NASHVILLE - Sgt. Roger Rowe, a Tennessee National Guardsman killed by a sniper in Iraq earlier this month, will be memorialized Friday.
Rowe, 54, of Bon Aqua, died July 9 during an ambush of a convoy in which he was driving a fuel tanker truck.
Rowe, who served two years in Vietnam and volunteered for the Gulf War but wasn't called up, was a member of Detachment 1, 771st Maintenance Company in Hohenwald. However, he was serving in Iraq with the 1174th Transportation Company from Dresden and Newbern because of his experience driving a truck.
Visitation was scheduled from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday and again Friday morning at Harpeth
Hills Memory Gardens, with the funeral set for 1 p.m. CDT Friday at Harpeth Hills Memory Chapel.
"Losing a Tennessee soldier is like losing a family member. Let's join together and honor a hero who died to keep us safe," the family said in a written statement Thursday.
Sergeant Rowe will receive posthumously the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
Investigators try to find cause of death for woman missing 10 years
KNOXVILLE - Authorities are trying to determine the cause of death of a woman found 10 years after she was reported missing, but not identified until recently by DNA.
The remains of Lora Louise Cox were found in June 2001 off Interstate 40 in Jefferson County. She had a history of drug abuse and mental problems, Jefferson County Sheriff David Davenport said.
"We are still trying to determine the cause of death, but realistically, due to the length of time the body was there and the condition the remains were in when they were finally found, that is going to be difficult to do," he told The Knoxville News Sentinel. "We are investigating it as suspicious death."
Cox's mother, Lois Cox Manis, said her daughter was talented but had her life destroyed by drugs. She believes Cox was murdered near the time she turned 29, about five months after she disappeared.
"It is a relief to know that she is an angel now and is with God," she said. "I finally have a closure."
Anyone with any information in the case is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department at (865) 397-9411, or the TBI Knoxville office at (865) 594-6510.