Category: Tornado Coverage

Counseling, community help tornado victims cope

Long after the tornado receded and the rubble settled, the April 27 tornado continued to tear through people’s hearts and minds. Many students and residents affected by the tornado have dealt with ongoing psychological and emotional injuries as physical wounds have healed. “The stress, the anxiety, a lot of grief and loss issues can culminate in affecting a person’s mental […]

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Jerry Tingle is campaigning to make Holt its own city and separate from Tuscaloosa.

Storm prompts campaign to make Holt a city

A parade of 50 people marched through Holt last month in favor of making the community something it’s never been before: a city. Residents and supporters held up signs and chanted, “What do we want? Holt incorporated! When do we want it? Right now!” The town has about 4,000 residents and was one of the areas hit hardest by the […]

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Brown stands in front of some remaining debris at Brown's Greenhouse, on April 23, 2012./CW | Bryce Denton

Brown’s Greenhouses makes a comeback

It never crossed Margaret Brown’s mind not to reopen the greenhouses she and her husband Riley Brown had owned and operated for 28 years. Along with the Brown’s home in Cherrywood Circle in Holt, the tornado destroyed 15 of the 16 structures at Brown’s Greenhouses on Crescent Ridge Road. “We had to come back because we love it,” Brown said. […]

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Alberta Baptist Church has been torn down now and rescontruction is soon to begin. CW/ | John Michael Simpson

Alberta on slow road to recovery

A year after the storm damaged or destroyed more than half of Tuscaloosa’s Alberta neighborhood, much of the area is still ruined, cleared, or vacant. The lack of visible progress has left many questioning the recovery effort in Alberta and the future of the district as the rebuilding process continues. Mayor Walt Maddox and the district’s councilman Kip Tyner attributed […]

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Habitat rebuilds house for local man

Habitat rebuilds house for local man

Bernard Jefferson earns his money feeding the residents of a nursing and rehabilitation home in Northport, but since April of last year, he has lived without someone to feed him. That month, an EF4 tornado took the lives of his wife Jacqueline and their two grandchildren Cedria and Keyshawn. For Jefferson, nothing has been the same since that day, but […]

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