The Steps2Hope home build reached its halfway mark on Monday and the exterior of the home is nearly complete. Workers focused on finishing the roof and working on the exterior siding and stone walls.
In the mix of volunteers are employees from Chevy dealerships in 3 states. Trucks pulled up Thursday morning with 38 volunteers and a check for $17,000.
Country music singer Josh Turner performed at Track 29 Tuesday night for a benefit concert with US 101, to help a local non-profit. The Steps2hope group is currently working on a project for hometown hero, Army Sgt. Jason Smith.
Army Sgt. Jason Smith planned to serve his country for his entire career, but unfortunately that came to an end sooner than he expected .Channel 3 introduces you to Jason Smith and how he's about to start on his new journey in life.
The Apison home was built by volunteers and donated supplies, with special touches such as a single-floor plan, a walk-in shower and a shooting range for Andrew.
Seven days ago this home on Bill Jones wasn't here. Thanks to more than a thousand volunteers, Thursday Steps2Hope will present Specialist Andrew Smith and his wife Tori with the keys.
The #TeamAndrew build site remains wet and muddy after a Monday night storm drenched the property, but crews are still working to meet the July 4 deadline.
The Smiths have had all access all week to their new house. But starting today, they're banned from entering their own home. It's all to add to Thursday's element of surprise.
Channel 3 anchor Callie Starnes was invited to Walter Reed Medical near Washington DC to update the recovery of Specialist Andrew Smith. It's been 14 months since he stepped on an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan.
Channel 3 introduced you to the couple months ago, when a local nonprofit stepped up to build them a home. Andrew and Tori got a look at where their home will be built, and invited Channel 3 along.
Waving American flags, about a hundred people gathered at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport to welcome a wounded soldier home. Army Specialist Andrew Smith was injured in March, while on patrol in Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED and lost both legs.
The family of a Union University student, injured in a 2008 tornado, wants to pay it forward. They are moving forward with plans to build an injured soldier the home he deserves.
24-hours after getting the keys to their new home, Jason and Lauren Smith say it still feels like just a dream. We checked in with them on Sunday to find out how the new house is treating them.