Groups are mobilizing to “re-leaf” the region. But they’re finding that it’s not just the pandemic that’s complicating efforts, but also the hesitations of a community that fears the destructive threat of falling trees.
As COVID-19 and March’s tornadoes continue to impact Davidson County, Hands On Nashville is looking for more volunteers.
The storm cells that tracked across Middle Tennessee Saturday afternoon resulted in a weak tornado that spun up in eastern Wilson County, tracking nearly four miles and 100 yards wide.
The scene surrounding Nate Landsperger’s house, on Holly Street in East Nashville, is one of brick homes reduced to rubble.
The 2020 census count is now in full swing, but with most Tennesseans being asked to shelter in place, no one will be knocking on doors and asking residents to fill out forms any time soon. The U.S. Census Bureau is making adjustments to get everyone in Tennessee counted, amid back-to-back crises in the state.
Three more storm-damaged Tennessee counties have qualified for federal aid from the flare up of deadly tornadoes on March 3. The state has also shared its latest cumulative damage assessment: $68 million in infrastructure and recovery costs.
The rash of Super Tuesday tornadoes in Tennessee is already prompting researchers to study just how the twisters formed and how intense they were. In the wake of the outbreak, WPLN News interviewed several weather experts about what happened, the science of tornadoes and some commonly held misconceptions.
The day after storms cut through Nashville, Fawn Bonning was surprised to see debris on her property in Livingston, Tennessee. She found a photo, some plastic foam and then a well-traveled memento — a menu from High Garden. The tea and herb shop in East Nashville is 100 miles away.
Volunteerism is trailing off after record-breaking turnout during the initial days of tornado relief in Middle Tennessee. As recovery needs change and coronavirus spreads, volunteer counts have dipped. But emergency money has begun to reach recipients.
Nashville’s music was ready to start playing again after the March 3 tornadoes when COVID-19 precautions led to a stream of cancellations. But now as venues close and honky-tonks go quiet, the music industry is facing massive setbacks.