“Jesus is the Word because through him all things are made,” says Jonathan, 8. “What he said became. Through the words of Jesus, the Earth and man were made. So, he is the Word.” When we read, “In the beginning was the Word” in John’s Gospel, we should immediately think of another Bible text that begins with the same introductory […]



My, my, my. Look at this mess we’ve gotten ourselves into. The presidential election is still a hundred days away, and it already seems like the campaign has been going on since the Rolling Stones were mere pebbles. Just last week, one candidate claimed his opponent “doesn’t know he is alive.” He added, “He is incompetent.” The other candidate responded […]

Graduation commencement for the win

Living through the unique era of COVID we have become more familiar with many words and phrases which were sparsely used previously, if they even existed: unprecedented, social distance, quarantine, flatten the curve, pandemic, and especially the words delayed and canceled. When schools closed in the spring, there was no way to discern how the academic year would end. Eventually, […]

Want to see a drop in entitlement behavior? Stop teaching victimhood.

The number of conversations about what people acting “entitled” to one thing or another is seemingly a number that could rival the national debt. What has been of great interest to me has been the number of the same people saying how they were “robbed” or “swindled” out of something because they signed a document that explicitly spelled out the […]

MARC preparing to move to new building

Local residents can be part of the new digs

Jasper, Tenn. – For several years MARC has been looking for a building or property to allow for the expansion of its mission.  In March 2020 MARC’s prayers were answered when Eddie, Jr. and Russell Bell, sons of the beloved late Eddie Bell Sr. of Jasper, TN, donated a fixer-upper house in honor of their father.  Eddie Bell, Sr. was a […]

Crash on I-24 Leaves One Dead

Tennessee Highway Patrol is investing an accident involving a Toyota 4-Runner and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 24 near the westbound on-ramp of exit 155 that resulted in one death of a passenger Thursday afternoon. Jasper Fire Department was dispatched to extract the driver of the Four-Runner. The driver was transported to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for treatment. THP Sgt. William […]

Biblically Speaking: Spiritually Working Out

Today marks the first month of being back at the gym. I’ve found out, at the age of 51, your mind thinks, “You can pick up where you left off as a 25-year-old.” However, your body screams to your brain, “What are you doing?”  We ended last week speaking about “Why do hard times come our way?” I stated that, […]

TSSAA reveals plan for fall sports

Tennessee now has a roadmap for both high school football and girls’ soccer in the fall. Convening its Board of Control Wednesday in Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) approved measures to outline the potential for a nearly complete football and girls’ soccer season. The league also adopted unanimously its COVID-19 guidelines and procedures required of all member […]


Charlsie Hargis Fitz-Gerald, long time resident of South Pittsburg, passed away in Franklin, Tennessee, on Sunday, July 19, 2020. She was born and raised in South Pittsburg where she attended South Pittsburg High School. She was captain of the girls basketball team and football sponsor.  She relocated to Manchester, Tennessee, in 1952 with her husband Michael Fitz-Gerald returning with him […]