Friday, May 17 2013 11:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:23:44 GMT
A Hattiesburg High School senior will soon be on his way to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Parker Krag has received an appointment to the academy. He got his acceptance packet Friday morning.More >>
A Hattiesburg High School senior will soon be on his way to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.More >>
Wednesday, May 15 2013 10:08 AM EDT2013-05-15 14:08:44 GMT
ORLANDO (WFTV/CNN) – Hurricane season is almost here and the National Hurricane Center has released its annual list of storm names. The list alternates between boy and girl names. The list kicks off withMore >>
Hurricane season is almost here and the National Hurricane Center has released its annual list of storm names.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 4:04 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:04:23 GMT
Grant Matheny with Arinder Logging says, "Used to it was all cut down by saws and pulled up with cable skidders. It's changed a lot but its still easy to get hurt if you don't pay attention." No betterMore >>
No better start to Pinebelt Tough than its own namesake. Agriculture is the number one Mississippi industry and forestry brought in more than $1.3 billion to the state in 2012. Our story begins with the loggers.More >>
South Korea says North Korea has fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters. Pyongyang routinely test-launches such missiles.More >>
North Korea fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters on Saturday, a South Korean official said. It routinely tests such missiles, but the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy...More >>
(RNN) - In a story of true American heroism, a Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialist who was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan is teaching America how to hope, love, and persevere in the wake of adversity.
In May, Navy EOD Spc. Taylor Morris was leading a special operations forces team to a classified location when he stepped on an undetected improvised explosive device and lost all four of his limbs.
"As soon as I stepped on it, I knew. There was a moment, then I heard the blast. I felt the heat. I knew I had lost my legs. As I somersaulted through the air, I watched my legs fly off," Morris said in an interview with The Chive.
Morris lost both of his legs, his left arm from the bicep down, and his right hand. The explosion failed to knock him unconscious, but instead of giving into the pain, Morris focused on his comrades.
He stopped the medical team from coming to his rescue until the area could be cleared, in order to protect the lives of those around him. He also asked his partner to call his family and his girlfriend to inform them of what had just happened.
A few days later, Morris was transferred to the Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD, where he would become the fifth person in the history of the hospital to survive a four limb amputation.
Four months after his tragic accident and in the midst of a long and painful rehabilitation process, Morris has done anything but give up.
One of his friends, Tim Dodd, who is a professional photographer and also chronicles Morris' journey on his blog, wrote that from time to time Morris will break the rules just to get more therapy time in.
"He said he didn't even break a sweat with his therapist and wanted more time on the legs. We snuck back in, put his legs on and walked at least a mile and a half," Dodd wrote.
Part of Morris' relentless attitude is due to the endless support and love that he receives from his longtime girlfriend, Danielle Kelly. Kelly and Morris are high school sweethearts and even great adversity could not break their bond.
Kelly quit a job she had received a few days prior to Morris' accident in order to be by his side. And she hasn't left it since. She is just as big of a part of Morris' healing as the doctors are.
"Most days it's in and out of physical therapy, wound care and the prosthetic lab. Danielle is always there and takes as much of the events on herself as she can," Dodd wrote in his blog. "My favorite thing is how even during these routines, they still find time to flirt and continue showing their love to one another constantly."
Through the help of doctors and encouragement from loved ones, Morris has made great progress. He is learning to walk on the most advanced legs offered, the Otto Bock x2s. The x2s have a passive knee joint that can guess what Morris is attempting to do based on where the pressure is on his feet.
Using his new legs, Morris was recently able to make a trip home to Cedar Valley, IA, for a friend's wedding where he was greeted with a homecoming parade and by the end of the trip was even able to share a slow dance with Kelly.
Morris' family has set up the Taylor Morris Recovery Fund to help him pay off secondary expenses beyond the medical expenses that are covered by insurance and assistance from the Navy. They are holding their first official event, "Unstoppable," on Oct. 19 at the Park Place Events Centre in Cedar Falls, IA.
If you would like to follow Taylor's progress or donate to the Taylor Morris Recovery Fund, visit taylormorris.org.
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Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:02 GMT
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown. If confirmed, Brown would become the state's first black female district judge. Carl Tobias, aMore >>
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:29:38 GMT
A local patriotic organization has honored the Covington County men who were killed in action in the Vietnam War. In a ceremony Saturday, the Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society SocietyMore >>
In a ceremony Saturday, the Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society Society unveiled a monument on the grounds of the county courthouse.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:16 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:16:49 GMT
The North Lamar Water Association has issued a boil water notice for all of Bellewood Subdivision until further notice. It was issued just before 3 p.m. Saturday. Officials with the association sayMore >>
Officials with the association say a break in a main water line prompted the notice.More >>
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