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From left are Danny Smith, pastor of Crab Orchard Christian Church; Evelyn Parziale, Family Partnership Committee member; Brock Hill, Cumberland County mayor; Walt Garner, Cumberland County Habitat president; Eric Swafford, state representative; and new homeowners, Michael, Danielle and Steven Sparks.

Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity dedicated its first 2006 home on Saturday, June 17. Walt Garner, president of Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity, welcomed the large gathering by introducing Pastor Danny Smith to conduct the opening prayer. Eric Swafford, state representative, addressed the group by supporting this Christian ministry and explained that one of the first items he had put in his home was a framed copy of the Ten Commandments. Swafford also presented the new homeowners, Danielle, Steven and son Michael, a framed copy of the dedication program.

As the program continued, Brock Hill, Cumberland County mayor, spoke about the importance of maintaining good Christian values in order to make this house a home. Hill also presented a framed copy of the Crossville Chronicle's June 14 newspaper article announcing the dedication of the Sparks home.

Evelyn Parziale, Habitat's Family Partnership volunteer, presented the keys the Sparks family, and said, "It was a great honor to work with this family and to see all the work that they did in order to complete the necessary 'sweat equity' hours."

Danny Smith, pastor of the Crab Orchard Christian Church, presented a Bible to the young couple that are also members of the church, and said, "Turn to this manual of life for any questions you may have. You will find only the right answers." Steven Sparks then thanked everyone present and acknowledged all the Habitat volunteers for their help in making this dream possible.

The program was completed when President Walt Garner asked Smith to conduct the closing prayer. It truly was a life changing event for everyone that attended.

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