TWRA says turkey season to start as scheduled, lakes and rivers to remain open

Posted by | April 4, 2020 10:02 am

(April 3, 2020) – Tennessee’s 2020 statewide spring turkey hunting season will be held as scheduled and the state’s lakes and rivers and access areas controlled by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will remain open.

“Governor (Bill) Lee’s Executive Orders 22 and 23 identifies outdoor activity as an essential activity provided that individuals follow Health Guidelines,” said Kurt Holbert, Chairman of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. “I want to assure all sportsmen that Tennessee’s turkey season will open Saturday as scheduled and public lands controlled by the TWRA will remain open. Likewise, lakes and rivers and access areas controlled by the TWRA will remain open to anglers … CONTINUED


Coloring page contest

Posted by | April 4, 2020 8:16 am

Deadline 4/10/20

Please mail to:

The Expositor

P.O. Box 179

Sparta, Tennessee 38583

Before sending in the coloring page, add name, age, phone number and mailing address.

Parents please take a picture of your child holding their coloring page.

If they are selected as the winner, we will ask you send us the picture by email, so that we can publish it in the paper.

There will be a total of 3 winners

•Each winner will receive $10 by mail

Ages 5 – 7

Ages 8 -10

Ages 11-13


ATTENTION: Flash flood warning for White County due to dam failure

Posted by | April 3, 2020 7:18 pm

White County
Severe Flash Flood Warning
Fri, Apr 3, 2020, 7:09 PM CDT

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NASHVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…

A DAM FAILURE IN…

NORTHEASTERN WHITE COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE…

SOUTH CENTRAL PUTNAM COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE…

* UNTIL 115 AM CDT SATURDAY.

* AT 707 PM CDT, COUNTY DISPATCH REPORTED THE WRIGHT’S LAKE DAM

FAILED CAUSING FLASH FLOODING DOWNSTREAM ON CALFKILLER HIGHWAY.

HAZARD…FLASH FLOODING FROM A DAM FAILURE.

SOURCE…COUNTY DISPATCH.

IMPACT…FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS, URBAN AREAS,

HIGHWAYS, STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER

DRAINAGE AND LOW LYING AREAS.

* THIS FLOODING WILL REMAIN OVER MAINLY RURAL AREAS

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WALMART: Changes to shopping process – social distancing

Posted by | April 3, 2020 4:45 pm

By Dacona Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S.

(April 3, 2020) – In this taxing and uncertain time, our associates have gone above and beyond to help Americans get the food, medicine and supplies they need.

We care deeply about our associates’ health and well-being, and in recent weeks we’ve taken steps such as expanding our paid leave policies; closing our stores overnight for cleanings and restocking; installing sneeze guards and social distance markers in stores; beginning temperature checks; and starting to make gloves and masks available to associates who want them.

While many of our customers have been following the advice … CONTINUED


White County baseball coach Shaun Floyd speaks out

Posted by | April 3, 2020 1:54 pm

By Jerry Lowery

I had the opportunity to interview head baseball coach of the White County High School Warriors concerning this suspension and possibly shutdown of the baseball season.  I asked him some questions, and Coach Floyd’s responses are as follows:

  • What are your thoughts on this shutdown?

It’s very discouraging for our team and especially our seniors, however, safety has to come first. As much as we are disappointed, we also completely understand the severity of the situation and understand the necessary temporary shutdown.

  • How did the players feel when they found out about the season being suspended until further notice?

They were very upset. This is … CONTINUED


Dustin Guy

Posted by | April 3, 2020 1:50 pm

By Rachel Auberger

Sports have defined Dustin Guy’s life for the past 13 years, but, now, as he sees his high school graduation date marked on the calendar, he realizes they were more than just games he played.

“I’ve played sports for 13 years,” Guy, who could tell what time of year it was by what uniform he was putting on, said. “Football, baseball, basketball.”

Guy, whose future plans include pursuing a degree in Welding Technology at TCAT, said sports have taught him many lessons he can carry with him into the future.

“Both football and baseball have taught me to never give up – to always push … CONTINUED


TDEC to close all 56 Tennessee State Parks effective April 4

Posted by | April 3, 2020 1:01 pm

(April 3, 2020) – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation today announced it will close all 56 Tennessee state parks and state-owned state natural areas to the public effective April 4 through April 14, in support of Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order 23. This is a complete closure of facilities and access to all Tennessee State Parks and Designated State Natural Areas.

“We decided to close the parks in support of Governor Lee’s Executive Order 23,” TDEC Commissioner David Salyers said. “The health and safety of Tennessee citizens is all of our top priority right now.”

Tennessee State Parks officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. … CONTINUED


Focusing on the most important question of all

Posted by | April 3, 2020 12:37 pm

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Grayson and Anderson were playing “hide and seek” with their daddy – our son, Stephen – in our house. Daddy was hiding, and the boys were seeking. Grayson’s attention on the game must have been diverted, because, all of a sudden, the whispers and peering behind furniture was interrupted by a scream, “FOCUS, GRAYSON, FOCUS!”

Obviously that mandate has been issued many times to the younger brother, and Anderson was quick to shout those orders to his older sibling.

Focus! Sometimes that’s hard to do.

Not for Sophie, our 3-year old Boxer. If I have a cookie, ice cream cone, sandwich, or … CONTINUED


A war and a wartime president

Posted by | April 3, 2020 12:36 pm

By Jerry Jones – Central Intelligence Agency, Ret., Native of Sparta

President Donald Trump recently declared himself “a wartime president.”  He was right in doing so.  We are once again involved in a worldwide conflict and fighting a dangerous foreign-born enemy that is not only deadly, but which is impervious to pain and has no fear.  This time the enemy is invisible, leaderless, mindless, and cannot be reasoned with.  The enemy is a very potent, deadly, and rapidly spreading virus; i.e. the coronavirus aka the Chinese Virus.

The world has entered the arena of biological warfare.  There has been no declaration of war, but, nonetheless, it is a … CONTINUED


Oxford-based group stops using WHO data for coronavirus reporting

Posted by | April 3, 2020 12:34 pm

Language of Liberty – By John Miltimore

Our World in Data, an online publication based at the University of Oxford, announced on Tuesday that it had stopped relying on World Health Organization (WHO) data for its models, citing errors and other factors.

The group’s founder, Max Roser, said researchers are now using data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Until March 18, we relied on the World Health Organization (WHO) as our source. We aimed to rely on the WHO as they are the international agency with the mandate to provide official estimates on the pandemic. The WHO reports this data for each single day … CONTINUED


Two White County educators in running for Teacher of the Year

Posted by | April 3, 2020 12:31 pm

Teresa Buckner

Morgan Mills

By Rachel Auberger

White County High School’s Morgan Mills and White County Middle School’s Teresa Buckner were recently named as two of the region’s 27 finalists for the Tennessee Teacher of the Year Award.

“The White County school district is so proud of these teachers,” Kurt Dronebarger, White County Director of Schools, said. “Both are incredibly knowledgeable and create exciting and innovative lessons for their students. Both of these teachers consistently score at the top of the Tennessee teacher evaluation model and are active in all aspects of their respective schools.”

The Teacher of the Year program is designed to recognize and honors outstanding … CONTINUED


Making masks to help during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by | April 3, 2020 12:25 pm

Vonette Murphy models one of the masks she is making for hospital employees, nursing homes, EMTs, and other individuals who are at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those whose immune systems cause them to be at a higher risk of infection. Murphy solicited the help of her friend, Judy Williams, to help keep up with the high volume of requests.

By Rachel Auberger

“I felt I need to rush in and help people,” Vonette Murphy said. “All I know how to do is sew, so this is what I do.”

Murphy stated that making masks to help protect essential workers from COVID-19 keeps her mind and hands busy as well as fills her desire to serve others during a time of crisis.

Murphy said that approximately two weeks ago a nurse practitioner at Fast Pace Urgent Care asked her if she would make masks for the workers at the local medical clinic because they were unable to keep n95 masks in stock. She immediately looked into the viability … CONTINUED


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