Raising the Barr on religious liberty

Posted by | October 31, 2019 12:54 pm

Language of Liberty – By Tony Perkins

More than two out of every three Americans think their beliefs are under attack – and after the left’s hysteria over a speech by Attorney General Bill Barr, it’s not hard to understand why. Barr, a Catholic, gave a stirring talk at Notre Dame -one of the most powerful given on religious liberty by a government figure in decades. “Secularists, and their allies among the ‘progressives,’ have marshaled all the force of mass communications, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values,” he insisted. And immediately, liberals set about proving the attorney general … CONTINUED


All freedoms require a cost

Posted by | October 31, 2019 12:52 pm

By Topher Wiles

What began with tears of frustration ended with a smile of joy.  At any age, freedom comes with a cost, a tough lesson that my wonderful wife was determined to teach my darling daughter.

At 3 years old, Clara was delayed in potty-training just a bit longer than her three older brothers.  As I got up from my chair at the kitchen table, my daughter stuck out her quivering lower lip with tears streaming down her cheeks.  So deep was her desire to go with Dad on a hardware store run that she was devastated when her mother said, “No.”  Ashley cancelled all her regular … CONTINUED


Calling dogs and hogs, chickens and cows…and sheep

Posted by | October 31, 2019 12:49 pm

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

“H’YEAH, Dinah! H’yeah, h’yeah! H’YEAH, John! H’YEAH Blue! H’yeah dogs, h’yeah!”

Our coon hounds didn’t recognize the word “here” unless Daddy said it the way I’ve tried to spell it, but I can almost hear him hollerin’ those words at his hounds yet today, more than a half century after the fact.

With those commands, he would call the dogs off the trail of an old, fat, ring-tailed raccoon so we could load that pack of hounds into the back of the pick-up truck and head for the house…before midnight. In fact, I remember his voice even more than the blackberry brambles … CONTINUED



The Happening – 2019

Posted by | October 31, 2019 12:47 pm

Dear SpartaLive,

The Happening, 1999-2019 this ministry and event is a unique and God-given vision for White County that was entrusted to a good friend of our community, Sandra Beadle Sparkman. After having surgery, in 1998, Sandra was diagnosed with an incurable and inoperable form of cancer and was given six months to live. While taking chemotherapy to slow the growth of the cancer, her nurse shared the idea of The Happening with her, and, three months later, in April 1999, the first Happening was “happening” at the YMCA here in Sparta. Sandra had been given a death sentence, but instead of going home and preparing to … CONTINUED


Sparta participates in 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Posted by | October 31, 2019 12:44 pm

By Rachel Auberger

The 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was Oct. 26, and Sparta Police Department was on hand to help White County residents properly dispose of unused prescriptions.

Organized nationally by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Take Back Day is a time when community groups and law enforcement agencies partner to collect prescription medications that are expired or no longer needed.  One hundred thirteen law enforcement agencies partnered with local groups to host 140 take back sites across Tennessee.

Sparta Police Department partnered with Walgreens, on Bockman Way and, according to Police Chief Doug Goff, collected 82 pounds of prescription medications.

“It was a rough day … CONTINUED




Sparta Scarecrow Contest winners

Posted by | October 31, 2019 9:09 am

Congratulations to the winners of the Sparta Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by The Expositor/SpartaLive and Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce. First place ($100) goes to Mad Raven, with 525 votes; second place ($75) is Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, with 310 votes; and third place ($50) goes to White County Courthouse, with 280 votes.

FIRST PLACE. Mad Raven Books and Coffee ($100)

SECOND PLACE. Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital ($75)

THIRD PLACE: White County Courthouse ($50)



Get your copy of today’s Expositor

Posted by | October 31, 2019 6:51 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, Spencer Drug Co.



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