Monthly Archives: April 2016

“Expositor Inquires” will help answer questions about community

Posted on April 30, 2016 10:10 am by Cristie Vinson

The Expositor is publishing a monthly article that will give residents an opportunity to have their concerns answered.

The article, The Expositor Inquires, asks that the community submit questions or concerns they may have about something going on in White County.

The Expositor will be accepting questions about all topics, including city and county government, status on construction projects, new businesses and updates on news stories.

Any questions you would like to submit should be sent to Be sure to put “The Expositor Inquires” in the subject line.

The questions will be researched, and The Expositor will get statements directly from the appropriate official sources.


National Day of Prayer

Posted on April 30, 2016 5:05 am by

National Prayer Day is Thursday, May 5, 2016. Everyone is invited to gather at White County Courthouse in the area near the gazebo for a special ceremony at 10 a.m. For additional information contact Brian McCutchen, (931) 545-7543.

Putnam County named one of new adult education service providers

Posted on April 30, 2016 5:05 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced on April 29 eight new service providers who will coordinate adult education programs in each of the state’s 95 counties.

Tennessee now has 40 adult education service delivery areas, each with a separate entity overseeing the program in its respective part of the state. On July 1, 2016 TDLWD will restructure those service delivery areas into eight districts.

During fiscal year 2015-2016, the state of Tennessee paid $3.15 million in administrative costs associated with the adult education program. The realignment to eight districts will reduce those administrative costs by nearly $2.1 million in fiscal year 2016-2017.

The department will take … CONTINUED

Arrie Morine Lance Looney

Posted on April 29, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Arrie Morine Lance Looney, 91, of Sparta, passed away April 28, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Looney was born Sept. 17, 1924, in White County, to Frank Lance and Mollie Goodson Lance.

She was a factory worker.

Mrs. Looney was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charlie Reed Looney; two sons, Leslie Looney, Richard Looney; and two brothers, Tim Lance and Luther Lance.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Joyce Looney, of Sparta; granddaughter, Sherry Schreyer, of Sparta; grandson, Jeffery Looney, of Doyle; great-grandchildren, Steven, Khristy, Trinity, Thristin, Darla; great-great-grandchildren, Shyanne, Treyvon, Charity; and sisters, Linda Williams, Willie Rae Poss, and Mary Ella Hammock, … CONTINUED

Drug take back tomorrow at Walgreens

Posted on April 29, 2016 11:11 am by Pamela Claytor

Sparta Police Department will be at Walgreens, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., tomorrow, Saturday, April 30, collecting unused or expired medications to be properly disposed of. No liquids or syringes will be accepted this year.

If it is raining the collection site will be moved inside the store.

One year, 95 counties – a true Tennessee traveler

Posted on April 29, 2016 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

A Special Letter to SpartaLive from Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Kevin Triplett

It was on the drive back from Lewis County when I really started thinking about it.

For months I had been traveling this great state of ours, talking about things like the roughly 570 miles across, discussing with partners the diversity of the geography, history, music and attractions. We mapped out the daunting task of observing that diversity first-hand by visiting all 95 counties in a year’s time — to survey what was out there.

Then I thought of Lewis County’s namesake; Meriwether Lewis, leader of the Corps of Discovery — that 4,000-mile, up-and-back journey to survey … CONTINUED

Searching for veterans

Posted on April 29, 2016 9:09 am by

SpartaLive and The Expositor are searching for men and women who served in the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq. Please email Kim Swindell Wood – Please provide your name and contact information, as well as the military action in which you served.

Essie Lebenhart

Posted on April 29, 2016 9:09 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Essie Lebenhart, 74, of Sparta, passed away this morning at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Crosland named 6AAA Player of the Year…again

Posted on April 29, 2016 9:09 am by Tammy Wilhite

The name Crosland and Player of the Year is starting to become synonymous.

Cade Crosland garnered the honor this year in 6AAA boys’ basketball and now Cole Crosland, a junior, has been named as the District 6AAA boys’ tennis Player of the Year.  It’s his second year winning the award as he garnered it as a sophomore.  (He won Freshman of the Year in his inaugural season of high school tennis.)

Crosland was the lone WCHS player to receive first team honors, but two singles players and two doubles teams received second team honors.

Get all that information plus details on next week’s district tournament in Monday’s print … CONTINUED

Statement from Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris regarding missing juvenile: Katlyn LeeAnn Dunn

Posted on April 29, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

“I regret to announce the sad conclusion to yesterday’s missing person case. She was located by emergency personnel and found to be unresponsive. She passed away before we could locate her and we all grieve for this juvenile.

“…we and many other first responders made every effort to locate her quickly and get her medical attention. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the juvenile’s friends and family at this time.”

Mams 4 Moms

Posted on April 29, 2016 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The staff at the Women’s Center at Cookeville Regional has a spot reserved for moms on Friday, May 6, 2016, at its annual ‘Mams 4 Moms’ event. On Friday, May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. mothers may schedule an appointment to come to the Women’s Center for a mammogram, free bone density heel screening, enjoy refreshments, and take home a mason jar full of goodies.

This is the sixth year ‘Mams 4 Moms’ has taken place at the Women’s Center. The Women Center continues to grow and serve patients in the Upper Cumberland region and surrounding regions.

For more information about Mams 4 Moms or to … CONTINUED

Charles C. Brown

Posted on April 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Charles C. Brown, 83, of Monterey, passed away April 27, 2016, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, in Murfreesboro.

Mr. Brown was born Jan. 9, 1933, in Sparta, to Cecil Brown and Bertha Mabe Brown.

He had worked as an inspector with Mallory Timers, in Sparta, and Avco Corp., in Nashville. He was a member of Jere Baxter Masonic Lodge #742, a 32nd Degree member Of Al Menah Temple, of Nashville, and American Legion Post 99, of Sparta. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran, serving 1953-1955, with one tour of duty in France.

Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Debbie Brown; two … CONTINUED

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