BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE FL
309 PM EDT FRI AUG 28 2015
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSONVILLE HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
WESTERN ATKINSON COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA...
SOUTHWESTERN COFFEE COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA...
* UNTIL 345 PM EDT
* AT 309 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM
WAS LOCATED OVER WILLACOOCHEE...AND MOVING NORTH AT 15 MPH. NICKEL
SIZE HAIL MAY ALSO ACCOMPANY THE DAMAGING WINDS.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
DOUGLAS AND WILLACOOCHEE.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...
DEADLY LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION...MOVE TO
AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY
RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER
COVERS THE ROAD.
IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS...CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS
IMMEDIATELY. LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER...
IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY
TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM...AND MAY LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED
Craig Campbell made his concert in Milwaukee Aug. 22 one to remember, not just because of his performance, but because of what he did for one special family.
Haille Johnson, 14, and her 11-year-old brother, Chase, were attending the concert with their mom, Tara, when they got the surprise of a lifetime. Campbell not only invited the family up on stage, but reunited them with the kids' father, Capt. Nathan Johnson, whom he brought out from backstage.
Capt. Johnson is with the 102nd Military Police Company in Sheboygan, Wisc., and has been stationed at Guantanamo Bay. It was the first time he had seen his family in 362 days.
"It was the best homecoming I've ever had," Capt. Johnson shared afterward.
This stint was the longest the captain had been away from his family, and wife Tara wanted to do something special for him. After learning a week prior he would be back just a few hours before Campbell's performance, she posted a message on Campbell's Facebook page to see if the reunion could be pulled off. The artist's tour manager didn't waste any time getting it together.
Campbell took a moment on stage to thank the service men and women, and asked the crowd if there were any military members or families in the audience. He then invited the family on stage and performed "All-American Kid," a song he wrote with Garth Brooks for Brooks' record Man Against Machine, during the special moment.
"I was honored for them to even reach out," Campbell explains. "When we get to be part of something like that, it's extra special for me."
The reunion was a total surprise to Haille and Chase, who had no idea their father was in town.
"Everything went perfect. Craig and his tour manager took good care of us and did an amazing job organizing everything," Capt. Johnson says. "And of course it wouldn't have happened without my wife. I don't know any woman as strong as her." Check out the video above to watch the entire touching story unfold.
Campbell is not the only country star taking time to honor our country's military this month, as Toby Keith took the opportunity to recognize a 93-year-old veteran at one of his shows recently. The artist was moved to tears by Lt. Colonel Harry Frizzell Sr.'s address to the crowd during Keith's patriotic encore.
source: Laura McClellan/tastofcountry.com
People always ask me why I root so hard for Tim Tebow to make it in the NFL.
Is it because he loves the game so much; plays with such passion; is so fun to watch; or that he's just so much different than the typical cookie-cutter pro quarterback?
It's all of those things, but mainly it's because every time I've ever seen him at a public appearance, he scans the crowd in search of kids with special needs and then immediately makes a mad dash toward those kids as if they are a touchdown pylon.
Former Gator Tim Tebow played for the Philadelphia Eagles during their preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.
So many times these kids with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and afflictions we can't even pronounce — let alone imagine — look up from their wheelchairs and see people avoid them and recoil at the very sight of them. Tebow is drawn to them and makes a beeline toward them, looks them in the eye, hugs them, talks to them, touches them.
"It's just a lot easier to turn the other way and ignore those with special needs," Mike Barr says. "Tim is the complete opposite. He doesn't see these kids as a burden; he sees them as a blessing."
Barr has three special-needs children he adopted with the help of Tebow and the Tim Tebow Foundation. Essentially, Tebow and his charity financially subsidize families who adopt the kids nobody else wants. Tebow uses the term Jesus used in the Bible — "The least of these" — when I asked him once about why he cares so much about special-needs children.
I'm no Biblical scholar, but "the least of these" can be defined as those who need our love and help the most. Perhaps this is why the official mission of Tebow's foundation is "To bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need."
Carrie Underwood said she had big news that she wanted her fans to hear directly from her. So on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 20), she took to Facebook to share her very big news. Like so many of her fans had suspected, Underwood will be releasing a new album on Oct. 23. Titled Storyteller, it's her fifth studio album. "You guys have been the best to me for the past 10 years," she said. In the decade since winning American Idol, Underwood has sold more than 56 million records worldwide, won seven Grammy awards, had 21 No. 1 singles, and her first four albums — Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On and Blown Away — were each certified platinum or multiplatinum.
Source: Alison Bonaguro/cmt.com
Halfway through "I Go Back," Kenny reached into the crowd to high five a woman with Down syndrome, who asked to join the Lucky Old Son onstage. Kenny pulled her from the audience, and without missing a beat, she told the crowd, "I just want to let you know… Kenny Chesney is my true love … He inspires me, and right now, I want to kiss him on the lips. Do you want to see it?"
Kenny's reaction was priceless. He said, "Let me wipe the sweat off -- It takes a lot to embarrass me, I will admit ..." And then he gave her a big ol' kiss on the mouth. Kenny hugged his new friend onstage through the next song, which was appropriately "Wild Child."
A little boy in Baxley faces what could be a life-changing surgery. It could help him do at least one thing many of us take for granted.
Ethan Black, 3, started life with some medical challenges. Now, an upcoming surgery could help him lead a life more similar to his classmates here at Appling County Primary.
By all accounts, Ethan should have never made this far. He suffered a bilateral grade-4 brain bleed at birth. He came off oxygen and machines at age one.
But cerebral palsy and other issues give him spasms, and he alternates between casts and braces on his legs. A surgery in October in New Jersey could help.
"He's never going to have to be casted again. He's never going to have to be stretched again. He's never going to have to go through the 16 injections of Botox every three months again," said Sabrina Black, Ethan's mother.
The surgery - not covered by insurance - will allow his leg muscles and tendons to grow as he grows. It could also help make him strong enough to walk.
"This is something that could change his life. Not something that will have to be redone in a year or two. It could change our baby's life," Sabrina said.
The surgeon is one of only two people in the world who can perform it. The cost - $22,000. Ethan's brother and sister have raised over $1,000 with a lemonade stand.
They've set up a GoFundMe page to help raise the money and there's a fundraiser next weekend in Hinesville.