Monthly Archives: August 2015

Commodities distribution

Posted on August 17, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency will hold a commodities distribution for White County, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at White County Ag Building of the fairgrounds, 565 Hale Street, in Sparta. Everyone must present a valid UCHRA commodity card in order to receive commodities. To sign up or reprint lost commodities cards contact your local UCHRA office.

UCHRA announces sponsorship of Child and Adult Care Food Program

Posted on August 17, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

FoodThe Child and Adult Care Food Program, administered by Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, reimburses participating day care home providers all or part of the costs of providing healthy nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care. Level of reimbursement depends upon certain economic criteria. The CACFP  serves to ensure that children enrolled in private day care homes receive nutritious meals and snacks. Day care providers interested in learning more about or enrolling in the CACFP are encouraged to contact UCHRA for more information at (931) 528-1127.

Dunlap to tour armory with Adjunct General Terry M. “Max” Haston

Posted on August 17, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

State Representative Kevin Dunlap will visit the National Guard Armory, in McMinnville, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, to view and discuss current security measures with Adjunct General Terry M. “Max” Haston.   Major General Haston is the head of the Military Department for the State of Tennessee and a Warren County native. On Monday, the Major General told state lawmakers that the Guard needs more than $18 million  to make their facilities more secure. This comes in the wake of last month’s attack in Chattanooga that killed five US military servicemen. The funding would mostly be used for bullet resistant glass and stronger fencing around recruiting stations. Major General … CONTINUED

School board to review history book

Posted on August 17, 2015 10:10 am by Delaney Austin

The White County School Board of Education met on August 13 to discuss a middle school history book and the consequence of a stalemate in the county budget approval.

Bryan Wright, as well as many other citizens of White County, gathered during the White County School Board of Education meeting to discuss the concerns involving a 7th grade social studies text book called “myWorld History and Geography: The Middle Ages to the Exploration of the Americas.”

An email from Ed Butler states the concern that, “Islamic indoctrination has come to White County Schools! 37 pages in the new Social Studies textbook are dedicated to learning Islam, but … CONTINUED

Application deadline for package liquor stores

Posted on August 17, 2015 10:10 am by Delaney Austin

The City of Sparta will be accepting applications for the final package liquor store license. The deadline to have the application submitted and to be considered for the lottery is 4:30 today, August 17. Completed applications may be submitted to Sparta City Hall located at 6 Liberty Square, Sparta.

This Week in White County History

Posted on August 17, 2015 7:07 am by Sparta Live

•After complaints of stunt-driving on the road, Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen decided to dead-end Whispering Pines Drive.
•Ssgt. Shannon Taylor, of Smithville, who had been a part of Sparta’s 278th Regimental Combat Team, lost his life in battle in Iraq.
•Congressman Lincoln Davis came to visit North End Volunteer Fire Department and joined them for their fundraiser breakfast.
•State Farm Agent Bob Breeding announced his retirement after 33 years as an agent.
•Dr. Ronald Cunliffe opened Family Care Clinic next to White County Community Hospital.
•Demetria Kalidimos, Channel 4 News anchor, visted with residents at the Chamber of Commerce 100th Anniversary celebration.

20-cent property tax increase is recommended by budget committee

Posted on August 17, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Budget committee members have taken the controversial step needed to secure the county’s financial outlook with the recommendation of a 20-cent increase in the property tax rate.

After weeks of meetings and lengthy discussions, White County’s budget for the 2015/2016 fiscal year will finally be presented to the full commission, on Aug. 17, 2015. Commissioners were originally presented with a proposed budget during the July 20, 2015, meeting, but rejected the plan. The clock is ticking for final approval because of a state mandated deadline of Aug. 31. If the county’s budget is not approved before that date, no funds can be dispensed until which time a budget … CONTINUED

Wood to speak at W.C. Conservative Republican Party meeting

Posted on August 17, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Conservative Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24, in the third floor courtroom, at White County Courthouse. Ed Wood, a guest columnist for The Expositor, in Sparta, will be speaking on the “Dangers of the Tennessee call for a Constitutional Convention.” Wood, a native Virginian, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech and is a longtime resident of White County. His writings appear regularly in three nationally distributed news publications. Everyone is invited to attend.

Gas price brief

Posted on August 17, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The price of oil is on its longest weekly slump of the year, after reaching the lowest closing price since the ‘Great Recession’. Last week, the price of oil reached its lowest closing price since March 3, 2009. On that day, the price of oil was $41.65, and gasoline averaged $1.98 in Florida, $1.84 in Georgia and $1.81 in Tennessee. Of course, gas prices did not reach those lows overnight. In September 2008, in the midst of the Great Recession, the price of oil set a new record high of $120.92 a barrel.

Pauline Jenkins

Posted on August 17, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Pauline Jenkins, 93, of Sparta, passed away this morning at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Fair books available

Posted on August 16, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County fair books can be found at the following locations.

The Expositor

First National Bank

Citizen Banks (all branches)

Bank of White County

Caney Fork Electric

Sparta Electric

Middle Tennessee Natural Gas

Ben Lomand Telephone

US Bank (all locations)

Broadway Hardware

St. Thomas Highlands Hospital


Edd Rogers Chevrolet

Savage Building Center

Potter’s Ace Hardware

Payless Family Pharmacy

UT Extension Office

White County Co-op


White County Soil Conservation

White County Farm Bureau

Gulf Trading Post

Tri-Star Real Estate and Auction

Crooked Stick Feed and Mineral


Willie Mae Whiteaker

Posted on August 16, 2015 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Willie Mae Whiteaker, 86, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 15, 2015, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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