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


Sparta Head Start open house

Posted by | October 6, 2018 6:45 am

Sparta Head Start held its annual open house, on Oct. 5. Parents, grandparents, community leaders, and numerous other individuals visited the center to see all the wonderful work that is performed daily and to see how the children are learning and thriving in their educational experience.

Classroom B posing with the photo booth they made for open house.

Ms. Phyllis and Ms. Amy had a blast with Classroom A at Sparta Head Star open house.

Classroom C is ready for Sparta Head Start open house.

Sparta Walmart donated several deli trays and stayed to help serve food to the crowd.

Families enjoy refreshments and visiting with the various

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Van Buren County volleyball team wins District Champion title

Posted by | October 5, 2018 2:57 pm

Van Buren County’s volleyball team sealed the deal last night as the took home the title of District Champions. The last district win for the Van Buren County Eaglettes volleyball team was in 2001. L-R: Coach Sara Hickerson, Emma Scoggins, Chloe Hillis, Jadeah McCurry, Gabrianna Young, Hannah Sullivan, Gracie Austin, Taylor Robinson, Desarai Baker, Riley Scoggins, Jaylyn Hankins, and Kaelynn Kersh.


Hugh Lowery’s Service Station

Posted by | October 5, 2018 12:34 pm

Searching for an old photo of Hugh Lowery’s service station (Sinclair) that was located in Sparta. A family member would like to have a copy as a keepsake. Please email kim@spartalive.com or call Kim Swindell Wood at (931) 836-3284 if you have such a photo.


Saint Thomas Health to adopt Ascension as part of its name

Posted by | October 5, 2018 8:31 am

On Oct. 2, 2018, Saint Thomas Health announced it would add Ascension to its name as part of a national effort to unify Ascension care sites across the country, making it easier for patients to access the care they need and navigate their health regardless of their location. In moving toward a unified name, Saint Thomas Health will become Ascension Saint Thomas and adopt the Ascension logo.

By creating more consistent names for its facilities and services across the country, Ascension will better connect every aspect of care and innovation across its hospitals and other sites of care.

Saint Thomas Health has been part of Ascension since 1999. … Read More



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