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Tornado survivor encourages others to never take life for granted

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During the 2011 tornado outbreak, Andrew Ellis, 14, sought shelter in a bathtub inside his grandmother's mobile home. He was the sole survivor in the home and lost four family members during the tragedy.

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After The Storm: One Year Later

"It doesn't get better, you just accept it."

A lone cinder block rests where a bathroom once stood. It's where Andrew Ellis, then 8-years-old, and four family members sought refuge from last April's storm.

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Neighbors help out in Tennessee tornado recovery

The communities of Harrison and Ooltewah are still scarred with uprooted, twisted trees and homes under construction after a March 2 tornado, but neighbors are helping each other on the path to recovery. More>>

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3 ON SIDE: Apison family left homeless more than a year after the storm

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The Crowden family has a house, but it's been lying in pieces, waiting for a moving company to do the job it was hired to do.  The Crowdens called 3 On Your Side, desperate for help and a night under one roof. More>>

After the Storm: Community builds new home for tornado victim

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A woman's house was severely damaged in last April's storms, and she's been living in ruin ever since.

Now, because of one group's generosity, she's getting a fresh start.
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Tornado-ravaged Ringgold middle school nears completion

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Fourteen-year-olds Riley Tucker and Elissa Chandler have more to worry about than average eighth-grade girls. More>>

Rossville woman says April 27th tornadoes were "a blessing in disguise"

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One Rossville woman says she now thinks losing her home in the powerful storm, was a blessing in disguise. More>>

Paul Barys reflects on the lessons of April 27th

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Cindy Sexton sits down with WRCB Chief Meteorologist Paul Barys to discuss the lessons learned from the April 27th Storm. More>>

After The Storm: One Year Later

Apison stands united a year after devastating tornadoes

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A year after the devastating tornadoes carved their way across the Tennessee Valley, one of the hardest hit areas is still working to move forward. More>>

Legislature passes sales tax relief bill for storm victims

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A bi-partisan bill has unanimously passed both chambers of the state legislature that, if signed into law by Gov. Haslam, would provide tax relief to all Tennessee tornado victims. More>>

After The Storm: Higdon, Alabama family rebuilds, includes "safe room"

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The Robert Bethune family of Higdon, Alabama suffered great property loss during the April tornado outbreak, but count their blessings as they begin anew in a rebuilt home. More>>

After The Storm: One Year Later

Ringgold: businesses rely on grit, neighbors and faith to heal tornado scars

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A year later, many scars are still visible off of the I-75 off-ramp in Ringgold. But the healing is well underway. More>>

After The Storm: One Year Later

Man thankful for life-saving ways of Bradley EMS

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John Shelton looked outside at what would be the first tornado to hit the northern end of Bradley County. He could only turn to shelter and his faith. More>>

After The Storm: One Year Later

Out of the rubble, Rhea County rebuilds

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On April 27, 2011 an EF-1 and an EF-4 tornado tore through parts of Rhea County. Spring City felt the brunt of the storm. More>>

After The Storm: Sequatchie County

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In parts of Sequatchie County, an EF1, EF2 and EF4 tornado touched down, with the city of Dunlap taking a hit. More>>

After The Storm: One Year Later

Dade County mom moving home a year after tornadoes

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In Dade County, Georgia, people are still counting blessings one year after the historic and deadly tornado outbreak destroyed many communities. More>>

After The Storm: One Year Later

After The Storm: Bledsoe County building back stronger

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In Bledsoe County, an EF-4 tornado claimed the lives of four people on April 27, 2011. Residents are still struggling to come to terms with their loss. More>>

After The Storm: One Year Later

Volunteers at the heart of recovery in Dade County

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The sights and sounds of progress still resonate in Dade County, Georgia one year after the historic tornado outbreak. More>>

After The Storm: One Year Later

After the storm: Cherokee Valley survivor seeks 'new normal'

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Catoosa County's hardest-hit area is rebuilding from the April 27 tornado. One survivor has found the gawkers appalling, but neighbors and perfect strangers beyond generous, as she strives for a 'new normal.' More>>

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Schedule of tornado anniversary events

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A number of events are scheduled to mark the events of April 27, 2011, and memorialize those who died. More>>

After The Storm: One Year Later

'Bathtub Brothers' relive surviving the storm

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A year after the storm three men dubbed the "bathtub brothers" relive the day they say changed them. More>>

EMA Director: "Everything we practiced worked"

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Bradley County EMA worked together to save lives during the April storms. More>>

Fate or Luck? Decisions change lives in McMinn

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Those here consider themselves lucky. They know it could have been worse - only one demolished home, no major injuries. But still, April 27th 2011 was a day they'll never forget. More>>

Study: Most victims knew Ala. twisters were coming

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Most of the victims of last year's epic tornado outbreak in Alabama had at least one thing in common: They knew the storm was coming. More>>

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Storm devastation launches monumental recovery

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A year ago, Norma Parris crawled out of a bathroom under the spiral staircase of her Ringgold home. Rain poured from black night above her, through the drywall and twisted two-by-fours. More>>

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Tornado recovery experience slow, painful for Flat Rock

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Wrapped in a blanket under a blue tarp, Kathy Clure clutched a gun at her side as the sky grew dark. Gripped with fear, Clure tried to calm her mind. More>>

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Communities help each other after storm

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Valley Head. Mentone. Henegar. Ider. Shiloh. The names march north on the DeKalb County map, up and down the hills of the small communities. More>>

After the Storm: One Year Later

First Responder: "We were only a few of many that night"

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We are approaching the year anniversary of the largest tornado outbreak in history.

That night three corporals in Collegedale were faced with decisions no one should have to make, decisions that haunt them to this day, leaving memories that may never fully fade.
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After The Storm: One Year Later

Volunteers from across the country help man rebuild home

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Arthur Bates proudly shows off his new home, glad to have a place to call his own again. He lost his childhood home during the April 27th, 2011 tornado, a home more than a century old. More>>

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Bledsoe County family struggles with loss

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Every morning they awaken with fresh wounds. Every day it's as if the tornadoes struck just yesterday. More>>

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Insurance rates in tornado-hit areas expected to rise

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There's a not-so-hidden cost to the tornadoes that struck the Southeast on April 27. More>>

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Bledsoe County pastor recalls tornado victims

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Pitts Gap Church of God pastor Leroy Smith knows most of the folks on Brayton Mountain, usually as neighbors, by passing acquaintance or through his church. More>>

After the Storm: One Year Later

Lee University student honored for volunteering after the storm

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Bradley County looked like a war zone after five tornadoes ripped through the area, killing nine people and injuring nearly 100 on April 27, 2011.

Lee University junior Daniel Murch volunteered the day after the storms and never looked back. More>>

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Rural recovery moves slowly in year after April 27 tornadoes

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Except for splintered wood that's weathered gray, the landscape atop Brayton Mountain looks like the EF4 twister that claimed four lives just passed through. More>>

After The Storm: One Year Later

Heroic trio recall rescue during Apison tornadoes

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Dave Burgess, Perry Collins and Joe Greenleaf are corporals with the Collegedale Police Department. On April 27, 2011 they were in the middle of the tornado that left the Apison community in shambles. More>>

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Some Chattanooga area residents say they’re alive today thanks to TV meteorologists

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Before people in the Tennessee Valley told stories of shingles rattling and roofs torn clean in half and children shivering in bathtubs for cover, before the long day of April 27, 2011, Paul Barys didn't feel too appreciated. More>>

Working Together For You

April 27 tornado cloud had silver lining

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Bob Colby says there was a silver lining to last year's April 27 tornado, which blew away his Apison house, badly injured his wife and bruised him from head to toe. It probably saved his life. More>>

Working Together For You

One year after the April 27 tornadoes most are healing, but scars remain

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For 15 hours on April 27, 2011, the tornadoes multiplied in number and ferocity. Mountains couldn't wear them down. They hurdled rivers, zigzagged through state lines and skipped across time zones. More>>

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April 27 showed one man there are still good people in the world

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For months, Jojo Macatiag pinched pennies and squirreled away dollars for the trip of a lifetime — three months off work to travel through Canada and Alaska. More>>

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The year since the April 27 tornadoes has been better, but not easy

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A year later, the ambulance is repaired and back in service, the Ider Rescue Squad cooks meals for volunteers rebuilding homes, and Frank and Brenda Taylor live in a new log cabin. More>>

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