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Jaime Pickett was on that helicopter working for an Oregon company that was assisting on a petroleum exploration job.
"Five to five thirty I got the call that the helicopter had crashed and it killed me," said wife Arlinda Pickett.
Arlinda says her husband didn't typically ride in the helicopter.
His job was to inspect and repair the structure of the aircraft.
He took the position just last year and was excited about traveling even though it meant sacrifices back home in Clarksville.
"Yeah it was hard because it was a 28 on 28 off he was home for 28 days," said Arlinda.
Pickett's family says he always has been fascinated by helicopters.
He worked on one as a soldier at Ft. Campbell and continued to work for private companies when he left the service.
Pickett is also well known for his huge reptile collection but his true love was his 9 year old son and 11 and 16 year old daughters.
Arlinda Pickett says telling them their father is never coming home was the hardest thing she's ever had to do.
"My son lost his role model," said Arlinda. "My girls were daddy's girls daddy was their everything and they lost him."
Wednesday, January 9 2013, 10:35 PM CST
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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