November 29, 2020

Citizen questions Validity of Prayers by some Franklin City Council Members (Video)

The Franklin City Council met December 01, 2011 for its regular meeting at City Hall. Following a public hearing about the 2012 budget, Mayor Chapman called the meeting to order.

Councilman Jimmy Hamil gave the invocation. First he shared the following scripture:

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” —Ephesians 4:31

Hamil then read this devotion from Our Daily Bread:

When God Cleans House

God did some fall housecleaning this week. He sent a mighty wind through our neighborhood that made the trees tremble and shake loose their dead branches. When it finished, I had a mess to clean up.

In my own life, God sometimes works in a similar way. He will send or allow stormy circumstances that shake loose the “lifeless branches” I’ve been refusing to release. Sometimes it’s something that once was good, like an area of ministry, but is no longer bearing fruit. More often it’s something that’s not good, like a bad habit I’ve slid into or a stubborn attitude that prevents new growth.

The Old Testament prophet Jonah discovered what can happen when one refuses to get rid of a stubborn attitude. His hatred for the Ninevites was stronger than his love for God, so God sent a great storm that landed Jonah in a great fish (Jonah 1:4,17). God preserved the reluctant prophet in that unlikely place and gave him a second chance to obey (2:10; 3:1-3).

The lifeless limbs in my yard caused me to think of an attitude that God expects me to dispose of. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians lists some of them: bitterness, anger, and evil speech (4:31). When God shakes things up, we need to get rid of what He shakes loose.

Lord, give me a listening heart and help me to cooperate with you when you point out changes that need to be made in my life. I want to honor You and please You. 

Christ’s cleansing power can remove the most stubborn stain of sin.

Hamil then stated the following: “And the point of this (devotion) is this… and I am not pointing at nobody… I am pointing at everybody… the point is that our world certainly needs a housecleaning… I don’t think nobody would disagree with that… the whole world… this country… our state… and yes our city. If you are not obeying God you better stay away from the world.”

(Hamil asks everyone in attendance to rise as he says the following prayer)

“Heavenly father, we thank you once again that you have chosen to let each one of us sitting at this table take part in trying to run this city and operate it in a manner that is pleasing to you. Help us to keep that out in front of us and to remember that is the most important to please you.”

“Your word tells us we can’t please everybody. You can’t please man and God, but it’s more important to please God. We ask you to help us Lord as we realize we are standing in need of help. We need to come together we need to know what’s right and we need to do what’s right. We ask you to bless us tonight in Christ’s name. Amen.”

Councilman Almond then led the Pledge of Allegiance. The board approved the meeting minutes from two earlier meetings.

Councilman Johnny Adams motioned to add an item under new business to discuss a City Manager.

During departmental reports Chief Hannah discussed potentially adding some road signage to aid truck drivers in locating Franklin Aluminum. The board approved the purchase of the vests.

Hannah stated that 50% of the amount would be reimbursed  by a grant.  The board also approved the purchase of a new Dodge patrol car. Councilman Shane Manders expressed his appreciation of Chief Hannah’s concern for saving the city money whenever possible.

In street department business Alan Holcomb was on hand as the board approved $194 to go towards a new starter for the trash truck.

Holcomb explained the current trash protocols with the trash truck not in service. Councilman Almond expressed his concerns about the safety of city employees who are currently having to move trash by hand and with pick-up trucks.

Councilman Manders also expressed concerns about employee safety after he observed city workers hanging Christmas decorations  on light poles from the bucket of the front end loader. Manders stated that he had seen used bucket-lift trucks on Craigslist for between five and eight thousand dollars.

Mayor Chapman asked Manders to look into finding one and to get back with the board. Councilman Adams discussed the removal of old political signs. The board agreed to remove the signs and hold them for six months before disposing of them.

The city attorney, David Mecklin discussed the city’s options in regards to a burned house on South River Rd which has been the topic of some complaints. The council unanimously approved the adoption of some new fire codes in relation to the new Plasti-Paint, Inc. building.

The council then approved a motion to allow the attorney to move forward with speaking with the county about an agreement to have the county code officer make city inspections.

Under Old Business on the agenda the council approved a new golf cart ordinance. At this time a brief five-minute recess was called at this time when Mayor Chapman became ill (See previous story).

Mayor Pro-Tem  Johnny Adams then took over the meeting for new business. The council approved the 2012 budget unanimously in addition to amendments to the 2011 budget.

The council approved a retirement plan and also approved the appointment of Mayor Chapman as the Franklin voting delegate on the pre-disaster mitigation committee.

Finally the council agreed to work with the Three Rivers Commission to research into the possibility of adding a city manager.

Two citizens were on hand to make public comments. First Bobby Copeland spoke about a program called Heard Chat. He expressed his wish that the council would consider adopting this program as a regular summer program.

The next public comment was made by Carrie Rutledge, a member of the Heard Co. Water Authority Board. Rutledge spoke about the discussions held about the Rutledge Cafe during the November meeting. She stated that many of the prayers being said at the meetings were false.

The prayers that I have heard come out of here is so false. And the reason why I say that is because some of y’all sitting at this table don’t like the Rutledges.” She also added, “It hurts me to know that every other year the Rutledges is on y’alls agenda. I don’t see nobody else on y’alls agenda to hurt but the Rutledges. I want to know what is really  the problem with us?

See below for exclusive video of both public comments that were made at the meeting. The next meeting of the council is scheduled for January 5, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.


Public Comment by Carrie Rutledge at Franklin City Council Meeting (12/01/11) from on Vimeo.

Public Comment by Bobby Copeland at Franklin City Council Meeting (12/01/11) from on Vimeo.

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