Trooper honored in wake of anthrax scare

From Staff Reports

   Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Edward Cherry was honored Tuesday by Gov. Don Sundquist for outstanding service on the THP Special Operations Unit during the early days of the anthrax scare.
   Trooper Edward Cherry "was on the front line of response and under a great deal of pressure," Sundquist said. Cherry also was an investigator in the Greyhound bus accident in Coffee County in October.
   Gov. Sundquist and Wendell Gilbert, Tennessee director of Homeland Security, presented Trooper Cherry and his wife, Katherine, with two complimentary Delta Airlines tickets to New York City and a gift certificate for four nights at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the United Nations.
   The trip is being made possible by a grassroots campaign out of Orange County, Calif., known as Economic Patriotism in Irvine Coast to Coast, which was founded by citizens who wanted to help New York City recover economically from the Sept. 11 attacks.
   Delta Airlines joined as a sponsor, supplying two roundtrip tickets to New York to all 50 governors in the United States. The governor of each state then awards the tickets to someone they feel has represented "a true spirit of recovery" in his or her state.
   Gov. Sundquist received the tickets along with a letter of explanation from Congressman Christopher Cox, who represents the citizens of Orange County.
   Homeland Security Director Gilbert applauded the efforts of the grassroots group. "It is extremely encouraging to see American citizens reaching out to help people they don't even know recover from the tragedy of Sept. 11."
   Hotel accommodations presented by the governor were compliments of David Berck of Berck Management Co. in Nashville.