Corryton Church Ministers to Missionaries

By Richie Beeler Corryton (Baptist) Church has a heart for missionaries.  Sixteen years ago God gave Paul Cowell of Whitestone Country Inns in Kingston a vision to minister to missionaries around the world.  Because of the enormous difficulties missionaries can face, the drop-out rate is high.  Apart from the normal difficulties that families here face, […]

A rare night at the theater

By Joe Rector Amy and I had the opportunity to see “White Christmas” at the Tennessee Theater not long ago. I’m not much for musicals, but this show is different. The cast and orchestra did a commendable job of presenting one of the most loved shows for the Christmas season. Other sights during the evening […]

Publisher’s Position: Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor… Your Terrorists

By Steve Hunley The question of whether or not America should take in 10,000 Syrian refugees has caught fire with, at last count, 31 governors telling Washington their states don’t want to accept any further refugees.  Considering the recent deliberate slaughter of innocents in Paris, we already have knee jerk reactions from both the far […]

Claude Pepper of Florida

By Ray Hill There is likely no other career that affords fewer opportunities for revival than politics.  Even more rare in a political career is redemption.  Claude Pepper’s political career spanned a remarkable sixty years, from 1928 until his death in 1989.  By the time he died, Pepper was something of an iconic figure, especially […]

Gibbs High School Class of ‘61

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com I looked at the list of names and realized I had met many of them through the years as our paths crossed.  1961 was the year my class began first grade, and I had no idea who the graduating seniors were.  On a gorgeous July evening, the Gibbs High School Class […]

The Kitchen Drawer – 2014

By Dr. Jim Ferguson My wife, Becky, relates a story of a long departed relative who grew up in the Great Depression. This lady understood privation, and as a result saved everything for the proverbial “rainy day.” As the family sorted through her life’s history and estate (collections) they found a box full of tiny […]

Laughter is the best medicine

By Rosie Moore I came in contact with a stack of Reader’s Digest magazines and I’m in seventh heaven. The smallest book with the most information of any magazine around, it contains Jokes, Food, Money, Home, Heroes, Dreams, and Health articles that keeps one turning its pages until everything has been absorbed–all at one sitting. […]

Thankfulness

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.  1 Chronicles 16:34 (KJV) Dressed in my cowgirl outfit, I was Annie Oakley—hat and all!  Growing up on our dairy farm, life was simple and time moved slowly.  Some evenings, this cowgirl would walk up […]

Thankful for it all

By Joe Rector Yes, I know that Thanksgiving is still three more days away, but I wanted to get a jump on it and make my list of all the things for which I am thankful and for the blessings poured out to me. I’m thankful for the job I have. The previous one that […]

Our Story: Former Lady Bulldog Softball Players

By Sally Absher Several months ago, the Focus reported on the untimely forced resignation of BHS Softball Coach Leonard Sams. Coach Sams took the BHS softball team to State tournament last May – a first in Bearden history, and had just been voted District Coach of the year by his peers. Two weeks later, the […]

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