Smartt Says Facebook Post Asking "Are Mormons Christians?" By Turner Campaign Manager Is "Very Offensive"

Friday, March 28, 2014

District 7 County Commission candidate Phil Smartt said a Facebook post by the campaign manager for Sabrena Turner that has a link to a Utube video of "Are Mormons Christians?" is "very offensive."

Mr. Smartt, who for many years was a Mormon bishop, said, "The name of my church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I believe that Jesus is the son of God, the Savior of the world, Salvation comes through him and he died for my sins . He is my great exemplar and teacher.

"For someone to call me a non-Christian is very offensive.  I have served three missions, a total of seven years,  for my church at my own time and expense proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world."

Mr. Mason in the post said, "Something to think about. Joseph Smith claimed that God and Jesus appeared to him and advised that Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists were all wrong and their beliefs were an abomination. How does this align with what the bible tells us?"

Mr. Mason said Friday afternoon, "The post on my personal FB was unrelated to Phil Smartt and was not politically motivated. His name was not mentioned in it at all. It was concerning my own Christian walk. Due to the large distraction it has created, I have removed the post."

Ms. Turner said she had not seen the post, but when she heard about it she asked Mr. Mason to remove it.

She said, "I am not the type of person to attack anyone's religion. I believe in freedom of religion."

Ms. Turner said she and Mr. Smartt had a cordial conversation and she apologized to him.


Fort Oglethorpe Arrest Report For Nov. 21-26

Here is the Fort Oglethorpe arrest report for Nov. 21-26: Christopher Sterling Holcombe, 38, of 1606 Bussell Place, Fort Oglethorpe was arrested November 20 on charges of possession of firearm at public gathering and possession of firearm by convicted felon.   Atlanta Shannice Dixon, 22, of 2113 Union Avenue, Fort Oglethorpe was arrested November 21 on charges of ... (click for more)

Crime Stoppers: Murder Of James Richard Harris

Crime Stoppers and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information on the homicide of James Richard Harris.   On Dec. 22, 1994, at approximately 7:41 a.m., the Walker County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1610 Boss Road in Chickamauga for a body in the driveway. The body was identified as that of 54-year-old James Richard Harris who resided at that address and ... (click for more)

Lawlessness At Heritage Park

As a frequent visitor at Heritage Park in East Brainerd, I must say that the situation is becoming slightly out of control.  To start, parking is atrocious.  The unpaved lot contains nothing but loose gravel which has naturally given way to divots in the ground assuring you a few bumps.  Why isn't this area smoothed out?  It's not worth parking there anyways ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Am Thankful 2014

Over 40 years ago I was a young sports writer when I came up with the notion of setting daily things aside, just for one day, and writing about why “I Am Thankful.” Every Thanksgiving I come up with my list and it is as much about me as it is about my gratitude for all things great and small. I can’t imagine approaching this day in any other way. Here we go … I AM THANKFUL for ... (click for more)

Alcoa, A Prep Football Gold Standard, Up Next For Irish

Notre Dame almost had a crack at powerful Alcoa in the 2013 TSSAA football playoff semifinal round. But, in the quarterfinals, Alcoa beat Christian Academy of Knoxville, 42-14, but the Fighting Irish dropped a 19-10 decision to Upperman, which was crushed, 75-18, a week later by the Tornadoes. Alcoa clipped Christ Presbyterian Academy, 25-7, in the state championship game. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Women Shock No.4 Tennessee, 67-63

Before the season started some people across the country called Chattanooga women’s basketball coach Jim Foster crazy for scheduling three top 10 teams – Notre Dame (national runner-up) Stanford and Tennessee - before Christmas. After Wednesday night’s UTC shocking 67-63 home win against No.4 Tennessee before 4,160, those same folks might believe coach Foster is crazy like ... (click for more)