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Page 6B - The News Friday, January 19, 2018 I . ton, church security tips By Shaydi Paramore from Henderson Cotmty The News Correspondent Sheriff Botie Hillhouse News photo/Shey Per mo, BELOW: Master of MALAKOFF-On andmore. Ceremony Derryl Monday, the HendersonRev. Larry West led J a c k s o n t a k e s a County Black History the ceremony into prayer moment to pray, asking Committee hosted the with the pulpit of devo- God's blessing on those annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candle- light Vigil at the New Hope Corinth C.M.E. Church in Malakoff to honor the memory of the civil rights leader. The event consisted of gospel singing led by committee member, De- landa Johnson, a special scripture reading of He- brews 13 by Malakoff judge Rev. Bill Bur- tion. During the prayer, West thanked God for giving the diverse group of people the chance to come together in unity. "Thank you for giving us the opportunity to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr " West said. "We come together as diverse as our congrega- tion is tonight in the sol- id agreement that one- The News Photo/Shaydi Paramore Henderson County ShSriff Botie Hillhouse (center) stands with attendees the lighting of the candles at the Henderson Black History Committee's Annual Candlelight Vi! in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Corinth CME Church in assembled to honor King's legacy. J i:,:: :(:i Malakoff Jan. 15. BELOW: Revo Bill Burton leads the congregation in reading of the scripture from Hebrews 13. The News Photo/Shaydi Paramore Rev. Joey Baggett (from left) and Rev. Bill Burton listen closely to Rev. Keith Ray during his speech on Monday at the annual Candlelight Vigil honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day whites and blacks will be able to walk together hand-in-hand. Even though, America has some distance to go, we have come a long, long way." Due to illness, host pastor Rev. Melvin Smith was unable to at- tend the event but New Hope Church member Marilyn Marks spoke on his behalf in wel- come to the event. "He wanted to be here, but he was not physically able," she said. "He is here in spirit." "It is our hope that Dr. King would be pleased that his work is still being honored." Marks said. "And that we are careful not to get blind- sided by all the noise that is going on, and lose sight of the impor- tant needs to be focused on. Let us continue the fight. Never wavering. Never settling. Because without justice, there is no peace." Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse addressed the crowd about church Security and what to do in the event an active shooter pened in Sutherland Springs last November: "We [the Henderson County Sheriff Depart-" ment] want people tO think outside the box," Hillhouse said. "we don't want people to be paranoid, but we want you thinking on your toes all the time. We want you to walk into and assess the building. We try to teach to avoid dehy and defend." After the attack in Sutherland Springs, Hillhouse was asked by multiple church lead ers in the Henderson is present such as hap- County area for help in creating an emergency preparedness plan. An active shooter event and training class is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 at the Henderson County Sheriff's Office. Rev. Keith Ray wrapped up the eve- ning speaking on the memory of King. "All of the accolades have l een said about the life and accomplish- ments of this man," Ray said as he point- ed toward the framed photo of King. "And all of those who stood, worked, and sacrificed beside him." r C ntinued 'r m Page 1A I Bennet! to sew. e Deputies, as well as aRoberts had two pre- D] woman that was onthevious convictions for I on CASE annlng premises when the war- possession of drugs, one m rant was executed, with intent to deliver, com ittee She testified to hav- others included felon in ing lived there with Roberts for the preced- ing six weeks, during which time she used drugs numerous times. She also testified that as many as 40 or 50 people a day would come by the residence to buy drugs. After an hour and 20 minutes of delib- erations, the jury found Roberts guilty. The tri- al, held before Judge Mark Calhoon of the 3rd District Court, then proceeded to the sentencing phase. Due to Roberts' extensive criminal history, the sentencing ranged from 25 years to life impris= onment, possession of a firearm, unlawful carrying of a weapon, DWI, and as- sault, among other of- fenses. He was on parole for the felon in posses- sion of a firearm charge when he was arrested for, this offense. In his closing argu, ment to the jury, As- sistant District Attorney Cox stated, "Prison will not rehabilitate this man. He has been to pris- on three times already and keeps committing crimes. The only way to stop him from commit- ting crimes in the future is to sentence him to prison for a significant amount of time," Continued from Page 1A around $75,000. accepted a donation of furniture from the closing of a local busi- ness office. paid bills for 2017, totaling $249,493.50; and 2018, totaling $13,704.45. Special to The News ATHENS- Trinity Valley Community College Vice President of Institutional Advancement and TVCC Foundation Executive Di- rector Dr.'Kristen O. Bennett has been se- lected to serve on the planning team of the Conference for Com, munity College Ad- vancement. The con, ference takes place October 3-5, 2018, in Palm Springs, Ca- lif. and is presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE is a profes, sionffl association serving educational institutions and the L advancement profes- sionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communica- tions, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profes- sion and foster public support of education. Though most of Ray's speech focused on the power of prayer, he also strongly spoke on the power of taking a knee when it's needed. "I just want to talk about the posture, pur- pose and power of prayer in nonviolent action," he said. "If that's too much for somebody you can write this down: Never be afraid to take a knee. Never be ashamed to take a knee." He began to speak on how appalled he was when he first saw the San Francisco 49er's quarterback Colin Kae- pemick's idea to pro- test a 2016 pre-season game, but quickly no- ticed the importance of it. "Suffice to say his [KaePernick's] protest has caused a stir among racial, political, social and economic lines." he said. "Personally, I believe and support what he stands for. But, this is not about him. This is about someone who believed injustice, someone who believed in faimess and opportu, nity. Most importantly, he believed in love. He believed in reconcilia- tion and the power of forgiveness. The life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. and all who stood with him for civil and human rights." The event ended with the congregation cir- cling up for the lighting of the candles and the closing prayer. MLK Continued from Page 1A sphere, We must be aware of our surrounding and crime has no boundaries," said Sheriff Hillhouse. Rev. Keith Ray, Pastor of Johnson Chapel A. M. E. Church stirred the congregation with a powerful message "Never Be Ashamed To Take A Knee." The message centered around that we, as the human race should never be afraid and to always pray. Rev. Ray stated, "There is power when you pray. You can move mountains if you just get on your knees and pray. Dr. King was a man who believed in love, fairness and the right of all people. Dr. King walked the streets to help break the barrier of racism. Dr. King died trying t6 help us understand how important it is to love without boundaries Jesus said, "We should pray and not faint. We are a people who have survived through prayer, however, today we have stopped praying. We must stand against the Devil and prayer is power. We have forgotten that prayer changes things. Know that prayer will change any situation, all you need to do is just get down on your knees. Dr. King prayed and his walk with Jesus was unmovable. Like Dr. King, we must realize that when we walk in Christ and pray, Jesus will hear and answer your prayer. For each one paid the ultimate price for a friend, Dr. King, his life for equality for all mankind and Jesus, His life is Eternal Life." "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr. F- ic