Nora Elizabeth Stewart “Betty” Polston

Posted by | April 2, 2020 9:30 am

Nora Elizabeth Stewart “Betty” Polston, 84, of Cookeville, passed away March 14, 2020, at Bethesda Health Care in Cookeville.

Mrs. Polston was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Montgomery, Virginia, to Percizal Roy Stewart and Gladey Elizabeth Harmon Stewart.

She was a former Kroger employee.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bryce Stanley Polston, who passed away Jan. 9, 2013.

Surviving family members include her cousin, Pam Janis and husband Tom, of Michigan; mother-in-law, Mattie Polston, of Cookeville; sister-in-law, Brenda Hall Ransom and husband Ron, of Cookeville; niece Kelly Hall; three great-nieces; and two great-nephews.

Funeral service was 2 p.m., March 15, … CONTINUED

TN new unemployment claims data week ending March 28, 2020

Posted by | April 2, 2020 8:11 am

Statewide Data

Week Number Week Ending Date Number of New Claims Filed
10 March 14, 2020 2,702
11 March 21, 2020 39,096
12 March 28, 2020 94,492


Local Workforce Development Area Number of New Claims
Greater Memphis 12,548
Northwest Tennessee 2,299
Southwest Tennessee 2,571
Northern Middle Tennessee 32,246
Southern Middle Tennessee 8,147
Upper Cumberland 3.295
Southeast Tennessee 9,309
East Tennessee 20,025
Northeast Tennessee 4,749
West TN Mobile American Job Center 30
Middle TN Mobile American Job Center 336
East TN Mobile America Job Center 41


Words of encouragement

Posted by | April 1, 2020 3:24 pm

Employees of Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta, were surprised with some special messages, on April 1, written in chalk, in some of their parking spots. According to an employee, some students from White County Middle School and White County High School wanted to express their thanks to the hospital medical personnel and other employees for all their hard work and long hours during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nancy Drew book series celebrating 90th anniversary in 2020

Posted by | April 1, 2020 2:58 pm


Send us your memories and photos

This year celebrates the 90th anniversary of the beloved Nancy Drew book series. We are looking for memories from people who read the books and/or collected the books. Also, we would like a photo of your books (if you still have them), and we want you in the photo, too! Rachel, our fantastic writer for The Expositor/SpartaLive, will be composing a story that will be published April 27. We want to include your photo with this story. Deadline to submit the photos and memories is 8 a.m., Wednesday, April 15. You can post them here or email them to … CONTINUED

Important school information

Posted by | April 1, 2020 8:16 am

From Kurt Dronebarger, director of White County schools:
If you have signed up for the School Messenger system with White County Schools, you will receive an important message from your child’s school this Friday (April 3) concerning our plans for academics during the health crisis. If you have not signed up and would like to, please contact your school or the Board of Education, (931) 836-2229, as soon as possible. Also, if you have recently changed your address or telephone number, please call us with that updated information.
Thank you all for your patience and cooperation, and please let us know how we might be of assistance. Be

Missing fur baby

Posted by | April 1, 2020 5:22 am

Russell is missing from his loving home in the Doyle area – Forest Circle. He is so very sweet. If anyone finds Russell, please call (931) 304-4722.

FEMA disaster grants won’t affect Social Security or other benefits

Posted by | April 1, 2020 5:14 am

Applying for federal disaster assistance from FEMA will not affect other federal benefits that Tennessee disaster survivors may receive.

Residents in Davidson, Putnam and Wilson counties who register with FEMA may have questions about whether funds from FEMA might cause them to lose other federal payments to which they are entitled.

FEMA disaster grants are not taxable income. Accepting a FEMA grant will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and other federal welfare and entitlement programs.

Disaster grants help survivors pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or … CONTINUED

Thankful for our community

Posted by | April 1, 2020 5:05 am

Dear White County,

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis that threatens our world, as you know, our community was hit hard by tornadic storms last Saturday night. It would have been a perfectly reasonable response for folks to exhibit despair and lament the situation. However, what I witnessed over the weekend was quite the opposite. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge what a special place Sparta is and to thank those who worked so hard to help in the wake of the storms.

At 3:00 am on Sunday morning, as my son and I helped remove trees and debris from Highway 111, I was struck by the number … CONTINUED

Sexton hosting call-in town hall meeting for constituents

Posted by | March 31, 2020 2:05 pm

Cameron Sexton, Speaker of the TN House

Tonight [March 31] Speaker Cameron Sexton (R), of the Tennessee General Assembly, will be hosting a telephone town hall event for his constituents related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Speaker Sexton represents Van Buren, Cumberland, and Putnam counties. Dr. Chris Jones with Tri-Star Centennial Medical Center is expected to join the Speaker for the conversation, which begins at 7:10 p.m. Central. If you would like to listen in, the call-in number is 1-855-962-1498.

Coach Roggie Haston speaks out: “Taking care of kids is our Job”

Posted by | March 31, 2020 9:27 am

White County Middle School baseball team

I contacted the White County Middle School head baseball coach, Roggie Haston, and questioned him about the shutdowns and the pandemic health crisis that is reaching across the nation.  Everyone in our nation is being touched in some way.  Coach Haston was kind enough to spare some of his time to share with us all. My thanks to Coach Haston for sharing from his heart. 

  • What are your thoughts on this shutdown?

It is a bummer for sure and leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Some of our kids have been going since September, so you really hate to see it, but, at the same time, I cannot … CONTINUED

When will people understand that ignoring a problem is not an optional solution?

Posted by | March 31, 2020 9:21 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

It doesn’t matter what you want to call this worldwide health crisis, if you continue to ignore the advice of health professionals, you or someone you know can die.  It is that simple. There is no vaccine for COVID-19.  There is no cure for it either.  Anyone can be a carrier and not show or have symptoms.  Anyone can have the virus, but symptoms take days to show up in a person, and, by then, they could have infected everyone they have been around.  There have been dozens of reports regarding how long the virus can live on various surfaces, so it … CONTINUED

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