Lt. Col. Robert Lee Swindell III

Posted by | December 14, 2019 3:09 pm

Retired Lt. Col. Robert Lee Swindell III, 66, passed away unexpectedly, on Dec. 12, 2019, at Unity Medical Center, in Manchester.  He was born Oct. 11, 1953, in Sparta, to Robert L. Swindell II and Wanda Lamb Swindell who both preceded him in death.

He was retired from the U.S. Army after 41 years of service.  He served in Vietnam, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Noble Eagle.  He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and Coffee County Veterans Association.  He was president of the Southeast Asia Army Security Agency.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Carol Swann Swindell; stepdaughters, Heather Barnett Pinkard (Chuck Bynum), Ashley … CONTINUED


Elf on the Shelf contest

Posted by | December 14, 2019 12:05 pm

EXTENDED! Our Elf on the Shelf contest has been extended through Dec. 18. Easy to play, and someone will win a $100 Walmart gift card AND a 1-year subscription to The Expositor. Visit participating businesses (listed in The Expositor), find the code words, then enter them on our site. The more you code words you enter, the more chances to win.

Click here for details and to enter code words: https://spartalive.com/elf-on-the-shelf/


Donald Allen Randolph

Posted by | December 14, 2019 10:14 am

Donald Allen Randolph, 74, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 12, 2019, at Signature HealthCARE, in Algood.

Mr. Randolph was born Feb. 3, 1945, in Crossville.

He had a career in timber. Mr. Randolph loved to spread the gospel as an evangelist, serving anywhere in Middle Tennessee that needed him. He was an avid fisherman. Mr. Randolph enjoyed playing guitar, working his garden, and caring for his animals.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Randolph; mother, Ruby Bumbalough Randolph Conley; sister, Louise Randolph; brother, Bobby Conley; and stepson, David Anderson.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Beulah Prater Randolph;

stepchildren, Carolyn Ward, Patricia Grossarth, Kathy … CONTINUED



Scared of Santa contest

Posted by | December 13, 2019 10:01 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


Douglas Hazelton

Posted by | December 13, 2019 8:21 am

Douglas Hazelton, 63, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 12, 2019.

Mr. Hazelton was born Feb. 1, 1956, in Albany, New York, to Douglas Hazelton Sr. and Phyllis Lavern Brown Hazelton.

No services are planned at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Darrell Lynn Gantt

Posted by | December 13, 2019 8:18 am

Darrell Lynn Gantt, 65, of Doyle, passed away Dec. 11, 2019, at Alive Hospice Murfreesboro.

Mr. Gantt was born Jan. 11, 1954, in Cookeville, to Aline Dunn Gantt and Ronald Lynn Gantt. He was a longtime employee of Mallory, and, after its closure, he worked at Tri-State Distribution.  He was an avid fisherman and gardener.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Joyce Yates Gantt, of Doyle; two daughters, Jill Gantt Dean, of Lafayette, Brandee Gantt Gifford and husband Jamey, of Belvidere; grandchildren, Trenton Dean, Alexis Dean, Christopher Leach; mother, Aline Gantt, of Baxter; two sisters, Tereasa Herron, Chris Burton, both of Baxter; and several nieces and nephews.… CONTINUED



Sparta’s Deandra Luna named AAC Player of the Week

Posted by | December 12, 2019 12:12 pm


Deandra Luna
(Photo courtesy of Bryan College)

By Jerry Lowery

Former Warriorette standout Deandra Luna is continuing to make her mark on basketball with Bryan College.

The Appalachian Athletic Conference just named Luna the AAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.  The award is Luna’s second in her career and her first player of the week award this season.  She is averaging 26.5 points per game and six assists.

Luna is also averaging five rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.  The award is coming off a tremendous game from Luna.  She scored 41 points in Bryan’s game against Milligan.  Her 41 points tied her for the third highest … CONTINUED


Seventh grade Warriors win over DeKalb in overtime

Posted by | December 12, 2019 12:10 pm

By Jerry Lowery

On Dec. 9, the White County Middle School seventh grade Warriors and DeKalb County faced off in basketball action.  The game would not be decided at the end of regulation.

DeKalb County took a slim two-point lead at the end of one quarter.  The Warriors took a one-point lead heading into the intermission period at halftime.  The lead changed back to DeKalb as they led after three quarters 22-20.

The Warriors managed to tie the game at the end of the fourth quarter, 31-31.  The Warriors added eight points in the overtime period, and DeKalb kept it close but could only score seven points, giving … CONTINUED


WCMS sixth grade Warriors and Warriorettes defeat DeKalb County

Posted by | December 12, 2019 12:03 pm

JG Wallace pulling down a rebound vs. DeKalb County

By Jerry Lowery

On Dec. 9, the White County Middle School sixth Warriors and Warriorettes took to the hardcourt to play neighboring DeKalb County in basketball.  Both teams came out victorious on the night.

In the first game, the Warriorettes soundly defeated the DeKalb County team by a score of 38-12.  The Warriorettes were led by Bella Winningham with 14 points.  Kyra Fox added 10 points, and Gracie Clark added five points in the win.  Addy Cocke and Chole Anderson added two points each, and Hannah Haley finished with one point on the night.  The Warriorettes were four of … CONTINUED


There really is a Santa Claus: The amazing history of Christmas

Posted by | December 12, 2019 11:57 am

Language of Liberty – By William Federer

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…”

You probably know what happens next. But do you know who wrote this poem, and when? Do you know where the tradition of the Christmas tree comes from? Lights on the Christmas tree? Stockings? Even the idea of gift-giving?

No holiday has a richer and more varied tradition than Christmas. So let’s look into its history and see if we can uncover some of that richness and tradition. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas—well, at least you’ll have a better appreciation of … CONTINUED


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