Monthly Archives: June 2016

Frances Gerlach Phifer

Posted on June 30, 2016 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Frances Gerlach Phifer, 90, passed away June 26, 2016.

Mrs. Phifer was born June 29, 1925, the daughter of John Klause “J.K.” Klause Gerlach and Winnifred Jane “Jennie” Gerlach.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl Phifer Sr.; son, Carl Phifer Jr.; and sister, Bettye Jane Chambliss.

Survivors include two daughters, Frances Dodson (Kenneth), of Doyle; Sherrie Smith (Brian), of Clermont, Florida; brother, J.K. “Bud” Gerlach, of Memphis; grandchildren, Rena Roberts (Marty), Freddie Dodson, Jeffery Phifer, Dustin Smith (Cheyenne), Dylan Smith, Jason Phifer; and great-grandchildren, Titus Logan Crawford and Madison Crawford.

Funeral service will be noon, July 2, 2016, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Tim … CONTINUED

White County Garden Club hosts afternoon tea and luncheon

Posted on June 30, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Garden Club met, on June 14, 2016, at the home of Bill and Ella Hickey. Dozens of members and several guests enjoyed a delicious luncheon and afternoon tea. President Patsy Hitchcock welcomed everyone. Ella Hickey, hostess for the event, took the group on a tour of her beautiful garden. The garden club meets the second Tuesday of each month at White County Public Library.  Recent programs have included photographs of hidden areas of the county, as well as creating raised beds to make gardening easier, plus using herbs to flavor foods and for wellness. Those in attendance were: Judy Clemow, Wade and Donna Fare, Bill and … CONTINUED

July 4th safety urged

Posted on June 30, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Celebrating Independence Day with fireworks is an American tradition, but Sparta Fire Department is warning residents of the dangers of setting off fireworks, if not done properly.

Chief Kirk Young states, “The Sparta Fire Department mission is to educate the public on the safe use of fireworks and encourages consumers to follow the following safety tips before engaging in fireworks celebrations this Fourth of July.”

The tips include:

-Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

-Read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

-A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.

-Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. If you plan … CONTINUED

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Posted on June 30, 2016 6:06 am by

Father-son lawyer team opens new practice

Posted on June 30, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

Through hardship, one can choose to sink or swim. When John Hutson was faced with a major life change, he jumped on an opportunity to swim, which has now led to the formation of a new law practice with his son Jonathan, in one of Bockman Way’s historic buildings.

John, who was born and raised in Sparta, worked at Mallory Timers for 34 years when the company announced they would be ceasing operations in Sparta. To soften the blow, the company offered a severance package, which included money for college.

So John began attending Tennessee Tech, in Cookeville, where he says a professor encouraged him to attend law … CONTINUED

Preserving historical district may be vital to Retire TN

Posted on June 30, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

During their June 28 meeting, the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors continued deliberations on their ideas for fostering growth in the community, but they have found that the recent news concerning the inactive historic commission for the downtown historic district, may continue to be a stumbling block for Sparta, possibly preventing future participation in additional programs, including Retire Tennessee, unless it becomes active again.

Board member Diana Verble recently met with a representative of the Retire Tennessee program, of which White County is a member. According to, there are 19 communities that are participants of the program, which promotes these communities outside of the … CONTINUED

Ready for a fun weekend

Posted on June 30, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

North Sparta Church of God has set up its annual fireworks tent, which is located next door to Total Look Hair Design, at 1819 Roberts Matthews Highway, across from Jose’s Market. For the past 21 years, the church has provided fireworks of all types to help celebrate Independence Day. All proceeds benefit the church’s youth group. Credit cards are accepted. Volunteers will also be at the tent on July 4th for last-minute shoppers. They encourage everyone to practice safety when using the fireworks and to strictly follow directions on the packages. L-R: Katie Anderson, Dylan Young, Connie Raper and Dylan Copeland. (Photo by Kim Swindell Wood)

“Expositor Inquires” will help answer questions about community

Posted on June 30, 2016 5:05 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.


Wednesday’s All Star updates

Posted on June 29, 2016 11:11 pm by Tammy Wilhite

Two of Sparta’s All Star teams were in action Wednesday and both picked up wins.

The Coach Pitch (8 and under) team improved to 20 with the 19-8 win over Lebanon Gold in Smith County.

The 9/10 year old team also kept their slate perfect with and 11-6 win over Putnam County #2.  They are now 3-0 with two pool games remaining.

The 11’s will be in action Thursday at 8 p.m. against Cookeville at Jere Whitson.

The 12’s are finally scheduled to get into action as they have a doubleheader against Portland and Westmoreland at Portland Thursday.

The Coach Pitch team will be back in action at … CONTINUED


Posted on June 29, 2016 10:10 am 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.


Plainview gospel singing

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

Tuesday’s All Star updates

Posted on June 29, 2016 8:08 am by Tammy Wilhite

Three of Sparta’s Little League All Star teams were in action Tuesday night.

The 9/10 year old’s improved to 2-0 with a 13-4 win over Putnam County #2.

The coach pitch all start team blanked Portland 12-0 in Carthage.

The 11’s were defeated 11-1 by Gallatin in Cookeville.

See Thursday’s print edition for game recaps.


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