NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An annual report says the nation's largest Protestant denomination saw membership decline for the seventh straight year in 2013.
The report released by the Southern Baptist Convention's Lifeway Christian Resources puts total membership in the Nashville-based SBC at 15.7 million. That's down from 15.9 million in 2012, a decrease of a little less than 1 percent.
Weekly church attendance decreased more than 2 percent last year.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A Murfreesboro resident who had plans to travel to Saudi Arabia has been missing for more than a week.
A missing person report for 22 year-old Hassan Alsaeed was filed with Murfreesboro Police on Friday.
Ali Alhussain, a friend of Mr. Alsaeed, filed the report. Alhussain told police Alsaeed left Murfreesboro on May 19 on his way by car to Florida where he planned to catch a flight home to Saudi Arabia to visit with family.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Representatives of the Nashville based United Methodist Church were on Legislative Plaza Tuesday to protest the State of Tennessee’s decision to reinstate use of the electric chair in capital punishment cases.
The Reverend Mark Kelly of Arlington United Methodist Church helped organize the event. He said Methodists from all over the mid-state and from Memphis planned to attend. He said participants will be praying and signing petitions to be sent to the governor and legislators.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee prisoner accused of sending threatening letters to Gov. Bill Haslam and others that falsely claimed the envelopes contained anthrax is scheduled to appear in a federal courtroom in Nashville Tuesday.
Federal prosecutors say Branden Frady was a prisoner at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution when he began sending the threatening letters in September of 2012. Officials say he sent six letters in all, some of them going to Haslam, the secretary of state and the district attorney's office in Nashville.