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48 Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Mpnday.Dec. 18, 2000 National m gast 11 2 people Mmi m 1 mwm taistes - , , V,"SM - - - : .j . y , -. It- Tuscaloosa hardest hit; as many as 400 homes, businesses destroyed AP photo Two unidentified people console each other after a tornado touched down in their Tuscaloosa, Ala., subdivision Saturday. A series of tornadoes touched down across Alabama, killing at least 12 people, and injuring more than three dozen others. TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) As a light snow fell, Alabama residents continued cleanup efforts Sunday, one day after after the state was hit by a band of twisters which killed 12 people. Gov. Don Siegelman, who toured the damage Sunday morning, called it "one of the worse tragedies" in the state's history.-' ; "When you see the devastation, the families, the homes and the businesses, you can feel the pain of these people" Siegelman said; Saturday's twisters also struck three far-flung locales, tearing apart scores of homes in Geneva, at the southern edge of the state, and Rural Etowah and Lime-; stone counties in the north. One person died and at least 19 others were injured. The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an F4 on the Fujita scale, meaning it had wind of 207 mph to 260 mph, said Don Hartley of Tuscaloosa County's emergency office. An F5 is the strongest, with wind above 260 mph. The same weather system that produced the storms in Alabama also blew down trees and caused NEW YORK (AP) There will be no recount on this one: President-elect George W. Bush was named Sunday as Time magazine's Person of the Year. As in this year's razor-thin presidential election, the Texas governor received the nod over Vice President Al Gore. According to Time Managing Editor Walter Isaacson, the magazine decided last week that the new president-elect either one would receive its annual honor. Why? "The survivor would not only ., be the next president but a symbol of a historic 'showdown that would be remembered and cited a century hence," Isaacson wrote in explaining the magazine's choice. As for Bush, Isaacson wrote, "He remade and united the Republican Party and defeated a talented Vice President who had the wind at his back after eight years of wallet-popping prosperity." "His amiable demeanor," Isaacson continued, "tapped into a desire to end years of meaningless partisan rancor." Bush's victory, obviously, did not come easy. After 35 days of legal wrangling, a U.S. Supreme Court decision ended the Florida recount to lift Bush into the White House. Bush became the first winner since 1888 to gain an Electoral College majority at 271 one more than needed to win the presidency while losing the popular vote nationwide. In an interview with the magazine, Bush said he viewed the close election as a positive for his administration. "It gives us a chance to show we can rise above a divided house, that there are some issues ... that are more important than that which has divided the house," the 54-year-old Bush said. Time's first cover honoree was Charles Lindbergh in 1927; last year's winner was Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. President CJinton was twice named as an honoree first after his election in 1992, and again with special prosecutor Kenneth Starr in 1998 after the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Time editors choose the person of the year by deciding who had the greatest impact, positive or negative, over the last 12 months. flooding in eastern Tennessee, iced streets in parts of northern Georgia, and on Sunday clobbered the Northeast with wind and heavy rain. Tuscaloosa was the hardest hit area, with 1 1 deaths and as many as 400 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, officials said. The worst devastation was in a sprawling trailer park just south of Tuscaloosa, where most of the victims were found. Mobile homes were blown into mangled piles, some unrecognizable among the debris. 1 , , "We are still trying to find out how many are unaccounted for," said Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ted Sexton. "There were people out there Christmas shopping and all. We just don't know where they are." - National Guard troops sealed off the park as rescue teams searched the rubble for survivors. With power out to thousands of homes and businesses, the search went on in darkness. At least 50 people were injured statewide, including 38 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama Emergency Management Agency spokesman Scott Adcock said Sunday. He said the bodies of Time's Person fop 2000: George Ulf. 'Dys "7 "" STEAK AND SPAGHETTI HOUSE MMz AIT Gift Idea! Gift Certificates All Denominations $5 $10 $15-$20 $25 Open 9 a.m. daily for Gift Certificate Sales 1115 N.W. Broad St. Murfreesboro Corner of 3rd Ave. & Commerce St. Nashville 03546430 J) two missing people, including an infant, have been found in the rubble of the tornado that hit at about 1 p.m. "It was roaring and the wind just blew. You didn't know if you were going to live or not," said Myrtle Bowden, who took refuge in a bathroom with her husband, James. Joe Hayes, 61, said he watched from his porch as the storm hit a grocery store under construction, then lift a small pickup truck and threw its occupants. "I saw it com ing all the way,1 'It was roaring and the wind just blew. You didn't know if you were going to live or not.9 Myrtle Bowden Took refuge in a bathroom during deadly tornado I 1 ' he said. Twelve people who joined him huddled in his basement survived the storm, but Hayes lost his roof to the winds. A tree near where Beverly Smith's trailer had stood was filled with orange insulation, the trailer had been blown off its foundation and into another tree. Smith, who had taken cover in the trailer's bathroom, was hospitalized with bruises, cuts and chest pains, said her brother, Kenny Thomas. "It piclted the trailer up," he said. In nearby yards, the roof of a pickup truck was caved in. A photograph of a man, a woman and a child lay in a puddle. Debris from homes and buildings was scattered along roads south of Tuscaloosa and was hanging from trees, many of them twisted and broken. - In the southern part of the state, another tornado hit just before noon, overturning cars and destroying homes, Geneva Mayor Warren Beck said. Geneva County Emergency Management Agency director, Margaret Mixon, said eight people were injured, two of them .. severely. Five homes were destroyed and at least 20 others were damaged. The tornado also damaged a textile mill and destroyed a peanut mill in neighboring Da County. Dale County Commissioner Buddy Stapleton said h counted about a half-dozejf homes hit near Newton. ; A tornado also swept througjj the northern part of the state, injuring 12 people and damaging about two dozen homes in the Ball Play and Coats Bend corr munities of Etowah County, deputy emergency management director John Stoddard said. rrr ) ulf other I Today j ; j Tu Local AccuWeather 7-Day Forecast for Murfreesboro, Tennessee All maps, forecasts and data provided by AccuWeather, Inc. 2000 AccuWeather.com Today's Forecast Increasing clouds; afternoon flurries. High 41 i i -' Cloudy with a few snow showers. Low 24 Shown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day. Forecast highlow temperatures are given for selected cities. ; Morning snow, ? Sun gives way Morning snow Regional Forecast Tennessee Cities n i 1 r 1 r r i i 1 increasing pun ana some i mixoT sun j r ShVicoN J doiiris! rain nr - a frlnurte: mlri. - i land dm iris- TWT : , , a - ' i i f nS LJ """'" . , . fcold again.; - ti Vi Fronts . Y then cloudy, u ; to clouds; cold ? i showers, then I j windy and cold, again 3 I some sun; cold.: snow late, High 34 Low 30 High 36 Low 22 High 38 Low 26 High 40 Low 26 High 42 Low 22 City Athens Bristol Bolivar Brownsville Chattanooga Qarksville Cleveland Dyersburg Franklin, TN Henderson ville Germantown Jackson Johnson City Kingsport Knoxville La Follette Lenoir City Maryville Memphis Morrtstown Newport Oak Ridge Plgion Forge Ripley Rockwood Selmer Somervllte Unkx) City Yesterday Tomorrow Hi Lo w HI Lo W 29 18 sn 36 1dP"; 26 21 8 30 20 per 26 21 8 "29 20 pc -f-v, i 21 8n Mo:: -I'STerrpfi'-atOrGBre today's highs ' v -."V.- - - '. . ' Jt-. 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Preclpitation For 24-hour period ending at 7 p.m. Yesterday 0.04" Month to date 3.43" Year to date a42.45" Normal month to date . 2.64" Normal year to date . . . 45.48" Sunrise today 6:50 a.m. Sunset today 4:34 p.m. Sunrise tomorrow . . 6:51 a.m. Sunset tomorrow 4:35 p.m. Moon phases New First Full Last OOOO Dec 25 Jan 2 Jan 9 Jan 16 at noon today 0 1 2 3,4 The higher the number, the greater the need for eye and skin protection. 0-2 minimal 3-4 low M moderate 7-9 high 10 very high Pollution Index In Nashville Yesterday N.A. "s"' , yesterday Tomorrow "7V HI Lo W Hi Lo W City f 1 my1 . 56 34 r 32 19 c Las Vegas - rque 50 27 s 47 27 s Little Rock ; Kv 68 18 s 42 27 s Memphis a'"" 23 12 c 34 33 c Miami v - t 28 23 sf 40 17 c Milwaukee City; - 57 39 sh 45 25 c Minneapolis N 52 22 s 62 32 s Nashville iTipre 53 40 r 40 25 c New Orleans v, k : Mings 38 26 pc 44 15 sn New York t jsa 41 31 pc 40 19 c Norfolk Boston 64 44 t 44 30 pc Oklahoma City 51 T. 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