Stirring up something good

Posted by | October 7, 2019 12:55 pm

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Some people have a way of stirring up trouble and/or chaos. Some keep constant turmoil brewing all the time, while others seem to always speak calm into every situation.

What are we personally stirring up? My father-in-law had a way of promoting conflict in his children when they were young. My wife tells of her father divulging to the neighbor boy that she said something about him, while he would tell her the same. The result would end in a boxing match in the front yard between my wife and the kid next door.

Now before I continue I must disclose that … CONTINUED


Over $720,000 in highway safety grants announced for District 16

Posted by | October 7, 2019 12:54 pm

Van Buren County receives total of $10,000

State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma), announced last week that Senate District 16 has been awarded $726,528 in Highway Safety Grants to promote public safety on local roads and to curb drunk driving.  Bowling made the announcement after being informed by the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

All seven counties in Senate District 16  – Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Sequatchie, Van Buren and Warren Counties – are receiving grants.

“I am very pleased that so many law enforcement agencies in our Senate District, will receive these grants,” said Bowling.  “I’m especially pleased that these grants can be used to aid in … CONTINUED


Fighting the good fight against corruption and self-serving officials

Posted by | October 7, 2019 11:43 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

There are times when you just have to shake your head. The Democrats announced this week that they are considering impeaching President Donald Trump for investigating and wanting to investigate crimes involving corruption with American political officials. What? Should we be surprised at the corruption in Washington if it is true that wanting to investigate a deal like Joe Biden’s son had involving sitting on the board of a natural resource company making $60,000 a month and more when he knows nothing about the resources in question nor anything about the country in question?

And let’s look at another thing that … CONTINUED


Ignorance of a law is not a valid excuse for breaking it

Posted by | October 7, 2019 11:42 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

How many times have we heard this phrase?  Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to laws.  It just isn’t considered a valid excuse for anyone to use.  It also doesn’t matter if the person claiming they didn’t do anything wrong because of their standing in their community; didn’t comprehend they broke a law; or didn’t like a particular law; that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be charged with breaking the law.  Some people use various   justifications as to why their position should protect them against prosecution for any kind of criminal activity. They feel it is their right to do whatever is … CONTINUED


Head Start children thank officers

Posted by | October 7, 2019 11:40 am

Sgt. Lanny Wheeler and Deputy Rob Thompson, of White County Sheriff Department, received a card from the children at Sparta Head Start recently thanking them for their continued support of their program. LBJ&C Sparta Head Start will be hosting its annual open house, 1-4 p.m., Oct. 7. Everyone is invited.


Lawsuits filed against school board and educators involving two special needs children

Posted by | October 7, 2019 11:36 am

Two families filed lawsuits last week in the Circuit Court of White County against the board of education and the director of schools, as well as three other individuals.

According to the legal documentation filed Oct. 1, 2019, Lisa Eller and Chris Eller, who have filed the lawsuit on behalf of their minor child, have named the plaintiffs as White County Board of Education; Kurt Dronebarger, director of schools; Larry Thompson, supervisor of special education; Lane Ward, principal at Woodland Park Elementary; and Sally Hoffman Alzahir, who was an employee of White County schools who was assigned to Woodland Park Elementary.

The lawsuit states that in the fall … CONTINUED


Sparta Discount Liquor opens at new location, more space available

Posted by | October 7, 2019 11:31 am

By Rachel Auberger

On Oct. 1, 2019, Sparta Discount Liquor officially opened in its new location, at 516 W. Bockman Way. where they will be expanding their store to over 6,000 square feet.

According to Yogi Patel, owner, the additional space will allow them to expand their inventory to include the biggest selection of craft beers in the area as well as sell party supplies and tobacco products, including humidors and cigars.

“I am excited to have this additional space,” Patel said. “We will be able to offer a better selection of products to our customers here.”

In addition to craft beer and traditional liquor products, Sparta Discount … CONTINUED


White County graduation rates 7 points higher than state average

Posted by | October 7, 2019 11:28 am

By Rachel Auberger

According to data released by the Tennessee Department of Education  last month, White County had a graduation rate of 96.8 percent for the 2018-2019 school year, which was significantly higher than the state average of 89.7.

The information, announced by Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn, indicated the state rate of 89.7, which is the highest rate on record for the state of Tennessee, is more than half a percentage point higher than the 2017-2018 school year.

“While this is certainly something to celebrate, I know we can do even better,” Schwinn said of the increase of 183 graduates statewide in 2019. “Ultimately, I would like to … CONTINUED


City of Sparta officials reveal final cost of tax referendum

Posted by | October 7, 2019 11:24 am

By Ron Moses

There were expenses related to the Sept. 12 sales tax referendum.

On Oct. 3,  Sparta Mayor and Board of Aldermen took action to approve a payment to White County Finance Department in the amount of $11,879.17. Included in those expenses were legal notices paid to The Expositor in the amount of $1,840.76 and $1,955 paid to the election commission.

The largest expense was the payroll for poll officials. The total, including early voting and election day workers, was $6,594.03. Absentee and emergency ballots cost $321.43. The city used Harp Enterprises for election day services. C cost for their services was $883.24. Election services cost $72.02, … CONTINUED


Courthouse closes at noon Oct. 11

Posted by | October 7, 2019 10:02 am

From Denny Wayne Robinson, White County executive

The White County Courthouse will close at noon, on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, to allow the City of Sparta access to the area, in preparation for Liberty Square Celebration, on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. We encourage everyone to come and enjoy the Liberty Square Celebration.


Allegations listed in sheriff, county lawsuit denied in attorney’s answer

Posted by | October 7, 2019 8:45 am

As published in the Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, edition of The Expositor, six former employees of White County Sheriff Department (Jewell Bilbrey, Craig Capps, Daniel Haggard, Chris Isom, Greg Matthews, and Shannon Jenkins) have filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Steve Page and White County.

The following is the “answer,” in its entirety to the plaintiffs’ filing by the attorneys for the defendants, Page and White County.

The lawsuit filed by Bilbrey, Capps, Haggard, Isom, Matthews, and Jenkins can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here.

The “answer,” which is listed below in its entirety, can by viewed in its original form by clicking here.

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