Tag Archives: tragedy

Giving Props

The Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial is being built in Nevada, near the site of a plane crash that killed 14 men on November 17, 1955. The memorial is due to open in late May, 2015. My … Continue reading

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Neath the Sunsphere

On Saturday, first responders in Knoxville participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the 343 firefighters who died in New York on 9/11/01. The participants climbed the equivalent of 110 stories at the Sunsphere while wearing their gear. … Continue reading

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Man Hatton

Aunt Grace Hatton sent an email to relatives and friends this week. She informed us that her grandson Conor would be one of the family members reading the names of 9/11 victims at Ground Zero. Aunt Grace’s eldest son, my … Continue reading

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“Your Table Is Ready”

. What is it that makes you a fan of an entertainer? It’s more than just making you laugh or smile. They make you feel something deeper. When Mork from Ork showed up on a weird episode of Happy Days, … Continue reading

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Silent Partner

According to the Facebook page for Silent Heroes of the Cold War, construction will begin next month on the long-awaited monument to 14 men who died in a plane crash on November 17, 1955. The plane was flying from Burbank … Continue reading

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Manila Envelope

Because the Philippines is a heavily Catholic country, organizations affiliated with the Catholic Church are in a position to quickly get aid to the victims of the recent typhoon and earthquake. Catholic Relief Services has already delivered thousands of needed … Continue reading

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November the Time

This weekend, a show that airs on public radio stations celebrated the anniversary of the first regular radio broadcast. On November 2, 1920, KDKA received its license and broadcast the presidential election returns. Appropriately titled Weekend Radio with Robert Conrad, … Continue reading

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Butcher Block

The opening of Face the Nation caught my attention as I was channel flipping on Sunday morning. I don’t usually watch the show but they teased an upcoming segment about the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy that … Continue reading

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Family Ties

Some relatives on my wife’s side of the family stopped by for a visit this week. One of them didn’t know about my cousin Terry Hatton, who died twelve years ago today after responding to the attack on the World … Continue reading

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Whan that Aprill

Several tragic events occurred on April 15 throughout history. Today we added an awful bombing at the Boston Marathon to the list. As a youth, I read “The Day Lincoln Was Shot” by Jim Bishop and “A Night to Remember” … Continue reading

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Heart and Soil

When Dr. Dawnie Steadman spoke to the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association last year, I was impressed with her dedication to forensic human rights investigations. Before joining the University of Tennessee as director of the Forensic Anthropology Center, Dr. Steadman had accumulated … Continue reading

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And Live Each Moment

Linda Ragsdale was in the restaurant of the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai when terrorists attacked on November 27, 2008. The Nashville artist and teacher was one of many who were shot but one of few who survived. A friend in the FBI … Continue reading

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Give Them Victory O’er the Grave

God is all-powerful, yet He gives us power over Him. He gives us the power to reject Him, to turn from Him, to condemn ourselves to an eternity without Him. I learned that mind-boggling truth in a homily I heard … Continue reading

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The Very Heart of It

The “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” benefit concert on NBC last night followed a format similar to the disaster-relief telethons we’ve seen regularly since 9/11. The artists and hosts did a great job. The one-hour program is available OnDemand, in case … Continue reading

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