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‘They Cannot Remove Our Faith,’ Knoxville Police Chief Says

In Knoxville, the Freedom From Religion Foundation had to look a little harder to find a Scripture verse to complain about. This time it was a plaque that’s been on a wall in a non-public area of the Knoxville Police Department since 1969. The plaque will be taken down without a legal battle. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero explained that the city decided not to spend taxpayer money in a lawsuit that the city felt could not be won.

The plaque quotes Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, then who can be against us?” The plaque will go in the Hall of Inspiration that the department will create and which will include quotes from other religions.

Police Chief David Rausch, who calls himself a Christian, said about the atheist group, “I pray that their souls will be softened by the love of God, and they understand that they can have us remove words but they cannot remove our faith and what is in our hearts.”

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Sen. Mark Norris Nominated as TN Judge

Last Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and three other Tennessee attorneys were tapped by President Donald Trump to serve as federal judges in Tennessee. Norris and Thomas L. Parker were picked to serve as judges in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, while Chip Campbell Jr. and Eli J. Richardson were picked to serve as judges in the state’s Middle District. All four

All four nominees must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before starting judgeship duties. “I am honored by the nomination and appreciate the president’s confidence in me,” Norris said in a statement.

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TN Software Company Rescues Victims of Sex Trafficking

A Franklin, Tenn., software company called Digital Reasoning has helped rescue 6,000 sex trafficking victims, a third of whom are children, through its algorithm-based Spotlight software program that has been used by 4,000 law enforcement officers nationwide since 2014. The company got involved in helping solve the sex trafficking dilemma when Thorn, a privately–funded nonprofit started by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, asked the Franklin company to create a tool for law enforcement. “It is really helping solve the problem, saving years and years of work that it would take, in some cases, to apprehend folks,” U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said about Digital Reasoning’s contribution.

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God Shows Up at This Year’s Bonnaroo

This year’s Bonnaroo might have ended last week, but the inspiration could just live on. No, we aren’t talking about the inspiration generally associated with a Woodstock-type music festival. Instead, the Gospel was preached through more than 400 Christians from several churches and ministries that came together under the banner of “Love Bonnaroo” at the music festival to pray for attendees, worship God, and offer creative evangelism.

A number of participants who came into the group’s ministry tents remarked, “This is a different atmosphere. It feels clean and light.” Thanks to these evangelism efforts, at least 750 people left having embarked on a relationship with Jesus.

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University of Tennessee Re-establishes Controversial Diversity Office

Last year Tennessee’s Legislature removed all state funding for the Office of Diversity at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, after a series of controversial emails that promoted the use of made-up, gender-neutral pronouns and urged students to avoid words and activities associated with the Christian celebration of Christmas.

But legislators restored the money in this year’s budget, and the school announced this week that the office was being restarted with the hiring of a director for an LGBT pride center.

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