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It was back to Disney World for Todd, Susan and Mackenzie Turney where Mackenzie enjoyed celebrating her 16th birthday albeit several months late but she didn't care. She got to eat Mickey waffles for breakfast, see the Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba show and attend Cinderella's Royal Table and Magic Kingdom among other things.

Defeated Creek Campgrounds is a favorite place to enjoy Labor Day for Ernest and Rita Davis with John, Kim and Callie Francis.

The Patrick 2016 Labor Day weekend trip is now "in the books." It was back to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg as usual with all 21 staying in a cabin. Whew!! And with lots of good food, good times and good laughs. Saturday most of the crowd tubed down the river while P-pa and I took Shiloh Patrick (too young to tube) with us to Chestnut Hill and the Bush Beans Visitor Center. They have a café there that had some mighty fine looking food at reasonable prices; however, we chose dessert. Mine was a piece of pinto bean pecan pie! Pinto bean pecan pie you say? Yep and it was good with ice cream.

Our family's eating-out preferences for the weekend were Huck Finn's and Texas Roadhouse.

It was a Darth Vader birthday party for Evan Saddler's 11th. Hosting the party Labor Day at his home were parents, Eric and Beth, and sister, Ella. Helping him eat the barbecue and the DV cake were Uncle Jared Saddler who celebrated the same day but a different year, Nikki, Izabella, Lexie, Jack and Jake Saddler, Ryan and Janna Womack and grandparents, Dwight Saddler and Ben and Carol Brown.

Jewell and Brian Dale of Tunnell Hill, Ga were here over Labor Day weekend.

Here is some more information from Donna Nichols regarding the note burning at Auburn Baptist Church. It was a Celebration Sunday during morning worship on August 28th. The event included Children's Church, Back to School, special music by Bobby Fletcher and Jason Reed, personal testimonies by Tim Powers, Kiley Hughes, Lori Reed, Jennifer Brown, Janice Fletcher and guest speaker Phillip Purvis, Gideon, promissory note burning and fellowship meal.

Indebtedness for the churches' Activity Center built in 2008 was paid in full June 2016. Participating in burning the note were building committee members; Chris Crook, Paul Leyhew, Jimmy Mingle, Deacons Lynn O'Neal and Jason Brown and Pastor Jerry Osborne.

Cannon County Cross Country Varsity girls took first as a team with the Jr. Varsity girls taking 2nd. That means the JV team beat out the other varsity teams! Yay!

And since the subject is running at this point, be sure you have marked your calendar for Saturday, October 29th when the 2nd Annual Benefit Race/Breakfast Running 1.4.U 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run or Walk will take place. It begins at 7:00 a.m. at the A'town Community Center. This is to help with the expenses of Russell and Helen Fults as Russell is fighting dementia and hydrocephalus. Be sure to contact C.J. Hughes by call or text at 615-464-8865 for more information.

So sorry to learn of the deaths of Wayne Griffith, Dewey Corley and Ernest Anderson all who passed away last week. Our thoughts and prayers to each and every loved one.

Dottie Holder is the first one on our list of birthdays when she celebrates the 14th. We then skip way over to the 17th and see where Joan Hughes enters the elite group of Medicare recipients. The 18th is when Shannon Lara turns 30. Several enjoy the 19th for birthday and they are John Francis, Shawni Heery, Caroline Gunter, Lori Reed and Jeran Blake Hughes. Henry Toombs celebrates his day on the 19th. It's the 97th year for Ernestine Tate when she celebrates the 21st along with granddaughter, Sherry Young and Jada Bobo. Ending the birthday list on the 23rd are Caleb and Kelsey Davenport. Happy birthday you all!

Happy anniversary to Darrell and Susan Turney on the 16th. The 18th will be the 61st for Eugene and Wilma Harris. Jody and Sara Tuck are not too far behind when they celebrate their 57th on the 19th. (Glad Jody is feeling better!). The next day but many year later is when their daughter, Diane and Doug Matheny have an anniversary Happy days and many more of them to all of you.

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