Grief support group

Posted by | February 20, 2020 12:20 pm

A grief support group meets at 5:30 p.m., the third Thursday, of each month, at Union Baptist Association Office, 705 Hutchings St., in Sparta. Refreshments and resources provided. No cost, no pressure. Speaking is encouraged but no required. More information: (931) 738-3250.

Singing at New Hope Baptist

Posted by | February 20, 2020 12:17 pm

There will be a gospel singing at New Hope Baptist Church, at 6 p.m., March 14, 2020, featuring Right on Time. Food and fellowship. More information: (931) 261-4558.

Sparks named new Fire Program Director for State Fire Academy

Posted by | February 20, 2020 10:16 am

Jason Sparks, of Sparta, brings years of experience and education to his role as an educator at the Tennessee Fire Academy.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance  announced today that Jason Sparks, of Sparta, has been promoted to serve as Fire Program Director for the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy, which is part of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Sparks, who has served in various training roles at the Academy since 2010, is currently the fire chief for the Doyle Volunteer Fire Department, in White County. A member of the Tennessee fire service since 1996 when he first joined the Sparta Fire Department, Sparks holds Associates of Arts degree in fire science from Volunteer State Community College as well as numerous firefighter certifications. Additionally, he is … CONTINUED

Hershell Glenn Simmons

Posted by | February 20, 2020 10:00 am

Hershell Glenn Simmons, 64, beloved brother, father, and friend, went to be with his Lord, on Feb. 18, 2020.

Mr. Simmons was born July 31, 1955, in Anderson, Indiana, to Herbert Eston and Virgie Mae Simmons, the fourth of 11 children.

He attended Madison Heights High School and went on to work in construction for his brother-in-law, Bill Zile. He learned many skills that he would carry with him through his life.

While growing up in Indiana, he vacationed with family, in    Tennessee, and longed for the day he would be able to move there. In 1979, Mr. Simmons made the move to White County. During his time … CONTINUED

Janet Kay Rappuhn

Posted by | February 20, 2020 9:51 am

Janet Kay Rappuhn, 71, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 18, 2020, at her home, surrounded by family.

Mrs. Rappuhn was born on Aug. 17, 1948, in Flint, Michigan, to Archie and Jacqueline Patrick.

She was preceded in death by her father, Archie Patrick, and siblings, Carol Lee Hogan and Carolyn Gordon.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Donald Fredrick Rappuhn; daughters, Brenda (David) Spindler, Suzanne (Tim) Horne; mother, Jacqueline Patrick; grandchildren, Louie Jean (Mike) Courson, Joshua Evans, Erica Mann, Clifford Mann, Emily Evans, Quentin Horne Abigail Horne; and great-grandchildren, Rocco Sambataro and Brooks Courson.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in

Black History Month celebrated Saturday at Sparta Civic Center

Posted by | February 20, 2020 9:21 am

By Rachel Auberger

Black History Month, which has been celebrated every February since 1976, is the celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they played throughout much of United States history.

President Gerald Ford was the first president to declare February as “Black History Month” because he said the public needed to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

White County, who, like the rest of the country, has a history rich with the heritage African-Americans have brought to the community, has a celebration of that heritage planned … CONTINUED

Win tickets to Nashville Lawn and Garden Show – find the sunflower

Posted by | February 20, 2020 7:23 am

How would you like to win 2 tickets to the ever-popular Nashville Lawn and Garden Show? The annual event will be Thursday, Feb. 27- Sunday, March 1, at the fairgrounds, in Nashville, in the all new Expo Center.

Here’s how you can win. In the Feb. 17, Feb. 20, and Feb. 24 editions of The Expositor, there will be a photo of a sunflower randomly placed in the newspaper. You must find the sunflower in each of these three editions and bring those newspapers by The Expositor and show us where they are located. The first person who arrives at the office after 8 a.m., Feb. 24, with … CONTINUED

Quilt Show set for April 17 and 18

Posted by | February 20, 2020 7:22 am

The Stitch Show and Share Quilt Guild of Sparta Tennessee will be hosting their biennial quilt show on April 17 and 18, 2020 at the Agricultural Building at the White County Fair Grounds in Sparta Tennessee.   The Show, Quilts Old and New, will have over 250 antique, traditional, and art quilts on display.

If you are interested in submitting a quilt for display, registration forms must be received by March 7, 2020.  There is no fee to display a quilt.   For a registration form or questions, contact Bev Loitz at, or call her at (931) 935-5657.  The registration form may also be downloaded from the website:  … CONTINUED

NCAA grant to help student-athletes

Posted by | February 20, 2020 7:20 am

Anthony Paradis, Tech’s director of sports nutrition, speaks to the Golden Eagles Softball team about nutrition.
A healthy diet and mental state are important for student-athletes to perform at optimal levels and the director of sports nutrition at Tennessee Tech is working hard to make sure those athletes have access to all of it.

Anthony Paradis, Tech’s first director of sports nutrition, along with three other colleagues, recently received funding through the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program.

“Last year, I did a pilot test of a nutrition and mental health course that was open to all student-athletes,” Paradis said. “It is being re-designed this year with a strong mental health component.”

This grant will be a way to incentivize student athletes


Get your copy of today’s Expositor

Posted by | February 20, 2020 6:28 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

2019 property tax information

Posted by | February 20, 2020 5:34 am

White County Trustee Office hours

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

Each year, property tax notices are mailed out the first week in October.  Taxes are due and payable by Feb. 28. Since this is leap year and Feb. 29 falls on a Saturday when the courthouse is not open, we will accept payment, with no penalty, on Monday, March 2, 2020. Beginning Tuesday, March 3,  there will be an additional 1.5 percent interest for all late taxes.

You may pay your property taxes online at There is a 2.75 percent convenience fee to pay online.

Don’t want to pay online?

Try our phone payment system:


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