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One of the most historic structures in Middle Tennessee is back open, even though a tornado almost destroyed it.
The Wynnewood historic site has been a part of Sumner County since 1828.
The walls of the former stagecoach inn have hosted history, and this day is yet another milestone.
"I'm just so excited that we can once again share it with the community," says site director Rick Hendrix.
Visitors are lining up to come back to Wynnewood. It's something that four years ago seemed impossible.
That's when an EF3 tornado tore the building apart and knocked down 140 trees. Many of them were more than 200 years old.
Now, after years of rebuilding and restoration, Wynnewood is reopen.
"It was an extensive process from the beginning," says Martha Akins with the Tennessee Historical Commission.
In some ways Wynnewood is better than ever.
More of the old rooms are open to the public, the building is more structurally sound, and history has come back to life.
Visitors can't help but be impressed.
"Looks better than I've ever seen it, and I've lived here 40 years, so it looks better than I've ever seen it, so it's fantastic," says visitor John Oliver.
"This is really what it's all about is to have people coming back to Wynnewood and visiting us," says Martha Akins.
The Tennessee Historical Commission spent four million dollars rebuilding Wynnewood.
The fourth of July seemed a fitting day to reopen this national treasure.
The tornado was a set back, but four years later Wynnewood is ready to create more history.
Wynnewood is the largest log structure in Tennessee, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The site will be open for tours on Wednesdays through Sundays.
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Wednesday, July 4 2012, 10:18 PM CDT
Pipeline work can continue at state natural area
May 24, 2013 11:16 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee environmental officials have given Piedmont Natural Gas permission to resume drilling on a Nashville pipeline project.
Work was halted on May 11 when a mixture of bentonite clay and water spilled from a drill into Otter Creek at the Radnor Lake State Natural Area.
The mud was later scraped out of the creek using buckets and hand tools.
Meredith Benton, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/199LA54 ) that Piedmont agreed to 11 new terms and conditions to prevent a recurrence of the spill.
Those include creating a pit to capture any spilled slurry and daily water quality monitoring.
Benton said the department has not decided whether to issue fines or citations.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
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