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Local karate fighters earn medals in world tournament
Karen House
Nov. 9, 2018, 8:05 p.m.

Joe Rhodes, with medals he won at the WKU Martial Arts World Championships in Greece. Photo contributed.

Nov. 9, 2018 – Joe and Riley Rhodes returned from an international karate competition held in Greece Oct. 27-30 with medals earned in forms and fighting.

Joe won a gold medal in kumite, and he and his sister won another three silver medals and four bronze, according to Donna Rhodes, who is their mother and their karate instructor. The three traveled to Athens, Greece, last month, to the World Kickboxing and Karate Union (WKU) Martial Arts World Championships.

We are back from Greece,” Mrs. Rhodes said recently. “The kids did very well. They competed in 10 events and brought home eight medals.”

Joe, who is 15, placed first in kumite, second in point fighting, and third in team fighting, she said. Riley, who is 17, won silver in team fighting, silver in point fighting, and bronze in kumite, Korean style forms and hard style forms.

There were over 1,700 competitors this year in Athens, Greece, with 37 countries represented,” Mrs. Rhodes said.

Team USA took home a total of 259 medals, taking the number two spot under Germany – which won 302. Germany had the largest team, with over 130 competitors, while Team USA fielded 103.

This was a great experience for Riley and Joe,” she said, “and they look forward to qualifying for next year's event in Austria.”

Donna Rhodes is the chief instructor at God's Warriors Karate, located at 15055 Rankin Ave., Dunlap. Anyone interested in competing at next year's WKU competition may contact her for information.

Riley Rhodes, with fighting medals she won at the international competition. Photo contributed.

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Worker clearing storm debris frees woman trapped in home
Karen House
Nov. 7, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

Susie Burdick stands in front of her home made from a converted storage unit, while friends put a tarp over the damaged roof.

Nov. 7, 2018 – Susie Burdick was asleep in the wee hours of Tuesday morning when she suddenly found herself awake.

The storm woke me up,” she said today. “It was just over the house. I heard ice on the tin roof. It was loud, and the wind was awfully strong.”

But when she tried to open her door to look out, she could not get it open.

I couldn't get out,” she said. “The branches of a tree were against the door.”

The lower end of Meadow Lark Road was just beginning to be cleared of storm debris Wednesday.

Burdick was trapped inside her home – a converted storage building – on Meadow Lark Road. The winding dirt track runs off of Stooping Oak Road on Cagle Mountain into the deep woods.

The severe storm that blew through northern Sequatchie County early Tuesday, Nov. 6, broke off and uprooted hundreds of trees across Cagle and Daus Mountain, but while it damaged a number of cars, trucks, and campers, it miraculously did not destroy any homes or injure any people... not even Susie Burdick.

I was trapped in there until lunchtime,” she said. “A man with the road department was out clearing trees. He came walking through the yard, and I saw him and called to him.”

Trapped in her home for close to 10 hours, the 68-year-old woman was uninjured. Wednesday morning she was out, supervising repairs to her home, as friends pulled a tarp over the roof where some of the tin blew off.

Volunteers clear fallen trees from a camper located next to Susie Burdick's home.

Just up the road from Burdick, Robert Musick was sitting in front of his tiny two-story house smoking a cigarette, watching workmen driving down toward her house.

I felt the house vibrating,” he recalled, “but it didn't last five minutes.” Although there were some trees down in his yard, the only visible damage to Musick's house was where the weatherhead was pulled askew when a tree fell over the power line.

Repair crews were methodically clearing trees from the road all the way down Meadow Lark Wednesday, as the electric company trucks were coming in to try and get power restored. Meadow Lark was one of the hardest-hit communities in Sequatchie County this week, and one of the last to be cleared of debris.

Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative estimated close to 1,000 customers in Sequatchie County lost power from the storm, and close to 7,000 in their service area, with Grundy County the hardest hit.  But the one fatality from the line of storms was in Rutherford County, where a 41-year-old woman was killed when a tornado flipped her home onto its roof.

Trees were broken off or uprooted by strong winds or a tornado early Tuesday morning.