tornado en Middle Tenn. Chaplain Recalls Joplin Disaster <p>MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)&nbsp; --&nbsp; A Middle Tennessee Chaplain who specializes in disaster assistance is thinking this week&nbsp;about the tornado survivors he met&nbsp;one year ago&nbsp;in Joplin, Missouri.</p><p>An EF5 tornado swept through Joplin May 22, 2011. The storm killed 161 people and wiped out entire neighborhoods, along with a hospital and ten public schools.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 15:58:11 +0000 Mike Osborne 11254 at Middle Tenn. Chaplain Recalls Joplin Disaster FEMA Pays $640,000 to Tenn. Tornado Survivors <p>MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)&nbsp; --&nbsp; Over 900 Tennesseans have registered for federal disaster assistance following the severe weather that swept the state February 29 and March 2.</p><p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it&rsquo;s already paid out more than $640,000 in disaster recovery assistance to residents in the 10 Tennessee counties that were declared disaster areas by President Obama.</p> Sun, 08 Apr 2012 00:35:40 +0000 Mike Osborne 9540 at Tornado Damage Assessments Begin <p style="line-height: 200%;"><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt;">MURFREESBORO, <span style="color: red;">Tenn</span>. (AP/WMOT) &mdash; Disaster assessment teams from Tennessee and the federal government are&nbsp;evaluating&nbsp;damage from the&nbsp;storms that swept&nbsp;through the state&nbsp;on Friday.</span></p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 18:06:11 +0000 AP/WMOT 8146 at Worst Tornado Damage in Cumberland, Dekalb Counties <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) &mdash; Powerful storms claimed three lives in Tennessee Wednesday.&nbsp; The storms were part of a massive severe weather system now blamed for 13 deaths in&nbsp;three states.</p><p>The damage appears to be light throughout&nbsp;most of Tennessee, but Cumberland and Dekalb Counties took a more direct hit.</p><p>Kenneth Carrey, Jr., is the Cumberland County Mayor.</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:55:38 +0000 AP/WMOT 7973 at Small Tornado Strikes North Rutherford <p>SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) &mdash; The National Weather Service says an EF-0 tornado did touch down near Smyrna yesterday afternoon, causing some property damage but no injuries or deaths.<br /><br />The tornado had relatively low wind speeds of between 80 and 85 miles per hour. That didn&#39;t stop it from overturning a recreational vehicle, uprooting trees and seriously damaging the roof of a house.<br /> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:29:05 +0000 Associated Press 6342 at