Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 3, 2020 9:03 am
Tornado that swept through White County and surrounding counties, in April 1974. As we monitor the devastation and loss of life in neighboring Putnam County, these photos are stark reminders of the unpredictable weather patterns experienced this time of year. These are from The Expositor’s archives. Other photos will be posted when they are found.
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 3, 2020 7:24 am
The Election Day voting locations for White County are listed below:
Precinct Polling Place Location
1-1 Sparta Civic Center 514 E. Bockman Way
1-2 Sparta Civic Center 514 E. Bockman Way
2-1 Ag Fair Complex 565 Hale St.
2-2 Woodland Park School 88 Panther Dr.
3-1 Ag Fair Complex 565 Hale St.
4-1 Woodland Park School 88 Panther Dr.
4-2 BonDeCroft School 8095 Crossville Hwy.
5-1 Doyle Civic Center 396 Mountain St.
6-1 Gum Springs Baptist Church 5454 Franks Ferry Rd.
6-2 Cassville School 261 Will Thompson Rd.
7-1 Northfield School 570 S. Bunker Hill Rd.
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 3, 2020 7:19 am
Keep up with ongoing coverage of tornado damage in Cookeville and Middle Tennessee via The Expositor Facebook page.
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 3, 2020 6:52 am
A 31-year-old Sparta woman has died after an early morning crash, on Feb. 26, in Cumberland County.
According to a report from Tennessee Highway Patrol, Nikisha Blalock, of Sparta, was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima and was traveling east on US 70/Sparta Highway, in Cumberland County.
Wilma Bradley, 71, of Knoxville, was driving a 2010 Jeep Commander. According to the report, Bradley had pulled onto the left shoulder of US 70/Sparta Highway near Pleasant Hill Market. Bradley reportedly pulled out onto US 70 to go west and pulled into the path of Blalock’s vehicle, striking it head-on.
According to the report Bradley was wearing a seatbelt. She also … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 3, 2020 6:39 am
By Rachel Auberger
White County is experiencing a growing problem with litter on its roadways and properties, and the county is searching for answers, but no one solution is presenting itself.
“We receive a $44,000 Litter Grant from the state each year,” County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said, but also said that the money is specified to be used in several ways, one of which is education and signage. “We have new signs coming, reminding people that littering is punishable by law and comes with a hefty fine.”
In addition to signs, the county is looking into what Robinson called high-tech enforcement and is making plans to install … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 3, 2020 6:01 am
Amanda Clelland | Public Information Officer – WeGo Public Transit
WeGo Operations staff has been out on the roads since the early morning hours, assessing road conditions after last night’s powerful tornado through the area.
Breakdown of Service Levels:
- The following routes will NOT operate due to road conditions:
- 9 MetroCenter
- 22 Bordeaux
- 29 Jefferson
- 42 St. Cecilia/Cumberland
- The following routes will operate on detours due to road conditions:
- 4 Shelby
- 6 Lebanon Pike – will only operate between downtown Nashville and Donelson Station
- 14 Whites Creek
- 23 Dickerson Pike
- 56 Gallatin Pike
- The WeGo Star will not operate this morning due to track conditions.
- Regional bus service
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 3, 2020 5:21 am
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has released the following statement:
At approximately 2 a.m., CST, one confirmed tornado touched down between the city limits of Cookeville and Baxter. We have confirmed deaths, three or possibly more.
Our worst hit areas are:
- Charleton Square
- Plunk Whitson
- Echo Valley
- Prosperity Point
- N. McBroom Chapel
- Double Springs Utility District
The area South of Buffalo Valley and north of Peach Orchard appear to be OK.
Power is out in those areas. We are currently going house to house by foot to check on everyone in those areas. Please keep the roadways free while we are still rendering first aid, locating lost individuals and … CONTINUED
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 2, 2020 11:37 am
Dianne Haley Simmons, 66, of Doyle, passed away Feb. 29, 2020, at her home.
Mrs. Simmons was born July 6, 1953, in Lebanon, to Johnny Garvin Haley and Ruby Neal Haley.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., March 5, 2020, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., March 4, at the funeral home.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 2, 2020 10:59 am
Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP provided an update Feb. 28 on actions underway to ensure Tennessee is prepared for an outbreak of COVID-19. Tennessee does not have any cases of COVID-19 at this time, and the risk to the general population in Tennessee and the United States remains low. Piercey’s remarks are available online at https://youtu.be/XQjeJqg72cI. Her statements are included below.
TDH is providing information on COVID-19 online at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. Additional information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Statement from Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP, February 28, 2020:
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 2, 2020 8:08 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
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 2, 2020 7:51 am
Eastland Volunteer Fire Department will host a breakfast, 6-10 a.m., March 7, at the fire hall, 221 Eastland Cemetery Rd. Meal will include scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, potatoes, gravy and biscuits, and pancakes on request. Cost is $7 and $3 for children age 12 and under. For deliveries, call the fire hall at (931) 935-8200.
Posted by Kim Swindell Wood | March 1, 2020 4:21 am
Nora “Sue” Shaffield, 66, of Sparta, passed away Feb. 29, 2020, at home, after a battle with cancer.
Mrs. Shaffield was born Feb. 23, 1954.
She was a woman of great faith in Christ who shared His love with everyone she met. Sue loved her family deeply. She was an exceptional wife, mother, and grandmother. Sue was a positive influence and encouragement for her family and countless others.
Sue’s faith was evident in her love for people. She had a servant’s heart. She treated friends as family and comforted and encouraged others with scriptures and kind words. She shared her joy, her laugh, and her home with all … CONTINUED