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Religion

  • Hard-Fighting Soldier: Harriman’s Barksdale receives special honor

    Those who know Carrie Barksdale would never argue that she’s part of Jesus Christ’s army of Christians who live to spread His gospel.

    Now it’s official: the Harriman woman was cited earlier this month with the Hard-Fighting Soldier Award during this month’s 2012 Tennessee State Lectureship banquet in Gatlinburg.

    “The pay may not be much,” she told the audience when she was given the honor, “but the retirement is out of this world.”

  • Evans Family’s Gospel Music Reunion slated

    The Evans Family of Rockwood will again host its 26th annual Gospel Singers Reunion this weekend at Roane County Park.

    The singing will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 22.

    Dudley Evans said this year’s singing features several outstanding regional gospel trios and quartets that will fill the park with great sounds of inspirational songs for all gospel music lovers.

  • See You at the Pole youth rally set for next week

    Beech Park Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, will have a See You at the Pole youth rally starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the church at 1085 E. Tri County Blvd.

    Jamey Ragle, evangelist and comedian, will conduct the rally. The Tennessee Temple Slammers and Tennessee Temple Praise and Worship Band will also perform.

    For more than three decades, Ragle has motivated, inspired, encouraged and created hilarity around the world.

  • Church Calendar: Sept. 22-Oct. 28

    SATURDAY, SEPT. 22
    • The 190th annual session of the Hiwassee Primitive Baptist Association will begin at 9 a.m. in New Hope Primitive Baptist Church at 1010 New Hope Road, Rockwood. All-day preaching is planned.

    • Union Valley Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, will  have a gospel singing beginning at 7 p.m. Featured singers will be Eddie Bridges, Hallelujah Praise and the Praise Him Youth Choir. The church is on Windrock Road. Call Pastor Wayne Morgan at 435-4150 for details.

  • Morrison Hill cranking down volume for new Sunday service

    Morrison Hill Christian Church loves rock’n’roll.

    The Kingston church has rocked out with a praise band for nearly 20 years.

    But lately, Morrison Hill’s preaching minister Dennis Mullen has been thinking that a lighter touch may meet a real need.

    That’s why  Morrison Hill is beginning a new worship service that Mullen describes as “lighter, quieter and contemplative.” The new service begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 16.

  • Dyllis Baptist celebrates 130 years of ministry

    Dyllis Baptist Church, Harriman, will celebrate its 130th anniversary with a homecoming on Sept. 23.

    Activities will begin with Sunday school at 10 a.m. Evangelist Jeff Myers will deliver the message for the 11 a.m. service; The Promise Trio will present special music.

    A potluck dinner will be served in the church’s fellowship hall at noon.

    The church is at 530 Dyllis Road.

  • Church Calendar: Aug. 31-Sept. 9

    FRIDAY, AUG. 31
    • Rockwood First Presbyterian Church will have an open house and neighborhood block party from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church at 429 W. Rockwood St. Food, games, prizes and Christian fellowship are among the attractions; those attending will have opportunities to visit the city’s oldest church and hear about the Presbyterian denomination.

  • New pastor leads Clymersville church

    Chad Morrison is the new pastor at Clymersville Baptist Church in Rockwood.

    His first Sunday in the pulpit was July 29.

    “This is my first pastorate. It’s exciting, but I’m very nervous,” he said.

    Morrison, 29, comes to Rockwood from Louisville in Blount County.

    He and his wife Melissa have a son, Levi, 3.

    Over the past nine years, Morrison has served as youth and family pastor at three different churches in Maryville and Kingston.

  • Play tackles Christian hypocrisy

    An original Christian drama will tackle the issues of Christians who live one way Sunday and a completely different life the rest of the week.

    “Mistaken Identity” is a drama written and produced by a Roane County production, DouHar, created as a result of a partnership between childhood friends,  Mary Alice Douglass and Alicia Harris.

    It will be presented at Jamieson Community Development Center on Margrave Drive, Harriman, at 6 p.m. Sept. 1. A $5 donation will be taken at the door.

  • 'Pastors retire; preachers don't': Kelley, 86, still sharing God’s Word in Rockwood

    Exactly 45 years after his first sermon at Clymersville Baptist, members of Charles Kelley’s congregation gathered to wish him a happy 86th birthday and recognize four decades of service to the Rockwood church.

    Kelley preached his first sermon there on Aug. 13, 1967, when Clymersville was a mission of Rockwood First Baptist Church. Back then, there were nine members in the congregation. Today, Clymersville Baptist has around 300 members.