Burger broadening sales outreach

Posted by | December 10, 2018 1:17 pm

Ashlee Burger

There is a new sales representative at The Expositor, and her name is Ashlee Burger.

This name may sound familiar to some because Burger is already in charge of selling classifieds, but now she will wear a bigger hat selling new promotional ads to existing clients.

Burger stated that because she is targeting clients who are already working with another account executive, a lot of the customers show concern when they get a call from her. She wants to let customers know that she will not be replacing their account executive and will only be selling seasonal, promotional ads.

Classifieds is not the only job that … Read More


It’s the law, stop for school buses

Posted by | December 10, 2018 1:15 pm

The White County School Board, in conjunction with emergency response personnel, would like to remind everyone of school bus safety.

Tennessee law requires drivers to stop their vehicle before reaching a school bus stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading students.

This law is in effect whether meeting or driving behind a school bus. Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is in the process of stopping, and drivers should also prepare to stop. When the door is opened for children to enter or exit the bus, the red lights activate and the stop sign extends. Drivers should remain stopped until the red lights and stop sign are … Read More


Hangar fees rise at airport

Posted by | December 10, 2018 1:12 pm

From the left are Airport Manager Dean Selby; Denny Wayne Robinson, White County executive; Bennett Jared; Randy Porter, Putnam County executive; Ricky Shelton, City of Cookeville mayor; and Danny Conce. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Upper Cumberland Airport Board of Directors met Dec. 3 to discuss hangar late fees.

Dean Selby, airport manager, said the late fees on hangar rentals have not been reviewed in quite a while, and he would like the board’s approval to raise the rates. At this time, the late fee on a hangar rental is $5 after a 10-day grace period.

The board asked Selby how many renters he thought were late on a … Read More


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


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