Tribute wall to Vietnam veterans in Savannah Sept. 7-11

SEPT. 7-- The Moving Wall, the nation’s traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is in Savannah this week, from today at noon, until Monday, Sept. 11, at noon. 

The Wall is set up on the Tennessee Street Park grounds in the city’s historic district. The wall’s visit is sponsored by the Colonel Joseph Hardin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

An opening day ceremony is scheduled for today, Thursday, starting at 4 p.m., at the park. 

Hardin County will honor local Vietnam veterans who gave their lives.  Their families will be recognized for their sacrifices. The program features the Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard, Hardin County High School Patriot Pride, and guest speakers, Tennessee state Rep. David Byrd, Hardin County Mayor Kevin Davis, Savannah Mayor Bob Shutt, and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Joe Hurd, publisher of The Courier.

The replica wall is half the size of the Washington, D.C., Vietnam Veterans Memorial and measures 253 feet in length.  The replica is constructed of aluminum with 58,272 names of the American dead (including 1,200 MIAs, POWs, and others) in Vietnam silk-screened upon black panels. The replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial cost approximately $60,000, and all money to create the memorial was donated. 

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Two found dead in Tennessee River at Saltillo boat ramp

UPDATE, SEPT. 2, 8:15 PM-- The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the driver of the 1997 Mercury Mountaineer as Richie V. Weaver, 64, of Milledgeville. The passenger, whose body was still inside the vehicle, is identified as Ronnie K. Steele, 63, of Bethel Springs.

The THP said the driver's cause of death will be determined by autopsy, and that the crash remains under investigation.

SEPT. 2-- The bodies of two men were recovered in the Tennessee River at the Saltillo boat ramp this afternoon.

According to Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin, one body was found inside the red sports utility vehicle by emergency rescue divers before it was towed out of the water. 

The other was found shortly before. A boater hit the top of the vehicle only a couple feet beneath the surface, snagging the shirt of one of the victims  on the boat and a piece of trim on the SUV.

Authorities have identified the victims, but the names have not been released.

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Durham School Services seeks to fill bus for hurricane victims Saturday

AUG. 31– Durham School Services announced it is filling its biggest bus with donated items for hurricane victims Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Savannah.

The company, which contracts with Hardin County Schools to provide student transportation, says these are the items Houston shelters are asking for in order of priority:

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