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Col. Stephen P. ArmesStephen P. Armes was recently promoted to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. Colonel Armes is the grandson of the late Billy and Helen Wallace of Franklin, Pete and Imogene Armes of Kingston, Tenn., formerly of Franklin, and the son of Paul and Linda Armes of Franklin and Nashville, Tenn.

Armes is an infantry combat veteran who recently returned from three years overseas with Special Operations Training Group. He is currently stationed in Coronado, Calif., and is involved with training a variety of Marine and Navy units.

His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” for valor, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of 4th Award, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal gold star in lieu of 2nd award and the Combat Action Ribbon. 

Boy Scout Troop 235 recently held a Court of Honor and an appreciation banquet to honor Scoutmaster Ray Ramano for his many years of service and dedication. “Mr. Ray,” as he is called by the young men in his Troop started volunteering with Boy Scouts in 2000 when his grandson joined Troop 202 in Franklin.

In 2007, Mr. Ray saw a need to start a Troop that would serve boys and young men with special needs.

Mr. Ray said he wanted to give every young man the chance to be part of Scouting. Mr. Ray and many other volunteers take the time to help the boys and young men work through the Boy Scout advancement levels.

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Give the gift of a lifesaving blood donation

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season – a lifesaving blood donation.

Blood donations often decline this time of year when donors get busy with holiday festivities and travel. Severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can also have a serious impact on blood donations, but the need for blood remains steady. On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood products every day for patients across the country.

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On Friday, Nov. 14, area pastors and community leaders came together entering into a long term agreement to positively impact and strengthen marriages in this region. Pastors met downtown ceremoniously signing the Marriage and Family Agreement and publically committed to this great work they feel God has called them to. This group envisions a day 10 years from now when they can look back and see that the divorce rate in the county has dropped by one third and the marriage rate has increased. It is their hope that there will be many who in 2024 will say that what began in 2014 prepared, strengthened and rescued marriages and spared many children from the trauma of divorce. The heart of this effort is not to condemn anyone, rather to work together to unleash existing resources, share new resources and empower the broader body of Christ to bring this to pass.

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