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Storms Ripped Stars Off Flag

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Last week's storms were so strong they ripped the stars right off state flag.

The winds were so strong, they tore the stitching off the flag. The flag flew over the state Capitol in downtown Nashville.

"Tore 'em right out of the center," said Jeremy Heidt, public information officer for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

The flag was given to Gov. Phil Bredesen who gave it to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to show appreciation for the agency helping people recover from the storms.

"Every disaster has an image," Heidt said looking at the torn flag. "This is for us."

A new flag flies on Capitol Hill.

TEMA workers said it is a touching reminder of the tragedy the state endured during the deadly tornadoes.

"It's definitely a perfect symbol," Heidt said. "Broken, but not destroyed and not forgotten."

TEMA officials said they plan to frame the flag and display it in their new offices once they are completed.

A series of severe storms killed dozens in Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. Thirty one people died in Tennessee. It destroyed hundreds of homes, businesses and other structures.

The tornadoes touched down west and east of Nashville, but not in it

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