Jim Cooper torch

Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper places the torch in its holder at the annual Purple Olympics in May. Cooper, who lost his wife after a long battle with Alzheimer’s earlier this year, was the featured speaker at the event this year. 

Staff Writer

Erin McCullough has won awards for her news reporting, community lifestyles and education reporting in the three years she's been a journalist. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and currently lives in Tullahoma with her cat, Luna.