Moms Connection Kicking off Monthly Series

KNOXVILLE –- At 10 a.m. on February 10, 2012 First Baptist Church of Knoxville will host Rev. Bob Money as he presents, “Strengthening Our Family Bonds,” the second in a monthly series of speakers for Moms Connection, a group for mothers of young children.

Moms have a lot of people to love, from their children to their husbands, but that doesn’t mean everything is perfect. So, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Rev. Money will be sharing real-world ideas for building strong relationships within the family. As the former counseling minister at First Baptist, Rev. Money has more than 30 years of experience with marriage and family counseling.

There is no charge for the event, but participants are asked to bring a breakfast finger food to share with other attendees.

After a successful New Year launch in January, Moms Connection is open to moms throughout the community who want to spend a morning connecting with other women who understand the ups and downs of rearing children. Childcare is provided by reservation to Jenny Bopp at

The group meets on the second Friday of each month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Upcoming speakers will cover topics such as getting ready for spring, saving for your children’s education, and summer safety.

For more information about Moms Connection or upcoming meetings, contact Susan Tatum, Minister to Children and Preschoolers, at or call (865) 246-4666.

Disaster in Alabama receive TN red cross volunteers

The Alabama Red Cross has opened 3 shelters for those who lost their homes and need temporary housing while they try to piece their lives back together.

 Frank Stobbe, a veteran Red Cross Disaster volunteer from Chattanooga, answered the call for a skilled staffing services specialist and will be leaving for Alabama in the next couple of hours.  He will be joined by a staffing specialist from Kingsport, TN as well as Diana Whaley, a nurse and Red Cross disaster volunteer from the Knoxville Chapter who are driving to Alabama Wednesday morning.

 American Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people’s immediate needs for safety and comfort and helping them return to their normal daily activities.  These services are free of charge, and are only possible through the generosity of American Red Cross donors.  Disaster volunteers are on call and deploy within 24 hours of being called leaving their families and day to day lives to help others.  Red Cross volunteers must commit to a 2 week minimum deployment often times working 12 to 14 hour days in tough conditions.

Child injured after playing with loaded revolver in Morristown

 MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — On Monday January 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM, officers of the Morristown Police Department and members of Morristown Hamblen Emergency Medical Service were dispatched to 1126 Walnut Ave., in Morristown, TN on a shooting.

Upon the initial officers arrival at the scene, they discovered that a seven year old boy had been shot.

According to the initial investigation, the seven year old, his four year old brother, and his thirteen year old brother were in the bedroom, and were playing with a small .22 caliber revolver. As they were playing with the revolver, it was discharged, and struck the seven year old boy.

The seven year old boy was transported to UT Medical center via Lifestar for life threatening injuries. At this time, the severity of the boy’s injuries is unknown.

Investigators and crime scene technicians of the Morristown Police Department did arrive at the scene to start the preliminary investigation. At this time, investigators are still conducting their investigation, but preliminary investigations indicate that it was an accidental shooting. Det. Lt. Christian Newman is leading the investigation.

Drug bust in Hamblen county

 MORRISTOWN, Tenn.—On Tuesday January 17, 2012 officers of the Morristown Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Unit along with a Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) Task Force conducted a “buy-bust” operation in the parking lot of the BP Gas station at 7293 St. Clair Highway some 9 miles from the city of Morristown in Hamblen County.

During the “buy-bust” operation, four men were taken into custody: Esgar Escamella Estrella A.K.A. “Sonora”, age 27 of Bulls Gap, Isidoro Garcia A.K.A. “Shorty”, age 31 of Morristown, Martin Flores Peres, age 28 of Morristown and George Olquin Vasquez, age 27 of Morristown. The four men were found to be in possession of two ounces of powder cocaine, a Hi-Point 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a significant amount of cash. Investigators also seized a vehicle in the process.

Subsequent to these arrests, investigators obtained two search warrants. One search warrant was for a residence located at 2203 Reese Street in Morristown which was executed by the Morristown Police Department’s Special Response Team. The other search warrant was for a residence located at 195 Whitaker Road in Bulls Gap. This search warrant was executed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (A.T.F.), the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) and the Hawkins Sheriff’s Office. An additional amount of powder cocaine was found at the Bulls Gap residence.

The four men are being held in the Hamblen County Jail on charges of Manufacture and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotics and Unlawful Carry or Possession of a Weapon. They are being held without bond pending their arraignment and due the uncertainty of their U.S. citizenship I.C.E. has placed a detainer on them as well. Due to a firearm being present during the commission of the crime, the offenses are under consideration for prosecution by the United States District Attorney of the Eastern District.