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Pastors protest schools’ ban on Bible giveaways

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SPARTA, Tenn. — A school district in Tennessee has halted the distribution of Bibles to its students, and the Tennessee Pastors Network (TNPN) says the move is ironic, as another local school recently approved a textbook that details the Muslim faith and Islam but merely glosses over Christianity. According to Yahoo News, “Bledsoe County school […]

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Legislative news roundup for Oct. 22, 2015

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DOJ to monitor Darrius Stewart investigation Washington, D.C. — Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, on Monday announced the Department of Justice (DOJ) is monitoring the state investigation of the death of Darrius Stewart. He was an African-American Memphis man, 19, who a Memphis […]

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Legislative round-up for Oct. 15, 2015

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Bill could limit what educators teach on religion , Tenn. — A newly proposed bill could prevent Tennessee public schools from including any “religious doctrine” in courses until grades 10-12. The timing of House Bill 1418, proposed by Rep. Sheila Butt (R-Columbia), troubles some Muslim advocates because it follows some parental complaints on middle school […]

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MIFA’s ‘Feed the Soul’ to return for 8th year

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Feed the Soul, a public event initiated in 2008 by MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association), is slated to return by popular demand Oct. 8. The event, presented by SunTrust, will be 6-10 p.m. As a celebration of the nonprofit organization’s 47 years of uniting the community through service, it will be held at […]

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New church blesses area at gas station

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Twenty cents off every gallon of gas is one way to make a great first impression. At least one church hopes so. Members of New Season Church, a new church that currently meets at Bolton High School, introduced themselves to their community by offering inexpensive gasoline and free bottled water. The church members not only […]

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Mud Camp unites Memphis-area kids of different races, religions in fun

“That was so awesome! I can’t wait to do it again!” Jocelyn said as she scampered off towards the black tubular slide. The slide, one of two, sits atop a sloped embankment and deposits children, like Jocelyn, into the caramel brown waters of the Mud Hole (or Mud Pit, depending on your preference) — the […]

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Love endures crises of health, failing self-confidence

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A very dear friend of mine is going through a difficult time. Her dear mother recently suffered a stroke. Sherry was the one who found her and the way she found her is a story in itself. Sherry was cutting her yard and, without warning, her lawnmower quit working. So she called her mother to […]

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Fireworks to light up Bartlett July 2

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Bartlett will celebrate the upcoming July 4 holiday with its 2015 Star Spangled Fireworks Extravaganza on July 2. Citizens are invited to gather at the Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center, 3663 Appling Road, 6:30-9:30 p.m. All activities will take place on the lawn of the Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center (BPACC) and Appling Middle […]

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Same-sex marriage opponents decry SCOTUS decision

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Several Tennessee-based opponents of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 decision on marriage equality were quick to express their opposition. Tennessee’s attorney general, Herbert H. Slatery III, spoke out Friday against the Supreme Court’s opinion that affirmed marriage equality rights in two same-sex marriage cases (Tanco v. Haslam and Obergefell v. Hodges). “Today’s United States Supreme […]

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At a Glance for June 18, 2015

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Attention to all pirates: a free movie airs Friday Your favorite free movie series isn’t over yet! “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” will show Friday night at W.J. Freeman Park in Bartlett as part of the 2015 Bartlett Station Movies in the Park. Food vendors will arrive at 7 p.m., […]

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