Sparta woman on championship football team

Posted by | July 1, 2010 12:00 am

Athletic family. Dana Chatman poses with her parents, Tony Chatman and Cynthia Gist, at one of Dana’s professional women’s football league games. Dana and her team, the St. Louis “Slam,” are hoping to return to the league’s most important game and take home another championship ring.

Sparta native Dana Chatman is possibly on her way to another National Championship with her professional women’s football team, the St. Louis “Slam” of the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA).
The WFA is an organization of women playing full-contact football, with teams from across the nation.
With a current undefeated record of 9-0, the “Slam” has hopes of winning their second National Championship.… CONTINUED


Expositor holds final political forum

Posted by | July 1, 2010 12:00 am

The last in a series of four political forums, sponsored by The Expositor, was held June 29, at White County Middle School.
Participating in the forum were candidates for register of deeds, including incumbent Gary Brogden and challenger Mike Breeding, as well as candidates for road superintendent, including Larry W. McCoy, Clay Parker and Dillard Quick.
Kent Sherrell, challenger candidate for road superintendent, arrived near the end of the forum. He had explained to the moderator, Kim Swindell Wood, he might not be able to attend because of commitments to a job he is working in Nashville.
Also participating in the forum was White County School Board candidate … CONTINUED


City of Sparta voting oversight discovered

Posted by | July 1, 2010 12:00 am

A law that had allowed individuals who owned property in City of Sparta, but who resided in the county, to vote in all city elections, has now been discovered to be invalid since 1996.
According to State Representative Charles Curtiss, the problem came to light when White County Administrator of Elections Kathy Bailey had called the state election commission office to determine if it was legal for a particular individual to register to vote in a city election. The individual resides in another state, but owns property in City of Sparta. Attorneys for the state election commission reportedly researched the city’s charter and informed Bailey that Sparta’s charter … CONTINUED


Mom’s Football Clinic set for July 10th

Posted by | July 1, 2010 12:00 am

Moms, have you ever wondered just exactly what goes on in the football huddle, what the players go over in practice or what wearing football equipment feels like?
Well, the chance for those questions to be answered will come Saturday, July 10th, when Coach Tracy Malone and the Warrior staff will hold their first-ever Warrior Mom’s Clinic.
The event is open not only to the mothers of football players, past, present and future, but to any female who wants to learn more about the gridiron game. Besides powder puff and a few semiprofessional leagues, football is predominately played by males. Most women never get the chance to learn … CONTINUED


Little League All Stars preparing for action

Posted by | July 1, 2010 12:00 am

After having been practicing for almost three weeks, the baseball all star teams of Sparta Little League will finally swing into action at the start of next week.
All four of the baseball all star squads begin tourney play on July 5th in three different locations. The tournaments are all pool play.
The Little League All Stars (11/12 year olds) are the group whose ultimate goal is a trip to the Little World Series. Sparta’s team begins their quest when they open up on the 5th in Lebanon against the host team at 6 p.m. They will then return to action on the 6th against DeKalb County and … CONTINUED


Thuan Joseph Jones

Posted by | June 30, 2010 12:00 am

Thuan Joseph Jones, 28, of Quebeck, passed away June 29, 2010, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Jones was born Sept. 16, 1981, in Evansville, Ind.
He had been active in FFA during his high school days.
Survivors include his parents, Kimberly and Charles V. (Dave) Cole, of Quebeck; brothers, David Brimer and wife Suzetta, of Quebeck, James and Joseph Cole, both Las Vegas; sister, Jessica Brierm, of Sparta; niece and nephews, Kara Brimer, Hunter Brimer, Matthew Vollman, Nicolas Carrier, Joseph McCloud, Jeffrey McCloud; aunts, Judy Cole, Marsh Barnes; and special niece, Kandy Gail King.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m, July 1, 2010, at Ole Country Church, … CONTINUED


Harold Stassen Blankenship

Posted by | June 30, 2010 12:00 am

Harold Stassen Blankenship, 61, of Sparta, passed away June 29, 2010, at his residence.
Mr. Blankenship was born Jan. 12, 1948, in DeKalb County, to Joseph Gerome and Vestie Pack Blankenship.
He spent his life serving and protecting the citizens of Sparta and White County as a law enforcement officer, recently retiring as an investigator/detective for Sparta Police Department.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Harold Stassen Blankenship Jr. and Aaron Qualls.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Blankenship, of Sparta; daughter, Kimberly Watts and husband Greg, of Sparta; two sons, Joseph Blankenship and wife Davalynn, Steven Blankenship and wife Trish, all of Sparta; two … CONTINUED


Floyd Dean Sapp

Posted by | June 30, 2010 12:00 am

Floyd Dean Sapp, 53, of Spencer, passed away June 27, 2010, at his residence.
Mr. Sapp was born April 24, 1957, in White County, to Davis Floyd Sapp and Katherine Marie Snodgrass Sapp.
He served tin the U.S. Army and had been an employee for Walmart Deli. He was of the Methodist faith.
Mr. Sapp was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gene Sapp.
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Marie Sapp; stepchildren, Randon Harvey and wife Angie, Stanley Simmons and wife Amber, Stacey Simmons and wife Karrie; brother, Joseph Sap and wife Donna Carol; step-grandchildren, Lindsey, Whitney, Brittney, Micah, Kalib, Isaiah, Heath, Peyton, … CONTINUED




Unemployment rate in White County lowest this year

Posted by | June 28, 2010 12:00 am

Jobless rates for White County are at its lowest numbers since the beginning of 2010.
This news comes after Tennessee Department of Labor released the county-by-county figures last week, which showed White County at 12.5 percent unemployment rate.
White County was among the 86 counties that experienced a rate decrease for May 2010. Rates increased in seven counties, while counties remained at the same figure as April 2010.
White County started off the new year with a 14.5 percent jobless rate in January, and the numbers have continued to decline with each successive month. In February, White County logged a 14.2 percent unemployment rate; March, 13.7 percent; and … CONTINUED


Philips Luminaires honors employees with luncheon

Posted by | June 28, 2010 12:00 am

Employees at Phillips Professional Luminaires were treated to a luncheon, on June 25, which was attended by several dignitaries, including state representatives Charlotte Burkes and Henry Fincher, as well as business and industry leaders from Sparta, White County and across the Upper Cumberland.
“This today is all about appreciation,” said Dave Uhrik, Philips Sparta’s plant manager. “We recently had a visit by our international, global operations manager and he claims we’re the best in North America. (He) wants us to be the best in the world and he thinks we can do it.”
He explained the plant has received several awards and it is all because of the … CONTINUED


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