Community News – June 27, 2024

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Hello everyone! Hope you are handling this hot weather. Be careful and take all the precautions. 
Happy belated birthday to Farley Guy on June 20. Happy birthday to Jerry Knipper on June 27. On July 1, we have Rick Enfinger, and Zoey Long celebrates her birthday on July 2. Esther Murley celebrates July 3. Hope you all have a blessed birthday! 
Orban and I will be celebrating our 59th anniversary on July 3. We met July 4, 1962 and married after I graduated on July 3. There have been a lot of ups and downs, including losing our daughter Legina in 2018. Seemed like our life was basically over when our only child died, but we have two wonderful grandsons, and now we have two great-grandsons who are two years old now. They bring a lot of joy to us. 
Please keep our prayers going for Woodie Deming, Joyce Stewart and Kristen Jones. Remember our first responders, law enforcement and our country, and those that have lost loved ones. 
Our sincere condolences go to the family of David Candow who moved from Texas to Deanburg about 10 years ago. He has family in a couple of towns near here and Texas. They came to say their goodbyes and met at Bethel Baptist Church for a meal and fellowship. 
Addition from neighbors David and Cindy Anderson – “David Candow was one of a kind. When he moved back to Tennessee from Texas and we met our new neighbor back in 2016, we were relieved because he was our kind of folk, and he fit right in. He made friends easily so many people in Deanburg, Henderson, and wherever else he wandered will miss him. He was kind and caring to people but also friends to the creatures and loved feeding wildlife off of his deck. They’ll miss him, too. Miss Kitty is already at a loss. While his health allowed, David attended The Meeting Place in Henderson. Please keep David’s family, many friends, critters, and Miss Kitty in your prayers.”
Our Devotion: “‘Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.’ (NLT) Colossians 3:12
“What does it look like to be God’s holy people? It requires that we ‘clothe ourselves’ with traits that reflect God’s character. We are to be people who show mercy, are kind, humble, gentle and patient.”
Wills and Trusts…do you need one? Corbin Kennedy, Attorney at Law, will address this topic and answer questions. Bring a friend and a dish for a potluck at noon Thursday, July 11, at the Silerton Baptist Church, 255 Fitts Lane, in Silerton. A surprise activity will follow. This is an informational meeting for women sponsored by the Merry Widows and Silerton Baptist Church. Call Marcia Emerson 731-426-3553 or Gail Mayfield 731-212-2736 with questions.
I hope everyone stays safe and out of this heat as much as possible.
God bless you richly, as one of my favorite people and pastor says.

Hello from Enville! I hope everyone is having a great week. Summer has arrived, and the temperatures are showing it. I do wish we could get some rain soon; maybe by the time you read this, it will have come already. The crops are looking very thirsty. Also, our gardens are drying up. We have not picked the first thing out of it!
Harold and Frankie Finley, Annie Massengill, Nish and Parker Herndon, Molly Marchbanks and I enjoyed our Finley Reunion in Adamsville a couple of weeks ago. We had some delicious food, and it is always good to see family that we do not see often. We enjoyed the fellowship!
Next week is Independence Day. July 4 is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration to Independence, which was ratified by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, establishing the United States of America. Most people will be off work on July 4. Since it falls on Thursday this year, hopefully, you will be off on Friday as well. There will be parades and fireworks. The first fireworks were used as early as 200 BC. The traditional setting off fireworks began in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, during the first organized celebration of Independence Day. Ship’s cannon fired a 13-gun salute in honor of the 13 colonies ( Many of us will celebrate with barbecues, swimming, camping, attending parades and fireworks. Whatever you do, I pray you will have a fun and safe holiday!
The Enville Volunteer Fire Department and Community Club will have our annual Wild Goose Shindig on Aug. 24. There will be lots of good food, fun and fellowship. We will have more information later. Mark your calendars!
Happy birthday wishes go to Jeff Finley on July 4. Happy anniversary to Harold and Frankie Finley on July 2, Thomas and Pattie Gilham and Zachary and Carrie Thomas on July 3. We hope you all enjoy your special day!
Please remember these in prayer – Lisa Bishop, Genny Sue Martin, Mary Lee Guyon, Agnes and Robert Smith, Mary Lou Avent, Robert and Linda Johnson, Tera O’Neal, Harold and Janice Maness, Emily Freeman, Ashley Pugh, Shirley Hampton, Della Mixon, Anita Needler, Ann Pugh, Kaye and Bo Jack Killingsworth, Janice Massengill Strickland, Tim and Tabitha Hampton, Jeff Finley, James Vinson, Jimmy Robertson, Rick Ooley, Mike Pugh, Mike Frank, Glenn Butts, Doyle Bishop and Shirley Bishop, Justin Godsey, Mike Finley, Lee Trice, our firefighters, first responders, law enforcement, healthcare workers, military, our county and country and, as always, each other.
If you have anyone to add to the prayer list or any news, call me at 608-3058, or if you want to rent the community center, call Pat Cates at 731-688-5125 or 731-315-8062.
Have a blessed week everyone!

I saw a great sign recently that said, “Rejoice in the LORD for Him giving you another day!” That is a great statement to live by every day.
I have decided to take a week off from writing for the week of July 4. Please note birthdays and anniversaries will cover the next two weeks.
Pray that everyone will have a safe and fun July 4 as we celebrate the 248th birthday of the United States of America. Our Election Commission could use some volunteers to work the next two elections for this year, which will be in August and November, and it will require some training. We are requesting anyone with interest to call the Election Commission office at 989-4039. We are just looking for ways to help with budget cuts for our county. Non-paid workers will help with this matter. Praying that everyone has a great week!
Montezuma sends out Happy Birthday wishes to Justin Burkhead and Jackson Sanford on June 26, Mike Frank and Patricia Jones on June 27, Lauren Hornbeak (my granddaughter) on June 29, Larry Thomas and Carolyn Beecham Higgins on June 30, Butch Hathcock on July 1, Cindy Patterson and Linda Ross (twins and their father) Raymond Maness on July 2, Eli Hutcherson and Shannon Jester Clayton on July 4, Danny Wade on July 10 and Izzy Moody on July 11.
Montezuma sends out Happy Anniversary wishes to Cody and Danielle Atkins on July 5 and Troy and Holly Hemby on July 6.
We need more community involvement for our center and would like to invite people to join in. Renewal dues are $25 after your first initial year of joining. Membership dues need to be paid now to be considered an active member. We also take donations. Payments can be mailed to Edith Sills at 4475 Sunshine Rd, Henderson, TN 38340. We appreciate all our members and would like to have more events if we can get enough help to do so. Call Ann Moore at 608-2033 or myself if you have any new ideas for the center or wish to get involved. People who want to rent the community center should contact Betty Cooper at 879-9078 for booking. We ask those renting our facility to please follow our rules and show respect for the building. We try to keep it in the best order possible, and it takes everyone cooperating to make that happen. If you care about this community, please get involved in what is taking place to continue to grow our county and make it a better place to live and raise a family. Get to know what is changing in our local government, schools, churches and communities through the news, friends, your church, teachers, etc., and if it matters to you, there are ways to help make things better.
There is much spiritual warfare with society accepting things that go against who God is and what HIS laws are that we are to follow. Every day of life has its challenges, but if we look to God for the right path, it can be a good one. Enjoy what time you have with your creator, your family and friends. Please pray for our local government, County Commission Budget Committee as they are preparing the budget for the 2024-25, federal government, law enforcement, school staff, teachers and the listed individuals of Carolyn Higgins, Quinten Johnson, Connie Dunn, Donna Doyle, Norma Sue Kitchen, Jerry Fletcher, Janice Schultz, Bobbie Bethune, Jimmy Smith, Mark Hall, Curtis Morrison, Renee Jordan, Wesley Whitman, Ruby Hannah, Donnie Brooks, Linda Plunk, Lee Trice, Patricia Ledford, Mike Tedford, Sherry Fletcher, Chuck Beacham, Sandra Lott, Faye Crouse, Janice Morris, Lisa Bishop, Jeanette Walker, Paul Schilling, Nancy Crouse and others that are sick or healing. We especially want to remember the families of Nina Sue Rainey, David Candow, Tommy Shears and other families that have recently lost loved ones.
I am always looking for noteworthy news to share in this column. Please send to or text me at 608-2857.
As always, I am wishing a very blessed week to all you readers. Until next time!

Hello to everyone! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! It has been a wonderful week. I hope you had a great week also. Well, we only have this week left in the month of June, and July will be here. Can you believe the year 2025 is upon us?
I am glad to say the month of July comes in with a bang. I know most of you have seen the BIG red and white tents as you enter or leave Henderson where you can purchase your fireworks. Next week, we will celebrate the Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, which is associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government and traditions of the United States.
We are truly fortunate to have the many opportunities in life simply because of the country we live in. Let us give thanks to all who make our freedom possible and live life to the fullest. We must show our most humble appreciation and gratitude, knowing that our liberty would not even exist without so many making sacrifices. Our son, Captain Frank Holiday, Jr. is serving in the US Army in California, stationed at Army National Training Center; he is an OC/T instructor. His father, mother and their fathers served as well. Words cannot express how I feel about this grand old U.S.A. Happy Birthday, America! “Land of the free and the home of the brave.” If you are traveling on the Fourth of July, be safe and careful. If you are going to purchase FIREWORKS from the BIG red and white tents to celebrate the Fourth of July, please follow all of the rules and regulations that are required by the law. Please be safe!
The American Legion, Chester County Post 157, is cooking breakfast for you from 7-10 a.m. on July 6. The price is only $7. There will be some of the best pancakes you have ever eaten along with all of the trimmings. Location is Chester County Senior Citizens Center, 247 E. Main Street, Henderson TN. Hope to see you there. If you have any questions, contact Post Commander Chris Dunbar at 608-5547.
BIG TOY GIVEAWAY from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 29, located at 1854 Airport Road, Selmer. Sponsored by Toys For Tots and Good360 and Co-sponsored by Greater Evangelical Ministries, Inc., Delivering Toys and Hope Together! Parent and child must be present. Walk or drive-thru pick up is avaiable. There will be free hot dogs! This is for all surrounding counties. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Gloria Holiday at 608-6132 or Apostle Frank Holiday, Sr. at 608-2846.
For our birthday list, we wish a Happy Burthday to my brother Larry (Henry) Brown and Anesia Brown, daughter of Denise Brown, on July 2, my daughter LaWanna Holiday on July 3 and Jussica Hall on July 4. We pray the Lord will bless you with many more!!
Continue to pray for the people that are in the hospitals, for the ones that are sick in their homes, for our children, teachers, families, for the men and women that are serving our country and also for the incarcerated.
Remember to patronize with our local businesses here in town; let us try to support our own as much as we can. If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your family, birthday, anniversary, announcements, and things happening in the City, I need to hear from you. Call or text me at 608-6132.

Hello to all from this little corner of the world. No news here, the temperature is HOT!! At 11:45 a.m. on Saturday morning, the temperature was 91 and felt like 98. The sun was out, of course, and the skies were a beautiful blue with white clouds. There was no breeze. There was an occasional cloud passing over for a brief reprieve from the sun. Our flowers are doing pretty well. Mr. Greenthumb (a.k.a. James) checks and waters his pride. We have three tomato plants and two cucumber plants. I am getting my first two tomatoes today and a second cucumber any day now. I am mostly the only one to eat either. We should have planted a few squash. I am not sure if it is too late. Next summer, we will probably plant wildflower seeds in our flower bed. Less work and money. A few pots on the deck are sufficient. Who knows…if we live long enough, we may put artificial flowers for looks. No one can see our place where we live anyway. Hey, make yourself happy; that is what is important. You live there. You know what you can afford and can keep up. Enjoy your summer!
As mentioned above, the heat is on! Please take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. I have heard that cool water is best, but I love ice water. Wear sun protection outside to help prevent skin cancer. Please be aware of outside pets. They are drained by the heat also. They need shade and fresh water available at all times. A gallon jug of frozen water helps keep water cooler longer and a small kiddie pool of cool water would be a treat for many. Also, remember slides and swings at parks get hot. Prevent burns. Protect those lips also. I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful summer.
Tom Nichols is home recuperating. Rachel Ellington visited with her daughter and her family for one and a half weeks in Scottsborough, Ala. Cissy Nichols spent last week in Knoxville with her brother “Bubba” who is having health issues.
Everyone enjoyed the VBS at Friendship Baptist Church. The first night was a real “washout.” We had a heavy downpour. We are thankful and appreciate all those that came and those that helped and organized the entire program. Everyone counts! It is a blessing to teach others about the Lord. We look forward to seeing you again!
We heard a great sermon Sunday morning on hell. Can you believe that would be what others want to hear? No, but it was a needed one. There were many scripture verses noted during the sermon. Luke 16:24-26 states that there is no escape from hell. It is an ever-dying life and an ever-living death. There will be an undying memory of a misspent life – all the opportunities remembered but didn’t do. People can do many things to impress and make others think they are Christians, but did they tell anyone about Jesus? Matthew 7:22-23. Sin sends people to hell, not God. Jesus made a way to escape hell. He died for the sins of the world. You have to choose/claim it as the truth and turn from sin. We have decisions to make everyday, and there are consequences for our choices. Knowing and accepting Christ does not mean you will never sin again, but your heart and conscience will tell you right from wrong. God is with us always, and He does not want ONE to go to hell. I hope and pray that this small paragraph touches someone’s heart and mind today. You are Loved!
Happy birthday to Jackson Sanford and Ray Pusser, 6-26; Carla Berry, Hope Butler, Jaxon Richardson, 6-27; Mason Connor, 6-28; and Jonathan Knipper, 6-29.
Please continue to remember these in prayer – Wesley Bates, Paula Berry, Marie Bishop, Judy Bray, Regina Brooks, J.T. and Jeannette Butler, Jackie Chambers, Rickey Clayton, Pat and Paul Coleman, Joie Freeman, Jennifer Gateley, Bro. Glen and Judy Harris, LaDawn Hayes, Danny Hodges, Brenda Hopper, Larry Johnson, Eva and Alvin Jones, Melissa Jones, Pat N. Jones, Shirley Kendrick, Justin Lindsay, Doris McKinney, Martha Mainord, Brianne Locke Matheney, Deana Morris, Darryl Newsom, Jim Newsom, Julia Parchman, Beth Plunk, Trudy Powers, MaryAnn Priddy, Pam Priddy, Ridge Ray, Mollie Russell, Nona Seaton, Dyke Sells, Cathy Sisson, Jacob Thomas, Kevin Thurman, Lee Trice, Tony Tucker, Cammi Walls, Natalie Wray, Mike Young and the families of Johnny Hayes, Shirley Hinson and Adam Wise. Also, pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and first responders. Condolences to all who have lost loved ones.
Life changes so quickly. We can be happy one day, empty the next. If we learn anything through hard times, I hope it is to value the moments, treasure the memories, and hold onto what counts. Make time each day to realize how fleeting life is and to thank God for each blessing. Maybe hard times will teach us to slow down, appreciate what we have, and how quickly it can be gone. My prayer is that it will. Life is a GIFT!
I pray you all have a wonderful week and may it be filled with love, joy, peace and blessings. Remember: if you have news, please email me at I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area but still want to keep in touch through the newspaper are hungry for news from home. Until next week, Happy Trails to You.

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