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Community comes together after devastation

Anissa Spicer prays at the candlelight vigil Tuesday night at the Putnam County Courthouse Square.

March 3, 2020

BY PAIGE STANAGE reporter at the Herald-Citizen in Putnam County

Those in the Putnam County community gathered at the courthouse square Tuesday night to cope with the aftermath of the deadliest tornado in the county's history.

"There’s no sense in coming up with other words to describe today," Pastor Alex Lisic said at the candlelight vigil. "It was devastating. I had friends and family members who called from outside of Cookeville who asked how we were doing and how things were and how was the day. The only phrase I could come up with was that it was truly devastating.

"But in the midst of our grief and pain, I believe there’s always hope to be found," he said. "You can always find hope today. I saw hope in the faces of our police officers, fire departments, our EMS and first responders who worked tirelessly to try and prevent the loss of life here in our community. I saw hope in the faces of our medical staff who worked to try and make sure people were okay. I saw hope in the faces of volunteers in this city. Here, tonight there is hope."

Collegeside Church of Christ Elder Roger Colglazier also spoke about the devastation at a community prayer service at the church Tuesday night.

"Coming out tonight to be with us means a lot to the people hurting and suffering," Colglazier said. "Loss is a part of life, but so is hope. And out of loss comes hope... and times like this really show the good in our hearts that's shown from our first responders and our neighbors.

"We were made for good works."

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