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"We hear a lot of rain," says storm victim David Coley. "I don't know if it's hail or rain, but we hear the winds and electricity goes out. At that point, we don't know if it's raining in our house, if I'm going to walk out and see sky and no walls."
Coley's house was still standing, but every tree in the backyard was leveled, and along his street, few homeowners escaped without some roof damaged.
"It literally separated the door and frame away from the house and nails perfectly straight," says homeowner Dan Taylor.
"We had pockets of areas where we had structural damage," says Sumner Co. EMA Director Ken Weidner. "Some homes had roofs taken off and some garages totally destroyed."
The National Weather Service confirms an EF-0 tornado touched down in the area, one of 5 low level twisters in Sumner County.
"Early on, it felt like the '08 tornado which touched down a mile and a half from here," says Weidner. "It was on the ground 5.6 miles in Sumner County. It was a long track on ground for 50 miles."
This time, the damage was less severe and no one was killed and/or injured. Residents are counting their blessings.
"When you look around the United States and see some of the storms and see when people are talking like we are now and their home behind them is leveled," says Taylor. "We're talking about roof damage, and I can get a new garage door. So very blessed."
Sumner County does not have tornado sirens. Officials say a lot of people took cover and were alerted to the tornado watches and warnings because of newscasts and weather radios that sounded early morning.
Thursday, January 31 2013, 04:25 AM CST
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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