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"We hear a lot of rain," says storm victim David Coley. "I don't know if it's hail or rain, but we hear the winds and electricity goes out. At that point, we don't know if it's raining in our house, if I'm going to walk out and see sky and no walls."
Coley's house was still standing, but every tree in the backyard was leveled, and along his street, few homeowners escaped without some roof damaged.
"It literally separated the door and frame away from the house and nails perfectly straight," says homeowner Dan Taylor.
"We had pockets of areas where we had structural damage," says Sumner Co. EMA Director Ken Weidner. "Some homes had roofs taken off and some garages totally destroyed."
The National Weather Service confirms an EF-0 tornado touched down in the area, one of 5 low level twisters in Sumner County.
"Early on, it felt like the '08 tornado which touched down a mile and a half from here," says Weidner. "It was on the ground 5.6 miles in Sumner County. It was a long track on ground for 50 miles."
This time, the damage was less severe and no one was killed and/or injured. Residents are counting their blessings.
"When you look around the United States and see some of the storms and see when people are talking like we are now and their home behind them is leveled," says Taylor. "We're talking about roof damage, and I can get a new garage door. So very blessed."
Sumner County does not have tornado sirens. Officials say a lot of people took cover and were alerted to the tornado watches and warnings because of newscasts and weather radios that sounded early morning.
Thursday, January 31 2013, 04:25 AM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.