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Tornado Victims Find Relief Through Loss--Mikayla Lewis

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LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn.-- Relief for tornado victims came quickly in Lincoln County. Today, it was a calm after the storm for some.

Ryan Tate says, " It's been real encouraging to see all the out pour of community. All the churches coming together, and the Red Cross and to see everything what God's done to restore everything that's been taken . "

Ryan Tate is the associate pastor at Grace Falls church, who lost its building.

Tate says, " The church building is gone, but the church is here  still alive and active."

Church members are cleaning up the head pastor's home , after it took a hit. They are now trying to salvage what they can.

Miles away at the Tullahoma event center, owner Patricia Lee decided to organize a collection site for belongings that blew away, and that others find

Patricia Lee says, " In 2011, we had a lot of debris that landed here, and thought it would give people a place to take it so that it can get back to their owners."

Items turned in so far are:  a fragment of a photo with a little girl, a couple of old checks, and a South Lincoln Elementary School photo in decent shape.

The same cannot be said for the school building.

Fortunately. for all the tornado victims help is coming from a local, vacant  car dealership. Thousands of items are donated and distributed from the garage. The volunteers and emergency service coordinators are in constant contact and meet twice daily to distribute the items where needed.

Greg Dodson, the local VFW sr. vice commander ,volunteers at the collection site  and says there is also financial help available for storm victims that are veterans.


Dodson say, " This is probably one of the biggest coming together of a community that I've seen in a long time. "

Veterans that are tornado victims, can call Dodson for financial help at:423-834-3855.

Tullahoma Events Center is collection point for tornado debris, and will work with the Coffee County EMA in the National Weather Service tracking debris.

A collection point has been established at the Tullahoma Events Center, 205 NW Atlantic St., for debris from this week's tornadoes that struck Franklin and Lincoln counties.

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