Kanden and Kendreah Reeves sign with Thomas More University

Posted by | November 12, 2019 8:22 am

By Jerry Lowery

Kanden and Kendreah Reeves, senior Warriorette basketball players and twin sisters, have signed to play at the next level of basketball when they complete their senior year at White County High School.  Both have signed and committed to play at Thomas More University, in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.  Sparta is looking forward to watching these two sisters as they play their final year at Roy Sewell Gym.

There are no insignificant battles

Posted by | November 12, 2019 8:12 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Battles come at us in many different ways. The sad truth is that battles in life are inevitable. They may not look like the traditional hand-to- hand, sword-to-sword combat we watch from a popular blockbuster movie. However, those cinematic special effects aren’t real. They fail to leave scars the same way the real battles do.

The enemy of your soul disguises himself in various ways and waits for the perfect opportunity to ambush. One of those many disguises we call the carnal mentality. Some prefer the term “flesh,” but, either way, the battle is real. Let me show you how this works, … CONTINUED

Digging deeply to discover the new Democrat candidate

Posted by | November 12, 2019 8:10 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

I guess it’s time to take another look at the freak show that is the Democrat Party candidate roster. It is always interesting when the opposition agrees with you in the middle of a contest – and the Democrat “wise men” are obviously agreeing with most of us observers out here that their current crop of candidates is not gonna be able to defeat the Trump, so they cast about anxiously, looking for that magic candidate that will be able to carry them to victory.

One of the problems the Democrat Party large wigs is having is that they agree with … CONTINUED

Commissioners discuss county sales tax increase at work session

Posted by | November 12, 2019 8:08 am

By Ron Moses

White County Board of Commissioners met Nov. 7  in a work session to discuss the possibility of a special-called election that would give the residents of the county an opportunity to vote for an increase in the sales and usage tax that would ultimately help the school system.

The increase would match the City of Sparta in bumping the tax from 9.25 percent to 9.75 percent. Some of the commissioners disapproved of an earlier motion to call a special election just for the tax vote, saying the election was needlessly pricey when a presidential preference election falls in March.

“I feel like some want a … CONTINUED

Dronebarger wants road closed next to new Findlay Elementary

Posted by | November 12, 2019 8:07 am

An aerial view of Sidney Lane can be seen as it runs between the new Findlay Elementary School location and the former location. The lane adjoins Hale Street, which runs parallel to the White County Ag Complex.

By Ron Moses

White County director of schools wants to close the road adjacent to the new Findlay Elementary facility, but the city and the county are still in negotiations about how to proceed and if, in fact, the request can be granted.

During last week’s meeting of the county’s Steering Committee B, members discussed the closure of Sidney Lane, which runs between the new Findlay Elementary school and the old location. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said the road is a hazard if not closed because students would need to cross that street to get to the playground, which will remain at the location of the old … CONTINUED

TN higher education launches Veteran Education Initiative

Posted by | November 12, 2019 8:03 am

New portal will convert military training to civilian credit

On Nov. 11, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission announced the Tennessee Service member Opportunity Portal, an interactive database which translates prior military experience to academic credit at Tennessee public colleges.

“United States military training is rigorous and provides world class instruction, and it is only appropriate that our colleges recognize this training and provide a head start on attaining a college credential,” said THEC Executive Director Mike Krause. “The TN-SOP tool will provide transparent information to service members and veterans, continuing our efforts to be the most veteran friendly higher education system in the nation.”

Prior to enrollment, current … CONTINUED

Play our Pigskin Pick’em

Posted by | November 11, 2019 2:03 pm

Pigskin Pick’em, presented by SpartaLive and The Expositor, is live! Each week, we invite you to predict the winners of select high school and college football games. Make your best picks, and, at the end of the 15- week contest, one grand prize winner will receive a $250 Walmart gift card!

It’s not too late to play. We will drop your two lowest weekly scores, so it’s still anybody’s game!

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From Bon Air Mountain to the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame

Posted by | November 11, 2019 12:50 pm

Col. Ben Joseph Welch (right), formerly of the Bon Air community of White County, is pictured with another inductee into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame.

By Rachel Auberger

Col. Ben Welch, born and raised on Bon Air Mountain, was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame, on Nov. 2, 2019, during the association’s annual gala in front of over 450 people, including close friends and family.

“I was overwhelmed to be involved in something like this,” Welch said about receiving the honor. “I had been to the gala several times before, and it was always an honor to rub shoulders with Hall of Famers, but I never thought I would be one of them.”

In fact, when he first received the letter informing him of his selection as one of 2019’s inductees, … CONTINUED

Warrington is humble about his six Purple Hearts, all before he was 18

Posted by | November 11, 2019 12:42 pm

Clyde Warrington displays his medals and Purple Hearts. He received six Purple Hearts in service to his country, all before he was 18 years old. The Purple Hearts are for: Bilateral Right Femur Fracture; Bilateral Right lower leg amputation; Bilateral, Residuals, GSW, left foot; Bilateral, Scar, left calf; Chest wall scars; and Bilateral, Residuals, GSW left thigh. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

Clyde Stacy Warrington is the recipient of six Purple Hearts, but, at almost 88 years old, he insists that it’s really nothing to get excited about.

Warrington, who was born on a Menominee Indian reservation, in Wisconsin, left home at the age of 12 to make his way, alone, to his grandparents’ home, in Sparta. But life wasn’t as good here as he hoped it would be. He wasn’t able to attend school as he didn’t have a birth certificate or proof that he was actually supposed to be in Sparta. He picked up work on farms around the county and began living with different … CONTINUED

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