By Jonquil Newland, Weekend Today Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
RHEA COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -
Major John McCullough watches with pride as Rhea County officials honor our nation's fallen heroes Monday in a special Memorial Day service.
"Brings tears to your eyes cause you lose a comrade," McCullough says.
Veterans and their families placed wreaths at the war memorial in front of the courthouse.
"Freedom is not free, somebody has to serve and die," says McCullough.
McCullough served in the Korean and Vietnam War. He retired in 1974 after serving 23 years. He lost two comrades while in battle, he says it didn't matter what color they were his units were more like brothers.
"His blood is red just like mine," he says.
Decades later the relationship between comrades is still strong.
Jack Morgan served 40 years in the Army and Air force.
"Just hoping to copy my Grand Pappi," Morgan says. "He fought in the Civil War."
Morgan is 90-years-old; while serving our country he spent 20 years in the air. He says its where he belongs.
"I love it," he says.
At the end of the ceremony members of the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts retired an American Flag by throwing pieces of it into a fire and saluting.
Officials from two counties are responding to a reported explosion at a company that creates a wide range of explosive products. The explosion was reported at Accurate Energetic Systems, 5891 Highway 230More
One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion at a factory that makes ammunition near the Hickman-Humphreys county lines.More
Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:40:13 GMT
In November 1978, the world watched in horror members of a cult called "The People's Temple", committed mass suicide at Jonestown, Guyana. A woman who escaped death, only because she was away from Jonestown on that fateful day, spoke at UTC and the Chattanooga Public Library, Wednesday night.More
In November 1978, the world watched in horror members of a cult called "The People's Temple", committed mass suicide at Jonestown, Guyana. A woman who escaped death, only because she was away from Jonestown on that fateful day, spoke at UTC and the Chattanooga Public Library, Wednesday night. More