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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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Photographer facing child pornography charges
May 22, 2013 22:37 GMT
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say a professional photographer from Perry County has been charged with possessing child pornography.
The U.S. attorney's office for West Tennessee said Wednesday that Robert Gregory Dempsey, also known as Jesse Rockwell, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Jackson on charges of possession and interstate transportation of child pornography.
Prosecutors say Dempsey owned Rockwell Photography. Prosecutors say he used social media and the Internet to promote his business throughout western and central Tennessee, including Nashville and the Perry County area.
If convicted, Dempsey could face up to 20 years in federal prison. Online federal court records do not show when he has a court date or if he has a lawyer.
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