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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Focus On: Religion

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X is for Christ: The history of Merry Xmas and why it doesn’t have to be considered an insult to Christianity

It’s a common refrain in many Christmas circles this time of year: “Put Christ back in Christmas.” Xmas is an often-used abbreviation for Christmas, but...

By the numbers: Religious adherence in Scott County

It goes without saying that Scott County’s faithful overwhelmingly adhere to the Baptist denomination. Past Focus On: Religion features have explored the history of...

The incredible ministry of Rev. Sam Garrett, remembered

Sam Garrett gave his life to the ministry, figuratively and literally. The widely-respected Baptist minister, who pastored several churches locally and preached in revivals both...

‘Give us some people to love on’

Change often starts with just one.  At Helenwood Baptist Church, change started with one lady who stood up and said, “Can we sit together?” The backstory:...

Conversations With Pastors: First Baptist Church of Oneida’s Sean Lee

Editor's Note: Our Conversations With Pastors series returns with a sit-down with First Baptist Church of Oneida pastor Sean Allen Lee. Originally from Kingston...

The revival of 1895 and other important religious events in Scott County

The "Focus On: Religion" series continues its look at the early days of the Christian faith in Scott County by examining some important singular...

Christian roots: How Baptists came to be Scott County’s predominant denomination

Editor's Note — This article combines both parts of a two-part series appearing in the Independent Herald's Focus On Religion, exploring how the Baptist...

Piney Grove: Nearly 120 years of ministry

On a Tuesday in February 1902, more than 118 years ago, three men met in the Winfield home of Rev. Joel Chitwood for the...

Byrges Creek Baptist Church turns 97 next month

Next month will mark 97 years since a group of members from Bull Creek United Baptist Church met to establish a new church —...

Corinth United Baptist Church served the Smoky Junction community for generations

Editor's Note — In recent months, the Focus On: Religion page has taken a look at the histories of some of Scott County's oldest...
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Kenneth Chambers, 86

Kenneth Dean Chambers departed this life on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 86. Life: Born...
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Opal Lowe, 85

Opal M. Lowe, of Straight Fork, departed this life on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at Methodist Medical Center in oak Ridge, Tenn. She was...

Ronnie Roberts, 80

Ronald “Ronnie” Dean Roberts peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, surrounded by his loving family after a...

Barbara McCarroll, 83

Barbara Faye McCarroll passed away on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at her home in Oneida. She was 83. Life: Born in the Straight Fork community...