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SYSA announces February sign-ups for soccer season
Karen House
Jan. 20, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

Jan. 20, 2019 – The Sequatchie Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) has announced sign-ups for the spring season to be held in February.

According to spokesman Joseph Parks, soccer registration will be Saturday, Feb. 2, and the following Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. In the Sequatchie County High School commons area.

Kids ages 4-18 are eligible.

Cost is $55, with discounts for multiple players from the same family and for using the same uniform you had last season.

More information is available on the Sequatchie Youth Soccer Association Facebook page, or by calling Joe Parks at 949-2022.


Sanctity of Human Life recognized with crosses for unborn
Karen House
Jan. 16, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

Debbie Chandler stands by the white crosses displayed in front of Ewtonville Baptist Church in recognition of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, Jan. 20.

Jan. 16, 2019 – In front of Ewtonville Baptist Church are little crosses, row on row, much like those in Flanders Fields. But these are not the graves of men who fell in combat, but graveless markers in commemoration of babies who were killed in the womb.

There are no graves, because the small bodies of the babies who fall victim to abortion are usually discarded in the trash.

There is one cross for one baby each day aborted in the U.S.,” according to Debbie Chandler. “That's a little over 2,600 a day.”

Each year in January, Ewtonville Baptist Church remembers these lives lost with tiny crosses, row on row, in the grassy lawn between the church building and US 127.

Roe v. Wade, the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion in the United States, was handed down Jan. 22, 1973, and every year the Sunday closest to Jan. 22 is “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday” – a day to commemorate the dead and renew the battle to stop abortion.

And, although the Supreme Court has determined that a woman's right to privacy trumps her unborn child's right to life, the pro-life battle is being won – just one small victory at a time.

The church has been doing this for over 10 years,” Chandler said Wednesday, “and there used to be over 4,000 crosses.”

Chandler is a member of Ewtonville Baptist Church, but also serves as the executive director of Next Step Resource Center. Located at 1817 Old York Hwy. E. in Dunlap, the center provides a myriad of services to pregnant women and parents of young children, including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting classes, and material assistance like baby food, formula, and diapers. Next Step has a medical doctor on call – an ob-gyn out of Erlanger Hospital – that oversees the RN that handles most of the services.

Chandler estimates about 60-70 people come each month to the facility to seek out their free services.

Sites that provide free counseling and assistance like Next Step help stem the tide of abortion, but there also have been some gains made on the political/legal front in the state of Tennessee.

Chandler points to Amendment 1 as a big step in saving the lives of the unborn. That constitutional amendment which was passed in 2014 says that nothing in the state constitution “protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.” With that amendment in place, state lawmakers were able to begin passing legislation that restricts abortion, including requiring health department inspection of abortion clinics and parental notification before a minor can receive an abortion.

As to whether abortion is a problem that will be solved politically, legally, socially, or spiritually, Chandler said, “A little of all . . . but really spiritually. That's my opinion.”

Currently, the nearest abortion clinics to Dunlap are located in Knoxville and Atlanta. Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion provider in the country, recently announced they would no longer be performing abortions at their clinic in Nashville because they were unable to find a doctor to perform the procedures there.

Churches across the nation will be observing Jan. 20 as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, and they will mark the date in a variety of ways. Chandler believes Ewtonville Baptist's display of tiny white crosses is very effective.

I just think the crosses are awesome,” she said. “You can talk about abortion and know about abortion, but each one of these crosses represents a baby that will lose its life today. That's what we're doing with these crosses. It's to say, 'This is what we're doing in our country,' and to honor these babies.”