Kynett United Methodist receives Golden Cross Foundation Award

Posted by | January 18, 2020 9:21 am

Kynett United Methodist Church, in Sparta, and Burton’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Algood, have received grants – $4,500 and $5,412 respectively – from the Golden Cross Foundation. Money from these grants was used to replace HVAC units and improve a parking lot.

Rev. Diantha McLeod, pastor at both churches, said, “In February 2019, both HVAC units at Kynett were in need of dire repair. One unit only heated, and the other stopped working completely. A majority of the church’s members are 55+ years old – many with medical issues that become aggravated in extreme temperatures. Everyone knew it would be difficult to worship in the building in the … CONTINUED





W.C. Middle School Warriorettes win against Tullahoma

Posted by | January 16, 2020 3:20 pm

By Jerry Lowery

The eighth grade Warriorettes beat South Tullahoma to advance to the semi-final game by a score of 48-8.  Celeste Reed led the scoring with 12 points.  Braydon Taylor added seven, and Pyper Price scored nine points in the win.

The eighth grade Warriors upset the number four seed, Tullahoma East, 52-40 to advance in the semi-final game to be played on Thursday.

Briar Wilhite had 12 points, Malachi Brown had six points, and Owen Adams added five points in the win.

Results from the Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 games will be published in the Jan. 20 edition of The Expositor. All games are played


WCHS Warriors and Warriorettes begin district play with wins

Posted by | January 16, 2020 3:19 pm


Gracie Dodgen shooting a three behind the screen of Kanden Reeves

By Jerry Lowery

The White County Warriors and Warriorettes began District play against Warren County, on Jan. 14.

The Warriorettes took the court in the first game of the night with a dominating win over the Lady Pioneers.  The Warriorettes took the lead in the first quarter and never looked back in the win.

Morgan Quick led the Warriorettes in scoring with 16 points.  Kanden Reeves followed with 13 points.  Kendreah Reeves and Gracie Dodgen added 11 points each.  Nia Powers, Alicia Stiles, and Julia Curtis scored eight points each.  Andi Haston and Taylor Rittenberry added two … CONTINUED


How moose tracks helped in moving

Posted by | January 16, 2020 3:13 pm

By Topher Wiles

“Variety is the spice of life,” William Cowper cheerfully penned in 1785, but I have to wonder if he ever picked up his family to move from one state to another.  Had he counseled anyone through the loss of a loved one or a divorce from a spouse?  Had he ever tried to calm a young adult starting a new job or a child going to kindergarten?  Although some may wax poetic about change, the emotional toll of change is undeniable.  Anxiety, fear, and stress are all too common as we ride the emotional roller coaster associated with changes in our lives.

If variety is … CONTINUED


A late Christmas gift for Katie Grace

Posted by | January 16, 2020 3:12 pm

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

“I love kitty cats, and I have lots of kitty cat friends!”

Thus began a conversation between Katie Grace and her mommy a few months ago.

“Well, who are some of your favorite cats?” Shannon asked. K.G. has a very strong attachment to her toy Snoopy dog, she loves our Boxer, Sophie, then there’s Mike’s dog, Woodrow, and the University of Tennessee mascot, Smokey, but Shannon wondered what feline friends her 6-year-old might be referring to. Perhaps she was thinking of Garfield or some other comic strip character to go with Charlie Brown’s canine companion.

…but, no! K.G. was thinking of real … CONTINUED


What is fair?

Posted by | January 16, 2020 3:10 pm

Language of Liberty – By Daniel Hannan

Life isn’t fair. And you know what? It can’t be.

Here’s the problem: The word “fair” doesn’t mean “justice” or “equity” or, indeed, anything very specific. Instead, it’s become a sort of all-purpose statement of moral superiority—superiority tinged, paradoxically, with victimhood.

Now, fairness does have an exact meaning in certain contexts. For example, if we’re playing a game, fairness means that the rules should be applied impartially. When we are kids and our parents and teachers set the rules, the word still has that essential meaning: it’s a young person’s way of demanding what we might call “equality before the law.” … CONTINUED


Airport manager receives 5% raise

Posted by | January 16, 2020 3:05 pm

By Ron Moses

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors voted this week to approve a 5 percent pay raise for airport manager Dean Selby.

The increased salary will move Selby’s salary from $69,550 to 73,027.50, and that increase will be retro-fitted to July 1, 2019. Selby’s last review came in October 2018 when his pay was increased 7 percent. The board voted to make both Selby’s and other airport employees’ performance reviews an annual occurrence.

Selby will next be reviewed in June 2021.

“I think you [Selby] have done an outstanding job,” said Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter. “I look back from when we chose him, and … CONTINUED


City puts in new kayak dock at South Carter Street Park

Posted by | January 16, 2020 3:03 pm

Money from a Tourism Enhancement Grant allowed City of Sparta to build and install a kayak launch dock near the walking bridge and picnic pavilion, at South Carter Street Park. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

City of Sparta has been encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to visit the downtown area, and now they have made it even more convenient to do so.

With money from a Tourism Enhancement Grant administered by the Upper Cumberland Development District, the city hired Cotten’s Marina, in Rock Island, to build and install a kayak launch dock near the walking bridge and picnic pavilion, at South Carter Street Park.

According to Greg Cotten, the dock and ramp were built off site and then moved to the ramp area on South Church Street last week.

“We transported it over here in a couple of pieces,” Cotten said as … CONTINUED


Sethi running for U.S. Senate

Posted by | January 16, 2020 3:00 pm

Manny Sethi, candidate for U.S. Senate, recently visited with officials and potential constituents at Sparta City Hall. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

Manny Sethi, who is seeking election to the U.S. Senate to represent the state of Tennessee, recently visited Sparta to promote his campaign and explain his position on key topics in an attempt to encourage voters to choose him as the official Republican Party candidate in March’s upcoming primary election.

“I grew up in Coffee County,” Sethi told the small group that met him at Sparta City Hall. “My parents were doctors and farmers for 30 years and lived the American dream in Tennessee. I think the Lord just put this in my heart to serve to make a different kind of difference. I’m a … CONTINUED


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