Celebrate FFA Week Feb. 22-29

Posted by | February 18, 2020 6:34 am

By Rachel Auberger

February 22-29, 2020, is National Future Farmers of America week, and the White County chapter has a lot to celebrate.

“Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week,” Kimberly Eller, agricultural educator at White County High School, said. “It’s a time to share what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day.”

Eller said the White County chapter has been very busy fulfilling the mission of premier leadership, career success, and personal growth this year.

“We are affiliated with TN State FFA Association and the National FFA Organization,” she said. “We embrace the same motto and mission statement, which … CONTINUED


Road issue is finally put to rest

Posted by | February 18, 2020 6:28 am

By Ron Moses

Last week’s meeting of White County School Board finalized the saga that was Sidney Lane, the road that is adjacent to the new Findlay Elementary School.

Sidney Lane is now closed, with barricades blocking the entrance, but it took a lot of work and proclaimed disappointment along the way for White County School Board to gain ownership of that road. In the beginning, according to Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger, the board hoped the road would be closed without any caveats. But, it wasn’t that simple.

The city owned the road and wanted to leverage the transfer of the road to the school to handle … CONTINUED


Hurd Cemetery Road residential fire displaces family of three

Posted by | February 18, 2020 6:27 am

Senior Firefighter Brannon Randolph battles the flames that destroyed a residence on Hurd Cemetery Road last week. (Photo by ERYKA RANDOLPH)

By Thomas Steele

On Feb. 13, 2020, at 3:22 p.m., White County E-911 Communications Center was notified of a fire in a residence, at 138 Hurd Cemetery Road.

Mt. Gilead, Central View, Doyle, and Casssville volunteer fire departments were assigned initially. Firefighters who first arrived at the scene found a single-story residence engulfed in flames.

Initial reports from neighbors on site were the home was occupied. However, it was soon determined the occupants were out of town. Firefighters on the scene quickly requested two additional fire districts to bring tankers because of inadequate water supply in the area. They also requested the rescue truck from Sparta Fire Department … CONTINUED


Random Act of Kindness Day

Posted by | February 18, 2020 6:14 am

Share with us a Random Act of Kindness that has been bestowed upon you. Let’s make this day filled with kindness and love. Make someone smile today!

Each year, on Feb. 17, National Random Acts of Kindness Day grows in popularity. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness. The movement of Random Acts of Kindness inspires people every day.


Ray Watson

Posted by | February 17, 2020 2:02 pm

Ray Watson, 95, of Doyle, passed from this life to be with the Lord, on Feb. 16, 2020, with Phillip and Deborah by his side, at his residence of Sparta.

Mr. Watson was born Jan. 3, 1925, in the Hickory Valley community, of White County, to Charlie and Lillie Watson.

He was a member of Doyle United Methodist Church and a Mason of 66 years at Sparta Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Watson was a construction foreman most of his working life. He built many buildings in White and surrounding counties. This included White County High School, Edd Rogers Chevrolet, and Woodland Park Elementary. He also worked at Sparta Planing … CONTINUED


Deputies on the scene

Posted by | February 17, 2020 1:24 pm

White County Sheriff’s Office deputies/detectives appear to have made a traffic stop on Highway 111, near the Bockman exit ramp. No further details are available at this time. (Photo by KIM SWINDELL WOOD)



2019 property tax information

Posted by | February 17, 2020 9:34 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 www.tennesseetrustee.org. There is a 2.75 percent convenience fee to pay online.

Don’t want to pay online?

Try our phone payment system:

1-877-768-5048

There is … CONTINUED


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

Posted by | February 17, 2020 8:23 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


Get your copy of today’s Expositor

Posted by | February 17, 2020 7:46 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


Dr. Marilyn Poteet-Langford

Posted by | February 15, 2020 12:39 pm

Dr. Marilyn Poteet-Langford, 65, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 14, 2020, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Dr. Poteet-Langford was born Nov. 16, 1954, in Detroit, Michigan. She was the daughter of David Lee Poteet and Treva Gene Sims Poteet.

She was married to Jack Daniel Langford, on Jan. 12, 1996.

Dr. Poteet-Langford’s education started at Yankeetown School and continued through White County Middle School and  White County High School.

While in high school, she was an outstanding basketball player for the White County Warriorettes.  Dr. Poteet-Langford graduated in the top ten of her high school class, of 1972. She then attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville and … CONTINUED


Betty Litchford Sliger Graham

Posted by | February 15, 2020 10:30 am

Betty Louise Litchford Sliger Graham, 76, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 13, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Graham was born Aug. 23, 1943, in Cookeville, to Thomas Clarence Litchford and Bessie Montgomery Litchford.

Her work career included sewing cushions for Custom Craft Furniture to her most notable job at First National Bank. After retiring from the bank, she worked as a receptionist for Turntable Industries and Tri-Star Realty.

Betty was an active member of Pistole Baptist Church for 57 years. She taught Sunday School for over 50 years and was involved in various committees in the church, including decorating the church this past Christmas and helping … CONTINUED


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