembered the horrific events of that day. Mr. Smith passed away Jan. 10, 2006. SpartaLive is proud to publish this story once again in memory of Mr. Smith and all veterans who have so proudly served their country.

It was a calm, serene Sunday morning … Read More


Darin Thomas “Derb” Graham

Posted by | December 6, 2018 1:56 pm

Darin Thomas “Derb” Graham, 47, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 5, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Graham was born June 5, 1971, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to Horace Gene “Sonny” Graham and Sandra Jean Dosier Graham.

He was a former employee of the family automotive business. Mr. Graham was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping.

Survivors include his two sons, Zachary C. Graham, Jeremiah L. Young; Kallie J.L. Graham; brothers, Larry Gene Graham and wife Paula, Joe Graham; sister, Dozzie Young and husband Eugene; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Dec. 9, 2018, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland … Read More


Action shots from Warriors and Warriorettes vs. Tullahoma

Posted by | December 6, 2018 1:37 pm


White County elementary tournament finals set for Dec. 8

Posted by | December 6, 2018 1:17 pm

The White County elementary school basketball teams will wrap up their seasons Saturday in the annual championship day of the county tournament.

The large school girls’ championship game will kick the day off in the White County Middle School gymnasium, at 10 a.m. The large school boys’ title game will follow, at 11 a.m. The small school girls’ championship game is set for noon, with the winner of Friday’s game taking on the Doyle girls’ team, followed by the boys’ at 1 p.m, with the winner take on the Doyle boys’ team.

The tournament begins Thursday with the large school division semifinals. The second-seeded Findlay girls will take … Read More


White County Middle School teams pick up a homecoming sweep

Posted by | December 6, 2018 1:15 pm

Christian Henderson goes up for a layup against Harris Middle School, on Monday night.

By Eli Rushing

The eighth-grade teams of WCMS showed out in front of their homecoming crowd and coasted to victory against Harris Middle, on Monday night.

The girls got off to a blazing start on offense by working the ball inside and kicking out to their shooters. Several Eaglette turnovers helped the Warriorettes push the pace of the contest and kept the ball scurrying as they took a significant 17-2 lead at the end of the first period.

The second quarter featured minimal scoring from both teams, but it was clear that the Harris … Read More


Warriorettes hold off Lady Wildcats for eighth win of the season

Posted by | December 6, 2018 1:13 pm

Mia Murray goes up for a layup, on Tuesday night, against Tullahoma. Murray led the Warriorettes to the win with 17 points and seven rebounds.

The Warriorette basketball team was able to hold off the Tullahoma Lady Wildcats for the 69-45 win, improving to 8-0 overall on the season.

White County High School put three players in double figures, led by the 17 points of Mia Murray. The sophomore hit seven shots inside the arc and was three of six from the free throw line in the contest. Julia Curtis chipped in 13 points, and Kanden Reeves added 10 points. Gracie Dodgen just missed double figures, tallying nine … Read More


White County High School Warriors pick up their seventh win in a row

Posted by | December 6, 2018 1:10 pm

Grant Slatten takes a three against Tullahoma, on Friday night. Slatten led the Warriors to the win with 23 points.

The Tullahoma Wildcats posed some problems for the Warriors, on Tuesday night, but in the end, White County High School held off the home team for the 58-46 win and improved to 7-1 on the season.

Grant Slatten (23) and Kade Clark (12) combined for 35 points, as WCHS overcame an early nine-point deficit to pick up the win.

The Warriors opened up the game with an early three from Slatten 20 seconds into the game to take an early 3-0 lead. However, Tullahoma would answer with a … Read More


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