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"I have 5 kids on my own, and my daughter has 2 kids, I adopted my sister's twin boys, I've had them since they were born, then I just got my sister's 2 kids, so there's a lot of us," says Baker.
Deliveries like this only happen after months of work.
"You're going to make a lot of children and a lot of families happy today," says Michele Donegan.
Before the dawn, hundreds of volunteers gathered into an undisclosed location in West Nashville to prepare baskets of holiday cheer, each one loaded with plenty of food for a Christmas dinner and beyond. Plus, teddy bears and toys for under the tree. All of it donated.
"Just kept growing, growing and growing," says Joe Casey.
Joe Casey is the former Metro Police Chief who started the program over 50 years ago.
"It's amazing how far it's come, never thought when we started out with a couple of baskets and a couple of families that it would grow to as far as it has," says Casey.
"This is an opportunity for us to be there to share in good will, to show that we're the police and we want to help our community, that what we're about, we're public servants," says Donegan.
Hermitage Commander Michele Donegan is Chief Elf of the operation. She says all the work is well worth it.
"When you drop those baskets and those toys off and have that momma or that grandmother hug you with tears in their eyes, that's what it's all about, it's so addictive, you can't wait for next year to do it again," says Donegan.
This year's Christmas Basket Program served 235 families and gave toys to over 500 children.
Monday, December 24 2012, 10:29 PM CST
Solar panels that obscure school might be moved
May 24, 2013 13:13 GMT
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A wall of solar panels in front of a Surgoinsville school might be moved out back.
The panels are part of an ambitious project under which solar collection panels have been installed at 20 Hawkins County school facilities to cut utility costs and sell back power to TVA.
But the Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/18burcf ) reported the wall of panels at Surgoinsville Middle School has some people worried about school security and others upset at what they see as an eyesore.
The panels are 7 feet high and stretch the length of a football field. They obscure viewing the school.
At a school board work session Thursday, board members talked about moving the array. It can't be voted on until the regular board meeting on June 4.
Information from: Kingsport Times-News, http://www.timesnews.net
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