Monthly Archives: May 2016

Pet Idol 2016: Cutest Pet Contest

Posted on May 31, 2016 3:03 pm by

The Expositor is once again sponsoring ‘Pet Idol,’ which provides those who have beloved furry or feathered friends (or maybe not-so-furry and feathered) a way to showcase their cutie pies in a contest that will also provide a donation to White County Humane Society.

The winner will receive a $100 gift card!

Deadline: Photos must be received at the Expositor by 5 p.m. on JUNE 10.
Ways to enter:
1. Email photos to:
(Include your pet’s name, your name, address & phone number).
2. Bring photos to our office (34 W Bockman Way, Sparta)

• Visit to … CONTINUED

Accident without injuries reported at Roosevelt at 111

Posted on May 31, 2016 3:03 pm by Pamela Claytor

Sparta Police Department are responding to a vehicle crash, reportedly without injuries at the intersection of Roosevelt Drive and Highway 111.

Warrior kids camp

Posted on May 31, 2016 1:01 pm by Tammy Wilhite

The Warrior youth basketball camp is going on this week from Tuesday through Thursday.  Approximately 80 kids are in attendance.

Ovella Smith

Posted on May 31, 2016 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Ovella Smith, 97, a resident of McMinnville and a native of Putnam County, passed away, May 30, 2016, at NHC Healthcare in McMinnville.

Mrs. Smith was born May 22, 1919.

She was the daughter of Levi Perkins and Mary Allison Jones Dunn.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and member of East End Church of Christ.

She was married July 17, 1936, to Elbert Harvey Smith who preceded her in death March 27, 1979.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by son, Joe H. Smith; seven brothers, Monroe, Leo, Lando, Lonzo, Enlo, Casto and Rasco Dunn; and four sisters, Minnie Nash, Maggie Dunn, … CONTINUED

Posted on May 31, 2016 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

“Expositor Inquires” will help answer questions about community

Posted on May 31, 2016 10:10 am by

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.


Almyra Methodist Church celebrates 122nd anniversary on June 5

Posted on May 31, 2016 7:07 am by

Alymra United Methodist Church will celebrate its 122nd homecoming with a potluck meal, on June 5, 2016. Worship service is 11 a.m., with lunch beginning approximately at noon. There will be singing after the meal. Bro. Paul Allen, pastor, and the congregation invite everyone is invited.

In 1884, William Doan, an early school teacher in this area, gave the acre of ground upon which Almyra United Methodist Church was built. The existing church and the school that once stood in that community were both named “Almyra” in honor of his wife, Almyra McConnell Doan.

Many families in the area helped cut timber and slice it to make … CONTINUED

Rotary Club seeking sponsors for Byrd Bumbalough Golf Tournament

Posted on May 31, 2016 7:07 am by

How John Wayne saved the United States Marine Corps

Posted on May 30, 2016 2:02 pm by Sparta Live

Language of Liberty: By Susan Frickie

Once WWII concluded, the years of bloodshed and mind-numbing violence finally ended, but a massive demobilization of servicemen to slash military spending began. Liberal Democrats supported an effort to completely abolish the Marine Corps, first established under Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

This effort was supported by the Doolittle Board, created by the Truman Administration, and headed by none other than Army General Jimmy Doolittle himself, which called for the Marine Corps to be disbanded as a separate military outfit and unified with Army units.

As you can imagine, this didn’t go over well with Marines who had sacrificed so much … CONTINUED

Take personal responsibility for your own actions

Posted on May 30, 2016 2:02 pm by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog: By Debra Wines

Personal responsibility is a term that gets thrown around a great deal today. It seems to be a favorite catch phrase during elections. The definition of personal responsibility seems to change, depending on what kind of liberal or conservative is defining the term. Extremes in both parties have VERY different opinions about personal responsibility and governmental responsibility. The moderate conservatives that I know and moderate liberals seem to feel it is an ever- changing and circumstantial issue.

Since the founding of our country, the arguments have existed about how much should our federal government be responsible for, how and who will pay for … CONTINUED

Two arrested after driver reportedly leaves scene of accident

Posted on May 30, 2016 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

A driver reportedly hit a gas truck and continued traveling before Sparta police arrested him for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident, as well as filing charges against the passenger who reportedly vandalized a police officer’s patrol car.

According to a warrant filed by Sparta Police Patrolman Will Whitson, at approximately 7:53 a.m., on May 17, 2016, police officers were dispatched to Mayberry Street about a reckless driver.

Whitson reports that while en route, officers were advised by dispatch that the vehicle had hit a gas truck, and the vehicle, which now had damage on the driver side, had turned east on Bockman Way.

As Whitson … CONTINUED

Man facing charges for hitting two patrol cars in 2015 incident

Posted on May 30, 2016 1:01 pm by Pamela Claytor

After allegedly ramming into two officers’ vehicles and leading officers on a two-county chase in October 2015, a Cookeville man has recently been charged with a list of offenses that occurred during the White County portion of the pursuit.

According to a warrant filed by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer James Douglas, at approximately 10:20 p.m., on Oct. 31, 2015, Douglas was traveling east on Crossville Highway, on BonAir Mountain. The warrant states, “A small white car came speeding up behind his vehicle and three other vehicles, passing five cars on a double yellow line.”

Douglas activated his blue lights and reports that the vehicle got in front … CONTINUED

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