• Weekly Wrap Up

     Republican leaders set legislative agenda


    Republican leaders joined the governor Thursday at a press conference to announce the specific proposals of their legislative package and detailed the priorities of the House, Senate and new Administration.

    The package focuses on two core messages of educating a highly trained workforce: one that will attract high quality jobs and identify the best teachers and creating an environment that keeps in the classrooms across the state.

  • Memories surface as walls come down

     I am not prone to sentimentality or walks down memory lane.

    However, on Monday I found myself pulled in that direction. I had gone to take some pictures of the demolition of East LaFollette Elementary School.

    As I walked around the building where my education began, I could hear the laughter of my classmates and me still echoing from years ago. I also heard our occasional whines.

  • Faithful Words
  • Budget talks continue for state legislature

     Budget hearings continue as funding board projects higher revenues

    The governor continued budget hearings this week, meeting with key officials from each department for a briefing on state finances. State leaders are working to fill a $1.5 billion hole, as the state staved off many reductions last year with the assistance of federal funding. The hearings covered budgetary items from TennCare to weather-related expenses.

  • Being at peace, being a peacemaker

     I can’t seem to get away from writing about the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Several weeks ago I wrote about the first two, love and joy. Today I am going to write about peace. We are surely living in a day when we search for peace in a very troubled world.

    Peace is defined as quietness, rest, harmony, order and security in the midst of turmoil and temptation. If we strive to live pleasing to God and His commandments, this is where we find peace.

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell


    It’s happened once again. On Feb. 2, that weather prognosticating critter known as Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his den to see if winter would continue its bitterness or if there’d be an early spring. The portly groundhog was surrounded by the members of the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, all clad in top hats and tuxedos, as well as nearly 15,000 noisy spectators when he forecast an early spring for 2011. 

    Thank you Phil, we needed a break from the winter blahs.

  • Faithful Words

    The signs of salvation


    “I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13, RSV).

  • On Higher Ground

    Bricks and clocks are not so important there


    Sometimes I have to step back, take a deep breath, and look at the bigger picture.  Otherwise I can’t see the forest for the trees.  For this and other reasons, I participated in a short ministry trip to New York City about a week ago.  It helped me regain perspective.

  • From a Mother's Heart

    Don’t allow the candle of hope in your life to go out


    What has caused you to feel that the candle of hope in your life is soon to go out? Could it be civil war in your home of some kind? Discord in your marriage? Turmoil in your business or work place? Is the source of your hopelessness nothing you can really pinpoint just a general feeling of depression? Disillusionment? Discouragement? Are you convinced Jesus Christ will reign in the world at some future time, but you don’t know what difference that makes in your life today?

  • Faithful Words

    The three worst mistakes in life


    “And he said to them, ‘Take care, and beware of all coveteousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possession.’” (See Luke 12:16-21, RSV).