Nashville urges tourism in wake of deadly tornadoes

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NASHVILLE Tenn. (WTWO/WAWV) — After a deadly storm passed through late Monday evening, Nashville is putting efforts toward clean-up and rescue. For those wondering how to help, officials said tourism is a key to rebuilding.

“We need to keep people working,” Deana Ivy, vice president and chief marketing officer for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation said. “We need to keep the money coming in to help them rebuild. If you’d like to help please come visit.”

Since Tuesday the death toll has risen to 25, with two deaths in Nashville.

Despite the destruction around the city, downtown Nashville received little of the overall damage.

“If you come downtown you would not even know anything ever happened. It is vibrant, open and everything is undisturbed. Nothing hit the core of downtown,” Ivey added.

Tennessee is no stranger to storm damage or natural disasters. Ivey said they experienced flooding a decade ago and tornadoes in the 90s. Their road to recovery has always been deeply rooted in tourism and keeping those affected working.

Scott Shipman, Helping His Hands Executive Director said crews sent to Tennessee Tuesday are making an impact by using construction equipment to clear debris.

Roughly five volunteers are currently south, but more are on the way.He mentioned they plan on sending 20 to 25 volunteers to the state to help. Shipman himself will be making the trip down on Friday.

For anyone interested in making a donation or signing up to become a volunteer visit helpinghishands.com

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