Monthly Archives: July 2015

TDOT construction report-White and Cumberland counties

Posted on July 31, 2015 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Cumberland and White Counties, U.S. 70 (SR-1) resurfacing from east of Viola Drive in White County (LM 20.20) to east of Arthur Seagraves Road in Cumberland County (LM 2.02): The contractor has completed milling and paving operations at this time. Rumble strips, thermoplastic pavement markings and final detail work will be performed on U.S. 70 and intersecting county roads during this report period. The contractor will use traffic pacing to complete this portion of the work. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution during this work and keep proper distance from painting equipment and freshly-painted lines. Estimated project completion is August 2015. [Rogers Group, Inc./Sorrelle/CNP020]

THP accepting applications for Citizens’ Trooper Academy

Posted on July 31, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Highway Patrol is now accepting applications for the 2015 fall Citizens’ Trooper Academy. Classes start Sept. 15 and will be held at Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s training center in Nashville.

Participants must be at least 21 years old, available to attend weekly three-hour sessions with no more than one absence, sign required waivers and agreements, and have no criminal history.

Applications are available at or may be requested by sending an email to

The deadline to register is Aug. 17.

For more information, contact Sergeant Bill Fitzgerald at 615-743-3907 or Shannon Hall at (615) 251-5170.

TTU TSBDC hosts entrepreneurship seminar Aug. 11

Posted on July 31, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Tech University’s Small Business Development Center will host a seminar, on Aug. 11, about starting a business.

John Woodard, assistant director of the TSBDC, will lead the seminar, Business Start-up Essentials. It will be offered from 5:30-7:30 p.m., on the TTU campus.

Woodard will discuss start-up basics, business structures, planning, financing and cash needs, and common challenges.

The seminar is free, but registration is required. To register, call (931) 372-3648 or visit It will be held in Johnson Hall 218, 1105 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville.

TN ranks No. 1 in automotive manufacturing strength, education

Posted on July 31, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in both automotive manufacturing strength and education according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication. In the magazine’s 11th Annual Rankings Report, Tennessee also received accolades in the following categories.

No. 2 Best Business Climate

No. 2 Best Infrastructure

No. 4 Workforce Training Leaders

No. 7 Automotive Employment Leaders

Tennessee, the first state to win back-to-back “State of the Year” honors from Business Facilities, has ranked No. 1 for automotive manufacturing strength for an unprecedented five times in the past six years and also ranked No. 1 for education in 2014.

Emma Jean Winstead Haston

Posted on July 31, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Emma Jean Winstead Haston, 81, of Sparta, passed away July 30, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Winstead was born Sept. 26, 1933, in Sparta, to Claude Potter Winstead and Lola Beatrice Humphrey Winstead.

She was a homemaker and a member of Gum Springs Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Cornell “Dick” Haston, and her brother, Carl Winstead.

Survivors include her three sons, Douglas Kirk Haston and wife Rita, of Smithville, Jimmy R. Haston, of Ocala, Florida, Richard Haston and wife Selisa, of Sparta; stepdaughter, Margaret Ann Haston Beaver and husband William, of Woodburn, Kentucky; grandchildren, Amy … CONTINUED

Margaret Louise Johnson

Posted on July 30, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Margaret Louise Johnson, 85, of Walling, passed away July 29, 2015.

Mrs. Johnson was born Oct. 28, 1929, in Sparta, the daughter of Luther Hutchings and Bessie Holland Hutchings.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Edward Johnson; son, James David Johnson; sister Willie Mae Lowery; and brother Merrill Hutchings.

Survivors include her son, Lynn Johnson and wife Nikkie, of Walling; brother, Harold Hutchings, of Cookeville; daughter-in-law, Linda Johnson, of Walling; three grandchildren, Gavin Johnson, of Walling, Paige Johnson, of Walling, Brandon Johnson and wife Bobbie Sue, of Walling; two great-grandchildren, Dustin Johnson, Willow Johnson; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and a very special friend, Ruby … CONTINUED

Kimberly Ruth Judd

Posted on July 30, 2015 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

kim juddKimberly Ruth Judd, 45, of Quebeck, passed away July 29, 2015, at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Murfreesboro.

Mrs. Judd was born May 8, 1970, in Livingston, to the Charles Frederick Rapier and Frances Ruth Copeland Rapier.

She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Lisa Kay Copeland, and special father, William “Pa Bill” Judd.

Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Harvey Edward “Ed” Judd; children, Michael Thomas Judd, Gary Kelly Judd, Robin Renee Judd; grandson, Little Bill Judd; sister, Bridgette Lynn Miranda and husband Chris; special mother, Jane “Mama Jane” Judd; best friend, Rita Moffitt; and several nieces … CONTINUED

Highlands Medical Center to become St. Thomas Highlands Hospital

Posted on July 30, 2015 12:12 pm by Pamela Claytor

On July 24, Saint Thomas Health announced they have signed an agreement with Capella Health to acquire four area hospitals, including Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta, which will now become St. Thomas Highlands Hospital.

Though Capella Healthcare and Saint Thomas Health had signed a partnership agreement in 2012, in which White County Community Hospital became Highlands Medical Center, ownership will now transfer completely to Ascension, parent company of Saint Thomas Health.

For more information on the hospital acquisition, see today’s edition of The Expositor.

Helping the community

Posted on July 30, 2015 12:12 pm by Delaney Austin

The Knights of Pythias work together and offer help to White and surrounding counties.

Justus Henry Rathbone founded the Order, Knights of Pythias, on February 19, 1864. This order consisted of men fighting on both sides during the Civil War. The Knights of Pythias remain one of two fraternal organizations to be chartered by an official act of the United States Congress.

The Grand Lodge of Tennessee was instituted on April 2, 1872 at Myrtle Lodge in Nashville. This organization is in place to keep members involved in the communities with activities directed toward enhancing the principles of friendship, charity, and benevolence.

“We do several charity events,” said … CONTINUED

TTU Purple Pride Caravan

Posted on July 30, 2015 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Project Graduation meeting

Posted on July 30, 2015 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

White County High School Project Graduation for Class of 2016 will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, in the WCHS cafeteria.

Youth Day at West Sparta

Posted on July 30, 2015 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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