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November 3, 2012
People in one part of Maury County are safer if there's ever an emergency.
A new helipad has just been dedicated, and it's all thanks to a 16 year old Eagle Scout.
It's often said, in an emergency every second counts.
That's why Kyle Upchurch's Eagle Scout project is truly a life saver.
The new helipad in Maury County will serve the rural Mynders and McCains communities.
"Very impressed with what I could do, you can do anything you put your mind to," says Kyle Upchurch.
When Kyle found out a helipad was needed, he set out to raise money.
He collected more than $13,000 and spent a year building from the ground up.
"It's a lot involved in getting stuff prepared, and it takes a lot of leadership to get it done," says Upchurch.
Kyle's parents say their 16 year old son has always been a go-getter. This project proves it.
"When somebody says they need something, I'm there is what he would say. Let him know, he'll go," says Kyle's mother Sheryl Upchurch.
The captain of the local fire department knows the helipad will improve safety.
"I thought it was the greatest thing since slice bread," says Capt. Duane Winningham with the Mynders Volunteer Fire Department.
Vanderbilt Lifeflight has no trouble landing here.
Everything was designed to meet specific requirements.
"It has been surveyed, it has been identified, it has got lighting, it has got a windsock," says flight nurse Michael Gooch.
If there's ever an emergency, Kyle says there's no need to set up a temporary landing zone.
"So you want it to be done, and that way all you do is flip a switch and the lights will be on," says Upchurch.
Kyle is glad to know his Eagle project will help his community, and in the end, may just make the difference is someone's life.
"To help save minutes, and seconds off people's lives," says Upchurch.
Maury County has a history of hard working Eagle Scouts.
Another scout built a helipad in the Culleoka community.
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Sunday, November 4 2012, 10:28 AM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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