Kenneth Wayne Sentel

Posted by | February 28, 2020 12:19 pm

Kenneth Wayne Sentel, 66, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 26, 2020, in Cookeville.

Mr. Sentel was born Jan. 31, 1954, in Michigan, to Neal Wayne Sentel and Betty Gray Sentel.

No services are planned at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Callen Jay Pullum

Posted by | February 28, 2020 12:18 pm

Callen Jay Pullum passed away Feb. 26, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Callen was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Mike Pullum.

Survivors include his parents, Micah and Lindsey Pullum, of Sparta; grandparents, Jerry and Laura Pullum, Kevin and Angela McCulley; great-grandparents, Judy Pullum, Bob and Lea Smearing, Patricia and William McGill, Brenda Frasier, Roy Thomas McCulley, Carolyn Piggot; aunts and uncles, Kami Pullum, Jesse Pullum, Matthew McCulley; and cousins, Carter Pullum and Cross Pullum.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mary Alice Long

Posted by | February 28, 2020 12:17 pm

Mary Alice Long, 66, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 24, 2020, at her home.

Mrs. Long was born June 10, 1953, in Doyle, and was the daughter of Charles Simmons and Unice Ward Simmons.

She liked sports and playing softball, and she also liked to dance. She loved spending time with her family.

Mrs. Long was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Edward Davis; and her sisters, Barbara Denton and Kay Simmons.

Survivors include her loving husband of 42 years, Jerry Long, of Sparta; daughter, Jennifer Lee (Charlie), of Sparta; grandchildren, Dustin Bennett (Layna), Austin Bennett, of Sparta; great-grandchildren, Gavin Bennett, Ivy Bennett, Declan Bennett, Gwen … CONTINUED




Warriors lose to Warren in district championship final

Posted by | February 28, 2020 9:20 am

By Jerry Lowery

White County Warriors and the Warren County Pioneers squared off, on Feb. 25, to battle it out for the district tournament championship.

Warren County took an early first quarter lead by a score of 20-11.  The Warriors came back in the second and took a one-point lead into the half, 39-38.  Heading into the last quarter, the Warriors were up one point.  In the fourth quarter the lead changed hands several times, and, with one tick on the clock, the Warren County Pioneers hit a buzzer beater to win the game and take first place in the district tournament.

Grant Slatten led the Warriors with … CONTINUED


Warriorettes are district champions

Posted by | February 28, 2020 9:17 am

By Jerry Lowery

The White County Warriorettes are district champions after upsetting two of the top teams in the district tournament.

The Warriorettes beat Rhea County by a score of 84-68 to take first place in the district.  They had also defeated Stone Memorial on the road to the championship.

The Warriorettes fell behind in the first quarter 18-26.  They outscored Rhea County in the second to take a slim two-point lead after two quarters.  Rhea County bounced back to take a one-point lead headed into the final frame.  The Warriorettes then turned up the defense and held Rhea to only 13 points, while scoring 30 in the … CONTINUED


Nancy Drew book series celebrating 90th anniversary in 2020

Posted by | February 28, 2020 6:58 am

Photo by DANA GORTER

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 kim@spartalive.com. … CONTINUED



Langford addresses Rotary

Posted by | February 27, 2020 2:52 pm

Sharon Langford, of Friends of White County Animals, addressed Rotary Club of Sparta, on Feb. 6, 2020, about the organization’s programs and how members are actively involved in the community with education about spaying and neutering their pets as well as responsible pet ownership. The members also have initiated programs in White County school system.


Legislative wrap-up with State Representative Paul Sherrell

Posted by | February 27, 2020 2:50 pm

State Representative Paul Sherrell, of White County

Recently in Nashville, almost three dozen administration bills began making their way through the House chamber. These initiatives build upon Tennessee’s recent momentum and are key components of Gov. Bill Lee’s agenda for the 2020 legislative year. Some of them include:

  • House Bill 2223: Clarifies the Department of Agriculture is responsible for establishing the standards applicable for certain donations of food. Strengthens a food donor’s immunity against liability for damage resulting from distribution of apparently wholesome food. House Bill 2223 will now be heard by members of the House Judiciary Committee.
  • House Bill 2227: Creates a rural Brownfield Tax Credit Enhancement
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