Two elementary schools were directly impacted by a massive tornado in the Oklahoma City area on Monday. It brings to mind a storm from a 1996 tornado which destroyed the Allardt Elementary School in Fentress County.More >>
Two elementary schools were directly impacted by a massive tornado in the Oklahoma City area on Monday. It brings to mind a storm from a 1996 tornado which destroyed the Allardt Elementary School in Fentress County. More >>
MADISONVILLE (WATE) - A group of Madisonville volunteers is spreading patriotism and celebrating Flag Day.
More than 300 American flags surround the Monroe County Courthouse and Madisonville City Hall in honor and memory of great Americans, including military personnel, veterans and outstanding citizens.
Hundreds of flags are proudly flying on the courthouse lawn. "A lot of people buy year after year in memory of a loved one who is in the military or are deceased," said Downtown Madisonville Association President Susan Saunders.
But several people purchase flags in memory or honor of non-military people who are examples of a true American.
"It shows the city and the county and the surrounding areas have great pride in America. That's what I like to see," City Judge Ted Cagle.
For the soldiers and veterans who call Monroe County home, the patriotic display is even more special."
"It's very emotional to see this and think about all the people from Monroe County, especially who passed away in serving their country," said Senior Airman Andrew Carver.
"When we came back, we didn't get the recognition from the populace, and it's so nice to see when we have these heroes coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, it's so nice to see them receiving the accolades they should be receiving," said Vietnam War veteran Ellison "Vick" Vickery.
The flag is truly more than stars and stripes for many Monroe County residents.
"It's very emotional to look across the courtyard and see all the flags, especially when the wind is blowing on a day like today," said Marna Hull, a veteran's daughter. "It's just very moving and touching."
"You can't overemphasize the value and the dignity of our flag. It's a symbol of our nation and the freedoms and the democracy many fought for in this republic so we experience every day."
During a special ceremony at the courthouse Thursday evening, 21 more flags were placed on the lawn.
The flags will remain on display until July 28. People interested in dedicating a flag can do so until the last day of the display.
VONORE (WATE) - Gov. Bill Haslam signed legislation in Monroe County today to reduce the state portion of the sales tax on groceries from 5.25 percent to 5 percent. He held a ceremonial bill signing atMore >>
Gov. Bill Haslam signed legislation in Monroe County today to reduce the state portion of the sales tax on groceries from 5.25 percent to 5 percent.More >>
TELLICO PLAINS (WATE) – Tonight things are not looking good for a 3-year-old fighting stage 4 cancer. Brooklyn Shaw was diagnosed with neuroblastoma exactly a year ago. In December, the family thoughtMore >>
Brooklyn Shaw was diagnosed with neuroblastoma exactly a year ago. In December, the family thought she was in the clear. But this week they found out the cancer had relapsed. And this time the outlook isn't good.More >>