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Cleveland deals with full agenda

Cleveland will be seeing a familiar face in the police department this month. Mayor Jerry Jones recommended the town council consider former chief Tim Jones to fill the current vacancy. “Eight applicants were reviewed, and Tim was considered the best candidate for this position,” the mayor said. Tim previously served eight years as police chief. The council approved hiring Jones, […]

Health Care Authority sets $879,128 budget for 2011

Blount County Health Care Authority chairman Wendell Ellis last week announced the agency’s 2011 fiscal year budget will be $880,000 including expenses, agency funding, and payments on bonded indebtedness. That compares with a 2010 budget of $900,000 for the same items. The 2011 budget is about 2 percent less than the current fiscal year budget, reflecting the authority’s trimming of […]

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SINGINGS MOUNTAIN CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST will have its regular fourth Sunday singing Sept. 26 beginning at 5 p.m. This will be a hymnbook singing. NEW HOME #1 MISSIONARY BAPTIST will have Bama Blu-Grace for its monthly singing Sunday, Sept. 26, at 1:30 p.m. Song chairman is Verbon Lancaster and pastor is Tommy Riggs. CLEVELAND UNITED METHODIST will have a singing […]


TESTING THE LIMITS OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is getting quite a workout these days. In case you have forgotten, the First Amendment reads as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the […]

Church shares with community

Blount County Children’s Center and Oneonta Senior Center have received boosts in the form of checks, one for $725 and one for $750. Because the public has supported Calvary Episcopal Church’s annual fundraising Boston butt sales, members have chosen to pass proceeds on to the community. Heretofore those proceeds have gone toward retiring the church’s debt for its building. In […]

The lion and the lamb

Background Scripture Exodus 34:1-10. Devotional Reading: Acts 3:19-26. This morning I found that today online there are 26 available copies of The Lion and the Lamb: Paradoxes of the Christian Faith by Gerald Kennedy*. Sixty years ago I paid $2.50 for my new hardback copy of that book that has been an enduring influence on my Christian journey. I had […]

‘God’s Favorite’

See Neil Simon play in Guntersville

Transferring the setting of the Book of Job to the Long Island mansion of a super-successful businessman, his wife, a prodigal son, and a set of kooky twins, Neil Simon has succeeded in creating a hugely funny play while maintaining the integrity of the lesson. One night a messenger from God enters his life. Our modern Job won’t renounce God, […]

Exhibitor shows Supreme Champion heifer

Will Graves, Cleveland 4-H/FFA member, exhibits the Supreme Champion heifer at the 2010 Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association Round-Up on July 24 in Montgomery. Will’s heifer, “Graves Sevella,” was named Champion Chianina and then selected Supreme Champion heifer from 13 breeds. The judge for the show was Kyle Conley of Sulpher, Okla. Will also exhibited the Reserve Champion Division I (Maine […]