Latest updates on the loss of Pastor Nim Russell, injury of his wife, Julia

Latest updates on the loss of Pastor Nim Russell, injury of his wife, Julia

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Some updates today on the tragic accident that claimed the life of Pastor Nim Russell of Thankful Baptist Church in Rome and severely injured his wife, Julia.

From the church’s Facebook page: “Thank you all for your attendance at our Prayer Service today. God is truly in the blessing and HEALING business of First Lady and Church Family! Thank you Rev. Whatley, Rev. Terrell Shields, Rev. W.J.E. Coombs, Rev. Sydney Ford, Rev. Carey Ingram, and Rev. Michael Sherman Sr., our Deacons, and the community for your prayers and support! #toGodbetheglory

We’re awaiting information on funeral arrangements. The Russells were heading home to  Adairsville on Ga. 140 when a pickup truck on the wrong side of the road collided head-on Sunday evening, authorities say.

From the Georgia State Patrol: 

The Georgia State Patrol in Cartersville has charged Michele Blum, age 47, from Adairsville in connection with the fatal crash last night on Georgia Highway 140 near the Floyd County line. She has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, serious injury by vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the road and driving without headlights.

The 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck she was driving hit a 2007 Mercedes E350 head-on that resulted in the death of Nim Bernal Russell, age 55, from Adairsville. Julia Russell, Michele Blum and a passenger in her truck, Charles Louis Blum III, were taken to Floyd Medical Center for treatment. Blum is still hospitalized.

Russell was the pastor of Thankful Baptist Church in Rome.  Please see our earlier story for additional details.

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