East Tennessee pastor cleared in snake case
JACKSBORO, Tenn. - An East Tennessee grand jury has cleared a pastor who has appeared on a reality television show about snake handling in church of possessing venomous snakes.
Campbell County pastor Andrew Hamblin of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette was cited Nov. 7 and pleaded not guilty. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports a grand jury on Wednesday exonerated the 22-year-old pastor.
Hamblin has appeared on the National Geographic show "Snake Salvation."
Florida church closed due to 2 sinkholes
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. - A church in Tarpon Springs is closed indefinitely following the discovery of two sinkholes on the property.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs discovered the sinkholes while remodeling.
The Rev. Don Rollins says the total damage is still being calculated, but it might be as much as $1 million.
The church building is more than a century old. It is known for its paintings in the sanctuary. A famous early 20th century artist named George Inness Jr. was a member, and his paintings adorn the sanctuary. They're undamaged.
Fire destroys church in Choctaw County
MATHISTON, Miss. - Authorities in Choctaw County say fire destroyed a church early Tuesday.
Mathiston Fire Department spokesman Mike Collins tells WCBI-TV that firefighters were sent to the CrossRoads Baptist Church on CrossRoads Church Road around 5:25 a.m. Collins says no one was in the church at the time of the fire.