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Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by paxnatus
...Not known for blacks.. Hispanics.. or Asians. In fact, it's considered a cultural center for the white loved Country Music.
You find it surprising that the media doesn't care? ... Show me a city where black people are suffering or Hispanics are marching.. that's news. Whites suffering is hardly news.
Originally posted by Misoir
reply to post by paxnatus
I have family up in the Clarksville/Hopkinsville region and they said it was really bad up there.
I saw it on the news today on Morning Joe(MSNBC). They were saying how the people were looking out for each other since the government has failed to act. It's terrible when such a horrible disaster happens and no one even talks about it, like it's not important. Atleast Joe, Mika, Dylan, Pat and another lady were talking about it.
[edit on 5/7/10 by Misoir]
Originally posted by Dwellewd
A number of natural and technological tragedies, as well as epidemics, have shaped the Tennessee experience. Many resulted in massive property damage and/or loss of life and immeasurable human suffering.
Storms have inflicted terrible damage in Tennessee throughout the last two hundred years. Slow-rise and flash floods have been the most common recurrent disasters. The worst slow-rise floods occurred in 1926-27, 1936-37, and 1973. The great Tennessee, Cumberland, and Mississippi River floods of 1927 gave way to even greater floods in 1937. A number of flash floods have occurred, the worst on June 13, 1924, when fifteen inches of rain fell in an eight-hour period. This flood produced a ten-foot-high wall of water which plummeted down a narrow valley in Carter County, killing 11 people and injuring others. Eyewitnesses claimed that one could not stand out in that rain without strangling.
The state has averaged about six dangerous tornadoes per year since 1916, when the National Weather Service began keeping official records. Both individual and swarms of tornadoes have occurred, some with devastating results. Forty-five people were killed and 600 injured in a series of thirteen East Tennessee tornadoes in April 1974. Six twisters killed 52 and injured 552 in six counties in March 1933. Called the East Nashville Tornado, this storm damaged or demolished sixteen hundred structures in that area alone. The worst ever was in March 1952, when 67 people died and 282 were injured as ten twisters touched down in ten counties. Damages exceeded $5.5 million. That total for damages was topped by the Nashville tornado of April 1998 which left extensive property damage in downtown Nashville and in several East Nashville neighborhoods. Another tornado in early 1999 destroyed large portions of downtown Clarksville, demolishing historic churches, commercial buildings, and homes and leaving the Montgomery County Courthouse in shambles.
Homes and businesses were ruined, cars and possessions swept away by the fast-rising waters. But the disaster also brought out acts of incredible heroism and generosity.
The scene was repeated over and over again in the tiny neighborhood off Charlotte Pike. Rescue boats trolled the flooded streets, pulling people and pets to safety. Neighbors waded into fast-moving waters to carry elderly and disabled persons to safety.
"We're drenched, but God takes care of us," said Mary Adkins, one of the chaperones, as the group made its way into the Richland Community Church. The church wasn't an official shelter, but nearby neighbors had thrown open the doors and raided the church's food pantry and clothing donation box to offer what comfort they could to the traumatized residents of the flooded neighborhood.
The music community is rallying around Nashville as the city recovers from flooding that has done an estimated $1.5 billion in damage.
On Thursday night, country star Vince Gill hosted "Flood Relief with Vince Gill and Friends," a telethon on Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV-TV. Gill announced on the show that red-hot country-pop star Taylor Swift, who moved to the city when she was 14, had donated $500,000 to the cause.
Artists including Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Rodney Atkins are the first on board for a May 16 telethon at the historic Ryman Auditorium to benefit the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, ew.com reports. The event will air commercial-free from 8 to 10 p.m. on the Great American Country cable network.
(CBS/AP) The flood waters are receding in Nashville, but left behind are damages estimated at $1.5 billion, and the number is expected to rise as more areas are surveyed.
Mayor Karl Dean said Friday that with 83 percent of Davidson County checked, officials know 9,300 properties have been damaged, almost 2,000 of which are residences.
Dean said the cost of damages will go up because it doesn't include roads, bridges or buildings' contents.
"While the numbers seem daunting, and they truly are large, Nashville is in the process of recovering," Dean said.
The death toll from last weekend's storms and flooding, in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky, climbed to 31 with the discovery of a missing kayaker's body in Kentucky. Twenty died in Tennessee alone.
The National Weather Service said the Cumberland River crested this week at its highest level in Nashville since 1937 - 51.86 feet on Tuesday evening - following 13.5 inches of rain that fell over two days The flood stage is 40 feet.
The all-time record is 56.2 feet in 1927.