Motlow responds to coronavirus pandemic

Posted by | March 13, 2020 1:34 pm

LYNCHBURG, TN (March 13, 2020) – On Friday, March 13, 2020, Motlow State Community College announced that it will extend Spring Break for students through Sunday, March 22. Classes will resume in an online-only format beginning Monday, March 23, and continue online-only through Sunday, April 5, when an updated operational announcement will be made.

The extension of Motlow’s Spring Break is for students only. Staff report to work in keeping with the instructions from their division leaders. The extension of Spring Break provides both students and the College the needed time to prepare for alternative delivery methods for classes and to deepen the availability of technologies needed to … CONTINUED



Tennessee Historical Commission to award over $900,000 in funding to protect historic battlefields

Posted by | March 13, 2020 1:31 pm

The Tennessee Historical Commission and the Tennessee Wars Commission announce the awarding of over $900,000 in matching grants through the Tennessee Civil War Sites Preservation Fund to preserve approximately 111 acres of endangered Civil War battlefield sites in Hamilton County, Rutherford County, Hardin County, and Henderson County.  The projects were approved by the Commission at their Feb. 21 meeting in Nashville and will be made to the American Battlefield Trust, a non-profit based in Washington, DC.

“This is a very successful preservation program that in the past seven years has helped protect hundreds of acres of valuable open space, farms, and wildlife habitat across the state,” noted Patrick … CONTINUED



White County Middle School defeats South Middle in softball

Posted by | March 13, 2020 1:24 pm

By Jerry Lowery

On March 9, the White County Middle School softball team took on South Middle School and won both games in the conference doubleheader.

Sparta won the first game 13-0 on strong hitting by the Warriorettes, with 13 hits on the night.

In the second game of the night, Addison Howell shut down South Middle, throwing a complete game shutout and leading WCMS Warriorettes to a 15-0 victory. A single by #22 in the first inning was a positive for South Middle.  Howell was credited with the victory for White County Middle School Warriorettes. She went three innings, allowing zero runs on one hit and striking … CONTINUED


Southern Women’s Show cancelled

Posted by | March 13, 2020 1:18 pm

Based on the latest developments and the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 Southern Women’s Show Nashville scheduled for March 26-29 has been cancelled. The decision comes after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency and requested that all non-essential events be rescheduled. All ticket holders will receive an email in the coming days with more information.

“We’re extremely disappointed to cancel this incredible event that brings the community together, however, the safety, health and well-being of attendees, exhibitors and other participants is our top priority,” said Stacy Abernethy, executive show manager of the Southern Women’s Show. “We look forward to seeing everyone next … CONTINUED



TN Supreme Court issues order keeping courts open, limiting in-person court proceedings

Posted by | March 13, 2020 12:04 pm

Tennessee Supreme Court, on March 13, issued an order stating all Tennessee courts will remain open during the coronavirus outbreak, but suspending all in-person judicial proceedings through March 31. The order applies to state and local Tennessee courts, including appellate, trial, general sessions, juvenile, and municipal courts. Click here to read the complete order, which outlines exceptions to the order.


WCTE hosts 35th Annual Academic Bowl Tournament

Posted by | March 13, 2020 9:37 am

WCTE’S Annual Academic Bowl Tournament was held March 7, 2020, at Tennessee Tech University’s Backdoor Playhouse.

Approximately 63 students participated in a single-elimination tournament. This event is a test of their knowledge in all areas from history, math, science, etc.

WCTE’s partnership with TTU gives high school students an opportunity to visit a college. Students also get to meet TTU professors and community helpers that volunteer to help with the event.

“In the 35 years since we have been doing Academic Bowl, we have seen it grow outside the Upper Cumberland area,” said Reggie Brown, WCTE education and community engagement associate.  “We have added teams from as far … CONTINUED


Legislative wrap-up

Posted by | March 13, 2020 8:00 am

State Representative Paul Sherrell, of White County

House of Representatives responds to communities devastated by historic tornado outbreak

Several communities across Tennessee suffered extensive damage as a result of an historic tornado outbreak last week.

In the early morning hours of March 3, a powerful tornado tore through Germantown and North Nashville with wind speeds reaching 125 miles per hour. The tornado strengthened as it stayed on the ground for more than 50 miles, causing catastrophic damage across East Nashville, Donelson, Wilson and Putnam counties before finally dissipating. More than two dozen people were killed including 18 in Putnam County alone.

In the days following the storm, the … CONTINUED


Father-Daughter Dance

Posted by | March 13, 2020 7:57 am

See photos from the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad Father-Daughter Dance in the Thursday, March 12, 2020, edition of The Expositor


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