News Midday Update: Lowndes County Jail inmate found dead in his cell; Bishop Weeks looks for new wife on reality show; Christian mag featuring female pastors yanked

A 39-year-old inmate in the Lowndes County Jail has been found dead of what authorities say appears to be a suicide.

Capt. J.D. Yeager of the sheriff's office said Michael Wayne Dixon of Waynesville, N.C., was discovered hanging in his cell around 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday by an officer who had come to take Dixon to use the telephone.

Yeager said Dixon had been in jail since May 11 for armed robbery.

Yeager said the case remains under investigation and has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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Bishop Weeks looks for new wife on reality show

The ex-husband of national televangelist Juanita Bynum is using a reality show to find his next love.

Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III will document his wife search in 10 videos on his Web site The series begins Tuesday.

Weeks says he got the idea from thousands of e-mails and letters from people offering advice about what to look for in his third wife. The head of Duluth-based Global Destiny International Ministries says he wants to give others a Christian perspective on dating.

Weeks and Bynum divorced in June after he attacked her in a hotel parking lot. He was charged with aggravated assault and is still serving probation for the August 2007 attack.

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Christian mag featuring female pastors yanked

The five women on the cover are dressed in black and smiling — not an uncommon strategy for selling magazines.

But these cover girls are women of the cloth, featured in Gospel Today magazine’s latest issue, which the Southern Baptist Convention has pulled from its bookstores.

The group says women pastors go against their beliefs, according to their interpretation of the New Testament. The magazine was taken off stands in more than 100 Lifeway Christian Bookstores across the country, including those in the metro Atlanta area.

Nationally, the Southern Baptists have adopted statements discouraging women from being pastors, but the churches are independent and a few have selected women to lead their congregations.

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