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Gruetli-Laager fire burns down business of WWII veteran

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GRUNDY COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)  --  Y.B. Ashby, 90, is a man many in Grundy County consider a local hero. Now he struggles to cope with the loss of his business after it burned to the ground two weeks ago, Monday.

"I have never been a beggar," said Ashby. 

Ashby lost more than $20,000 in printing equipment alone, along with about 500 names of deceased veterans in Grundy County. "They're gone completely. They'll be extremely difficult to replace,"Ashby said.

Since 1989, Ashby has dedicated his life to remembering and memorializing local veterans and every year on Veterans Day he honors them with a special publishing in the Grundy County Post and a live tribute on air at the cable station he started decades ago, GCTV. "He's really a champion for our vets as a whole in this county," said Gayle Vanhooser, a local volunteer.   

With no insurance to cover the loss of his business, Ashby is forced to start all over. "We're just really struggling to get the bare essentials back into place," said Ashby. He is now working out of small utility closet in his own home but he knows that can't last much longer. "If I have to do it on my own then me and the lord will do it but we could use some help and would really appreciate it," said Ashby. "This is really close to my heart and I'd really like to see it continue."

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