[H/T OffBeat Magazine] A few days ago, we reported that Snoop Dogg hit the studio with George Porter Jr. of The Meters, vocalist William Bell, and drummer Cody Dickinson for a mysterious musical project. Now, the full extent of the project seems to have been revealed.It turns out that the artists had gathered in the studio for a recording session, apparently for the film Take Me to the River – New Orleans, a follow-up to the 2014 documentary Take Me to the River. The original film focused on the musical histories of Memphis and Mississippi Delta, and, in the film, members of the blues and R&B world that emerged from those cities reunited to create new music. Snoop Dogg and Dickinson were heavily involved in the first film, with Dickinson providing the score.The info comes from an Instagram post by Silverback Music Management, which is embedded below. In the photo, you’ll see rappers Snoop Dogg and G-Eazy in Snoop’s studio in Los Angeles with a giant collection of New Orleans legends. George Porter Jr., Cody Dickinson, and William Bell are there of course, alongside other legends like Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Cyril Neville, Terrence Higgins, “Big Sam” Williams, and Khris Royal.We can’t wait to hear the music that this group creates!
According to the Aspen Times, the knuckle huck is a competition that “allows for, encourages and celebrates the flair, the style and the fun at the heart of snowboarding as riders huck themselves off the “knuckle,” or rollover, of the big air landing before landing in the formal landing area. The park says that each of the three primary entrances near Gatlinburg, Cherokee and Townsend all saw an increase in visitors, but the secondary entrances also helped contribute to the large number. “Secondary park entrances experienced tremendous growth, due primarily to the new section of the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley,” the park said in a news release. “Over one million visitors enjoyed this new driving experience.” Bent Creek River Park on Brevard Road in Asheville will be closed for up to six weeks while Dominion Energy replaces a natural gas line. Josh O’ Conner, Director of Buncombe County Recreation Services, told WLOS that they worked with Dominion to close the park during the slowest time possible, since Bent Creek River Park is a popular spot for kayakers and tubers to put in during warmer months. Read the full story here: https://wlos.com/news/local/bent-creek-river-park-to-temporarily-close-for-up-to-6-weeks Read the full story here: https://www.wbir.com/article/entertainment/places/great-smoky-mountains-national-park/great-smoky-mountains-national-park-sets-visitation-record-with-125-million-visitors/51-1c6762a5-cb32-4ee0-aff2-3da87fda17db Great Smoky Mountains National Park breaks visitor record in 2019 Twenty-year-old snowboarder Zeb Powell won gold in Wendy’s Snowboard Knuckle Huck at the X Games in Aspen last week. According to Powell’s Red Bull athlete profile, he grew up skiing at Cataloochee Ski Area where he learned to ride with “creativity, flow and style.” His signature blend, states the website, is “of a super-smooth rail game with shifty spins and tweaked-out grabs.” Asheville’s Bent Creek River Park closed for six weeks for natural gas pipeline replacement In a statement, Dominion Energy said, “as the regulated natural gas provider in the area, our responsibility is to ensure system reliability and safety in compliance with regulations, and this project is a part of that. We apologize for the inconvenience and will work diligently to complete the project in a timely manner, weather permitting.” Waynesville, NC native wins Gold at 2020 X Games The country’s most visited national parks keeps getting more popular. In 2019, Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw record visitation numbers, welcoming 12,547,743 visitors. That’s up from a record-breaking year in 2018 which saw 11,421,203 visitors.
21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Details “I’m leaving if I don’t get a raise”Never give an ultimatum. While it may seem like a good idea to show how serious you are, it won’t turn out well for you. If you do get the raise, chances are your relationship with your boss has taken a turn for the worse. And if it doesn’t work, you could be in a tough spot if you’re not prepared to follow through.“I am a harder worker than (Co-worker’s name)”You might know this to be true, but you should never bring this up in conversation, especially when asking for a raise. Never compare yourself to others. If it backfires, you may not be happy with what the response you get. Focus on what you have accomplished for the company and how your achievements warrant the bigger salary.“I haven’t had a raise since…”Stop right there. When you’re trying to convince someone to invest more money into you, the last thing you want to do is start by complaining. Not to mention, there may be a reason you haven’t had a raise lately. It doesn’t necessarily mean your work isn’t deserving of the compensation, but other factors like where the company is financially may be at play here. If your place of business isn’t currently turning a profit, more than likely they can’t afford to pay you more.“I need a raise because my expenses are high”It’s never a bad idea to keep your personal life and work life separated. Whatever expenses you are running into, planning to buy a house, medical or just living beyond your means, they are irrelevant to you getting a raise. Your boss may feel sympathetic, but beyond that all it does is make you look bad. You are asking for more money because of a perceived inability to plan with the money you currently make.
“We need to revive such a committee, which would be tasked with building communication bridges between departments [of different ministries and agencies] and be filled with people competent in their respective fields,” he told The Jakarta Post recently.”The committee can provide answers to international doubts because if it [COVID-19 control] is under the Health Ministry alone, people will continue casting doubt about whether [the measures taken] have been subjective.”He also proposed that such a committee could function as a centralized platform for the government to report on measures taken — including on laboratory test results.Other than a panel of experts, the Komnas FPBI also consisted of cross-sectoral ministers. In late 2010, Komnas FPBI was turned into the National Committee for Zoonosis Control, focusing on any diseases passed from animals to humans, before it was permanently dissolved in 2016 by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo because it had overlapping tasks with several ministries and agencies. Second opinions from independent experts are essential to help solve a problem, said Amin Soebandrio, the director of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology who led the Komnas FPBI’s expert panel.The government has set procedures for coronavirus testing, but he said experts had yet to know whether they were implemented without errors as there was no information available to them, Amin said.Indonesia had tested 143 specimens as of Saturday, apart from the 188 World Dream cruise ship crew members who had started a two-week observation period on Sebaru Kecil Island off the coast of Jakarta on Friday. The ministry is also planning to test the 69 Diamond Princess cruise ship crew members previously quarantined in Japan, bringing the total number of tests close to 400.The number, however, pales in comparison with that of neighboring Malaysia, which had tested 1,092 cases as of Feb. 24, although the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention directorate general secretary, Achmad Yurianto, claimed that its laboratory, the only one in the country authorized to conduct the tests, could do up to 1,700 per day.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has said budget efficiency was a concern and that lab tests would only be done on those with symptoms who also had travel records and contacts with infected countries or people, in line with World Health Organization guidelines.Indonesia’s testing capability appeared to be an issue also raised by the international community, with a document circulating among foreign diplomats obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald showing that inadequate transportation of specimens was among the concerns.Saudi Arabia also listed Indonesia as one of the countries where “the spread of the [COVID-19] coronavirus is a danger” according to its health authorities, making it subject to the kingdom’s suspension of tourism visas.Malaysian and New Zealand authorities said on Friday that two recently confirmed cases had been to Indonesia before testing positive for the coronavirus in the respective countries, in addition to a Chinese man and a Japanese tourist who tested positive days after they went out of Indonesia.Amin of the Eijkman Institute said that, although the government had followed WHO procedures in conducting tests on those with symptoms only, budget efficiency should not be a top priority this time.Eijkman and several other laboratories were ready to partner with the ministry to run lab tests, but they were waiting for the government’s invitation.The effectiveness of the ministry’s laboratory came into question recently after a hospital in Semarang, Central Java, and another in Batam, Riau Islands, each reported the death of a patient who had symptoms similar to those of COVID-19.Both patients’ tests came back negative, officials said, with the Semarang patient succumbing to bronchopneumonia, whom Minister Terawan later confirmed had the H1N1 virus, which is a known cause of swine flu. The Batam patient, meanwhile, was said to have died from “another illness”.In early February, Health Ministry disease control and prevention director general Anung Sugihantono claimed the ministry was also actively looking into deaths from pneumonia, claiming there had been no significant increase in such deaths. He did not immediately provide the relevant data.The Post, however, obtained a ministry letter showing that it requested for hospitals’ data on their pneumonia patients and deaths recorded between Dec. 1 and Feb. 25 only on Feb. 26, despite its previous claim.Yet, Yurianto said that letter was merely issued to create better data management.”All this time hospitals send the reports to the health service directorate general. We want them to also send us the same reports so we can manage the data,” he said. “The one in the health service directorate general is mixed up with other illnesses, so it takes a long time to map them.”Topics : Calls are mounting for the government to form a national outbreak committee that involves experts to help the Health Ministry in the battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus as questions abound about the country having zero confirmed cases.The committee is expected to have a similar role as the now-defunct National Committee for Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (Komnas FPBI) that was set up to contain the bird flu between 2006 and 2010, which also involved experts.A biochemistry researcher at Airlangga University, Chairul Anwar Nidom, who was a member of Komnas FPBI’s expert panel, said giving the Health Ministry alone the role of dealing with the coronavirus was one of the government’s “weaknesses”.
In the 1990sÂ It was 1999 when Brooks â€” who grew up in McAlister, Okla. and was living in Wichita â€” received a phone call from a church, which was in desperate need of a pastor.Desperate may be an understatement. Freewill at the time was the smallest church in Wellington. How small? Call it four members small.At one point Freewill Baptist Church had four members. Today it has more than 300.It hadnâ€™t always been like that. Freewill Baptist had an interesting beginning. It started in 1957 and was the first church built by Roe Messner, who would build more than 1,700 churches worldwide. Messner was the second husband of Tammy Faye Bakker – who you may remember as the high-profile evangelist caught up in a scandal with her first husband Jim Bakker.The church had survived for four decades, but by Jan. 3, 1999 the congregation was down to a woman, a man, and a husband and wife.â€œThey met with me and wanted to pay me $50 a week,â€ Brooks said. â€œI so wanted to be a pastor in Wellington I would have paid them $50 a week.â€He said one woman in particular made a huge difference â€” Inez Russ. Even though the church had dwindled to near extinction, Russ never gave up hope. Some Sundays she would come in turn on the lights. No one else would show up – no other member, no preacher. She would pray by herself, turn off the lights and go home.â€œHer family in Alva, Okla. pled with her to go to a different church,â€ Brooks said. â€œShe said â€˜no, this was her church.â€™â€Brooks said after the four members all voted â€œyesâ€ to become their pastor, Russ gave him the one small key to the church put it in his hand, and told him â€œitâ€™s yours.â€The thing is three months later, Russ suffered a stroke and would never be the same.Brooks thinks back reflectively.â€œThe Bible says timing is everything,â€ Brooks said. â€œHad she had her stroke three months later I may have never found a church to go to, this building may have been sold to someone else, I would have never moved to Wellington and my whole life would have been different.â€For Larry Theurer, his circumstances were different. Theurerâ€™s, located in downtown Wellington, was looking at expanding. The auction business was booming. Farm sales, collectibles, personal property â€” you name it â€” there was a need to move wares from one owner to the next.Lying vacant in east Wellington with a huge parking lot was the old Wal-Mart building. It was a perfect match. Theurer needing the space and at the old Wal-Mart there was plenty of real estate to work with. Theurerâ€™s made the move to the 28,000 square foot building and started to hold big auctions.â€œThis building was ideal for what we were doing at the time,â€ Theurer said. â€œWe were holding live auctions three to four times a month.â€ Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (10) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +21 Vote up Vote down citizen · 318 weeks ago I praise God for giving this town Pastor Zane Brooks. He is a wonderful, compassionate man who lives his life with a passion to see souls saved. It’s good to see that church grow the way it has. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Local · 318 weeks ago What a great story! God is so good. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 318 weeks ago I’ve ran into pastor Zane a couple of times, and have always been impressed by him. I’m not really the church going type of person, but I’m glad to see things are working out his way. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 318 weeks ago Pastor Zane and I exchange a hug every time we meet. I don’t go to his church as I have my own I attend regulatory. He respects my religion and the fact I worship and am saved. He is just a neat man that cares about everyone. Also congrats to Larry and his team. A Wellington business well worth thanking for years of service and dedication to the community. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Scott Campbell · 318 weeks ago I thank the Lord every day for Pastor Zane and the First Free Will Baptist Church. Excited about this move into the new location. The Lord is in the restoration business and we can help. There is hope for the hopeless. Scott Campbell Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Georgia · 318 weeks ago Yes Pastor Zane is the greatest. He loves everyone. We are very Blessed to have him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down terry sizemore · 318 weeks ago Praise the Lord for this opportunity tohelp more people know the Lord.Am so proud to be going to the First Freewill Baptist Church and am very proud of the man who leads us by the grace of God. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Chef Bismark · 318 weeks ago splendid!!!!!!!! Super excited for this transition and what God has in store for our wonderful community!!! Great Job Tracy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 318 weeks ago Such a great write up. THANK YOU LORD! for guiding us to the First Free Will Baptist Church, Pastor Zane, & all the wonderful people that attend. Not to mention the most talented gospel singing you’ll ever hear! Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Alishia · 318 weeks ago I remember the year The Brooks family came to Wellington. Before he started preaching here, I got this phone call looking for my mother. When I told him that she was at a different number, he didn’t get off the phone right away. The guy doesn’t know any strangers, only friends. Glad that the church is still growing. Means that God’s not dead! 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Things changedâ€¦Brooks took the job of being pastor of Freewill and ran with it. And whether it was the Holy Spirit at work or the fact Brooks has a dynamic, passionate personality that draws people to him, Freewill grew and grew to over 300 regular worshipping members.Zane Brooks, pastor at Freewill Baptist Church.By 2004, a new sanctuary and foyer was built.Today, the church has outgrown its premises. The location – once ideal for its small congregation – is now a problem. For one thing the church is landlocked.â€œParking here is horrendous.â€ Brooks said. â€œWe donâ€™t have enough of it. And people have to park too close to other peopleâ€™s driveways. I know if I lived around here, I wouldnâ€™t like it.â€The fellowship hall is too small. The Sunday School rooms are too small. Both he, and his wife Charlotte share a cramped office.Then there is the address at 1219 N. Plum which creates great confusion with another church Wellington Baptist Temple, located just two blocks south at 1022 North Plum St.,â€œYou donâ€™t know the half of it,â€ Brooks laughs over the confusion of the two churches.Brooks said the church could no longer grow at its current location.The first thought was to build a new church on the east edge of town. But the cost to procure property and construct a new temple would be $1.5 to $2 million â€” to pricey for what Freewill could afford. There was a chance to expand by buying neighboring property. Again, it was a dead- end.â€œI didnâ€™t see much sense in buying a house for $100,000 only to tear it down,â€ Brooks said.So Freewill Baptist started looking at existing buildings.Theurer was ready to sell.When the auction/realty center started the Market Center in 1992, the personal nature of auctioneering was dominate and the World Wide Web had yet to make itself known. That changed quickly.The E-bay website was created and all its knockoffs arrived. And suddenly instead of going to an auction, people could bid on items within the compounds of their own home.â€œToday, more than 90 percent of home buyers begin their search for properties on the Internet before actually contacting an agent,â€ Theurer said. â€œThey search online rather than spending hours at a live auction. Because of the Internet, we no longer need to warehouse personal property in order to sell it at auction.â€Thus, Theurerâ€™s no longer needed the space or the expense of maintaining such a big building.So when Freewill Baptist ready to buy, Theurerâ€™s was happy to sell. They looked elsewhere and found the 3,000 square-foot Tan Express Building – which was a venerable tan salon and gift shop run by Lisa Allton before she closed the business in 2011.It was a perfect fit for Theurerâ€™s.This picture, taken in 2011, was Tan Express. It will soon be the future home of United Country Theurer Auction/Realty. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” A church and a real estate auction company are not normally linked so closely together. But in Wellington it marks the evolution of change.Freewill Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Zane Brooks, is buying the Theurer Marketing Center building at 802 E. 16th Street in Wellington. In turn, United Country Theurerâ€™s Auction/Realty is moving east to 1101 E. 16thÂ to the former Tan Express Building.â€œAn opportunity like this doesnâ€™t present itself very often,â€ said Larry Theurer, owner of Theurer Auction.Itâ€™s an example of one business, and yes a church is a business, needing a bigger building and another needing a smaller building.And whether itâ€™s the work of the Lord or the realities of tomorrow, Freewill Baptist and Theurerâ€™s will now forever be linked. The futureâ€¦Brooks looks wistfully into the future. The opportunities of expansion is endless.â€œThe goal is to bring Wellington closer to God,â€ Brooks said. â€œWe will be so much more visible in our new building. I want someone to drive by and see our big sign and our new church and think to himself: â€˜man I need to so something with my life, because what Iâ€™m doing is not working.â€™â€œI believe there is a heaven and there is a hell and most people want to go to heaven. And thatâ€™s why we are here.â€The sale is expected to close in the near future. Brooks said the church would like to move east and open in January or February of 2015.What about the old church building? Brooks said that has been quite a process finding some takers. After calling every church in town, and actually having a trade out in the works a couple of years ago, the church had yet to sell. However, Brooks is pleased to say that two parties are interested and one offer is on the table â€” which is actually church related.â€œWe arenâ€™t going to make any money on this building, but we have to do what we have to do,â€ Brooks said.As far as the new building is concerned, thereâ€™s a lot of work to be done Brooks said.â€œI want it to look as if no one would recognize that it was once the old Wal-Mart building,â€ Brooks said. â€œWe have extensive remodeling in front of us.â€As for Theurerâ€™s, the company will continue to do what they always do – auction and real estate. They will emphasize their online auctions. You can see the latest online auctions by clicking on their ad on the right side of this page that is linked to their website.Their live and online auctioning of farm machinery, heavy equipment, personal property, commercial property, will continue.â€œSince 1976, our â€˜golden rule of serviceâ€™ has been, â€˜do unto others as you would have them do unto you,â€ Theurer said. â€œWe are dedicated to that principle.â€As far the community of Wellington is concern, a larger question now persists â€” where will large groups of people gather? Theurerâ€™s was the host of several community functions throughout the year including the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce banquet and the annual Kansas State Catbacker banquet. With the Wellington Steakhouse reception rooms still vacant, and Memorial Auditorium still without air conditioning, the need for a large space for gatherings becomes more significant.Theurer Market Center has hosted several large community functions throughout the years including the K-State Catbackers Banquet held last week.But just as the winds of change came to both Freewill Baptist and Theurerâ€™s, now comes a new issue for the community of Wellington.Follow us on Twitter.