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Burnout among pastors and the clergy on the rise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Burnout among American workers is common. But it's hitting hard in a profession you might not think about.

Pastors and clergy.

A new study that shows nearly a third of pastors have considered leaving the profession.

According to the Christian polling organization, Barna Group, 33 percent of pastors surveyed have considered leaving the profession, a number that peaked during that pandemic.

One pastor says some of the pressure comes from the church, other times from within.

"One of the best pieces of advice I got in seminary, she said that pastors should get up every morning and say to themselves three times I am not the Messiah because we often think we can fix a whole lot more than we can really fix," he said.

Some say opening up to their church about the struggles has helped.

Tennessee activists prepare to fight grocery sales tax

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee activists are heading to local grocery stores this weekend, wanting to get rid of the state’s grocery sales tax, and they need help getting lawmakers’ attention. 

For three months last year, Tennessee families saved an average of $100 in the grocery sales tax holiday, according to the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

This year, a grocery sales tax holiday appears unlikely, but Republican lawmakers are discussing a business tax cut.

State Rep. Aftyn Behn (D-Nashville) and state Sen. Charlane Oliver (D-Nashville) introduced HB2043/SB1934, a bill to end the grocery sales tax by closing tax loopholes and making corporations pay what they owe. 

“Supporting the abolishment of the grocery tax just seemed so natural for us, just knowing that so many of our members and families in Tennessee are struggling while mega-corporations,” said Rebekah Gorbea, a statewide coordinator for Tennessee For All. “Only 60% or about 60% pay zero in state corporate tax, so we felt like it was only right for us to work on this.”

Tennessee For All, a statewide coalition, is asking people to help canvass grocery stores this weekend. They want people to join a petition to eliminate the grocery sales tax.

The governor’s office has previously said eliminating the grocery tax could cost the state about a billion dollars a year.

To balance the scales, Tennessee For All is fighting for the taxation of big corporations and the discontinuation of tax loopholes.

“Currently, we’ve got about 60 volunteers across the state ready to talk to shoppers and tell them this is on the table, and that they have a choice this year between giving working families a break or the biggest corporations another tax break,” Gorbea said.

Former MNPD chaplains lose home in fire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A husband and wife raised 10 kids and 16 grandchildren in their North Nashville home. A home that is now all gone after a fire.

“We have angels throughout this whole house,” Henry Davidson said.

As he and his wife Bettye rummaged through what was underneath the soot and ash of their Cravath Drive home, they agreed angels are why they are here today.

“I told Bettye I think that’s what saved us,” Davidson said. “All those angels over here.

But why no one was home when the fire started has its own angelic explanation.

“If it wasn’t for people like our neighbors, we wouldn’t be able to stay as old as we are,” said Labora Woodard, who lives with her husband across the street from the Davidsons.

Two weeks ago, Woodard and her husband were home when Henry brought a plate of food over.

“They are seniors,” Davidson said. “I feed my seniors every Friday.”

After he sat down with the Woodards for a bit and headed back home, he saw smoke coming out of the house.

“People were coming by, and they were crying and they were apologizing,” Davidson said. “And we were like, we are good. We are safe.”

The Davidsons have a strong faith. A faith so strong, they felt a calling to be volunteer Metro Nashville Police Chaplains for 17 years. They’ve since retired from the job but know what it’s like to lose someone.

“We are still happy because we are together,” Davidson said. “We laugh at our clothes like, ‘Ooo look what you got on today, I’ve never seen that!’”

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    Gospel Music Museum to join the list of museums celebrating music in Music City

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Another museum celebrating music will be joining Music City in the near future.

    A Gospel Music Museum and the future Dove Center for the Gospel Music Association will be built on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Commerce Street.

    Besides being Music City, it makes sense for the museum to be built right here in Nashville. Gospel music history is continuously being made here. There is more than 150 years of gospel music history from the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Then we have Tennessee State University's Aristocrat of Bands being the first Band to win a Grammy for collaborating on a Gospel album just last year.


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    R&B legend and “Godmother of Soul” Patti LaBelle has enjoyed one of the longest careers in contemporary music. Patti LaBelle has done it all, from girl group pop and gutsy soul to space-age funk and hard-hitting disco. Get ready to be rocked when Patti hits the stage with the Nashville Symphony, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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    In celebration of Black History Month, the Jefferson Street Sound Museum proudly presents "Black History In Music: Work, Worship, and Celebration." This exclusive art exhibit aims to revive the memory of those thriving times while also honoring the businesses and entrepreneurs that made Historic Jefferson Street a musical haven. 



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