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Richard Eugene Wiggins

He was preceded in death by one aunt, Dr. Genevieve Wiggins of Athens, TN. A memorial service will be conducted on Friday, April 10th, 2015, at 4 p.m., at St. Mary of the Hills, 140 Chestnut Drive, Blowing Rock, N.C. 28608. Officiating will be The Reverend ...

A. Pervice Hardaway

Pervice, or “Pervy” as he was affectionately known, started his schooling in the Athens City school system, where his love for basketball began. He was a graduate of McMinn County High School. After graduating from McMinn, he attended Tennessee ...

This week in Tennessee Valley football recruiting

He also holds offers from Troy, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky. Muscle Shoals rising senior quarterback Landon Smothers was offered by Navy. Athens rising senior receiver Terrance Watkins visited Alabama. He holds an offer from ...

Worker exposed to radiation at TVA nuclear plant in Alabama

ATHENS, Ala. — The Tennessee Valley Authority says a worker at a north Alabama nuclear plant suffered cuts and radiation exposure after a fall at the plant. reports ( ) that TVA said the worker received "minor amount of ...

Weak Earthquake Shakes East Tennessee

at 11:21 p.m. People alerted WBIR on Facebook that they felt the quake in areas like Athens, Niota, and Sweetwater. The largest earthquake in Tennessee history occurred on Aug. 17, 1865 near Memphis, Tenn., measuring at 5.0 on the Richter scale.

UPDATE: Victim identified in fatal fire near McMinn County airport in Athens TN

McMinn County dispatchers said county fire officials worked on a fatal fire this morning on County Road 561, near the McMinn County airport in Athens, Tenn. McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy said the victim in the fire has been identified as Michelle Lynn ...

Former UGA cop fired over underage drinking questions

Up until that Tennessee game last fall, UGA police had not granted amnesty ...
now is what he sells at a Gwinnett County convenience store, hoping what happened in Athens won't cost him his POST certification to be a cop somewhere again.

Jimmie Hope Slack Brownsey

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Athens and was a member of the Athens Garden Club. She was a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and taught school at Kirkman High School in Chattanooga for 20 years. She was a broker with Hudson Real Estate ...

Diamond Dogs rout, sweep Tennessee

It marked Georgia’s first SEC road sweep since 2009 (at Kentucky) and first SEC sweep by the Bulldogs since getting three from Auburn in Athens in 2012. Georgia now has won the series over Tennessee for the past five years. Bulldog sophomore Stephen ...

Athens park renamed for longtime citizen

Knox Park in Athens, Tennessee, will be renamed in honor of one of its longtime citizens. The Athens City Council has passed a resolution to rename it "Prof Powers Park" in honor of Harold Powers. He was the principal at City Park Elementary for more than ...

Commission Considering Expansion of Drinking Freedoms in Athens

By Luke Dixon Drinking alcohol in Athens could become less restrictive in the near future, at least the area where you are permitted to do so. The Athens-Clarke County Commission is set to consider ma…

Freeganism in Athens?

By: Patrick Adcock It is broad daylight and Charles Bond is assessing the situation in front of him; he’s been here before. Four trash containers sit against the back wall of the parking lot behind a …

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One of the things I love about living in Athens is the fact that I am constantly discovering something new about the vibe and culture of the city. I’ve always agreed that Athens has its own unique …

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Greeks in Athens react to Greece-Germany debt talks

Greeks in Athens react to Greece-Germany debt talks

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UK BUDGET MEETS GREEK DEFIANCE: One legislative vote in Athens makes a mockery of Osborne’s “long term plan”.

Pretty much the entire UK pre-election Budget presented by George Osborne today is predicated upon an optimistic growth rate going forward at 2.5%. But 1,984.2 miles away in Athens, the passage into L…


The Guardian and a warning to ATHENS TENNESSEE: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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Domestic violence in ATHENS TENNESSEE

Does your partner ever….

> Embarrass you with put-downs?

> Control what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?

> Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

> Push you, slap you, choke you or hit you?

> Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?

> Control the money in the relationship? Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?

> Make all of the decisions?

> Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away your children?

> Prevent you from working or attending school?

> Act like the abuse is no big deal, deny the abuse or tell you it’s your own fault?

> Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?

> Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?

> Attempt to force you to drop criminal charges?

> Threaten to commit suicide, or threaten to kill you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Don’t hesitate to chat or call to 1-800-799-SAFE if anything you read raises a red flag about your own relationship or that of someone you know.

For over 17 years, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has been the vital link to safety for women, men, children and families affected by domestic violence. With the help of our dedicated advocates and staff, we respond to calls 24/7, 365 days a year.

We provide confidential, one-on-one support to each caller and chatter, offering crisis intervention, options for next steps and direct connection to sources for immediate safety. Our database holds over 5,000 agencies and resources in communities all across the country. Bilingual advocates are on hand to speak with callers, and our Language Line offers translations in 170+ different languages.

The Hotline is an excellent source of help for concerned friends, family, co-workers and others seeking information and guidance on how to help someone they know. We work to educate communities all over through events, campaigns, and dynamic partnerships with companies ranging from The Avon Foundation to Verizon. Today, The Hotline is continuing to grow and explore new avenues of service.


Take Action to Improve Your Financial Situation in ATHENS TENNESSEE

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Director.

America Saves Week, February 24 – March 1, 2014, is a time to review your finances, decide what you want to save for, and set up a system that will allow you to save automatically. That’s why the America Saves Week theme is Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. Did you know that only half of Americans report having good savings habits? Even if you are already saving, it’s good to take a look at your goals and decide if you can save more or start a new savings goal. Join thousands of others who are pledging to pay down debt, save money, and take financial action during America Saves Week.

Not sure what to save for or what to save for next? Here are the most popular saving goals of those who have pledged to save through America Saves:

· Save for Emergencies - Only 37 percent of low-to-moderate income households have a savings or money market account at a bank or credit union and nearly a quarter of savers who have pledged to save have chosen “emergency savings” as their first wealth-building goal. Learn more.

· Save for Education - Saving for education is the second most popular goal savers select when they pledge to save with America Saves. There are many different things to factor in when saving and paying for college. Learn more.

· Pay Down Debt - Getting out of debt is the #3 goal Savers select when they pledge to save. That does not come as a surprise since a 2012 survey found that 45% of families with annual incomes under $50,000 rely on credit cards to pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, insurance and food. Learn more.

· Save for a Home - For decades, home ownership has been the main path to wealth for most Americans. Today, home equity - the market value of a home minus the balance on any home loans - represents more than four-fifths of the typical family’s wealth. Learn more.

· Save for Retirement - Retirement savings is a top priority for many Savers. Saving for retirement now will ensure that you have enough money to maintain a comfortable standard of living when you stop or reduce the amount of hours you work. Learn more.

Not sure how to save for your goals? Here are some saving strategies to help:

· Save Automatically - The easiest and most effective way to save is automatically. This is how millions of Americans save at their bank or credit union, and how millions of employees save through 401(k) and other retirement programs at work. Learn more.

· Save at Tax Time - Do you spend weeks eagerly anticipating your tax refund? When the money finally comes in, is it gone tomorrow? Many people view tax refunds as unplanned bonuses. They see the money as a gift from the government, to use for splurges or treats. But a tax refund provides the opportunity to improve your financial situation. Learn more.

Take the America Saves Pledge (or re-pledge) today to set your savings goal and make a plan to save. When you take the pledge you can also choose to receive text message tips and reminders to help you save for your goal. And don’t forget to follow America Saves on Facebook and Twitter.

America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for inpiduals to assess their own saving status



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