Several homes in and around the Mixie Community and area were destroyed with others sustaining much damage during the March 2 tornado. The Holland, Lankford and Hones families were left homeless. However, there were no deaths and no injuries.
One death, Carl Frazee, 67, was recorded in adjoining Benton County. Twenty-four deaths were listed in all as the winds also ripped through Nashville, and Wilson and Putnam Counties.
Carroll County Emergency Management director Janice Newman is hoping that Carroll County will be declared a major disaster area due to the EF2 tornado that swept through Carroll County around 11 p.m. March 2.
If it is, the county will receive funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
An estimated $1,053,186 in damage occurred in the county, according to Newman. Destroyed were five houses and five manufactured homes. Forty-six structures were damaged but were still livable.
“The paperwork has been sent in,” said Newman. “We’re just waiting to hear.”
The hardest hit areas were Turner Lane, Bruceton-Vale Rd., Newton Lane, Hilliard Rd., Chapel Hill Rd., Vick Rd. and Highway 77 (Browning).
The tornado packed winds up to 125 mph. and was on the ground for 12 miles and was 100 yards wide.
“It started at the Weakley County line and after going through Carroll County’s northern part crossed into Benton County,” said Newman. “First responders, emergency personnel and law enforcement had to walk into some places because of trees and electrical lines being down.”
There were about 50 emergency responders out providing assistance after the storm passed.
No tornado sirens were activated and no NOAA radios went off.
Newman said the reason was that the storm system was not officially declared as a tornado