White County businesses donate to high school basketball program

Posted by | November 14, 2019 2:06 pm

Two businesses that have been great supporters of all sports in White County for many decades recently made donations to White County High School’s basketball program. L-R: Stephen Luna, owner of Luna & Son Tires; Michael Dodgen, White County High School girls’ basketball coach; and Jeff Young, owner of Jeff’s Body Shop and mayor of Sparta. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

White County High School basketball teams recently received new chairs, donated by Luna & Son Tires and Jeff’s Body Shop.

According to basketball coaches at the high school, the chairs the teams had previously been using as a “bench” during games were estimated to be 20 years old. A similar donation had been made to the White County Middle School basketball teams previously, and it was decided that this year they would help the high school through the same update. The new chairs have “WCHS” on the back rest and the school’s mascot – a warrior head – on the seat. The backs of the … CONTINUED

Homeless issue is addressed by Sparta police chief

Posted by | November 14, 2019 2:03 pm

Graphic from United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

By Ron Moses

“Hard times and people losing their jobs,” said Sparta Police Chief Doug Goff on what could be the cause of increased homelessness in the city.

Goff addressed the issue during the Nov. 7 meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

“I know there are jobs out here, but I experienced a homeless gentleman this week who was actually living in the county and lost his job because they found out he was on the sex offender registry.”

Goff said those struggling need a hand up at times.

“You get people that are down on their luck,” said Goff. “We were able to get him … CONTINUED

WCHS one of 74 high schools to receive Pathways Certification

Posted by | November 14, 2019 1:57 pm

Tim Mackie, White County High School Career and Technical Education director, was on hand to accept an award for the mechatronics program.

By Rachel Auberger

Seventy-four Tennessee high schools were recognized last week by the TN Department of Education for creating college and career pathways for their students, and White County High School, whose mechatronics program received a rating of “excelling,” was among those receiving a Pathway Certification.

”I am so honored and privileged to be a part of a distinct high school career technical program such as mechatronics, which equips our students with the knowledge and experiences needed to move seamlessly into higher education and/or the workforce,” said Tim Mackie, WCHS Career and Technical Education director, who was on hand to accept the award.

The pathway certification, which the … CONTINUED

Welcome Home for Christmas Tree Lighting set for Nov. 30

Posted by | November 14, 2019 1:54 pm

By Rachel Auberger

Sparta’s 2nd Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting is scheduled for Nov. 30 at the amphitheater on Liberty Square.

In 2018, which was the first year for  the “Welcome Home for Christmas” tree lighting put on by area churches in cooperation with the City of Sparta, there were an estimated 3,500 people enjoying festivities around the city square, and there are expectations there will be even more people in attendance this year.

The planned activities, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., include carriage rides provided by Vinson Farms (who will be bringing two carriages this year), pictures with Santa (who will be in a sleigh located … CONTINUED

James Arnold Norris

Posted by | November 14, 2019 12:07 pm

James Arnold Norris, 83, passed away Nov. 12, 2019.

Mr. Norris was born July 25, 1936, to Roy Monroe Norris and Annie Dildine Norris.

To know him was to love him. We knew him as a loving husband, who loved his wife of 62 years like no other. We called him Dad, Pops, Papa, Ernie, and “Russ.” He loved his family and always taught them to love the Lord as he did. He showed that love by the way he lived every day. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, teaching them life lessons and a little mischief for which he was known. He loved his garden and was … CONTINUED

Willard Franklin Green

Posted by | November 14, 2019 8:27 am

Willard Franklin Green, born June 28, 1950, made his grand entrance into this world prompt, as he was known to be, at 7 months. His mother, Mary Frances, gave birth to this 4-pound baby boy at her mother’s house with her husband, Willard Harrison, by her side. A force even at 4 pounds, he was unyielding all the days of his life.

As a young boy, Frank attended Fredonia Baptist Church. Fredonia is where he became a Royal Ambassador and also where he accepted Christ as his Lord at the age of 9. Frank’s love of RAs continued throughout high school and the rest of his life.


Get your copy of today’s Expositor

Posted by | November 14, 2019 8:03 am

Get The Expositor at these locations:

WHITE COUNTY: Highway 84 Market, Jose’s Market, Airport Marathon, Dollar General (all stores), Geer’s Grocery, Wilmar Market, Highway 70 Market, Central View Market and Grill, Big T’s Market, Keith’s Market, The Landing, Lazy Days Market, Mapco Express, Peacock Express, Bon Air Market, EZ Food Mart, Walgreens, Floyd’s Cash Saver, Sparta Market, Highway 111 Shell, Walmart, Regas Exxon, Alcorn’s Market, South Young Market, All In One/Sunoco (next to Burger King), Post Office

VAN BUREN COUNTY: Peacock Express, Citgo, Dollar General, Save-A-Lot, Spencer Drug Co.


Sparta Speaker Series Fall 2019

Posted by | November 13, 2019 1:09 pm

Third floor of the White County Courthouse, on Liberty Square

Programs begin at 7 p.m. CST

Sponsored by Virgin Falls State Natural Area, the Friends of Virgin Falls, And White County


September 19 – The Adventures of Working with Mules.  Join mule trainer Malcolm Jessup as he shares stories of his travels, and insights into working with mules.

September 26 – Everything You Wanted to Know About a Tree But Was Afraid  to Ask.  Guy Zimmerman, retired from the Tennessee  Division of  Forestry, will speak on forest fires, invasive exotic species, urban forestry, selling timber, tree health and anything you wanted to know about a tree but … CONTINUED

Life Care Center of Sparta raising funds to benefit Alzheimer’s of TN

Posted by | November 13, 2019 12:46 pm

Pictured are Hollie Walker, Sheila Jared, and Nicole Fignar of Life Care Center of Sparta holding the calendars.

Life Care Center of Sparta will be selling 2020 picture calendars now through Dec. 13, 2019, to help raise money for Alzheimer’s of Tennessee. These calendars would make great Christmas gifts. They are unique in their own way. To honor those who are living with this heartbreaking disease or in memory of loved ones who have passed away, their picture is placed in the slot on their birthday. Bible scriptures are throughout, and it will be a teaching tool as well on dementia and Alzheimer’s.

This disease affects people of all walks of life. All proceeds from this calendar will go to Alzheimer’s of Tennessee and will benefit … CONTINUED

Dawn Annette Altilio Evans

Posted by | November 13, 2019 12:07 pm

Dawn Annette Altilio Evans, 53, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 11, 2019, in Nashville.

Mrs. Evans was born on Oct. 30, 1966, in Orlando, Florida, to Joseph Francis Altilio and Evelyn Annette Bennett Altilio.

She was served as a nurse for two years. She loved college football, especially Florida Gators. She loved camping, spending time with her family, nature, and being outdoors.

Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Francis Altilio.

Survivors include her husband, Jeff Evans, of Sparta; son, Sean Evans (Stephanie), of Chattanooga; mother, Evelyn Annette Bennett; two sisters, Donna Brandenburg (John), of Sparta, Debbie Hatchen (Bobby), of Sparta; and brother, Frank Altilio, … CONTINUED

Samuel Thomas “S.T.” Griffin

Posted by | November 13, 2019 11:54 am

Samuel Thomas “S.T.” Griffin, 93, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 12, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Griffin was born April 4, 1926, in the Griffintown community of White County, to Ransom Isaiah Griffin and Edna Ada Caldwell Griffin.

He worked 13 years for Porter Hayes on his peddler truck and then worked over 40 years installing tile. When he was not working his day job, he loved working his farm.

Mr. Griffin served his country in World War II with the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gena Marie Stewart Griffin; children, Janet Griffin Newberry, Helen Diane Griffin, Stephen Thomas Griffin; and … CONTINUED

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