Number of children living in poverty has decreased across Tennessee

Posted by | October 10, 2019 2:06 pm

24 percent of White County’s children and 27 percent of Van Buren County’s children are currently living in poverty, according to a report released by the Anne E. Casey Foundation.

By Rachel Auberger

According to a report released in September by the Anne E. Casey Foundation, the percentage of Tennessee children living in areas of concentrated poverty fell 7 percent between the years 2013 and 2017.

Using the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, the snapshot examines where concentrated poverty has worsened across the country despite a long period of national economic expansion, and, while Tennessee has seen a decrease, the 200,000 children still living in concentrated poverty across the state means that nearly one out of every eight children is at risk.

Locally, 24 percent of White County’s children and 27 percent of Van Buren … CONTINUED

Recent outbreak of respiratory illnesses are being investigated

Posted by | October 10, 2019 2:03 pm

Graphic from CDC website

By Rachel Auberger

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a cluster of severe pulmonary diseases among people who use e-cigarettes or vape, with over 200 cases reported to date in 25 states.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, 39 cases have been reported in Tennessee as of Oct. 3, 2019. These cases all have evidence of serious respiratory illness, with no other cause identified, and the affected individuals all have reported vaping in the last 90 days.

‘’Tennessee health care providers are reporting to us any patients they treat for severe respiratory symptoms who report vaping in the … CONTINUED

Colorado airport donates beacon to Upper Cumberland Regional Airport

Posted by | October 10, 2019 1:59 pm

By Rachel Auberger

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport manager Dean Selby has reported that a Colorado airport recently donated a non-directional beacon to the White County-based facility

“I would like to say thanks to the city of Sterling, Colorado, for the transfer of their decommissioned non-directional beacon,” Selby said.  “Due to changes in their approach, they no longer needed it. We need to maintain our NDB for the foreseeable future, and the one they gave us is about 25 years newer than the one we are currently using.”

According to Selby, the Colorado airport offered the beacon at no cost to UCRA. Selby said the only cost associated with … CONTINUED

Beloved sports supporter for many decades celebrates 93rd birthday

Posted by | October 10, 2019 1:45 pm

Anyone who has been around Sparta for many years will know him by “Culley.”

Ulysses Culley celebrated his 93rd birthday, on Oct. 6, with family and friends.  Jerry Lowery, sports writer for The Expositor and a former coach in various sports, said, “I myself felt it an honor to be a part of this day.  Mr. Culley was and still is one of Sparta’s biggest fans.”

“Culley” spent his time watching, coaching, and umpiring the Sparta sports programs at all levels.  He could be seen standing at the fence or sitting in the bleachers cheering on both teams.

When asked if he had any children out there playing, … CONTINUED

Cassville breakfast Oct. 26

Posted by | October 10, 2019 9:47 am

Cassville Volunteer Fire Department will have a ham breakfast, on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the fire hall, 227 Cassville Lane. The meal will include biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, ham, bacon, eggs, fried potatoes, milk, coffee, and orange juice. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. They will deliver orders of five or more. More information or to place orders: (931) 761-2476. We will have a FREE $300 gift card door prize that will be given away at the October breakfast. One ticket per person. Ticket is FREE. No purchase required. You do NOT have to be present to win.

Get your copy of today’s Expositor

Posted by | October 10, 2019 8:59 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.


George Lynn Copeland

Posted by | October 10, 2019 8:16 am

George Lynn Copeland, 87, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 9, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Copeland was born July 26, 1932, in the Yankeetown community of White County, to Larimore Copeland and Frances Milligan Copeland.

He was a devoted family man and longtime member of Sparta First Baptist Church. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Copeland worked for Spartan Shirt Factory, in the office and sales, and at Mallory Timers, as an inspector. For 19 years, he worked nights serving as the lone dispatcher for all of Sparta’s emergency services before the creation of E-911. When Mr. Copeland retired, he worked for Edd Rogers … CONTINUED

Sparta Speaker Series Fall 2019

Posted by | October 9, 2019 12:09 pm

Third floor of the White County Courthouse, on Liberty Square

Programs begin at 7 p.m. CST

Sponsored by Virgin Falls State Natural Area, the Friends of Virgin Falls, And White County


September 19 – The Adventures of Working with Mules.  Join mule trainer Malcolm Jessup as he shares stories of his travels, and insights into working with mules.

September 26 – Everything You Wanted to Know About a Tree But Was Afraid  to Ask.  Guy Zimmerman, retired from the Tennessee  Division of  Forestry, will speak on forest fires, invasive exotic species, urban forestry, selling timber, tree health and anything you wanted to know about a tree but … CONTINUED

June Elizabeth Johnson Oaks

Posted by | October 9, 2019 11:28 am

June Elizabeth Johnson Oaks, 84, of Sparta, passed away Oct. 8, 2019, in Sparta.

Mrs. Oaks was born Nov. 28, 1934, in Union City, to James Johnson and Ruth Kirk Johnson.

She was a member of Faith Baptist Church of Sparta (Pastor Curtis Guest). Mrs. Oaks loved the Lord and her family. She enjoyed working in her flower beds and watching her favorite bird – the hummingbird. Mrs. Oaks was a great cook; she cooked every Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner until she turned 80. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Mrs. Oaks was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Raymond Johnson; and … CONTINUED

Randy Scott Simmons

Posted by | October 9, 2019 10:13 am

Randy Scott Simmons, 56, of Doyle, passed away Oct. 6, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Simmons was born Dec. 25, 1962, in Sparta, to Jack Simmons and Dean Hummel Simmons.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Simmons; brother, David Simmons; and sister, Tena Robinson.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne Haley Simmons; mother, Dean Hummel Simmons; brothers, Ricky Simmons (Sissy), Jackie “Butch” Simmons; sister, Diana Sidwell (Johnny); nieces, Brittany Hines, Kendra Simmons, Chelsea Carter; nephews, Seth Simmons, Brandon Robinson (Keri); great-nieces and great-nephews, Raylan Robinson, Triston O’Neal, Damion Pearson, Korben Simmons, Pax Ward, Bailee Ward; special family, Wayne and Valerie Yelverton, Justin and Jayrah Haley and … CONTINUED

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