Dr ‘Tree Climber’ James Brown Recognized

By Connie Davis Bushey News Editor, Baptist and Reflector KNOXVILLE — He’s known as the “Tennessee Squirrel” or the tree climber among Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers. Children seeing him swinging around in a tree with ropes have called him Spiderman. He is James Brown, a Tennessee Baptist disaster relief volunteer. Brown not only climbs and swings from ropes in trees, he manhandles a chain saw. The trees have been damaged by storms or fires… Continue reading

Jones Surveys Damage

Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, recently surveyed the storm damage at the home of Will and Kristi Johnson in Brentwood. Though a massive response was not needed, a team from Cumberland Baptist Association, based in Clarksville, traveled to Brentwood to cut the downed trees and clear debris from the home.  Jones said Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief units are gearing up in order to respond if needed as storms move… Continue reading

DR Leaders Mark 50 Years of Ministry, Eye Future

Baptist Press DENTON, Texas (BP) — Southern Baptist Disaster Relief leaders throughout North America met for their annual “Round Table” meeting and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of SBDR. Representatives from nearly all the state Baptist conventions participated in the Jan. 23-27 event at Camp Copass in Denton, Texas. Portions of the week focused on celebrating five decades of ministry efforts, looking at the present state of the ministry and preparing for… Continue reading

Mattresses Sent To LA. Flood Victims

From Baptist and Reflector MORRISTOWN — Nolachucky Baptist Association disaster relief, based here, with help from Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief, is delivering four tractor trailer loads or about 236 sets of mattresses and box springs to Louisiana flood victims, reported Don Owen, director of disaster relief. Owen learned of the need at the end of November from a ministry partner and Louisiana Baptist, Johnny Huffman of Covington, La. Huffman knew that Nolachucky Association had sent… Continue reading

Tennessee Baptist Assistance Continues

From Baptist and Reflector GATLINBURG — Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (TBMB) leaders are grateful for the quick response, both financially and with physical assistance, following the wildfires which struck the Smoky Mountains in late November. What’s more, help will continue in the months to come, leaders agreed. “I am thankful for the quick response of our disaster relief volunteers at the very start of this tragedy in Sevier County to meet the immediate needs of… Continue reading

Gatlinburg Fire Update

I want to thank everyone for their prayers, giving, patience and willingness to serve those affected by the fires.  I also want to thank those groups who went and assisted after the tornados struck different parts of the state.  That did not get as much press because of the situation in Gatlinburg, but I am very grateful for the teams that responded. The area around Gatlinburg was kept mostly closed off to the public until… Continue reading

East Tennessee Fires

As many of you have heard by now, fires are ravaging parts of East TN.  Especially hard hit areas are Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg.  Gatlinburg was evacuated and parts have burned. Kaye Thomas, one our Disaster Relief leaders, contacted the mayor of Sevierville and he requested that we start feeding this morning.  They worked through the night with the help and support of the folks at First Baptist Church, Sevierville to be up and feeding… Continue reading

Gatlinburg Fires – Preliminary Information

All units are asked to be on ALERT for possible response to the East TN area as a result of the fires that are going on all over the mountains. Please pray for those evacuating and all those responding to fight the fires. Pray especially that the rains now leaving Middle TN will make it to East TN and sit on the mountains for a while and push back these fires.

Georgia DR Efforts Winding Down

Baptist and Reflector SAVANNAH, Ga. — Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief operations at Southside Baptist Church in Savannah are winding down, said Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The feeding unit of Sullivan Baptist Association, based in Kingsport, was sent to Savannah last week in response to Hurricane Matthew. A shower trailer unit from Holston Baptist Association, based in Johnson City, along with chain saw teams from both associations; Cumberland Baptist Association,… Continue reading

Hurricane Matthew Response Update

There is a reason why we try and teach fluidity in the Introduction to Disaster Relief class and this week has been an example of that! At this writing, Hurricane Matthew is still pouring rain on the states of South and North Carolina. It was slower in arriving in Florida and moving up the coast than originally thought. Then when it hit, it stayed offshore as it moved up the coast. As a result, they… Continue reading