Community News – May 9, 2024

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Hello to everyone! As always, it is great to be with you today. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
This week is National Nurses Week, May 6-12: The city of Henderson would like to express how much we appreciate you! It is a job that takes special people to work in. You are there from the beginning of life until the end of life. You know Mother’s Day is Sunday, and I can remember the nurses that helped us with our mother. Nurses perform some of the most difficult and heartbreaking tasks in the medical world. You may know a nurse; one of your family members could be a nurse. My mother was a nurse. So during this National Nurses Week, let us honor their contributions and sacrifices and remind ourselves to thank the medical professionals who keep us healthy. We can say thank you anytime we visit the doctor’s office or hospital, not just this week. I know God made them for this JOB!
May 5 was Cinco de Mayo. My dear friend Ms. Laura Chavez-Boyer and her friends and family dressed in their very beautiful Mexican attire and celebrated Cinco de Mayo. Today, in the United States, Americans celebrate Mexican-American heritage and pride annually on May 5. Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for “fifth of May.”
May is full of great celebrations! May 6–10 is Teacher Appreciation Week. All of us have one or more teachers who assisted, inspired or coached us along on our learning path. Teachers have been around from the beginning of time. This week is a time we can appreciate our teachers. My family has many dedicated educators. So many teachers have put their lives on the line. I have heard and seen how teachers will put their lives in danger to save a child. Teachers, we know you are overworked and underpaid. Teachers, we want you to know we recognize your expertise and contributions. We want to ensure that you know how much we do appreciate the hard work you do for our children! THANK YOU!
Ms. Valerie would like to say, “Congratulations!” to a very special person. Ms. Emya Phelps graduated from Memphis State University on Saturday, May 5. Valerie also has another friend who will graduate on Friday, May 10. Congratulations to Ms. Claire McNatt. The City is proud of you as well. Great Job!
May 9 is the last day for the students in Head Start. The Chester County Head Start staff is planning a big celebration for the children. Some of the students will be moving on to kindergarten, and some of the students will be returning back for the 2024-25 school year because they are not old enough for kindergarten. To all of the parents that allowed your child/children to attend Head Start, the staff would like to say thank you and that they appreciate you and your family!
Last but not least, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12. For many, Mother’s Day is a time to reflect and show gratitude to the women and mothers who have been mentors and caregivers. They are the ones who help shape us into who we are today. Mothers are the ones who have unconditional love. I know that I had an incredible woman on this earth. She was an unsung shero who did amazing things for her children and other people’s children. The day you become a mother you should realize it is not about you anymore – it is about them. For so many of us, our mother is in Paradise with the Lord. We have great memories! So love on your mom, whoever she may be. A mom is the person that loved and took care of you! Give them their flowers while they live. To all of the mothers, grandmothers, foster mothers, foster grandmothers, aunties, and sisters, the City of Henderson prays you will have a blessed Mother’s Day!
Birthday wishes go to my brother, Dexter Brown, May 11; Vivian Kelly, May 13; Tyron Hall, May 15; and Jill Irwin and Kalie Hall, May 16. The City of Henderson sends birthday wishes to individuals at Southern Oaks and in the Nursing Home who had a birthday this week. We pray the Lord will bless you with many more!
Continue to pray for people who are in the hospitals, for the ones who are sick in their homes, for our children, teachers and families, for the men and women who are serving our country and 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 731-608-6132 and leave your message.

There was more and more bad news this week with all of the riots and occupation of 49 universities in our nation with 2,500 arrests. (From CBS Evening News, Sunday night). It should never have gotten this far. Graduates cannot even have their time in school celebrated, something they are always supposed to remember all their lives. Our country is changing so fast and for the worse! Please pray for every aspect of our country.
Brady Wells was one of the Chester County High School students selected for the American Legion Volunteer Tennessee Boys State. Tennessee American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective education programs of government instruction for high school students. Brady is the grandson of Jimmy and Beverly Collins of Deanburg. 
Please continue to pray for our sick, including Woodie Deming, Kristen Jones and Joyce Stewart. Remember our law enforcement, first responders and our government, local and national.
We have a few birthdays this week: Courtney Howell on May 9, Benny Barnett on May 10 and Kellie Hopper on May 12. “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” — Bob Marley
Homecoming at Pleasant Springs United Methodist Church will be this Sunday, May 12, which is Mother’s Day. If you have a mother that has passed and is buried there, that is a good incentive to be there to celebrate her, God and the many years this church has been here. Church is at 11 a.m. with a meal afterwards outside if weather permitting.
Our devotion: “Do You Love To Go To Church?” by Adrian Rogers, May 4, 2024
“PRAY OVER THIS: ‘And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.’… (Hebrews 10:24-25)
“PONDER THIS: I love to come to church on Sunday morning. Some people say, ‘You don’t have to go to church to love God, and you don’t have to go to church to be a good Christian.’ But there’s one thing wrong with that: it’s just not true. Now, obviously, some people are sick and cannot come; God knows their hearts. But every community of believers is important to God. The Church is the bride of Christ! If you have no desire to be with the saints down here on Earth, you have little hope of being with the saints up there in heaven.
“By making church a priority, you’re saying two things: God is important to me, and my brothers and sisters in Christ are important to me. Not only is God important to me, but we are important to one another. The Church should be important to us because it’s so important to God. How do you engage with your church community? How has your church community influenced your life?
“PRACTICE THIS: Encourage one of the people in your church today.”
Quote: “Life is too short! Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change. Love deeply and forgive quickly. Take chances and give everything; and have no regrets. Life is too short to be unhappy. You have to take the good with the bad, smile when you’re sad. Love what you’ve got, and always remember what you had. Always forgive but never forget. Learn from your mistakes, but never regret. People change and things go wrong, but always remember: Life goes on.” (From Pinterest)
Vacation Bible School will be 6:30-9 p.m. June 3-7 at Bethel Baptist Church, 125 Stare Route 125, Henderson. Ages are four years old through sixth grade. For more information, call 989-3325. Limited van pick-up will be available. Pre-register at
God bless each of you as you go through this week. Let us pray for each other. Thanks for reading my column. My number is 879-9777 if you have anything you would like to share.

It was a great weekend for getting some outdoor work completed. Gardens are in place and growing well. We do have some possibilities of volatile weather this week, and I pray there are no tornadoes for our area.
Montezuma sends out Happy Birthday wishes to Becca Cooper and Dustin Stout on May 9, John Cody Moore on May 12, Ruth Ann Shearon on May 14, Nick Burns and Emily Colbert on May 15.
We need more community involvement for our center and would like to invite people to join in. Annual 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. Please pray for our local government, County Commission Budget Committee as they start preparing the budget for the 2024-25, federal government, law enforcement, school staff, teachers and the listed individuals of Danny Wade, Norma Sue Kitchen, Jerry Fletcher, Janice Schultz, Bobbie Bethune, Jimmy Smith, Mark Hall, Curtis Morrison, Donna Doyle, Renee Jordan, Wesley Whitman, Ruby Hannah, Donnie Brooks, Linda Plunk, Lee Trice, Patricia Ledford, Mike Tedford, Clint Murley, 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 Dora Doles 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 from Enville! Hopefully, you all are enjoying your week. The weather is kind of wet. We are having on and off showers, making our gardens grow and also the grass. We do not have much in the garden yet. We have onions, radishes and a few tomato plants, but we are ready to get our seeds planted. I can not wait to start eating those home grown veggies!
Ascension Day is Thursday, May 9. Ascension Day commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. It is one of the ecumenical feasts of Christian churches. The Feast of Ascension is celebrated on the 40th day of Easter and is traditionally celebrated on the sixth Thursday after Easter Sunday. (Wikipedia).
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12. I hope you get to spend the day with your mom; if not, send her a card or give her a call. So many of us do not have our mothers with us anymore, but we have the memories of past Mother’s Days.
On Saturday, May 11, the Enville Volunteer Fire Department is having their annual barbeque fundraiser. There will be pork, chicken and bologna and ribs if you pre-ordered. They are cooking more so they do not run out so quickly. There will be a bake sale inside the city hall with lots of goodies. Cake donations will be appreciated. These events begin at 10 a.m. until sold out, so come on out to Enville, get your Mother’s Day lunch and treat your mom to some great barbeque.
There are several decorations on Sunday, so it will be a busy weekend for us. Decorations for this weekend are Woodlawn Cemetery in Enville, Milledgeville, Sweetlips and Mars Hill in Leapwood. Please support the cemeteries where your loved ones are; it takes a lot to keep them mowed and looking good.
Please continue prayers for Lisa Bishop, Robert and Linda Johnson, Harold and Janice Maness, Tera O’Neal, Agnes and Robert Smith, Mary Lee Guyon, Anita Needler, Emily Freeman, Ashley Pugh, Ann Pugh, Shirley Hampton, Della Mixon, Dot Smith, Kaye Killingsworth, Tim and Tabitha Hampton, Mike Frank, Mike Pugh, James Vinson, Jimmy Robertson, Jeff Finley, Lee Trice, Clint Murley, Rick Ooley, Mike Finley, Justin Godsey, Doyle Bishop, those who have lost loved ones, our firefighters, first responders, law enforcement, healthcare workers, military, schools, our county and country.
To rent the community center, call Pat Cates at 688-5125 or 315-8062, or if you have news or someone to add to the prayer list, call me at 608-3058,
Have a blessed week everyone, and remember this is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Hello to all from this little corner of the world. Sunday was a beautiful day, and for the most part, the weather has been great. It was hot, but that was expected. We had a good shower here later in the afternoon. We bought flowers to perk up the atmosphere around the place. I love flowers and color. We also planted three cucumber plants and three tomato plants. We have them in big buckets. Ground gardening is about over for us, but I am not saying we will not. It is just too much HARD work. I have some daisies my sister gave me, and they needed thinning. Thank the Lord for a strong, young grandson, Braxton, who came and dug up all we did not want. Our birds continue to entertain us. I heard a new song from one today. I am hoping to identify it soon if it shows itself. Those that know me know I LOVE music! I follow American Idol and vote. I do pretty well with voting, but we shall see what the population thinks.
Condolences to all who have lost loved ones.
Happy birthday to Debbie Mainord, 5-6; Amy Ross, 5-7; Barry Williams, 5-8; Audrey Davidson, 5-8; and Madison Taylor, 5-9.
Happy anniversary to Derrith and Chris Cooper, 5-5.
Please continue to remember these in prayer, Wesley Bates, Paula Berry, Marie Bishop, Judy Bray, Jeannette Butler, Jackie Chambers, Rickey Clayton, Pat and Paul Coleman, Boyd Cupples, Joie Freeman, Jennifer Gateley, Kyle Goethals, Bro. Glen and Judy Harris, LaDawn Hayes, Danny Hodges, Brenda Hopper, Larry Johnson, Eva and Alvin Jones, Shirley Kendrick, Kase King, Justin Lindsay, Taze Lofton, Colton Lowrance, Doris McKinney, Martha Mainord, Deana Morris, Jim and Sue Newsom, Darryl Newsom, Cissy and Tom Nichols, Julia Parchman, Beth Plunk, Trudy Powers, Pam Priddy, Ridge Ray, Mollie Russell, Dyke Sells, Cathy Sisson, Jacob Thomas, Kevin Thurman, Lee Trice, Tony Tucker, Cammi Walls, Adam Wise, Mike Young and the family of Katherine Wyatt. Also, pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and first responders.
“Wisdom” by Diane Ranker Riesen – “The older I get in years/the less I understand/Why did I rush through every day/and miss the gifts at hand/My days were always hurried/and I tried to do so much/that I missed the simple miracles/that I could see and touch/If I could go back thirty years/and change one simple thing/I’d worry less, I’d stop to rest/I’d laugh much more and ‘sing’/I thought I had to ‘prove’ myself/and be who others thought/that I was judged by how I looked/and what I had and bought/The one great gift of growing years/is that you realize/your worth was never based on what/is seen through others’ eyes.’/I’ve learned the only ‘real’ truth/is what my soul will feel/and when I felt that inner joy/I knew my life was ‘real.’/If I had one wish I could grant/one special hope to share/I’d pray we all learn early on/that ‘Peace’ is everywhere/Love is all God really wants/He doesn’t need the rest/A simple life that spreads sweet ‘joy’/is what is really BEST!”
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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