Hour 1: 3/3/20
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Ten years ago it stood as a symbol of resilience in togetherness. We are heartbroken for our community. After last night's tragic tornado. But no that together we will rise up and rebuild again. Tennessee's twitter account saying similar things. We are hurting for our brothers and sisters and Middle Tennessee sending our thoughts and prayers to those affected by the tornadoes. We believe in National Derek Mason head coach at Vanderbilt woke up this morning to the serious devastation across the city thoughts and prayers to all in the communities and Similar thoughts have been felt from the president and across the world as we will spend a considerable amount of time reflecting back. Seems like that so familiar to so many of you in Louisiana and Arkansas and Georgia Mississippi. And of course. Alabama which suffered Similar storms many many years ago Tommy. Deans joins us. Talk to Tommy In the aftermath of the two thousand and eleven tragedy on April twenty seventh at So shattered the Alabama community Especially Tuscaloosa. He was sports editor of the Tuscaloosa News. He is now in charge of that. Same Department at the Tennessean. The former president of the Associated Press Sports Editors and part of the Pulitzer Prize winning team at the news Tommy thanks Great to reconnect with you but so terrible under these circumstances I know you're newsroom and Newsrooms across that part of the country right now trying to cope with personal tragedy but was serving the public. Good afternoon from Utah. Include me on this because I think these each time that show our best side a lot of the towns that journalism As one bad things happen which is kind of unfortunate. But that's all hands on deck. We've got sportswriters out covering tornado them. It's just as we did in Tuscaloosa almost ten years ago and They will turn in great work because they're not only connecting with community this but that that they're part of the community just like everyone else was. I'm interested Tami because because of your experience at this In your job in Tuscaloosa went on forever. I mean that was that was. That was a clean up in a in a revitalization that That looks great today But it took a long time and something like this. You're sitting in on these meetings. And everyone has their own stories but you have a lot of work to do because people are depending on you for a for a myriad of things. What's it like To to be with your colleagues also know the importance of the community that you serve well it it is Challenging a level. The first thing is for me. Make sure everybody in my staff's okay Which I reached out starting this morning when I look around six o'clock I got woke up by by the storms the tornadoes or tornado touchdown not bright close to where. I live the right. Not Area and the sirens gone off and everything and I got woke up a little after midnight but I went back to sleep and I got up this morning and the first thing I was doing was trying to check in with my staff. you begin to try to make sense of what happened. And what the scope of what you're dealing with and then and then you start with the immediate. Where do we need to be right now? Putnam County was where we need the heating because they're More than it does is it there. That's the worst place that was the worst hit place And then you start looking and you get reports and you say when you send people here here at some point you begin to say. What does this look like tomorrow? What is at some only? We'll shift to. What do we need to be reporting on an chronically on this community recovery effort from now from now here about this will not be over with you know it will be off the front page at some point in the next week but it will not be over with Tommy? Just go back store. We've lived through a tumultuous winter pretty much everywhere in the south Storms have come through quite a bit as you were heading off to bed last night. What was the anticipation you know? I hadn't really thought that I knew there was some weather coming in but I did not. I guess I wasn't aware that there will be this level of stormy coming in You know I was doing what might be doing on any other Monday night. You know you can off with the Predator soup. Replaying downtown in Nashville and then I went to bed early. 'cause I get up early in. The storm was when I got woke up a little after midnight. I think with the first indication because I know what those sirens sounded like. If you lived in Tuscaloosa in April of two thousand eleven. That's aren't sound different to you than they used. Somebody else they they they bring on panic reflects but they visceral feeling you get when you hear that eating another s you bring back memories but you're GonNa play emotionally so when I heard the tolerance and they won't be up. I think it was more stark than just rolled over something that disturbs you. Because there's a noise outside so I went out on my porch gonNA check and I was texting back and forth with Paul Sorvino of our staff who had actually covered the predators game and he was checking on he texted. You know while still fleets and everything. Okay and you know just kind of a weird shape because I know what it feels like when it starts getting very still he begin to really worry we kind of feel that barometric pressure drop and we have experienced that I was in the middle of that and then it Kinda picked up the wind a little bit and it passed a little more north of us and everything but one or two exits down from where I live guys. Get real hard. You know I got hit really really hard to tell me Going back to that Damn Tuscaloosa as so many people that follow this. Show remember because we were live on the air Broadcasting it Late in the afternoon. But what we were broadcasting was what we were watching coming out of Tuscaloosa watching the storm approach to school. So you were there. What was that day like? And you've you've alluded to how it helps you prepare for this day but just the idea of going through this twice in a fairly short period of time. What do you remember about that Terrible April Day remember. I remember An give credit to I remember James Span saying be prepared. Just it's going to be bad like before and an early in that day in Baringo County. I think the Tornado Weather Mississippi and which it Marino county little west of Tuscaloosa South West. And they had a tornado touchdown in our. You know that was like during the morning early afternoon maybe ten or eleven and I think I know I fought and I think other people thought okay. That was the bad weather we were gonNA get in a very rural area knocked over a couple of barns. But it didn't do a lot of you know. Nobody got physically hurt in a bad way or killed and then later on in that after you started seeing what the storm fought with looking like and was coming your way and my experience with that we had a area. We had an area in the building where we went. During Tornado warnings. Tornadoes were expected becoming close. And I went down there with everybody else. And then I left I gotta get Outta here mom. My late wife late wife was from back surgery and I needed to go be with her And so I went to my home right across the river. Northward and we watched the with the Tornados. A massive destructive mile wide almost tornado going pass Bryant any stadium and all that and Then the lights went out and we had a weather radio when we listen to that. And that's only after obviously cleared the media Tuscaloosa area that I need to go check this out. You know my job. She was okay. You know we didn't have power. But but Got Her situated and then I went and drove across the river in Fifteenth Street in Chronicle on twitter stuff. That could what I was seeing and it and it looked like a war zone and if you look at the pictures through Tennessee today. It looks like a war zone. It's nothing to describe it and and I don't know all the places that national much. What was hit here is not as familiar to you. Haven't lived here as long. Haven't been to some of these places. But you know there's places in Tuscaloosa even today where like you can see memorial Coleman Coliseum from the from the Mall because there used to be buildings between the and very called free and those are gone. You're not supposed to be able to see that. Every time I think about that Tornado their their memories like that. That people in Tennessee will have you know there will be markers for a while for people who live certain places that were hit where where they will. The marker will be used to. That's where that used to the you. Take a right That kind of thing. And that's that's the thing that that you have to processed mentally emotionally and psychologically in every other way to to get used to because your world's changed if you're at your ground zero where one of the fit you you're not living in the world before finally Tommy is just city continues to dig out today and I think we all know it's not over yet. The worst may still be under a roof somewhere. How do you and your staff try to separate the personal loss of maybe your own house or certainly a co workers Loud one versus doing what you always do. And that's report the news. Well I'M FORTUNATE. And we're fortunate that near as nobody in the staff and certainly not abundant sports staff is directly affected by this other than not having power They'll people including myself including gentry as I think it's been on your show a number of times covering tornado aftermath in Putnam County. Today are columnist. Who you know it hit bear. I think less than a mile in southfield with very devastated. so yes. If it affects people you know in Tuscaloosa AL AT SCARBOROUGH. Not The kids politics and damage car. And then he's also one of the first people out there trying to record what was going on and report on it because again you're serving your community here. You know this is not. This is not sports. This is people this is life. This is where we live. And we're all members of this community and we wanna serving well and I want to give credit to one other guy to Tuscaloosa that was on my staff. Then I think you know shakes good bread or surely chase Kinda Kinda spurred us on and every member of our sports staff not only did Tornado reporting in Tuscaloosa in two thousand eleven but every single one of signed up and did it lifts one day of volunteer work somewhere to help clean up our community from eight. Am until past Dr at a loading dock. And I don't know how to run a loading dock all but I was put in charge running alone at a relief center where people were dropping lines of trucks. That went as far as you could see. Wal marts in like five trump's and just people bring stuff and pick up trucks and volunteers helping unloaded and then the entire Tuscaloosa county. Football team was doing like screen train spree grills at that time showed up and they're oh to. I got to know because I'm the sports editor brought him over and said he's your boss today. And if he said something grants yes sir and I never heard another answered yes sir from the rest of the day and none of Aleppo early and none of them did less than they could have. And that's what's GonNa come out of this and I think you were. You're referring to this in your in your intro While you're GONNA see out of that to the best of Nashville the best of Middleton teams left of all the other place because that's hard that is tough it is as many people are devastated as are devastated. The communities will rally together no recovering. They'll help each other. And we'll get through this. Tommy Dis Just out of a meeting at the Tennessee in At at Ground Zero of devastating storms in national and in that area. Tommy thank you for coming on. I really appreciate it All the best to you and our many friends up there. Thank you Paul. Tommy days just outstanding journalist Who now has gone through two different Devastating tornadoes? We'll talk to someone else in a few minutes Who had a similar experience? Both in Alabama and Last night in Nashville. The the scenes are just heartbreaking and for for all of us who have lived in in the southern part of the country. Sadly these are not unfamiliar scenes but It's still tugs your heart and makes you sick to your stomach to think about what nature can do. We'll be right back. You're listening to the Paul Finebaum. Show podcast we are back appreciate being with us. Our phone number is. Can you remember the phone number of so confused? Eight five five to four two seven two eight five and let's go to Willard in in Georgia. Willard go right ahead. I just thought you call niche. No feel for the people that In the devastation of the storm last night and also I spent nine years Fort Sill. Oklahoma and Yeah well disregard disregard the television. Just keep talking on the phone. Okay and I would stay for sale for nine years and What do Time when had Tuesday after and Texas was hit and It to a houses and stuff and The Miami thing was president at that time with reggae and he He stopped all the Tornado Mobile homes been built and sick that because of the people later Over a thousand people about home though. They went ahead and and done that. And and you know hip those well that way in the business thing that I talk about. I also officially a sports for eleven years out there and stuff and I know Horrid officiate a ballgame but When we we had a meeting every month and Talk about the game Had happened third your body star night and then discussed call the own and now also own white to black. Yes everybody was. We'll discuss at Bombay's situations that come up so we all be on the same page. That's a great point. Willard thank you for sharing all of that with us. Oh Walt is up next in Florida. Hello Paul how you doing? I'm well thank you for calling sharing my heart just goes out to the People Nashville. I told you screener. I set through the middle of Hurricane. Michael set seventeen months ago. Hundred sixty mile an hour winds and just When when it passed over when we got back out It was everyone was just in shock. Just walking around not knowing what to do Total devastation has you described Nashville. A war zone and Is still to this day. We're recovering there's still people that aren't back in their homes and Every day I think I have Band flashbacks about it. You know and I know people have Tuscaloosa had that people Nashville experience that the very same walthall. I'm glad you said that. I don't think people people understand. I mean we all. We're going through a lot of different things right now as a country in the world with this virus and but when you lose everything including loved ones it's hard to. It's hard to walk away from an rationalized. I deeply appreciate you sharing that thank you. We'll we'll continue talking about this throughout the program. A couple of more guests that will be joining us as well as including your phone calls. You're listening to the Paul Finebaum. Show podcast we're back in. We talked to Tommy diesel minute ago. Who experienced both the Tuscaloosa Tornado and the one last night? Taylor Hicks Was a big part of the recovery effort in Alabama in two thousand eleven. He spent a lot of time Helping to raise money and awareness and He was in Nashville last night. Where he now lives Taylor. Thanks for being with us. Appreciate it and We thought that you pretty quickly because We know living in Alabama and now living in Middle Tennessee You know the feeling good afternoon and what. What was it like last night? Saturday for national. Paul you wouldn't think that You know going through something like that You know it's it's You KINDA JUST. It's a it's it's shocking You know but it's it's not shocking to all of US folks in the south it'd have to deal with it. You know on the springtime and you know now early spring and sometimes into the fall but You know pretty catastrophic devastation. Right outside of downtown Nashville. Which you usually don't think living in Birmingham skips around downtown You know big metropolitan areas but last night. That was the case and You know I I live in Germantown in the Buena Vista neighborhood and You know I that storm. The tornado probably was on the ground. Probably one hundred yards from where I live. and You know it's it's IT'S. It's it's just devastating. You know my goes out for the families that have lost ones and are losing one's at this moment Taylor You know you've you've experienced before but but last night early this morning Was there much I mean. I know there was. Forecasts are bad weather but You come to expect that. Don't you You know it. It just didn't seem like one of those days that You know that you would normally have an outbreak of tornadoes. At just you know. Usually it was very very hot. Not a very hot day but You know I I What happened about one o'clock last night and When the tornadoes on the ground the power goes out and You know whether radios are pretty important. Unfortunately I didn't have one but I knew that when they were you know Forecasting that Tornado was on the ground in an headed toward the Germantown North Nashville area. I I headed for the for the inner part of my house. Donald bottom floor and as I was passing glass window You know there were there was a giant debris flying around and I knew that it was a A bigger tornado than I'd you know anticipated obviously and I got into an entertainer room and you know. I heard the train sound the vibration and You know as I said a prayer and you know it's it's ten seconds of You know for me to a certain degree insanity a little bit because you you know. You're you're pretty close pretty close to death at that point in time and I don't wish that on anybody in any of my worst enemies in my time I just hope I hope the death toll stays where he is. Taylor Hicks joining us. Taylor I want to go back to the time in Alabama because You were such an important symbol In in terms of raising awareness and especially money I remember seeing you perform of course The the tremendous program Later a couple of months later that Randy Owen and many others Help stage and you did that countless times. And I know that You're part of the music community in Nashville. Which I'm sure we'll step up as they always have in fact The the community there stepped up trying to raise a stepped up and did raise a lot of money for For Alabama in in two thousand eleven just think communication with your friends in the industry What have you been able to Glean today? Yeah I I've had Receive we we all just texted each other just to make sure that you know. First and foremost you know our families were safe And if we were safe you know I think at this point. You know the You know the focus is on clean up and and you know some of the some the roads are impassable you know there's You know I I believe that. Some of the gas leaks and stuff that happened after tornadoes. I think that that that's kind of came under control but that was a that was a pretty dangerous situation last night You know walking trying to walk around you. You know after something like that help you know happens and you know that you're okay you. Kinda you kinda go into rescue mode and you walk outside and You know you you start looking around for people that might be. You know. There might be hurt or might need help and You know just a fascinating you know moment was after gather myself. I looked up and it was You know there wasn't a cloud in the sky is completely. You could see the stars. And that's how quickly you know. It goes from complete chaos to complete still and calm but You Know Nashville aliens in Are from what I've gathered living off and on in Nashville since I was twenty three years old. Pretty resilient communities very similar to Birmingham and the people of Alabama obviously the people at Tennessee. We nationals kind of a sister city to Birmingham which has had their share of catastrophic tornadoes. And you know in the in the past and Yeah I I think it'll rebound but he. I don't think anybody was expecting A Tornado of this is to to rip through the Metropolitan City last night before. You Go Today And I know everyone is glued to phones and televisions and radios and whatever But you say you said something earlier. Surreal but what's it like in town? I mean life goes on if you're not affected directly by other than you know feeling guilt for maybe being okay but but today in Nashville. It's two thirty eight in the afternoon. What's it like there right now? I think everybody's Kinda lost track of time especially the people that have lived You know that live in the area now I'm sure that if you go outside of the perimeter I think this is probably normal You know I mean it. It's it's not business as usual but there's just a swath of devastation that goes it's gone through the city and Yeah I think Nashville's You know I think Nashville's reeling I think there's I think it's GonNa take I think it's GonNa take a while to rebuild. You know a part of the city that was you know regenerating to a certain degree but you know also had you know a good footprint. On the restaurant's dining area Germantown was and is And Buena Vista is a really great area neighborhood outside that a lot of bars walking bars and restaurants and venues Some of those are gone At this point but You know I think life goes on and I think these people will rebuild quickly and you know as long as the public I can stay on. You know. Stay on Nashville and I think they'll receive the help I think it's you know. A lot of people have come into Nashville. So it's just It's been a tough day. Obviously it's been a long night for me but You know my my my heart goes out to the families that were affected by this tragic tragedy in a in a in a major way. Taylor thank you so glad to hear your voice and here you are well and we will be in touch and hopefully see you very very soon. Taylor Hicks thank you so much. Yeah we will be a national Next week next Wednesday doing our show all week from the SEC basketball tournament. I had somebody asked me today. Is that Is Everything so on and said well? Yeah I think so. I said well this virus and I forget there's another major crisis going on when all your attention on one thing we will continue more of your calls at eight five five two four to seven to eight five herm Edwards The Arizona State head coach will join us a little bit on just to kind of give us an update on his life. And what a life. It's been out in the desert will go back to the Middle Tennessee area little later in the program and of course include your phone calls right here listening to the Paul Finebaum show podcast. We welcome you back on a tough day. Let's continue with more phone calls and up next I know you're on the air. Hey good afternoon. Sure the sad day. Thank you for calling. Thank you I'm was born in Nashville. Your friends there and all over Tennessee. And they're great people just incredible people and you just kind of wonder guide us out in the South because we can handle it better than anybody else. It just makes you wonder Alabama you knew where the worst in the United States as far as the volatility of storms and hurricanes and tornadoes. And everything else and we're number one and you kinda wonder you know why. South the hot pocket you know. It's interesting No in the aftermath to two specific devastating storms. I believe in ninety eight which was an Oak Grove Alabama. And on the one in two thousand eleven. I remember talking to clergy friends on the air and off. There's never a good answer You know that but we ask anyway and I remember when we had our friend Archbishop Merino on a couple of months ago Someone asked him why. And it's something that we will forever ask and I think it's I think sometimes Disease or tough moments with health or one thing but natural disasters are even more difficult to explain. Yeah I think you got a good point. They when the storm came from Tuscaloosa or To my campground and Logan Martin Lake the Talladega area. I had a good buddy that helped me build a lot of the buildings on my RV parks. They're looking Martin Lake and when the storm was coming through there they ran to their church. Spencer his wife and two kids and I get down in the basement wall collapsed and it kills Spencer but it didn't even put a scratch on his kids and his wife and I still to this day. You know y you know I'll never forget in in the aftermath of the Tuscaloosa storms The sheriff took Myself and at the time The Attorney General of the state later the United States Senator Luther Strange Nor just just Just east of town were the absolute worst hit and on one side of the street You had homes. That were not touched. And you know what I'm about to say the other side there was nothing absolutely nothing and You never seen anything like it in my life. Yep I know well I'll tell you one thing you know one of those people up there. They will be thousands of volunteers up there for too long. It just going to take some time. Thank you so much no appreciate it. I I one of these times when when I I wish. I did not have experience in talking about this because We heard there from knowl- Unfortunately and tragically has been replicated so many times on this program and many many others But I I mean I'm I what I am right now because I think friends and like we've had today both Tommy and and Ann Taylor very close friends. I think what they've seen and the friends that they work with every day. And then you think about the the friends that are lost and the memories just come rushing back into your consciousness and it's. It's unlike anything that that I think I've ever experienced because we we all lose people Sometimes just natural. Sometimes it's expected but a Tornado I think is the most unexpected For some of the reasons that we've talked about and the absolute random randomness of it. All I I remember Talking to a man in Alabama he was sitting in sitting in a chair and his roof blew off the chair. He was sitting in never moved. it's just unbelievable. Stephen is in Birmingham. You're next on the program. Thanks so much for calling. Thank you for taking my call. Thank you my thoughts and prayers go every pic symbol You know growing up in Alabama fan you touch village so live and it's still a may be drafted especially down Macfarlane Fifteen. Y- full moon sits right there on the floor. Are you know? I'm over there every other week for work and stuff and I still do. I still say the house. My brother lived in Alabama and You know I had printed mine. Who are in pleasant grove. And you've got through pleasant grove and like you said there's houses on one side and like five blocks her on You know wilder stuck to the front of Yeah th- that That I think that was what Stephen the Ninety eight storm the old growth pleasure or is it a pleasant grove the in in In Eleven. I can't remember now. Yeah so basically. You had pleasant grove. You had in Birmingham. He had Pratt city which is really just north of Birmingham to downtown. Yeah I remember a pleasant grove was Was just that was another one of those places where you could drive down the street and there was nothing left absolutely nothing. I can't thank you enough Stephen for for calling really do appreciate it. Jo's in Kentucky. Hey Joe thanks for the call. All talk caller. I just wanted to tell you that I live through the seventy four Tornados up here. All Donkey and I'll always had a healthy respect and fear storms Tornados somewhere around two thousand six for two thousand seven. I own truck and I was driving from Tuscaloosa towards Birmingham storm and I stopped at Bessemer and spent the night and It was night of actually. The Night of an iron bowl was played in Auburn or not but when I got home I saw more destruction. Cars trucks houses. Boats turned over from Birmingham to my home at Central Kentucky and our rivers were summer pool prior to that Tornado and there was probably thirty five feet of water on these rivers within a twelve hour period. Oh my goodness so. I won't ever forget it. And so I've seen these Alabama storms and I. I know they're they're coming straight to Tennessee into Kentucky and North Carolina. I I have to run here Joe but thank you for sharing that in the seat I was thinking about was actually in Alberta city which is just across from Tuscaloosa. Anyway we We will continue talking about this. We are going to change gears in a moment with a couple of minutes with Edwards about Back to your calls.