The Rev. Lamar Tidmore hasn’t missed a revival service in 66 years. He’ll continue his amazing streak over the next few days when Beth Haven Baptist Church in the Kilpatrick community conducts its spring revival.

Sunday’s services are at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Services are at 6:30 p.m. from Monday through Wednesday. The church’s address is 1424 County Road 471, Crossville.

Lamar’s friend, the Rev. T.D. Burgess, is returning for another year to preach the revival services. Lamar said T.D. is 87 and doesn’t plan to retire.

Brother T.D. started preaching when he was 14. My father, Edwin, was saved in August of 1960 when T.D. was preaching a summer revival at Liberty Baptist Church.

T.D. has pastored churches in Georgia, Virginia and Alabama. His wife, Joy, is a Boaz native.

The Burgesses founded the Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The event celebrated its 28th year in 2018.

Bro. Lamar serves as senior pastor at Beth Haven. His son-in-law, Tim Smith, is pastor. Call 256-561-3531 for more information about the revival or church.

Lamar and my dad graduated together in the Crossville High School class of 1952. Their class has conducted regular reunions throughout the years.

“I came to Crossville in second grade,” Lamar said. “Edwin and I have been friends ever since then.”

Rolling with the Tide

The defending national champion Alabama football team wraps up spring practice with the A-Day Game on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on ESPN.

I’m not going to predict what the future holds for the 2018 Crimson Tide. But whatever happens, it will be tough to top the 2017 squad’s thrilling finish.

Alabama rallied from a 13-point deficit twice to beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime in the College Football Playoff finals.

My in-laws, David and Ginger Haven, watched the game with my beautiful bride, Malarie, and I.

“All we need is a touchdown,” David said confidently after Georgia’s field goal in overtime.

Tua Tagovailoa must have heard him, because he responded with the game-winning 41-yard touchdown strike to DeVonta Smith. The second-and-26 conversion instantly became one of the greatest plays in Crimson Tide history.

The Rev. David Turner is senior pastor of Central Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. We’ve been friends since we met at Alabama in 1985.

After Tua’s TD toss, David texted me, “Roll Tide!!!! And God bless America. That was crazy!!”

My brother, Jeff, went to the game in Atlanta with our pastor, the Rev. Chris Andrews. The Crimson Tide is 6-0 in national title games Jeff has attended. He watched the 1978, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2017 teams add to the trophy case.

I hope this year’s team is positioned to compete for a national crown when December rolls around.

Shannon J. Allen is sports editor of The Sand Mountain Reporter. He can be contacted at

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