‘Goosebumps’: Dollywood Worker Finds Single Burned Bible Page After Wildfires
Nov 30, 2016 // 2:34pm
ASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Twenty-two men were indicted during an undercover human trafficking operation in Middle Tennessee.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the men were trying to purchase illicit sex from minors.
Some of the men indicted include:
Brave church usher Robert Caleb Engle, 22, stopped the mass shooting at Burnette Chapel Church in Antioch, Tennessee today. Engle had ran up to confront Samson and despite being repeatedly pistol-whipped in the head, was able to force Samson to shoot himself in the chest. When Samson was wounded, Engle then went to his car, grabbed his pistol, and returned to hold the shooter at gunpoint until the police arrived.
He’s being hailed as a hero who risked his own life to stop the gunman, Emanuel Samson. Engle Said in a statement after the shooting: ‘I Pray That Through All of This … People Will Come to Know Christ’
Nashville police chief Steve Anderson said Engle was a hero.
“He’s the hero here, he’s the person who stopped this madness in its tracks.”
‘There was a significant struggle between the two,’ he said. ‘During the struggle, the gunman shot himself, probably not intentionally.’
Melanie Crow Smith, 39, of Smyrna, died and another six were injured when Samson, 25, opened fire. Family members and church parishioners said pastor Joey Spann and his wife Peggy Spann were also both shot. Married mother-of-two Smith died at the scene.
The shooter’s condition is not life-threatening and he is under heavy police guard at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Muslims in Tennessee
As the Muslim population grows and their communities spread throughout the state, religious leaders say their places of worship must do the same, spurring the construction of mosques and the massive Islamic centers that host them in several Tennessee cities, including Murfreesboro, Memphis and Antioch.
From Daily Mail:
The shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, which is located about 30 minutes southeast of Nashville in Antioch, killed one, injured six, with shooter in hospital.
‘A gunman wearing a neoprene mask arrived in the parking lot and one woman who was walking to her vehicle was immediately fatally wounded by the gunman,’ Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said at a press conference.
He said the gunman, who is a 26-year-old African American male, then entered the church through a main sanctuary door and began firing multiple rounds.
‘At this juncture, six persons, six innocent persons were wounded by gunfire. They have been taken to area hospitals,’ Aaron said.
‘The gunman was wounded by a self-inflicted shot; he too has been taken to a hospital.’
( Fox News ) At least one woman was shot and killed and several other people were wounded on Sunday when a gunman wearing a ski mask opened fire inside a Tennessee church, Nashville police said.
The gunman, who officials said shot himself and was taken to a hospital, opened fire in Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, southeast of Nashville, just after 11 a.m. and fired “multiple rounds,” police said in a news conference. The Nashville Fire Department called the incident “a mass casualty situation.”
A man confronted the gunman at one point and was pistol-whipped, causing “significant injury around his head.” He told police he then went to his own car, grabbed a pistol and headed back into the church. The gunman then shot himself
The gunman, said to be in his 20s, was taken to the hospital and is under police surveillance. He is expected to survive.
A woman was found dead in the parking lot. Six people – three women and three men – were shot inside the church and rushed to the hospital, police said.
Last week, California decided to show nationwide its LGBT tantrum by official travel ban to eight states whose LGBT laws it deems too conservative — among them Tennessee.
Here’s the official response from Tennessee legislature:
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 111
A RESOLUTION relative to state travel bans.
WHEREAS, California has passed legislation banning state-sponsored travel to Tennessee and certain other states; and
WHEREAS, the ban stems from legislation enacted by Tennessee that allows counselors to refer patients to other counselors who can better meet their goals, which the California State Legislature has judged to be morally reprehensible; and
WHEREAS, California’s attempt to influence public policy in our state is akin to Tennessee expressing its disapproval of California’s exorbitant taxes, spiraling budget deficits, runaway social welfare programs, and rampant illegal immigration; and
WHEREAS, Tennessee is pleasantly surprised that California will not be sending its economic development teams to Tennessee to recruit our businesses, but we can still send our teams to recruit their businesses; and
WHEREAS, Tennessee is puzzled why California thinks it is a good idea to prohibit its state colleges and universities from participating in athletic competition in Tennessee (March Madness comes to Memphis this year via the South Regional), Kansas, Mississippi, and North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, this type of ban, the result of legitimate disagreements about government policy, is neither persuasive nor productive for either party and will lead to economic warfare among states, as one sovereign entity attempts to tell an equally sovereign entity how to conduct its affairs by restricting travel thereto; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we urge the other forty-eight states to refrain from imposing their unfounded moral judgment on their sister states as California has done in order to prevent escalating foolishness.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, and the American Legislative Exchange Council and that a certified copy of this resolution be sent electronically to each member of each state legislative body in the nation, so they may also consider taking action against this type of blackmail.
It’s 37 degrees in Nashville, but that doesn’t stop thousands of deplorables from showing up for a Trump rally tonight. President Donald Trump is holding the Nashville, Tennessee rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. The venue doors opened at 3:30pm CST / 4:30pm EST and the event starts at 6:30pm CST / 7:30 EST. We […]
Nov 30, 2016 // 2:34pm
An employee at Dollywood – the Dolly Parton-owned Tennessee theme park – shared an amazing discovery on Facebook Tuesday after severe wildfires tore through the Gatlinburg area.
The wildfires left at least four people dead and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.
Isaac McCord was cleaning up debris along with co-workers when he noticed a single, burned Bible page under a bench. Incredibly, the page included a verse from Joel 1:19 mentioning fire:
“O Lord to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.”
Dec 01, 2016 // 2:08pm
A statue of Jesus is all that remained of a Sevier County, Tennessee, house that was destroyed by this week’s deadly wildfires.
The photo went viral today after being shared by WVLT-TV reporter Kelsey Leyrer on Twitter.
Just yesterday, we shared with you the story of a Dollywood theme park employee in Gatlinburg that found a single Bible page amid the debris.
PIGEON FORGE (WATE) – Dolly Parton’s The Dollywood Foundation announced Wednesday it would be giving $1,000 per month for six months to families who lost everything in the wildfires.
“It’s a very big dream at this scale, but I think you know Dolly is the chief of big dreams,” said Dollywood Foundation’s David Dotson.
Parton issued a statement on the foundation’s website saying she was starting the “My People Fund” to help provide a hand up to families affected by the fires.
We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. To aid in their recovery effort, the Dollywood Foundation will provide $1,000 a month to all of those families who lost their homes in the fires for six months so that they can get back on their feet.
The site also provided a donation link and said more information will be forthcoming on Friday. People from all over the country have donated to the fund. As of Friday, the fund has already raised more than $1 million.
“There was never a question if something should be done, but what should be done,” said Dotson. “The world is responding in a big way.”
Any family, whether they own or rent, whose primary residence was destroyed or is uninhabitable due to the wildfires is eligible for assistance. A pre-application is available at http://www.dollywoodfoundation.org. Completion is not required, but is encouraged to expedite the distribution process.
The first funds will be distributed from December 15-16 and December 19-20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the CARE MORE Assistance Center at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. One check per household per month will be issued. All recipients must show a photo ID and families can receive aid for up to six months. Anyone needing help with the application process should call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.