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A Look Back 15 Years After Massive Tornado Hit Nashville

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by Nick Beres

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A massive storm slowly made its way toward Nashville bringing powerful tornadoes that ripped through downtown Nashville 15 years ago.

The storm damaged buildings and even hit Newschannel 5 knocking the station off the air for a time.  The twisters also damaged or destroyed more than 300 homes in east Nashville, and even took out the city's oldest daycare.

Amazingly, not a single child was hurt at the Grace M. Eaton Center that day.

Renee Johnson helped protect the children then and reminisced about it all these years later.

"It seems like it just happened yesterday, and everytime I hear about a tornado I have flashbacks. But, I don't worry because now I know what to do," said Johnson.

Dan and Ellen Einstein suffered damage to their home in east Nashville.  The day after the storm they went door to door delivering free donuts to their neighbors.

"We know everyone was feeling down and depressed and we just felt we needed something small to help pick everyone up," said Dan Einstein.

The Einsteins and everyone else have rebuilt since the tornadoes, and the growth continues in the area making east Nashville nationally recognized as one of the hippest neigbhorhoods in the country.

In a twist, the Einsteins -- 15 years after handing out free donuts -- now run the Sweet 16th Bakery in east Nashville.

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