Tornado recovery continues in Adairsville - Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5

Tornado recovery continues in Adairsville

Posted: Updated:

The federal government has granted disaster relief to Mississippi, something it has denied Georgia even though both states were hit hard by tornadoes.

Despite sustaining heavy damage in the storm, Adairsville did not meet federal standards to qualify for the aid, official said.

To make up for the lack of federal aid, thousands of volunteers from the local churches and from faith-based relief groups around the country, as well as the Red Cross and Salvation Army, have stepped in to help.

Charles and Eloise Matthews sought assistance at a church relief center on Thursday, 15 days after the tornado destroyed their home.

"We hid from the tornado in our linen closet.  The tornado overlooked us but got our house instead," said Matthews.

They are both 82, both missionaries. They thought they'd wait at the end of the relief line before asking for help, thinking their neighbors might need it more, even though they lost everything and have been without power for two weeks.

Charles Matthews said he was upset by the lack of federal assistance.

"I don't mean to be ugly, but the present government thinks that the government does everything, but some things they don't do," said Charles Matthews.

That comment earned Charles a subtle tap on the leg from his wife: a request to be quiet.  

FOX 5's Doug Evans said that he has found very few complaints here about the lack of federal aid; north Georgia prides itself on self-reliance.

Adairsville Church of God is the relief center.  Pastor Ken Coomer they provide whatever anyone might need with no red tape or forms.

An army of volunteers will return to Adairsville this weekend to continue cleaning up and begin rebuilding. For more information, visit: www.bartownrelief.org

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Atlanta Falcons

    Falcons 2014-2015 schedule released

    Falcons 2014-2015 schedule released

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-04-24 02:13:59 GMT
    The NFL has released the 2014-2015 season schedules and the Atlanta Falcons slate of games provides plenty of intrigue. Here are a few items of interest. Week 1 will be a rematch of last year’s season opener, only this time, the New Orleans Saints come to the Georgia Dome. The Falcons play the Detroit Lions in London in Week 8. It’s a game fans will have to get up early to watch. It airs at 9:30 a.m. EST.
    The NFL has released the 2014-2015 season schedules and the Atlanta Falcons slate of games provides plenty of intrigue. Here are a few items of interest. Week 1 will be a rematch of last year’s season opener, only this time, the New Orleans Saints come to the Georgia Dome. The Falcons play the Detroit Lions in London in Week 8. It’s a game fans will have to get up early to watch. It airs at 9:30 a.m. EST.
  • GBI issues amber alert for two-year old girl

    GBI issues amber alert for two-year old girl

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:46:51 GMT
    Maliah Harris Maliah Harris
    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has issued a Levi’s Call, Georgia’s Amber Alert. The Mississippi Highway Patrol is on the lookout for 2 year old Maliah Harris. Harris is believed to have been abducted in from Caledonia Mississippi Wednesday morning. Harris is described as a white two-year-old female with blonde hair. Authorities said Harris was possibly abducted by Donald Boyd Harris. Boyd is described as a 34-year old 5’11” white male with brown hair and blue eyes. Authorities believe th...
    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has issued a Levi’s Call, Georgia’s Amber Alert. The Mississippi Highway Patrol is on the lookout for 2 year old Maliah Harris. Harris is believed to have been abducted in from Caledonia Mississippi Wednesday morning. Harris is described as a white two-year-old female with blonde hair. Authorities said Harris was possibly abducted by Donald Boyd Harris. Boyd is described as a 34-year old 5’11” white male with brown hair and blue eyes. Authorities believe th...
  • Governor signs controversial gun bill into law

    Governor signs controversial gun bill into law

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:12:43 GMT
    A few hundred gun rights advocates gathered for Wednesday's bill signing in Ellijay with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston and bill sponsor Rep. Rick Jasperse.
    A few hundred gun rights advocates gathered for Wednesday's bill signing in Ellijay with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston and bill sponsor Rep. Rick Jasperse.
Powered by WorldNow

1551 Briarcliff Rd., NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Main Number: (404) 875-5555
News Tips: (404) 898-0100

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices
.