Taste of Home vendors gearing up for event

Posted on October 7, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Maude Ann Sparks (second from left) is the winner of one of many gifts given away at the annual Taste of Home Cooking School, which is sponsored by The Expositor.

Vendors slated to participate in the 2013 Taste of Home Cooking School, Oct. 15, at the White County Agriculture building, are busy preparing for the event.
Some are familiar faces and others are newcomers to the popular event.
Mike Masters, owner of The Master’s Brew, is excited about participating in this year’s event, hoping that the opportunity will allow him and The Master’s Brew team to meet with the community and tell folks about their work.
“We want … CONTINUED

Taste of Home Cooking School prizes announced

Posted on September 30, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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What now? That simple question of “What now?” appears to be what young Jonathan Cranford is asking his buddy Michelle Roberts, culinary specialist with Taste of Home Cooking School. Roberts not only teaches the audience how to prepare simple and delicious dishes, but she also adds a bit of humor to her presentation. Jonathan has become one of her regular sidekicks during the Sparta event. Jonathan is the son of David and Jennifer Cranford, of Sparta, and grandson of Alan and Joyce Tatum, also of Sparta.

The grand prize for the upcoming Taste of Home cooking school event has just been announced.
Shaffield’s Furniture has announced it will … CONTINUED

Stults isn’t slowing down

Posted on September 23, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Patty Stults spends her days creating and arranging displays at the White County Public Library.

At 71, Patty Stults isn’t slowing down. The part-time library employee spends her working hours creating new displays and developing programs to help encourage readership.
“I really enjoy it,” she told The Expositor.
When she retired from Waggoner, after working there for 20 years, she spent her time caring for her mother.
After her mother passed away, Stults decided to put her time to use by helping with local organizations.
“I had a lot of time on my hands,” she said.
After expressing interest in working with the White County Public Library, Stults … CONTINUED

‘Silent killer’ blamed for thousands of female deaths each year

Posted on September 16, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Dr. Kalyani Kumar talks about the deadliest gynecological disease — ovarian cancer.

It’s known as the silent killer and is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers — ovarian cancer
“Seventy percent of ovarian cancers, by the time they’re detected, it’s too far gone,” Dr. Kalyani Kumar, gynecologist with Highlands Medical Center, said. “They don’t’ get detected early enough.”
American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013, about 22,240 cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed, and 14,030 women will die of ovarian cancer in the United States.
According to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, mortality rates for ovarian cancer have not improved in 40 years since the “War on … CONTINUED

Sparta agent, former mayor retiring

Posted on September 2, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Christie Cash and Tommy Pedigo look over paperwork and prepare for Pedigo’s retirement later this month.

A lot can happen in 40 years; just ask Tommy Pedigo.
In that time, he has established a long-term career as a successful insurance agent with a national company, served his hometown as a city leader, raised a family, and has traveled to some of the most beautiful locations in the world.
Now, he says the time has come for him to leave the daily grind and spend time with his family and travel.
“There comes a time when it’s time to step aside,” Pedigo said. “The problem is that it sneaks … CONTINUED

Fall Creek Falls State Park Announces 35th Mountaineer Folk Festival

Posted on August 29, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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 Fall Creek Falls State Park will host its 35th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival Sept. 6-8, offering a weekend of traditional music, country cooking, pioneer demonstrations and more than 100 craft booths.
“The Mountaineer Folk Festival highlights and celebrates the heritage of the Cumberland Plateau with great music, food and fun for the whole family,” Park Manager Jim Hall said. “This year’s event promises to be the biggest and best to date with exciting opportunities for all ages. We encourage everyone to come out and join in the good times.”
The three-day festival kicks off Friday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m., with a dance presentation by the Rhythm Express … CONTINUED

Sisters, best friends say faith and love kept them close

Posted on August 26, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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These three sisters are also best friends. Pictured, from left, are Opal Oliver, Willie Mae Sparkman, and Jonelda Hutson.

L-R: Willie Mae Sparks Sparkman, parents Laurine Sparks and J.T. Sparks, Opal Sparks Oliver, Jonelda Sparks Hutson.

Jonelda Hutson, Opal Oliver, and Willie Mae Sparkman share a special bond. They are sisters, ranging in age from 78 to 86.
They are also best friends, claiming they’ve never had a fight, aside from some sisterly teasing every now and again.
The Sparks sisters were born in the Springhill community of White County to J.T. and Laurine Sparks. They are also descendants of White County founder John White.
The Sparks were … CONTINUED

Noah’s Ark is found

Posted on August 19, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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The odd-shaped land formation, in Turkey, is the actual site where Noah’s Ark is located.

Kevin Fisher, of Sparta, stands beside one of the “anchor stones” that was believed to be attached to the ark.

Kevin Fisher, of Sparta, points out a government road sign that says “Nuhun Gemishi,” which means “Noah’s big boat.” He and the other members of the group turned off the main paved road, opposite Mt. Ararat, onto a gravel road and made their way up the mountain for the short drive and soon saw the ark before them at 6,500 feet.

Kevin Fisher, of Sparta, and the remainder of his group begin the


White County is home to many artisans

Posted on August 5, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Beautiful. Paintings of Tennessee landscapes, by Karen Walton, a White County painter, can be found found in the Fragrant Mushroom.

Creating. Bob Miller works on refining the finish of a bowl in the Fragrant Mushroom pottery studio.

Inside the Fragrant Mushroom Gallery hang colorful, detailed paintings of Tennessee landscapes. Decorative pottery and unique hand-crafted jewelry also adorn the shelves and displays inside the gallery.
Local artisans like Karen Walton, Deanna Lack, and Thor McNeil, owner of the Fragrant Mushroom, are behind some of those creations and all share a passion for what they create.
Be it paintings, jewelry, or pottery; whatever they make is made with love and … CONTINUED

Sparta native earns doctorate

Posted on May 20, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Carrie (Ross) Abood (second from right, front row), along with the other graduates of the doctorate in education program, celebrate their achievement as the inaugural class to graduate from the new program.

After nearly 30 years, one Sparta native is finally finished with school.
Carrie (Ross) Abood went all the way with her education recently earning her doctorate of education in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University — one of 22 students to graduate from the inaugural group of graduates from the program.
Abood, born and raised in Sparta, grew up playing basketball and soccer. Her family resides in Sparta.
Her father and grandfather practice dentistry … CONTINUED

Prevention is key in fighting diseases

Posted on May 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Dr. Kalyani Kumar, of White County Women’s Healthcare, stresses the importance of preventative care as an effective way to stay healthy.

A passion for prevention — That’s how Dr. Kalyani Kumar, of White County Women’s Healthcare, describes her work.
Originally from India, Dr. Kumar graduated from medical school there. She then completed her Ob/Gyn residency in New York before moving to Richmond, VA. There, she held her own private practice. She then moved to Sparta in 2009.
“I’ve been all over the world,” she said. “We like this area. It’s nice and quiet.
“I also saw there was a lot of need for (promoting prevention in) this area … CONTINUED

Quilt Guild members attend retreat

Posted on May 13, 2013 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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The Stitch, Show & Share Quilt Guild recently enjoyed a three-day quilters retreat at The Lodge, located on Douglas Lake in, Sevierville.
The SSS Quilt Guild was formed in 1980 by six ladies as a way to share their quilts and quilt making with each other. They began to host an annual quilt show soon thereafter so they could share their quilts with the general public.
In 1992, the Guild decided to host its quilt show every other year so as to have a more varied selection of quilts to show, and they chose to do that in the even years. For many years the Show was housed … CONTINUED

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