Cocke County community cleans up

NEWPORT, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Cocke County experienced strong storms with damaging winds that tor apart area homes, businesses and school.

They knew it was bad when it hit but residents didn't realize the damage until daylight.

Cocke County High School had snapped tress along their football field. Also, the ticket booth roof was torn off and the score board was blown to the ground.

Across the street the Adult Learning Center was destroyed leaving pieces of the building scattered through the area.

Resident woke up to find trees scattered over their cars and homes; however, some worried that they wouldn't be able to clean up the destruction by themselves. But residents came together and helped each other by lending chain saws and moving fallen tree limbs out of the road.

It will take time to clean up the mess that strong storms left behind but community members are hopeful that things will get back to normal very soon.


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  • by lori Location: newport on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:18 PM
    I'm so thankful there was no children in that school. It reminds me of in 1976 when another storm hit the high school. I was in school that day. The damage was not as bad as this one,but I was scared.
  • by Melissa Location: Newport on Apr 28, 2011 at 05:21 PM
    Please pray for the Miller family of grassy fork as the storm hit Wayne Miller had a major stroke and is on life support didnt find him till this morning and it tore there roof off so please pray for them...
  • by Kelly Location: California on Apr 28, 2011 at 03:25 PM
    I have a niece that's a school teacher in Newport. I was so worried for her! I thank God that she is o.k. I am praying for the other families in Tn and surrounding states.
  • by Craig Location: Newport,Tn. on Apr 28, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    We live just north of downtown Lightning lit up a green sky and I knew what was coming I had seen that green sky before in Alabama during a tornado I herded the family to the middle of the house and went back outside as the wind howled like mad for a few minutes and was over Surveyed the damage this morning This city was very lucky Debri is everywhere
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    We were about four blocks from high school when the storm hit. My daughter was terrified.
  • by MIsty Location: Carson Springs on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    I was scared to death. The damage to my house was limited to the roof. However, the campground above the apple orchard is destroyed. Campers where flipped, vehicles destroyed, trees down every where and power lines down. Considering the damage, its a mircle that noone was hurt. A couple was in there camper that was crushed by trees but lucky got out unharmed. God was defintely watching over these people.
  • by Melissa Location: Newport Tn on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    I am a resident of Parrottsville and I know how scared I was. I could only imagine what the rest of the community was feeling. But it really did not hit me until this morning when I seen the damage in Newport. How very lucky are we to still have our lives!!! Remember to pray for those that have lost loved ones and for the ones that have lost their homes.

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