Monthly Archives: September 2014

Adoptable Friend of the Week: Nina

Posted on September 29, 2014 9:09 am by Raela Gore

My name is Nina, but sometimes I go by Ne-Ne.  I’ve been at the shelter for a long time– about four months, I think.  When I first came to the shelter, I was very nervous, but I’ve really come out of my shell since then.  I love playing, going on walks, and being doted on.  I like other dogs, but mostly males.  Sometimes I don’t get along with females as well … CONTINUED

Pennies for the Puppies asking for donations

Posted on September 29, 2014 8:08 am by Raela Gore

Five puppies living in the wild with their mothers were brought into the White County Animal Shelter with serious medical needs.  The pups– Avery, Freddy, Henry, Lucy, and Teddy– have never before had human contact.  The puppies are currently in a foster home, but they are in need of medical attention.  Due to a serious case of mange, Freddy has already had to spend three days in a veterinary hospital.  Lucy is visiting the vet for what appears to be a respiratory infection.  Pals of the Pooches at the White County Animal Shelter (P.O.P.S.) is trying to raise $500 for the puppies’ medical expenses.  To donate, visit Pennies … CONTINUED

George Weber is registered to vote. Are you?

Posted on September 29, 2014 8:08 am by Raela Gore

Registration to vote in the November 4 election ends October 6.  To register to vote, visit the White County Election Commission at the courthouse.

‘I’m going to finish well,’ says ovarian cancer survivor

Posted on September 29, 2014 8:08 am by Raela Gore

When Joyce Lester was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June of 2010, she had to tell her children a truth that she dreaded.

“My daughters asked me, ‘Mama, are you going to die? I know cancer does two things: you either lose your hair or you die.’

“And I had to be truthful with them. I could not guarantee 100 percent that I was going to get better.

“I said, ‘The doctors are going to do everything they can,’” Lester said.

Lester’s son received the news in the doctor’s office with his parents.

“My son was with us when we found out. He teared up and said, ‘What … CONTINUED

School Board passes on property purchase

Posted on September 29, 2014 8:08 am by Raela Gore

After reports of alleged damage to an 8.84-acre property neighboring Cassville Elementary School during the Cassville Elementary Renovation Project, the White County School Board had the option of purchasing the property.

At the April 2014 meeting of the School Board, plans for the Cassville Elementary Renovation Project were revealed. The renovations will offer more security, ADA accessibility for those with disabilities, energy efficiency, storage, parking, space, and adherence to fire codes.

During the construction, an adjoining property owner made complaints concerning water discharge from Cassville Elementary School into his or her property.

“We have an adjoining property owner who is unhappy with the amount of water runoff, volume … CONTINUED

Samuel Porter Swindell

Posted on September 29, 2014 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Samuel Porter Swindell, 94, passed away Sept. 28, 2014, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Swindell was born Sept. 28, 1920, in Doyle, to Thomas Harley Swindell and Cora Alice Holton Swindell.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Mr. Swindell was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anna Lee Clark Swindell; grandson, Scott Allen Swindell; sister, Reba Graham; and brother, Harley Gaines Swindell.

Survivors include his daughter, Joyce Mason, of Doyle, son, Samuel (Wayne) Swindell, of Burgess Falls; grandchildren, Ricky Swindell and wife Tammy, Deirdre (Dee) Lawson and husband Mack; great-grandchildren, Shannon Hammons and husband Gerromy, Kyle Chaffin and wife Ciera, Cody Porter, Kirkland Porter; … CONTINUED

Taste of Home Cooking School is Oct. 14

Posted on September 29, 2014 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The 14th annual Taste of Home Cooking School returns to Sparta with lots of fun and prizes in store. The show begins at 7 p.m., Oct. 14, 2014, at White County Ag Complex, 564 Hale St., in Sparta. Michelle “Red” Roberts will once again be hosting the two-hour show. Tickets are once again $35 for premium reserved seating and $12 for general admission. Doors open at 4 p.m. for reserved seating ticketholders and at 5 p.m. for general admission tickets. For tickets, call (931) 836-3284 or come by The Expositor office, located at 34 W. Bockman Way, in Sparta.

Gas prices update

Posted on September 29, 2014 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Average retail gasoline prices in Tennessee have not moved in the past week, averaging $3.12/g on Sept. 28, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,821 gas outlets in Tennessee. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website the change in gas prices in Tennessee during the past week, prices yesterday were 9.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 8.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

Elks Lodge celebrates Oktoberfest

Posted on September 29, 2014 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Elks Lodge 2863 will celebrate Oktoberfest, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 3, at the lodge, 4424 Old Kentucky Rd., in Sparta. The meal will include brats, potato salad, coleslaw and dessert for $7. For more information call (931) 858-0930.

Highland Rim District Meeting of the GFWC held Sept. 27

Posted on September 29, 2014 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sparta Woman’s Club and the Renaissance Women’s Club hosted the Highland Rim District Meeting of the GFWC of Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, in Sparta. Seated at the head table were (L-R) Dian Rayfield Highland, Rim chaplain; Nancy Hale, Highland Rim secretary; Sherry Hickey, Highland Rim vice president and president of the Sparta club; guest speaker Pat Williams, president of the GFWC of Tennessee; Renee Keene, Highland Rim district president; Mary Ann Scott, Highland Rim treasurer; and Cheryl Thomas, Highland Rim director of Junior Clubs.  The Highland Rim District is made up of Women’s Clubs from Sparta, Cookeville, Livingston and Tullahoma.

George Daniel “Danny” Matz II

Posted on September 27, 2014 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

George D. “Danny” Matz II, 64, passed away Sept. 20, 2014, as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident, in Wayne County, Kentucky.

Mr. Matz was born in Elyria, Ohio, and lived most of his life in the Lakeland, Florida, area.

He worked for IMC more than 25 years. He was U.S. Marine, serving during the Vietnam era. He loved motorcycles and jeeps.

Mr. Matz was preceded in death by a son, Chad Aaron Matz.

Survivors include his wife, Cherry, of Auburndale, Florida; son, Erek Matz, of Leesburg, Florida; daughter, Farrah Matz Thompson, of Mulberry, Florida; and several stepchildren, brothers, sisters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


North Sparta Church of God events

Posted on September 27, 2014 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Upcoming special events at North Sparta Church of God, 335 North Spring Street, in Sparta:

Oct. 11, 2014: Community Men’s Fellowship Breakfast. All men in the area are invited to a community breakfast at North Sparta Church of God. Fellowship at 7:30 a.m.; breakfast at 8 a.m.

Oct. 17, 2014: 7 p.m., Christian illusionists Brett and Labrina Myers. Everyone is welcome. Proclaiming the Word of Jesus Christ through the art of illusion.

Oct. 19, 2014: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Missionaries to Uganda, Thomas and Mika Simpson will present missions information about the Watoto orphan and women’s ministries.





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