Farris-Luke Named President of Selected Independent Funeral Homes Board of Directors

First Female President in the Organization’s 100-Year History

ABINGDON, Va. — Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon, Virginia-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, has been appointed president-elect of the board of directors of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, an international association of independent and locally owned funeral homes. She will be officially installed as president during the organization’s annual meeting in October.

Established in 1917, Selected Independent Funeral Homes is the world’s oldest association of independent funeral homes. Farris-Luke is a fourth-generation funeral professional with 27 years of experience. Her firm has been a member of Selected since 1961, and her father, David M. Farris, served as board president in 1999.

“Selected is an organization like none other, with members who exemplify the best of what our profession has to offer our communities,” Farris-Luke says. “It is an honor to be chosen to serve as president, and to serve as the first female board president. As we shepherd in the next century of our association, I am excited about the potential for each of our members to grow and thrive in the changing world of funeral service. Though some may say the future of our profession looks uncertain, I view these times as an opportunity for us to redefine our profession and to develop creative, compassionate ways to meet the various needs of the families we serve.”

Farris-Luke obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Richmond, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina; she has also completed graduate-level education in social work and Christian counseling. She is a longtime, active member of Woodland Hills Christian Church, is a member of the Abingdon Rotary Club, and has served on the boards of several local non-profit organizations. Farris-Luke is also a frequent speaker about grief and end-of-life planning, and is a certified death and grief educator.

About Selected Independent Funeral Homes

Selected Independent Funeral Homes (www.selectedfuneralhomes.org) delivers innovative and pertinent resources, solutions and ongoing support necessary for enduring excellence to its international network of independently owned death-care providers who aspire to be the very best in their profession. Members of Selected operate according to specific standards and best practices in order to provide the public with reliable, high-quality funeral services and funeral-related information. 2017 marked the organization’s 100th anniversary, and a legacy of dedication and support to the death-care profession.

About Farris Funeral Service & Crematory

Farris Funeral Service & Crematory celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2017, and is the only Washington County, Virginia, funeral home that has been owned and managed by the same family throughout its history. This continuity provides the organization unparalleled perspective on the services, administrative assistance and emotional support needed during the bereavement process. Farris’ spacious facilities offer a number of conveniences, including a full-service reception center available for gatherings and meals, comfortable meeting areas and ample parking. Administrative offerings include assistance with the filing of essential documents, as well as a number of grief education and counseling programs. For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or visit www.farrisfuneralservice.com.

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For more information, contact Kim Farris-Luke,
president/owner of Farris Funeral Service & Crematory,
at 276-623-2700.

Nashville-based Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings Announces Firm Expansion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings (BS&J), PLLC of Nashville has announced the expansion of the firm and the addition of one new member, David Suetholz, who previously served as head of the Kentucky Department of Labor and as managing partner of Kircher, Suetholz & Associates (KS&A), PSC.

The expansion also includes four additional attorneys, all formerly of KS&A.

“We’re delighted to welcome the talent and expertise of the Kircher Suetholz team to the BS&J family of attorneys,” said Gerard Stranch, managing partner of BS&J. “We look forward to collaborating in shared practice areas and serving a greater number of clients throughout Ohio and Kentucky.”

With the opening of offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky, the new BS&J attorneys will specialize in union representation, employment litigation and workers’ compensation. Their collective expertise will augment BS&J’s broad array of practice areas, including more than 65 years of labor union side representation, class actions, employment, shareholder derivative, securities, and other complex cases heard in Tennessee and in federal courts throughout the U.S.

“Our team has a passion for serving the working families of our region and speaking out on behalf of their interests,” said Suetholz. “BS&J shares that passion, and we are proud to continue this important work under their banner.”

Founded in 1952, BS&J is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and was named among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report for 2017, receiving the highest possible Nashville ranking as a Tier 1 in two practice areas. The firm’s former managing partner, Jane Branstetter Stranch, was nominated by President Obama to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and now serves as a judge on that court following her confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

For additional information, visit www.bsjfirm.com.

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About Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC (www.bsjfirm.com)  

For more than 65 years, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC has been known for the quality of its advocacy and the integrity of its attorneys. The firm enjoys a national reputation of prominence in the complex litigation arena for its work in class actions, shareholder derivative claims, securities, ERISA, labor and employment, and other complex cases, both at the trial and appellate levels.

Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC is dedicated to providing a full range of legal services to its diverse clientele. In addition to providing quality legal services, the firm is proud of the professional and civic leadership its members have provided, both locally and nationally.

Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings Announces Firm Expansion

Nashville firm opens offices in Cincinnati, Louisville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings (BS&J), PLLC of Nashville has announced the expansion of the firm and the addition of one new member, David Suetholz, who previously served as head of the Kentucky Department of Labor and as managing partner of Kircher, Suetholz & Associates (KS&A), PSC.

The expansion also includes four additional attorneys, all formerly of KS&A.

“We’re delighted to welcome the talent and expertise of the Kircher Suetholz team to the BS&J family of attorneys,” said Gerard Stranch, managing partner of BS&J. “We look forward to collaborating in shared practice areas and serving a greater number of clients throughout Ohio and Kentucky.”

With the opening of offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky, the new BS&J attorneys will specialize in union representation, employment litigation and workers’ compensation. Their collective expertise will augment BS&J’s broad array of practice areas, including more than 65 years of labor union side representation, class actions, employment, shareholder derivative, securities, and other complex cases heard in Tennessee and in federal courts throughout the U.S.

“Our team has a passion for serving the working families of our region and speaking out on behalf of their interests,” said Suetholz. “BS&J shares that passion, and we are proud to continue this important work under their banner.”

Founded in 1952, BS&J is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and was named among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report for 2017, receiving the highest possible Nashville ranking as a Tier 1 in two practice areas. The firm’s former managing partner, Jane Branstetter Stranch, was nominated by President Obama to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and now serves as a judge on that court following her confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

For additional information, visit www.bsjfirm.com.

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About Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC (www.bsjfirm.com)  

For more than 65 years, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC has been known for the quality of its advocacy and the integrity of its attorneys. The firm enjoys a national reputation of prominence in the complex litigation arena for its work in class actions, shareholder derivative claims, securities, ERISA, labor and employment, and other complex cases, both at the trial and appellate levels.

Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC is dedicated to providing a full range of legal services to its diverse clientele. In addition to providing quality legal services, the firm is proud of the professional and civic leadership its members have provided, both locally and nationally.

Cornerstone Christian Academy to Host Drop-in Open House on March 8

ABINGDON, Va. ― Families that would like to learn more about Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) can attend a drop-in Open House on Thursday, March 8, and get a first-person perspective of the school’s offerings.

Slated from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., the Open House will provide visitors an opportunity to tour CCA’s classrooms, meet with teachers and learn more about the school’s curriculum. To RSVP for the Open House, contact aboggs@cornerstoneabingdon.org or call (276) 623-7164.

Located in Abingdon, Virginia, CCA is a classical, non-denominational Christian school that serves students from junior kindergarten through 12th grade. Since its founding in 2011, CCA’s enrollment has grown from 27 students to more than 200.

CCA is currently accepting applications for fall 2018 enrollment.

“It’s an exciting time to be part of the CCA family, and we want to continue to grow and expand our student body so that we can empower the next generation to impact the world for Christ,” says Dr. Clay Brinson, head of school at Cornerstone. “For families who have been considering CCA, or even those who are not familiar with the school, this Open House will provide additional insight into why Cornerstone is an outstanding experience for students and families alike.”

CCA is currently leasing space at Abingdon Bible Church, located at 16210 Elementary Drive in Abingdon. To accommodate its continued growth and expansion, the school is planning to develop a 27-acre campus adjacent to I-81 off Exit 13, conveniently situated between Abingdon and Bristol.

In 2016, CCA received a five-year accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for grades K-12. ACSI is one of 14 associations with accreditation processes that have been approved by the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) and recognized by the Virginia Board of Education. Accreditation through a VCPE-approved, state-recognized accrediting member guarantees the transfer of student-earned credits from a private school to a public school, and ensures recognition of teacher licensure credits for time served in an accredited private school.

For more information about CCA, visit www.cornerstoneabingdon.org.

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For more information, contact Dr. Clay Brinson,
head of school at CCA, at (276) 623-7164.

BRHA Appoints Porter to Executive Director/CEO Post

BRISTOL, Va. – Lisa Porter, a 27-year veteran of the public housing industry, has been named executive director/CEO of the Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority (BRHA) in Bristol, Virginia.

Porter comes to BRHA after serving for 15 years as deputy director for the Marion Redevelopment and Housing Authority in Marion, Virginia. Her experience also includes working as grant programs administrator for BRHA, community development coordinator for the Housing Authority of the City of Yuma in Yuma, Arizona, and grants coordinator for the Cumberland Plateau Regional Housing Authority in Lebanon, Virginia.

A native of Wise, Virginia, Porter is BRHA’s seventh executive director/CEO and the first female to be selected for the position. She succeeds Dave Baldwin, who retired in December 2017 following a 14-year tenure.

“BRHA is highly regarded for being a well-respected, forward-thinking public housing agency, and I’m honored to have an opportunity to lead such a reputable organization,” Porter says. “I look forward to guiding BRHA as we continue to provide attractive, affordable housing and housing assistance for more than 600 families in the Bristol community.”

Porter’s background includes leadership positions with several industry organizations, including former president of the Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials (VAHCDO), and former president of the Little Ten Housing Authorities of Southwest Virginia, Inc. She currently serves as chair of the Southeast Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (SERC-NAHRO) Small Agency Task Force (SATF), and is a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) SATF, the Housing Virginia Board of Directors, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority Rental Advisory Board of Directors.

“Lisa’s proven expertise in understanding the needs of public housing agencies and her extensive leadership experience made her the ideal candidate to guide BRHA’s operations,” says Jerry Chorosevic, chairman of the BRHA Board of Commissioners. “She has demonstrated excellence in all facets of public housing management, from advocacy and grant proposal development to project implementation, budget reporting and program evaluation. We are proud to have someone of Lisa’s caliber at the helm of our organization.”

A NAHRO-certified Public Housing Manager and Section 8 Housing Manager, Porter received a business administration degree from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

About BRHA

Located at 809 Edmond St., BRHA is the designated public housing agency in the city of Bristol, Virginia. It is the second-oldest such authority in Virginia, having been founded in 1938 and housing 40 percent of low-income renter families in Bristol. Its mission is to provide safe, attractive, affordable housing and housing assistance, and the opportunity for families and individuals to achieve a higher standard of living. BRHA (www.brha.com) is governed by a five-member board of commissioners that is appointed by the mayor of Bristol, Virginia. The staff is comprised of an executive director and 28 employees. BRHA is a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (www.nahro.org).

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For more information, contact Lisa Porter,
executive director/CEO, BRHA, at 276-821-6255

Five Additional Tennessee District Attorneys General File Suit Against Opioid Producers

14 district attorneys general representing 47 counties now involved  in fight against fraudulent marketing, criminal pill mills

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — The district attorneys general of Tennessee’s Thirteenth, Sixteenth, Seventeenth, Twenty-Second and Thirty-First Judicial Districts have jointly filed a lawsuit against prescription opioid producer Purdue Pharma L.P. and its related companies, along with Mallinckrodt LLC, Endo Health Solutions, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Filed Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Cumberland County Circuit Court in Crossville, Tennessee, the lawsuit also includes additional defendants Montclair Health & Wellness LLC (doing business as Special Associates); North Alabama Pain Services, LLC; Mark Murphy, medical director of both pain clinics; David Florence, primary physician at several additional regional pain clinics; and Nathan Paul Haskins, a convicted drug dealer.

According to ProPublica, Murphy was the nation’s top prescriber of oxycodone hydrochloride and OxyContin® to Medicare Part D patients in 2015.

“Tennessee ranks second in the nation for per-capita opioid prescriptions,” says Bryant C. Dunaway, district attorney general for Tennessee’s Thirteenth Judicial District. “Tennessee doctors wrote more than 7.8 million opioid prescriptions in 2015. That’s more prescriptions than Tennessee has residents — men, women and children combined.

“We have experienced a massive influx of opioids into the 19 counties named in this suit. Millions of pills have been overprescribed and diverted into vulnerable populations, resulting in a robust illegal trade, skyrocketing overdose rates, and a growing financial burden on our police, schools, hospitals, doctors, insurance companies and taxpayers. The defendants named chose to participate in this process for personal gain, and we intend to hold them accountable.”

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants knowingly participated in the illegal opioid market through the following actions:

  • The producer defendants directed their opioids to the 19 Tennessee counties of the state’s Thirteenth, Sixteenth, Seventeenth, Twenty-Second and Thirty-First Judicial Districts, while the criminal defendants participated in the illegal opioid drug market throughout the same judicial districts and surrounding areas;
  • The drug producers embarked on a fraudulent campaign to convince physicians that opioids carried a low risk of addiction and were therefore appropriate for non-acute problems such as chronic pain;
  • The drug producers’ misrepresentations regarding the addictive nature of opioids, as well as the aggressive marketing of their collective fraudulent message, contributed to a market for illegally prescribed opioids;
  • The criminal defendants’ actions of overprescribing opioids generated a significant regional influx of pills, resulting in a robust illegal drug trade;
  • The drug producers’ marketing campaign gave rise to a market for street heroin for addicts who can no longer obtain prescription opioids or afford diverted opioids; and
  • All defendants were aware of the extraordinary volume of prescriptions being written and took no steps to stop illegal prescriptions or diversions.

Unintentional overdose deaths now account for more early deaths in Tennessee than automobile accidents, suicides or homicides, and the vast majority of the state’s overdose deaths involve opioids — nearly 72 percent, as recorded in 2015. Among the 19 counties named, more than 1 million opioid prescriptions were filled in 2016. The same region recorded 550 opioid-related overdose deaths from 2012 to 2016.

“The defendants named in this complaint have either knowingly participated in the illegal market for opioids by purposely misleading the medical community and general public through fraudulent marketing campaigns, or they have overprescribed or diverted pills, or failed to stop the diversion of pills,” says J. Gerard Stranch, managing partner of Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings (BS&J), PLLC, the Nashville-based law firm that filed the lawsuit. “The pill mills and dealers involved have written tens of thousands of opioid prescriptions and funneled millions of pills into our communities. The resulting illegal opioid trade has enriched the defendants at the expense of the citizens of Tennessee while causing immense suffering for those who become addicted.”

The lawsuit demands judgment against the defendants for damages resulting from breaches of statutory and common law, seeks punitive damages against the defendants for their role in flooding Tennessee with illegal opioids, seeks to award restitution to the plaintiffs, and requests an injunction to stop the flood of opioids to the region.

The suit is the third such complaint filed in Tennessee in recent months. The first was filed in June 2017 in Sullivan County Circuit Court in Kingsport, and the second was filed in September 2017 in Campbell County Circuit Court in Jacksboro. Collectively, the three complaints represent 14 district attorneys general and 47 counties in Tennessee.

The filed complaint is available for download at http://tnbabydoe.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Suit3-Stamped-Complaint.pdf.

Background information, including contact information, related bios, complaint documents and media coverage of this issue, is available on www.tnbabydoe.com. This site serves as an information portal and is updated frequently. Media may tag the site and associated social media in postings to be included in future updates.

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Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District Joins Suit Against Opioid Producers

JACKSBORO, Tenn. — The coalition of East Tennessee district attorneys general that brought an October 2017 lawsuit against several prescription opioid producers has filed an amended complaint in Campbell County Circuit Court.

The complaint now includes an additional plaintiff, District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn, who represents Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District and the counties of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier. Dunn’s involvement raises the number of districts participating in the suit to six, and the number of counties represented to 19.

The initial lawsuit against Purdue Pharma L.P. and its related companies, along with Mallinckrodt LLC, Endo Health Solutions Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. was originally filed by the district attorneys general of Tennessee’s Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts. The lawsuit named two plaintiffs, known collectively as Baby Doe, by and through their Guardians Ad Litem. Additional defendants named in the filing include the (now-dissolved) Tennessee Pain Institute (TPI), two former TPI employees and a convicted drug dealer.

The amended lawsuit alleges that:

  • The producer defendants directed their opioids to the 19 East Tennessee counties of the state’s Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts, while the criminal defendants participated in the illegal opioid drug market throughout the same judicial districts along the Interstate 75 corridor;
  • Purdue Pharma embarked on a fraudulent campaign to convince physicians that OxyContin® created minimal risk of addiction;
  • As Purdue’s marketing efforts demonstrated success in the form of rapid increases in opioid prescriptions, Mallinckrodt, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals and other opioid producers joined Purdue in its fraudulent scheme;
  • Purdue’s efforts and those of the other defendants to mislead doctors and the public about the need for, and addictive nature of, opioid drugs led to an opioid epidemic, created an environment for thousands of individuals in Tennessee to become addicted to opioids, and fueled a dramatic increase in Campbell County, Tennessee, and other East Tennessee counties in the number of individuals exposed and addicted to OxyContin, Roxicodone®, Opana® ER and other opioids, and;
  • The producer defendants knew their products were being diverted to the illegal drug market, but did nothing to stop it — choosing profit over people.

The lawsuit demands judgment against the defendants for damages resulting from breaches of statutory and common law, seeks to award restitution to the plaintiffs, and requests an injunction to stop the flood of opioids to the region. The suit was the second complaint filed in Tennessee this year against Purdue Pharma and additional pharmaceutical companies. The first was filed in June 2017 in Sullivan County Circuit Court in Kingsport.

Background information, including complaint documents and media coverage of this issue, is available on www.tnbabydoe.com. This site serves as an information portal and is updated frequently. Media may tag the site and associated social media in postings to be included in future updates.

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VFW Honors Cornerstone Christian Academy’s Edwards as Teacher of the Year

ABINGDON, Va. ― Jessica Edwards, a teacher at Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA), was recently presented with the 2017 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Teacher of the Year award at the local and district levels.

Edwards, the fifth-grade teacher at CCA, was recognized by VFW Post 1994 — Abingdon Memorial Post and Virginia District 12. The VFW Teacher of the Year award honors exceptional instructors for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism.

Edwards’ nomination, which was submitted by Dr. Clay Brinson, head of school at CCA, highlighted her ongoing efforts to support and promote patriotism, which include:

  • leading nearly 200 students and 40 staff last month in honoring approximately 100 local veterans as part of CCA’s annual Veterans’ Day program;
  • advocating for Boots In The House ™, a faith-based organization dedicated to supporting the emotional health and well-being of military service members and their families, by posting classroom photographs of the organization’s enlisted members and other service personnel, and leading students in daily prayers for the military;
  • sending classroom cards and care packages to Boots In The House soldiers throughout the year;
  • coordinating “Operation Blessing” with her fifth-grade students, which involves collecting personal hygiene products and other gift items to create more than 200 blessing bags that will be distributed to patients at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee; and
  • holding nightly prayer groups for our country and troops.

“I believe it is important to cultivate a heart of patriotism in our children and students so that they can be contributors to their family, church, school, community and nation,” Edwards says. “Also, it is important to lift up our soldiers in prayer daily as well as remember and respect the veterans who have returned home after serving at home and abroad. It is my hope that one day I can connect students with active and inactive soldiers so they can form relationships and have the opportunity to learn the lessons of courage, sacrifice, loyalty and brotherly love.”

Edwards’ nomination will now be judged on a state level, where winners are passed along for consideration in the national awards contest.

“Mrs. Edwards seeks to promote patriotism and love of country each day to all of her students and co-workers,” Brinson says. “She is most deserving of this award, and we are incredibly thankful that she is part of our family here at CCA.”

Located in Abingdon, Virginia, CCA is a classical, non-denominational Christian school that serves students from junior kindergarten through 12th grade. Since its founding in 2011, CCA’s enrollment has grown from 27 students to nearly 200. The school is currently accepting enrollment for spring 2018.

CCA is currently leasing space at Abingdon Bible Church, located at 16210 Elementary Drive in Abingdon. To accommodate its continued growth and expansion, the school is planning to develop a 27-acre campus adjacent to I-81 off Exit 13, conveniently situated between Abingdon and Bristol.

In 2016, CCA received a five-year accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for grades K-12. ACSI is one of 14 associations with accreditation processes that have been approved by the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) and recognized by the Virginia Board of Education. Accreditation through a VCPE-approved, state-recognized accrediting member guarantees the transfer of student-earned credits from a private school to a public school, and ensures recognition of teacher licensure credits for time served in an accredited private school.

For more information about CCA, visit www.cornerstoneabingdon.org.

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For more information, contact Dr. Clay Brinson,
head of school at CCA, at (276) 623-7164.

Abingdon Baptist Church to Host Winter Devotion Service

ABINGDON, Va. — Abingdon Baptist Church, in collaboration with Farris Funeral Service & Crematory and Frost Funeral Home, will host “The Longest Night: A Winter Service of Hope and Healing,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, in the church sanctuary, located at 361 West Main Street.

The Longest Night is a unique winter worship and devotion experience that seeks to encourage attendees who are experiencing grief during the holiday season. The service will feature performances by the Abingdon Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra, along with scripture readings and prayer.

“Every year, the winter solstice — which is the longest night of the year — takes place on December 21st,” says Rev. Parke L. Deans, minister of music and worship at Abingdon Baptist Church. “We understand the holidays can be overwhelming for someone who has lost a loved one, job, suffered a divorce or a breakup in the family, or relocated to a new area. We hope this event will uplift the spirits of those experiencing feelings of anxiety, sadness, longing and loneliness throughout the Christmas season, while giving them peace of mind and allowing the hope and power of the birth of Christ to move through their hearts.”

Admission to the event is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, contact Rev. Parke L. Deans at (276) 628-8126 or email pdeans@abingdonbaptist.org.

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Farris Funeral Service to Host Giving Tree and Food Drive

ABINGDON, Va. — Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is taking action against hunger in the community by hosting a Christmas Giving Tree and Community Food Drive.

“We know there are many individuals whose resources are spread thin in our community, especially during the holiday season,” says Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory. “We love being a part of this community, and are always looking for ways we can volunteer our time and resources to make a positive impact on the lives of others.”

Residents of Washington County and surrounding areas who want to participate are asked to donate a non-perishable canned food item or jar of peanut butter during the food drive. Donations will be accepted Monday, Nov. 27 through Wednesday, Dec. 20, and may be placed under the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Main Street Chapel, located at 427 East Main St. in Abingdon, Virginia, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

All collected donations will be distributed by Ecumenical Faith in Action, a nonprofit organization located in Abingdon that provides food, medical and financial assistance, and counseling to more than 1,350 individuals each month.

For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or email farrisdirector@gmail.com.

About Farris Funeral Service & Crematory

Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is the only Washington County, Virginia, funeral home that has been owned and managed by the same family throughout its history. This continuity provides the organization unparalleled perspective on the services, administrative assistance and emotional support needed during the bereavement process. Farris’ spacious facilities offer a number of conveniences, including a full-service reception center available for gatherings and meals, comfortable meeting areas and ample parking. Administrative offerings include assistance with the filing of essential documents, as well as a number of grief education and counseling programs. For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or visit www.farrisfuneralservice.com.

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For more information, contact Kim Farris-Luke,
president/owner of Farris Funeral Service & Crematory,
at 276-623-2700.