Monthly Archives: October 2015

James Edward Williams Sr.

Posted on October 27, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

James Edward Williams Sr., 70, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 23, 2015, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mr. Williams was born Aug. 29, 1945, in White County, to R.D. Williams and Ellen Marie Clouse Golden.

The family has chosen cremation with a private family service at a later date.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Friends and Family Day

Posted on October 27, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Everyone is invited to Friends and Family Day at the Church of Christ at Bethel, 2275 Blue Springs Rd., in Sparta, on Nov. 1, 2015.

10 a.m. – Sunday morning Bible study

11 a.m. – Worship service

Noon – Lunch

1:30 p.m. – Evening service

Morning speaker – James Bowlin

Evening speaker – Robert Burton

Toy and Coat Drive

Posted on October 27, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Cash Express will host its 11th Annual Toy and Coat Drive, Nov. 1-Dec. 15.  Please donate toys, coats and canned foods at any of these locations: Cash Express, YMCA, Caney Fork Electric and Sparta Head Start. For more information call (931) 836-1211.

Hickory Valley turkey supper

Posted on October 27, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Hickory Valley Volunteer Fire Department will host a turkey supper, 4-8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at the fire hall, 5250 Hickory Valley Rd. Meal will include turkey and all the side dishes, dessert and drinks, Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Life Force landing zone team class

Posted on October 27, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The South Group fire departments (Doyle, Hickory Valley, Central View and Mt. Gilead) of White County will be hosting a Life Force landing zone scene team class 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Doyle Community Center, 396 Mountain St. All emergency service agencies (fire, rescue, EMS, law enforcement and 911) are invited and encouraged to attend. Life Force will be bringing its helicopter in, weather and call volume allowing, so you can familiarize yourself with the aircraft that is stationed here in White County.

Cookeville Resue Mission kicks off bell ringing season

Posted on October 27, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Cookeville Rescue Mission will host the 2015 Sound of HOPE Bell Ringing Kick-Off, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, at Cookeville Rescue Mission, 1331 S. Jefferson Ave., in Cookeville. Volunteers will ring for HOPE, beginning, Friday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., at various locations in the Cookeville area. Volunteers are needed to ring each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Thursday, Dec. 24. For more information or to sign up, please stop by the Mission, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29. Staff and board members will be present to serve refreshments and offer tours of the mission. The 2015 Bell Ringing schedule is available by clicking “Bell Ringing

Woodland dedicates Little Free Library

Posted on October 27, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Another Little Free Library was dedicated recently, with this special event at Woodland Park Elementary. Beth Peek and Will England, Title I teachers, Kim Luna, principal, and several students gathered to help place the first books.

Blessed Hope Baptist Church

Posted on October 27, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Sixth grade splits with Coffee County

Posted on October 26, 2015 10:10 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The White County Middle School sixth grade team split their games with Coffee County on Monday night in Sparta.

The Warrior avenged last week’s loss to the Raiders with the 27-24 win.  Isaac Butcher led the way with eight points.

The Warriorettes came up short in overtime to the Lady Raiders 34-29.  Jordan England and Caydra Parker tallied nine each in the loss.

See Thursday’s print edition for a complete recap.

FBI assisting in case against man who allegedly shot Algood police officer

Posted on October 26, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Putnam County Sheriff Department, in conjunction with District Attorney General Bryant C. Dunaway, is filing formal charges today of attempted first-degree murder against Floyd Ray Cook, the man who shot Algood police officer Ahscari Valencia, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

In addition, the FBI will provide assistance in this case since the subject fled across state lines.

Floyd Ray Cook is now listed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s 10 Most Wanted List.

Officer Valencia is doing fine and looking forward to returning to duty.

District 6AAA preseason polls released

Posted on October 26, 2015 2:02 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The girls’ and boys’ basketball coaches of District 6AAA, along with the media who covers those teams, got together Monday at First National Bank in Cookeville for their preseason luncheon.

All coaches spoke about the coming season for their respective teams. At the conclusion of the meeting, those in attendance voted and the results were announced for the preseason prediction for the order of finish in the district this season.

While it was clear that the Cumberland County girls are the favorite to win that side of the competition, the boys’ race is up for grabs.

The following are the results of each poll.


Girls’ – (1)  … CONTINUED

Bailey, Wilson discuss possible privatization of Fall Creek Falls

Posted on October 26, 2015 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

A proposed state plan that aims to privatize certain aspects of state parks and other state agencies is causing a great deal of discussion amongst state employees, and State Senator Paul Bailey and Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson discussed with The Expositor how they feel the plan could affect state employees of Fall Creek Falls State Park.

A private company will reportedly be taking over hospitality operations at the state parks on Aug. 1, 2016, according to the plan laid out by the state.

For more information, see today’s edition of The Expositor.

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