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Saturday, Ft. Campbell families got some free portraits to send to their deployed soldiers and remind them what they're fighting for.
There were smiles frozen in time, but they weren't found in your usual family portraits because in many cases, a family member was missing.
"My husband's actually deployed right now to Afghanistan," Kristen Rodriguez said.
That's why she, 7-year-old Elizabeth, and 8-year-old Christopher took the booked a portrait session, a copy of which will help see their husband and father through it until he gets home in June.
"It just would be nice to send him a portrait to be able to see that there are people still back there that love him and care about him and support him and want him to come home," Rodriguez said.
The Rodriguez family was just one of 80 that received a free portrait session on post Saturday as part of the Portraits of Love Project, where portraits were provided through a partnership between the USO, and the Photoimaging Manufacturers Distributing Association.
"Portrait photography altogether is just a wonderful moment," said Glenn Hall, photographer. "When you're capturing people and when you're capturing that moment of quality in each person's personality is really kind of fun."
Hall said each family and each portrait is unique, but for one soldier in particular it was the last family memory he would have before going overseas.
"He had four or five children," Hall said. "He was leaving, getting on a plane to leave so it was kind of nice that they were able to capture a moment all together as a family and he s being deployed immediately so that was kind of special."
Hall said he and the other photographers spent 10 hours shooting on post Saturday, giving free portraits to about 80 families.
You can learn more about the portraits of love project by visiting the Fox Links section of this website.
Saturday, February 9 2013, 10:02 PM CST
Courthouse in line for repairs, updates
May 25, 2013 15:50 GMT
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials in Coffee County are looking to update their historic courthouse instead of replacing the 141-year-old structure.
After all, they said the building is in pretty good shape. As far as repairs, it just needs some new paint and molding, as well as work to repair some water damage. But county maintenance director Robert Gilliam says the entire structure needs updating in order to make it last until the next century.
Gilliam and County Mayor David Pennington told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/19ivpQ6 ) that officials have taken care to maintain the building and it hasn't had any major renovations in decades.
Historical society spokeswoman Joanna Lewis said the group is trying to come up with fundraising ideas for the project.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
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