Maryville CPC & Smoky Mountain Meals on Wheels

Tom and Paris Longmire, members of Maryville Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Presbytery of East Tennessee) where Tom’s father Ron Longmire has been pastor for 38 years, decided in March 2020 to grow their own home garden. Then Tom began to wonder how to branch out from helping put food on his family’s table to aiding others in need in the community.

Paris, a teacher at William Blount High School, recalled culinary arts students once cooked for Smoky Mountain Meals on Wheels which provides meals for senior adults living in Blount County, Tennessee, who live on their own but require assistance. In 2021, the Longmires, including daughter, Josie, 14, and son Sam, 10, began growing a 70-foot garden at Maryville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with the harvest earmarked for Smoky Mountain Meal on Wheels. Last year, the congregation picked of 925 pounds of beans. This year, tomatoes and yellow squash were added to the garden.

Matthew Gore

Matthew Gore

Matthew H. Gore is a British journalist, historian, popular culturist, archivist, and educator residing in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the immediate past-president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists and is best known for his book The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kentucky to 1988 (2000). He has also published on a variety of topics as diverse as The Origin of Marvelman (a British superhero of the 1950s and 1960s), the relative scarcity of East German philatelics, and the biography of British pulp artist, Denis McLoughlin. He is employed by the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the Cumberland Presbyterian Center in Memphis, Tennessee, as editor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Magazine and as publications manager. He has been associated with both Western Kentucky University, which honored him with their James H. Poteet Award, and the University of Kentucky. He also serves as editor for all Boardman Books (Memphis, Tennessee) publications.
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