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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
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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