Musical Fundraiser for Tellico Plains

Town square in Tellico (Courtesy: Jennifer Martin)

TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. (WVLT)- The outpouring of support continues for those whose homes were damaged or destroyed in Monroe County by an EF-2 tornado six weeks ago.

The twister hit the town of Tellico Plains March 2nd and left a fourteen mile path of destruction.

Folks are still trying to get back to normal as they rebuild their homes with the help of the neighbors.

Despite the passage of time...the community is still doing what it can to help folks get back on their feet.

Though music, fun, and lots of home-cooked meals...volunteers raise money for the Sweetwater Baptist Association Tellico Tornado Relief Fund. Their latest efforts to help people like Sharon Byers.

Her home was destroyed after the tornado hit.
She lost nearly everything, but could have lost it all if she hadn't left her home that night.

Byers, "I just had dropped to my knees in that basement and thanked God that I had enough sense to listen to my oldest son and got out."

A thankful mother of two, now piecing her life back together with the help of others.
A situation the outreach worker for Monroe County had never been in.

Byers says, "I'm used to being on the other side. I'm not used to being on this side. And it killed me. I'm used to giving not taking."

Nine different churches, and several bands joined at Tellico High School for the benefit.
It was organized by the band Rocky Flatts...

Byers says there aren't enough words to describe her gratitude.

Byers says, "I can't even say thank you enough to everybody."

The benefit went on from 4 to 8 o'clock Saturday night.
It was originally scheduled to be in Downtown Tellico Plains but was moved to the high school.