The Cullman Times
Out of the April 27, 2011, tornado-driven disaster that befell Cullman some good things have taken root.
Throughout the city a flurry of building and rebuilding, coupled with the announcement of new and expanding businesses, has made clear the community’s intent to come back from devastation a stronger place.
Recognition of Cullman’s enthusiasm and determination came in an official capacity this week when U.S. Sen. Jeff Session, R-Alabama, notified Mayor Max Townson and other officials that the city had been selected by Southern Business and Development as the number one city in recovery efforts after the storms. Sessions made the announcement and was treated to a close-up tour of the actual efforts that earned the recognition.
Cullman County Emergency Management Director Phyllis Little said the senator was complimentary of both the city’s and county’s efforts to move forward. Indeed, the area is turning an important corner into the future.
Beyond the physical damage caused by the tornadoes, residents have bravely passed through another spring and summer, marking the anniversary with a successful concert, “Rock the South,” and a new commitment to cooperation across the county.
After such devastation, it would have been easy to leave the rubble on the ground and ponder, “Why?” But looking back is not in the spirit of this community.
While yesterday contain great memories, today is the defining moment when the community rebuilds and carefully imbeds a lasting foundation for the future.
Much has been learned from the 2011 disaster. We worked together to clear the immediate problems created by the storm, but from that cooperation and fellowship arose a better spirit of community.
The Cullman area always held a lot of potential. From the storm of 2011 new friendships and vision have taken a front seat in every walk of life.
Cullman worked hard to earn this unexpected but deserved award for rebuilding. Keeping alive the spirit that made such an award possible is the key to greater purpose and development throughout the area.