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The service is special in every way....
Roger Sewell says, “I understand that is just a building the church is in our hearts I know that- but it hurts it really hurts.”
Last Monday Pewitt's Chapel caught on fire after a hot lawn mower sparked flames in an attached shed.
Roger Sewell helped to build new sections of the church...
Sewell says, “My heart has been broken and I can't help it- I am sorry I am crying- it means more than anybody knows it means to me.”
Even in a little rain - the service was a testament that the church is not about the building - it is about the people.
Pastor Chris Alonso says, “We lost a lot here but the things that are really important weren't here we had children that could have been hurt this could have happened during services and it could have been a real tragedy.”
And while there was no building.... A tent became a sanctuary ... And a dunk tank from the fire department
Became a pool for baptism.
Alonso says, “We are going to use a dunk tank- what they used to put our church out.”
Members say losing their church is heartbreaking but this experience will only make them stronger.
Jerre Sewell says, “It is very heart felt because this shows you what a light in the community this church has been since 1936.”
The pastor originally thought the church had insurance but found out that since 2007 there was only insurance on the parsonage-
The pastor admits it will take a lot to rebuild- but when they do members say it will be bigger and better than ever.
The church isn't sure if it will continue services in the parking lot- several area churches have offered their sanctuaries.
Pewitt's Chapel has set up a bank account at Bank of America for donations.
Monday, August 6 2012, 01:51 AM CDT
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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