Kentucky Mennonites Moving to Tennessee

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A rift in a Mennonite community in central Kentucky has prompted a decision by most of the families to pull up stakes and move to Tennessee.

The Advocate-Messenger reports that 60 of the nearly 80 Mennonite families established at South Fork in Casey County have bought land near the small town of Spencer, Tenn., and 17 have already moved.

The dispute between the Mennonites revolves around just how much of the outside world to let in, and those who are moving want to get away from the worldliness.

Ammon Weaver, who is a spiritual and financial backer of the move to Tennessee, says he thinks the South Fork community has become too accepting of modern conveniences such as electricity, motorized vehicles and cell phones.

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