LOCAL NEWS

Cumberland University announces fall sports moved

Mid-South Conference Commissioner Eric Ward announced today the postponement of fall sports to spring 2021. The decision gives each institution autonomy to play non-conference games this fall.The …

Baxter will receive $1 million for improvements

On Aug. 10, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration  is investing $4.4 million in the state of Tennessee to build …

UCDD offering application assistance for SNAP benefits

Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability (UCAAAD) is now offering application assistance with “SNAP”, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program for adults 60 and over or …

Morris Chadwick "Chad" Gaffin

Morris Chadwick “Chad” Gaffin, 81, passed away May 24, 2020, in Reno, Nevada, of acute leukemia. He had been a resident of Carson Valley Senior Living facility, in Gardnerville, Nevada, since …

TTU Golden Eagles open football camp

It’s been a while since Tennessee Tech has been able to have a full team practice. As the team’s newcomers and freshmen took to the Tucker Stadium turf on Friday, it started to feel like …

Benjamin Horace White Sr.

Benjamin Horace White Sr., 83, of Sparta, passed away Aug 6, 2020, at his residence. Ben White - if he ever introduced himself to you was “Ben White all of his life” - was born April …

Betty Ann Turley England

Betty Ann Turley England, 73, of Sparta, passed away peacefully, on Aug. 6, 2020, at her home. Mrs. England was born Aug. 7, 1946, in Ohio. She will be dearly missed but not forgotten. She was …

Senior Center Treasure Chest

Sparta-White County Senior Center's TREASURE CHEST is located at 321 E. Bronson St., Sparta, and will be having an INDOOR YARD SALE each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday morning, 7-10 a.m., and …

Does college guarantee success?

Maybe the dumbest thing you can do is to go to the place that’s supposed to make you smart. That would be - college. Now, perhaps I’m biased. I don’t have a college degree, although …

The “Black Lives Matter” grand deception

P.T.  Barnum, the great entertainment showman and producer, famously said, “There’s a sucker born ever minute!” He was an expert on the subject. It was from those …

Tennessee General Assembly called into special session

 On Aug. 3, Gov. Bill Lee announced that a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly would convene, on Aug. 10, to specifically address COVID-19 liability protections, telehealth …

Grant Slatten commits to Ole Miss after WCHS graduation

White County may soon be rooting for a different SEC team during basketball season as Sparta native Grant Slatten has committed to playing basketball for Ole Miss after he graduates from White County …

Motlow to host ‘FASTPASS’ enrollment events this week

Fill out an admission application. Register for classes. Complete dual enrollment requirements. Confirm your financial aid status. Each of these steps is required if you plan to attend Motlow State …

Election results - Aug. 6

For White County election results, click here. For statewide election results, click here.

Tennessee Tech to hold three commencement services Aug. 8

Tennessee Tech students who graduated in Spring 2020 and Summer 2020, including those who received master’s degrees and doctorates, will have a chance to walk across the stage and enjoy a live …

Governor proclaims August "Immunization Awareness Month" in Tennessee

ImmunizeTN today announced that Gov. Bill Lee has declared August as Immunization Awareness Month in Tennessee https://tnsos.net/publications/proclamations/files/1957.pdf. As a result of COVID-19, …

Three family yard sale

3 family yard sale Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 6 and 7 @ Sparta Rescue Squad building Skylink Garage Door opener, baby scales, New Sleep number blanket, new rugs, New bedding sets, …

One Region helps WCMS

The White County Middle School Warrior Bucks Reward Program allows students to earn "bucks" by exhibiting positive behaviors. One Region recently became a part of this worthwhile program. The …

Everything voters need to know

Tennesseans will head to the polls across the state on Thursday, Aug. 6, to vote in the State and Federal Primary and County General election. “Election officials across the state have spent …

USDA now accepting applications for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Producers can apply now through Aug. 28, 2020, for direct assistance though the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.  This program provides payments to cattle, sheep, hog and some other crop …

Wildland fire suppression kits available to volunteer fire departments

Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry is accepting applications for the 2020 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program until Sept. 11. Departments may now apply for VFA …

Tech student-athletes earn OVC Academic Medal of Honor

The Ohio Valley Conference announced that a record 285 student-athletes have earned the OVC Academic Medal of Honor for the 2019-20 academic year. This year, Tennessee Tech student-athletes claimed …

P-EBT application deadline extended

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, which aims to help Tennessee families feed their families during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has extended the online application period until 4:30 …

Why did Christ build his church?

 Why does the church exist?  What is the ultimate purpose of the church? Matthew 28 19-20. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the son and the …

Someone has to pay

A young leader who lived many years ago was loved and admired greatly by his people. This particular young man was very passionate about serving the Lord and doing what was right. He became extremely …

Sparta-White County YMCA gets new water slide

 Sparta-White County Family YMCA got a long-anticipated addition to their facility when a 22-foot spiral flume slide was installed at their swimming pool, on July 27. “We apologize for …

Neal named interim White County EMA director

 A man who has been serving his community in numerous areas for the past several years has been named as the interim director of White County Emergency Management Agency. Stanley Neal, of …

White County football and girls’ soccer to begin seasons on time

Gov. Bill Lee has issued Executive Order No. 55 that will allow contact sports to resume, which means both football and girls’ soccer can presumably complete their full game …

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 …
OBITUARIES

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 …

  • Walter B. Holman

    Walter B. Holman Jr., 77, of Sparta, passed away July 28, 2020, at his home. Mr. Holman was born July 2, …

  • Louis Rex Mann

    Louis Rex Mann, 91, passed away July 21, 2020. Mr. Mann was born April 18, 1929, in Lovettsville, …

OPINION

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 …

FAITH

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 …