Tornadoes devastate West Tennessee and Kentucky

By: and - December 13, 2021 5:38 am
A house in Mayfield, Kentucky, photographed by John Partipilo on Dec. 12, 2021.

A house in Mayfield, Kentucky, photographed by John Partipilo on Dec. 12, 2021.

At least four people in Tennessee are dead after tornadoes ripped through northwest Tennessee and Kentucky early Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service confirmed seven tornadoes touched down in Tennessee but haven’t confirmed if the same tornado damaged Tennessee and Kentucky.

In Weakley County, Dresden was hard hit, as was Newbern in Dyer County. Tornadoes also touched down in Middle Tennessee’s Dickson, Humphreys, Cheatham, Perry, Hickman, Davidson, Sumner and Wilson counties.

The most severe damage was to Mayfield, Kentucky, about 35 miles north of Dresden in Graves County, which borders Tennessee. The town sustained a direct hit that wiped out most of the downtown area.

Photojournalist John Partipilo traveled to the area Sunday to document the devastation.

 

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John Partipilo
John Partipilo

Working as a photojournalist for 40 years, Partipilo has won awards such as NPPA Best of Photojournalism and nominated for two Pulitzers. His photography has also been featured in national and international publications. Most importantly Partipilo’s work is about people — people in their different environments and people in their different stages of life. That’s the heart of his work. To him people are so important, because they all have a unique story.

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Holly McCall
Holly McCall

Holly McCall has been a fixture in Tennessee media and politics for decades. She covered city hall for papers in Columbus, Ohio and Joplin, Missouri before returning to Tennessee with the Nashville Business Journal. She has served as political analyst for WZTV Fox 17 and provided communications consulting for political campaigns at all levels, from city council to presidential. Holly brings a deep wealth of knowledge about Tennessee’s political processes and players and likes nothing better than getting into the weeds of how political deals are made.

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