SEVIERVILLE, TN — Sevier County’s Donny Richmond was inducted to the Country Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame recently during a ceremony in Branson, Missouri. Richmond, a multiple award winning artist, is known in many countries.
As a young artist, Richmond moved to Hollywood, California to pursue a show business career before being invited to London, England where he was signed to a worldwide recording contract as a Pop music artist with EMI Records in the 1980s.
Upon returning to the states, Richmond experienced a spiritual renewal which led him to change his approach and to explore his new dream of influencing the world with positive Christian values by way of country music. Moving to Nashville in 1992, Donny became the very first predominately Country Gospel style artist chosen to be included on the mainstream Country music CDX Compilation CD distributed to thousands of radio stations across America, and was featured on the same CD with Garth Brooks, George Jones, Wynonna Judd, and Kenny Chesney.
During the 1990s, Richmond was at the forefront of the emerging new genre of music now known as “Christian Country” or “Positive Country” music. He was arguably the genre’s most publicized artist. During this period, Richmond received various music association awards in categories including Male Vocalist of The Year, Songwriter, Producer, and Top TV Host. He was Entertainer of The Year 6 times. Richmond was named honorary “Colonel” by the Governor of Tennessee and appeared on The Grand Ole Opry. In the year 2000, he was awarded as both the country gospel Artist of the Decade and Entertainer of the Decade. While a regularly appearing artist on Country Gospel and Christian Country Charts, with numerous #1s, Richmond hosted his own TV program, “The Don Richmond Show,” which aired on the Christian Television Network (CTN) and in syndication. Subsequent programs and TV Specials have come to be seen in various countries, including throughout Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and others.
Richmond moved to Sevier County in 2001 to perform at the Classic Country Theater in Pigeon Forge. He decided to stay after falling in love with the people and sights of the area. With the success of his TV programs airing overseas in 2005, Donny’s record releases began charting internationally, and this long string of chart hits continues today. Donny’s songs have reached #1 in more than a dozen countries.
In 2016, Richmond’s duet recording with country music legend Stonewall Jackson, “Jesus Is My Lifeline”, reached a music history milestone, having reached #1 status during 3 different decades. During its initial release in the 1990’s, the song was the longest running #1 in the history of the U.S. National Music City News and Gospel Voice Charts.
In 2016, Richmond’s acting role in the faith-based movie, “The Christmas Reunion,” was accompanied by featured roles for both of his sons, Donny, Jr and Carl. Richmond’s starring role in the 2017 faith-based movie “Saving Faith” earned him a nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film by the International Christian Film Festival.
– Knoxville Daily Sun
The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo’s position was LAT 0º 31′ N and LON 179 30′ W. The date was 31 December 1899.
“Know what this means?” First Mate Payton broke in, “We’re only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line”.
Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ships position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather & clear night worked in his favour.
At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this bizarre position were many:
The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer. The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter. The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899. In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.
This ship was therefore not only in: Two different days, Two different months, Two different years, Two different seasons But in two different centuries – all at the same time.
Story sent in by Wyn Machon
Fear is the untamed monster that rears its ugly head and compels otherwise peaceful people to react in ways contrary to their rational beliefs. Take for example a crowded room where someone shouts “fire!” Even in the absence of flame and smoke, people have a panic reaction and start bolting for the nearest exit. It’s natural to fear and sometimes even necessary. It’s when fear becomes our modus operandi that we begin to filter life events through a faulty method causing our decisions and reactions to run amuck.
God never intended for us to be dominated by fear; fear is the devil’s playground. How can we overcome the debilitating effects of fear gone wild? Psalm 56:3 offers an answer. When you are afraid: 1) Trust in the Lord: God’s sovereignty controls all that touches your life. You are not a victim of your world but rather a blood-bought child of God, a child of the Most High King. The same God whose eye is on the sparrow has set His eyes on you. (Matthew 10:29-31). 2) Worship the Lord:Praising God in worship dispels the darkness, refocusing your spirit and mind on the kindness of the Savior. (Isaiah 12:2). 3) Rejoice in the Lord: The Psalmist asks, “What can mere man do to me?” You are not bound by the constraints of man. You have been redeemed and made a conqueror; and not just an ordinary conqueror but more than a conqueror in the Name of Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:37).
Don’t let the fear of man, the shift in culture or the instability of world events freak you out! When you are tempted to fear, to doubt the goodness and sovereignty of God, remember Paul’s encouragement to the church; “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39).