LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (AP) – A Campbell County church held its first religious services since an arson fire destroyed the place of worship eight months ago.
WATE-TV reports that Fincastle Church of God in LaFollette held its first service Saturday since the church burned in the early morning hours of Dec. 9.
State fire investigators determined the fire was caused by arson.
Services had been held in a nearby school until Saturday, when about two dozen pastors spoke at the ceremony. Many church members were overcome with emotion.
Insurance covered a little more than half the cost to rebuild the church. Fincastle owes a remainder of $170,000 to the bank.
Donations can be made to the church through First Community Trust Bank in LaFollette.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.