Clarksville Still Recovering 15 Years After F3 Tornado Downtown
by Marcus Washington
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Wednesday marked 15 years since a tornado ripped through downtown Clarksville, destroying nearly everything in its path. The work continues to move the city in a direction of growth.
Like many buildings in downtown Clarksville, the Madison Street United Methodist was turned to rubble after an F3 tornado came through the city.
It was January 22, 1999 around 4 a.m. when the tornado hit the downtown area. It spared very little as it took out churches, businesses, homes, and parts of Austin Peay State University.
The estimated cost of the damage was around $72 million.
Fifteen years later, the city has rebuilt much of what was destroyed. Much of the clean-up happened within the first three years after the tornado.
While there were plans to continue the growth, some business owners who rebuilt said for the past 12 years, nothing has changed.
Jeff Robinson's Black Horse Pub and Brewery has been doing well, but he said the same can't be said for what he says was once a more thriving downtown community.
City leaders said they plan is to change that with the formation of the Two Rivers Planning Committee.
Committee Jeff Bibb said there was no timeline set for potential projects, but the talks have business owners like Robinson happy to see what could help revamp downtown Clarksville.