MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — Erin Stevens isn't the kind of evangelist who stands outside a strip club with a bullhorn, yelling at customers to repent.
Instead, the Tennessee pastor's wife is inside the lobby with the strippers, feeding them a catered dinner twice a month, giving them Mary Kay Cosmetics gift sets and quietly slipping her cell phone number into their hands.
She brings no Bibles, no tracts and no lectures — just love, and an unusual mission she believes God gave her two years ago after she spent 21 days fasting and praying.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Memphis-area teenager has pleaded guilty to setting a house fire that killed his mother.
The prosecutor's office says 15-year-old Jonathan Ray pleaded guilty Thursday in Shelby County Criminal Court to second-degree murder and aggravated arson. The plea agreement calls for a 25-year sentence without possibility of parole on the murder plea and 15 years on arson, to be served concurrently.