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Condolences pour in for Tripp Halstead family on social media
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Condolences pour in for Tripp Halstead family on social media

Photo Credit: Phil Skinner/Atlanta-Journal Constitutio

Volunteers from Sunshine on a Ranney Day transformed Halstead's home to make it handicap accessible.

Tripp Halstead's family sees his new home in 2013

Condolences pour in for Tripp Halstead family on social media

Messages of condolence poured in for the family of young Tripp Halstead, who died on Thursday .

Halstead became the subject of prayers and well wishes from around the world after a tree limb fell on him more than five years ago. He nearly died in the accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

A memorial service will be Sunday in Jefferson, Ga.

Send well wishes and prayers for the Halstead family by signing the AJC Guestbook.

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  • Tuesday is National Cheeseburger Day, and whether you like yours with “lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and French-fried potatoes. Big kosher pickle and a cold draught beer,” or if your tastes are more simple, here are some deals on the American classic. >> Read more trending news (Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go. Most offers are dine-in only and can’t be used with any other discount or coupons. Prices may vary with location.) 2nd and Charles: Get a free Bob’s Burgers cheeseburger at checkout as long as supplies last. The deal begins at 6 p.m. BurgerFi – Buy one cheeseburger, get one for $1.  IHOP: Buy an Ultimate Steakburger and get a free side of buttermilk pancakes or limited-time pumpkin spice pancakes. The deal is good from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Johnny Rockets: Buy one, get one half off for all cheeseburgers on the menu. A bonus: Buy one, get one half off for all milkshakes on the menu. McDonald’s: Order anything on the mobile app, and you get a free cheeseburger on Tuesday. Miller's Ale House: Cheeseburgers are $5.99 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. when you show a Facebook post. Ninety Nine Restaurant and Pub: When you dine in, you can get a $5 cheeseburger with a choice of cheddar, Swiss or American cheese Red Robin: Get a gourmet cheeseburger with bottomless steak fries for $5 all day. Valid for dine-in only and you must purchase a beverage.  Ruby Tuesday: If you are a member of the So Connected Club, you can get a free burger with the purchase of an entree on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can join by clicking here. Roy Rogers: Get two cheeseburgers for $5 on Tuesday. Ted's Montana Grill: Get a cheeseburger and fries for $6. Dine-in only. Tony Roma's: Get $2 off any burger if you are a member of the chain’s email club. Sign up here: www.tonyromas.com. Wendy’s: Through the end of the month, you can get a free Dave’s single with your purchase when you download and use the Wendy's app. White Castle: Get one free cheese slider with purchase of anything on the menu.  Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar: If you are a VIP member you can get a Plain & Simple Burger with the option of 8 different cheese toppings, for $5. Sign up here to be a VIP member.  
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