Behind the barbed wire of China’s concentration camps

Posted by | December 5, 2019 1:38 pm

Language of Liberty – By Tony Perkins

 (WARNING: Graphic Content)

“I had to be strong. Every day when I woke up, I thanked God that I was still alive.” –Sayragul Sauytbay, Uyghur

There are harrowing stories — and then there are the stories that seep deep into our bones. Sayragul Sauytbay’s is the kind you don’t forget. Her survival in China’s concentration camps isn’t just a miracle — it’s a warning that true darkness has settled over parts of the East.

The most excruciating forms of torture are happening behind barbed wire walls that Beijing has tried hiding. And for the million people trapped inside, the only hope … CONTINUED


Keep on giving thanks, no matter how you do it

Posted by | December 5, 2019 1:34 pm

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Our family has a long-standing tradition. On Thanksgiving Day, everyone comes home and gathers at a table groaning beneath the weight of food that will add weight to those who consume it. Before the prayer and the big meal, everyone shares something for which they are thankful. Very few times has the fourth Thursday in November come and gone without the observance of this ritual at the Playl house.

There have been a few rare exceptions. One year, our family gathered at a condo in Hilton Head and cooked turkey and the “fixins” to devour at the beach…after giving thanks. On another … CONTINUED


Extravagant presents and excellent presence

Posted by | December 5, 2019 1:32 pm

By Ashley Wiles

When we moved back to Tennessee two years ago, the transition was especially traumatic for our daughter Clara.  Clara was only 18 months old, and she was left reeling from the loss of everything familiar in her life – house, friends, and church family.  As a result, she clung to me and refused to have anything to do with anyone else.  Any person who tried to speak to her was shown what became Clara’s trademark death stare.  She would tilt her chin down, screw her mouth into a frown, and fix them with a look that could curdle dairy.  If someone really wasn’t getting the … CONTINUED


Rotary Club donates $2,000 worth of books to Doyle Elementary

Posted by | December 5, 2019 1:30 pm

This energetic group is ready to read to the students at Doyle Elementary who are part of the Read With Me program.

By Rachel Auberger

Rotary Club of Sparta recently received a $2,000 Elementary Literacy Support grant, which they used to purchase books for their Read With Me program.

The Read With Me program began when Cathy Farley and Buddy Dicus began reading with six students at Doyle Elementary School during the 2018-2019 school year.

“We asked the teachers at Doyle what they needed,” Farley said, “and they told us they just needed someone to sit down and read with some of the students.”

Farley said the students, who had been chosen by teachers because they were reading below grade level, came to them with limited reading materials.

“The books … CONTINUED


Reimbursement rates by TennCare for ambulance services discussed

Posted by | December 5, 2019 1:24 pm

By Ron Moses

Steering Committee B of the White County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously, on Dec. 2, to send a resolution to the full commission that encourages the support of legislation directing TennCare to reimburse ground ambulance providers at no less than the current Medicare fee schedule.

“This was a resolution sent out by the representative of the EMS [Emergency Medical Service],” said White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson. “This gets to be convoluted.”

Robinson said the resolution needed some work before it was accepted. Language in the resolution would have to be changed.

“I don’t know who wrote this, but it’s not good legal language,” said … CONTINUED


Landfill cell expansion discussed by Solid Waste Committee

Posted by | December 5, 2019 1:00 pm

By Ron Moses

According to White County Executive, Denny Wayne Robinson, the county will soon be looking at a $50,000 vertical expansion to a cell at the landfill.

“We are going through an expansion of the class 3 and 4 landfill,” said Robinson.

Robinson said the county does not have enough room for the amount of debris that is coming in with local construction projects.

“If T-DEC [Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation] approves this expansion, which I think they will … We are anticipating 30,000 tons of debris per truck load,” said Robinson.  “I would like to get your opinion on taking that [debris] contingent on T-DEC … CONTINUED


TN Department of Education releases state report card

Posted by | December 5, 2019 12:53 pm

By Rachel Auberger

Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn recently released the state report card, which is an annual report designed to provide convenient access to the most important data and information about every school and district in Tennessee.

“Our goal is to provide Tennessee families, educators, community members, and public officials with information about the schools and districts they care about in a way that makes sense,” Schwinn said. “The report card is another opportunity for the department to continue seeking input, listening to feedback, and continuously improving as a result.”

The online dashboard for the report card features a variety of information about how schools are performing and … CONTINUED



Life Care Center of Sparta raising funds to benefit Alzheimer’s of TN

Posted by | December 5, 2019 10:46 am

Pictured are Hollie Walker, Sheila Jared, and Nicole Fignar of Life Care Center of Sparta holding the calendars.

Life Care Center of Sparta will be selling 2020 picture calendars now through Dec. 13, 2019, to help raise money for Alzheimer’s of Tennessee. These calendars would make great Christmas gifts. They are unique in their own way. To honor those who are living with this heartbreaking disease or in memory of loved ones who have passed away, their picture is placed in the slot on their birthday. Bible scriptures are throughout, and it will be a teaching tool as well on dementia and Alzheimer’s.

This disease affects people of all walks of life. All proceeds from this calendar will go to Alzheimer’s of Tennessee and will benefit … CONTINUED



Scared of Santa contest

Posted by | December 5, 2019 9:58 am

Olivia and Kennedy with Santa (Photo used with permission of their mother)

Dig out those old photographs. You know which ones we are talking about – the photos of your kiddos when they were sitting in Santa’s lap. Well, maybe SITTING is not the correct word – maybe they were screaming their little heads off as they attempted to get away from the man in red.

Send your photos to kim@spartalive.com. Label them “Scared of Santa” and be sure to provide the name of the children in the photo, your name, and a phone number. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15. The photos will be posted on The Expositor’s Facebook page by 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 16.… CONTINUED


Get your copy of today’s Expositor

Posted by | December 5, 2019 9:34 am

Get The Expositor at these locations:

WHITE COUNTY: Highway 84 Market, Jose’s Market, Airport Marathon, Dollar General (all stores), Geer’s Grocery, Wilmar Market, Highway 70 Market, Central View Market and Grill, Big T’s Market, Keith’s Market, The Landing, Lazy Days Market, Mapco Express, Peacock Express, Bon Air Market, EZ Food Mart, Walgreens, Floyd’s Cash Saver, Sparta Market, Highway 111 Shell, Walmart, Regas Exxon, Alcorn’s Market, South Young Market, All In One/Sunoco (next to Burger King), Post Office

VAN BUREN COUNTY: Peacock Express, Citgo, Dollar General, Save-A-Lot, Spencer Drug Co.

 


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