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Pair Arrested For Looting

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Carol Hadley Carol Hadley
Sheriff Ricky Headley Sheriff Ricky Headley
Dana and Stephanie Buttrey Dana and Stephanie Buttrey
Students helping with the cleanup Students helping with the cleanup

FAIRVIEW, Tenn. - Police arrested two people in Macon County and they're questioning them for looting.

A curfew to protect property starts Friday night.

Looting is a concern in every county where there's tornado damage.

Williamson County Sheriff Ricky Headley said he is providing 24-hour security near Fairview.

In that area, no one was killed, but a tornado destroyed 21 homes. 

Victims said securing property is important, but some of them said it's the least of their worries.

"We were doing a lot of praying under that tree," said Carol Hadley. "A lot of praying."

She and her husband barely escaped from their double-wide trailer.

They dove under a pine tree just seconds before the tornado hit.

"After it fell on us, at one point it shifted, like it was moving and I thought we were goners then," Hadley said. "But luckily the wind couldn't pick up the tree and we were safe."

Dana Buttrey and her daughter Shelby also feel lucky to be alive.

"My dad, if he had not called me, we just wouldn't be here," said Buttrey, who lay atop her daughter during the storm.

"I wasn't really scared...land on top of her so.

They have each other and they have friends such as Shelby's classmates who were excused from school to help clean up.

Despite all the visible destruction, there are things people can save. Some of it might be tempting to thieves so the Tennessee Highway Patrol  and the Williamson County Sheriff's Office have been providing extra protection at night.

"We've been concerned with looters, which is something we absolutely, we're adamantly not going to tolerate," Headley said.

The Buttreys are locking up what they can salvage in storage units.

Carol Hadley cannot imagine someone being that cold hearted.

"If they're that bad off, they can have it," she said.

She knows life is important. Nothing else matters.

"I mean you never think of this, do you," she said. "Our whole lives are out here. I'd say we're too old to start over, but there are so many people worst off than us. At least we lived through it."

Another concern is sightseers especially this weekend.

There's a possibility police may restrict access to these neighborhoods and let in only residents enter.

Saturday is volunteer day in Williamson County.

If anyone would like to help people near Fairview to clean up the community, meet at Fairview High School at 8 a.m. or at 1 p.m.

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