|Published: 9:57 AM, 03/04/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
TELLICO PLAINS-A beacon of hope shines
through a stained-glass church window in the town of Tellico Plains,
which was ravaged by an EF-2 tornado one year ago.
First United Methodist Church stands as
a shining example of how the small town arose from the rubble on
March 2, 2012 to become stronger and united.
"We suffered so much damage from the
tornado," said Pastor Bill Clark, who also serves as pastor for
Ironsburg Methodist Church in Tellico Plains. "But, we didn't miss
a beat. We kept on worshipping and praising God that no one was
seriously injured or killed."
Shattered glass, a destroyed roof, a
bent steeple, and a twisted and broken tree were a shocking image to
process for church members.
"I was heartbroken," said Mayor
Patrick Hawkins. "This church is a second home to me. I've gone to
church here most of my life. It's right below my house, which
suffered damage. It was like both of my homes were damaged."
With estimated damages to the church at
nearly $100,000, Pastor Clark proposed the idea of remodeling the
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