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Many of us can remember those incredible scenes in Teheran, Iran when our diplomatic corps was paraded in front of the television cameras in blindfolds and handcuffs as the people screamed obscenities at them. It was a totally humiliating experience for them – and for us.

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The prayer goes: “… Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven …”.

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One of the most picturesque churches in Cocke County is Glendale United Methodist Church, which stands in the “lower end of the county” in the Bybee community. It is one of the most perfectly maintained churches in the county, its white paint gleaming both on the building and nearby fence. E…

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Oddly enough, this column, written in 2009, has generated more talk around the water coolers than any other (as far as I know); and it has been repeated more than once; but you still ask for it again.

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Centerview Missionary Baptist Church can be seen from Hwy. 160 as one travels from Newport through Bybee. Just across the parking lot, and nearer to the highway, is Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Each church has its own cemetery.

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In the seemingly never-ending supply of reality shows on television; this oft-repeated expression is oft-repeated: “What’s in it for me?”

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About 1923, members from Allen’s Grove Baptist Church organized a Sunday School at a school in the Denton community, a step that would lead to the founding of Denton Baptist Church.

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Long, long ago, in the film universe far away; before I was even born (I know, I know, that does not seem possible, but it is – there were stuff and things happening before Tommy graced the domicile of Fred Marvin and Josephine Celeste Mooty’s place).

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I was talking to my friend Jim “Chopper” Phillips the other day; and he offered the following silo full of a rather unique substance I simply choose to call “column fodder.” Chopper’s silo was filled to the brim with really good stuff; running over the top, spilling over the sides, leaking t…

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Several years ago, I watched the news report of the collapse of the I-35 bridge in Milwaukee; and I said to myself, “Myself.” Myself said, “Huh?” I said, “That had to be the act of a terrorist, didn’t it? I mean that couldn’t have happened in these United States, could it?”

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It has been my joy to be able to pen these columns for several years. Whew, I don’t really even remember when they started flowing from what little creative juices I was able to muster back then.

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Several years ago (2009); I attended the historical drama, “Under the Apple Trees”, written by historian playwright, Jariel O’Neil (who writes under the pseudonym of “Duay O’Neil.” (Don’t blame me, Duay; Iliff McMahan; descendant of the infamous Wils McMahan started it).

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For those of you who have not been called upon to try to maintain your cool during a disaster, “chatter” means radio “traffic”; and radio “traffic” means “conversations” or “radio communications”; and “radio conversations” means … well, you know…..

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Those of you that are regular readers of this five minutes of (great stuff) (garbage) — you choose one – will notice a slight bit of difference in today’s (great stuff) (garbage) – you still have to choose one!

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Every Thursday, the Newport Plain Talk features a local “Church of the Week,” complete with a sketch of its history and a photo. If your church has not been featured, please supply us with a history of the church, either by emailing to duay.oneil@newportplaintalk.com, dropping it by the offi…

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Some time ago – well, several, several years ago – there was a man named Jake, who had several – well several, several – children, mostly boys who worked around the farm.

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Every Thursday, the Newport Plain Talk features a local “Church of the Week,” complete with a sketch of its history and a photo. If your church has not been featured, please supply us with a history of the church, either by emailing to duay.oneil@newportplaintalk.com, dropping it by the offi…

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Holder’s Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Cosby dates to shortly after the Civil War. It is located at the junction of Jones Cove Road (Hwy. 339) and Holders Grove Road.

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Every Thursday, the Newport Plain Talk features a local “Church of the Week,” complete with a sketch of its history and a photo. If your church has not been featured, please supply us with a history of the church, either by emailing to duay.oneil@newportplaintalk.com, dropping it by the offi…

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A couple of months ago, we all celebrated graduation and commencement ceremonies in our various school systems; and everyone was congratulatory of the achievement of the various students – no matter what level had been reached.

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I know what you are thinking: “Mooty’s done lost his mind.” I mean, what kind of title is that for a newspaper column?

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Several years ago, our Southern Baptist Convention was held for the umpteenth time in San Antonio; and, since I was working in the Baptist Press Room, I arrived days early and left days late; and then hours early and hours late each day. It was demanding work; but, since it served a very use…

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When I started writing these columns several years ago, I was unprepared for the extensive readership they would have. I had thought I might be able to reach into a few homes and generate some comments; but I have been amazed at the effect of these some-of-the-time well-chosen words on paper.

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The devil has his hands full figuring out how he is going to create all the havoc that The Bible describes him as creating in the “last days.”