WJHL.com - Pigeon Forge church sued over exorcism and missing tooth

Pigeon Forge church sued over exorcism and missing tooth

AP Graphics Bank AP Graphics Bank
Pigeon Forge, TN -

A pastor said he cast out a demon, but a lawsuit contends the only the plaintiff's tooth was exorcised.

According to The Mountain Press, Andrew Byrd filed a $3.7 million lawsuit against the Family Chapel Church of God in Pigeon Forge; pastor Joel Arwood; Arwood's wife, Theresa Arwood; and Charles Shields.

Byrd said the Arwoods asked to meet him last February at the church, where Teresa Arwood said he had a demon in him. Byrd said Joel Arwood and Shields jumped him, knocking out a tooth crown and cracking other teeth.

The lawsuit said Arwood later bragged to his congregation that he had "punched the devil and knocked the devil's tooth out."

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Arwood declined comment, saying his lawyer advised it.

Sevier County deputies served criminal warrants on the defendants Thursday.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Three's company - Tri-Cities man marries two women; wife pushes for change in bigamy laws

    Three's company - Tri-Cities man marries two women; wife pushes for change in bigamy laws

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:28:26 GMT
    A Tri-Cities man heads to court Monday to face a charge of bigamy. He's accused of being married to two people at the same time; a crime in Tennessee.  
    A Tri-Cities man heads to court Monday to face a charge of bigamy. He's accused of being married to two people at the same time; a crime in Tennessee.  
  • Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

    Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:20:08 GMT
    Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
    A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
  • Woman, 32, charged with aggravated statutory rape in Carter County

    Woman, 32, charged with aggravated statutory rape in Carter County

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:00:50 GMT
    Brooke Thornburg (Source: Elizabethton Police Department) Brooke Thornburg (Source: Elizabethton Police Department)
    A woman was indicted this month by a Carter County grand jury for alleged aggravated statutory rape.The Elizabethton Police Department says on May 18, it began an investigation allegations that 32-year-old Brooke Thornburg engaged in sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy.
    A woman was indicted this month by a Carter County grand jury for alleged aggravated statutory rape.The Elizabethton Police Department says on May 18, it began an investigation allegations that 32-year-old Brooke Thornburg engaged in sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy.
Powered by WorldNow

338 E Main Street
Johnson City, TN 37601

Telephone: 423.926.2151
Fax: 423.926.9080
Email: news@wjhl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.