Mike Fitzhugh is officially the new Rutherford County Sheriff. After being voted in by the Rutherford County Commission last Thursday and sworn in after the meeting, he received his bond at 12:01am Monday morning.
WGNS has confirmed that Rev. James Avaritt has passed away. Avaritt was a long time pastor at Bellwood Baptist Church in Murfreesboro before his retirement several years ago.
Funeral arrangements for Rev. Avaritt are being cared for by Woodfins Chapel in Murfreesboro. We are told that visitation will be at Woodfins Chapel this Saturday (Aug. 16) from noon until 8 in the evening. The Funeral Service will be at Franklin Road Baptist Church on Sunday (Aug. 17) at 2 in the afternoon.
You may recall that Avaritt was always extremely active in our community. A number of years back, Avaritt took a strong stand against gambling in Tennessee when it was being discussed by lawmakers. At the time, the legalizing of horse racing and greyhound racing was a strong consideration for the Volunter State. In a past interview from 2011, Avaritt commented on that fight that was won so many years back when he and preachers of other denominations got together...
Avaritt will be laid to rest on Sunday.
In Memory of Brother James "Jim" Avaritt, Sr. -- WOODFIN FUNERAL CHAPELS, MURFREESBORO, TN
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