• Spiritually Speaking

    We must covet earnestly the best gift


    Our pastor asked the congregation recently if we thought (or if we believe) we (individually) have a gift (spiritual). He was urging us to stir up our gift or gifts.

    Paul told Timothy in II Timothy 1:6 “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.”

  • Jellico Library News

    Jellico Library News

    Library Director Mark J. Tidwell

    We have had a lot of requests for scary movies lately.  Thankfully, a nice lady (Michelle) donated approximately 30 of the genre from her personal collection.  Library assistant Kimber Monday went right to work on them and got them shelf ready for checkout.  So, with Halloween coming up before you know it, you might want to stop by and check out some of these DVDs.  Remember, rated R movies can only be checked out by those over eighteen years of age.

  • From the Mountain

    Last year, at least in our locale, there were not any cherries to pick during the spring.  When warmer weather rolled around, the apple trees were barren of fruit as well.  It was just a lean year for such things, for intricate reasons that Mother Nature has woven in her tapestry of the seasons.

  • Faithful Words

    The great purpose(s) of Christian service


    “Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace which was given me by the working of his power.” (See Ephesians 3:1-7).

  • On Higher Ground

    Don’t underestimate the power of a good example


     “‘Come out from among them and be separate’, says the Lord.  ‘Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.  I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty’” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18).

  • Take time to listen

    For a parent, it is often hard to find the time to listen and the words to say when your child approaches you, in need of someone to talk to about a situation in his or her life.  And when we do find the time, we are often shocked by what we hear our children say.  
    However, it is imperative that such conversations are priority when a child needs to talk. Oftentimes, this may be the only opportunity your child has been presented with where he or she has gathered the courage to disclose physical or sexual abuse they may be experiencing.  

  • In the schools-Responsibility

    Many times it is human nature for all of us to have the tendency to not want to take responsibility for the tough choices that have to be made in life. This is not a criticism of other people, it is true of me as well. We expect everyone else to do something about community problems or wonder why people allow bad things to happen.  In reality we all need to realize we are those “people” that are responsible.

  • The Virtues of Bologna—or Baloney

    “My bologna has a first name; it’s O-s-c-a-r. My bologna has a second name; it’s M-a-y-e-r. Oh I love to eat it every day, and if you ask me why I’ll say, ‘cause Oscar Mayer has a way with b-o-l-o-g-n-a.” Ah, this little jingle brings back wonderful memories to my middle-aged mind, reflections upon a subject profound to any Tennessean: bologna. As Tennesseans, especially as Appalachians, we ought to know a thing or two about this delicate subject. After all, many of us have been weaned on “Tennessee Steak” for decades.

  • Editorial Cartoon Sept. 2
  • A boy and his balloon