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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.



• Memorial candlelight service — A vigil for the 14 tornado victims from the Apison/Cherokee Valley Road area will be held at 10944 London Lane from 7-9 p.m. A monument to the victims will be unveiled at the event.


• Home dedication — Ron and Stella Yarber, who lost their home in the storms, will cut the ribbon to their new house built under the auspices of the Bradley County Long Term Recovery Organization. The event will be held at 4 p.m. at 1849 Lead Mine Valley Road.

• Recovery 2012 — A praise and worship service will be held at Lee University's Conn Center at 7 p.m.


• Storm to Strength: One Year Later — A community worship and memorial event will be held at the Ringgold High School Gym at 29 Tiger Trail. A free dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the worship event starts at 7 p.m. The service will feature music, testimonies from survivors and a time of remembrance for those who died. A community choir will sing two traditional hymns. All those interested are invited to participate in this singing. Rehearsal is at 6 p.m. April 27 at RHS. For more information, email stormtostrength@g... or call 706-935-4777.


• Volunteer Appreciation Block Party — A party and cookout will be held at the Dade County Courthouse square from 4-9 p.m. The party includes free barbecue, a motorcycle and antique car show, gospel singing and bluegrass and country performances. A memorial will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m.


• Memorial service — A one-year anniversary service will be held at the Flat Rock Community Center at 7 p.m. CDT. For more information, call 256-506-7257.



• Memorial celebration — A memorial celebration will be held at 10944 London Lane from 1-6 p.m. It will include food, music, games and a time to honor volunteers and first responders.


• Concert and celebration — Carrie Hassler will headline a concert and celebration in Pikeville starting at 4 p.m. CDT. Other performers also will be featured, along with carriage rides and a table holding the World's Largest Moonpie. The event is free, though people can make donations to ongoing tornado relief. Hassler's new album, "The Distance," will also be released.


• Day of service — Bradley County is encouraging community members to participate in a day of service to commemorate April 27. It will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers may report to the Food Lion on APD 40 for assignment.


• Benefit ride — A benefit ride will be held through tornado-affected areas to help fund a monument and serenity garden at the Rainsville Civic Center. The ride will kick off at the Rainsville Civic Center at 10:30 a.m. CDT. All riders welcome.

• Monument unveiling — A memorial service and monument unveiling will be held in remembrance of DeKalb County tornado victims. The service will be held at 2 p.m. CDT in the northwest end of the DeKalb County Schools Coliseum, 1504 Main St. East.



• Moonshine Mudrun — A 5K mud run followed by a day of games and music will be held May 5 to benefit victims of the April 27 storms. The first wave of races will start at 9 a.m. at Joey Street's farm, 156 Joe St. in Rising Fawn, Ga. Afterward there will be a sled pull, a kid's race course and a "Dash for Cash," along with other games. Registration for the races is required. For more information or to volunteer, call Ryan Faircloth at 423- 432-4888 or visit

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