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"If I am not crying I am holding in tears because everything, even right here in this front yard there are memories," says God brother Germain McAlmond.
To say Juice Alexander will be missed is an understatement. Just days after his death, friends and former co-workers gathered at McFadden's Pub to share memories.
"It's just a family down here and Juice was one of our brothers," says former co-worker and friend Graham Kelly. "With his loss, it devastated the entire city."
Police say Alexander and his brother Josh got into a fight while tailgating at the TSU game Saturday night. They say Josh began to walk backward to separate himself, but Juice continued advancing. Josh stabbed Jesse in the chest when he was upon him. Friends say it's hard to imagine Juice with anything but a smile.
"He always had a smile on his face," says Germain. "He loved to make people laugh. He was always the life of the party."
It's a life this party is missing, but certainly not forgotten. Friends at McFadden's lean on each other for support and remember Juice with a smile. Many say they are amazed by the amount of people whose lives were impacted by Juice Alexander.
"It was such a shock," says McFadden's General Manager Tim McSpaddin. "Such a nice guy, and he meant so much to the 2nd Avenue and even the downtown community, that I just felt like it would go a long way to help his family out."
A portion of McFadden's sales Tuesday evening will go towards Juice's funeral costs. A memorial fund has been set up under Juice Alexander's name, and friends plan to hold a candlelight vigil for Juice Alexander at 8pm on Thursday night.
Tuesday, October 2 2012, 11:48 PM CDT
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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