MT. JULIET, Tenn. – Thursday marked the second day of recovery efforts in Mt. Juliet after one of the strongest storms the area has seen ripped through Wilson County.
Crews from around Wilson County were out in full force working to get the community back to normal.
The tornado left extensive damage to Mount Juliet's baseball park along Lebanon Road, where debris littered the fields. Structures and fences in park were also damaged. This is the third time in three years a natural disaster has damaged the park. It was shut down by two floods in 2010.
"We look at it as an opportunity for us to come back together and go about our everyday lives," said Mt. Juliet City Commissioner Ray Justice. "When you see the effort and the droves it makes you feel good."
Baseball tryouts scheduled for Saturday have been cancelled; the league will hold a community clean up event in its place.
"We're resilient. We'll be back," said Mt. Juliet League, Inc. President Chad Dowling. "We're confident we're going to get this rebuilt.
Wilson Emergency Management Agency officials also took the day to test tornado sirens after some voiced concerns about whether or not they went off.
After testing the seven sirens within Mt. Juliet, officials say they all appear to be working. They said outdoor sirens are made to alert people who are outside. In addition, the winds and storms may have made the sirens hard to hear Wednesday morning.