Fatal accident on South Jefferson Avenue in Cookeville

Posted by | October 30, 2018 9:08 am

On Oct. 29, 2018 at 5:26 p.m., Cookeville police officers responded to 120 South Jefferson Ave. about  a motor vehicle accident. A 2014 Ford Escape driven by 64-year-old Gerald Champion, of Cookeville, left the roadway while traveling on South Jefferson Avenue, striking a parked 2008 Nissan Altima. Mr. Champion was transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead at the hospital. Initial investigation indicates Mr. Champion suffered a medical event prior to the crash.

This crash remains under investigation. If anyone witnessed the crash and has not yet spoken with police, please call the Traffic Enforcement Division of the Cookeville Police Department at (931) 520-5370 or the

Coloring contest winners

Posted by | October 30, 2018 6:30 am

Congratulations to the following students who were the winners of the Sparky color-by-number contest that was part of the National Fire Prevention Month observance sponsored by The Expositor and SpartaLive.

•$25  – Jayden Maynard (winner of the 5-7 group)

•$25  – Jessie Boles (winner of the 8-10 group)

Warriorettes host Trunk or Treat

Posted by | October 29, 2018 2:08 pm

The White County High School Warriorettes basketball and softball teams will host a trunk or treat at White County High School, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Oct. 31, 2018.

Warriors drop another heartbreaker in Coffee County game

Posted by | October 29, 2018 2:05 pm

Sedryk Leftwich looks to make a pass in a game earlier this season. Leftwich led the Warriors in rushing, on Friday night, finishing the game with 11 rushes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

For the second time this season, the White County High School Warriors had come so close to a victory only to walk away disappointed when time expired.

The Red Raiders thoroughly dominated the statistics in the game against the Warriors and would come up with the 20-7 win, on Friday night.

The Warriors finished the game with 158 yards of offense. The Warriors would end the game with 142 on the ground and 16 … Read More

WCMS sixth grade teams split with Coffee County

Posted by | October 29, 2018 2:03 pm

Callie Anna Griggs goes up for a layup in a game earlier this season.

By Eli Rushing

The White County Middle School Warriors and Warriorettes found themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum, on Tuesday night, as the sixth grade teams squared off against the Raiders and Lady Raiders of Coffee County. The Warriors ran away with a victory, while the Warriorettes struggled in a game where they never held the lead.

From the tip, the Warriorettes were met with stifling defense from the Lady Raiders. Coffee County ran a full court press for the majority of the first quarter, and their pressure was effective in forcing turnover … Read More

School board meeting

Posted by | October 29, 2018 7:57 am

White County School Board Meeting
Friday, November 2 at 4 p.m.
Presidential Lobby of the Opryland Hotel
Nashville, Tennessee

Pursuant to the White County Board of Education Policy #1.701, the school board will hold their annual retreat at the Tennessee School Board Association’s annual convention on Friday, November 2nd, 2018, at 4 p.m., in the Presidential Lobby of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, in Nashville, Tennessee. The public is welcome to attend.


Operation Christmas Child drop-offs for Sparta announced

Posted by | October 29, 2018 6:49 am

Sites in the Sparta area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.

Sparta families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, Sparta-area residents hope to collect more than 45,168 gifts to contribute to the 2018 … Read More

Chamber hosts ribbon cutting ceremony for Seagrave Mortgage

Posted by | October 29, 2018 6:47 am

A ribbon cutting ceremony recently hosted by Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Seagrave Mortgage as one of the newest members of the Chamber. Seagrave Mortgage is a residential mortgage lender specializing in purchases and refinances. They provide FHA, conventional, USDA RD, VA and first-time home loans. Seagrave Mortage is located at 747 Millers Point Rd., in Sparta. For more information about the business, call (931) 526-3374.

Ain’t nothing dead and buried yet

Posted by | October 29, 2018 6:45 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

The lion stalks quietly, and no one sees him. At first, it’s only one, then two, and soon the pride swells, and the prey is outnumbered. The trap has been set, and, by all indications, it appears that supper will soon be ready.

Now let’s just imagine a person finds themselves surrounded by starving lions. They’ve carefully stalked, calculated, and the attack is planned to perfection. All there is left to do is execute the plan. Of course, the unsuspecting person has nowhere to run and nothing to hide behind. The walls that have hemmed him in are cold and unscalable. The … Read More

Hate and distrust are consuming and overwhelming our culture

Posted by | October 29, 2018 6:44 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

As I write this, the police are working in Pittsburgh to bring a shooting scene under control, and another group of courageous law enforcement officers have been wounded. When we see these brave people running toward the danger in our communities and then we hear the Democrats call them racists and worse, I have to wonder, who would be willing to vote for a party that has so lost its way?

I read last week’s article questioning why Christians have become a force in politics. My whole life, I never understood why Christians were not a force for good in politics. … Read More

If Democrats are an angry mob, why do Trump followers cheer his violent rhetoric?

Posted by | October 29, 2018 6:43 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I thought Donald Trump’s campaign rallies for president were unbelievable. I had never, in my lifetime, seen any presidential candidate behave and talk like he did. George W. Bush’s campaigns were dirty, but, even then, I couldn’t blame him directly. Karl Rove was the moving force behind the garbage that went on during Bush’s campaign for governor of Texas and his two presidential campaigns. Karl Rove developed a deplorable, but winning, technique to get his candidate elected. President George W. Bush wasn’t a genius, but I never really considered him a personally evil man. Those around him were not what I would … Read More

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