Monument dedicated to Macon Co. tornado victims

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. (AP) -- The names of 13 victims of a February tornado in Macon County and five other people whose deaths were related are etched on a new monument in LaFayette.

Tornadoes in a widespread storm system that ripped through Tennessee killed 33 people and destroyed buildings.

County Mayor Shelvy Linville said at the Wednesday dedication he is proud of the resiliency the community has shown as rebuilding continues.

Linville said families of the victims are still suffering emotionally and "when you see them it's OK to hug them. Tell them you love them."

The monument also honors those who helped in rescue and recovery.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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