I saw the smoke from this fire from several miles away and drove until I found the source. I've never seen a house so devastated in person. Shooting spot news is great when you've got time...I had another assignment and was en route. So, the photographer who showed up after me made the pictures of the family crying in front of the burning building. It kind of took the success out of these images a little.
This Chattanooga mill closes its doors in April. The company president expressed concern that the jobs we need most, the ones that will bolster the economy, are the manufacturing jobs we're losing. What happens when we can't make anything anymore, and we can't afford to buy it either?
It was the quote painted on one of the approximately seventy emergency vehicles that preceded Engine 1, today serving as the hearse for a 24-year-old firefighter. The engine he was driving ran off the road on New Year's Eve. There were nearly 600 people at the funeral, and the building lobby was spilling over with those who could not get into the hall. Fire departments from as far as Atlanta drove here to escort one of their own, killed in the line of duty.