|Published: 9:50 AM, 03/04/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
TELLICO PLAINS-One year ago, on March
2, 2012, Tellico Plains Mayor Patrick Hawkins received a three-word
phone call that changed everything: We've been hit.
"Immediately I just stopped," said
Hawkins, who was on his mail route and had been listening to reports
on the scanner.
Hawkins, who had only been in office
for six months, was floored.
"I was still in shock from losing
Harkey [Yates, a former alderman who passed away suddenly], then
boom, here comes a tornado," Hawkins said. "It was a very
emotional time for me."
Leaving his mail route early, Hawkins
drove back to his hometown not knowing what he would see.
"I couldn't get messages on my cell
phone for like 30 minutes," said the mayor. "I don't know if it
was problems from the storm or from the flood of people trying to
In addition to worrying about the
town's residents, Hawkins had no idea what his own house, which stood
in the path of destruction, would look like. And on top of that, he
did not know if his aunt had made it to safety.
See full story in the Sunday, March 3, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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