Nell Floyd Marchbanks

Posted by | December 24, 2019 8:18 am

Nell Floyd Marchbanks, 101, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 23, 2019, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Marchbanks was born May 23, 1918, in the Sims Chapel community, of White County, to James Henry “Mack” Floyd and Mattie Lee Sims Floyd.

She had a varied work career that included local shirt factories and Hyder’s. Most notably, she went to work at the Sparta News Pictorial, in 1959. It was eventually acquired by the Sparta Expositor where Mrs. Marchbanks worked for over 30 years. She served as the circulation manager and had a recipe column but proudly worked in whatever department needed her assistance.

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Maudie Pippin Farris

Posted by | December 23, 2019 11:06 am

Maudie Pippin Farris, 93, of Cookeville, passed away Dec. 18, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Farris was born Feb. 14, 1926, in Cookeville, to Emory Thompson Pippin and Mallie Frances Welch Pippin.

She was a member of Willow Avenue Church of Christ. Mrs. Farris loved worship services. She was a wonderful homemaker. Mrs. Farris formerly worked at Cookeville Shirt Company and retired from custodial services at Tennessee Tech University.

She was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lemon Farris and Nancy Bell Cunningham Farris; three sisters, Milta Vaughn, Mona Benson, Mintie Newcomer; and four brothers, Flaskie Pippin, Thomas Woodfork Pippin, Freelon Pippin, and … CONTINUED


Get your copy of today’s Expositor

Posted by | December 23, 2019 7:41 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.




Steve Smith named Tennessee Tech baseball head coach

Posted by | December 21, 2019 12:09 pm

Steve Smith, new baseball coach for Tennessee Tech (Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics)

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

Following an extensive national search, Tennessee Tech Director of Athletics Mark Wilson announced today the hiring of Steve Smith as the 15th head baseball coach in Golden Eagle history.

“I think it was two things that really sold me on the job,” Smith expressed. “First was just the hospitality and the culture of the staff, the nature of family. The thing that touched me the most and impacted me the most were the players. It was a pretty full day, right up until about 2:00 p.m. when I met with them.

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Tech to host alumnus and The Voice winner Jake Hoot for concert Jan. 4

Posted by | December 21, 2019 11:29 am

After winning season 17 of The Voice, Jake Hoot will hold his first concert at the Eblen Center on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m.

Tennessee Tech alumnus Jake Hoot is bringing his music back to campus.

After winning season 17 of The Voice, Hoot will hold his first concert at the Eblen Center on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m.

“Before The Voice made Jake famous, he was a winner right here on campus,” said Tech president Phil Oldham. “He is an Interdisciplinary Studies graduate, a former football player, and a great ambassador for Tennessee Tech.”

A 2013 Tech graduate in interdisciplinary studies, and a member of the Golden Eagles’ 2011 Ohio Valley Conference championship football team, Hoot took a big first step toward stardom by landing a spot on The Voice, … CONTINUED


Unemployment in Tennessee drops ahead of holiday season

Posted by | December 20, 2019 10:17 am

More Tennesseans took home paychecks, in November, leading to a slight drop in statewide unemployment. New data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows a 0.1 of a percentage point decrease in unemployment when compared to the previous month, setting the new rate at 3.3 percent.

The current seasonally adjusted rate is close to the historically low unemployment rate Tennessee marked earlier this year. In February, the rate dropped to an all-time low of 3.2 percent and remained there for three consecutive months.

In a year-to-year comparison, Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate mirrors the rate from November 2018.

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Driver license roadblocks

Posted by | December 20, 2019 10:09 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside checkpoints during the week of January 5th, 2020 through January 11th, 2020 on State Route 8 in Van Buren County.

Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these driver license roadblocks to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.


Sobriety roadside safety checkpoint

Posted by | December 20, 2019 10:07 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on January 19th, 2020 through January 25th, 2020 on US 70, in White County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.



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