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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, January 08, 2009, Image 1

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i iii; slTVnQl '"""> v * trJb, ? ? ? CHRC TTCLE Vol. XXXV No. 19 THURSDAY, January 8, 2009 Wake's Johnson ready for Tar Heels ?See Page Hi Hundreds honor the late'CIark Campbell - SA- Page A3 Freedom ceremony lifts up , ObanuLJbro cai Tragedy opens hearts Family devastated by fire receives outpouring of support BY LAYLA FARMER THE CHRONICLE When Shannon McCrimmon received word last year that her family had been chosen as the beneficiaries of a Christmas giv ing program at the - Women's Wellness and Fitness Center in Winston-Salem, she was relieved to have the burden of gift buying lifted from her already challenged budget. She had no idea then hqw much she would soon come to need the members of the fitness club. McCrimmon, who works part time at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, was the chief breadwinner for her family of six, which included four chil dren, ages 14. nine, eight and four. and husband James McCrimmon, who suffered from kidney failure and was unable to work. James McCrimmon. 32, affec tionately known to his children as "Poppy," died suddenly of a heart attack just days after the family had learned that they* would be adopted by the Fitness Center, In addition to the shock and over whelming grief she suffered at the loss of her high school sweetheart and husband of eight years, McCrimmon was faced, with the added financial .burden of footing the bill for her husband's funeral. Photo by Lay la- Fanner Shannon McCrimmon, center, is flanked by Helen Naples (right), Linda Rich (left) and other supporters. 'Because of his renal failure,' he 4id not have (life} insurance," she explained. "That left me with nothing." Just when McCrimmon thought things couldn't get" any worse, her sister Tanja Cash's family was also struck by tragedy. A fire broke out at Gash's resi dence just days - after McCrimmon's funeral, claiming See Fundraiser on ,\4 What Foreclosure Feels Like i ' ' _ ? BYT KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE . The news media has steadfast ly covered the who, what, when and why of the nation's mortgage collapse, but readers and viewers are too often asking themselves "how" c%t\ so many people their economic footing so swiftl^ Rita Hash Maxwell Tucker knows how - unfortunately. She spends most days in her ^jorth Winston-Salem home waiting - waiting for the next court date, -the next past-due house note. She'sj-mostly content, ready to accepi whatever tomorrow may bring, even if it is homelessness. "Don't think that I have not had my down days. I have," she said on Christmas Day from her favorite chair in a living room filled with family photos and var ied Biblical figurines. "After awhile, you just come to a place where you have to face reality." Her reality is that she owes her Phoio by Kevin WalktT Rita Hash Maxwell Tucker chuckles at one of the many, many fami ' ly photographs that adorn her living room walls. > mortgage company mofe than $10,000, a figure that increases, almost daily with penalties, taxes and legal costs. Tucker has turned to Legal Aid of North Carolina for help. The agency, which provides pro bono legal services to those who qualify, is working with the N.C. Banking Commission and N.C. Bar Association to hammer out negotiations between home owners and their lenders. Legal Aid Jias bought Tucker some time, if nothing else. She expected to be booted from her spacious six-bedroom home in September, and then again in November. December came and went and she was still living there, but she feels she has spent her last Christmas in the house that she-has called home for near ly 15 years. She bought the home,^ which, from the outside, appears much smaller than it actually is - soon after she took an early retirement settlement from R.J Reynolds. The settlement did not make her rich, but it was enough to live comfortably and easily hindle her 30-year mortgage payments. Over the years, she also had help. Relatives, .including Tucker's daughter and her late sister, lived See Foreclosure on All Submitted ghoto Business legend Bob Brown will receive an award. _ Locals will be honored at inaugural celebration BY L.AYLA FARMER / THE CHRONICLE J/ Winston-Salem's Awn Maya Angelou is among^an elite group of 25 black dig nitaries A'ho will be honored with "Keepers of the Flame" awards at the African American Church Inaugural Bail on Jan. 18" in Washington. D.C. The prolific ppet is one of four hon orees who have strong ties to North. Carolina. Bob Brown. C*EO of High Point-based mar keting firm B&C Associates, foci former Bennett College President Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole; and Duke University Professor Dr. John Hope'Franklin are also being recTff nized. still Spearheaded by national leaders' from African American churches of diverse denomina tional backgrounds, the Inaugural Ball was designed to celebrate the accom plishments of President-elect Barack Obama, while recognizing the efforts of those who made it possible for a black man to rise to such extraordinary heights, explained Event Planner Phanalphie Rhue Still. Still is president and CfiO of Square One Communications, a Broken Arrow, Okla. -based strategic marketing and public relations agency. "The church has always played a sig nificant role in issues that affect the $ African American community ... and civil rights concerns." commented Still, a native of Lilesvrlle, North Carolina. See Awards on A4 Photo by Todd Luck Mayor Alien Joines Is known for his many public trances. speaks at the recent Emancipation Celebration at Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church. he Mayor says he wants to stay put Joines withdraws name from state post, plans run for third term BY LAYC.A FARMER THE CHRONICLE If home is where tti$ heart is, then Winston-Salem will always be home for Mayor Allen Joines. . "It's such a special place, so much history, so much wonderful diversity that's here," declared the Wilkes County native. "I really care about this commu nity and I think we're poised to do a lot of good things." Joines, now in. his second term, has seen many changes come to pass during his tenure. He is credited with helping to land the contract that enticed Dell, Inc. to set up shop in the area, bringing with it hundreds of technological jobs and ushering in a new kind of employ ment it) the wake of crippling layoffs from the textile, furniture and tobacco industries that had once sustained the local economy. Downtown revitalization has been in full swing in the last eight years, and the * > See J oines on A9 In Memory of Charlene Russell Brown "Growing and Still Dedicated to Serve fou Better " jRuasell Jfutteral Home Wishes to Thank Everyone For Their Support 822 Carl Russell Ave . (at Martin Luther King Or.) Winston-Salem , NC 27101 (336) 722^3459 Fax ^336) 631-8268 rusfhome <S> bellsouth jiet

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