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Youths bear crosses for injured friends

By Kaitlin Keane

Two young men made their way on foot from north of Harriman to Kingston’s city limits last week Wednesday while helping to spread the Word of God.


Roane State Community College student Matt Tinker and Michael Aliff, who attends Tennessee Tech University, rested large wooden wheeled crosses on their backs as they made the journey.

Tinker and Aliff, both of Oliver Springs, said they walked in honor of their friends, Hunter Crass and Darius Gallaher.

Crass and Gallaher were injured on May 30 when a train struck the car Gallaher was driving.

Gallaher’s sister, Jadah, and Roderick Patrick Drummond were killed in the crash.

“We felt like we were called to do this,” Aliff said. “We just felt like Harriman and Kingston needed a little bit more hope,” Aliff said.

The pair started their trek at the Hwy. 27/61 split north of Harriman, only miles from where the fatal crash occurred.

While making their way along Roane State Hwy., the honks of horns from multiple passing cars could be heard.

People also stopped to shake Aliff’s and Tinker’s hands and thanked them for their help.

“We are doing it for everyone, for everyone to know that this is God’s country,” Aliff said.

Tinker is a member of Middle Creek Baptist, Oliver Springs.

Aliff belongs to Beech Park Baptist, Oliver Springs.