Monthly Archives: December 2019

Sparta karate athletes get big results during fall season

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

The fall competition season, which ended Dec. 7, produced some big results for Sparta karate athletes.

Twelve athletes from Bushido Karate Center combined to compete in 10 tournaments around the southeastern United States as well as three tournaments in Europe. According to Rachel Auberger, head coach for Team Bushido, only nine of those athletes are full-time competitors. The other three athletes competed in two or less events this season.

The local team combined to finish with 89 first place wins, 45 seconds, 29 thirds, 12 fourths, and 8 top eight finishes. In addition, the team won 10 Grand Championships – an award given to an athlete who, after … CONTINUED


Warriorettes get 1 win, 1 loss in Portland, Oregon

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

By Jerry Lowery

The White County High School Warriorettes took to the court, on Dec. 27, to take on South Medford High School from Medford, Oregon.  The Warriorettes struggled from the field as South Medford won the contest 65-48.

South Medford took a solid lead into the half and never looked back as they outshot the Warriorettes. The Warriorettes did make a run and cut the lead to eight in the third quarter, but the Medford team outscored the Warriorettes in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Mia Murray led with 15 points.  Julia Curtis had 11 points, and Kendreah Reeves added eight points.  Alaina Stiles scored … CONTINUED


Warriors give up one and victorious in another at Pigeon Forge

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

By Jerry Lowery

The Warriors took on Knoxville Bearden, on Dec. 27, in Pigeon Forge.  Bearden won the contest 56-38.

Grant Slatten led the Warriors in scoring with 24 points.  Kegan Dodson scored nine points.  Micah Webster and Masyn Winningham added two points each, and Kade Clark added one point to end the scoring for the Warriors.

The Warriors hit 14 of 32 from the field for 43 percent.  The Warriors hit only one three out of 18 attempts for a 6 percent average.  They shot seven of eight for 88 percent from the free-throw line.

On Dec. 28, the Warriors took on North Murray High School out … CONTINUED


What are you fighting for?

Posted on December 31, 2019 7:07 am by Sparta Live

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint church

Usually in life, whatever attacks is what’s swiftly dealt with. For example, if your roof develops a leak and attacks the structure of your home, you swiftly deal with it and repair the issue. If a farmer’s crops are being attacked, he quickly applies a pesticide to protect the harvest. And when an oil light appears on the dash of your car threatening to attack your engine, you immediately stop and add the vital oil that is needed to avoid a catastrophic breakdown. You see, all of these examples of attack deal with an area of our lives most people can’t afford … CONTINUED


This presidency only marks the beginning

Posted on December 31, 2019 7:07 am by Sparta Live

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

So here we sit – on the one hand, we have Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her not-quite-done impeachment and, on the other hand, Mitch McConnell, consummate wielder of senatorial power, with the calendar and the clock he believes favoring him and watching the chess game play out. While it might make for interesting debates, surely it’s not the best way to run a country.

For many decades now, the Democrat Party protests and tries to delegitimize Republican wins. Look at Bush in his first race. And with Trump’s win, we have ,for the first time, Democrat officeholders coming out and speaking … CONTINUED


Is 2020 going to be our next Y2K year? Feelings of gloom exist

Posted on December 31, 2019 7:07 am by Sparta Live

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Remember the trepidation that was running through the country and the world when we were approaching the year 2000?  I was watching a special on that the other day, and I realized I had forgotten the uncertainly we were feeling and the warnings being put out by the media telling us about the multitude of systems that could fail when 1999 turned into 2000.  I think the worst thing I experienced was putting the wrong century on my checks.  Trying to correct that usually ended up with voiding the check or checks because there was no good way to make a two … CONTINUED


Sales tax revenues reflect strong consumer activity

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

By Rachel Auberger

The November state revenue report was released earlier this month, and sales tax revenue was more than $35 million above the state estimate.

November sales tax collections across the state of Tennessee totaled $817,343,704.64, which was $37.2 million more than estimated and over $36 million more than November 2019. While each city and county across the state can set their own local tax rates, the state rate is 7.00 percent. White County collected $1,451,571.55 in state sales taxes while Van Buren County collected $121,286.38.

Van Buren County, whose local sales tax rate is 2.75 percent county-wide, collected $59,100.54 in local taxes. White County has two … CONTINUED


New laws will go into effect Jan. 1

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

Several new laws will be effective, on Jan. 1, 2020, some of which are of specific interest to many White Countians.

When interpreting the new laws, note that “HB” is an abbreviation for House Bill, and “SB” is an abbreviation for Senate Bill.

  • Codes – As enacted, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, requires electrical inspectors employed by a municipality, a county, or this state to be certified by the state fire marshal; establishes a recertification process for such electrical inspectors every three years; requires certain electrical inspectors under contract with the commissioner of commerce and insurance to be certified on and after Jan. 1, 2020. – Amends TCA Title
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New Findlay Elementary School is ready for students beginning Jan. 6

Posted on December 30, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

By Rachel Auberger

When school resumes on Jan. 6, 2020, students at Findlay Elementary School will all be seated in new classrooms.

“We are excited to be opening this new school, in Sparta, not only for the Findlay family but for all of White County,” Kurt Dronebarger, director of schools, said as he welcomed the community to the new facility during an open house, on Dec. 23. “This state-of-the-art facility is a testament to our school board’s commitment to excellence. We know that the community will be proud of this school and that it will serve the students of Sparta well for decades to come.”

The new school … CONTINUED


Ardelia Essigmann

Posted on December 30, 2019 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Ardelia Essigmann, 85, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 27, 2019, at her home.

Mrs. Essigmann was born on Oct. 7, 1934, in Punta Gorda, Florida, to Leroy and Jo Anne Coxwell.

She was a working mom, but she always made her children     anything they wanted for breakfast and made sure dinner was on the table with fresh bread of some kind. Mrs. Essigmann worked hard all her life. She was a very vibrant, energetic and driven woman. As an adult, Mrs. Essigmann completed her GED to further her education. She took pride in her appearance and made sure she was always presentable and physically fit. Mrs. Essigman was … CONTINUED


Get your copy of today’s Expositor

Posted on December 30, 2019 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Get The Expositor at these locations:

WHITE COUNTY: Highway 84 Market, Jose’s Market, Airport Marathon, Dollar General (all stores), Geer’s Grocery, Wilmar Market, Highway 70 Market, Central View Market and Grill, Big T’s Market, Keith’s Market, The Landing, Lazy Days Market, Mapco Express, Peacock Express, Bon Air Market, EZ Food Mart, Walgreens, Floyd’s Cash Saver, Sparta Market, Highway 111 Shell, Walmart, Regas Exxon, Alcorn’s Market, South Young Market, All In One/Sunoco (next to Burger King), Post Office

VAN BUREN COUNTY: Peacock Express, Citgo, Dollar General, Save-A-Lot, Spencer Drug Co.


Shirley Aline Fisher Johnson

Posted on December 29, 2019 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Shirley Aline Fisher Johnson, 80, of Sparta, passed away Christmas Day, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, in Murfreesboro.

Mrs. Johnson was born March 18, 1939, in Walling, to John Fisher and Venia Thelma Sparkman Fisher.  She retired from Thomas Industries after 41 years of service. She loved going to yard sales and was a huge fan of the University of Tennessee athletics and Elvis Presley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Hoyte Fisher, I.T. Fisher, Eldridge Fisher; and sisters, Betty Joe Fisher, Katie Fisher Hawkins and Edna Fisher Glen.

Surviving family members include her husband of 50 years, in a relationship that all started with … CONTINUED


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