Monthly Archives: August 2019

Active Duty Military Personnel

Posted on August 31, 2019 3:03 pm by

On Oct. 7, The Expositor will begin publishing a list titled “Active Duty Military Personnel.” We are proud to join the community in recognizing those who are serving our country. We will continually accept additions to the list. The names submitted must have a connection to White, Van Buren, Putnam, DeKalb, Cumberland, or Warren counties. (The individual serving in the military must be from one of these counties or have parents, a spouse, or children who live in one of these counties.)

Submissions must be emailed to Please provide  name and rank, branch of military, hometown, and where the person is stationed.

Quentin Taylor Young

Posted on August 31, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Quentin Taylor Young, 78, of Walling, passed away Aug. 29, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Young was born Sept. 12, 1940, in the Gum Springs Mountain community, of White County, to Foster V. Young and Thelma England Young.

He retired from Wagner Electric after 30 years of service and was a member of New Hope the Baptist Church. He was a champion bowler and loved camping and fishing, but most of all he loved being with his family where he was the “boss” and was always right, whether it was at playing cards or whatever was going on.

He was preceded in death by his parents … CONTINUED

Martha Janell Henry Rice

Posted on August 31, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Martha Janell Henry Rice, 83, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 29, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Rice was born March 19, 1936, in Putnam County, to Haskell Franklin Henry and Mary Jewell Morgan Henry.

She was a retired shirt factory worker.  She loved to draw, and she loved her dog Buddy, but mostly she loved her family and spoiling them with her frozen yellow cake with chocolate icing.

Mrs. Rice was a longtime member of Bon Air Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willard Ray Rice; grandson, Benjamin Rice; and brother, Charles Morgan.

Survivors include her son, Jerry R. Rice, of … CONTINUED

TN State Parks to host Tennessee Serves events in September

Posted on August 31, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee State Parks will host volunteer events in September as part of First Lady Maria Lee’s Monthly Service Challenge through her Tennessee Serves initiative.

“There are many ways to serve, and our parks are providing great ways to participate in this effort,” First Lady Lee said. “We are grateful to all Tennesseans who are putting their time and energy into serving others.”

“We appreciate the first lady’s commitment to service and we are eager to do our part,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said. “Tennessee is the Volunteer State, and there are a lot of opportunities to serve in Tennessee State … CONTINUED

DAV and RecruitMilitary will host Nashville Veterans Job Fair

Posted on August 31, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

DAV and RecruitMilitary will host the Nashville Veterans Job Fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.,  Thursday, Sept. 5, at Nissan Stadium. This free event for veterans, military spouses, transitioning military, National Guard members and Reservists features 50-plus employers ready to hire.

In addition to providing career opportunities for veterans, RecruitMilitary is also focusing efforts on the more than 600,000 military spouses in the United States who are unemployed and/or underemployed in their professional careers. The company is actively working to help address the exorbitantly high unemployment rate of military spouses – nearly 25 percent – a rate more than six times the national average. This is the highest unemployment … CONTINUED

TN Department of Mental Health web video series captures stories of community-based change agents

Posted on August 31, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services today premiered its One Team|One Vision video profiles featuring the stories of people across the state who are working at the community level to improve the lives of Tennesseans affected by substance use disorder.

Watch the videos at this link:

The people profiled in the 21 videos include individuals working in several different programs:

Care Teams: Partner with law enforcement to meet with people and families after an overdose
Faith-Based Community Coordinators: Empower congregations to impact addiction among their members and in their communities

Lifeline Peer Project: Increase recovery supports and connect people with treatment resources

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Preston Heights decoration

Posted on August 31, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The annual Decoration Day at Preston Heights Cemetery, in Quebeck,  will Saturday, Sept. 7. The board will meet at 8:30 a.m.  Donations may be made to Sherrie McCulley, Treasurer, 1605 McMinnville Hwy., Sparta, Tennessee 38583.

Sparta weather forecast 08.31.19

Posted on August 31, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Victory Flag veterans of World War II

Posted on August 30, 2019 5:05 pm by

White County Veterans Museum is searching for photos of nine of the World War II veterans who were listed on a Victory Flag that was recently donated to the museum. If anyone has photos of these men (hopefully in uniform but civilian clothes are fine), please bring the photo to The Expositor. We will scan the photo while you wait and promptly return it to you. We realize these photos are priceless treasures. These photos will be displayed at the museum alongside the Victory Flag. For more information, call Kim Swindell Wood (931) 836-3284 or email

  • Robert Johnson Howard
  • Robert Franklin Howard
  • Elmer Lee Kinnard
  • Harv Rich

Truly Blessed

Posted on August 30, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Ravenell Elrod

Posted on August 29, 2019 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Ravenell Elrod, 92, was born Jan. 3, 1927, in Sparta, and passed away Aug. 26, 2019, in Nashville.

Miss Elrod graduated from Draughn’s Business College and was very proud of her career, retiring as Credit Manager of Nashville Surgical Supply after 43 years.

“Aunt Ray” is best summed up in one word as absolute selflessness. Each of her precious nieces and nephews meant the world to her as well as her beloved brother, Thurman.

Miss Elrod is preceded in death by her parents, True Elrod and Laura Martin Elrod LaFever; brothers, William T. Elrod, Eugene (Bonnie) Elrod, Artis (Martha) Elrod; sisters, Louise (Fred) Gilliam, Ann L. Elrod; sister-in-law, … CONTINUED

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