As a former educator of Roane County with 30-plus years of experience, I am now six years into my retirement.
I have many memories as a fifth-grade teacher at Midtown Elementary, but Sept. 11, 2001, is the most powerful.
Having just lost our son Josh, 29 years old, to a drug overdose caused me to feel very vulnerable and at a loss.
It was a Tuesday.
I had bus duty starting at 7:45 a.m. As I greeted students exiting buses and cars, I thought, “What a beautiful blue sky day ahead!” (Not a cloud to be seen.)