Knoxville Is the ‘Most Bible Minded’ City in the Country

Barna’s research shows that Knoxville is the city with the highest percentage of the population reading the Bible.  Providence, RI and Bedford, MA have the least bible readers:

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An interesting study and altogether unsurprising.  If only all those Bible readers were actually practitioners of faith.  Now THAT would be report-worthy.

If You Have 30 Children, Pay For Them Yourself

Is there anywhere in the world that this is ok?  Is there anywhere where someone can blatantly sow his seed without considering the consequences and then cavalierly ask others to put up the money to support the children he’s fathered?  This is authentically sickening-

A Tennessee man who has fathered 30 children with 11 different women is asking the state for a reprieve from his child support obligations.  Knoxville man Desmond Hatchett, 33, earns the minimum wage but has had his salary garnished since he had his first child 14 years ago, TV station WREG reports.  Despite telling a reporter in 2009 that he was done having babies Mr Hatchett has fathered another nine children over the last three years.  It’s putting pressure on his meagre salary with half of his earnings going to the mothers of his numerous families.

Unfortunately for the many mothers of Mr Hatchett’s children the state cannot take more than 50 percent of his salary so some women receive only slightly more than US1$ per month for each child.  The state said it has no way to force Mr Hatchett to stop having children.  In 2009 Mr Hatchett told an interviewer “I had four kids in the same year. Twice.”  He is believed to be the Knox County record holder for the most children fathered.

The mothers of these children are equally responsible.  If you can’t afford a child, don’t have one.  If you can’t afford 10, don’t have 10.  If you can’t afford 1, you sure as heck can’t afford 30!!!!!  What depravity.

A Rough Weather Day

We’ve been keeping an eye on the sky here in the South today.  A line of storms came through earlier this morning and a tornado spawned just about 30 miles or so to the south of us and moved northeast.  Now we’ve got another line of storms coming…

(And fyi- I live just to the west of the ‘K’ in Knoxville on the right of the screen).

We aren’t anticipating any tornadoes, but who knows these days.

A Truly Heartwarming Story

Which aired on our local ABC station.  And it’s heartwarming not because of any mention of Oprah, it’s heartwarming because of the Love sisters.  You’ve probably never heard of them, but they are doing God’s work here in Knoxville.

The founders of the Love Kitchen, sisters Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner, have been running the charity that feeds the homeless, elderly, disabled, and homebound in East Knoxville for more than 20 years.  While they are well known and loved in Knoxville, they traveled on February 3 to meet Oprah Winfrey and bring their message of helping the community to the nation.  For their appearance, the women were asked to wear what they would at The Love Kitchen. They donned their logo shirts that read “Everybody is God’s Somebody” as well as their aprons.  It’s a perfect fit for the women who are also community service partners and best friends.

Watch the video.  It’s truly a wonderful tale about wonderful women.