May 14, 2010

A UT Graduate

My brother, Byron, graduated from UT Knoxville this week with a degree in Communication Studies. He has worked incredibly hard (with the help from our hardworking parents) and has accomplished his dream of earning a degree from his favorite school.

I can't think of a time when I have been more proud. Byron has always been a very likeable guy and full of personality. I have every confidence that if he continues to do the work, he will have every opportunity at his fingertips.

We love you, Bub.

May 9, 2010

Busy Bee in U.C.

Video highlights from Stella's busy Saturday in Union City, TN. (Funnier with your sound on.)

May 4, 2010

The Nashville flood from our house

The picture above seemed fairly dramatic as it was happening, but hardly conveys the deluge Nashville and surrounding areas saw over the weekend. There are many images of the mid-South, and our suburb of Bellevue, that do a better job of telling the story.

But this photo is descriptive by showing one of the many small tributaries that was feeding the Harpeth River (and in other places, the Cumberland). The Harpeth is what overflowed to cause so many problems in our area, and as you can see here, it snakes and zig-zags its way around and through many residential areas. It's easy to see that because of its path it often flooded homes from the north and south, or from east and west. In some cases, the flood waters approached from three directions.

Our immediate area was lucky to see no damage from flooding, and we suffered only minor inconveniences of road blockages and no electricity for a couple days. But although we are safe, dry and can get out of our neighborhood, many are homeless or still without power. If you are so inclined, please give to either the Middle Tennessee Red Cross or assist as you see fit. (I know that many other towns and cities are hurting, so please forgive my lack of mentioning them specifically.)

Thanks to everyone for the calls and concerns.