Monthly Archives: August 2015

TSLA congratulates librarians on completion training program

Posted on August 3, 2015 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

To help Tennessee’s public librarians deal with the many challenges they face on the job, the Tennessee State Library and Archives offers a three-year training program called the Public Library Management Institute.

Participants in the program spend a week each year in intense training sessions on topics such as library values, library governance, leadership, project and personnel management, and strategic partnerships.

Area graduates are: Bradley Walker, of William H. and Edgar Magness Community House and Library, in McMinnville, and Sarah Lewis, of Putnam County Library, in Cookeville.

TSBDC at TTU offers customer service seminar

Posted on August 3, 2015 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee Tech University will offer a seminar about customer service Aug. 13.

Leroy Cunningham, the director of the TSBDC at Middle Tennessee State University, will lead the seminar, which will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall 218. He will discuss creating a declaration of service, gathering customer feedback and other customer service tips.

The seminar is free but registration is required. To sign up, visit or call (931) 372-3648.

Johnson Hall is at 1105 N. Peachtree Ave., in Cookeville.

Free breakfast and lunch for elementary and middle school students

Posted on August 3, 2015 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

White County School system has implemented a federal program that will allow all elementary and middle school students to receive free breakfast and lunch in the upcoming school year.

The program, titled Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP, provides an alternative approach for school meals to low income areas.

Instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals, the program allows schools that predominantly serve low-income students to provide free, healthy meals to all students.

The amount of funds provided to a school system participating in the program is determined by other programs, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families … CONTINUED

KIDS COUNT report released

Posted on August 3, 2015 10:10 am by Delaney Austin

On July 21, the Annie E. Casey foundation released the 2015 “KIDS COUNT Data Book.” This shows comparisons about child wellness in the United States including the factors of economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

Tennessee has an overall rank of 36 for the country. According to a release by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, “Tennessee is ranking 38 in economic well-being, 36 in education, 30 in health, and 37 in family and community.”

There are many factors that determine the rating. Tennessee “improved or remained the same on 11 of 16 measures, while conditions worsened on five indicators.”



To read more … CONTINUED

A row-by-row experience

Posted on August 3, 2015 10:10 am by Delaney Austin

Quilters across the United States and Canada have an opportunity to acquire unique quilt patterns and win prizes while traveling around the country.

Row-by-Row is a unique experience for quilters all around the United States. “The lady that created this is out of Syracuse, New York and she is a marketing guru,” said owner of Simply Southern Quilts and Gifts, Cheryl Hackett.


To read more about how to participate in this nationwide event, pick up today’s edition of The Expositor

Lanny Selby recognized for dedication to fire department

Posted on August 3, 2015 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

At the annual Sparta Fire Department picnic on August 1, Chief Kirk Young presented Assistant Chief Lanny Selby with an award for his hard work and dedication to the citizens of Sparta, and the Sparta Fire Department.

This Week in White County History

Posted on August 3, 2015 6:06 am by Sparta Live

•A temporary building was set up on the site of the future First National Bank in front of Walmart. Construction was expected to begin soon.
•Oak Lawn Funeral Home, on Smithville Highway, was under construction and would soon be completed.
•In the second and final reading of the ordinance, city leaders unanimously voted to ban pit bulls in the city limits of Sparta.
•White County Emergency Management Agency conducted a class on proper ground crew procedures for a new Life Force helicopter that would be based at Upper Cumberland Airport. Attendees met the crew members and about 70 people in the class learned how to prepare … CONTINUED

Notice of work session for Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen

Posted on August 3, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

There will be a board work session immediately following the regular meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, which begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. The work session will take place in the basement conference room at City Hall located at 6 Liberty Square. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the work session is to discuss the water rates.

Tax increase needed

Posted on August 3, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Dear SpartaLive,

I’m writing this letter to voice my support for a tax increase which would enable the county to fund the 2015/2016 budget. I don’t like paying taxes anymore than the next person. But I’m more than willing to pay a little extra to ensure that the brave men and women, who put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety, receive a fair salary and a safe working environment.   I find it embarrassing that some of the citizens of this county are so self-centered and cheap that they would quibble about contributing a few extra dollars each year to ensure that we fairly … CONTINUED

Warrior football’s first scrimmage

Posted on August 2, 2015 4:04 am by Tammy Wilhite

The Warrior football team hosted a 4-way scrimmage Friday night on Dee Harris Field.  In addition to WCHS, other teams in attendance were Tullahoma, Smith County and Trousdale County.

See Monday’s print edition to see what Coach Matthan Houser had to say about the first full-contact work of the season.

QB Club BBQ & auction

Posted on August 2, 2015 4:04 am by Tammy Wilhite

The Quarterback Club raised approximately $12,000 for the football team at the annual barbecue and auction held Saturday night in the WCHS cafeteria.

James Earl Bennett

Posted on August 1, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

James Earl Bennett,  48, of Sparta, passed away July 30, 2015, at his residence.

Mr. Bennett was born Oct. 17. 1966

Funeral service will be graveside at 10 a.m., Aug. 3, 2015, at Old New Hope Cemetery. There will be no visitation before the service.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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