Congressman Chuck Fleischmann made the following statement on the first anniversary of the tornadoes which devastated East Tennessee.
“One year ago today, a tornado touched down in Ringgold before entering Tennessee and devastating Apison and Cleveland. The April tornadoes killed 33 people throughout East Tennessee, and left many injured, homeless, or without power. As I toured the damage and volunteered the following days, I was heartbroken by the devastation,” Rep. Fleischmann said.
“And yet, people pulled through. Everywhere I went I saw neighbor helping neighbor, and total strangers giving each other food and clothing. Our churches, charities, and neighborhood organizations came out in force to help out. These were the small miracles everyday as we rebuilt.
“On this day I join my fellow East Tennesseans in praying for the victims of the tornadoes and honoring the memories of those that lost their lives.”
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