by Mike Sparks
It was only a few weeks ago that America had a record low unemployment which was at a nearly 50-year low of 3.5%. A record 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus struck the U.S. economy and sent a recently booming job market into a tail spin. Needless to say, the coronavirus pandemic could change American life as we know it.
When I awoke I was thinking of all that’s going on in this world from the coronavirus, to job losses, companies closing and more.
I pondered on what our community, state and country’s future holds.
As I prayed for President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Governor Bill Lee, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, House Speaker Cameron Sexton, Leader William Lamberth, Chairman Jeremy Faison and I thought, “who do I not pray for?”
Everyone is “essential” from elected officials to nurses, custodians, nursing home staff, police officers, firefighters, Kroger, Food Lion and Walmart employees and more.
As I got up and walked into our living room with my cup of coffee my wife Felicia said to me,
“did you see where Commissioner Steve Ervin passed away?”
Although Steve and I haven’t known each other, but a few years we found a connection in wanting help people in our community. Steve was the second friend of mine this week who has passed away.
I thought, “did Landon Lee and Steve possibly both die from coronavirus and could they both have had some underlying medical conditions?”
Commissioner Ervin and I had been meeting together the past few months with Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) Richard Boyd, Sandra Plumb, Stephanie Hale with Tennessee Mental Health Cooperative and others planning a conference about mental health, opioid crisis and criminal justice reform. Our hope was to have Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner Marie Williams attend the conference.
Many thanks to Pastor Brady Cooper and Steve Austin of New Vision Baptist Church for be willing to host the conference, hopefully this June 6, Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
It was George Washington, one of our country’s most revered founding fathers who once said, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”
Please continue to pray for this nation.
It is possible our leaders don’t have the answers? If there is ever a time to ask God to intervene and bless and heal this nation — Now is that time.
Below is a list of every elected official in Rutherford County (Let me know if I missed anyone).
Please keep all of them, our healthcare workers and others in your prayers.
President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
Governor Bill Lee
Senators Marsha Blackburn, Lamar Alexander.
Congressmen Scott DesJarlais, Phil Roe,Tim Burchett, Chuck Fleischmann, Jim Cooper, John Rose, Mark Green, David Kustoff and Steve Cohen.
Tennessee Senators: Dawn Throneberry White, Shane Reeves
Tennessee House Members: Bryan Terry, Charlie Baum, Tim Rudd, Mike Sparks
Rutherford County District Attorney Jennings Jones
Rutherford County Public Defender Attorney Gerald Melton
Constitutional Office Holders: Rutherford County Property Assessor Rob Mitchell, County Clerk Court Lisa Duke Crowell, Register of Deeds Heather Dawbarn, Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Harrell, Sheriff, Mike Fitzhugh, Trustee Teb Batey and County Mayor Bill Ketron.
Rutherford County Highway Superintendent Greg Brooks
Rutherford County Commissioners: David Gammon, Steve Pearcy, Michael Wrather, Robert Peay, Carol Cook,Joe Frank Jernigan, Mike Kusch, Pettus Read Reed, Joe Gourley, Wayne Blair, Rhonda Rhonda Petty Allen,Robert Stevens, Paul Johnson, Virgil Gammon, Craig Harris, Phil Dodd, Jeff Phillips, Allen McAdoo and Chanto Sourinho.