LOCAL NEWS

WCTE to broadcast TTU graduation ceremony, Aug. 8

 WCTE PBS will broadcast Tennessee Tech University’s commencement ceremonies starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 8 on the WORLD Channel and also and via stream at wcte.org and …

New unemployment claims filed

Effective July 30, 2020   Total Claims Paid:         264,002 Total Payments:            …

Farmers’ markets remain safe source for fresh, local foods

Farmers markets throughout Tennessee have worked diligently to connect producers of fresh, local foods to consumers safely. From visiting a new market to lighting up the night in Nashville, there are …

Tennessee seeking non-profits to serve state's pandemic needs

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is opening the grant application process Saturday August 1 to support non-profit organizations serving Tennessee’s health and economic needs …

Arthur Edwin “Skip” Davis Jr.

Arthur Edwin “Skip” Davis Jr., 63, of Spencer, passed away July 31, 2020, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta. Mr. Davis was born Sept. 18, 1956, in England, to Francis …

Cynthia Dianne Myers Arthur

Cynthia Dianne Myers Arthur, 63, of Smyrna, formerly of Sparta, passed away July 29, 2020, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Arthur was born April 13, 1957, in Sparta, to …

Roberta Eulene O’Dell Wilson

Roberta Eulene O’Dell Wilson, 88, of Sparta, passed away peacefully at her home, on July 28, 2020. Mrs. Wilson was born May 29, 1932, in White County, to Franklin Joseph O’Dell and …

Marietta Effner

Marietta Effner entered the Kingdom of Heaven, on July 28, 2020, at the age of 64. She was born Nov. 19, 1955, at home, in Port Jervis, New …

Benjamin Keith "Ben" Swindell

Benjamin Keith "Ben" Swindell, 78, of Walling, passed away July 31, 2020, at Signature Health Care, Algood. Mr. Swindell was born Oct. 13, 1941, in the Yateston community of White County, to James …

Socialist Democrat Party - the true enemy of the USA

It is time to disenfranchise the Socialist Democrat Party (SDP) as a political party, shine the bright light of truth on it, and recognize it for what it is; i.e. an anti-American hate group that …

A COVID silver lining: School Choice Now Act

 President Trump has been trying to make school choice a priority for months. Now, with the virus forcing local districts to scrap their fall plans, he might finally have the opening he’s …

Sharing the daring is really caring

That deep orange circle of sun rapidly disappeared underneath the canopy line of trees. The edge of dark chasm between us and the sun only added to the gravity of the colorful spectacle before …

Vote now in the 2020 Readers' Choice Awards

All new for 2020! You can now vote online in our 2020 Readers' Choice from The Expositor and SpartaLive.com. Help us recognize the best of White County!

Uncovering some covered-up behavior

         Recently our stinking cute granddaughter, Katie Grace, spent some time in Florida with her other grandparents, Ya-ya and Pop. Of course Nahnee and …

B.A.M. serves community

The Backpack Assist Ministry team didn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic stop them from serving the community, although their back-to-school distribution did look different than previous years. On …

White County Sheriff’s Office applies for grants

The Office of Criminal Justice Programs recently announced a deadline extension for local jails and courts to apply for federal grants through the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program, …

Liberty Square Lofts is open

Sparta’s newest place to stay officially opened its doors July 25. The Liberty Square Lofts, located above the old Sparta Office Supplies building, at 18 Liberty Square, will offer visitors and …

TN sites added to National Register of Historic Places

The Tennessee Historical Commission (THC), the state agency that is designated as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), today announced the addition of seven properties to the National …

Tennessee State Parks host virtual bicycle ride across TN

Tennessee State Parks has announced that the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee will be a virtual event this year for the health and safety of riders and park personnel. “This is a great event …

Big Band Sound bringing jazz to Dogwood Park

Saxophones, trumpets, trombones and more are coming to Dogwood Park. Big Band Sound Orchestra will present a free concert Monday at 7:30 p.m. Another is scheduled for Sept. 7. “The …

Rodney Maurice “Little Cool” Gunter

Rodney Maurice “Little Cool” Gunter, 65, passed away July 11, 2020, at his residence, in McMinnville. Mr. Gunter was born Jan. 22, 1955, in Woodbury, to Doyle and Kathleen Gunter. A …

Charles Danny Arkon Sr.

As I sit here preparing to write the hardest piece I have ever written, the obituary of the greatest man I've ever known, my hero, my dad, Charles Danny Arkon Sr. I know I am expected to write the …

Patrick Elliott Sloan

Patrick Elliott Sloan, 37, of Sparta, passed away July 24, 2020, in Goodlettsville. He was born Feb. 23, 1983, in Nashville. He was the son of James Douglas Sloan II and Pauleese Newby …

Gerald Robert Fabyunkey

Gerald Robert Fabyunkey, 67, of Doyle, passed away July 25, 2020, at his home. Mr. Fabyunkey was born Nov. 23, 1952, in San Diego, California , the son of Vernon Fabyunkey and Ann Vergoglino …

Larry Kenneth “Kenny” Gilreath

Larry Kenneth “Kenny” Gilreath, 71, of Sparta, passed away peacefully, on April 24, 2020. Mr. Gilreath was born March 4, 1959, in Cookeville, to William Milton Gilreath and Evelena …

William M. Stevens Sr.

William M. Stevens Sr., 88, of Sparta, passed away July 24, 2020, at his residence. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Stevens who had resided in Franklin, New Jersey. Mr. Stevens enjoyed being …

Walter B. Holman

Walter B. Holman Jr., 77, of Sparta, passed away July 28, 2020, at his home. Mr. Holman was born July 2, 1943, in Sparta, to Walter and Bessie Holman. He served as an elder at West Sparta …

June jobless rates decrease

Unemployment rates in a vast majority of Tennessee’s 95 counties continued to drop in June, according to new data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce …

Convenient to apply for services

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) has received approval from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to temporarily waive one step in the process for individuals receiving …

Reopening plan for TN schools

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday the State of Tennessee’s recommendations to reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school year. “Providing parents a choice in their …

Extended sales tax holiday

State Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) is encouraging citizens to take advantage of Tennessee’s 15th annual Sales Tax Holiday set to begin the last weekend in July. This year, the General …

Grants for ag and forestry

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M., today this week that 17 more businesses supported by the Agriculture Enterprise Fund, including 10 meat …

Roane State Dean's List announced

Roane State Community College has announced its Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester. The following local students were named to the Dean's List: Ana Gomez, of Sparta Summer Selby, of …

State parks announce discounts

Tennessee State Parks are providing a 10-percent discount for Tennessee residents to enjoy overnight accommodations through a new Tennessee Resident Discount Program, applying to most campsites, …

TDA monitors situation of unsolicited seeds recipients

Citizens have contacted the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) indicating they’ve received seeds in the mail that they did not order. The seeds appear to have been shipped from China, …

State Fair online competitions

It won’t be as it has been for sure. But the Tennessee State Fair will still be making an appearance this year as it has for more than 150 years, although those participating this year will …

Louis Rex Mann

Louis Rex Mann, 91, passed away July 21, 2020. Mr. Mann was born April 18, 1929, in Lovettsville, Virginia, to Louis and Mary Mann. He was a Korean War veteran and was proud of his service to …

Garnetta Ray Flatt

Garnetta Ray Flatt, 86, passed away July 21, 2020, at NHC Healthcare of McMinnville. Mrs. Flatt was born April 11, 1934, in Sparta, to Casto Ray and Jennie Hitchcock Ray. She was preceded in …

Tennessee revenues decline

 Tennessee Department of Finance recently announced that revenues for the state of Tennessee were more than $12 million less that the budgeted estimate. Tennessee Department of Finance and …

County executive talks about White County and coronavirus

As the number of positive cases of COVID-19 keeps rising throughout the county, like much of the state and country, questions are also arising as to how some of the statistics are derived and what …

Additional $115 million available for COVID response

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group announced July 20 that an additional $115 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds will be made available to local governments to …

New York woman charged in Crossville drug-related death

A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and detectives with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, has …

Tennessee Promise program gives more Tennesseans college opportunities

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has completed an extensive evaluation of the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program, which was created by the General Assembly in 2014 to give more high school …

UCHRA continues commodities distribution during pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) has made adjustments to keep clients, staff, and volunteers safe while providing non-perishable items to those in …

Donations to White County Library: April-June 2020

 Books in Memory: “Rita” Shannon Adams, Together at the Table, given by Denise Creason Michael Allen Adcock, No Fear, given by Roger & Denise Creason & Cricket …

Streams in the desert

We all have fond memories of a cool swim on a hot summer day, whether that day was this week or long ago. Whether you knew how to swim or felt more comfortable only wading, the one thing we …

Courting disaster

 Well here we are again! Glad to have your pair of eyes directed here, and I will do my best to justify the time you invest in reading here. Our justice system is again the subject of our …

White County has experienced leap in positive COVID-19 tests

White County, which offers free COVID-19 virus testing at both the fairgrounds and the health department, saw a spike in the confirmed positive tests, on July 15. White County’s number of …

Census takers will soon visit

 The 2020 Census, which began in March with requests for those living within the United States and its five territories to complete their household survey online, will enter the next stage, …

Schools will now offer option of Virtual Program

White County schools announced last week that they will be opening on schedule but using a hybrid approach in which students will attend school two days a week while participating in virtual learning …

City police officer involved in two-vehicle crash on Hwy 111

At approximately 9:05 a.m., July 16, 2020, a Sparta police officer was involved in a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Walker Cove Road and Highway 111. According to the traffic crash …

Judith Ann Turner      

Judith Ann Turner, 79, of Sparta, formerly of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, went home to be with her Lord, on July 14, 2020, while at her daughter’s home, in Lake Placid, Florida.  Mrs. …
OBITUARIES

Rodney Maurice “Little Cool” Gunter

Rodney Maurice “Little Cool” Gunter, 65, passed away July 4, 2020, at his residence, in McMinnville. Mr. Gunter was born Jan. 22, 1955, in Woodbury, to Doyle and Kathleen Gunter. He …

  • Martha Mae Payne Bryant

    Martha Mae Payne Bryant, 89, went peacefully to be with the    Lord, on July 15, 2020, while at the …

  • Dustin Dale Cunningham

    Dustin Dale Cunningham, 29, passed away July 14, 2020. Dustin was born Aug. 1, 1990, in Cookeville, to …

  • Terry Don "Binky" Baker

    Terry Don “Binky” Baker passed away on June 25, 2020 at the age of 35.Mr. Baker was born Aug. 2, …

  • Mary Katherine Dilldine Mabe

    Mary Katherine Dilldine Mabe, 86, of the Cedar Creek community, of White County, passed away June …

OPINION

Planned-emic is over. Cue the riots.

Have you asked yourself “Who are these evil people who’ve engineered this chaos? Are they trying to destroy America”? The draconian pandemic policies, …

FAITH

We need more than medicine to heal our problems

Years ago, our daughter, Stacia, had her foot crushed by a driver who ran her off the road while crashing into her car. She was a college student at the …