Roy Exum: The Notes In My Pocket

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

As I catch my breath on this last Saturday in February and wonder is it yet safe to declare we’ve enjoyed a mild winter, allow me to empty my pockets and find what intrigues me.

I AM A HUGE ADMIRER of Tim Tebow and I’ve no doubt the First Baptist Church of Dallas has been a living testament to Jesus Christ down through the years. So imagine how saddened I am by the news the NFL quarterback is cancelling a talk that was planned at the Texas church in April because it is a no-win situation for Christians everywhere.

“While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ’s unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church in Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance,” the star quarterback said in a statement.

“I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all your love and support. God Bless!”

Apparently the church’s outspoken and sometimes controversial pastor, Robert Jeffress, scared Tebow away with his very rigid views that some Christian congregations are destined for hell, along with Jews, Muslims and Mormons. Jeffress is free to worship as he believes, but Tebow has avoided controversy in his more forgiving stance and, apparently, the former Florida star became uncomfortable with his commitment.

FORBES MAGAZINE HAS just listed America’s “Most Miserable Cities” and Detroit has been chosen the dubious winner. Next were Flint, Mich., Rockford, Ill., Chicago and Modesto, Calif. Detroit was characterized by its high crime rate, unemployment, financial crisis and rapidly declining population

Other places you don’t want to vacation are the next five – Vallejo, Calif, Warren, Mich., Stockton, Calif., Lake County, Ill., and New York City. The only Southern city mentioned was Atlanta – No. 16 – while Miami, last year’s No. 1, didn’t make the Top 20.

IF YOU ARE ONE of those who think defamed Lance Armstrong did the right thing with his “tell all” on the Oprah Winfrey “spectacular,” you might remember the sage advice, “You can never be quoted on what you do not say.” Because of what Armstrong did indeed say,  former cycling teammate Floyd Landis sued Armstrong in a “whistle-blower” action this week and yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice pounced by announcing it would join Landis’ case.

FORMER McCALLIE SCHOOL boarding student Teddy Turner, who is running for Congress in South Carolina, has gone on record as saying when his famous father married Jane Fonda, she turned Ted Sr., also a McCallie boarder years ago, into a liberal.

“I was raised in a different time in the Turner household,” said Teddy, still a conservative. “It was a very conservative household with capitalism and all that kind of stuff. Incidentally, Teddy is running against former Governor Mark Sanford in the primary, who you’ll remember ran aground in the sea of scandal a few years back with an Argentine lover.

And here’s one: Of all the boys who have been boarding students at McCallie, only one was ever allowed to enter in the seventh grade – that would be Ted Turner Sr. who credits men like the late John Strang and Houston Patterson for forming his life, albeit before he … er, met Jane.

A PREACHER in Pigeon Forge, Joel Arwood, has bragged to his congregation at the Family Chapel Church of God he was exorcising a demon when he “punched the devil and knocked the devil’s tooth out.” But now the guy who was having the demon cast out has filed a $3.7 lawsuit in Sevier County. Andrew Byrd says the pastor and other jumped him, knocking out the tooth and damaging other teeth in the process.

TEXAS INMATE CARL Blue was executed this week after sitting on Death Row for 18 years. He received the death penalty after he dosed his former girlfriend with gasoline and ignited it. His last words were “Cowboy Up! I’m fixin’ to ride and Jesus is my vehicle.”

THE ALABAMA SENATE voted 29-0 on Thursday to give the state’s Pardons and Parole Board permission to issue posthumous pardons for the famed “Scottsboro Boys,” nine blacks who were believed to be tried unfairly in the rape of a woman in 1931. Mike Hubbard, the Speaker of the state House, expects the bill to pass easily and finally correct what some historians feel is one of the greatest travesties on record in the state. Eight of the nine were sentenced to death, which was later commuted but ruined the lives of all nine.

FINALLY, I WAS reminded yesterday that Feb. 22 was the 33rd anniversary of what I consider one of the most thrilling sports events these eyes have ever seen – the “Miracle on Ice” where the USA hockey team won the gold with a 4-3 upset over Russia at Lake Placid. I still don’t understand hockey, but that night I knew exactly what it meant. Wow … 33 years!

Roy Exum: How We Learned To Play

A couple of years ago I was reading a fascinating story that asserted the “Little Rascals” taught generations of children how to play with each other. When the comedy show about children in a poor neighborhood originated in 1922, there were just silent movies but in 1929, when the “talkies” were introduced, children and adults alike were mesmerized by the wonderful humor that producer ... (click for more)

Haynes Exemplifies Effective Leadership

Our county commissioner is Marty Haynes.  Over the last few months we have been reminded that effective leadership builds trust.  Marty has kept his word to be accountable to voters and govern with conservative principles.  County Mayor Jim Coppinger’s budget was balanced with spending prioritized.  Marty joined a few other commissioners in voting for that ... (click for more)

Erlanger Names Floyd Chasse As Vice-President Of Human Resources

Officials with the Erlanger Health System announce the appointment of Floyd Chasse, M.S., SPHR, as the organization’s new vice-president of Human Resources.  Mr. Chasse assumes his new position at Erlanger on Monday. Prior to his position with Erlanger, Mr. Chasse served as vice-president of Human Resources at McLaren Greater Lansing in Lansing, Mi., a university affiliated ... (click for more)

Triple Murder Suspect, Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, Captured In New Orleans

Less than a day after being placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, Daniel Lee Henry was captured Saturday night in New Orleans, La.  Shortly after 8:30 CST, Henry, 38, was taken into custody without incident at a hotel by authorities from the United States Marshals Service Task Force, which includes law enforcement officers from the New ... (click for more)

District Volleyball Tournaments Start Monday

Chattanooga area volleyball teams begin post-season play with district tournaments starting on Monday and Tuesday.  Silverdale will host the 5-A tournament which begins on Monday.   Marion County will host 6-A.  Sale Creek is the top seed and Lookout Valley is the second seed.  District 6-AA will be played at East Ridge.   Hixson begins the tournament ... (click for more)

Do The Tennessee Football Program's Problems Start At The Top?

Late last night former LSU and NFL star Booger McFarland was literally laughing at Tennessee during his post-game commentary on the SEC Network. I can understand that. Again "Botch" Jones took no responsibility for this third terrible agonizing loss during his post game "softball" interview with Vol play-by-play broadcaster "Blob" Kesling after once again blowing a two touchdown ... (click for more)