The damage in McMinn County is widespread, the Fairview community is just one part of the county that took the brunt of the hit. 

Bible hymns and children's laughter typically fill the buildings at Fairview Baptist Church and Fairview Christian Academy. 

"Every single building has been damaged to the point to where we cannot occupy it," Pastor Jack Scallions said, "It seems like we were a direct hit."

But Thursday, they sat empty. The morning sun filled the place where walls and shingles were. 

Utility trucks, chainsaws and a determined community got to work. 

Almost every home in this area suffered some kind of damage in Tuesday's EF-2 tornado. 

"It was 30 seconds and sounded like a train coming through and the house shook and it was all over," Greg Wiseman said. 

His home was one of dozens damaged in the tornado's path that stretches nearly 11.5 miles long. 

"The very top of it and the back corner back there and they're going to take care of that today and get that off. They say it didn't damage the structure, so that's a blessing," he said.

They hauled away what's left of massive trees that used to tower over Wiseman's property. 

The trees are gone, so are that church and school up the street, part of Wiseman's home too. 

"It's heartbreaking. Especially the church and the school because I put almost 25 years of my life there. So it's very heartbreaking to see that," he said. 

Pastor Scallions knows it's hard, but without faith it would be impossible. 

"I'm probably the most fortunate pastor in the United States today because I have an opportunity to see really what God can do with his people in the middle of a time of testing," he said. 

Scallions says church services will be held on Sunday and school will resume on Monday but leaders are still working out a place. 

The Deerfield Estates community was also hit in Tuesday's storms. The McMinn County Sheriff's Department currently has the subdivision closed. Residents with a permit are only allowed through.