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5 Great Things: McNairy Co. homecoming queen, Breast Cancer Awareness

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The first week of October is full of great things happening in the Mid-South. Here are five of my favorites that happened this week.

McNairy Central High School homecoming

The joy of being homecoming queen at McNairy Central High School has probably never been more overwhelming than with the crowning of Sara Jo Hurst. The 17-year-old senior has Costello Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the body characterized by delayed development. Even so, Hurst is likely the most popular choice ever to wear the school's crown.


One of my partners in morning news, Andrew Douglas, is promoting Breast Cancer Awareness month and raising funds through his pink tie campaign. Send him or drop off a pink tie (a donation to the American Cancer Society would be nice, too) throughout the month of October and he'll wear the tie and talk about it on air.

FedEx Holidays for Heroes

About 300 FedEx volunteers filled 6,000 care packages and 75 holiday boxes as part of the USO's Holidays for Heroes program. All the care packages and holiday boxes will be delivered to service members deployed in Southwest Asia.

Accident free truck driver

Joe Brown has driven for YRC Freight Company for 39 years. He's logged more than five million miles, but he's never been in an accident.

"Out of 20,000 employees, Joe is our currently our only five million mile safe driver," YRC President Darren Hawkins said. "It's all about safety; it's about getting our employees home safe, but also respecting the motoring public."

In addition to the celebration, YRC donated 50 car seats in Joe's name to Tennessee Highway Patrol for safe drivers--one car seat for every 100,000 miles Joe has driven safely.

Free Tigers tickets for law enforcement and emergency personnel

The University of Memphis is thanking the city's fire and police department with 150 free football tickets per game this season. Athletic Director Tom Bowen said it was a small token of appreciation for their hard work and service to the community. The tickets will be handed out by the departments' directors.

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