Monthly Archives: September 2019

Looking toward a Democratic future

Posted on September 23, 2019 1:01 pm by Sparta Live

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

As I look toward the election now a little over a year way, the terrible show the Democrats have provided for all to see reassures me that perhaps we can re-elect Donald Trump. But, then, President Trump can only serve for four more years, and we are back in the throes of decision making. And I am not at all certain of what choices we might face then.

Let’s play a minute with the future. Let us pretend the year is 2023, and we are a little less than a year from a new election, and Donald Trump will no longer … CONTINUED

Will we still be around for the 2020 election?

Posted on September 23, 2019 1:01 pm by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

In less that 14 months, the 2020 elections will be taking place, if we’re still here.  Yes, I am being a little melodramatic, but writing this column and researching topics that we should all be thinking about can be overwhelming, at times.  This is one of those times for me.  I am not surprised by reports of more and more people suffering from depression and anxiety during the past two-and-a- half years.  That is not to say Americans never experienced stress before Donald Trump.  We have a history of turmoil and chaos ever since the “discovery” of America.

There has never been … CONTINUED

Ford Drive Event raises over $3,000 for White County school sports

Posted on September 23, 2019 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Rachel Auberger

On Aug. 17, Edd Rogers Valley Ford hosted a fundraiser and was able to present White County school sports with a check for over $3,000.

The fundraiser, which was a drive event, allowed participants to test drive a Ford vehicle in the front parking lot of White County High School. For every participant, Ford Motor Company donated $20 to the named charity: in this case, White County school sports.

“On behalf of White County Schools athletics, I want to say thank you to the Ford Motor Company and Valley Ford for sponsoring this event,” Terry Crain, White County athletic director, said. “Shane Rogers and his … CONTINUED

Robinson appointed to Launch Tennessee Board of Directors

Posted on September 23, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Denny Wayne Robinson

By Rachel Auberger

An organization whose objective is to help Tennessee entrepreneurs now welcomes White County’s executive as one of its newest board members.

Denny Wayne Robinson, White County executive, has been appointed to the board of directors for Launch Tennessee, which is a public-private partnership that aims to make Tennessee a entrepreneur-friendly state by removing roadblocks that hinder the early success of start-up businesses.

“Historically, there is a high failure rate for small, start-up businesses,” Robinson said. “Through Launch Tennessee, we want to be able to provide advice, resources, common meeting space, and networking for people who have great ideas but need help making … CONTINUED

Biz Foundry set to open co-working space in Sparta

Posted on September 23, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Rachel Auberger

The Biz Foundry, which offers space for remote workers to meet with clients, have conferences, use office equipment, or simply work at a desk and meet other remote workers, will be opening a location on North Main Street, in Sparta.

According to Jeff Brown, executive director and president, the Biz Foundry has monthly membership options to meet the various needs of remote workers and entrepreneurs. Brown said an individual can rent a seat for a few hours a week or have a space reserved for a full week of work. There are also day passes for those who might just need somewhere to meet a … CONTINUED

Fire departments send tankers and volunteers to Chattanooga

Posted on September 23, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Rachel Auberger

Tennessee Fire Chiefs Mutual Aid System is set up to be sure communities across the state can get support during times of tragedy or need, and, Sept. 13-15, White County did just that.

After a water main break, in Chattanooga, on Sept. 12, meant there would be no way to access water from hydrants in the city in the event of a fire emergency, city fire departments began calling for aid.

Jason Sparks, fire chief at Doyle Volunteer Fire Department and coordinator for White County, said he got a call, on Sept. 13, asking what he would be able to send. Sparks said he and … CONTINUED

Ted Franklin Prater

Posted on September 23, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Ted Franklin Prater, 74, of Sparta, passed from this life, on Sept. 22, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Prater was born Feb. 21, 1945, in Sparta, the son of Kenneth Prater and Laurine Clouse Prater.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Mr. Prater worked at Cummins Filtration for 40 years. He loved fishing and had lots of friends.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Sandra Knowles and Regina Underwood, and one brother, Kenneth “Butch” Prater.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Prater, of Sparta; one daughter, Tina Elrod, of Pleasant Hill; one son, Hank Golden and wife Becky, of Sparta; two granddaughters, … CONTINUED

Mayor explains why recent tax referendum did not specify use

Posted on September 23, 2019 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

By Ron Moses

Why were roads and sidewalks not earmarked in the language of the recently passed sales and usage tax referendum passed by special election?

Following questions and concerns from the public, Sparta Mayor and Board of Aldermen said during the Sept. 19 meeting that they will be working to make sure the money collected through the city’s newest tax will be used for roads and sidewalks. Sparta Mayor Jeff Young said not putting the language in the referendum was strategic.

“The way I understand, the state statute says that if you put any certain designation on vote in a referendum it takes two-thirds majority of votes … CONTINUED

Support Sparta-White County Volunteer Rescue Squad

Posted on September 23, 2019 12:12 pm by

Fall Photo Contest

Posted on September 23, 2019 11:11 am by

Enter a Fall Photo Contest

Sponsored by The Expositor and

Send in your favorite fall photo beginning RIGHT NOW! Maybe you have a photo saved from last year, or you may have already seen some beautiful fall scenes/decorations this year. The prize is a 6-month subscription to The Expositor.

E-mail photos to Please provide a phone number, along with the name of the photographer. Deadline for entries is 8 a.m., Sept. 26. All photos will then be posted on The photo with the most “likes” by 8 a.m., Sept. 30, will be the winner.

For more information, call Ashlee (931) 836-3284.

Victory Flag veterans of World War II

Posted on September 23, 2019 8:08 am 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

Celebrate a special event

Posted on September 23, 2019 8:08 am by

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