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Bulger's Beat: Retired officer preserves Coffee Co. history

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TULLAHOMA, TN (WSMV) -

For 25 years, Charlie Wade walked the streets of Tullahoma with a gun and a badge. Now, the retired police captain still walks those streets, but he's only armed with his camera.

Wade's family has been part of Coffee County since the early 1800s. While time and a wrecking ball have made things go away, his photography is the surest way to remember what once was.

"I guess there's a sadness. I'm getting older, and a lot of things I remember when I was younger are now gone and I can't see them again except in photographs," he said.

Wade walked the beat for a quarter century as a cop. He knows this place inside-out and loves it. And what he saw, he wants you to see before it, too, goes away.

That includes the railroad, which has been the lifeblood of Tullahoma for generations.

"I live two miles from the railroad track, but I don't think there's any place in Tullahoma where you can't hear the train horn," Wade said.

Nobody knows what tomorrow will look like, so that's why Wade concentrates on today.

"All that's going away, and one day it'll all be gone," he said.

He is loving his retirement with the camera and has no plans of retiring from that kind of work, saying there are plenty of good photos to still be found in Coffee County.

For more information and to see some of his work, visit: http://www.charleswadephoto.com/.

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