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Worshippers listen to Rev. Ellen Di Giosia, pastor of Jefferson City’s First Baptist Church, on August 30 during their first in-person service since mid-March. FBC is one of several area churches whose leaders have used information collected and presented by local scientist and retired Carson-Newman University professor Dr. Ken Morton to monitor the spread of COVID-19. – RICKE HESTER | SUBMITTED

Rev. Brad Napier marked 18 months as pastor of Dandridge’s Hopewell Presbyterian Church last week.

At the time of his first anniversary, on March 1, he had gotten to know his congregation and was making connections in the community. And then things changed rapidly, given the pandemic.

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