Elf on the Shelf contest

Posted on December 14, 2019 12:12 pm by

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EXTENDED! Our Elf on the Shelf contest has been extended through Dec. 18. Easy to play, and someone will win a $100 Walmart gift card AND a 1-year subscription to The Expositor. Visit participating businesses (listed in The Expositor), find the code words, then enter them on our site. The more you code words you enter, the more chances to win.

Click here for details and to enter code words: https://spartalive.com/elf-on-the-shelf/



Scared of Santa contest

Posted on December 13, 2019 10:10 am by

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Dig out those old photographs. You know which ones we are talking about – the photos of your kiddos when they were sitting in Santa’s lap. Well, maybe SITTING is not the correct word – maybe they were screaming their little heads off as they attempted to get away from the man in red.

Send your photos to kim@spartalive.com. Label them “Scared of Santa” and be sure to provide the name of the children in the photo, your name, and a phone number. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15. The photos will be posted on The Expositor’s Facebook page by 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 16.… CONTINUED



There really is a Santa Claus: The amazing history of Christmas

Posted on December 12, 2019 11:11 am by Sparta Live

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Language of Liberty – By William Federer

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…”

You probably know what happens next. But do you know who wrote this poem, and when? Do you know where the tradition of the Christmas tree comes from? Lights on the Christmas tree? Stockings? Even the idea of gift-giving?

No holiday has a richer and more varied tradition than Christmas. So let’s look into its history and see if we can uncover some of that richness and tradition. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas—well, at least you’ll have a better appreciation of … CONTINUED


Ornaments on the tree

Posted on December 12, 2019 11:11 am by Sparta Live

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By Topher Wiles

Grandma Nell was so sweet when she gave us her tree about 16 years ago.  That Christmas tree has seen a lot of years, and we were happy to keep putting it up year after year when she no longer could.  As our first Christmas tree in the Wiles family, our ornaments took on the personality of the tree.  We began decorating with mostly hand-me-down ornaments donated by Grandma, my mom, sweet friends, and dirty-Santa game winnings.  Now that old tree is completely filled with memories of sweet times and sweet people long past.  I’d like to tell you about three of our ornaments that … CONTINUED


Always give thanks

Posted on December 12, 2019 11:11 am by Sparta Live

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Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Many years ago, as a young preacher boy in college, I was privileged to know a man of God named David Walters. He preached in our college church on many special occasions, and later, as a young pastor, I invited him to speak at a revival in one of my first churches.

David served as pastor of several churches and was involved in the Navigators, a para-church organization that promotes discipleship and scripture memorization. Listening to him quote Bible verses, passages, even complete books of the Bible was an amazing experience.  Pastor Walters was a spiritual giant and one of my early … CONTINUED


Relay for Life looking for teams

Posted on December 12, 2019 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Rachel Auberger

The White County Relay for Life committee is looking for teams for this year’s relay that will be held May 16, 2020.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event and is dedicated to helping communities attack cancer.

Funds that are raised through the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life often go to cancer research as they work diligently to find a cure for cancer. However, funds are also spent locally. Gas cards are often provided for patients who need help with the cost of getting to and from treatments centers. In addition, in 2018 alone, funds from the American Cancer Society … CONTINUED


Dr. Alan Drake retiring from medical practice after 34 years

Posted on December 12, 2019 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Rachel Auberger

After more than 34 years, Dr. Alan Drake has decided the time has come to retire from the private medical practice he opened, in August 1985.

Drake, who has family roots from Sparta but grew up in Michigan, moved to Sparta when the White County Hospital recruited him to open an independent practice. He said that he and his wife quickly fell in love with the area and the people and knew from the beginning this was the place they wanted to call home.

“The funny thing is, I knew my father was originally from Tennessee, but I didn’t realize he was from Sparta,” Drake … CONTINUED


WCMS students participate in STEM Design Challenge

Posted on December 12, 2019 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Rachel Auberger

White County Middle School seventh grade STEM classes recently participated in the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network/Tennessee Department of Agriculture-sponsored STEM Design Challenge.

According to Christy Gooch, STEM teacher at White County Middle School, students were tasked with brainstorming a solution to help end food insecurity in their community or state. Students were given several topics they could choose to focus on: increasing access to healthy foods, reducing transportation costs of produce, limiting food waste, protecting crops from natural disasters, or growing the workforce of farmers and agriculturalists.

First place winners. Abby Heady and Brayden Lewis (designed an app to connect college students with food insecurity

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Library hosts Snacks with Santa

Posted on December 12, 2019 11:11 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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By Rachel Auberger

On Dec. 7, White County Public Library hosted its fourth annual Snacks with Santa event.

108 children, along with just over 100 adults, were able to experience that joy and wonder of Christmas when they stopped by this year’s popular event and took time to visit Santa and give him their Christmas wish lists.

Participants were also able to enjoy decorating cookies and eating Christmas snacks while they were at the library. Craft activities, including making Christmas cards and decorating paper trees and gingerbread men, were also available for those who really wanted to get into the Christmas spirit.

The event, which was staffed by … CONTINUED


Elf on the Shelf contest

Posted on December 12, 2019 9:09 am by

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EXTENDED! Our Elf on the Shelf contest has been extended through Dec. 18. Easy to play, and someone will win a $100 Walmart gift card AND a 1-year subscription to The Expositor. Visit participating businesses (listed in The Expositor), find the code words, then enter them on our site. The more you code words you enter, the more chances to win.

Click here for details and to enter code words: https://spartalive.com/elf-on-the-shelf/


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