"Blessing of the Helmets" - Prep Football Jamboree

Sunday at Christ United Methodist

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

You’ve heard of the quarterbacks and receivers who were so dedicated to the sport they slept with a football.

Now some players are taking it to a higher level by carrying their helmets (no pads, no cleats) to church.

Sunday at Christ United Methodist: No one is planning an impromptu game of touch after the pastor’s final “Amen”, but there will be a prayer for safety and a good season for all players labeled, “Blessing of the Helmets” at the  9:30 a.m. service at Christ United Methodist Church in East Brainerd.

Players and coaches from East Hamilton, Ooltewah and McMinn County will attend on a voluntary basis.

“This is the second year we have done this and it is on a strictly voluntary basis,” said East Hamilton coach Ted Gatewood who is a member of Christ United Methodist.

“I got the idea a couple of years ago when the pastors prayed for all students just before the start of school and called it the ‘Blessing of the Back Packs’”.

According to coach Gatewood all but three of his 70 players have said they will be able to attend, McMinn County coach Bo Cagle confirmed that all 65 Cherokee players will be there and Ooltewah players will also bring their silver and red helmets.

“We will meet at school at 8 a.m. and stop for breakfast on the way to church,” said Cagle.

Do I hear an Amen.

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


PHOTOS: CFC Wins 5-0 Over FC Carolinas

Lookouts Open Second Half Play With 6-1 Win Friday Over Pensacola

LHP Stephen Gonsalves threw seven innings, leading the Chattanooga Lookouts over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in a 6-1 win on Friday night. Rain was in the area, but had no effect on the game. The Lookouts were supposed to begin the second half of their season on Thursday, but rain pushed the game to Friday. Gonsalves was on the mound and had a terrific outing. The left-hander ... (click for more)

Smith Denies He Told Young To Shoot Holsey In North Chattanooga Drug Deal That Cost A Life; Asks Jury To Spare Him Life Sentence

Briston "B.J." Smith told a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon that he never ordered Adram "A.B." Young to shot Charles "Chas" Holsey in a North Chattanooga drug deal that cost a life. Smith, who was 18 at the time and is now 20, asked the jury not to put him behind bars for life. The state is seeking a life sentence (51 years) on a first-degree felony murder charge. ... (click for more)

Jury Finds Milner Guilty Of Lesser Charge In Attack On Cancer Patient

A Criminal Court jury found 27-year-old Michael William Milner guilty of reckless endangerment in an attack on a cancer patient at an East Ridge motel on July 12, 2016. Milner had been charged with aggravated assault, which would have carried a possible prison sentence of 6-10 years because he was a Range II offender due to his prior record, prosecutor Bates Bryan said. The ... (click for more)

Exempt Volunteer Fire Departments From Procurement Policies - And Response (2)

The Hamilton County Commission just grouped a bunch of departments together in an attempt to reign in the CVB. I haven't spoken to any commissioners, but I truly believe it was unknowingly. By mandating that all non profits that receive 25 percent of their revenue follow county procurement policies, they might as well have padlocked all local volunteer fire departments. We expect ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Ghost & The Eclipse

So you don’t believe in ghosts, haints or spirits? And you don’t believe that smack in the middle of this August, it is going to be nighttime in the middle of the day? Then put on your seatbelt and sit next to me … First, the ghost. The 6 th Congressional District in the State of Georgia is in the northern part of Atlanta’s suburbs. It includes Roswell, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody ... (click for more)