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Posted on December 31, 2015 5:05 pm by

Billie Kirby Moon

Posted on December 31, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Billie L. Kirby Moon, a native of Sparta and a resident of Baker, Louisiana, passed away on Dec. 28, 2015, at the age of 97.

Mrs. Moon was born Aug. 5, 1918.

She was a loving wife and mother and cherished spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Francis Eugene Moon; her parents, John and Cora Kirby; siblings and their spouses, Odessa and Ray Robinson, Floyd and Vallie Kirby, Ora and Carrick Hutchings, Dalton and Reba Kirby, Ruben and Alice Kirby, Irene and Ray Maxwell, Juanita and Herman Eller; and her husband’s parents and siblings.

Survivors include her daughter, … CONTINUED

Barry Steven “Champ” Allen

Posted on December 31, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Barry Steven “Champ” Allen, 58, of McMinnville, passed away Dec. 29, 2015, at Erlanger Medical Center.

Mr. Allen was born April 15, 1957, in Alexandria, Virginia, to Benjamin William Allen and Beverly Jean Bentz Allen.

He was retired from United Airlines in the building maintenance department at National Airport, in Washington D.C.

He was preceded in death by his mother; two grandsons, Aaron Shane Griffin, Willie Evan Griffin; and a brother David Cole Allen.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Patricia Allen, of McMinnville; daughter, Karen Griffin and husband Willie, of Sparta; four grandchildren, Katina Kilgore, David Griffin, Jason Griffin, Leigha Griffin; 13 great-grandchildren; father, Benjamin Allen … CONTINUED

New Year’s Eve at Senior Center

Posted on December 31, 2015 8:08 am by

There will be a night of entertainment at Sparta-White County Senior Center, on Dec. 31, 2015.  Karaoke, 6-7:45 p.m. Bring your own or choose from more than 800 songs. Then, 8 p.m.-midnight, music by Cane Creek Band and guest singers. Bring finger foods to share (optional). Admission is $5 for the entire evening. For more information call Glenn at (931) 644-7079.

Surveys by UCDD will be conducted to benefit local communities

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

As the regional catalyst for economic development, the Upper Cumberland Development District is busy assisting local communities throughout the 14 county region as they apply for the 2016 round of Community Development Block Grant funding. Established in 1974 by Title I of the Community Development Act, the CDBG program is used to address critical or unmet community needs. Primarily, CDBG funds are used to expand economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for persons of low and moderate income. In order to determine if a community meets the eligibility requirements, UCDD staff conducts surveys or interviews of local residents and compiles data for the grant application. Over … CONTINUED

Comptroller’s hotline helps protect taxpayers

Posted on December 31, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Comptroller’s Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline is marking a record achievement in its effort to help uncover the misuse of government funds and property.

Confidential tips to the hotline helped to identify a record $1,112,500 in confirmed thefts, shortages and questioned costs for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. These tips were reported through telephone calls and online submissions to the hotline.

This year’s notifications concerned a wide range of entities including municipalities, counties, state agencies, federal agencies, and non-profit recipients of government funds. Substantive notifications are reviewed and investigated by Comptroller staff or referred to the appropriate agency or program for further action.

Since October … CONTINUED

Warriors roll to Sonic Shootout title

Posted on December 30, 2015 10:10 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Warrior basketball team shot lights out in Wednesday night’s Sonic Shootout title game.

WCHS hit 12 of the 17 total threes they made in the game in the first half and defeated Pickett County 91-35.  Jacob Fresh led the attack with 22 points.  Three other Warriors were in double figures.  Seven different Warriors hit threes in the contest.

All five starters received All Tournament honors with Mitchell Lamb being named Most Valuable Player of the 8th annual Sonic Shootout.

See Monday’s print edition for the complete details.

Warriorettes win Sonic Shootout title

Posted on December 30, 2015 9:09 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Warriorettes became the first girls’ team to win back to back Sonic Shootout titles in the 8-year history of the event.

WCHS defeated Clarkrange 59-45 in Wednesday’s title game led by a trio of double figure scorers.  Hannah Leftwich finished with 18 followed by Deandra Luna with 12.  Madison Gardenhire recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds and was named the Shootout’s Most Valuable Player.  Luna, Leftwich and Logan Quillen were named to the All Tournament team.

The win improves WCHS to 11-2 overall on the season.

The Warriorettes were honored to have teammate, Abby Ratliff, in attendance wearing her #14 jersey and helping accept … CONTINUED

Sonic Shootout day 3 results

Posted on December 30, 2015 7:07 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The first six games of day three of the Sonic Shootout are completed with only the girls’ and boys’ champions still to be named.

In the consolation game, Harpeth Hall defeated Lebanon 61-51 to capture third place.  Bailey Sells, who was named to the All Tournament team, led Lebanon with 12 points.  Raleigh Potts and Shelby Nutter received All Tournament honors for Harpeth Hall.  Potts finished the game with 19 points while Nutter tallied eight.

The boys’ third place winner was Livingston Academy who defeated Cannon County 58-51.  Zander Miller was named All Tournament from the Wildcats and Austin Martin was named from the Lion team.

The girls’ … CONTINUED

Emily Mary Willis

Posted on December 30, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Emily Mary Willis, 77, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 30, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

She was born July 30, 1938, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Columbus M. McFarland and Adele Irene Martins McFarland.

Mrs. Willis was a member of North Sparta Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Phillip B. Willis III; and two sons, Jeffery Duwayne Kirby and Daniel Ray Kirby.

Survivors include a son, Charles Kirby and wife, Patricia Gail, of Sparta; daughter-in-law, Donna Kirby, of Sparta; sister, Joan Johnson, of Detroit, Michigan; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three stepchildren; two nephews; many cousins; and … CONTINUED

Sparta woman charged with especially aggravated kidnapping

Posted on December 30, 2015 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

A Sparta woman is in custody at the White County Jail following a weeklong investigation by Sparta Police into a reported kidnapping at a laundromat on Churchill Drive.

According to Lt. Allen Selby, at approximately 5:23 p.m. on Dec. 23, Sparta Police were dispatched to the laundromat in response to a woman who stated that while she had quickly run into the laundromat, someone had taken her 3-month-old infant son from her car.

Selby says the woman reported that she had been at Walmart before coming to the laundromat, and while driving from Walmart, she believed that someone had been following her.

Sparta Police investigators and uniformed patrolmen, … CONTINUED

White County EMS adds two new ambulances to their fleet

Posted on December 30, 2015 10:10 am by Pamela Claytor

White County Emergency Medical Services has added two new ambulances to their fleet to keep up with the high demand of calls and out of county patient transfers. The majority of the cost was covered by a community development block grant, which allowed EMS to purchase two new ambulances at a cost to the county that was less than half of what they would have spent on an annual remount of one of their old boxes on a new chassis.  Director Mike Kerr thanks White County residents, commissioners and Executive Denny Wayne Robinson for making the purchase possible. See more in tomorrow’s edition of The Expositor.

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