Teacher’s beloved dog vanishes; students give him incredible surprise

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 2:59 PM

Students Surprise Teacher With Puppy After Loss of Beloved Dog

An Alabama teacher’s heart was broken when his beloved dog Chip disappeared from his home. 

The 11 1/2-year-old golden retriever had gone blind. 

But every day, Troy Rogers’ students would ask if there had been an update on Chip. Had he been found? 

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Every day Rogers would answer no, figuring Chip ran off to die, so the seniors at Clements High School knew what to do.

They raised almost $700 to get Rogers a new puppy to fill the void left by Chip, WHNT reported.

The students donated to the cause and asked Rogers’ co-workers to contribute.

A few weeks ago, a co-worker of Rogers asked him to come to her room to check something out. 

Little did Rogers know it was a setup.

His wife was there, with tears in her eyes, along with a classroom of students and his new puppy.

At first he was surprised by the students crowding the room, then he noticed something, a golden retriever puppy.

“Then he saw her, and you could tell he teared up and his face turned red. You could see the excitement in his eyes,” Miranda Ezell, a student at Clements, told the ABC news-talk show “Good Morning America.”

Rogers and his wife allowed the students to give their new puppy her name. They picked Clementine in honor of the school mascot, WHNT reported.

Rogers said he’s going to reciprocate the good deed and donate the same amount they spent on Clementine to their senior class fundraiser. 

Students at Clements High School surprised their teacher Troy Rogers with a puppy after his dog had run away.

“I think a lot of people don’t give teenagers the credit they deserve for the good hearts and kindness they have,” Rogers told “Good Morning America”. “I’m never surprised by how good they are.”

2018 SAG Awards: Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, complete list of winners

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:18 PM

2018 SAG Awards Biggest Winners

Hollywood stars honored television and cinematic performances at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday. 

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Missing hiker found after calling for help before phone died

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Crews help a hiker on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, after he disappeared overnight in Canton, Georgia.
Crews help a hiker on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, after he disappeared overnight in Canton, Georgia.(WSBTV.com)

Authorities found a missing hiker alive early Monday after an overnight search in a Cherokee County park, Canton police said.

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Officers said Brendan Dowling, 41, of Kennesaw, was walking on the trails behind Boling Park in Canton when he called 911 about 6:30 p.m. Sunday and said he was lost on Rampley Trail. He told authorities that his cellphone battery was dying, and it died during the call, police spokesman Pacer Cordry said.

Officers launched a search for Dowling and found his vehicle in Boling Park a short time later. At that point, Canton police as well as Cherokee fire and sheriff’s officials launched a wider search using ATVs and a police helicopter.

Dowling was found on a wooded trail about 4:30 a.m. wearing a T-shirt and shorts, Cordry said. He was evaluated by search and rescue personnel and later reunited with family.

"He's an avid runner according to his family, so he's used to running in the woods and trails like this, but obviously he got turned around tonight," Cordry said.

Authorities are still not sure how he got lost.

“We’re still waiting on those details,” Cordry said. “I believe he just entered into the trail and it got dark really quick on him. It’s easy to get turned around in these wooded areas out here.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.

Doctor walks mile through snow, ice to get to smallest of patients

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
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When icy roads hit Atlanta after an arctic front moved through the state, thousands of people were stranded at home with nowhere to go.

However, that didn't prevent the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta from helping his patients Wednesday.

When Dr. E. Dean McKenzie stepped outside and realized he wouldn't be able to drive to work, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta said he walked a mile through snow and ice to get to the hospital.

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A spokeswoman with the hospital told WSB’s Kimberly Richardson they are so thankful to the men and women on their staff who made it possible to continue with surgeries, procedures and exams as winter weather swirled outside this week. 

The hospital posted the wonderful tribute on its Facebook page Thursday night. It has already been liked more than 20,000 times, with hundreds commenting and praising staff.

Former Disney star Orlando Brown arrested after family disturbance, police say

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 7:11 PM

Police: Former Disney Actor Orlando Brown Arrested After Family Disturbance

Former Disney Channel star Orlando Brown was recently arrested following what authorities say was a violent altercation at an apartment in California.

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The 30-year-old “That’s So Raven” actor was reportedly engaged in a dispute with his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s mother when an officer from the Barstow Police Department arrived on the scene at around 8 a.m. Thursday.

The officer realized there were active arrest warrants on Brown and his girlfriend’s mother, so they were both arrested and booked into the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Barstow Jail, according to a police press release.

Brown’s bail was set at $25,000.

He previously served time in 2013 after failing to complete court-ordered alcohol education classes in connection with a previous DUI arrest.