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Allow me a moment to step away from the usual voice of this website.

What I am about to write has absolutely nothing to do with hockey.

If you live outside of Nashville, you may not be aware, but our city was hit by a 500-year flood over the last few days. The national news coverage gave us 15 minutes, but went back to focusing on a failed car bomb and an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. While both are clearly important stories, was that any reason to ignore our story? It may not be as terror-sexy as a failed car bomb or as eco-sexy as an oil spill, but that’s no reason to be ignored.

The Cumberland River crested at its highest level in over 80 years. Nashville had its highest rainfall totals since records began. People drowned. Billions of dollars in damage occurred. It is the single largest disaster to hit Middle Tennessee since the Civil War. And yet…no one knows about it.

Does it really matter? Eventually, it will…as I mentioned, there are billions of dollars in damage. It seems bizarre that no one seems to be aware that we just experienced what is quite possibly the costliest non-hurricane disaster in American history. The funds to rebuild will have to come from somewhere, which is why people need to know. It’s hard to believe that we will receive much relief if there isn’t a perception that we need it.

But let’s look at the other side of the coin for a moment. A large part of the reason that we are being ignored is because of who we are. Think about that for just a second. Did you hear about looting? Did you hear about crime sprees? No…you didn’t. You heard about people pulling their neighbors off of rooftops. You saw a group of people trying to move two horses to higher ground. No…we didn’t loot. Our biggest warning was, “Don’t play in the floodwater.” When you think about it…that speaks a lot for our city. A large portion of why we were being ignored was that we weren’t doing anything to draw attention to ourselves. We were handling it on our own.

Some will be quick to find fault in the way rescue operations were handled, but the fact of the matter is that the catastrophe could not have been prevented and it is simply ignorant beyond all reason to suggest otherwise. It is a flood. It was caused by rain. You can try to find a face to stick this tragedy to, but you’ll be wrong.

Parts of Nashville that could never even conceivably be underwater were underwater. Some of them still are. Opry Mills and the Opryland Hotel are, for all intents and purposes, destroyed. People died sitting in standstill traffic on the Interstate. We saw boats going down West End. And, of course, we all saw the surreal image of the portable building from Lighthouse Christian floating into traffic and being destroyed when cars were knocked into it. I’m still having trouble comprehending all of it.

And yet…life will go on. We’ll go back to work, to school, to our lives…and we’ll carry on. In a little over a month, I’ll be on this website talking about the draft. In October, we’ll be discussing the new Predators’ season with nary a thought of these past few days. But in a way, they changed everyone in this town. We now know that that it can happen to us…but also know that we can handle it.

Because we are Nashville.


  1. Krysteena

    May 4, 2010 at 10:17 am

    very well said!

    • Amy

      May 4, 2010 at 2:40 pm

      This gave me chills. I’m proud to live in Nashville.

      • Theresa

        May 6, 2010 at 1:28 pm

        So beautifully said. I love this city. I’ve been here for six years, and am proud to call Nashville my home. I am so proud that we have conducted ourselves with grace, dignity, and a strong spirit. I wish that was more newsworthy, but we all know it, and will never forget it. Beatiful blog!!

        • Zack

          May 13, 2010 at 8:23 am

          Great informative video displaying a vast amount of devastation in just one neighborhood ravaged by flood waters. Shot in Bellevue, TN.
          Contains resources for victims and those interested in helping in the relief effort.
          This disaster is not getting the attention it deserves!
          PASS IT ON

    • leeannmc

      May 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you for putting into words what the rest of us are thinking.

    • Meg

      May 4, 2010 at 3:37 pm

      We are Nashville! I LOVED this article.

    • margaret

      May 4, 2010 at 5:43 pm

      Wonderful you, Patten. Very cool.

    • Melanie

      May 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm

      Well said.We will be ok and we will help each other because Nashville is strong.

    • andrea

      May 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm

      i live in Antioch , up the street from the bell road and bluehoe road tradedy. and i watched the events go down on I24, the people running for thier lives as the water was coming over the interstate. i live in a 2 story house nd the 1st floor of my house is flooded and there is nothing i can do no where for me and my family to go. it wasnt that bad like alot of other people (about 4-5 inches) so we all ar camped out on the second floor. but as i go around town i am still amazed about what happened. i cant say others didnt know about what happened here in nashville because i know people in michigan, new york and florida, huntsville, that have called and have heard about what happened here in nashville. but we are called the volunteer state… we volunteer and step up and help each other in need and not just sit around and wait for someone. so yes thats why you seen people out helping other, taking their own boats out to get families out of thier houses. because if they hadnt, there would have been more then 19 people dead and even those people who passed were found in cars. well i have been here in nashville for about 12 yrs and i love it here. WE ARE NASHVILLE!!!

      • Bexky

        May 5, 2010 at 9:24 am

        My parents live in Ashland City and i lived there for 12 Years before we had to move to New Mexico. And i saddens me to think of how they just thow this disaster to the side of everything else. I wish i could be there to help the people effected by it. Just remeber you guys are always in our prayers.

      • hollan

        May 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

        We are Proud…..We are Nashville!

        • Judy Gilbert

          May 5, 2010 at 8:59 pm

          WE care about you. Thank you SO MUCH for the whole scoop!!

      • MommaJ

        May 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm

        WOW Lots of you guys have hit the nail on the head!! Thanks to Patten for creating this site. I never knew it was here.

        We do take care of our own(meaning our own towns, areas, people). I drive a school bus for Metro. It saddens me to know we have lost some of our buses, some drivers have suffered damage to their homes(even lost them), but they DO have their lives!!
        Yes, we will rebuild, we will prevail. It is amazing to me at how when tragedy hits we pull together no matter where your original roots began. If you live in Nashville, you are part of us!!

    • Susie

      May 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm


      • Elizabetrh

        May 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm

        Very well said!! It makes you thankful for everything, it took a disaster to really pull the city together once again and remind us that we are the volunteer state! I think in our busy lives we forget everything going on around us. For me, this made me step back and really LOOK at the city, the people and my life! I am proud to be a Nashvillian and proud of our state for not complaining, but stepping up and helping in ANY way that we can! It takes a city to rebuild, well, a city!!

    • Melissa

      May 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      I’d just like to say thank you for some very well said words. As a 911 operator it means a lot to hear someone tell people not to place blame on the responders. I know these men and women worked extremely hard to try to get everyone to safety as quickly as possible. Some even refused the first time they were asked to leave their homes putting responders themselves in danger to come back a second time to rescue them. I grew up in Nashville and now serve the citizens of Nashville and I am proud to do so. Just goes to show Nashville doesn’t need 15 minutes of fame to get things done.

      • Lydia

        May 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm

        what she said

        • Dana

          May 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm


    • JB

      May 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to write this. I, like most Tennessean’s, have been wondering if we were going to get any media attention, guess not. I understand our country has a couple of issues it’s facing right now, but none of those produced any loss of life as far as I know. It sad that this happened to us and people 10 people are no longer with us, families no longer have a home, people no longer have jobs, and our communities have been damaged. As long as we stand together we will be just fine.

      • Janbirdy

        May 6, 2010 at 11:49 pm

        Please don’t forget the lives lost and those missing from the rig that exploded. Not having your loved one retured to you to mourn and bury is agonizing.

    • Lisa McCullough

      May 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm

      This is very well said indeed….I love Nashville, I lived there for 15 years and it is a great great city, I miss it dearly! It is a part of me and I feel like this happened to me as well, I have cried and prayed with all of you and my son and his fiance still live there! I am totally impressed with how this is being handled by the citizens of Nashville and disgusted that National news seems to feel it is not important! There are parts of the Americana that are now lost….oh they may be rebuilt, but it will never be the same! Yes Nashville you are a great city with great people and I am glad and proud to say that I am a part of this great wonderful city and its people….

    • Tennessean, Born and Raised

      May 4, 2010 at 10:03 pm

      awesome article!

    • Maggie

      May 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm

      I’ve read this great article and many of the numerous replys. After spending the last 2 days helping my son and his young family (wife and 2 daughters, almost 4 and 5) who have lost all their material goods and home, with their recovery process, I feel many writers have missed the most important and revealing part of Patten’s blog. It’s not about what story is getting the most national spotlight, but it’s about the bigger community. It has been said that “it takes a village…” I can firmly state tonight that you only have to be here to feel in ways I cannot describe the enormity of our village. Not only has the local community risen to the challenge with thousands of volunteers, our own family alone can attest to the incredible power of just one phone call. An old friend who had moved away called my dearest friend to find our how she could help. Keep in mind she lives hundreds of miles away now, and has serious, debilitating medical challenges herself. With only one more phone call on her part, suddenly, our “community” or village, now expands to such far-flung places as FL, NY, CO and CA, with care packages already in the mail to us. A simple email sent by an in-law to his extended family resulted in a package being already shipped from Guam! Nashvillians, both native and adopted, totally “get it” and the VOLUNTEER SPIRIT thrives in Nashville tonight. As I prepare to fall into bed exhausted, with the “fragrance” of contaminated water, mold and who knows what else still present in my nose and mouth hours after I left the “house boat” and long after a serious hot scrubbing in the shower, my heart is full…of pride in my community and feeling absolutely overwhelved by the outpouring of love for fellow humans by absolute strangers who are driven by a true desire to “pay it forward.” That, my friends, is the real story…not what disaster got the most national coverage. Tonight I am so proud – to be a Nashvillian, a Tennessean, an American, a member of this community…and, most importantly, the mother and grandmother of this incredible young family who have lost everything except the important stuff – their lives, family and friends – even the ones they will most likely never meet. And that is the story.

      • Terri

        May 6, 2010 at 7:34 am

        Maggie, thank you soooo much. You summed it up perfectly and I could not add or say anything to expand on your comment except I, too, am proud to be a part of a world that still holds most dear “Charity.” You never see a Uhaul behind a hearst but you do get to take the love with you. May everyone be stronger in your faith and may hope shine ever so bright. . .someone tell the tourists and the national news to make plans NOW, we’re remodeling!!

      • marybeth

        May 6, 2010 at 7:42 am

        Wonderful article….I live in central Mississippi and your article brings to mind our great state of Mississippi and how we dealt with Hurricane Katrina. We, too, didn’t get much press because it was all centered on New Orleans. But, we Mississippians, pulled ourselves up by the bootstraps and rebuilt with not a whole lot of fanfare. We do so appreciate the many that did come to our aid without our even asking. God’s people are good!

        • Dawn

          May 6, 2010 at 4:03 pm

          I hear ya, Marybeth……I recall the media reports of Katrina only reporting the New Orleans issues, and not mentioning all the beautiful little cities up the Gulf Coast. I had been there only 3 months before Katrina and loved the area and planned to go back…………the people were so nice, yards and beaches were clean, but all America heard about was New Orleans. Oh yes, I had gone there too, but 1 hr. in the city and I headed back down the coast……….New Orleans was dirty, unsafe at night, good music and probably food, but no comparison. I hate that Nashville is not getting the attention they should b/c this looks & feels like a Katrina to me. Please know that many, many Midwesterners are praying for you and your families and finding ways to assist with the rebuild. Facebook rocks to get the message out.

    • Mike A

      May 5, 2010 at 6:17 am

      I would’ve cried a river when I read this, but this story is untrue. There was looting at farmer’s market. The security unlocked the gates for the owners to rescue what they could, and several people went in and looted the place.
      Also the reason we’re not up everyone’s noses around the world 24-7 about the flood? THERE’S OTHER NEWS BESIDES US! Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Damn!

      • Brian

        May 5, 2010 at 10:09 am

        Wow Mike you are a winner.

        • Sean

          May 5, 2010 at 11:06 am

          Mike–I believe the point is that there wasn’t MASS looting. You are speaking of one instance. Can you even name another, or compare it to New Orleans?? I guess that’s a rehtorical question…

      • Chad

        May 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

        You are cold and have no heart. The point is we are not asking for pitty or attention, even though we lost everything! We don’t need pitty! We are Nashville!

      • MJ

        May 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

        wow Mike, way to focus on something negative. we are not feeling sorry for ourselves because we are survivors and we will get through this. perhaps you don’t know anyone who has been devastated by this. I do, many. I live in Bellevue and hundreds of people right next to me have lost almost everything. one can’t possibly comprehend the extent of the destruction until you see it for yourself. and this article is true, we have received almost no national press- so many people in other areas have no idea what is going on here.

        • Delores

          May 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm

          Awesome maybe this should be read on the national news. we the people of Tennessee are amazing when it comes to our fellow man!My husband works for A O Smith water products and this company is paying them for 40 hours of work they did not perform because they care!!! What an awesome tow to live in Ashland City tn We love you!!!

      • Tina

        May 5, 2010 at 11:24 am

        Mike..Maybe you should read it again…comprehend it this time ..because you didn’t get it obviously .. I was out of town when it happened and had no clue what was going on till I looked on my facebook page.. before i almost drove through it…..Damn??? WTF??

      • Andrew H.

        May 5, 2010 at 11:58 am

        Seriously How can you say that!!!! Ok so there was one instance of looting out of the whole city, and to be frank the produce was ruined by the contaminated water so if the looters try to eat it they could get sick.THIS IS VERY BAD, THE WORST FLOOD SINCE THE CIVIL WAR!!!!!!!! Show a little common courtesy dude.

      • Kelly

        May 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm

        Wow Mike A. I can only guess what the “A” stands for after making such a comment. It’s not all about the glory or recognition of the complete and utter devestation, it’s the fact that so many people have lost so very much and most with absolutely no idea of where to turn next. Haiti had terrible earthquakes and more time energy and money has been shoved their way than most tax paying citizens would like. BUT, we still do it. I am very upset about the other events happening in the U.S. because I am an AMERICAN, & i care. When will we start caring for us, & I am asking you MIKE A. When will you start caring? When it your life is totally destroyed???

      • Bill s

        May 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

        Dear Mike, You’re a douche-bag and need to keep quiet. The end.

      • Teresa

        May 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm

        Mike, you are obviously a transplant from the north. If you can’t appreciate middle TN, go home!

        • Dana

          May 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm

          Hey, don’t knock transplants from the north, we love Nashville too!!

          • Michelle

            May 5, 2010 at 2:58 pm

            Amen Dana.

          • Sharon

            May 12, 2010 at 9:56 am


        • Jan

          May 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm

          Loved this article until this comment & the one above. If all from “the north” went home Nashville would not be the same!

          • Teresa

            May 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

            Yes, go home, those who do not appreciate Middle TN. I am speaking of Mike and any one else that does not comprehend the tragedy of so many families during the flood and its aftermath.

          • Bomac

            May 7, 2010 at 10:30 am


            You are wrong Nashville will be Nashville no matter whos here. Its the spirit of why we are called the volunteer state.

        • TR

          May 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm

          I am from the north and I was standing right beside my neighbors as the floods come rushing in. Don’t reply to ugliness with ugliness. Fact is, we are a community that is in need and came together like I have never seen anywhere before. It speaks volumes about the type of people we are…it isn’t a north and south thing, it is a middle TN thing.

        • Cherry

          May 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm

          I’m a transplant from the north and I think Mike A is a douche-bag too.

          The truth about Nashvillians is, if Mike was in trouble, we’d probably all try to help him out. How sad is he? He doesn’t get it.

        • Lori

          May 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm

          I resent your comment somewhat…I am a transplant from the North and am very proud to be in Middle Tennessee and know of the volunteer spirit that is alive and well. Please don’t paint all transplants with the same brush.

        • Theresa

          May 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm

          Amen x 2!! I am a Northern transplant, and this city has stolen my heart lock, stock and barrel. I LOVE this place, and have made it my home. Not all of us Yankess are jerks!

        • Marza

          May 6, 2010 at 7:06 pm

          Marza Um, lighten up people. I’m from New York and will be out with the hundreds of other volunteers helping my and your neighbors. Enough with the “up north”, and “yankee” shit. There are jack-asses in EVERY state.

        • Bob

          May 11, 2010 at 10:00 am

          Dear Teresa,

          Is that your southern charm and hospitality showing through?

      • Frank Jones

        May 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm

        Mike A(ss) – What did they get, a couple of tomatoes? You pathetic loser, people are using the term “no looting” as in general terms. Not as an absolute. Are you an idiot? We live in a metropolitan area (that means a lot of people, if you can still keep up: of or pertaining to a large city, its surrounding suburbs, and other neighboring communities) There are murders, rape, pillage and plunder in every major city in the U.S., all day, and every day. The point is, that overall our city has not succumbed to the normal mass looting and hysteria that places like NYC, New Orleans, Chicago, and Detroit go through under similar circumstances. OH NO! Somebody took some corn from Farmer’s Market! Alert the media!

        • Michelle

          May 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm

          You’re right, Frank Jones. Nashville has not succumbed to the normal mass looting because most everybody is busy caring about and helping their fellow Nashvillians in trouble. We are a great city!

        • chris

          May 26, 2010 at 10:26 am

          How can or would you take a jab at New Orleans? 1 million people were displaced by a man made disater? 500,000 homes and business distroyed. People could not return home for 40 days. You have got to be kidding? 2500 people died. WTF. You people (we are Tenn)? WTF.. yall need to think about what your saying. Also looting was for survival, not TVs. I was a fan of Nashville, but will never return reading how insensitive your entier community has reacted….. This volunteer will help somewhere else!

      • Carol

        May 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm

        Mike, You IGNORANT idiot! The percentage of looters after this tragic disaster was negligable. The people of Nashville did not sit on their lazy a$$es and wait for “daddy government” to come and rescue them. They got up, got out, and took care of themselves and their neighbors. The city will take months, even years to rebound and rebuild, but we WILL rebound and rebuild. The media sits like monkeys on a fence (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) as they protect the most inept president in American history for his stupidity and lack of response. Do you remember Katrina when they jumped all over George Bush?…..That was another natural disaster…another force of nature, but that president was demonized. There are many things to fauilt Bush for, but Katrina was a media fest that was unnecessary. The people of Tennessee have risen to the occassion and shown what AMERICAN spirit is. I find it so sad that others feel it is the job of the government to provide everything and to rescue them when something bad happens. Nashville, and all of Tennessee has so much to be proud of. I am NOT a Nashville native or even a Tennessee native, but I am proud to now call Nashville home. Well done Nashville, well done Tennessee!!!!

      • John

        May 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm

        You are exactly correct. I am currently in Destin Fl. When I first read the well written piece I looked to see if I had packed my Preds Cap so I could wave it and shout “YES!”. Unfortunately I hadn’t. But as I thought about the article this afternoon on the beach here is what I’ve concluded. It is mostly untrue. Not intentionally; hovever I don’t think the writer has been watching the same news that the rest of the world has been watching. Albeit, I’m not there to see for myself. Here is what I’ve experienced 450 miles from the flood:

        I’ve seen live reports every morning and night coming from Nashville —all three networks, Fox, Cnn and the Weather Channel. Monday and Tuesday it was all over the the local news here including video. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen the flooding on I-24 with the church building floating and coming apart in the past 72 hours. Almost every place we went on Monday and Tuesday I overheard folks talking about the Great Flood in Nashville and how tragic it was. Heard a few today. Many made reference to the Opryland Hotel. Which by the way was not even close to being destroyed. The CEO of Gaylord said today that he hoped to be back in business by July. He had earlier said by Christmas. Opry Mills will also be open in a few months. On Fox or NBC Mayor Dean said a billion dollars might be the price tag. One billion dollars is a lot of money. There are a lot of zeroes between one billion and “billions”.

        As bad as it is I doubt that it is the worse non hurricane disaster (as far as destruction) in American History or even close. Some folks in Chicago or California might take exception to that. Obama has already declared it a disaster in possibly record time. FEMA is on the scene. Not sure that is a plus or minus.

        I did hear about looting on the national news. They interviewed a policeman and reported that Franklin was under a dusk to dawn curfew because of looting. My son emailed to say there had been a lot of looting in Riverwalk and that the cops were cruising around shining their spotlights between the houses on Tuesday night.

        But he is correct I heard much more about the outreach from the good people to help others whom they don’t even know — folks like I saw a video to of a guy named Rob McDonald picking up a stranded 90 year old woman at River Plantation. As bad as it was for her she still managed a hug e ear to ear smile. It brought tears to my eyes What an example to the rest of us when we are in difficult times. But the truth even with all the Rob McDonalds and the thousands of volunteers and 700 prisoners who saved the water plant, we can’t handle it on our own. We’ve got to have Federal Help. Too many of us had no insurance; not because we were irresponsible but because this was a 500 year event ( The Corp of Eng says 1000). It feels good to say we can handled it ourselves but that isn’t true. It is bigger than us. Those poor folks who lost it all would certainly disagree with the writer’s final conclusion.

        Speaking of conclusions I came to the conclusion that whoever wrote that article is infected with he same bug that the African- American in North Nashville is infected. The one who said on the news that the “rescue efforts are ignoring the poor folks in North Nashville to take care of the rich folk in Bellevue and Brentwood”. The bug I’m referring to is the ‘Us Against Them Bug”. I believe it to capable of destroying our great Nation if we don’t all draw a line in our hallowed ground. We say we are One Nation Under God and many of us hold that truth to be sacred but regardless of our political strips we act less and less act like we are one.


        • susan

          May 6, 2010 at 5:27 am

          John — very well said and well written. you had my attention the entire comment.

        • cindy

          May 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm

          I agree with you John. My heart goes out to all those in Nashville that are going through this tragedy. I have friends who live there, too. As in any natural disater of this magnitude, it takes not only a village but a country to come together.

          I get really tired of comparisons and finger pointing, whether it be Katrina, Nashville, North, South. We are all ONE NATION UNDER GOD!!! We are all human beings who need to come together to help those in need.

          I am originally from New Orleans, and I felt terible for friends and family during Katrina. I have lived in Portland, Oregon for 24 yrs. So, yes, I guess I am an Oregonian, too.

          I guess what I am trying to say is that, it doesn’t matter where we come from, where we live. What should matter first and foremost is that we are all human beings living in this world that God has created. Instead of negative comparisons, judgements against others, cotastrophes like these are about humanity and coming together to help our fellow men.

          I believe there are good people and bad in the world. It has nothing to do with location, color, race, religion, etc. We need to take the time to focus on helping and re-building, loving and caring, and lots of prayers and support. This is what we all need at a time like this.

          So I say to all the wonderful people in Nashville who are going through a terrible time. My thoughts, prayers, and love is with you all. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND MAY WE ALL COME TOGETHER AS A NATION WHO CARES ENOUGH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!

          All my love, Cindy

          • Gerri

            May 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm

            Thank you Cindy for your well wishes and prayers and you are so right we should act as one people and thank God for our country and help each other no matter where we come from!!!
            Gerri from Old Hickory

      • Shelly

        May 5, 2010 at 7:10 pm

        Mike, were you one of the looters?? Must be since you know so much about what happened.

      • ALKTenn

        May 5, 2010 at 7:45 pm

        I am glad there are more people like Patton in this city than there are people like you. I’d like you to tell the thousands of people who have nothing and have nowhere to go, whose lives were swept away, who lost their loved ones to “stop feeling sorry for yourself”. Stay classy Mike

      • BRENDA

        May 5, 2010 at 7:45 pm

        Nashville, please don’t despare because people do care. I am sure you will experience that soon.

      • Jamie Bowles

        May 6, 2010 at 7:38 am

        “Also the reason we’re not up everyone’s noses around the world 24-7 about the flood? THERE’S OTHER NEWS BESIDES US! Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Damn!”

        Dude… nobody ‘feeling sorry for themselves’, as I took it.
        Feeling PROUD that our self-reliance is plenty enough, just like my family and friends in Hopkins Co. Kentucky after the ’05 F4 tornado ripped through (for the record FEMA was hands-off for that one, too), or the ice storm that had millions of Western Kentuckians without power for weeks.
        NO, please don’t send ‘official’ federal help. Give a government the responsibility of ‘taking care of you’ and you concurrently relinquish the right of self-determination. NO, country folks will take care of themselves, thank you.

        Now, maybe if Hank Jr. was quoted on national media as saying that the reason we got no FEMA help is because “Obama doesn’t like red-necks” (j/k remember Kanye after Katrina?).

        And that’s all I have to say about that.

        • Leo

          May 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

          “Give a government the responsibility of ‘taking care of you’ and you concurrently relinquish the right of self-determination.”

          Thank you. Says it all, doesen’t it? In all things.
          God Bless those in Nashville.

      • bdub

        May 7, 2010 at 2:24 am

        compared to other tragedies in the past, we had no problem with looting. i mean really… the farmers market…. come on dude. carrying televisions, new jordans, other random non-necessity items in front of the news cameras… that’s looting!! you are a “really awesome guy” mike. so glad we have people like you around here to keep us on our toes and remind us that some people really do suck. thanks mike

        • Linda

          May 7, 2010 at 9:50 pm

          How do we know Mike is from Nashville? If he was here and seeing all the devastation and hurting people he would feel a little sympathy…….Maybe…… or maybe not!

      • Dolly

        May 7, 2010 at 7:38 am

        There always has to be a negative rotten apple in the group doens’t there. And it is you Mike. If farmers market is the worst that can be found for now…… wake up…… compare to other similiar incidents ……. I don’t think anyone is feeling sorry for themselves…. I think they are feeling honored and proud to have the community support and understanding. My opinion… you don’t seem to fit the community spirit… eer considered moving?….. sure there would be volunteers to help you do that as well.

      • cyr

        May 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm


        Why don’t you take a shit and fall back in it.

        That’s all,


      • anonymous

        May 15, 2010 at 10:18 pm

        Ah, you gotta love these hit-and-run comments (not). Leave it to some ignorant douchebag with the power of the internet to pretend like he is a know-it-all, leaving a single negative comment amongst the positive, then never returning. It’s these kinds of insects that pollute our world.
        Mike A, even though you will never read let alone reply to these comments, there is a name for people like you — “internet tough guy”. Go back to your shameful life, and never set one foot in Tennessee, or I will personally castrate you.

      • Michael W.

        May 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm

        I completely agree Mike. I don’t know why the author didn’t the author just say the reason we were ignored is because he was a higher class of people than the scum that live in Noew Orleans. Instead the author says ” large part of the reason that we are being ignored is because of who we are.” Give me a break!

    • Denise

      May 5, 2010 at 6:31 am

      Your article, in my opinion, hit the truth dead on. The people of this area are “taking care” of business. This is what America is about and proof that we do not need the government to tell us how much salt to use or which health care program we have to take out. At least in Nashville, they are pulling together not against each other. It’s a Nashville state of mind! Thank you to all the volunteers who are willing to help out their less fortunate neighbors!

    • Gwen Cline

      May 5, 2010 at 8:45 am

      Beautifully written. God bless you Nashville. I’m so thankful my son, grandson and his girlfriend were finally able to make it back to Owensboro, Kentucky after being stranded in Nashville. My son said, “mom the water was up to the top of my Tundra, and we saw horses swimming along side of us.” My heart go out to all there.

    • Tiffany

      May 5, 2010 at 8:47 am

      why is it that whenever someone writes/says something positive, someone has to pee pee all over it by picking a fight or being argumentative? of course there are exceptions to this article–there will always be someone who will take advantage and resort to looting. it doesn’t make it right, but if you have no food or a way to get it, it stands to reason that this sort of thing will happen. I’m not justifying this, but i’m saying it’s no reason to condemn the article just because you have a dispute with it. i don’t believe that he meant to suggest that there was absolutely NO ONE taking advantage–the point of the article is the spirit of the city, not a straight news story on the crime beat. i don’t think his comment about looting diminishes the story at all. a week or so down the road when the stores dry out a little–then we’ll see about looting.

    • T Blanton

      May 5, 2010 at 10:53 am

      Well I can say that there were family members both in Florida and Texas waiting on pins and needles to see if all the family made it ok. We have one home flooded of all of them (there are several) Thank the Lord. It was widely known and published on facebook, especially for the families.

    • Sonya McCllough

      May 5, 2010 at 11:36 am

      So glad, someone gets it.

    • Elizabeth

      May 5, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      I completely agree with this article that was written in response to the flood here in our lovely nashvegas! I live in the pennington bend area and our whole neighborhood was under water within minutes of the damns being opened.

      The part that baffles me is that our city was so concerned with the bomb in New York, etc. that they could not even let the citizens of their city know that they were realeasing the damns! They couldn’t even get on the same page to tell people to evacuate!

      The water came so quickly in our neighborhood that I didn’t even have time to grab belongings all I had time to grab were my animals and RUN! Our neighborhood filled so quickly and what baffles me is how come our neighborhood wasn’t important enough for the emergency crews to come and rescue our neighbors? Why was it that neighbors got their boats out and went and bought rafts to save the stranded people from the back of the neighborhood. Why is it that Opryland guests could go to McGavock High school but why no one from my neighborhood was allowed in? what is that all about? is it because they were paid or what? I mean there was no where for half of us to go or stay.

      I believe that in light of all that has happened that everyone in this city needs to come together as a community and help others. Do not have the mentality that… “Oh Well your house is already under water so what’s the point in helping” (Which by the way, I have been told this by several people). some people in our city are using this as a laughing stock, they are throwing out racist commments and slandering their neighbors. We are in a time of minor crisis and the last thing that this city needs is mindless, heartless people to get in the way!!

    • Elizabeth

      May 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      As a Katrina Survivor and one who claims Nashville as my home town. I applaud you for your article. I have been watching the news for any tidbit I can find on this tragedy in Nashville. There just isn’t much out there. I lived in Nashville all my life and then in New Orleans for 10 years. After Katrina …I left. I didn’t want to go through another hurricane for one..but I was also appalled at the behavior of some of the people of Louisiana, its governor, and the mayor of New Orleans. Living in New Orleans post Katrina was like living in a war zone. I am so proud to hear that the citizens of Nashville and the surrounding areas have risen above the craziness of human desperation to reach out helping hands to one another. I am just saddened however, that the media does not find this kind of bravery, selflessness and charity to one another news worthy. Nashville, hold your head up…you are an example to anyone unfortunate enough to experience a natural disaster. You have shown just what stern stuff you are made of. And i am proud to call you my home town.

      • cindy

        May 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm

        Shame on you!!! I have family that lived through Katrina and where they lived, people did come together and help each other, Unfortunately, the media made it so ugly by focusing on the ugly stuff. I live in Portland, but I care about the Nashville friends as much as I did for my frinds and family going through Katrina.

        This is not the time to comapare and judge. People need to stop wasting time doing that and start spending time trying to help those in need.

        They are all horrible, horrible disasters. And many people suffer through them. Try prayer and being positive instead of putting down how other disasters were handled. We do not know what we would do until things happen. It is obviously the worst flood in Nashville in 500 yres. Katrina was the worst hurricane for N.O. in over 100 yrs. Sometimes we are just not prepared for these kind of things. So I ask of you, that while you obviously love Nashville as I do, Think before you speak when talking about people from Katrina. This is a very sensitive subject to all who went through it and to all their loved ones who felt helpless, praying to hear that there friends and families were O.K. People such as I, waiting on the sidelines in Portland, and feeling completely helpless as there was nothing I coul do but wait.

        When I pray, I pray for all. I don’t specify my prayers by state or country. Maybe the world would be a little better off if we all did this!!!

        • Jessica

          May 13, 2010 at 6:45 am

          Thank you Cindy. My brother and his family live in Nashville. We live in New Orleans and survived Katrina. While our hearts break for those in Nashville it is an unfair comparison to relate 24 hours of rain to 4 weeks of standing water. Nashville was able to begin recovery the very next day. We were not allowed back in our homes for weeks. When you are blocked from entering your city, you have no choice but to rely on help from others. Until one has been stranded for that length of time in a city filled with water and no help in sight, it is difficult to say with any accuracy what you would do to survive.

          • cindy

            May 13, 2010 at 10:27 am

            Jessica, very well put. I get so tired of the comparisons. I hope you and your family have been able to recover and re-build your lives. God Bless You!!!

          • Irisa

            May 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

            Thanks for your insight, Jessica. While both cities suffered horribly, one really can’t compare the two equally. I live just north of New Orleans, and had many, many friends and family suffer unimaginable hardships in the aftermath of Katrina. Some fled the city for their lives, never to return to their homes, as there literally -still- is nothing to return to. The Blame Game wins nobody points here, y’all. Yes, some people behaved abominably after the failure of the federal levees and the innundation of the city. Yes, some were African-American. Some were also killed for trying to cross a bridge to safety. People were scared, people were desperate, thousands of people died. Please folks . . . try not to judge.

    • Donna

      May 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm

      Very well written. I am also proud of our state. We are the VOLUNTEER STATE and we proved it last weekend. I am also proud of the way we helped our neighbors instead of stole from them. We lifted each other up in prayer, instead of lifting their possessions. We helped clean up instead of creating havoc. We are the perfect example of Southern Hospitality. We are a wonderful community and state. Even if we don’t make the news, it doesn’t matter. We know that we have suffered great loss. Even if we didn’t make CNN, it doesn’t matter, we made it into each other’s hearts. Prayers continue to go up for the victims of this catastrophe and their families. CNN can’t offer us that.. We continue to “help thy neighbor” not because we might make it on TV, but because we might make a difference that day. We continue to offer assistance and we don’t need national coverage…we need to be thankful we are in Tennessee!!!!!

    • Caring in New York

      May 5, 2010 at 5:47 pm

      While your words are very heartfelt, I have to disagree with you about people not caring of about you (the city, Floods in Nashville) not getting coverage. Here in New York as recently as this morning 5/5/10 the tragedy in Nashville was still very much apart of our local news. I have friends in Nashville and care very much as do many of my fellow New Yorkens.

      I am deeply sadden by your losses and devastation however, I feel that more can be gained by simply asking people to do thier best to help Nashville and surrounding areas rebuild rather than leaving a bad taste in the mouths of non-TN residents as I felt after reading this blurb. I am a very kind-hearted, caring person who would give the shirt off my back without even being asked and pride myself on inspiring all whom I encouter to adopt the same practices. When I first hear the news I reached out to all my TN friends and sent my prayers and well wishes. Not stopping there I am making efforts to help out friends where I can. In closing I would like to say that people all over this world battle & brave devastation on a daily basis. It’s only when it hits home that it becomes personal and you/we actualy being to care or even PAY ATTENTION. My heart goes out to you all. The residents of TN & MS are now and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. GOD BLESS !!!!

      • Lisa S

        May 5, 2010 at 6:21 pm

        I agree to all whole-heartedly. I am from Columbia TN, but now live in western NY. I am just sick and sad about all I have seen and heard. I have friends who have till yet even been allowed back to their homes to see the devastation. But I must say Mr. Patten, you also brought me to tears with your statements about our great city. I only wish I were closer to do more hands-on participation. Thank you to all who have commented and God bless to all who have mountains to move. You are in my thoughts and prayers now and for the days and months to come as the rebuilding begins.

      • stacie

        May 5, 2010 at 11:08 pm

        really? a blog on a hockey site can “leave a bad taste in your mouth” for an entire city.

    • Taylor

      May 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm

      I’m a transplant from California.But I’m sure glad to call Nashville home.Seems to me one reason we have coped so well is because we are happy people here. And happy people don’t do crazy things , they love and take care of each other.

    • bizzyonline

      May 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm

      You should be proud of your city and the good people who live there. I pray you will stay safe and will find good people everywhere helping each other. I’m sure it will get worse before it gets better. Stay strong and show the world how it’s done the right way…

    • Herschel B

      May 6, 2010 at 4:05 am

      I’ve set here and read a lot of the comments. Am a retired Nashville Paramedic. In my 32 yrs, I haven’t seen such a flood that we experienced. Come pretty close. We are Nashville and there’s going to be people that take advantage of a situation. There is a lot of population in Nashville and the flood effected probably 50 % or more of that populace, however, the Cumberland River spans all of Middle Tn and the Duck River is a main river dumping in the Tennessee. The Harpeth River runs through and dumps into the Cumberland. There were lots of heroic efforts this past weekend rescuing a lot of people in the counties that house these rivers. While setting and listening to my scanner(yes, I still do that and wife, well, nuff said)to all of the calls, I heard ‘no one has any contact with Hickman County’. That was a scary feeling. To know that in this day and time, we can lose communications with a county. And they weren’t the only county that had problems. If you live in a rural area, volunteer, go to the classes the local safety office offers for helping yourself.
      Nashville still has water problems with one water plant operating. People who live out in the counties may be boiling water for months coming out of their wells. These are the people who furnish vegetables for that Farmers Market and make their living from that. Kudos to Nashville Fire and the local Rescue Squads and citizens who got out in this mess and helped their neighbors. Those of you from the north, we’re glad to have ya. You made to the good life. Relax, this to will pass. As for slavery, we can’t re-do the past, get over it. You, I’m afraid are slaves to your own thinking. And Mike, you’re probably a nice guy, socialize a little, get to know your neighbors, and try to be a more positive person, I’ll bet you’ll be a better person

    • Terry Frakes

      May 6, 2010 at 6:52 am

      How true, and how sad. To many of us, the continued – and continual -talk about Katrina and poor New Orleans five years afterward are nigh onto sickening. Nashville, like most places, pulled herself up by her bootstraps and kept going on her own. Greensburg (tornado), Xenia (tornado), Pensacola (hurricane), and so much of Mississippi, hit by the very same hurricane that got New Orleans, quietly rebuilt. No looting, no shooting at rescuers, no big splash about how unfair it all is. Nashville, good luck and we’ll see you later.

      • cindy

        May 7, 2010 at 1:14 am

        It seeem like you are one of those talking about Katrina–5 yrs. later my friend. It was horrible to everyone affected by it, Unfortunately people lik you want to think the worse of New Orleans because of how the media portrayed it. There are wonderful people there just as in Nashville. Why does everyone have to make such negative comparisons? Were you there? Did you go through all the heartache? Obviously not. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT MY LITTLE UNINFORMED FRIEND!!!!!

        • A blessed friend

          May 7, 2010 at 10:00 am

          Dear Cindy,
          These people mean well. There is no need to be so bitter. It is hard to look back on Katrina with the devastation it caused us all. We DID have some really bad things that happened in N.O., I know you are trying to be positive, but just because we made it through Katrina and there were many good Samaritans along the way, doesn’t mean that we handled it just as well as TN. It is beautiful how we had so many people who helped out in Katrina (truly heart warming) but for Nashville to come together as a whole meaning without shooting at rescue squads, a nursing home losing its bus to carjackers, shots fired at helicopters airlifting people out of the Superdome, Some officers who had been stranded on the roof of a hotel were shot at, and the list goes on and on. They have gone relatively unscathed from this tragedy, I think that John who Posted May 5, 2010 at 7:04 PM really nailed this story on the head… if any of you havent read this PLEASE DO. I don’t think it does any injustice.

          • cindy

            May 7, 2010 at 7:01 pm

            Dear Blessed friend, If you read all my different comments from the top down, I don’t think you would think I am a bitter person. And even if you did, that’s o., because people who know me know that isn’t true.

            The point I was trying to make in the beginning was how much I praise Batten’s eloquent, beautiful piece he wrote on the Nashville floodin. I have friends there just as I had friends and family who went through Katrina. It was the looters and that group of drug crazed people in New Orleans that the media focused on. There are many wonderful people there, too. I just get tired of every cotastrophe being compared to the horrible destruction of Katrina in so many ways.

            The point I was trying to make, is that we need to stop making this about politics, location, slavery(one person brought that into the conversation)and focus on what’s really going on here. Our friends are going through a horrible thing. That’s what my focus is on. My thoughts and prayers are with them all. Before people become so judgmenatal about things they are so informed about. They need to stop and think about what they are saying. The last time I checked, WE ARE ONE NATION UNDER GOD!!! We need to pull together and support the people that need us. It isn’t a stste to state thing, north or south, etc. Those kind of comments are idiotic. Its about people coming together no matter where we are. I think if you read all the posts you’ll see how negative some of these posts are.

    • doug

      May 6, 2010 at 7:44 am

      your well-written piece did not fall on deaf ears. anderson cooper on cnn, publicly apologized to middle tennesseans last night, admitting that even he did not realize the severity of the floods because of the gulf coast and times square news. he is bringing his crew to nashville thursday, so that the whole world will know what has happened.

    • Amy Stephens

      May 6, 2010 at 10:46 am

      I am not from Nashville, but I have loved it for years. It is our family’s favorite getaway. Our entire extended family(about 70 of us) spend the entire weekend b4 Christmas at the Opryland Hotel. We have done that for years. When Nashville wasn’t getting coverage – I was dumbfounded. Then I got mad. Yes, it is because no one was screaming for media attention. No one was killing and stealing. No one was running down the street with big screen TVs. No movie star was organizing a telethon. It was just people helping people. No news there. Iowa was swept under the rug when they flooded. So was Galveston about a week after their hurricane. That says a lot about the ethic of the people. “Everyone go on about your business. We’ve got this. We’ll be fine.” LOVE YOU NASHVILLE!!!!!!

    • Glenda Robbins

      May 6, 2010 at 11:45 am

      The way residents of NASHVILLE ARE HANDLING THIS DISASTER SHOULD BE A WAKE UP CALL TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. God’s people are to love one another as God loves us. The Bible says disasters like never seen before will come.

    • Lori

      May 6, 2010 at 2:32 pm

      I am from Paducah, KY…. the Cumberland River flows downstream into our area and we are sandbagging as I speak. To think that I haven’t heard about the disaster in Nashville is an understatement. It’s all over the news here and all over the Weather Channel, still. The sad thing is more rain is expected this weekend. My prayers are with all you folks in Nashville. Two winters ago, we had a winter ice storm that affected millions of people through Arkansas and Kentucky. I personally was without power for 2 weeks and it was freezing! We also got very little coverage on the news. We’re on the New Madrid Fault, so what’s next? An earthquake of enormous magnitude? I don’t think anyone is safe anywhere these days. Whether is be nature driven or man-driven (ie, the oil spill) it appears as though Mother Earth is trying to tell us something….

    • Lori

      May 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm

      Feel free to visit the above link to see how the Nashville Flood has affected Kentucky. The water has to go somewhere… it’s called, downstream. I certainly don’t discount what’s happening in Nashville, but we are getting affected by it too!

      • Paducah News

        May 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm

        Just click on “Paducah News”

    • MIKE

      May 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm

      Like the sign over the stadium east of here says..I WILL GIVE MY ALL FOR TENNESSEE!

    • cindy

      May 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm

      I second that. I love your passion on this matter. Next time, Maybe try to leave the comparisons to Katrina out. There weere many good people ther, too. This is not the time to be offensive toward another city. It is the time for all of us to come together and help in any way we can. I will be making donations as I did in Katrina. And my thoughts and prayers are with all the wonderful people in Nashville!!!

    • Dr_Irish

      May 6, 2010 at 7:07 pm

      Where the hell is the press and Obummer? Where are the Tennessee politicans raising hell about this incompetence???

      • Linda

        May 7, 2010 at 10:39 am

        Okay, I’ve read enough whinning about the no press issue. We got press and we will get more. The most important press we needed and got was our local telling us what was happening minute by minute and where to avoid going, etc. As devastating as our flood was, as costly as it will be and as sad as we all are that there were precious lives lost, this was not a Kartrina event. Praise God! And, Praise God we had very competent leadership here in Nashville. Our city officials did an excellent job of handling it. Neighbors helped neighbors just as they did in New Orleans and all the areas Katrina affected. As for the Obama slur, our President signed the disaster relief request the moment he got it and FEMA was already here. I do not know what kind of incompetence you are referring to Irish. What? You think he needs to come to Nashville to survey the damage? I think the hundreds of gallons of oil being spilled into the Gulf is a little more severe than what we have experienced. Don’t get me wrong, this was a big old fat deal for us here in Nashville, but I’m proud of the way we as a community have handled it and not an excuse to start spewing the I hate Obama retoric. Geez!

    • Peter D

      May 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm

      I agree, very well said. Our prayers are with you, Nashville because We are America

      • cindy

        May 7, 2010 at 7:03 pm


    • Kristin

      May 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm

      I’ve never been to Nashville but it sounds like a great place. It’s nice to know there are Americans out there like this! We’ve actually heard the news and it’s a bit of the buzz but I’m sure we can’t even comperehend. We’ll keep you all in our prayers.

    • Janbirdy

      May 6, 2010 at 11:42 pm

      Craig Ferguson made a plea for help and presented the info for Red Cross Website and their text (90999) to donate $10. Peter Frampton who was delayed and prevented from flight into Nashville and who’s equipment is sitting underwater in storage has vowed fund raising concerts for you. He has personal experience in tragedy and loss. We haven’t forgotten you, the news stations have. God Bless

    • Sharon Schreck

      May 7, 2010 at 5:55 am

      I appreciate the comments here. We are a village. We are a village that cares for our own regardless of how long we have known each other. It is not about history, its about community connection, a sense of belonging that stems from who we are as a people. It will only be made stronger by this. There is pain and hardship, but there is also new connections made here that will last for lifetimes. New freindships created by hardship that will last into positive times after this has past that will make our community one that is closer.

      • cindy

        May 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm

        DITTO!!!!! SHARON

    • Joan, Tucson, Ariz.

      May 7, 2010 at 8:18 am

      I only knew the gravity of this flood from a friend who lives there, then learned more by reading media outlets in your area. The civility and chivlary shown by the people of Nashville gives me hope that the true American spirit is alive and well. The national media may not appreciate your struggles and your triumphs, but many of your fellow Americans do indeed. God bless you!

    • Tracey

      May 7, 2010 at 8:48 am

      Very well put. I couldnt have said it any better. Thanks so much !!!!!

    • Misty B.

      May 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

      I live in the shadows of Nashville, Cheatham County. We are swimming too. The people in middle Tennessee are kind, caring individuals. We don’t just say that, we show it! We volunteer around the world, of course, we will take care of our own. GO VOLUNTEERS!

    • April H

      May 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      Good Luck Nashville!! A year ago today, Montgomery, AL was hit with a flash flood. It was a 100 year flood. It was horrible all the damage it did. We had 1 minute on the national news and we were like you, the city came together and did what needed to be done. With that said, I now know what we went through was nothing compared to Nashville. Everyone here is thinking of ya’ll and halfway know what you are going through. Nashville is a great city! You will rebuild and be much stronger!!

    • Diane

      May 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm

      Now that I have stopped crying long enough to see the screen, I want to tell you Tennessee is in my heart. What I don’t think has set in yet is the lose of community, the drug store down the street, the station on the corner where you get your gas. Did your mechanic make it through? Do you know how are it is to find a good mechanic only to lose him to a flood. How about the couple down the street with the little girl will they still be there?

      You guys have a long road ahead of you but I have faith you will pull through just fine because that is just who you are. It reminds me no one heard about hurricane Rita that hit west Louisiana a few weeks after Katrina and caused even more damage but those people did like ya’ll. They got in their boats and went out and got their neighbors.

    • JulieR from Portland Oregon

      May 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

      Wow well said is right! I am very sorry that this happened and is still happening. The news of the flood was touched on here for less than 15 min. and I feel that is wrong. Good for Nashville for dealing with this disaster with your southern charm, and courtesy. I wish you all the best, my heart goes out to everyone affected, and I grieve for those lost in this horrible tragedy.

    • D.D.

      May 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm

      Patten Fuqua/writer of We are nashville – You have good points when referencing the Nashville flood. Act of God that has no fault or blame, like Hurrican Katrina etc. However, you seperate yourself by far with accessibility, knowledge, strength, and many more words that don’t compare or state what reality is for most people. I pray for everyone in every city that has been affected. But to you-what did you do to help versus point out how much of the “we” (nashville) is compared to other disasters? Some people don’t have the means to handle situations. The media can be a friend or enemy to some and the media can highlight others in a dark way or in the light. Which one got “highlighted” for the better? But what did you do in all disaster situations when the media placed blame?

      • Irisa

        May 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm

        DD – That NO was almost destroyed by Hurricane Katrina is another of the myths surrounding the whole disaster. NO actually fared quite well throughout the storm itself; it was the failure of the federal levee system that caused all the havoc. And the federal government KNEW YEARS IN ADVANCE that a Category 4 or 5 hurricane would devastate the region. And did nothing. Computer models played it out, articles were written, presentations given . . . nothing was done to prevent the damage.

        And that should be a criminal offense, IMHO.

    • Steven L. Wilson, Sr

      May 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      Nashville is like a second hometown to me. I love it there. I want to retire there here in a few years. It is one of the most beautiful cities I have even been to.

      However, because I have family there, I was greatly interested in following the flood story everyday. I never had much of a problem seeing it on the local news for a few days after it started. A couple of national news stations also made updates. And the Internet was full of pictures and stories.

      Perhaps, not as much as I would have liked to see, but it was out there.

      Keep in mind, power outages prevent many from Nashville from seeing the news while others in the country tuned in daily for updates. Flooding also prevent certain types of interviews and even access.

      Again, I still would have loved to see a lot more coverage, but it wasn’t totally ignored.

      Churches all across the nation still have prayer groups and relief programs active.

      May God bless the whole state.

      Your friend,


  2. Kristin

    May 4, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Well said Patten. We are Nashville.

    • cindy

      May 7, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      How about “WE ARE THE WORLD.”

      • Amy S

        May 7, 2010 at 11:57 pm

        Cindy- this post is not about the world. It is about Nashville! WE ARE NASHVILLE and that is why we will survive! We obviously are very much involved in our country……I know tons of people who went to Gulf to help after Katrina, and I volunteered at the local shelters.

        His article was written because we only received about 1 minute on the national news sites WHILE this was going on…..I know because I watched CNN, and barely saw a mention. I am sure there were good people in Katrina, but unfortunately the negative people are what attracted the attention…..something we simply did not have in our town (or very little).

        I understand your frustrations, but I think maybe you need to realize this is something that we are proud of at this time, and please stop trying to be negative about it!

        • cindy

          May 8, 2010 at 1:43 am

          oh Amy, GROW UP. If you had taken the time to read my other posts you would understand that my comments are very sincere. WE ARE THE WORLD–WHETER ITS NASHVILLE, NEWORLEANS, HAITI. Its about humans from everywhere coming together to help those in a time of need. I don’t think kindness and support begins and ends in Nashville. So GET OVER YOURSELF AND TRY STEPPING OUT OF YOUR BUBBLE. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are suffering through this cotastrophe. AND YES, THAT INCLUDES PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Amy S

            May 8, 2010 at 11:32 pm

            I did read your other posts, and that is why I can tell you are not sincere. You are for Nashville in one post, and yell at someone supporting us in another. I just read this for the first time yesterday and I was very disappointed in all of the negative comments that were made by this blog, for which he was simply trying to say he was proud of our city! Why can someone not say something supportive without people twisting everything around?

            I have not heard one person in this town comparing this disaster to Katrina, and we all understand this doesn’t compare. The nation will never see footage of all of the people trapped on their roofs to be rescued, trapped on cars, etc– not because it didn’t happen, but because it was still pouring rain… our emergency workers and volunteers made over 1500 rescues in the actively rising waters. I am proud of them for working so hard to save peoples lives, just as this article says. We are not full of ourselves here, we are simply proud of our town. If you don’t like the way we say that, I am sorry, but I will not apologize about being proud of my city.

            And by the way- I am, in NO way in a bubble! I just went to Africa this last year to help perform surgeries on children at a hospital and as I said, I will always help out!! I just don’t understand why right after someone said “WE ARE NASHVILLE”…….you said “How about We are the World?”
            What was your purpose in saying that? It was an obvious jab for no reason….and that is why it hit me the wrong way. Maybe you should look at it from our view and see why it looks like a rude comment…….instead of being so quick to judge me!

        • cindy

          May 12, 2010 at 12:24 am

          Amy, if you spent more time helping those people in need and less time on here scolding people for exercising their FREEDOM OF SPEECH, you might sound a little more sincere yourself. Being a physician myself and helping around the world maybe you should put your money where your mouth is my friend.

          I have said nothing whatsoever negative about Nashville. I have friends who live there that I am trying to help get through this horrible time.

          I think you need to check yourself. Why so defensive? I have shared my views with the author, and he hasn’t re-acted the way you have.

          Maybe you are one of the people not so nice in Nashville. Get out and help people if you live there. LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE FOR EXPRESSING THEIR FEELINGS, my pathetic little friend!!!!!

  3. Kristen

    May 4, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Patten – I have to admit that while reading this it did 3 things to me:
    1) gave me chills
    2) brought a tear to my eye
    3) made me very proud to call Middle TN my home

    Well done sir!

    • steph

      May 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm

      glad im not the only one who teared up while reading this!

      • Jeffrey Dean

        May 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm

        I teared up as well. Very well written.

    • Teresa

      May 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm

      Kristen — I couldn’t have said it better. Ditto!

  4. MatthewM

    May 4, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Well said, sir. All the best to those affected in whatever way possible. And I also am proud to be a lifelong Middle Tennessean.

  5. Sara

    May 4, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Beautifully said and oh so very true!

  6. Derek

    May 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Very well said! I’ve thought the same thing–one reason we’re not getting as much national news coverage as we might be is that we’re pitching in and taking care of ourselves. I’m so proud to be in Nashville today!

  7. Brooke

    May 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

    What an amazing article.

  8. Karen

    May 4, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Great article and excellent points. Thank you for reminding me how awesome the people of the Volunteer State are!

  9. Janita

    May 4, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Very well said! Reading this post gave me cold chills. I feel so blessed by God to live in a community where we look out for one another, help one another and pull together in times of crisis. I am so blessed to live in Nashville and to call it my home!

  10. MarinaGirl

    May 4, 2010 at 10:52 am


    I am all the way here in North Central Texas, but am a very frequent visitor to Nashville. I am soo proud of what the citizens of that GREAT STATE have accomplished on their own. Y’all should have pockets of humanitarism in EVERY STATE! The world just might be a better place.

    I’ve learned more through FaceBook about this horrific event than any news!

    • Greg

      May 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm

      MarinaGirl…..come work one day @ my TV station…then tell me Facebook is better than local Nashville TV News coverage. Go back to Texas stupid!

      • Minnie

        May 4, 2010 at 4:41 pm

        Geez, Greg…bitter much? I have to agree with Marinagirl. I was out of state when all this happened and I got better and more accurate info from my pals on FB than I did from watching the local Nashville news via the internet. And certainly there were far better pictures of the damage on FB. Sorry, but social networks kicked your behinds on this one!

      • Gina

        May 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

        Wow, Greg… I think she was actually showing support- as in, decrying the lack of NATIONAL coverage we’ve gotten. She’s in TX, remember- isn’t seeing your local Nashville TV News coverage.

        It’s a stressful time… let’s continue to handle ourselves with grace, shall we? After all, that’s what this article is all about.

        Thank you for the excellent coverage our local news has been doing on this tragedy; blessings on you as you continue to keep our wonderful city informed. 🙂

      • Molly

        May 4, 2010 at 4:43 pm

        She didn’t mean that in a bad way. How if she lives in Texas is she going to watch your local news station? I know you must be stressed with all that is going on and we all appreciate the news coverage you have shown, but she’s right, that is just about the only way of her finding out news about Nashville, besides being there. I really think you should retract your comment and apologize, but that’s your conscience not mine. Have a blessed day.

        • Faithful One

          May 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm

          Send her the websites for the media, fox, abc, nbc and cbs. Also, YouTube.They have excellent videos. That is what I did for my out of state friends.

      • Shane

        May 4, 2010 at 4:46 pm

        Is there a reason for name calling? Way to be immature. She’s clearly saying that it’s a disaster that isn’t being focused on by the news media and that has a stronger presence among social media.

        Anyway, good article. Thanks!

      • Tom

        May 4, 2010 at 5:21 pm

        Dearest Greg,

        You are a fucking idiot.

      • Steph

        May 4, 2010 at 5:33 pm

        If she lives in Texas, how could she see local Nashville TV news coverage?

        I’m sure she’s heard more on facebook than local TEXAS TV news coverage.

        • Tiffany

          May 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm

          This is possible. I have family in Arkansas and Arizona both. They went online and saw NASHVILLE’S local news. There are videos etc. archived of all this. Internet is a handy thing. I too heard more about all the tragedy on FaceBook than the news channels. I see more new pictures everyday only because people are out and about EVREYWHERE taking pictures of this & of course they are going to be put on people’s facebook. It’s a social networking site…of course we will see pictures and gossip about all this on there. I live here in Nashville and was in the middle of all this mess…Even me going thru it I see more and more on Facebook everyday that I STILL haven’t seen or heard about from news stations…

      • joan

        May 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm

        You are very bitter, Greg. She was probably talking about national media attention, since she does live in Texas. I live in IL, orginally from TN and last I checked, we don’t get wsmv up here.

      • Jen

        May 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm

        I believe what she was trying to say there hot rod…is that she has learned more from facebook than NATIONAL news coverage! Yes all of our local stations did an amazing job but the national media dropped us!

      • Christine

        May 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

        Wow, Greg. Nice. Any reason to start trash talking those of us in Texas? Uhm, I learned about the floods in TN thanks to Twitter & Facebook. I’ve seen much more about it on Twitter & Facebook over the past several days then I have on any national news station. Matter of fact, if you want to get your news fast, just watch Twitter & Facebook. I almost always find out about things before it gets national news coverage there.

        I am so impressed with how the people of TN & Nashville have handled this flood. It is simply horrible – and I’ve seen several floods over the years here in Houston, not to mention Hurricane Ike. (You know, where we didn’t have looting in Houston either.) I hope that people all over learn from the lessons the people of Nashville have taught us. Except for Greg’s attitude about her *POSITIVE* comment.

      • 10scJyn

        May 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm

        Greg is that comment really necessary? I am from Tennessee and now live in South Texas. I absolutely agree with MarinaGirl. If you aren’t here why judge so harshly. I have many friends and family that are very close to me that are in Nashville, so I absolutely have seen more coverage on Facebook from my friends and family then what I have on the news. In Nashville there was non-stop coverage. Here in Texas at least where I live there has been very little coverage. Even the Today show only did about a 45 second segment about it. She wasn’t trying to be negative she was stating a fact that unless you are in Tennessee or surrounding stated there has not been a lot of coverage, and that local Tennessee people have really risen to the challenge during a very hard time.

      • Ben

        May 4, 2010 at 9:03 pm

        Greg, you are an idiot. She lives in North Texas; maybe you can’t read. I’ve heard this same thing from all over the Nation. No/very little National coverage. Most people don’t do a “Nashville News” search each day. You get a life and get outa TN. Moron!

      • Bryleigh

        May 5, 2010 at 1:07 am

        She is right, FB has had an enormous amount of info. Let’s not be immature and start name calling. She was just stating her opinion. I can see you are very partial to your news station.

      • Jennifer

        May 5, 2010 at 12:40 pm

        Greg, your comment is unintelligent, completely uncalled for and a shameful embarrasment for Tennesseans. Kindly delete it.

        • JUDY

          May 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm

          AMEN, JENNIFER!

      • Carol

        May 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm

        Greg, That gal from Texas is dead on. I have spoken to friends and family in Michigan, California, Virginia and Florida…and it was DAYS before any of them saw a thing on their news about the devistation that hit Nashville. Without FB, the media might have let it lie…..

      • cindy

        May 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm

        You are a professional working at a t.v. station and yet call someone stupid. REALLY? IS THAT THE BEST YOU’VE GOT. Maybe you should be fired and let Marina take your place. MORON!!!

    • Noah

      May 5, 2010 at 5:46 am

      Haha, poor Greg.

      • Tina

        May 5, 2010 at 11:27 am

        Greg..I was out of town too.. didnt know what was going on until I looked at facebook..

  11. Jacklyn

    May 4, 2010 at 11:05 am

    This is such a great post! I couldn’t agree more. Well said!

  12. Jamie

    May 4, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I just love this. Thank you so much for writing such a poignant piece about our amazing city and our people here. If there was one thing I saw this weekend more than rain, it was compassion.

  13. Jody Collins

    May 4, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Great article, thank you for sharing.

  14. Katie Z.

    May 4, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I lived for almost four years in Nashville and then moved back to Iowa and in 2008 we experienced a 500 year flood in our community. The whole downtown was underwater. And we got some coverage, but like you are saying, not a lot. Floods aren’t very sexy.

    The people of Iowa are praying for you and in the coming weeks and months and years (yes years… two summers later and there are still houses waiting for demolition and buyouts… still businesses that haven’t reopened) people will come and people will help. But it will mostly take you, and what you as a community decide to do to take care of yourselves that will make the biggest difference.

    Fantastic article.

    Rev. Katie Dawson, Eastern Iowa

    • Allison

      May 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

      Thanks so much for this. XOXO.

    • Heather N

      May 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm

      Rev Katie,

      I was born in Iowa and several family members still live in the Anamosa/Cedar Rapids area and lost homes in that flood. I felt the same thing then-they don’t get attention because they are GOOD people-same as here.

      Thank you so much for this article. I needed it today after so much news of turmoil and destruction. It took saying it out loud to make me feel better. I love Nashville, love the people, the community and the attitude. Nashville will be back better than ever because it’s what we DO!

      Thanks again,


    • Midwest Gal

      May 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      I was going to make a comment about the Iowa City floods until I got to your post, Rev. Katie. Your last sentence says it all and much better than I could have.

      My heart goes out to all of Nashville.

  15. Eric Shuff

    May 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Love this. Nashville has an unbelievable effort going to save things. Not much looting, no rioting, etc.

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  17. Ellen

    May 4, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I read your article and sat nodding my head because it is so true. If the people of Nashville had been looting and rioting it would have been all over the news. As it was, no one I spoke to knew a lot about it other than there was a storm. It is great to see the people of Nashville helping each other out and the rest of the country should take a lesson from this.

    I will however say that being a Floridian I was offended by the oil spill in the Gulf being called “sexy” . This was the second time I have seen that word used for it by a Nashville resident. There is nothing “sexy” about the oil that is continuing to dump into the Gulf. There is nothing “sexy” about the impact that it is already having on the fishing and shrimping industries and the people who depend on it to feed their families and there is nothing “sexy” about the long term affects that it will have on not only the Gulf states but eventually the entire country.

    I think it bothers me so much because I have family and friends who live in Nashville. I travel there regularly and my heart breaks for the people there and the devestation to such a beautiful city but yet people from that same city make references to other crisis’s going on in this country as “sexy”. It is belittling and insensitive. I realize the media is at fault for all of it but I ask you as a citizen to stop and consider the feelings of those being affected in the Gulf states. We are not responsible for the media’s lack of support.

    My prayers go out to the people of Tennessee and the other states that were affected by this storm. I hope that in my efforts to voice my opinion that I myself have not offended anyone because I truly love Nashville and the people who live there; I only ask that we all be considerate of each other.

    • SK

      May 4, 2010 at 11:40 am

      No one called the oil spill “sexy.” Stories with environmental angles (especially of the “ooh, look at the big, evil corporation” variety) get a different sort of media play these days. “Green” stories are “sexy” in the journalism sense. I can assure you that no one is making light of the troubles in the Gulf; it would just be nice if the disaster in Middle TN–including the 19 and counting lost lives–were getting as much play. That was the point of this very moving and well-written piece.

      • David Stewart

        May 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

        The question is why would the floods here get the same attention as the oil spill in the Gulf? The oil spill in the Gulf not only resulted in a similar number of deaths, but was also caused by human actions. The spill comes at a time we are publicly debating expanded oil drilling, so there are lots of questions being asked and ramifications being explored. With our flooding there was simply a lot of rain, which we can’t do anything about and which doesn’t raise any particular questions on a national level.

        • Amanda

          May 5, 2010 at 12:01 am

          I don’t think you are from Nashville.
          This is a huge historic event for us.

          • David Stewart

            May 5, 2010 at 7:19 am

            So my birth certificate is wrong and what I see looking out my window right now isn’t really Nashville? How odd.

          • Joppa

            May 5, 2010 at 9:18 am

            Actually, I think David seems to be the minority in Nashville that actually can use logical reasoning to assess the situation. Nashville is nice, but not the center of the world. Sorry.

          • jeanne

            May 19, 2010 at 9:13 am

            i think david & joppa didn’t lose their homes and all their belongings and perhaps even a loved one and don’t have the money to rebuild. they can be cynical because their lives are relatively untouched by the flood. perhaps they should do a little volunteer work. yes, there are issues that have global impact but if everything you own is destroyed, global issues fade into the background. you need a little balance, guys.

    • Cameron

      May 5, 2010 at 12:18 am

      Hi Ellen, I would never refer to the Gulf situation as sexy. I am a born and raised Nashvillian and spent a couple of years in Destin, FL and have a soft spot in my heart for the area. The horrific situation going on in the gulf would make me cry each time I saw pictures of the disaster and then the floods came here to Nashville. Now I cry over both. Both are tragic, environmentally and financially.

  18. MT

    May 4, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Great post!!

  19. [email protected]

    May 4, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I just found your blog post from a friend on facebook posting a link to it. Thank you for saying that. I lived in Nashville…well actually Murfreesboro, for 14 years. Just moved to Chicago last June.I was in town this weekend for a cousins wedding. I was shock when my husband didn’t know about anything going on in Nashville and when I told him that all the flights were cancelled and I couldn’t get home I had to skype him and show him what our news was showing and noone elses was so he would believe me how bad it was.
    You wrote this beautifully. Thank you.

  20. Lisa

    May 4, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Thank you for your article Patten. Very enlightening. Nashville will be in my prayers. Just watched my local news and they actually showed an image of nashville and spoke of the flooding receeding now, AND, that was the entire news about Nashville. I regret that nashvillians are not getting the coverage they deserve. As you stated… it was not terror sexy enough to cover… and I despise how our local news handles news coverage. Hopefully you will get ALL of the resources you need to help your city. You will continue to be in my prayers. Thanks again for the information you provided.

  21. Erica Holleran

    May 4, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I don’t think you could have said this any better… what a great article!

  22. Rational

    May 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Those in middle TN need some real perspective if you think the reason you didn’t have looting and crime was because you’re just a grand group of people. The Superdome took 6 days to be evacuated. You guys deal with the same conditions those in New Orleans did for 6 days and come tell us how awesome Nashville is.

    • Tyler

      May 4, 2010 at 11:57 am

      But we ARE a grand group of people. Now, I’m not going to get involved in an argument over which event was worse, did more damage, was handled better or anything of that nature. I’ll just say that I’ve lived in both places for extended periods of time and have a deep love for both cities, but Nashvillians take this one without a fight.

    • John

      May 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm

      Rational – We have neighborhoods that were completely cut off since Saturday night. It may not have been six days as it was for the Superdome, but it also didn’t take six days before crime rose to epic levels in NOLA during Katrina.

    • Amanda

      May 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      @Rational: It hasn’t even been six days. And it will take a while to get to everyone who has unfortunately drowned because the water has to receed. Nobody is comparing ourselves to New Orleans.Nor do we want to. We just want people to realize that we will prevail and we want America to know that we are a state that does what the rest of America won’t do!

      • David Stewart

        May 5, 2010 at 7:21 am

        What is it that the rest of America won’t do?

        • J Henry

          May 6, 2010 at 11:30 am

          Take care of themselves. You know, the poor me nanny state mentality that keeps getting rammed down our throats by the feds.

          I’m proud of all the Tennesseans that have shown the rest of the country that we don’t have to helpless.

          • David Stewart

            May 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm

            You don’t think the rest of country can take care of itself? Who in particular can’t take care of themselves?

          • Linda

            May 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

            Nanny state, j henry? What are you talking about? I hear this kind of nonsense all the time. The federal government ramming something down our throats. Look, I work hard everyday and I pay my bills and my taxes. I am grateful that I can. Some folks are not as fortunate as I am. Give that nanny state crap up. No body is ramming anything down anyone’s throat. If you are fortunate enought to not need a hand up, then be grateful and offer your’s to someone who isn’t as fortunate as you. I’m proud that I live in a country that wants to provide help for the helpless. And, I am proud of the way Nashville and Middle TN as a whole has gone through this crisis. But again, this was not a Katrina event. Praise God! I am very grateful that organizations like Hands On Nashville exist and I am very grateful that for the most part, folks have good hearts and reach out a hand in a storm, literally and metaphorically. I don’t get your attidude about showing the rest of the coutnry that we don’t have to be helpless. We weren’t helpless. That doesn’t mean there aren’t situations where it has been and it doesn’t exempt us from getting into one of those kinds of situations. Way too much bravado, dude.

    • Ben

      May 4, 2010 at 9:19 pm

      Another idiot on here. Those idiots in New Orleans had at least 4days to get the heck out(I know, I watched it every moment I could). We had none. Yes, we knew a lot of rain was coming, but not a 500-1000yr flood. Grow up and get a real life Moron. And even after 6 days, we in TN would have evacuated all those needing it on our own w/o Federal help. That’s just who we are. You don’t get it b/c you either don’t live here or have an agenda like the current DC administration. Have a nice pathetic life.

      • cindy

        May 7, 2010 at 12:59 am

        Hi Ben, maybe you are the IDIOT!!! Why does all this have to be compared to New Orleans. Maybe if you experienced what New Orleanians did during Katrina you would keep your idiotic, ignorant comments to yourself and feel alot different. There are wonderful people in New Orleans just as there are in Nashville. Why is it that its the uninformed, stupid people like you that have to run there mouths that they know nothing about. OH WAIT, NEVERMIND. I JUST ANSWERED MY OWN QUESTION. STUPID, IGNORANT AND UNINFORMED!!!!!!!!

      • chris

        May 26, 2010 at 11:13 am

        Ben….and all the other negative people that think yall(Nashville) did something great…. Ya didn’t!!!!! Trust me..Yall have not one clue what your are talking about. Ben you must be about 11 years old with a new computer. How can, or would you take a jab at New Orleans? Katrina missed New Orleans. The levees broke the next day!!!! People were returning home when they broke. I was one of them that was on my way home. 1 million people were displaced by a manmade disaster? 500,000 homes and business destroyed. People could not return home for 40 days. People that stayed behind or returned home were stuck on roof tops, not waiting for help, but looking to survive. You people had high ground to get to. We had roof tops and 100 degree temperatures with no food or water. You are absolutely ignorant! You have got to be kidding? 2500 people died from a manmade disaster. WTF. You people (we are Nashville)? WTF.. yall need to think about what you’re saying. Also looting was for survival, not TVs. I was a fan of Nashville, but will never return reading how insensitive your entire community has reacted….. This volunteer will help somewhere else! The only thing you need to do is ask yourself why would you take JABs at New Orleans when we have 400 people up there volunteering……… I have read 500 post and most are as dumb as yours(BEN). You can keep your proud city and your fast food restaurants. I can tell you this I will be posting every negative post an every national web site I can find to get you the exposure yall need. That yall must be the most insensitive people on the planet!

  23. mshearer

    May 4, 2010 at 11:40 am

    dude you couldnt not have said it better. thank you for standing up for our state and our community. you are right we dont need anybody i feel that this disater is being handle in a great way. again thanks for the words!!

  24. Sam

    May 4, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I have a few issues with this post.

    1. A failed car bomb estimated to have been able to kill or injure 500 people is a big deal. Not saying the Nashville floods aren’t a big deal, but I’d say the failed terrorist attack is bigger. Terror-sexy? Come on. (Although you do have a point about the oil spill.)

    2. Saying that these floods were the costliest non-hurricane disaster in American history is just ignorant.

    3. I don’t like the high and mighty tone of this. Hurricane Katrina got more coverage because it was a far worse disaster. Almost 2,000 people died. If there really has been no looting or other disaster-related crime (which I seriously doubt), that’s not the reason we’re not getting covered by the news. This is a smaller disaster. That’s a fact.

    • Beth

      May 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm

      @ SAM
      Yes, Katrina was a FAR worse disaster.We realize that, and we are greatful this was not a disaster of that magnitude. This is no small disaster, I assure you. The entire city is at a stand still. No schools, no courts,no electricity downtown and now almost no water. As far as your doubts, there really has been NO looting or disaster related crime, because WE ARE NASHVILLE, and we’re better than that!

      • cindy

        May 7, 2010 at 1:01 am


    • Joe

      May 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm

      1. i actually think the opposite. i think the oil spill is a much bigger story than nashville or the terrorist failure. there are failed terrorist attempts all the time. if it would have been successful, that’s another story.

      2. i don’t think it’s difficult to infer that he was speaking of financial losses, not human ones.

      3. Katrina was a FAR worse disaster. i don’t think anyone would dispute that. you may be surprised how bad this one is, though. no looting that i know of and i do think that keeps the media out.

      this post is a rally cry for nashvillians, not meant to belittle anyone else. nothing should be taken from anything else going on, but we need help. it is rather sad that nobody knows that.

    • joan

      May 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm

      I don’t believe it was anyone intention to make light of an attempting car bombing, or an oil spill. The point is that these two things are getting media coverage and the people of the great state of TN deserve the same. I’d be willing to bet there hasn’t been any crime sprees. People are more concerned about helping their neighbors and not kicking people who have lost everything by stealing. I felt sorry for the people of New Orleans, but they were warned and for a long while and still they stayed. Nashville new heavy rains were coming, but no one could have predicted this. I hope you get the point now.

      • Crying for Nashville

        May 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm

        I totally agree, Joan. @Sam: I am an environmentalist and think the oil spill is definitely a big deal, but it isn’t really plausible for everyday Americans to be involved in cleaning that up at the moment. Yes, the terrorist attack is intense and could’ve been catastrophic, but the flooding in Nashville is going to hurt the middle Tennessee area economically for a while. Katrina was a TERRIBLE disaster, but those people live below flood level and were given warning of a hurricane approaching. Going into Saturday morning, I knew there was supposed to be heavy rain and thunderstorms, possibly tornadoes. I had no idea that by Sunday night my parents would evacuate their house for fear it would flood. They have lived in their house 30 years and the water got a good 10 feet higher than it ever has before. 15+ inches of rain in two days is disastrous and Nashville deserves to have it’s voice heard.

    • Paul

      May 5, 2010 at 12:00 am

      To say that bomb could have killed 500 is laughable. Way to go hook line and sinker for the “Fear the boogie man” fearmongering we call news these days.

      How do I know? I built bombs for the Air Force, I am trained on EDM and EOD.

      The size of the bomb was two propane tanks and some M-80s. The Murrah City bomb which took down a massive federal building in OK killed 168, mostly from the building collapse. It was comprised of a ton of high explosives. The bomb in NY was composed of 30 lbs of propane tanks with release safety release valves still in tact.

      The 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks bombings killed 307 with multiple military grade explosives (each one in excess of 500 lbs). The 1993 Mumbai bombings in dense public centers killed 257. It took 13 separate bombs to accomplish that.

      Stop being afraid of the boogeyman, and don’t hold strong opinions on that which you do not understand. The worst the TS bomb could have done is a pretty severe car fire on a street corner.

      As to your second comment, even adjusted for inflation, it is extremely conceivable that the economic damage will be off the charts even compared to your chart – where non-hurricane disasters seem to be topping out in the $3B range. Shutting down massive amounts of the 25th largest city in the US’s primary revenue streams will easily be in that ballpark. When you taking into account how localized that loss will be (compared to say, spread across 13 states as the $3B in 2005 dollars example was) you start to get a picture of how bad it is.

      3. Hurricane Katrina got more coverage because of piss poor planning by New Orleans local officials who told people “Go to the stadium” and then hightailed it for cover. Biloxi got his as hard or harder than New Orleans yet they got ~5 mins of coverage vs. the round the clock “Look at the horror” coverage Katrina got. Katrina was turned into a political tool to win elections and it’s why the problems are still being felt there today.

    • cindy

      May 7, 2010 at 1:04 am

      Hi Sam, DITTO> So nice to see there are intelligent people on here who reall do have there facts straight. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people that are bein affected by this. All disaters such as this is horrific. GOD BLESS ALL!

    • Linda

      May 7, 2010 at 11:16 am

      Exactly Sam. I agree with what you said. It doesn’t feel small to those who have damage to their homes or those who will most likely loose them all together and it especially doesn’t feel small to those who lost loved ones. But in comparison to other disasterous events, ours was manageable. Our city/state has done a good job. But there is way too much puffary going on, like “bring that Katrina on, we can tame her ass.” Our area has been declared a disaster and we will receive some federal money and those who want to bash the federal government, listen up. There are going to be some might grateful people here in Nashville who did not have flood insurance that are about to get some of those dollars. Do we have to make everything into a bash Washington, DC rally? Something is just wrong with all this bashing of the Washington rhetoric anyway and then standing back and calling themselves Americans.

      • cindy

        May 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm

        LINDA, very well put.

  25. David Stewart

    May 4, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Not to diminish the extent and seriousness of the flooding here, but we do have to remember that it was just last September when Atlanta had similar flooding and towns and cities along the Mississippi are frequently flooded (with lives lost and damages into the billions of dollars).

    We are right to be proud of our response (it is truly incredible), but we shouldn’t get too cocky and fall into the belief that we along are capable of this sort of response. People across this country reliably come together when there is an emergency. It is part of what makes us Americans, part of what makes us human.

    In the end, what do we want the national media to report? It was a lot of rain and there was flooding. There isn’t a whole lot more than can be said. What can they really do. As noted, we are doing pretty good job taking care of ourselves at the moment. Our local and state agencies have the resources to manage the current situation.

    • Ben

      May 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

      To David: What they can do is to help financially. TN has always had one of the highest per capita donation rates in terms of both money and time. The Nation needs to understand just how bad this is. Why does that seem to bother you? I agree with much of what you said, but belittling what Middle TN is going through is over the top. We have NEVER been through anything like this. Wake up! We need financial help and the Federal gov’t to send our tax dollars back and stay the heck outa the way. We will take care of the rest. They would only screw it up as they have everything else.

      • Brad S

        May 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm

        Don’t worry, Nashville. You’ll pull yourselves up by your bootstraps just fine without the CNN/FNC/MSNBC cameras pestering you every other hour.

        —Houston, Texas. Mid-September 2008.

    • Brekke

      May 4, 2010 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you! As someone who lived through those September floods, I am somewhat surprised at the somewhat high-handed, superior attitude that seems to be coming from Nashvillians posting on the web. I saw this post in a comment thread to an article on and was somewhat surprised at the tone.

      I think it’s GREAT that the people of Nashville are helping each other out and I think it’s AWESOME that they are managing in spite of the surprising nature of the rain and flooding, but it is far from the only place where that kind of thing has happened. The floods here in this area in 2009 created millions of dollars of damage and there are places that are still being cleaned up. If you wanted to go anywhere, you had to first check to make certain the routes that you normally took were actually open. There were people who were driving on roads that looked safe…right up until the roadway washed away with them on it. It was a disaster. What is going on in Nashville right now is a disaster. It is going to take a lot of time and money to recover from.

      I have a lot of sympathy and empathy for the people suffering through this; however, I also am finding a bit of a bad taste in my mouth the more I come across the “we are Nashvillians; we don’t need anyone’s help” kind of attitudes. Remember that not everyone is oblivious to what is going on. Some of us have family in Tennessee. Some of us have seen the story on the news sites. Be proud of yourselves, but try not to make it sound like no one else can do what you’re doing because other people have done and will do in the future.

      • Dale Byrum

        May 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm

        Sorry Brekke, but in my opinion if you look in the mirror you’ll likely see that arrogance about which you write. There’s no high-handed, superior attitude on display here; just a tribute to great people with self-reliant values rolling up their sleeves to solve the problem of the moment.

  26. Jonathan Burton

    May 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Great post! So true in so many ways. It’s been great to see how eager everyone in the area has been to help their neighbors and those around them.

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  28. Chris

    May 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Man, the Media sucks. I hope it gets better soon for you folks in TN.

  29. lisa D

    May 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    If the national media gave us attention then we would get national attention, then there would be a bigger push for a federal disaster to be declared…hence opening federal funds… think they are thinking we dont need it or deserve it (tn is primarily republican). PLEASE CONTACT YOU FEDERAL AND STATE REPS!!! I think we deserve some help for a change, as we are the volunteer state and have helped everyone else. Regardless of afflitation. Just my thought on subject!!!

    • David Stewart

      May 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm

      The process for getting Federal aid begins with the local and state officials making assessments and making requests for the aid. This process has started, but it takes time for it to happen. The President has already talked with the Governor, so there is know lack of attention from that quarter.

      As for political affiliations, Tennessee has a Democratic governor and Nashville is heavily Democratic. If party affiliation is being taken into account it can only help us.

      • Paul

        May 5, 2010 at 12:05 am

        The Governor has completed that request – at 7:35PM, the request was for 52 counties to be declared disaster areas. Obama has signed off on four of them and has yet to even release a single sentence boilerplate response.

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  31. Stephanie Price

    May 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    As much as it has scared me that my Becca lives on BELL RD (Where that building ventured by). It scared me more that she ignored the warnings to stay off the roads for rescures and it irritated me more that the only reason she left was to keep her job at BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO.

    She had to pass the Opray and flooded roads. I do wonder while passing everything what she was thinking about the who, what, when, and where of it all as she saw the devestation.

    She is but 18 years old and 20 day’s away from 19. One day I hope she realizes what she has survived and that is makes a vast difference in her life. Mean while I will continue to use my facebook to vent through her teenage life lessons to keep my sanity or what is left of it after this weekend!!! It wasn’t until I found your news on Monday morning just how bad it was on the other side of her Apt parking lot. As I thank God she is OK!! None of the family could have gotten to her; we are all two or more hours away. And, I her mother is the closest in Knoxville, TN and can only sit and watch the weather channel in her are and they covered more in Memphis, TN due to the levee scare they had(I never want to be in the dark til Monday again).

  32. holladown

    May 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    In the past two days, I haven’t come across a single person who didn’t mention the flooding in Nashville; before the May Day bomb attempt and the oil. And living in South FL, the spill is a topic which looms more in our future than not. I find it rather cheeky you think you are being ignored.

    To repeat David S above, “….right to be proud of our response (it is truly incredible), but we shouldn’t get too cocky and fall into the belief that we alone are capable of this sort of response. People across this country reliably come together when there is an emergency…”

    At this moment, proof of that reliability is seen not only in Nashville, but also in the overarching response of volunteers stepping up along the gulf coast to help save yet another community.

    Being from the middle TN area since 1988, it hurts to see areas i know so well hit in such ways. I recall young days goofing off along the Harpeth, wondering about its reserved nature.

    And you all did damn well here in the first few days. Remain focused, and rest assured you are not being ignored nor renounced.

    From a fitting Rodney Crowell song,

    “California earthquake you just don’t know what you’ve done.
    We may fall off in the ocean, but you’ll never make us run.
    You’re a partner to the devil, but we ain’t afraid of him.
    We’ll build ourselves another town so you can tear it down again”

  33. Todd Morrow

    May 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    My sentiments exactly! You could not have said it any better! I have spoken with friends and family in different states and they have no idea what is going on in Nashville. This tragedy has touched all parts of Middle Tennessee. I have seen nothing but compassion and the willingness to help out anyone in need. Truly amazing.

  34. Tiffany

    May 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    That’s right WE ARE NASHVILLE we are the volunteer state we help each other!!!! I love my state!!! Great job on the article.

  35. jas faulkner

    May 4, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Well put indeed! I’ve been amazed at how uncaring many are about this situation. It has really shaken my faith in people.

    • Marvel

      May 9, 2010 at 9:36 pm

      I’m so sorry people have been uncaring to you. I live in Manhattan but my friends know I’m from Nashville and have been very sympathetic to my worries. Based on Reuters video, I actually thought the situation was worse than it is, and my friends (who have never been to Nashville) were very concerned.

      I do wish you well and hope you can find some more sympathetic friends.

  36. Melanie

    May 4, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Marvelous! Thanks for explaining why we’ve been ignored. It makes “sense” now.

  37. Suzanne

    May 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Your words are so true. This is why I choose to live here.

  38. Faith

    May 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    this is what i wanted to see this is so sad that no on cares all the marines are working on the oil spill and the prez is all wraped up in the attack on nyc but this is as importint as well thinks for bringing this to manys attintion

  39. Andrew

    May 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I too agree, very well written. Proud to have lived in Nashville my whole life and still here. Sorry to see this has happened to our city but we’ll come out victorious. Not sure if I want anyone in the media other than FOX to report more than they have. Can’t trust too many other sources. As most know, if you can give your time or any amount of money, lets help get Nashville back on its feet!

  40. [email protected]

    May 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Patten –

    Thanks for your brevity and great thoughts about the situation and the town that we live in. Great insight!

  41. Eric Moore

    May 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Extremely well written. I pray that the nation will take notice. You’ve got my support in Western KY!

  42. Celeste

    May 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    The flooding in Nashville and surrounding counties did not happen in a blink of an eye but nonetheless it was and is just as devastating as a hurricane and even an oil spill if you think about it. Our rivers, lakes, creeks and even ponds where our livestock get their drinking water are being polluted with oil, gas, pesticides, paints, sewage and many other unknown and harmful substances. It’s just not located in one specific area. The water being polluted is state wide and is at this very moment traveling to other states to pollute their water supply. The pollutants have came from factories, industries, homes, offices, gas stations, stranded cars and God only knows what else.

    As far as lives being lost…The last I heard 11 lives were lost in this tragedy but even 1 lost life is 1 too many, just ask those that lost their loved one this past weekend. Those lives lost weren’t lives that “could have been lost” as with the bomb in NY that never exploded. Those lives WERE lost. We are blessed in a sense that it could have been a much higher count but again 1 life lost is 1 too many. My heart and prayers goes out to those loved ones.

    As far as “terror-sexy” or “eco-sexy” I believe some of you have taken those statements completely out of context. The media wants to sell papers, they want people to watch their news broadcasts and lets face it flooding without looting, killings and whining just isn’t big news regardless of the devastation taking place.

    Patten, I commend you for this article. It is very well thought out article and the tone is exactly what I’m hearing in Coffee county. Of course it’s going to upset people that just don’t get what Nashville and middle TN is about because just as it is hard for us to comprehend the total devastation of our home it is hard for them to comprehend our Tennessee Volunteerism and love of our family and friends here.
    We are not every man for themselves here in the Volunteer State we ARE Nashville…WE ARE TENNESSEE!

    • natalie

      May 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      I agree with everything you (and the author) said. Great points!

  43. Jesse santoyo

    May 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Great blog!!! Me, my wife and 2 boys are new to Nashville and totally love this town and have no plan on leaving. We happened to b out of town since last week, it was a great shock to hear of the floods. Looking forward to heading back and help where and if we can.

  44. Donna Freeman

    May 4, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Well said. I am from West Tennessee and our small town sustained flood damage and my husband almost drown. I include Nashville as part of my “home turf” and it is horrid that our flooding is not getting enough news coverage. Wonder what would of happened if a car bomb was found here and the flooding was in New York? (I bet that would of gotten a lot of air time)!

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  46. Garrett Bartley

    May 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Well said, sir! It’s what makes Nashville a true Southern city. It’s what makes Tennesseans, Tennesseans. We are the Volunteer State after all. Grace, hospitality, resilience, generosity, and responsibility are all defining characteristics of this great state. Even 2 hours down the road in Chattanooga, our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to our neighbors in Nashville. Don’t fret about the tangible history and landmarks damaged or destroyed. Nashville’s true history and landmarks are in its people and its culture.

    On a couple of sidenotes, and to loop in hockey, the adjectives used above are a little familiar. The Predators seem to personify Nashville on the ice as Nashville is off the ice. The city defines the team! Oh, and where’s Sonny Perdue? Is he going to return the favor that Tennessee did for Georgia back in the Atlanta flood a few years back?

  47. Micah

    May 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    You’ve been getting a lot of mentions here in Oklahoma, but maybe oklahomans just have a greater appreciation for natural disasters. In either case, seeing Nashville on the local news has made me miss Nashville. Overall a great town in a great state filled with great people. Wishing you guys the best as you get back on your land legs

  48. Dusty Belew

    May 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Amen, and well said. We are Nashville.

  49. Jim H

    May 4, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Great blog post from a great Predators fan – no the blog is about Nashville, not hockey. I recently moved from Nashville after almost 15 years in the city. I was employee #6 of the Predators, when the team was still called Nashville Hockey Club! I consider Nashville to be home. It is a beautiful city filled with incredible people.

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  52. Stephen

    May 4, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I grew up in Nashville but now live in NYC. Our news has been Times Square 24/7 with nary a peep about the horrible flooding in Nashville. Thank you for posting this.

    • Roy

      May 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm

      I too grew up in Nasville and live in PA. The Weather Channel” and my favorite, FNC (Fox News Channel) covered it very well.

    • Marvel

      May 9, 2010 at 9:41 pm

      Flooding in Tennessee was on the front page of the New York Times.

  53. Jason

    May 4, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Very well said.

    Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

    This is Our Town for sure…

  54. Get real

    May 4, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    “Those in middle TN need some real perspective if you think the reason you didn’t have looting and crime was because you’re just a grand group of people. The Superdome took 6 days to be evacuated. You guys deal with the same conditions those in New Orleans did for 6 days and come tell us how awesome Nashville is.”

    1. People in New Orleans were looting from day 1. If you’re going to be “rational” don’t distort the facts.

    2. Been in a shelter for 3 days now and not one sign of looting. I’m not going anywhere so I’ll come back on day 6 and see if your theory holds water.


    “In the end, what do we want the national media to report? It was a lot of rain and there was flooding. There isn’t a whole lot more than can be said. What can they really do”

    Nothing to report besides “a lot of rain”? Wow, you must not be from Nashville. You surely don’t realize that thousands of citizens around Middle Tennessee have lost EVERYTHING. You must not realize that thousands more jobs have been lost. How many jobs were lost at Opryland Hotel and Opry Mills alone? Surely you are completely ignorant to the fact that many people have lost there lives, and billions of dollars in damage has been done.

    So to answer your question, there sure as hell is A LOT MORE to report than “a lot of rain”

    Thanks for your concern though.

    • natalie

      May 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm


    • David Stewart

      May 4, 2010 at 2:16 pm

      I am a born and raised Nashvillian for your information. I was out for the last three days helping clean up various locations. I know what the situation is. I also however have been in other disasters. I was living in Lower Manhattan during 9/11. I watched the towers fall in person and the 2,500 deaths that occurred during the event. I was also in Nashville for the ice storm of 1994 and tornados of 1998. So I have some perspective.

      My point is that unlike 9/11 or the Gulf oil spill there is really no human cause to question or examine and unlike the Haiti earthquake or Katrina we are not a devastated city. Lots of people are devastated, but the city as a whole is strong and many are already back to work and returning to their normal. routines. So, there isn’t a political concern to report on or a city on the brink, so while it is of immense concern to us here, there is little to justify major coverage nationwide.

      • Kellye

        May 4, 2010 at 4:23 pm

        Tennessee has watched its farming and industry leave at an unreal rate over the past years. The things that sustained our tourism and entertainment business are under water with billions in damage and revenue losses for the months it will take to rebuild and restore. It’s not just Nashville… two-thirds of the state (if not more) had sustained flooding damage. Roads all over the state are washed out and damaged, so much so that most counties in middle TN have been closed… my guess is that West TN is experiencing the same There were 56 schools along in metro that were damaged… that is one school system. And I haven’t even started on the number of homes, cars, and entire farms that have been destroyed. There are still many missing people and we will probably learn of even more deaths over the next few days as the water recedes. The entire state is on water restriction, and the flood water can be dangerous for numerous reasons, especially in the stagnant heat and humidity expected this week. This is a huge and costly disaster… it may not be an oil spill or an unsuccessful bombing attempt, but we in TN are hardly being selfish by wanting a little more acknowledgement from the media and the president!

        • Perhaps

          May 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm

          Did you ever think that maybe this is karma for your moral crimes against your fellow humans? Fighting for the right to keep slavery in the Civil War? For a city and state that is “grand” to not loot and help each other, what about equality for all men? Every crime must have a punishment.

          • Slavery...Really?

            May 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm

            Honestly, bringing up slavery literally hundreds of years later is silly. The people that live in Nashville today, don’t own slaves, and neither did their parents. The reason that things like this continue on is because people refuse to forgive PAST issues/sins against mankind.

            It’s terrible what is happening in Nashville, and thank goodness the rain finally stopped. I don’t think the author intended for anyone else problems or disasters to be belittled, but it is nice to celebrate a city/ community that is pulling together to help each other out in a time of need.

            This is a time to build each other up, not talk about who’s problem is bigger.

          • Kellye

            May 4, 2010 at 7:27 pm

            Perhaps… you’re an idiot for suggesting that the flood is karma or punishment for slavery that happened LONG before the affected citizens were born! Seriously???

          • Swade

            May 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm

            Hmm, you do know there were slaves in all states at the time of the Civil War, not just in the South. Not to mention that only about 1% of the Southern population even had enough money to afford slaves. Or the fact that after the Emancipation Proclamation, the slaves in the south were free but those in the north were still in bondage. Learn some facts before you spew garbage about a city in which most of the residents’ ancestors did not even own slaves, and none do now. Next time you experience personal tragedy, maybe you should examine your own life to see if its “karma” for some atrocity you surely committed.

            As for those ignorant fools who seem to think we don’t understand that this is not as big in magnitude as Katrina, 9/11, or Haiti, think again: we freaking know. The fact that they were worse does not in any way, and should not in any way, detract from the fact that lives have been lost, homes destroyed, billions of dollars in damage, cultural icons ruined, tourism industry hugely affected- how is it that just because it may not have been as big of a disaster that means we can ignore the immense suffering of fellow Americans?? Especially when this was not seen coming. Nashville is not in a flood plain, you know… it would have been nice to have the kind of warning NOLA had for Katrina. And the oil spill, as horrible as that is, has not ruined as many lives or crippled entire cities. The bombing attempt? Important, but the fact remains that thousand and thousand have lost everything.

            I think the state is just wanting others to recognize our suffering the same that it has recognized the suffering of others, and understand how dire the situation is.

          • yougottabekiddingme

            May 5, 2010 at 1:37 am

            Had the flood occurred in 1860 or even 1960 one might be inclined to say so, but 2010? You’re barking up the wrong tree, troll. Besides Tennessee did not fully vote for secession and the first time voted against it. It was only after Ft. Sumter and Lincoln’s call for troops from TN that they voted for secession, the last state to do so, and not so they could keep slavery. The first anti-slavery periodicals anywhere in the States were published in East Tennessee.

          • Brad

            May 5, 2010 at 2:40 am

            I would just like to mention that Tennessee was the LAST state to secede from the Union and the FIRST state to rejoin the Union after the Civil War. I find it interesting that Karma decided to punish the “most liberal” Southern state of the 1860s before demolishing Mississippi, Alabama, or any other state that currently allows African-Americans to dwell within their borders only so they can play football.

            Who is this, Pat Robertson? Let’s use common sense now, please.

          • givemeabreak

            May 5, 2010 at 9:19 am

            Look at the whole picture. The disaster hit all race. I would not wish this on my worst enemy. Looks as though you need to take a look at your own life. These people in anyway should not have gone through this. This was done by the Lord not Karma!!

          • wow

            May 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

            Sounds to me like Perhaps was trying stir up some controversy. Because that does not make any sense to bring up at this time.

            However, to contradict others opinions, has had this story within its top three headlines since the rains stopped. Just wanted to point that out.

            It is also the only natural disaster that had no human error. If a dam had broken, there would have been more coverage. But unlike the oil spill and the attempted car bombing, there was someone to stick it to as someone earlier mentioned. When its completely mother nature’s fault, it seems that its less newsworthy.

          • JUDY

            May 5, 2010 at 10:03 pm

            PERHAPS.. YOU NEED TO JUST STOP POSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Jake D.

            May 6, 2010 at 10:28 am

            Dear “Perhaps”,

            You reference this being “karma” for slavery that occured 150 years ago (which by the way occured throughout the entire nation). What would you call the Katrina disaster which effected mainly minorities? Your entire point is something called the foot-in-mouth effect. In fact, I would garner from your comments that you are a slave your self – not a slave as you would think of one, but a slave to an egregiously inapt view point, and incompetent brain. Almost every single race has at some point in time been subjuct to what we would deem as slavery and for you to even bring that up on a post of this nature shows everyone what an utter buffoon you are. If you want to cry or scream about anything, why don’t you just go cry to your mom and ask her why she dropped you on your head as a child. Then go ahead and ask her to cash your government check so you can suck your thumb and reflect on your pathetic existence.

            Prayer and best wishes for all those effected by this tragedy.

          • Sharon Schreck

            May 7, 2010 at 6:05 am

            Are you kidding me? Obviously you like to cause drama, or are just a hateful little person who needs to cause hurt because you can. Either way we may have to be invaded by your ugliness for a few minutes of podering what you just wrote, but you have to live with yourself your entire life. Do you really want to live your life being ugly. Were you a slave during the flood and are now mentioning it? No? Then why bring it up now?

          • WOW

            May 17, 2010 at 12:12 am

            Wow, you are a total racist.

      • Matt

        May 5, 2010 at 11:50 am

        Well said David!

        • cindy

          May 7, 2010 at 1:27 am


          • Jeff M

            May 7, 2010 at 6:05 am

            Perhaps, these people don’t believe in freedom of speech or freedom of opinion. I’m glad I live in a country where you can have whatever opinions you want and be able to write/speak them. Well except this forum as some would like it to be. It seems like on here it’s comment whatever you want, unless you disagree. Get a life all of you who try to stop the posts you disagree with. This is not China.

          • cindy

            May 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm

            Jeff, I believe in freedom of speec. But even moredo I believe in tact and diplomacy. Posting things that are so offensive to so many people is is just not necessay. I think Patten’s purpose of his article is to express his love for his city. As our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Nashville, I don’t think the author’s intentions was to stir up hate. Making this about politics, slavery, Katrina does nothing but taint the beautiful, eloquent letter by Patten. YOU SEE HOW THIS WORKS? I AM EXERCISING MY FREEDOM OF SPEECH. It sounds like you need to get a life!!!!

      • Jayla

        May 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm

        Right on David! Finally someone making some sense.

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  56. KW

    May 4, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    This is awesome and I will forward on! However, unfortunately, the looting has begun per several friends in law enforcement. I’m hoping this will not get out of control– there’s enough going on as is.

    • Coastie

      May 4, 2010 at 11:20 pm

      Especially when this was not seen coming. Nashville is not in a flood plain, you know…

      Nashville is most certainly in a flood plain. It was built in a valley created by the Cumberland River. We have several flood control dams built buy the Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority. One of the reasons that downtown Nashville was built on a hill was to be close to the river yet avoid flooding.

      • Diane

        May 5, 2010 at 6:40 am

        You do realize you make no sense by saying nashville is not a flood plain, and in the same breath say you have several flood control damns …

        Any land near a water source is technically a flood zone, otherwise you would not need damns and levee’s. Yes it lowers the risk, but when mother natures decides to reclaim, nothing will stop her. If you want to live near water there will always be a risk .. always.

        • Kip Nickell

          May 7, 2010 at 8:06 am

          flood control dams also double as hydroelectric dams for TVA… you know… we need power

  57. Ditto

    May 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Well said, ‘Get Real.’

    • Barbara

      May 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks, I’m proud of Nashville!

      • Thelma

        May 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm

        We’ve only lived in Nashville for a little over a year and are definitely proud to call it home. Thanks for the reminder why that is so.

        • Helen Hawk

          May 4, 2010 at 2:41 pm

          I view the lack of national attention as a compliment to Nashville. Adapting a positive spin on it – I read into it this following kind of thinking by the media – “the people in Nashville have this covered – WOW what a city and they aren’t attention seeking, they put their heads down and take care of their own”. I hope others take this “positive” approach to the lack of coverage. I am sure that our great leader, Governor Bredesen will make sure those in need are taken care of and we have local celebrities to help out – have a little faith folks. I see our glass as half full not half-empty. Tennesseans are not “whiners”.

          • Karen McNish

            May 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm

            I live in Canada and I don’t really have much knowledge of disasters that paralyze cities not to mention states but I do know that everything that is a loss of life is a horrible disaster…I went through the Ice Sotrm of ’98 and never want to do anything that bad again…we only lost power for 4 days compared to people who went for 4 WEEKS without ; ate at a shelter one night but wanted to let others have hot food when we in fact had other options; had no running water or heat ( and in Canada in January that is quite a problem) and slept in several layers of clothes with candles for light and minimal heat …but we stayed in our home so we could let others worse off have beds at the shelter and so we could protect our home and pets. A former co-worker of mine lost her 14 year old son when their house burned down…many, many others were killed in other tragic ways …elderly people froze to death, people were killed by fires that they were using to stay warm..many tragedies..

            I feel SO bad for anyone who has to experience the wrath that Mother Nature can unleash …but to belittle people and slander them when they are trying to cope with disaster is just so inhuman…you people who have had such negative things to comment should be ashamed …and pray that you never have to live through this kind of horrible disaster…

          • Damian

            May 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm

            People are overreacting here in Middle Tennessee, that’s for certain. Wanting to be a part of something bigger, and daring to compare… even BEGIN comparing this flood to the monster that was Katrina?? You people are out of your self-pity wanting minds.

            There were no looters? Because this disaster doesn’t COMPARE. We’re talking a hurricane vs a heavy rain. Are you people serious? People stranded with no electricity, no way out, etc…

            I live 30 mins from Nashville and wouldn’t have even thought it was that big of a deal without the news and overreacting Tennesseans on the internet. It’s not THAT bad.

            The news has bigger stories to cover. Do any of you even remember any floods nationally aside from Katrina?… Do you? Probably not. Get over yourselves.

            We lost 20 something people and you dare mention Katrina? Really?? You act like we were such great citizens compared to people in a complete panic state? People were walking around hanging out in nashville wading in the water when it occurred.

            Do me a favor. Go back. Look at Hurricane Katrina footage. Then understand that ever mentioning this city’s disaster vs New Orleans is about the dumbest thing you could possibly do.

  58. jennifer

    May 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    This is the best thing I’ve read so far. Thank you for this.
    Lovin’ on Nashville today!!!

    • Susan

      May 4, 2010 at 2:37 pm

      GOD BLESS YOU!! Touched my heart and made my day!!

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  60. Kim from Minnesota

    May 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I have never seen this website before as I am from MN (a BIG WILD fan); but say this on FB and had to read it, I have been trying to get info on what is going on in your city!! I have a few friends that live there and want to know what is going on in there neighborhoods!! Thank you for posting this and it would be great is someone could tell me where to get more info and what can others do to help besides prays!?!?!?!

    • Patten Fuqua

      May 4, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      Kim, if you’re interested in helping out, we’ve posted some links up in the top right corner.

  61. Angela Stone

    May 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Think maybe the liberal media was afraid of “Hope” floating in front of their eyes? Just curious……….

  62. Cheryl

    May 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to write this article. You said it better than anyone could have in my opinion. I totally agree with every word. May God be with all those who suffered any degree of loss, no matter how big or small.

    Bless You!!

  63. Robin Carpenter

    May 4, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Very well said and so blessed to live in a place where you can really call your neighbors(and strangers), neighbors!

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  65. Ellen

    May 4, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve been on at least 10 different news sites and they are reporting on the flood but as someone stated earlier; local and state governments are responsible for disaster recognition and relief. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t happen soon enough!
    I think it’s wonderful that the people of Nashville have pulled together and maybe things were taken “out of context” on some things but the fact of the matter is that all of the events mentioned are equally as important and it shouldn’t be about who’s disaster is worse. We as a Nation should be working together to fix them ALL.
    There may be a lot of people in the world who are out for themselves but make no mistake, there are still plenty of people (in all States) who care about their families, their friends, their State, their Country and their fellow man.

  66. Kristine

    May 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Very well-stated. I’m posting around. I hope you don’t mind.

  67. Train Island

    May 4, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Great article. You nailed it.

  68. Pam Spalding

    May 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Thank you Patten. Very well said.

  69. Robert Talbert

    May 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you for this article, from a Nashville-area expatriate. I’ve been in Indiana since 1997, but I still miss “home” (= Dickson County) and this makes me more proud than ever of where I am from.

  70. Anthony

    May 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    We are from the volunteer state, not the what can you do for me state. I can proudly say that I am from Nashville, born and raised. After this weekend, seeing my neighbors and friends pull together to help each other makes it even easier to say WE ARE NASHVILLE!!!!

  71. Michael Davis

    May 4, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Well said!!! I couldn’t have said that better myself and it’s 100% true too!!!

  72. Amy

    May 4, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Very well spoken.

  73. Sarah B.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Thank you, Patten. You are absolutely right. I am reposting this EVERYWHERE.

  74. Duncan Bell

    May 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Although I currently live in North Carolina, Nashville is my hometown. I’ve been devastated by the loss of a friend to the flood, as well as the continuing struggles that my friends are having dealing with the aftermath. But this really gave me a different perspective, and some hope. Many thanks from a transplanted Nashvillian (who’s still a confirmed Pred-head).

  75. Theresa Lode

    May 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Bravo, bravo! I posted this link to my FB page and will encourage others to the same. I have been perplexed over the lack of national media attention; I think you nailed the reason why.

    I’m proud to live here.

  76. Coblette

    May 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Well said, Patten. Many of these same thoughts have crossed my mind. I am impressed with our city as well. And no, national news is not covering the devastation we are experiencing and will continue to endure as we try and rebuild in an already crippled economy. – Angela

  77. Big TR

    May 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Ha ha, the Hawks whooped up on the Preds.

    • Cari Renee

      May 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm

      Oh yeah. Here is an ADULT right here.

    • Kim

      May 7, 2010 at 9:25 am

      Wow. Just, wow.

  78. Christy

    May 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Amen & amen again! We are the Volunteer State & we’ve proven it more than once. You’re right – people will complain. I have done so myself. I’ve been extremely frustrated at gawkers driving through demolished neighborhoods & not stopping to offer help. At the same time, I’ve witnessed people going house to house offering food & drinks to total strangers. I’ve heard of some looting but it seems to be pretty isolated. Thank you for reminding Nashvillians what we are capable of.

  79. Josh C

    May 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    As a proud Nashville non-native, I tend to agree with your premise. But when comparing Nashville to, say, NOLA, let’s make some other distinctions. Like electricity, which is out in some places, but not over virtually the entire city. Or the gas shortage, which made it near impossible to leave NO. And, most importantly, clean drinking water, which is still available to (almost?) the entire city of Nashville. Desperation is usually the impetus leading to crime, and it hasn’t reached the heights it has in previous disasters (and, God willing, it won’t).

    • Patten Fuqua

      May 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm

      Please realize that I’m not comparing this to Katrina or making an “our city is better than your city” or an “our disaster is better than your disaster” argument. I want to make this abundantly clear…in no way is this intended to bash other cities.

      • cindy

        May 7, 2010 at 7:12 pm

        Thank you for clarifying that, Patten. I think your article was so eloquently put. Your passion for your city speaks in volumes. God Bless all of you wonderful people in Nashville who are experiencing such a tragedy at this time.

        My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!!

      • Katy

        May 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm

        Unfortunately, that’s the way it came across, or you wouldn’t have so many negative comments. I was a little irked myself when I read your article. Nashville is my hometown, and I’ve been devastated by what I’ve seen and heard about the flood. Natural disasters are a sad fact of life, and how people deal with them says a lot about their character. I love Nashville and am proud of what a great city it is, but please remember that it’s not the only place in the world that has the ability to overcome this kind of tragedy.

        • cindy

          May 12, 2010 at 12:31 am

          Thanks, Katy. Well put.

    • Ben

      May 4, 2010 at 10:37 pm

      Josh, thanks for the support, BUT the people of NO had DAYS of notice how bad it would be. Shame on them for being STUPID! Sorry to be the one to deliver that msg, but it’s true. I watched Katrina for 4 days before it hit. I knew(after traveling the area for yrs) what it would do. The people that were left were idiots. Nashville is different mainly due to the fact that this had never even come close to happening before. We have a right to be ticked!

      • David Stewart

        May 5, 2010 at 7:31 am

        Ben, thanks for so completely disproving Patten’s argument above and making all of us Nashvillians look like self-righteous bigots.

      • cindy

        May 12, 2010 at 12:34 am

        BEN, SHAME ON YOU FOR SAYING SUCH STUPID THINGS. If you didn’t live through Katrina. you have no idea what people went through. Why don’t you stick to subjects you know something about, if there are any.

        STUPID, PATHETIC ben.

  80. Todd

    May 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Well said! Makes me VERY proud to call Nashville home.

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    May 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm


  82. Jen Brazee

    May 4, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Very well said. I lived there for 4 years and when my husband retires from the Army we are coming back to the area because of this. Nashville and Tennesseans are the best most gracious people you will ever meet! Its hard to see the pictures of Nashville because I love the city and its sad. The city and people will rebound and like you said, because you are Nashville!

  83. Randy Elrod

    May 4, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Succinct, Brilliant and Insightful!

  84. Malia

    May 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Awesome, awesome post! You are so right, it hadn’t even occurred to me that we’ve seen virtually no crime in light of these circumstances. I’m so proud to be a Nashvillian!

  85. Melissa French-Rhodes

    May 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Amen! Very well said and Nashville makes me proud! Thank you!

  86. iwantperch

    May 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    “Because we are Nashville.” Not just Nashville, but Middle Tennessee.

  87. Anna

    May 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm


  88. Missin TN

    May 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Something else to consider… to the previous posters who want to bring up Hurricane Katrina, I guarantee you most of those people had flood insurance. People in TN are seeing water standing in places never imagined. No one ever thought this could happen…and it did. I’m proud to call Nashville home and proud to know that the people of this great state can pull together and help each other out!

    • cindy

      May 8, 2010 at 2:00 am



  89. Katrisha Gibbs

    May 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you so much. It almost makes me bitter the fact that no one cares outside of Tennessee. Our story wasn’t dramatic enough. The media didn’t think our ‘story’ would grasp enough viewers, since we all know that’s what it’s really about. Marketing.
    But it does make me warm inside to know that we all come together and help one another in such a horrific event. We all took a hard fall together, and now we’re all picking up the pieces together. I’m proud to be a Tennessean because of that.

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  92. Judy

    May 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Good article. I just moved to Texas after being in Hendersonville for 30+ years and I said the same thing. Why aren’t they showing more on the news. It’s a disaster there!

  93. Nash

    May 4, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Well that makes sense. You are probably a conservative region an by hell or “high water” your area will never get money that could be used in the Nov election unlike other areas in the news. Remember everything these days has an ulterior motive.

  94. John-Mark Tarr

    May 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I am currently in Iraq, and all this is blowing my mind. I am looking at all the pictures from my friends and i can not even fathom this. My last memory of walking downtown Nashville was the night before I left to come over here. I’m glad to call Tennessee my home state and proud to live in the Nashvile area! I will be home soon and will do what I can to help restore our great state from this devistation.

    • Elaine

      May 5, 2010 at 3:03 am

      God Bless you John-Mark, come home safe to us. And Patten thank you for such a wonderful article. It was a been a very scary week, I know I was caught out in it and thought I was in big trouble. Thank heavens for high ground at some apt. complex I turned into to compose myself and rethink every possible dip between myself and home. I love my city. And hey let’s not forget our friends in the out lying counties with less resources than Davidson County. If anyone finds a surplus of man power as things get better here we need to head out to them. I have friends attempting to use there farm equipment and found materials to rebuild bridges over the creek, so they can get each other out of the area. They have no water, no electricity and no phone, but they are sharing what they have and working till they drop to make it happen. I watched a wonderful young man carry an 89 year old woman cradled in his arms over rocks and broken bridge concrete to get her and her 90 year old husband to a flat bed truck, who slowly carried them across a field through two fences rows to another waiting car to get them out of a house that had 3 feet of water in it. The roads are so broken and washed out they were afraid it would hurt them to bump them out over the debris. It is so good to know that regardless of what the national media would have us believe, our city, our counties, our state and our nation have some of the kindest most caring people in the world. It’s who we are, it’s what we do, right John-Mark? I am so proud of you all, and I am going out again today to sweat and hold my nose from the smell until the job is done. We are Nashville, We are Tennessee, We are Americans.

    • Kim

      May 7, 2010 at 9:27 am

      Thank you for what you’re doing *now,* in Iraq, John-Mark. Glad you’ll be home soon. God bless.

  95. Vicki

    May 4, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    The response to this crisis from this community, makes me proud to call Nashville home.

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  97. Robyn

    May 4, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Great story! I too am very proud to call middle Tennessee my home for the last 17 years….

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  99. Melinda

    May 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Patten, thanks for putting to words our thoughts. Nicely done.

  100. Kristen

    May 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Sending best wishes from San Francisco, CA. Your devastation and loss hits close to home because we all remember what the 1989 earthquake did to our community and how press didn’t care that neighbors were going into burning/collapsed buildings to save their neighbors. We send our best wishes, our thoughts, our prayers and most of all our admiration for your courage.

    • Me

      May 6, 2010 at 12:46 am

      That is not true at all. I lived through the same earthquake and the media reported on that quite a bit.

  101. Cari Renee

    May 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    It is in fact, a testament to how this city has pulled together to help itself and it’s fellows in it’s greatest time of need … without sitting on it’s rear end, waiting on ‘government’ help that will probably never show. It makes me ever more proud of the love I have for this city.. and it’s people. I applaud you, Patten. Well done.

  102. Angela

    May 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Thank you for this article! I am not even an American citizen, but am proud to be a Nashvillian!

  103. CareyAnne

    May 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Very well said! i’m proud that our state has come together and helped eachother and done so with integrity. However,lets also remember that Clarksville, TN is suffering a great catastrophe as well.

  104. Lori Nichols

    May 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you for writing this piece. You are right on the money. Maybe the perspective of zero national media attention should be positive. Amen!

  105. Mik

    May 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    The people of Nashville are some of the most honest, caring, and strong willed people I have ever had the privelege of knowing. You will survive this with our without publicity. You will return to normalcy with or without financial support. You will show those who are watching (and we are watching) that by being friends, family, neighbors and humanitarians, you can withstand forces that cause chaos in other areas.
    May God bless you all.

  106. nate

    May 4, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I cant believe we can’t even have an awesome Nashvillian rallying article without some blog trolls bringing everyone down. @Rational, go find something to do bro. No one brought up NOLO but you.

    Well written, thanks for taking the time.

    • Ann

      May 4, 2010 at 8:25 pm

      Actually, the author brought up NOLA. What do you think he’s referring to when he says looting and people on rooftops?

      • Kim

        May 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

        Neither NOLA nor Katrina is mentioned anywhere. There is looting in *lots* of cases when disaster strikes…not just NOLA. And “people on rooftops?” Read it again. He’s talking about neighbor helping neighbor. Just stating facts. He also specifically said in the comments that he’s not comparing the flood to Katrina, which was obviously far more disastrous.

        • cindy

          May 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm


      • Susan

        May 9, 2010 at 12:32 am

        @Ann, maybe you should re-read the article. Patten does NOT bring up NOLA. Which by the way I live 60 miles from, drove supplies into the area during Katrina, and saw the devastation first hand. They were warned for days IN ADVANCE…they had the means to evacuate, but the state and local government of the day were to inept to find their way out of a paper bag, much less make a decision. There is no comparison between what happened in Nashville and NO, but you can compare how things are handled, and my hat’s off to TENNESSEE!!!

        • cindy

          May 12, 2010 at 12:43 am

          SUSAN, SUSAN, SUSAN. Why all the comparisons. Devastation is horrific wherever it happens. People are people all over the world. People want to help here and anywhere they can. Leave Katrina out of this. THERE IS NO COMPARISON!!! Educate yourself before making such ignorant statements. I am emabarassed for you my friend.

  107. Dayna

    May 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Patten, THANK YOU! I was transplant to the Nashville some 13 years ago. Your words were well written and expressed the thoughts of many. One of the many reasons I am proud to raise my family here is because of many of the points you stated. We are teaching our children morals, ethics, and old-fashioned “neighborhoodism” during this time of tragedy. WE ARE NASHVILLE! WE WILL OVERCOME!

  108. Tuobab Bob

    May 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Because we are Nashville.

  109. Elizabeth

    May 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    amazing….simply amazing.

  110. Tammy

    May 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Well spoken! I don’t live in those areas hit but I’m a Middle Tennessean too!

  111. Sean

    May 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm


  112. Jakey

    May 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    That’s awesome!

  113. Kristin

    May 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I think it is amazing that people are saying that many have returned to their normal lives and daily activities. I find that highly unlikely considering the fact that we have multiple buildings that are underwater. Not to mention people that have been stuck in their neighborhoods because of the flooding that has not allowed them to return to work. I do not even live in a hard hit area, but I haven’t been able to leave my neighborhood since Saturday, and it isn’t looking promising anytime soon. I can’t even imagine what is going on in the harder hit neighborhoods.The fact of the matter is this flood will cost our state an exorbitant amount of money. Our economy was already compromised. Now we have THOUSANDS of employees who are out of jobs. THOUSANDS of people without a home. Our tourism for the summer is destroyed. Our city receives millions of tax dollars from tourism. The budget crisis that we are already have is now severely increased by this flood. So in response to the fact that their was a lot of rain… nothing more to report. I some how think it is a little more serious than that. So please don’t diminish what our state is going through.

    • Allison Willingham

      May 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm

      I am from Oklahoma City and please know we do see and hear your frustration, disappointment, and pain! We are praying for you and how ever we can help-we will do our best!! Nashville is a beautiful city with beautiful people! You are resiliant, strong, and the Lord will carry you through! We are with YOU ALL!!!

      Allison Willingham – OKC

  114. Kevin

    May 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Very well spoken. I have also wondered why it has taken so long to get news coverage on this story.

    At first, it was just a blurb with a couple of pictures and videos on national news sites. Most reports were gleaned from local news sources and AP sources…as far as I know, no one from a major news site has come to report from here.

    It was only when the Cumberland’s banks swelled over the bluff into downtown and Opryland and started to affect the tourist and entertainment attractions that people from the outside are familiar with that news organizations started to pay more attention. The commercial and tourism attractions hurt and will cost millions to fix or replace…but the real story for me are the entire neighborhoods and sections of town that were inundated with water.

    Forget the cheesy tourist traps…thousands of people are either homeless or dealing with catastrophic damage to their property. Many people are going to lose almost everything they own…and some even lost their lives. Many didn’t have flood insurance…because they live in places that should never flood, and likely had never flooded as long as this area was settled as Fort Nashborough some 230 years ago.

    If a similar disaster had happened in a larger TV market, such as Atlanta, Dallas, or St. Louis…not to mention the mega-markets…the news would be all over this…they wouldn’t be able to get enough of it.

    I don’t want to necessarily hog the front pages and airwaves…but considering the scale of the disaster, it’s pathetic. If the Predators had beaten the Blackhawks, it may have gotten more national coverage than this.

    As for the floodwater downtown…this is astounding…especially in the area of flood control. The Cumberland River is dammed throughout its course all through Tennessee and into Kentucky. To put the downtown flooding in perspective to outsiders — downtown Nashville sits on the bluff side of the river…and for flood waters to reach downtown, the river has to rise more than 30 feet above normal…and more than 10 feet higher than flood stage in order to reach 1st Avenue. Luckily, most of downtown is on even higher ground than this…but in my lifetime, I have never seen the river even rise to the top of Riverfront Park. With the East Bank not sitting on a bluff, this means that water has completely flooded the East Bank as well as many other low lying areas along the river.

    Thankfully the death toll has remained low so far…hopefully it will not rise as dramatically as the river did when the water recedes.

    I am happy to see the number of volunteers come out to assist their neighbors — and complete strangers, in this disaster. I plan to put in my time when I can to help those who lost so much. I hope that many of you also help out in any way that you can to get our great city rebuilt. It will take a long time…it’s hard to say how long, because we do not know the extent of the damage…but all Nashvillians need to do their part and pitch in.

  115. Jonathan Ferreri

    May 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Very well said. I think you have summed up Nashville nicely and it shows what type of people we having living in this great city and state. I am proud to be from the south and love that I call Nashville my home.

  116. Kayla

    May 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I am so proud of this city and our state. Reading your message gave me chills. Thinking about getting back to normal is almost inconceivable, but eventually it really will happen. Thanks for saying what need to be said.

  117. Kim

    May 4, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    INCREDIBLY well said. This is why NO place, ANYWHERE, is like my hometown! I miss you Nashville, and my thoughts, prayers and love are with you!

  118. Scot Justice

    May 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Very well said.

    Yesterday, when it became evident that the news of the magnitude of the disaster wasn’t getting out that we should stage a “Nashville Looting”, where we cooperated with police and shop owners that needed merchandise moved. We could act like we’re looting, but take it where the owner needed it moved to.

    Then post on YouTube without the explanation that it was staged. Might get some national media attention that way;-)

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    May 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm


  120. Scott

    May 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I loved this piece! It makes me very proud to live in Nashville and be a part of this great city. Let’s hear it! RAH! WE ARE NASHVILLE!

  121. Brandon Scott Thomas

    May 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Incredible post. So true! Thank you!

  122. Lerraine Miller

    May 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I told my children that we weren’t getting national attention because we were a quiet people. We come to the aid of our neighbors when trouble comes. When the tornado came through Murfreesboro last year, so many showed up to help that clean-up came quickly and needs were met. What a blessing to live here! I came from a big city (Dallas) where people look at me funny when I give an enthusiastic “HI” when visiting. Since living here, I’ve heard Tennesseans accused of being “too nice.” I’m thankful that we still have a remnant of people who are kind-hearted…and they call Tennessee “home.”

    As a side note: Our ceiling caved in because of the rain on Sunday, so we immediately called our insurance company. The person we spoke with had no idea of what was going on in Nashville!

  123. OAJ

    May 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I just have to say how proud I am about Nashville. I am also filled with love for our local politicians, rescue teams, volunteers and local newscasters. I had just told a friend that and said that this is the perfect text book example of what a natural disaster should be handled.

    Stay strong Nashville, we are still beautiful.

  124. birddog

    May 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Very well said and although I live north of town I’m proud to say I’m from Nashville when I travel. Now that the flood is over, let the rest of the world sit back and see how we all come together and pick each other up. Because thats just what we do around here…

  125. Tara Burns

    May 4, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    As a former Miss Tennessee and Vanderbilt graduate, I appreciate your words more than I can say. The spirit of the South is something that can be matched by none. The love and loyalty of those people living there is truly world class. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone of you…sending love and energy and healing from NYC, a city which also knows hurt, pain, and the power of unity. All my love, Tara Burns

    • cindy

      May 7, 2010 at 1:48 am

      WELL SAID. Just remember Tennessee is not the only southern state my dear. And I think everyone is pulling together to try to lend a helping hand during this tragic time. Why does everyone have to make it about south, north, Katrina,etc. Any natural or manmade disaster is a horrible thing!!!

  126. Saints Fan

    May 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Katrina and the Nashville floods are not comparable in any way. Both are tragic but the geography and the demographics could not be more different. As far as “we were handling it on our own,” it won’t be long before those without flood insurance will ask for a bailout.

  127. amanda_renee56

    May 4, 2010 at 3:46 pm


  128. Brian H

    May 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I just wanted to say I was out on the rescue boats this weekend and it really is tremendously more serious than I think a lot of people, national media included, are giving it credit for. I’ve seen first hand the devastation this flood has left upon our city. The Bellevue area alone where I am looks like a war zone. So many people have lost everything and the vast majority have no flood insurance.

  129. Lea Beasmore

    May 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Though I am a Kentuckian, and Tennessee and Kentucky have rivaled over the years so hard in sports, my heart just broke listening to this story. You guys are in my heart and soul. Prayers are being sent up and I can always talk to our church to see what we can do for Tennessee folks, in a mission trip. I know you would do the same for Kentucky if we were put in the same shoes. In parts of Kentucky, in my small town, a location known as Tyrone has been hit hard as well. They have been evacuated as well.

  130. sharon

    May 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm


  131. Brad

    May 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you for pointing out that we are not blaming anyone and because of it we are being ignored. Blood leads in the media and because we can’t blame the Tea Party or George Bush the media won’t give it priority nationally. There were devistating floods in the Midwest 2 years ago but everyone still talks about New Orleans. It is because the media can put Bush’s face on it when he had nothing to do with it. People will still talk about NO LA 2 years from now but will have forgotten about Nashville in 2 months. Thank you for pointing out the biases in the media. Pray for those who have been affected by this tragidy and give if you can.

    • cindy

      May 7, 2010 at 1:51 am


  132. Kathy

    May 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for saying this! It’s very, very true.

  133. Dana

    May 4, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I have been a Tennessean my entire life. And what you just wrote has made me even more proud to say I am one. Wonderfully written!

  134. Davalynn

    May 4, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    entirely correct- thank you for such a well written, beautiful piece of truth

  135. Squirrellymom

    May 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    We are the Nashville Whos. We must ALL shout together. WE ARE HERE! WE ARE HERE! WE ARE HERE!

  136. Capt4Chris

    May 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Now this is the kind of blog post I like. Well said!!

  137. Kimberli

    May 4, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I aspire to be more like your city. It is a true blessing to have such a great people in your town! People, not in your state, have not forgotten you. We watched the horror on the weather channel and followed minute by minute through twitter. I am ashamed at our news channels and our government. My prayers are with you all.

  138. Christian

    May 4, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Pride and hospitality. I freakin’ love my home of Nashville.

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  140. Darlene Darby

    May 4, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    God Bless You!!!

  141. feildmouse

    May 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    well said
    even though there was looting at the Farmer’s Market

  142. B. C.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you for saying it so eloquently. I love Nashville and have NEVER regretted moving here……Mostly because the people……and no where else is there so much music…….AND creativity is the norm.

    No history such as Nashville. Heck, we don’t even have to throw ‘Tennessee’ on the end. We’re like ‘Cher’, or ‘Liberace’.
    Phenomenal community and I fell in love with it even more……with my feet wet.

  143. Renee

    May 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I do not live in Nashville but hold it very dear to my heart. I have lots of memories and friends there. I only hope this tragedy ends soon.So that the healing can begin. YOU all are in my prayers….

  144. Karen

    May 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Great post! I’m from Brazil and we’re just recovering from a catastrophic flood here too… we know how it is to be ignored by the midia! But, as you well said: we can handle this! Thank God! May God stay with your people, helping everyone who are envolved!

  145. mark montgomery

    May 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    yessir!!! preach it!

  146. Jonathan

    May 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Born in Nashville, moved away long ago, but still have lots of family there–and they are only some of the great citizens of the community. This article breaks my heart, because it is a testament to the city and its people. You guys hang in there–we are watching, even in Texas, and we do care.

  147. Lynne Ferrell Head

    May 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Beautiful! Thank you for putting into words how we all feel. We ARE Nashville!

  148. Alison

    May 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I think that it is unfair to point to one natural disaster in order to legitimize another. Suffering is suffering. The oil spill is tragic, Katrina was tragic, and so is this. Take pride in how well your city is handling this, but please don’t disparage the other people who are in crisis or those who dealt with Katrina. It’s all awful.

    • Patten Fuqua

      May 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      Where did I mention Katrina?

      • Rob

        May 5, 2010 at 3:11 pm

        You may not have mentioned it directly, but as much as you want to deny it, you eluded to it with your references to looting and crime and rooftops, etc. Your blog was great, but let me make a point

        It’s not fair to classify an entire population based on the lowest common denominator of folks who live in a specific town. The people on TV seen grabbing fur coats and golf clubs were not New Orleanians. They were the sick, deprived druggies that infest our town.

        I would have KILLED not to have media coverage of our “federally non-funded” man made disaster. (People forget that the Corps provided us with poor levee protection.)

        People were given warning and many did leave. Those who stayed were too poor to find a way out. There was no help on several gov. levels

        Good luck to you guys

        • cindy

          May 7, 2010 at 1:43 am

          WELL SAID!!!! Unfortunately the media’s coverage was on the the crazed, sick druggies that is what people who don’t know better have come to believe that is all of New Orleans. New Orleans just as Nashville has many good people who suffered terribly.

          I wish people were better informed before they speak on the subject. Bottom line, we are all human beings–some good and some bad–everywhere. Let’s not be so quick to judge and compare. Let’s all give each other a helping hand. That’s what spirit is about.

      • cindy

        May 7, 2010 at 2:00 am



    • cindy

      May 7, 2010 at 1:35 am


      • Susan

        May 9, 2010 at 12:45 am

        You guys really need to RE-read Patten’s article. He made absolutely no reference to Katrina. And you’re right, it has been 5 years since the levees broke and people down here are still whining about it. My prayers are with all throughout the state of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi who have suffered as a result of the flooding.

        • cindy

          May 12, 2010 at 12:46 am

          Dear Susan, maybe you need to get a life. How dare you talk about whiners. You don’t even begin to understand the devastation New Orleans and the surrounding areas went through. Re-read the article. LOOTERS, PEOPLE ON ROOFTOPS. wHERE have you been living? UNDER A ROCK OR ARE YOU JUST STUPID?

  149. Angie Santos

    May 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I am in Texas and before reading this I asked myself the same question. And tried to find the news… no headlines at all. From the videos and pictures it looks catastrophic. What’s going on? It seems unreal.

  150. Glenn W

    May 4, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I am from Tampa Florida. I really know about the flooding because it is possible my cousin who lives in Nashville has been displaced from his home and the water is still in his neighbor hood and he is unable to assess his damage. My attention came to the flooding because of his inital posting of the flood issues, then I had to internet search. I even woke up to watch the morning national news one morning and in the hours time I watched the TV before I left for work not one word was spoken. CNN has not covered it, as this is not a rural area with a bunch of fields but an actual US city that is being hit really hard. I am praying for you Nashvillians and pray you are cared for and have what you need to live. BTW….i have been to your lovely town many times, and my favorite thing to do is walk down town at night…you know not one time did I feel threatened or afraid…just a bunch of good country people having a great time. Now I know you have crime, but there are not many cities I care to walk around at night. God bless you all!!!

  151. Danny Garrison

    May 4, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I was born in Nashville and moved to Knoxville after living in Nashville the first 30 years of my Life. I was back in Nashville this weekend for a dear friends funeral and my 40th H.S. reunion. Although my parents house was not damaged by any of the flood waters I was shocked to sit in my parents house and watched the news showing the damage this storm was causing to my HOME TOWN. You are right, as I watched the news there was no mention of looting or any other unnecessary crime, just every one helping one another. It makes me so proud to be from Nashville and a Tennessean. This state will come together and will help rebuild our State capitol conservative or liberal will not matter just the spirit of the VOLUNTEER state will raise to the need of our neighbors. I pray for for the recovery to be bigger and better.

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  153. Cindy Y.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I remember about 6 1/2 years ago or so the blackout of 03. I lived in Metro Detroit then (born and raised) and I remember 1 day, just 24 HOURS into the blackout, there was looting and crime and all kinds of trouble being made in all corners of the city/cities.
    That Nashville hasn’t is a great testament to the kind of people who I’m proud to live near today.
    My husband and I were wondering why no one from MI had called to see if we were alright…when we called them to let them know, none of them knew what we were talking about! NONE of them! And my daughter works at the news station in Detroit!

    I’m proud to live in Tennessee! Proud of the people here, and proud to be raising my 2 youngest as Tennesseans!

    Beautifully written article.

  154. Justin

    May 4, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Thank you for your words! This is so nicely written! I live in White House, north of Nashville up on the ridge. Thankfully we were spared massive damage, but my heart is broken for the people south and west of us. Truly devastating.

  155. Cindy Sterling

    May 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Your article – thoughtful and beautifully written – said it all. We ARE Nashville – and I have never been prouder. I’l be sending this on to everyone I know to explain what happened this past weekend . . . thank you!!

  156. Jamison

    May 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this! It gives me a sense of pride in my city that I never knew.

  157. Laurie

    May 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    What a powerful story. We are in SC following what is happening as my husband is from Guthrie and our daughter and her family live in Clarksville. What you wrote is so true about how the people there are handling this disaster. Everyone should be proud of the way the peoe are handling things and. We will be sending money to help and are proud to be able to call people there family and friends. We pray for all there.

  158. John Dwyer

    May 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Well stated.

  159. Well?

    May 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Interesting that so many people in Nashville are offended by the lack of news coverage. This is the second or third place I have read about this complaint. What does the news coverage do for Nashville? Not much, that I can think of. This is much like little children stomping their feet when they don’t get the attention they want. I believe you could consider it “whining” as one poster said. Very strange. Put the energy spent her into something useful.

    • Laura

      May 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm

      I believe the reason people in Middle TN are “offended” as you put it, is that we are in need of assistance (i.e. funds through donations) to help rebuild our city. I haven’t heard people acting “like little children stomping their feet” but rather asking for some acknowledgment to spread the word that we need help. Also, I think this article is more focused on rallying Middle Tennesseans to continue to work hard and recover. Why are you trying to tear down a group of people who just experienced a horrible disaster anyway?? Why don’t YOU put some energy into doing something useful?? Like, donating some time or money in to rebuilding our lovely community.

  160. PKVol

    May 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Well said. We can take care of ourselves because we know we can count on each other. While a Federal Disaster Declaration will help folks financially, we can rebuild and be even better than before. I can’t wait to see how well we’ve recovered in 6 weeks when CMA MusicFest happens and then again in August when the Titans play again and in October when the Preds play again. We’ll keep amazing ourselves.

  161. Jamie Lynn

    May 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I have family in Nashville and Antioch. My aunt lives down the street from the Lighthouse Christian Academy. I spent every summer growing up in Nashville. You said it very well…Nashville is proud and strong and an example for the rest of the country. God bless…

  162. Kim

    May 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    WOW…..excellent job!! I’m passing this article on to lots of friends!! I’m so proud of my hometown!! We ARE Nashville!!!

  163. Dilissa Milburn

    May 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    God bless and be with you Nashville. I love your city and I am praying for your quick recovery. Please print something to let us know how to send money and I will send some. I LOVE YOU NASHVILLE.

  164. kiki

    May 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Beautifully written. there is nothing to take offense to in this article. it’s just a shame that people have turned this into a debate. as an owner of property on the gulf coast and Nashville, I can truly say that the lack of coverage in Nashville has been disconcerting.

    I was in Vegas over the weekend and only knew of the flood due to Facebook posts by friends in Nashville. the hush that settled over our plane as we flew back into Nashville was palpable as we saw from the air the extent of damage to our town.

    another reason this is such a disaster is because thousands of homeowners that lost literally everything did not live in flood plains, so did not have flood insurance. does this mean that the entire burden of rebuilding will be entirely left up to the homeowner? it certainly won’t hurt for Nashville to receive the national media coverage needed to speed up the process for relief funds.

    thank you for writing such a heartfelt and stirring post. I linked it on my Facebook page and many of my friends are doing the same.

  165. Matt U.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Beautifully put. I’m posting this link on my Facebook page. Thank you!

  166. Chris

    May 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Awesome, Proud to call Nashville home, and it’s residents family.

  167. Hugh

    May 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Totally AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  168. A.C.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Disparaging (to respond to the critics – side note: critics on a post designed to lift the spirits of a wounded community are like kicking a downed horse; it’s already in pain and just makes you look like a jackass) would be saying that theirs didn’t compare to our tragedy or that they were just milking it for attention. Disparaging is NOT saying that we are not getting the media coverage that this deserves because we aren’t looting or letting the rule of law disintegrate AS IN Katrina or because this wasn’t man-made and therefore had politics associated with it – AS IN the bomb threat or the oil spill. Those are two wholly different things. We understand they deserve attention too. Rightfully so. What we don’t understand is why this tragedy that we are experiencing doesn’t seem to warrant EQUAL attention in the minds of the media. Yes, NYC and the oil spill are horrible. But this is just as bad. I have friends in the Midwest who didn’t even KNOW about what happened here until I told them and I was out of power for two days. I live in Bellevue. I’ve seen the destruction. You CANNOT tell me that this is any less an issue than a failed bomb plot. I’m proud to make this my home BECAUSE we don’t stoop to the level of criticizing people for rightfully being concerned about a lack of coverage. We’re better than that. Clearly, you all doing so aren’t.

  169. Robin

    May 4, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Absolutely, exactly, no doubt TO THE POINT of the matter. So sad for the city & surrounding areas. I’m from northern Ohio and find the events in Nashville just crushing my heart. Nashville is THE place that we vacation and will continue to visit. Our hearts and minds are with the folks of TN and hope for a speedy recovery . . .

  170. Heather

    May 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    This article is simply wonderful. I am so proud to be a Tennesseean..born in the great city of Nashville and raised in the great state of Tennessee! Thank you so much for this wonderful and eye opening piece. Thankfully, my family members who still live in the area were spared a lot of flood damage or destruction. I am praying for all of those who suffered loss or pain of any kind. My heart goes out to you all.

    This article really shows the true Southern Hospitality that still exists in the south. Praise the Lord for allowing me to be a Tennessee girl!

  171. Rebecca

    May 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Exactly! Very well said, I can’t agree more!

  172. Sarah Ruth

    May 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you for posting this!!!

  173. Susan W

    May 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I attend Stamps Baxter School of Music every July (for past 3 years) and I have never met FINER PEOPLE than those in the middle Tennessee area. You’re a strong, loving, caring community. In southern Ohio, we are remembering you (we’ve been hit with flooding – last in ’97) so we understand, and we pray God’s love and comfort and strength to you.

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  175. Shannon

    May 4, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Philadelphia native checking in to say I absolutely love your city and would be there in a heartbeat to help with the volunteer effort and cleanup, if I could. I hope to make it down in a few months when there will still be places to rebuild and people to help. Love you, Tennessee. Hang in there!!!!!

  176. Virginia

    May 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    This came to me on facebook. Thank you so very much for writing this. We are going through this together. I hope this get spread far. God bless you.

  177. Robin

    May 4, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Beautiful! I never thought about the lack of crime stories…thank you so much for bringing that to our attention. I’m proud to have spent my childhood years there, to be an Overton graduate and a once-upon-a-time Nashville resident 🙂

  178. Mark Barnhill

    May 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    as I’ve said ever since I moved to this town, I LOVE Nashville! and I’m Proud to live here!

  179. Lauren

    May 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    So true. This is very well written! God bless Music City!

  180. nm

    May 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    We didn’t loot? Um, only about 1% of us had to be evacuated from our homes. Fewer than 2% of us lost electric power. One of our two water plants is still pumping. Gas stations and grocery stores are open and functioning normally. The conditions for looting didn’t exactly occur. For which we ought to feel great relief. This was a strange disaster: the business, manufacturing, and entertainment districts have been hit badly, which may mess up the local economy further down the road. But while I’m proud of this city, I can’t see how we can pat ourselves on the back for not looting. It’s kind of like praising ourselves for not starting forest fires or something.

    • Ann

      May 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm


  181. Angie Moore

    May 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Bravo…I have only visited Nashville, but fell in love with it. Congrats to the citizens of Nashville for taking care of thier own when needed. I am so sad that this has happened to such a great city and so much was lost but Nashville will survive because of the character of the people that make up the city.

  182. Tricia Gray

    May 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Great Post! Almost made me cry!

  183. Andrew J.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    In the interest of full disclosure, this is the first time I’ve ever read this blog — my main interest in rooting on the Preds has always been my full-on support for Nashville. I don’t really like hockey and, frankly, wish we had a baseball team instead…but I appreciate this entry and fully back its sentiment — we have a hell of a good city, full of really good people. And that’s something that, ahem, we can all get behind…

    And if we can ever make it past the first round of the playoffs, maybe I’ll get all the way on the bandwagon instead of watching the odd playoff game. Go Nashville, and to a slightly lesser extent, Go Preds!

    • Patten Fuqua

      May 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm

      There’s a second round? 🙂

  184. Erika

    May 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    well said – thank you!

  185. predgal6

    May 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Just want you to know, this is a GREAT article. I’m going to link to my brother in Atlanta, who called me today, and asked what was going on up here! I have friends in Minneapolis that used to live down here, and as of this morning, last they had heard, Opry Mills and the Hotel were dry!!
    We get no respect! But you’re right, we’ve done nothing spectacular news-wise to warrant any attention – no looting, no violence, not a thing. Just helping each other out, whether you know the person or not, like we seem to do here in Middle TN. I live in M’boro, and know all about helping each other out after the tornado last year.
    God Bless Nashville and Middle Tennessee! The best place to live!!!

    I am VERY proud to be a born and raised Nashville and Middle TN girl all of the time, but especially right now!

  186. Misheal

    May 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you so much I lived in one of the houses that should have never been flooded. I really appreciate your post here.

  187. Nancy Loudermilk

    May 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    As always, proud to call Nashville my adopted home for 24 years now. I know Nashville will bounce back.

  188. Michelle Lester

    May 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I am deeply saddened for Nashville and surrounding areas! I do not live in TN but my family and some very dear friends do! Thankfully they are all ok and did not receive any damage.
    I live in New Orleans. I know what this feels like! I can proudly say that when I lost everything I owned to Katrina it was in Nashville that I found safety, shelter and people who were total strangers who genuinely cared and gave so freely! I have donated what I can to help rebuild the city that I love who helped me in my time of need! Nashville is my 2nd home and I wish all of you the best of luck in the rebuilding process. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it!
    Much love and prayers to everyone affected by this devastation!

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  190. Emily major

    May 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Wow you covered it better than any news anchor on cnn could have and your rightwe aren’t killing eachother over flatscreens we dont have electricity for or leaving women and children behind to save ourselves.Or stealing from our neighbors as they lose everything they’ve worked their whole lives for apparantly humanity is know longer news worthy compassion and empathy a are lost to the greater american public in exchange for the latest celebrity gossip.How sad it is truly.

  191. Chris Murray

    May 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    The spirit of Nashville & Nashvillians summed up in a few paragraphs (and done so wonderfully).

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  193. dena

    May 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    amazing.. written beautifully …send help sos..

  194. JSleeper

    May 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I live in San Diego and I had the opposite problem a few years ago. The 2007 fires forced a lot of people to evacuate, burned thousands of homes, and possibly would’ve burned right to the sea if the winds hadn’t died down.

    It’s heartening to see people pulling together in times of disaster. Good luck to you all in the weeks and months ahead with the cleanup.

  195. T Best

    May 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I agree 100 percent that we are being ignored. Until today when the President declared this a disaster area you did not see hardly any coverage on CNN, Fox News or any of the big name news stations.

    I know this because I watch but more importantly I work in corporate sales nationwide. I talk to customers all day, every day throughout the US. I would say that easily 70 percent of the people in the US, that are not in the south, had no clue. People were absolutely stunned when I sent them some links to the Tennessean for pictures. No one knows. I am sure they care but they just do not know.

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  198. Tiffany

    May 4, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I never thought about the points about no looting here. It literally NEVER crossed my mind. I live in Bellevue, one of the hardest hit areas, and driving home today from work I saw many people who lost everything (and flood insurance wasn’t even available to them) simply moving on with their lives..just drying out their things on their lawns now that the waters are receding. We are all helping our neighbors, taking in friends and pets, and without hesitation following orders to conserve water.

    All I can think about is how I could never live anywhere else. I didn’t grow up here, but this is my HOME. I love my city!

  199. Nikki

    May 4, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    beautifully said 🙂 i could not be more proud of where i am from!

  200. Bryan

    May 4, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I live in “the Village” of Old Hickory. Other than the Metro water rescue and the local fire department, No one came to “rescue” us. Shout out to Metro Fire Fighters, Thanks guys and girls! It was people around here that got neighbors out. At the Old Hickory Community Center, a Shelter has been set up. Donations have been pouring in. FEMA didn’t tell us to do it, or that we could do it. WE just did it, WE are doing it…We are Nashville!

  201. Shannon

    May 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Praying for you, Nashville! You are an awesome place with awesome people!

  202. Craig

    May 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Oh please. This was all over the national news. Come down off the cross. I am not from Nashville, but I am here working temporarily. I have friends as far away as Boston and Seattle. They knew all about it, and were watching the footage on their local news. Let’s not start another New Orleans “whoa is me” debacle here.

  203. Ryan

    May 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    We are people helping others. We are the Volunteer state. We are Nashville.

  204. David

    May 4, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    It is obvious many don’t watch the national news. I do, and have seen the flooding in Tennessee get the compassionate, caring coverage that is deserving of such an event. The author contradicts his praise of the Nashville area residents by his soapbox whining “Hey, everyone look at our suffering, our tragedy is worse than yours”. Not a classy posture, and not representative of many of us Tennesseans. One thing I learned long ago, don’t compare your suffering to someone else, it never comes across well. If you want to see news coverage, actually watch the news, and realize that social networking sites will obviously have more comments and “information” than any other outlet.

  205. Alison

    May 4, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Great article! Well done, sir!

  206. Lisa G. Wilkins

    May 4, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I am a Texan, a Houstonian to be precise, and I am so sorry to hear about what all y’all have gone through. I have a very, very dear friend, as a matter of fact, I would call her my best friend and she has kept me informed. I send you all my prayers and good thoughts. You are an extraordinary city, which I love to visit and have several times. God bless you all.

  207. Charlotte

    May 4, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I have many issues with this article, tone included (holier than thou much?) but the thing I have to comment on is this: did you think that maybe the horrific (and yes, I agree it is horrific) flooding Nashville received was a direct result of environmentally related issues being ignored and swept under the carpet for so many years. We all know by now that climate change exists, and that it does not just equate to raised temperatures; it is a marked change in weather patterns, the results of which are varied and difficult to predict at times. I am not trying to be the asshole environmentalist who values the earth more than my fellow man, but I think it is worth stating that environmental issues are only now BEGINNING to get the media coverage they deserve. I feel like your post failed to look at the big picture, and it honestly sounds quite juvenile…”hey, hey, look at us, we want attention too!”. I also found in offensive that you would even bring looting into the picture – there is nothing comparable to this flood and Katrina – to bring up the fact that your city is not looting implies disdain for residents of NOLA, which is boldly disgusting.

    I will pray for all residents of Nashville and anyone affected by this disaster, but your blog entry was extremely ineffective at gaining empathy and support from those outside Nashville.

  208. Nashville Native

    May 4, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I grew up in Nashville and the surrounding area and still have family and friends there. My son is now in the US NAVY and proud to call TN his homestate. I have friends who have lost everything as they watched their home be submerged in flood waters. They and their 2 little ones have no home. Her car was also submerged. They had no flood insurance because there had not been a flood in over 100 years there. They have heard NOTHING regarding government help. I wonder why that is???

    • Ann

      May 4, 2010 at 8:31 pm

      Maybe because, according to Republicans, you are supposed to pick yourself up by your bootstraps and not take government handouts.

  209. Janette Stevens

    May 4, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I agree. We are Nashville. Let’s not forget Clarksville and the little town of Erin 50 miles outside of Nashville that is pulling together. As of now they have no water. Well written piece. We are also Middle Tennessee.

  210. Jenny Yarbrough

    May 4, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Thank you! I have been in this city 17 years and I’ve never been so proud to call myself a Nashvillian!

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  212. Tom

    May 4, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Nashville is my home. Now more than ever.

  213. Christina

    May 4, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Well said. We live in CT but have been watching the tragedy in Nashville on the news and facebook. The media is certain not giving this event the coverage it needs and warrents.

  214. Leah

    May 4, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    this has got to be the most amazing article I have ever read. Just by reading it I could actually feel the emotion you had when writing it. Thank you so much for this…it will be shared to many many people. We will get through this because we are nashville….awesome! 🙂

  215. Candis

    May 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Although I live in Knoxville for the time being, THIS is MY town. I’ve been praying for the family’s that have lost loved ones and have lost everything. Nashville will rise again. It’s just who we are.

  216. Amanda

    May 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    This article made me realize how truly proud I am to be from TN. It felt like an epiphany. Thank you so much or writing it.

  217. Caitlin C.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    So very True!!! There wasn’t a rush of I, I, I… Everybody was looking out for one another and once people were safe so many of them turned around to go help others who were in trouble!

    This is why Nashville is Nashville, it’s the very essence of our city.

  218. Dave

    May 4, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    thing is we are a city of volunteers,neighbors helping neighbors, I am proud to be from Nashville,people here really care for others.

  219. Jean Sumruld

    May 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that you are not being ignored! 🙂 I heard about the flooding all the way here in sunny California. As a matter of fact, we called family in Goodlettsville and they hadn’t heard how bad it was in downtown and surrounding areas since they were staying safe in their home. We are sending prayers and good wishes your way and are saddend by the loss of life and horrible damage. Kudos to you wonderful people who can keep it together, help your neighbors and show to the rest of the country your “can do” spirit!

  220. Michelle

    May 4, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I hear what you are saying & respect ur thoughts. You are right about others not giving us a thought, my belief is that God takes care if His own as you know that’s why Nashville is doing remarkably well despite the help of others

  221. Michelle

    May 4, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I hear what you are saying & respect ur thoughts. You are right about others not giving us a thought, my belief is that God takes care if His own as you know that’s why Nashville is doing remarkably well despite the help of others.

  222. Sin-D

    May 4, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Your article was very moving. It gave me chills and brought me to tears. At the end all I could think is that’s why they call us the Volunteer state.

  223. Michelle

    May 4, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I hear what you are saying & respect ur thoughts…. You are right about others not giving us a thought, my belief is that God takes care if His own as you know that’s why Nashville is doing remarkably well despite the help of others…

  224. Leann

    May 4, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    well written and heartfelt. thank you!

  225. Amanda

    May 4, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    This was amazing. We are Nashville. We can survive. Thank you.

  226. Stacy

    May 4, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Amen! We’ve all been talking about the lack of national coverage, but I think you hit the nail on the head for the main reason we haven’t been getting the coverage. I am so glad to live in a place where people are eager to help each other. I grew up in the Nashville area, but just moved back from Miami about 2 years ago. I can guarantee you that had this happened there, the story would have been much different.

  227. Lulu

    May 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you.

  228. Laura

    May 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Oh my gosh….thank you so much for writing this. I’ve said almost the same thing over and over again. Where was the help…nowhere because we as a community took care of it ourselves. We didn’t just wait for some one else to do it for us. I am very proud of our city and how we are a pulling together. thank you so much.

  229. Tammy

    May 4, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I am proud to be part of this great city!

  230. Linda Pearson

    May 4, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I don’t live in Nashville but my daughter and her family do and I am so sad about all the devastation to all the places we like to visit when we come to your great city. My son in law spent many hours helping friends and I am so proud of him. We love Nashville and we are praying for all of you. I too was surprised at the lack of national coverage.

  231. Belinda

    May 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I am so sad that this has happened to Nashville. It is a wonderful town that I love to visit, and its citizens have responded with exactly the dignity and strength I would have expected. Prayers for you all.

  232. diane

    May 4, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    So well said, My daughter goes to school in Nashville, and I can not say enough good things about the wonderful people I meet each and every time I travel to Nashville. The people are wonderful and it is amazing how they have pulled together to work through this disaster. Shame on the media for not giving this city the well deserved attention!

  233. Kecia

    May 4, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Excellent piece of writing. Why do so many Americans forget to respect the right to expression of opinion? No one asked anyone to agree, disagree, compare or insult. Just a simple opinion – certainly everyone has the right, but why must some turn to belittling and one upmanship – turning an opinion into a debate? Simmer down.

  234. kristi

    May 4, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    thank you.

  235. Nannette Clark

    May 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Very well said. You have put into words all that I have been thinking for the past two days.
    Thank you. Nannette Clark

  236. Joe B

    May 4, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Where the hell is the Media blitz and FEMA regarding the flooding in Nashville? I understand New Orleans was more catastrophic but Tennessee’s capitol is flooded..and it’s not front page news anywhere except in Nashville..maybe if they started looting people would start to feel sorry for them..sorry..I just find it offensive that Nashville isn’t a National story right now. Not to mention that there’s an ENTIRE Naval base in Millington under 1-12 inches of water and shutdown at the moment…didn’t hear a lick about that either. Our tabloid media covered tiger woods having an affair more than they’re covering an American City underwater with people dead and homeless.

    • David Stewart

      May 5, 2010 at 7:37 am

      The flooding was on the front page of CNN, The New York Times and BBC News.

  237. Lisa

    May 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you just another reminder of why I am proud to live in Nashville

  238. Shirley E

    May 4, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Nashville Police Department,Emergency squads, Fireman, Volunteers and many others have done an excellent job helping others and keeping away the vandalism. Nashville will survive !!! I am not from Nashville, but I would be proud to say I am from NASHVILLE.

  239. Ann

    May 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I would have really liked this column a lot better if you had left out how much better you think Nashvillians are at handling this than other cities and their residents who have been through disasters. Why was that necessary? Yes, Nashvillians are awesome. I lived there for 12 years. I think a “we’re best at handling this” attitude negates your point that Nashvillians are best because this is not a time to judge other people for how they have handled their tragedies. How would you feel if someone from New Orleans or LA or Detroit started spouting off opinions about how Nashville has handled this, particularly if it were something negative but not wholly representative? Besides, what a bad argument that no looting is the reason for no media coverage. It doesn’t matter what happens in Nashville, it rarely gets national coverage. Nashville is in “fly over” territory, and, whether the issue is happy, sad, good, bad, controversial, or not, it does not get coverage nationally. Nationally Nashville is seen as country music, period. Lack of coverage is nothing new – has nothing to do with Nashvillians being better people than everyone else and handling this better so that nothing controversial happens.

    • Susan

      May 9, 2010 at 1:26 am

      Ann, Country Music Capital is much better than the ‘Big Sleazy’ any day. At least when you’re in Nashville you genuinely feel like you’re a part of something larger, alive, and up-to-date, as opposed to feeling like you fell through a time-warp into a giant landfill in Louisiana’s capital city. I’ve lived in both places and cities much larger.
      God helps those who help themselves / God blesses those who bless others. I hope Nashville recovers quickly.

    • cindy

      May 12, 2010 at 12:53 am

      Ann, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SAYING THIS. My sentiments exactly

      Susan, you sound like a very bitter person. I am for one glad you don’t live in New Orleans. Its people like you that give cities a bad rep.

      Unlike you, I will not stoop to your poor, pathetic level, Susan. I think both cities are wonderful in their own unique way. But I try to find the positive in things.

      Susan, maybe you should go back under the rock you crawled out from.

      Thanks Ann for speaking the truth!!!

  240. Cousin Ricky Peardon

    May 4, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks for putting this so nicely! I disagree with one thing you said. The story does have something to do with HOCKEY! Nashville loves hockey and we love our Predators!

    Your Cousin Ricky
    Haletown, TN 37340

  241. Joan

    May 4, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I don’t know why you think there hasn’t been any news coverage on the flooding in Tenn. I have seen it for two days on all of the national networks, CNN the Weather Channel,and many talk shows, plus front page news on our local newspaper. The news has been out there, it’s just the Feds that don’t seem to be acknowledging it. Where is FEMA, why hasn’t it been declared a disater area, etc?

  242. Marlena

    May 4, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    God bless all of you. We have been keeping up with what is going on from Memphis to Nashville. I do know that you are not alone. We have had people getting ready to go up there since Saturday night when there was no doubt that the storms were bad. Even though the weekend before we had tornadoes to hit our area here in Northeast Alabama. We received help and are still getting help. Now we send help and will continue to do so. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong TN.

  243. tnalycat

    May 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Excellent article! Unfortunately,if people started looting and creating riots, it would have been on every news station around the world for weeks. I guess I would rather have zero coverage than negative coverage.

  244. Kaci Allen

    May 4, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Excellent! We ARE Nashville!

  245. Ginger

    May 4, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you for this very thoughtful and appropriate response. I live in Texas and was spending the weekend, ironically, in Galveston, seeing the progress they’ve made since Hurr. Ike, while learning of this past weekend’s historic flooding in central Tennessee from my daughter, who resides in Antioch. I tried to find television coverage and found next to nothing. My daughter was streaming video to me online. I was appalled that there I sat watching video of a classroom portable floating along, then disintegrating on the interstate near my daughter’s apartment, but on any news channel, I could only find the tragedy of the oil spill.
    I love Galveston as much as my daughter loves Nashville, and I can feel her sadness and shock, and I understand what she’s feeling now. Knowing what grandeur was being lost to glorious Galveston in Sept 2008 had me in tears for days. Having said that, I’ll confidently predict that the strength the Galvestonians continue to reach for in order to prevail and save and move forward will also soon be seen in the resilience of the shocked and crippled people of the Nashville area. God Bless all those who suffer horrific losses and may you soon move upwards through this historic tragedy. You all are developing such great character now.

  246. Alexa

    May 4, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I grew up in the Nashville area (Franklin), and it breaks my heart to see what’s going on there right now.

    Usually you can count on MSNBC or CNN to carry these kinds of things live, but as you’ve said, the area’s plight has largely been ignored by the non-Nashville media altogether. if it hadn’t been for Twitter and WSMV webcasting their coverage, I don’t know what I’d have done.

    I have friends who’ve lost their houses and cars, but they’re still alive. I cry every time I see the Grand Ole Opry and the Opryland Hotel images, and the images of downtown where I spent many a night with friends.

    I appreciate your comments, and those of the other bloggers who’ve been making this same point. My thoughts and hopes are with you guys in Tennessee.

  247. Whitney H

    May 4, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    This was extremely well said.I am not from the Nashville area myself but have been many times and plan on moving to this wonderful city in the near future.The news just seems to ignore it because they keep comparing it to Katrina but a disaster is a disaster and people need to quit shoving this story under the rug and show some support.I love this town with all my heart and know that all the good people of this town will privale.Love you Nashville my home away from home 🙂

  248. Lori McGInty

    May 4, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    What I think is so cool and yes, even ironic, is that the guys from the local prison did the sandbagging that saved our water treatment plant! Every guy in the prison volunteered to help make the sandbags as well. Bravo – We Are Nashville – even our prison inmates!

  249. Beth

    May 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Stay strong Nashville. I am proud to call u my hometown!

  250. MyLinda

    May 4, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Awesome! This is making the rounds on Facebook and we are celebrating someone putting into words how we feel. Thank you!

  251. Marsha

    May 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Fantastic “news”!!! Thank you!!! Just wish it were on Fox & Friends! It should be! Way to go!!!

  252. Katie Mc

    May 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I am so proud of you Nashville! Praying for you all.

  253. Jwhitt

    May 4, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I live in Louisiana but was born and raised in Nashville. I have gotten 100% of my news from family, friends, and facebook…It is what it is, You should watch Biased news that you get anyway from CNN and Fox…The tragedies down here over the past 7 years have without a doubt changed the way people think, live, and act..No one can say one is worse than the other…I have constantly complained about the coverage but only because it made it hard to find out what exactly was going on..Katrina was just b.s. from the start, from the gov’t, from the people not listening to the mandatory evacuations, to the recovery and rescue, and to the peoples actions….everything was messed up beyond belief down here..half a city was indeed wiped off the map and still is to this day, yes people looted and acted like idiots but that was a small minority of the population, it happened again with Gustav in Baton Rouge…no looting, no power for 3 weeks, Baton Rouge was down but not out…and now the oil spill which will hurt various aspects of the economy….And Nashville, flooded and devastated…much like seeing everyone stranded at the superdome, watching all this unfold broke my heart…But Nashville doesn’t need exposure, there are too many media outlets out there that report the news to be worrying about the media coverage….Nashville does indeed have the best people in the world, no one is asking for handouts although many need it, Everyone is taking care of our own and will be back on its feet in no time..I am praying for all of you. I miss the city more than anything and wish i could be there to help. Everyone stay safe, come together, and get through this…Just another bump in the road that is called life, how you respond is how you will be remembered….

  254. Saving Country Music

    May 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    You are my new leader. I say we use the pop media’s tools against them to get the message out.

  255. Rick Tomlinson

    May 4, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Saw it for myself. Our church choir was there at the Nashville Rescue Mission. You probably got more coverage here in Evansville, IN on Fox News 7. We all have been keeping you in our prayers.

  256. Cindy

    May 4, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Well said!!!! I must say though that I live in Chicago and plan to vist Nashville in July and have been watching the weather channel closely on this flood in Nashville and they have been covering a lot on the flood. We have seen videos on saving the horses and how the highways have caved in and a school house roof floating down the street. Today they showed climbers being saved. Its so sad. God Bless You all! My prayers are with you!!! Cindy

    • Jennifer

      May 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you Cindy. Just to clarify, that wasn’t a school house roof you saw floating down the street. It was the school house which caved in under the pressure of the water after hitting several vehicles on interstate 24, the street it was floating down.

  257. Kathleen Snow

    May 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    What a wonderful article. I may be fairly new to the great city of Nashville but it is a place I am glad to call home. It has been so touching to see everyone pull together and help one another. This is a place unlike any place I have ever lived.

  258. David Walsh

    May 4, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Hi. Never even heard of your website before as I am not a hockey fan. But my friend who lives it posted a link on this article on FB. I must say, very well done. I lived in Bellevue from 2000-2008 and heard about the flooding. I even joked to a couple Nashville friends who brought it up on FB that I wondered if it was like the time the Cumberland overflowed and a beer truck was left stranded by the riverfront for a few days. I had no idea it was like BAD bad until I looked into it a bit further. I was in shock for a couple days when I saw footage of Bellevue and elsewhere just getting completely fucked. My heart goes out to you from up here in Cincinnati down to all my old buddies in Nashville. Stay strong!

  259. MusicWheelie

    May 4, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I was born and raised in North Texas, but attended Belmont in 2002-03 and then MTSU in 06-07 and I am PROUD to call Tennessee my “home of choice.” Being forced to move back to TX in 07 due to circumstances beyond my control, I have dealt with a mixture of relief and guilt over the last few days. Relief that I was not there to possibly get stuck in all this mess (my disability just makes things so much more complicated); yet guilty that I cannot be there to comfort and help out dozens of close friends hit by this tragedy. Those who said Nashville isn’t being covered because there’s no violence or other “bad drama” are right, but it sure would be nice every once in a while for the media (nationally, I mean) to actually show us stories of people doing the RIGHT thing!

  260. Melissa

    May 4, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    We moved away from Nashville in ’08, to move near family, and I will always hold Nashville and their people in the highest regard. In my opinion it is the best city to live in, in the country. Your article is proof.

  261. Chris1051

    May 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Very well written. Says it all.

  262. Jamie

    May 4, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I am very proud to live in Tennessee. Clarksville, where I live, was hit pretty bad and it is just devastating! We help each other out and that IS who we are! A down to earth place with people who will do anything to help a neighbor out. Thank you for writing what you did! It is so true.

  263. yamon

    May 4, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    the national news only carries what sells. this doesnt.

  264. Terry Quillen

    May 4, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks so much for this piece — superbly written. As a franchise-long ticketholder and a member of 303 for several years, I knew my fellow Predlies were pulling for folks like me. We left as the waters rose and returned to find 3 feet of water in our Bellevue home. Undamaged: every puck in the house! Still hanging: David Legwand growth chart! And the Wings? They still blow!!!

  265. Linda

    May 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I live in NC and told my husband the very same thing you just wrote. Noone died in the Failed bombing. There were deaths in the flooding. I had to keep searching TV for news about it. All I got was the bomb news. I know it was important but so was the devastation you folks faced. I love Tennessee. I am praying for everyone there and all the people and places that were affected by the flooding. God bless you all.

  266. Paula Walker

    May 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I love it!! I don’t live in Nashville but I am still proud to be a neighbor and extremely proud to live in Tennessee. To watch on TV how things were handled by emergency services, the mayor, the citizens and all you would think everyone had been through it all before. This was a great story and says exactly what I have wanted to say the past couple of days. Way to go! You all are still in my prayers..
    I hope you get an award for this article…Paula in Cookeville

  267. Nice stated, Patten. You do Cellblock 303 and the rest of Nashville proud with your words. : )

  268. Erick B

    May 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm


    there’s not much more to add to this comment section. I do think you have seized a great opportunity for yourself by posting something that has rallied the troops & created yourself a nice bragging right.

    Couple things. I was there this weekend from Friday until Monday morning. I lived in Nashville for 23 years and then moved to NYC, where my wife and I live now. Friends and family lost material possessions and have to spend the next few months redreaming their futures. Moreover, t’s aweful, unfortunate that some lost their lives stemming from this flooding that took place.

    All of that happened, yet a botched bombing at the crossroads of the world did as well. I think the local media did faIr and just coverage of Nashville’s disaster that helped people stay informed. Why does it matter that national media went with a botched bombing instead of
    covering both? One reason, the whole world’s eyes are not on Nashville, never have been and never will be. The culture of our nation ebbs and
    flows out of NYC. But moreso than that, Sept 11 happened. Any chance that something like that may, or could, occur again usurps all things.

    Lastly, I hate to be the bearer of truth here, but what contrabutions does Middle Tennessee make to the rest of the nation? I ask because that was a linchpin in New Orleans/Katrina, as well as the deathtoll being tremendous in comparison to Nashville. The issue is our oil, food and other various staples prices aren’t rising from Nashville being undewater. They were affected from Sept11 & Katrina. Oh, and oil in the gulf is a far bigger deal than LP Field, Wildhorse Salon, Joe’s CrabShack and the
    Beer Cellar being flooded and the news that Riverstages may be postponed.

    Has anyone asked what the reaction was back in 79? I’d be willing to bet the same areas
    flooded, but there weren’t houses built in those more affected regions like today so there’s no way to know. Maybe it’s a 30 year flood…

    • Jim I

      May 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm

      Great write-up Patten! And the so-called “main stream media” wonders why they are becoming totally irrelavent. No crime, no racial issues, no story. My wife and I moved to the Nashville area (Franklin) 5 years ago and have never been prouder to be residents of middle TN.

    • Really?

      May 4, 2010 at 11:22 pm

      Why does the media coverage matter??? Are you kidding me? Nashville deserves the same outpouring of love that this nation shows to everyone else who is in crisis. The citizens here who have lost everything- whether it be their home or their business- need the contributions of their fellow citizens to rebuild. They deserve the outpouring of love that is shown time and again when a disaster strikes this nation.

      THANK GOD we won’t need AS MUCH love as, say, NOLA or Haiti! Thank God this can be fixed with fewer resources! But unless people KNOW we are hurting here, they can do ANYTHING to contribute.

      National coverage IS important because spreading the knowledge that Nashville is in need is the only way anyone will have a chance to open their hearts to this city. We live in a GREAT nation, and Americans take care of their own- and the rest of the world! The people who lost their homes here need help. The businesses that support the local economy need help. And help will come when people know we need it. Right now, many people have NO IDEA of the extent of this damage.

      Your trivializing the loss here is deplorable. You think we are concerned about Riverstages and the Beer Sellar??? You think we need help restoring Joe’s Crab Shack? Are you kidding me??? How about the thousands of people without a home, the water crisis and the fact that one of our largest sources of tourist income, the Opry/Hotel/Mall, is basically destroyed??? How about the history that is in jeopardy with the landmarks flooding? No big deal, right, because we aren’t New York? Shame on you for being so flippant.

      • cindy

        May 8, 2010 at 2:18 am





    • TnSabregirl

      May 4, 2010 at 11:34 pm

      Actually, the flood in ’79 was not nearly as high. The Cumberland River reached a height of 51.8 feet on Monday night, the highest level since 1937 BEFORE flood control measures (dams and levees) went in. Flood stage is around 40 feet or so. At no point, since records have been kept, has there been 13.5 inches of rainfall in such a short time span in Middle Tennessee (some parts of Nashville got more than 15 inches). Our annual rainfall in Middle Tennessee is typically around 40-45 inches in a year. We got around a quarter of that in less than two days.

      Granted, the addition of far more asphalt and development undoubtedly contributed to the amount of run-off immediately pushed into already flooding streams and rivers. But this was, at least in written history terms, an unprecedented amount of rainfall. Had we been in the pre-1930s era, before the dams and levees went in, there is no telling how much area would have been covered by water during this deluge. Certainly, we do have records over the last 100 years of events, prior to 1937, when the Cumberland River reached a higher flood stage – but there were no flood controls in place at that time to mitigate the floods. The levels experience this past weekend were in spite of those flood controls.

      Meteorologists and engineers are now saying this could have been an actual 500-year flood, not just a 100-year flood. Essentially, the rainfall on Saturday was a 100-year event, immediately followed by a 50-year storm on Sunday.

      I hope this adequately addresses your hypothesis that this was “a 30-year flood.” There is additional information to be found at NOAA’s website or at the National Weather Service.

    • Susan

      May 9, 2010 at 1:44 am

      @Erick B – you apparently didn’t learn much about Nashville or Tennesse’s economy/history in general during your 23 years there. As far as prices rising on various staples… check again in a few months and see if you can still make that assessment.

      • cindy

        May 12, 2010 at 12:57 am

        SUSAN, WHY DON’T YOU GET YOUR OWN RADIO STATION!!!! You seem to be such an authority on everything my dear. I don’t blogging on here is getting you nearly the publicity you obviously want. You are truly sad.

  269. Holly

    May 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Wow. This was an amazing article.

    I live in Nashville, and I thought I couldn’t love a city more.

    Until I saw my city become a family and help one another selflessly through this whole thing.

    This article was so beautifully written. Thank you!

  270. LInda Young-Lambeth

    May 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I am so glad that someone took the time to write this article. I was born in Warren county and grew up in Nashville. When I saw the first article on the internet, I immeadiatley turned on my TV and started flipping channels, I wanted to know and I wanted to see what was happening. I GOT A BIG NOTHING ABOUT NASHVILLE! Kept having to come to my computer to see what was going on. I cried for 10 minutes while scrolling thru still photos on my computer. I cried because it’s my home, I cried because my family is there, I cried because my niece’s house was destroyed by the water over by Opryland, I cried for all the people of my home and all the water covered devastation. And I prayed for all those people. And I got Mad , mad at the media, for I could not get anything on TV and they just keep repeating “old news” !same thing every day “old news”, the go back and try to sensationalize “stuff” they told us about 2 days ago. Even our weathermen, they get so dramatic and stay on for hours when we get a little rain or alot of rain, they sensationalize it! I hate turning the news on anymore, so boring! the weathermen never tell us about the whole US weather, just local stuff, I have family in Wyoming and Oklahoma and Arkansas and Tennessee and I like to know what’s going on around the country and even the National Weather STation didn’t even show Nashville’s Devastation, they are so unreliable. Yes! I got mad and wanted to call all the many station in this town. You see, I live in Dallas Texas. We just cannot get up to the minute news and weather/ we get left over stuff from yesterday. I am glad I was able to access what I could via the internet. To the writer of this piece, that I am responding to,Thank you!
    thank you. my prayers are with all Tennessee tonight.

  271. susie

    May 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    patten, thank you for including the Middle Tennessee Red Cross on your website. we have a lot in common. we love nashville, the predators, the southern way of treating your neighbor as family. i’m a Red Cross volunteer in Williamson County. we had two shelters opened the day of the floods and we closed them both today because we had no more clients. people take care of each other here. they call the red cross and offer bedrooms, motel rooms. a man called today, said he was going to the grocery store and thought about the people that might be in the shelter…did we need anything? talk about being neighborly and treating a stranger as family… everyone please text 90999 and donate $10 automatically to the Red Cross Flood Victims or go to patten’s link at the top of this page. do the right thing. oh, and in honor of taking care of each other, loyalty and perseverance… go preds. go nashville.

    • Patten Fuqua

      May 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm

      Actually, I believe it was our own Jeremy K. Gover that put together the donation links.

  272. Eric

    May 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Took the link from thepensblog over here. I live near Pittsburgh. Can’t claim to be a huge Preds fan, but man i wish you could have beat those red wangs. I am, however, the biggest Titans fan outside of Nashville. I’m finishing up my last couple days of field teaching and am going to try and drudge up some support for Nashville. Like you said, I guarantee nobody that i go to school with knows about the floods. Not sure if I’ll be able to collect any funds or supplies with only 2 days left, but at least people will see that there are actually people in need, in our own country. Good luck and stay dry.

  273. Dale Byrum

    May 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I have always said that Nashville is the friendliest big city I’ve ever lived in and been around. Awesome place with the best people on the planet.

  274. Chuck Wade

    May 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    GREAT job Nashville. I was relocated by my company from Nashville to Detroit last fall. It has been the toughest thing I’ve ever done but has me prouder to be a Tennessean than i could have imagined. This story is exactly what I have been convey to all of my coworkers. Tennessee id full of some of the greatest people on the face of the earth and this disaster only solidifies that. I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone in Nashville and across Tennessee for showing the rest of the world what it is like to be a COMMUNITY!

  275. D

    May 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    This is going to be a long journey but we will persevere and we will be stronger at the other end… So sad to see all the things this city us known for in ruins…. I love this city!

  276. Jeremy

    May 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I live in West Virginia but have had the great pleasure of visiting Nashville on several occasions and have always enjoyed my visits. The national media is a joke the lack of coverage they have given this story is astonishing. Tennesseans much like West Virginia’s help each other in a time of crisis instead of looting or looking for a opportunity to take advantage of a bad situation. Nashville will recover and will be better then ever. Good Luck.

  277. Todd

    May 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm


  278. JC

    May 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I recently moved to Nashville from Wichita, KS where I grew up. I have to admit, I was scared at first. This city, in Nashville proper, is twice the size of my “home town”. But let me tell you something I’ve learned, all of you natives should be extremely proud. And the transplants, like me, who’ve been here long enough to make this home, you should also be proud. In my 37 years living in Wichita, we saw a few disasters of our own. And I’ve seen our community grab the boot straps and stand up. But absolutely nothing like what I’ve witnessed here. You guys are tremendous. Amazing. The sense of community and neighborly is well understood here. And I’m blessed to be planted here for whatever purpose the good Lord has designed. I will certainly learn as much as I will teach. My hat is off to you all, and my pant legs will be rolled up this weekend with you. God bless this city and all who call her home.

  279. Tami Holloman

    May 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Excellent post! Very well said! I’m VERY proud to be a Tennessean!!!

  280. Jess

    May 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    My heart goes out to you all. We stayed in the Lebanon area for 5 months while my husband worked there. We loved Central TN so much and hope to move there. This is just so sad to think of all that has been lost. Best Wishes to you all. I am sure that the damage will be evident when we return for a visit next month.

  281. Michael, Nashville

    May 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    That actually helped put a few things into prospective for me. The rest of the world will know us by who we are. Thanks, man.

  282. Cyclist30

    May 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Dude, I couldn’t have said it better!

  283. Mario

    May 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    I love you Nashville! And just for the record, they talked about it on the radio over here in Germay!

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  286. Joyce

    May 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    We are all feeling very emotional at this time. There is a lot of loss, a lot of frustration, a lot of heartbreak, a lot of pride, a lot of volunteering, a lot of caring and a lot of water. We are not the first and will not be the last to experience similar disasters. How emotional did we get watching devastation in other areas? We have watched it for years and not been extremely moved. It was happening to someone else and we thought it would never happen to us. Now we have experienced the loss and it has become real. From now on when we watch situations on TV, we will feel the hurt for others. This is our opportunity to become closer to neighbors and offer help. Our hometown is not free of looting, etc., but we have an admirable team of defenders doing their job to keep order. We must strive to be a shining example of how a group of people should come together for each other during a time of crisis. Federal aid is on the horizon, along with the aid from fellow citizens. I continue to pray for our people and our towns.

  287. JBT

    May 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Prayers going up from Memphis. Some of us got it, too. Hopefully when the water recedes we can get in there and fix it.

  288. Erin

    May 4, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. I have been to Nashville once and in my one short visit, I was able to see how connected the people were. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, which made me love it that much more. Being from New Jersey, I don’t often see that “southern hospitality,” which is a shame. If more people were like y’all, the world would be a much more beautiful and kind place!

    My thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this terrible tragedy. Stay strong!

  289. SSgone

    May 4, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    What a shame that Nashville isn’t getting any help. I no longer live there, but watching the tradegy on the news was nerve wrecking to me. Because to me, that is my home, and always will be. I couldn’t watch the news because it would bring me to tears! Way to go Nashville!!!

  290. Murph

    May 4, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I am a NYC guy who had the ultimate pleasure of being in Nashville a week or so ago. My heart goes out to all of the wonderful people of Middle Tenn. I am heartbroken to see that you guys are suffering. I was in Nashville (for the first time) just 4 or 5 days prior to the 13″. I was there with my father and 2 brothers (one a local now) and fell in deep like with your fair city. Get ur done!

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  292. Bob Staub

    May 4, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    i will not write what I am thinking, I am not a racist. I will not write my second thought, as I live in AZ.
    Congrats on the article. Places like Nashville do not beg for Federal help, as after katrina. We all know you will get thru it all because you serve yourself and are proud of it

  293. allycat

    May 4, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I don’t think any of you hit the nail on the head as to why the media didn’t focus on Nashville as it did Katrina and other disasters that occurred over the last 4-8 yrs……duh!!!….the media is controlled by liberals…..and when liberals are at the helm, any negative coverage is hidden under the rug……Katrina became such an issue, aiming at the government’s “lack of immediate aid/attention, so they could blame Pres Bush for any and/or all of it….Obama gets away with murder in the media……constantly…..he’s their man!!! Many of you are absolutely right about how Nashville is not crying and lamanting at the feet of the government……they are determined people who work for a living, contributing to society in a positive way, not waiting for a hand-out or a free ride!!!! Hats off to the “volunteer state” for showing their “classy” attitudes and exemplifying what true America is all about!!! I was a born Tennessean who has lived in Michigan most of my life……but my heart belongs to Tennessee……Giles Cty!!!.You all will make it b/c you are a determined, hard-working bunch of wonderful people!!!

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  295. Mo

    May 4, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Wow. Very good. The end gave me chills too. This was amazing.

  296. Jane

    May 4, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    This is a great article. I must say it was well written and stayed on point.  

    However, here in the Tampa area we did hear about the flooding in Nashville. It has been on our news broadcasts morning, noon and night. They have shown multiple series of the cars, trucks, mobile homes, etc floating down the interstate. They have shown the downtown area, the Opry House, Gaylord House and many other flooded buildings in the Nashville area. They showed a caucasion man carring a little girl of color whom he did not know from a flooded area  i.e. people helping people that they didn’t know.  

    We have heard of many people who are dead and many more who are missing. Hundreds of people are homeless and many businesses have lost everything. We heard of one couple who moved into their house on Friday and hadn’t had time to purchase insurance. Need I say more…..

    While Nashville is a great city, it is a shame that the author of this article was in a hurry to write an article that would shine such a negative light on the people of America that have or will in the upcoming days, weeks and months, offer hope, money, good thoughts, and prayers to the people of Nashville.       

  297. Chris Scruggs

    May 4, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I was one of the last artists to play the Opry on May 1st, the night before Opryland flooded. To stand on the circle of the Grand Ole Opry stage is the single highest honor a country singer can experience in their performance career and it breaks my heart to think of those elderly planks of wood, which has seen the boots of Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, “Cousin” Minnie Pearl and Ernest Tubb being underwater tonight. A forgotten place of devestation in all of this is the Opry Museum. Much of country music history of the last 85 years is kept there, but fortunately a few precious instruments were rescued by the museum’s curator, Brenda Colliday. She truly is a hero in this mess. Countless vintage Fender, Gibson, Martin and Gretsch guitars are still underwater at Soundcheck in East Nashville, totalling around one billion dollars in damages. While that fact truly kills me, a guitarist, I find myself believing more than ever that it’s not the guitars that make Nashville Music City, but the hands that play them. These same hardworking hands will rebuild our homes, landmarks and lives, and we will see Dixie’s Acropolis proudly remain just what it is, the Athens of the South.

    Listen To The Grand Ole Opry Every Saturday Night,
    Chris Scruggs

  298. Amanda

    May 5, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Born and raised in Nashville, but my Husband is in the military and we live in Colorado right now… I only found out about the flooding because I’m a Weather nerd and I watch the Weather Channel. They are the ONLY national media giving this any attention. My local news didn’t even show a small clip about it.

    This was a very well written, and true, statement! Thanks!

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  300. Robert

    May 5, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Thank you taking the time to write this. While I am not a native born in the state Tennessee. I certainly feel like I am now. We were flooded like many others in the recent days and can not express how many people have offered there home and hand to help us. I am proud to call this great city of Nashville my home.

  301. Camels & Chocolate

    May 5, 2010 at 12:27 am

    This is amazing. Touching, poignant, true. I may live 3,000 miles away now, but my home, Tennessee, will always have my heart. Thanks for reminding me of what a great place–and people–it truly is.

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  303. Tommy

    May 5, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Terrifically said, sir…..

  304. Donna Burney

    May 5, 2010 at 1:37 am

    As I got a message from my daughter that my granddaughter would be able to go back to school because churches have offered their buildings , I see why she chose to live in Nashville ! We cried here in Macon,Ga because someone made it possible for our granddaughter to finish her kindergarden year out. Such a blessing to see compassion! DCA is a small Christian school that has touched many lives and we are praying it will be able to reopen . To everyone that has offered their help to make these students be able to finish their school year out, thank u from this Ga. Grandma! We too love your special city!!!

  305. marly

    May 5, 2010 at 2:05 am

    As someone who grew up in Tennessee, and now lives in New Orleans, I came here to offer my support, and was completely surprised at the bashing my adoptive city was taking …that’s not the Tennessee way, at least it’s not the way I was raised.

    I think that perhaps being in the middle of a situation many people may not realize exactly how aware others are of the situation in Nashville. Of course, locally the top news here is the oil spill, and that makes sense, but story two? I would say that was the situation in Nashville – and everyone I know is thinking and praying and donating what they can to help.

    We haven’t forgotten you. Hearts and thoughts all over the country are with the people of Nashville, especially here in Louisiana.

  306. Laura

    May 5, 2010 at 2:34 am

    That gave me chills!!! Perfectly said!!!

  307. Shelby

    May 5, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Very well and beautifully said!

  308. Jenny Lunn Kebir .

    May 5, 2010 at 3:20 am

    I am a native Nashville resident but at this time living in North Africa. I agree completely with what you said. I watched CNN for 2 days trying to find out more information about what was happening to my wonderful city and saw nothing. In spite of our being ignored, I know that people of Nashville will survive and make it an even better place that it was in the past. Nashvillians are strong and will prevail!!

  309. Wray Ellis

    May 5, 2010 at 3:28 am

    In Toronto, we’re hearing a lot about the Nashville flood…

  310. Phylliss

    May 5, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Well said, I am from Knoxville, but travel to Nashville and surrouding areas quite often and have many friends affected by this horrible mess. It is so sad and shocking to see this Great City under water. Our thoughts and prayers go to all who have been affected. Proud to be part of this Great State!

  311. Cigarran

    May 5, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Well said. We’ll be back.

  312. John Conger

    May 5, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Thanks for this observation. No whining, no complaining, no blaming the government, nothing but just hard work, neighbors helping neighbors, churches immediately moving to action, college students volunteering, local institutions and organizations donating and jumping in (I’m at Lipscomb University, one of the first Red Cross Shelters). I guess because we are rioting and looting and behaving uncivilized that we aren’t news. Thanks for your commentary.

    • Marvel

      May 7, 2010 at 10:41 pm

      But you were on the news! I live in NYC, and we saw a lot of coverage (including the shelter at Lipscomb, which was reassuring to me as I have a friend who works in that area). Everyone I talked to knew about the flooding in Nashville.

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  314. Jude

    May 5, 2010 at 5:42 am

    THANK YOU for every word!! I have been ashamed of the national media, but I am very proud of you for saying exactly what needed to be said.
    Nashville and surrounding areas I am also very proud of you, too.

  315. Cathy

    May 5, 2010 at 5:42 am

    I live in Virginia. This article makes me want to live in a place like that. We are praying for you Nashville.

  316. Harvey Hodder

    May 5, 2010 at 5:48 am

    We live 5 miles from Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America (in Canada)adjacent to the unpredictable North Atlantic. And, yes, we have been following the situation in Nashville very closely. We have visited there numerous times and love the friendly and kind-hearted people who call Nashville home. It is diffilult to see those places where you have shopped and toured lost to a 500 year flood! Material things are just that, however! The bonds which bind you together and make you special will triumph over this adversity. Our thoughts are with the people of Nashville who, as they see the waters receed, begin to tackle the immense task of taking-back from the ravages of nature, one of the best cities in the USA. I just thought that you might wish to know that thousands of miles away in a Canadian province which has known its share of nature’s bitter bite, there are folks who share and care for Nashville at this time.

  317. Glenn Gullet

    May 5, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I have been staying on top of your situation and my heart is saddened. I live in Sesser Illinois and have been to your great city too many times to count in my 55 years. It has been a lifelong dream to call Nashville home but there are few opportunities for a Water and Wastewater Operator. I know that your city will rebuild bigger and better, I will be back also. God bless you all.

  318. Tina Foster

    May 5, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I agree we could use all the assistance we can get, and this was a major tragedy. Those of us who were caught in the flood’s waters are lucky to even be here today. I do have to say, though, I have friends in Scotland who not only saw that we had this flood and that it was the biggest we’ve seen, their news broadcast the school floating downstream, and people being pulled out of the water. We’ve been seen.

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  320. John Prevatt

    May 5, 2010 at 6:07 am

    I, unfortunately, had to move away from my beloved Nashville several years ago to take care of family business in Florida, but not a day goes by that I’m not PROUD to be a Nashvillian! This article was spot on and very moving, thank you for writing it.

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  322. Dawn

    May 5, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Yeehaw! I agree!

  323. Rebecca

    May 5, 2010 at 6:15 am

    I had just posted pretty much the same on my facebook page on Tuesday. My oldest daughter posted this on for me to read. I guess the people of Tennessee have not behaved “bad” enough to make the news. I have children and other family that live there, one that lives in Nashville and works at the Wild Horse, and are very proud of their behavior and the offers of their homes and such. All I can say is “keep up the good work Tennessee and you will come through it”. I live in Michigan and can’t do much but am sending stuff down for people to use and maybe more will do the same. God Bless you all!

  324. Linda Moore

    May 5, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I have children and grandchildren who live in and around Nashville as well as work there. Some of them have helped in the cleanup and I have been amazed at how it is being handled. People helping people. That’s what I’ve seen. There’s nothing negative about the aftermath except the devastation and destruction. Sadly to say, there is little that is newsworthy if there are no people running in the streets looting and committing crimes. I applaud you Nashville, TN. You will pull through this together because “You are Nashville” and “We are Tennesseans”. Thank you.

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  326. Renee Durham

    May 5, 2010 at 6:33 am

    This story brought both tears and chills. I live in the Lakewood area of Old Hickory, TN about 10 miles outside downtown Nashville. The wonderful, vibrant town the world simply calls Nashville has been a part of my life for all 45 years of it. My parents wrote songs, my mother sang on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman, my father spent years upon years playing guitar on a stage in Printers Alley. My mother spent approximately 15 years as the character actress Ms. Sarah aboard the famous General Jackson Showboat. My children attend/attended McGavock High School. My oldest graduated from Lipscomb University. As a teenager and a young mother I spent more days than I could count at Opryland (now the home of Opry Mills Mall). I mention all these places because they are now the scene of something they were never meant to be; under water; housing for thousands; places that once brought smiles and now brings tears. I’m proud to be here, proud of my neighbors, proud of our government; proud of Nashville. God bless and let’s continue to be us!

  327. Diane

    May 5, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Nice article.

    But, do you live in a bubble? Nashville has been covered and on the front pages of every major news source? You have gotten government support as well as other support ..

    Although your article very well written, it speaks of what is wrong with today’s society, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Yes it is a tragedy and news worthy, and yes it has been and continues to be covered by every MAJOR news source in the country .. so please step down off your soap box.

    The minute they start to show any bad news from this, and oh yes it will come, I am curious as to what you will say then. Again I stick to my original point, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Be grateful for what you have because as we all know in a moments time it can be all washed away.

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  330. Renee Durham

    May 5, 2010 at 6:49 am

    I live in the Lakewood section of Old Hickory which is about 10 miles outside Nashville. Nashville has been a part of my 45 years of life. I grew up in it’s heart and it in my soul. As a child and young mother I spent too many days to count at Opryland (now the site of Opry Mills Mall). My mother sang on the Grand Ole Opry when it was located at the Ryman. She also spent approximately 15 years as the character actress Ms. Sarah on the General Jackson Showboat. My father spent his life on Music Row, writing songs and years playing every night in Printers Alley. My children attend/attended McGavock High School and one graduated college from Lipscomb University. I once worked in Metro Center and have always enjoyed watching the fireworks display on July 4th sitting in the grass at the Riverfront. I got to Farmers Market just about every weekend and know the owner of the strip mall across from the Market on 8th. I mention all these places because parts of my every day life and each of them have brought tears to my eyes for one reason or another over the last few days. Some are under water, some are serving as temporary shelters, some are dark for the first time ever. Like your article says we are Nashville and while we have areas that are iconic we’ve proven that we love our town and we love our neighbors and we will spend our time saving an animal stranded in a house, we will take our canoe to another city and line up to rescue people stranded. We will open our homes to complete strangers who have lost everything and offer them our clothes and food. I’m so proud, we will come back and in the meantime we will stand by our friends and neighbors, we will pray for those that have lost – we don’t need the world to talk about it becase we ARE Nashville.

  331. Melinda

    May 5, 2010 at 6:51 am

    That was honestly very moving, and brought up some very good points. As a soon-to-be resident of Nashville, I could not be more excited to move to such an amazing city.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and God Bless everyone affected by the flood!

  332. Heather Tyson

    May 5, 2010 at 6:54 am

    VERY well said my friend!

  333. Jennie Thistlethwaite

    May 5, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Thank you!

  334. tdb

    May 5, 2010 at 7:08 am

    My husband is a civil engineer. We didnt have a 500 year flood. It was actually a 1,000 year flood which is even more unbelievable!!!

  335. tennesseanabroad

    May 5, 2010 at 7:12 am

    living in japan I had no idea the amount of devastation my state was going through whenever I checked the internet. The top stories in Yahoo News had apparently already moved on. It was only through Facebook that I learned about it at all. But reading this and hearing about how my friends are pitching in to help people along with countless others, it makes me proud to be Tennessean even if far away.

    I know some people take umbrage at the comparison with Katrina but what I believe the author is getting at is that the media will focus more on a disaster if there is sensationalistic elements like looting and violence. However, we should not fall into that media-devised trap even in evoking the ghost of Katrina. A number of those Katrina looters there were more scavengers trying to survive and help others. There were stories of people helping each other that slipped through the cracks just as the stories of so many neighbors helping each other in Tennessee will also slip through the cracks.

    But perhaps thats just as well. These people aren’t trying to be heroes. They are just trying to help their friends and neighbors who would do the same for them. But still, we should admire them for their acts of common virtue though the media ignores them for lack of interest.

  336. lu

    May 5, 2010 at 7:14 am

    there are people that have big hearts, sincere concern towards other and most of those you will find here in TN.
    my husband was born and raised by his wonderful mother here in TN.
    good writing, patten..! keep up the good work ..!

  337. Katie Norris

    May 5, 2010 at 7:17 am

    I’m heartbroken, and I’ve never even been to Nashville. But I do have friends that live there. What a wonderful article. Your city sounds fantastic. I think it’s a superb move that you are handling this disaster so well on your own!! No looting, no crime, just people helping people. Major Kudos to the people of Nashville (and all of TN)!!! Knowing my friends, I have no doubt you all will rise from this disaster!
    All my best!

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  340. Sarah

    May 5, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Very well said. I hope it’s OK that I re-blogged in on my blog.

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  342. Lisa T. BG, Ky

    May 5, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I have been angry all week of the lack of news coverage. I totally agree, if there’s no crime involved..there’s no news. Networks won’t show the good in the world, just the bad. You should be so proud, you all are taking care of yourselves. Your spirit is awesome!! The sun will always come out, the birds will always sing. You will shine again!!

  343. Rebekah

    May 5, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I am so proud to live in such a great state. We had volunteers out risking there lives for others. Tennesee is full of hometown heroes. We are hospitable, we are family, we are strong, We ARE Tennesee

  344. Jeremy

    May 5, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Pardon my French, but DAMN STRAIGHT.

  345. Cyndi

    May 5, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Very nice post and testament to the wonderful people in and around Nashville! Having lived there before I am astonished and amazed at the devastation. Good luck as you recover from the ravages of this unexpected and devasting flood.

  346. Suzi

    May 5, 2010 at 7:45 am

    I’m not originally from Nashville, but I am so proud be be here. Thank you for putting in words what so many of us have been thinking. This is a PROUD and GREAT city and we will RECOVER!

  347. Lonny

    May 5, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Sensationalism thrives on disasters. The liberal media is just waiting for the right time to pounce and devour. Hopefully, Nashville will continue what it has started. Trust in God and continue to be strong.

  348. Louise Stark

    May 5, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Bravo!!! What a marvelous tribute to Nashville and its people. I am truly proud to be a Nashvillian and live in such an amazing city! Well done!!

  349. Janet Puhl

    May 5, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Thank you so much Patten for writing this!!! God Bless:)Hope to see ya soon:)

  350. Jeff M

    May 5, 2010 at 8:08 am

    First, I live in Philadelphia and it has been on the news since it happened, I was very aware of it. secondly, the news is a money making organization, if they can’t make money on it with ads, you probably won’t see it.

    But yes, great damage, will cost great money to rebuild!

  351. Kenneth Bargers

    May 5, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post! Thank you for sharing with all of us. All the best – Kenneth Bargers

  352. Briana Grzybowski

    May 5, 2010 at 8:11 am


  353. Gary L

    May 5, 2010 at 8:20 am

    To Mike A. – You’re not a lib are you, Mike?

  354. Donna

    May 5, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Thank you so much for this beautifully written article. The term ‘Steel Magnolia’ has nothing on the people of Middle Tennessee. We are strong, we are willing and we will persevere! Hopefully, this article will reach the outer regions of our nation and beyond and help will come for those who can’t afford to barely put food on their table, much less spend the money to rebuild.

  355. Jeanne Dees

    May 5, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Very, very well written and much appreciated by your neighbors in Middle Tennessee.

  356. Bryan Harrell

    May 5, 2010 at 8:27 am

    well ststed. Nashville is the best and I will say a prayer. Let help in any way we can.

    God Bless 🙂
    Bryan Harrell

  357. Pat Skow

    May 5, 2010 at 8:27 am

    My heart is so heavy of those that have lost loved ones and their homes and belongings in this flood. No one could have imagined the devestation this storm would leave behind. I drove through Bellevue and Franklin yesterday and couldn’t help but cry seeing the lives that have been effected from this. Neighborhood after neighborhood the same scene played out; personal belongings we scattered about front lawns left to dry out. Homes were being torn apart to rid them of any memory of the flood waters that once ran through them. My heart ached as did my mind wondering where would I begin if it were me. I felt as if our city had been attacked but couldn’t find a face to place that blame on. I felt angry but at whom? I will be out today and many days to come helping those that have had their lives and homes effected by this tragedy. I hope you will consider doing the same.

  358. Brendon

    May 5, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Keep diggin’ – This is not only what your state is about but, the true America! We help each other as best we can, especially after disasters caused by nature. You folks deserve the spotlight and the proper recognition of what you did for one another. You lost 19 great people but, this should have numbered in the 1000’s or 10’s of 1000’s!

    Be proud of who you are and what you stand for because we are watching and learning what it means to be good humans!

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  360. Billy Sherrill

    May 5, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Thank You..

  361. Brent

    May 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

    To all of you running your mouths about how Nashville doesn’t deserve recognition and the flood was not that bad, obviously don’t live here and proves that you are nothing more than slimey shitbags just trying to get some online attention since no one gives 2 shits about you in life.

    What really disturbs me is the fact that there are actually people with lives so pathetic that they have nothing to do but to post negativity on an inspirational story.

    We are Nashville whether you like it or not!

  362. Melissa Tanner

    May 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

    well put! I have emailed this to MSNBC, CNN, FOX Headline News, Yahoo, and more. Thanks for writing it.

  363. Bob Richard

    May 5, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Unfortunately this is all too true. The flooding in RI earlier this year got much more coverage on national news than this flooding which is far worse. But don’t forget that Tennessee is part of the fly-over states that in minds of the liberals and liberal press doesn’t exist. I wish the best to Nashville and the rest of the area that was so badly impacted.

    • Marvel

      May 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

      I’m not sure that RI got more coverage. I have a friend who lives in RI and was desperate for news. It was much, much easier to find out about Nashville.

      As far as the flyover thing, it’s just not true. You hear people in NYC whining and complaining about lack of news coverage about their particular issue same as you guys are doing.

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  365. Amy

    May 5, 2010 at 9:07 am

    While Nashville is being ignored, Nashville is ignoring everyone else. It wasn’t just Nashville that was affected by the flood. But I guess that happens, like with Katrina everyone only talked about New Orleans – forgetting that many STATES (not just a few cities in that area) were hit hard. Orpyland Hotel and other landmarks will be fixed but what about all the homes destroyed, you think they will be fixed/rebuilt without flood insurance?

  366. Justin w

    May 5, 2010 at 9:08 am

    The flood water is making its way to us into western Kentucky. In some places natural disasters bring out the worst in society. It speaks well for Nashvillians for the world to hear and see that this is bringing out the best in people. I’ve watched some of the coverage on the Nashville TV stations’ web sites. I can’t help but believe that Nashville will be back better than ever.

    You are in our prayers.

  367. jennifer

    May 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I lived in Nasvhille from 92 – 95. I still have many friends there, and I only know about the severity of the floods from facebook and e-mail. I was amazed to see I-24 and other roads familiar to me completely submerged. But I have mostly been surprised that the national media has virtually ignored this disaster. Thanks for posting your piece. I hope we see the country music community shine a light on the needs there. Maybe that will get some attention.

  368. Mike

    May 5, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Great column. Agreed 100%. As a native Nashvillian, I’m proud that we acted this way.

    P.S. – You’ll probably have to exclude hurricanes and earthquakes to be the top natural disaster.

  369. Jason

    May 5, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Very well said!!!

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  371. Jennifer

    May 5, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Thank you for this article! I too am very proud of our city’s response to this tragedy! Our governor and mayor did not publicly criticize our president for lack of response by federal government(very classy move)! Our citizens pulled together to help each other with few exceptions! As sad as it may be right now, our resilience in light of this tragedy will help us make it through this in our way and our lives with our realistic perspectives will go on!

  372. happynottobeinnashville

    May 5, 2010 at 9:20 am

    It is really tragic what has happened in Nashville. However, Nashville is in no way being ignore or overlooked. The author of this article must not watch/read much news. The events in Nashville have not only been thoroughly covered nightly by local and national news channels, but have also been covered by international news as well. Again, while the events are tragic (as any kind of natural disaster tends to be), lets be dramatic because you feel like you aren’t getting the attention you want.

  373. wb

    May 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I was in Nashville on Saturday on a typical shopping trip-I live an hour away and visit the city for shopping and concerts probably once a month. Luckily for me and my girlfriends we chose to go the Rivergate area and somehow avoided the flooding on the interstate. All I can say is that God was with us on our trip. I have never in my life saw rain like I seen on Saturday, we did see flowing streams and overfilled creeks but luckily we were not stuck like so many others.

    As I look at the pictures online my heart breaks, I frequented the Grand Ole Opry, Bridgestone arena, downtown bars and dining. I have to say that I’m so proud of Nashville for pulling together. I remember during Katrina seeing people hanging signs on bridges that said “please help us” “where’s the government”- I applaud Nashville for taking care of each other and not waiting on someone else to help them.

    I intend to be back to Nashville and help where help is needed.
    Stay strong.

  374. Krisna

    May 5, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Thank you for this. I lived through the Northridge, CA earthquake years ago, and have only lived in Nashville 4.5 years. The disaster that hit us over the weekend is right up there for me! Fortunately, I survived both, without any serious damage. It’s an important point that Nashville is a place of people sticking together and not looting! Big bonus for us! I will be sharing this post with everyone I can.

  375. moriah

    May 5, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Thank you. Your words moved this individual and also transmitted a portion of the experiance. I am sorry for your cities losses, i am honored to acknowledge this display of community. and harmony seldom seen on the evening news. As too my part in this affair, i will do what i can. Thank you nashville.
    -moriah fitzpatrick

  376. Lis W

    May 5, 2010 at 9:41 am


  377. Lis W

    May 5, 2010 at 9:42 am

    We are RepubliCANs WE don’t need the Government to take care of US!!!

  378. Holly

    May 5, 2010 at 9:43 am

    While I am not currently a resident of Nashville, I once was and long to be again someday. Never have I been so proud to have once been part of this amazing place. I love you Nashville…hang tough. We haven’t forgotten you.

  379. April

    May 5, 2010 at 9:45 am

    “But let’s look at the other side of the coin for a moment. A large part of the reason that we are being ignored is because of who we are. Think about that for just a second. Did you hear about looting? Did you hear about crime sprees? No…you didn’t. You heard about people pulling their neighbors off of rooftops. You saw a group of people trying to move two horses to higher ground. No…we didn’t loot. Our biggest warning was, “Don’t play in the floodwater.”’

    I couldn’t have said this better myself. It is exactly what I was thinking. It wasn’t a hurricane or other natural disaster that we had weeks to be warned about and have time to evacuate, then chose not to. It was rain, we had no warning that this flood would happen. I heard about the no looting thing this morning on the radio, and it makes me very proud that I live in TN and we can say things like this. Seeing those out in it all helping their neighbors in crisis, with little thoughts to their own safety makes me call all of you heros. A big THANK YOU to all of you heros out there. I will be praying for you all.

  380. Kim Mullins

    May 5, 2010 at 9:53 am

    My cousin lives in the area as does an old school friend, I’ve seen their devestating pictures! My heart goes out to all in the area, and I’ll continue my prayers! Our news system & our political system is so out of touch with reality! You’ve not been forgotten by this girl from Delaware!

  381. Christy

    May 5, 2010 at 9:57 am

    That was well said, & so very true, I live in Jackson, TN where we were effected by that very same flood, but like you said we help each other out, rebuild & repair & life goes on

  382. Tony

    May 5, 2010 at 10:02 am

    A bum asks a man for $2. The man asked, “Will you buy booze?” The bum said, “No.” The man asked, “Will you gamble it away?” The bum said, “No.” Then the man asked, “Will you come home with me so my wife can see what happens to a man who doesn’t drink or gamble?”

  383. Samantha Lockard

    May 5, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I’am from Trenton,TN, a small town about 2 hours from Nashville, in West,TN. I use to live in Nashville about 2 years ago,it’s an amazing place to live and when i heard about how bad it hit Nashville i was so upset.A lot of heritage is lost because of this flood, and that’s not even including the businesses, homes, and lives. You know the sad thing is to even see the affect of this flood i had to go on facebook to see pictures locals had taken, because of no news coverage. This flood hit my town as well as surrounding towns. A lot of homes, business, and lives have been affected by this in West,TN as well. It’s awful that people have died and lost so much from this terrible disaster and that the national news doesn’t seem to care, but it should’t matter much to us. What you said is excatly true, there was only 15 mintues about this disaster and then it didn’t matter. It is true they feel no need to cover our stories because it only involves people helping people. Who want’s to hear a story about that? Well i certainly would! It’s a disgrace to man-kind that people dying and losing homes isn’t news worthy because of the way it was handled! I only hope that when disaster hits these people that they can handle it the way we all have. Thank you for posting this article, people need to know this kind of stuff.

  384. Charles

    May 5, 2010 at 10:07 am

    While I don’t want to seem like I’m not sensitive to what happen, I have to say that people need to be careful of what they say because you never know when it can happen to you. Maybe now folks can understand the reason why people in New Orleans didn’t leave during Katrina is because hurricanes have never affected New Orleans in the past. Just like floods have never affected Nashville in the past. This should be a lesson to everyone that you are not exempt from this type of disaster. The writer of this article stated there wasn’t any looting. I have to say to him, while there was a small group looting after Katrina, most people were trying to make sure their families had food and water. Again, we need to be careful of what we say because it can happen to any of us

  385. ME Doss

    May 5, 2010 at 10:16 am

    We are “The Volunteer State” for a reason! … as a side note, not once did Mayor Dean say we would re-build our “Vanilla City”. Peace Out!

  386. April

    May 5, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Well Said!!!

  387. Karen

    May 5, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I was furious watching the news last night. People of Nashville UNDERSTAND THIS……. we are being supplied water by ONE plant, usually it’s 2 and the biggest of the two is damaged. The plea for water conservation is real.
    The ones who continue to wash their cars, water their lawns, and have sprinklers will be the very same ones on TV screaming at the top of their lungs about not having any water!!!! This is a real serious situation! I could not get over the remarks these people at the car washes were making and how smug they were……it’s real people!
    Take heed to the warning please!

  388. stacie

    May 5, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Thanks so much for your thoughts!!! I am shocked at what has happened but truely amazed that the spirit of Nashville and all of Tennessee!!!

  389. Brittany

    May 5, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Over the course of the weekend the Nashville flooding WAS covered every hour on the hour on CNN. Fox News. BBC. MSNBC. and all of the other major networks. I even had friends contacting me from across the world because they’d heard of the flooding on their news networks abroad. Sure, the car bomb in NYC and the oil spill were also being covered but Nashville was not left out. Instead of creating an issue out of a non-issue, let’s channel our energy into cleaning up the city.

  390. Debbie

    May 5, 2010 at 10:26 am

    This story is not only true of Nashville but all of Tennessee. I’m over outside of Memphis in the Millington area. Our little town was under water, yet like Nashville, no one knows. I’m proud to say Tennessee is my home

    • Marvel

      May 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm

      Millington got coverage on CNN, as did the flooding in Nashville. I have a close friend who lived in Millington as a child, and we discussed the situation (we both live in New York City now).

      Since I live close to the World Trade Center, I have some familiarity with disasters. When you are in the middle of a disaster, you don’t have time to watch television — from what I heard about Millington, I imagine you didn’t have electricity, so you simply didn’t see the coverage.

  391. Joyce

    May 5, 2010 at 10:26 am

    We are Tennesseans and we will deal with our problems and our people. We stick together and do for ourselves. We know what we are made of.

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  393. Nashville resident

    May 5, 2010 at 10:31 am

    As a person living in Nashville but from eastern Iowa, where floods happen often, there should have been a plan set into effect before this disaster started!! Things could have been much worse if the dams and levy’s broke and they were almost at that point. The city of Nashville and the surrounding area is completely surrounded by lakes and rivers. People should have realized that if you live near a major water source that your house will probably flood! Tthey should have left before needing to be rescued! This disaster is no where near the damage of Katrina and lot of other cities that have seen disaster due to flooding.

    Another reason Nashville and the surrounding area isn’t getting very much national coverage is because this city and most of the people have money! We are not poor and the areas hardest hit ie., Bellevue, downtown, opry mills/opry land, Franklin, most of the citizens have money to re-build.

    I just hope next time this happens (and it will) plans will be put into place where people won’t just “pray” that it will get better and they will be safe they will take action and save themselves! Nashville is a travel destination for many people and that’s why I know it will survive and re-build but instead of building a convention center or the next big thing let’s put a course of action together to avoid this much devistation in the future!!

  394. Tbone

    May 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

    NASHVILLE!!!! We’ll come through this like we always have. Stonger, better, more resiliant. Keep the government and national media out at this point. They don’t care about us and the feeling is mutual. We must take care of each other and ourselves.

  395. Sanmarah (Maryiiih_MB)

    May 5, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Oh! This is a beautiful city! All thanks to God who created all this, so perfectly, I think when grow a little longer I’ll take a trip to Nashville, like many other places in this perfect world! Let’s go! =) ♥♥

  396. Crystal Miller

    May 5, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Thank you for this, it so unbelievably sad, all the devastation and loss of life and homes, the devastation of our states beloved Home of Country Music under water. It is still surreal to me. My brother in laws home is one that has been taken by the floods, but we have our life when many have lost theirs. It makes me angry and sad that we were just a blip on the national news. I also very proud to be a Tennessean, it is in our blood to volunteer to open our hearts and homes, and help our neighbors or strangers, after all we are not called the Volunteer State for nothing! My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone effected by the flood, and to everyone who is volunteering and all the rescuers. May GOD be with us in our time of need!

  397. Dan

    May 5, 2010 at 10:48 am

    i am from chicago and just yesterday i spoke to my girlfriend (who is from nashville) on the phone asking if there was any looting going on. she said “no” and i said “it mus have something to do with those southern manners.” i told her that if a disaster hit milwaukee there would probably be looting in chicago. she then sent me this article.

  398. Jeff

    May 5, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I live downtown, I experienced this first hand. I was disappointed that buy monday afternoon the news almost stopped covering it.. almost like its already over with. My car was washed away off the street. Smells pretty bad now!

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  400. Karen

    May 5, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Well said! Praying for you all from down here in Florida.

  401. Melanie

    May 5, 2010 at 10:59 am

    First let me compliment the author of the article on his ability to pull the heart strings….as a native New Orleanian who weathered Katrina with close family in Nashville I have mixed emotions about what was written. The people of your city more than welcomed my family and I, people we didn’t even know brought us gifts of food and clothes….neighbors in my cousin’s neighborhood brought a birthday cake so that we could celebrate my son’s first birthday. The whole time we were there all my husband and I could think was that everyone was so kind, so loving.

    After reading this article, I am now not so sure.

    Yes, New Orleans was a battle ground, and yes Nashville has handled this disaster with dignity and grace, but the circumstances were very different in New Orleans as well. Things that you could not even imagine were done to our citizens by our own elected officials on every level, right up to the big White House on Pennsylvania Ave….In this case, the media has ignored Nashville, and believe me that is a good thing. Most of our troubles in New Orleans came in when the cameras began to roll. Trust me you don’t want that circus in town!

    I guess all I am trying to say is please don’t compare the two situations….and please don’t insinuate that the people of New Orleans are any less than those of Nashville. We are all just trying to get by. You will recover, and we will help, and that my friends doesn’t have anything to do with what city you live in or were born in, it’s just human nature to be there for your brother when he needs help. This New Orleanian is praying for her friends, and loved ones in Nashville, and hopes that they know we are here for them just as they were for us.

    • Patten Fuqua

      May 5, 2010 at 11:02 am

      Nowhere did I mention or allude to New Orleans.

  402. Pete Huttlinger

    May 5, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I have read many comments and heard many people complaining that the national news is not giving Nashville enough attention. Why do we care what CNN, FOX, ABC or the others say about the floods in Nashville? I was out of the country and found fantastic coverage on line at and via I never once even thought to look at national news. National news serves national events. The oil spill in the gulf is a national event. The oil spill is not “eco-sexy”, it is a huge, national disaster. Many, many more lives and businesses will be affected by it that the flooding in Nashville. Yes, when bad things happen to us, we want people to stop and notice. But it is entirely counter-productive to waste even one moment complaining about it. National news coverage can let us know there is a problem happening somewhere, then it is up to each of us to know to go to local sources to get the details.

  403. Leanne

    May 5, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Very interesting read but definitley some inaccuracies. People around the world DO know about it and are concerned. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that lost family, property, and hope. I live in Southern Manitoba in Canada and work for a Country Radio Station and we are constantly talking about what’s going on with Nashville and the devastation there and I know for a fact we are not the only Canadian Country radio station doing that. We have artists that live and work in Nashville and we would never turn our backs on them. It is our hope that recovery is swift and people affected are able to put their lives back together and landmarks can be salvaged. I certainly hope that your view that the rest of the free world has forgotten you is not seriously the opinion of everyone involved in this terrible disaster.

  404. Craig Morrison

    May 5, 2010 at 11:23 am

    So sad my heart goes out to the people of Nashville, and middle Tennessee.
    I love Nashville, and all this brings back bad memories of the summer of 2008. You folks don’t even know what you are in for. Look at us, even 2
    years later, homes and peoples lives still not rebuilt, as you can
    see when you drive thru parts …of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Be strong for your neighbors for you all have a rough road ahead…Together you can make it thru these terrible times…You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  405. Michelle

    May 5, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Well said. I have many friends in the area that were affected and they have all come together to help one another. This is also an area I am considering a move to and after seeing the community that is there, it encourages me in my decision making.

  406. Theresa DiMenno

    May 5, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I read the article and agree on many points. It sounds like the article’s author is referring to Hurricane Katrina. So for the record and to be fair *and* not to minimize the devastation which occurred in Middle Tennessee. But what made Katrina so awful is that the levees weren’t reinforced (for many reasons I’m sure) but a factor that played into it was that if they broke it would mainly affect poor people as if they are disposable. People pulled people off rooftops, out of cars and from under debris there as well as here in Houston, where I live, after Ike. Bodies were lying in the streets after Katrina and people had to walk past that. There were too many horrible crimes committed after that storm, the least of it was looting and crime sprees. And only now .. 5 yrs later, is New Orleans returning to normal. And please don’t minimize the Gulf oil spill .. it is NOT just an eco disaster. It affects wildlife, yes and Fishermen will be out of work, tourism down .. sounds frivolous perhaps, however many people’s sources of income are at stake. The effects of this disaster are far reaching as well .. not to mention all the people who perished during the explosion. I feel deeply for the people of Middle TN, many of them are my family and I consider Hendersonville my second home.

  407. Craig Morrison

    May 5, 2010 at 11:26 am

    So sad my heart goes out to the people of Nashville, and middle Tennessee.
    I love Nashville, and all this brings back bad memories of the summer of 2008. You folks don’t even know what you are in for. Look at us, even 2
    years later, homes and peoples lives still not rebuilt, as you can
    see when you drive thru parts …of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Be strong for your neighbors for you all have a rough road ahead…Together you can make it thru these terrible times…My Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  408. Garet

    May 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Very well-written and poignant. Thank you. Some of what you wrote I had really not stepped back to think about.

  409. Erin

    May 5, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Beautifully written and eloquently said. I couldn’t agree more. Chills. Thank you.

  410. Matt

    May 5, 2010 at 11:47 am

    What a pitty party! baby says “we are not important enough” “we are ignored” Typical midset of what is no doubt a right wingnut. National media…conspiracy….We arnbt treated fair….”That’s Not Fair” spoken just like my 5yo. This sucks and is tragic. I have damage and many of my friends with no insurance. Lets suck it up and move on. LOOK Opry in NOT “for all intents and purposes, destroyed”! There is water damage but in less than 6 months it will all be back to normal.

    In Katrina )aka New Orleans 1,500 people died in Louisiana and some are still unaccounted for. ALL services )electric, water, gas, Police were 100 GONE for weeks.

    Get a grip. This is not ANYWHERE NEAR THE SAME LEVEL. If anyone was interested in our LITTLE PROBLEM it would be on the news.

  411. Katrina survivor now living in nashville

    May 5, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I lost everything in Katrina, & recently moved here to nashville. I don’t think it’s fair to compare the media coverage. “we’re not getting media coverage because we didn’t loot?” huh? these two disasters are not of the same magnitude. i wonder how nashville residents would have responded to a disaster as big as K. perhaps there would have been looting or other more desperate measures. to the idiot who said katrina victims “all had flood insurance” – we didn’t. we were told that levees would protect us – that’s why taxpayer money went to the homeowners. federal flood insurance is only required in certain flood zones. most flooded areas of nola were not in these zones because government-built levees were supposed to withstand the storm. to the blog owner – thanks for getting the word out. the national media should be paying attention, but the oil spill is just as bad.

  412. Crim

    May 5, 2010 at 11:58 am

    To Hell with Sparta! WE ARE NASHVILLE!!!

  413. Donna

    May 5, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Very well said. I was born and raised here and honestly I’m not shocked how everyone is helping their neighbors and paying if forward. It’s good to see it put into perspective because we tend to lose that loving feeling sometimes. Excellent writing.

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  415. Angie

    May 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I live in Michigan and I was upset with the lack of attention that you are getting. We are still hearing about Katrina and Haiti, and all of the money and help that was sent. Where is your help? It is because you are good hard-working people.

  416. Cindy

    May 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    I’m pretty sure way more people know about this than you think. I’m in rural Iowa and have seen all the pictures, and there have been many other states mentioned. With Facebook and other social networks, we all have connections and care about each other. The destruction is very sad and serious. It is great that Nashville is a city that doesn’t sit and wait for other help like we’ve seen before!

  417. Sally Bicik

    May 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Our local politicians were “wading through the water” assessing the damage the day after and our President won’t even fly over the state. Cookies to all of our people like the Mayor and relief people! Cookies to our neighbors! Cookies to the several flooded in medical people who came to the aid of a pregnant woman in labor at her flooded in home! WE ARE NASHVILLE!

  418. Erick B

    May 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Well said Matt.

    And Patten: you’re wrong about not alluding. You did. If you think you didn’t please take journalism 101 again at a more reputable j-School.

  419. Not A Contest

    May 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Heather N.-

    Your implicit comparison to Katrina and its aftermath (not to mention its dearth of ‘good people’) betray the width of your ignorance. For starters, you may not understand that for three weeks after Katrina, not a single soul “lived” in the city – it was essentially a mass exodus, transforming the city into a stagnant cesspool. Secondly, did you know, or do you remember, perhaps, cruising by a channel on TV that depicted National Guard troops going (LITERALLY) door-to-door to every house in the city searching for corpses and reporting what they found with red spray paint? People like you – evangelical buffoons – are always quick to trumpet your delusions of self-righteous, false humility, yet it’s always amusing to observe how divorced you are from reality. Do you understand the severity of the oil spill? Do you know that a radicalized American citizen nearly detonated a car-bomb in TIMES SQUARE? You’re right about insufficient media coverage, but this has been one hell of a week.

    • cindy

      May 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      Dear Heather, I have been saying the same thing through these messages. I can’t believe the ignorance of people about Katrina. I share your sentiments. Well said.

  420. ANolensville

    May 5, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    What a great article. I am kind of in disbelief at all of the trash talking in the comments. Are we missing the point? Yes, there are other stories out there that are deserving of national coverage. No, this story does not need to be ignored. Who are we to decide what gets the most media attention? All we can be sure about is how amazing our city has handled itself in the face of this disaster. Kudos to all of the Tennesseans who are out there giving their time and support to our neighbors who are going through some pretty difficult times right now. Shame on you to those of you who are indifferent and apathetic. Thanks for putting such a great article out there!

  421. Dr Jeff Brockman

    May 5, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    You just wrote a hell of an article. Reminds me of when Cedar Falls, Iowa flooded and nobody seemed to know because they took care of it themselves.

  422. Lesa

    May 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Great article and very well said!

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  424. Lisa Urbach

    May 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I am proud to be an American, but America truely has messed up set of values!! Billions of $ sent overseas to help total strangers but where do our own friends & neighbors turn to for help?

  425. Mike

    May 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I have never even been to Nashville, but this post made me cry a little. My heart goes out to you guys, and as soon as I can find a trustworthy relief organization I am going to donate. Best of luck to you all.

  426. Kip Nickell

    May 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    We did make the front page of USAToday!
    …then you notice we really just got the picture. The actual article was shorter than this post.

    I called to book some flights on Southwest and when I had to give a billing address, the lady stopped and started asking questions about the flood. People do care, but it isn’t a sexy story like you said.

    You think this will end up with more damage than the Missisippi flood?

  427. Sarafina

    May 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    This is a very nice article, and I’m glad you feel so strongly about Nashville–as a native Nashvillian, I feel it too. Unfortunately, some of your facts are wrong. First of all, there was looting. Two friends in Bellevue had their houses looted after they were evacuated Sunday night, and I’m sure it happened to many more, as well. Police are now patrolling evacuated areas to curb it, and that’s good. Second of all, I’ve seen all the major news outlets (CNN, Fox, MSNBC) giving a lot of coverage to this event. I’m not sure how much news you watch, but clearly not much if you think we only got 15 minutes. Obviously we want a lot more, but terrorism and the oil spill affect a lot more people than our flood will. I’m not making light of it–this was a major event and a very tragic one for a lot of people, but we are not the most important people in the world and you can’t expect the world to stop just because ours has. In addition, our emergency personnel and resuce response was top-rate. A lot of tragedy was avoided by the emergency systems we have set up, and pretty much everything went as it was supposed to. Be thankful for that. So, my advice: stop crying and playing the martyr, and let’s go out and rebuild our city.

  428. Buddy Simpson

    May 5, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I live in Tallahassee, Florida and had the chance of being in Nashville in February of this year (I have been to this beautiful city several times over the years). My sister lives in Gallatan and my son who traveled with me is a hockey fan and we took in the local hockey game. I am very proud of what I see in your town. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. I see the pictures of the flooding, but I know that you will rebuild this city back into a beautiful show place. Having being one of the first into Mississippi when Katrina hit and seeing the destruction and damage and people who had nothing, start believing in themselves, start to rebuild. (I am now a retired Deputy Sheriff from Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee,Fl). Nashville you will dry out and rebuild your city back into the show place that I know you are proud of. My prayers go with each and everyone.

  429. Tonya Sanchez-Scales

    May 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for saying what the rest of us wanted and should have said!!!!

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  431. lonnie

    May 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for this blog entry. I have lived here for 10 years. Though I have called Nashville home for a while now, this flood was the first time that it really felt like home to me. Although I personally experienced no flood damage in our household, it was like a part of me had been badly beaten.

    Thanks again.

    PS: And to all the trolls, get a life.

  432. Cindy

    May 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Way to go Nashville and Middle Tennessee!! Keep up the good work and stay strong!

  433. Ashley

    May 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    This is a fantastic article! I don’t live in Tennessee, but Nashville is my favorite city to visit. I am disgusted with the lack of media attention to this disaster. I’m saying lots of prayers for everyone there!

  434. Jim Paskewitz

    May 5, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Having lived in Nashville for 17 years, I laugh at the idea that this pompous, ego-maniacal poorly conceived of drivel is supposed to instill pride. You whine and cry and complain about a lack of sympathy, then fire a cheapshot at New Orleans about looters? Terrible way to drum up sympathy for a city that likes to leap on its “holier than thou” soapbox.

    A humbler Nashville would be easier to feel sympathetic toward, especially when you’re crying about not getting enough. However, in typical Nashville grandiose “style,” I’m willing to bet the writer wasn’t even thinking about that. I’m sure Patten Fuqua was just trying to impress his/her coworkers. FAIL. Stick to hockey.

  435. Cass

    May 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I am sick to death of the self-important, overly-entitled whining from Nashvillians, all of whom obviously still have a roof over their heads, electricity and all the other necessities. The people who’ve actually lost their homes, their livelihoods or their loved ones aren’t all over the WWW complaining about a perceived (but not truthful) lack of media attention, or kvetching that previous natural disasters elsewhere got more press. They’re too busy with survival.

    Do you realize how hypocritical is is to claim that Nashville and Middle Tennessee are somehow morally superior because we don’t need outside help to get by in the face of adversity, and then in the same paragraph claim that the complaints about the perceived lack of media attention are because Nashville is missing out on the donations and assistance that media attention would bring? I’ve seen that combo of comments over and over. Which is it? “We are Nashville” and don’t need anyone, or please send help? And the same anti-governmental intervention ranters are the first ones bitching that the president hasn’t shown up yet. What is the man supposed to do? Gawking and getting in the way isn’t going to help anyone, and his presence will actually take resources away from more important rescue and recovery activities. Even a flyover requires air support and other measures, and authorities have too much else to deal with right now. Is the anger built on the racial resentment so many people in our state had against Obama already? I wish I had a nickel for every Nashvillian and Tennessean I know who, during the presidential campaign, said that they’d never vote for a black man. I know that all of this area isn’t prejudiced, but when the ridiculous anti-Obama sentiments are combined with the hundreds of comments I’ve seen claiming that if Nashville were a black city this flood would be all over the news… well, it’s hard not to make an unflattering connection.

    It’s time to get some perspective. While this is a massive, disastrous, life-altering event to those directly affected, it is not a national issue. I don’t recall Nashvillians losing sleep over the floods in Iowa, not even when partially submerged cities burned. What about the floods in Kentucky and other states as a result of this same storm? What about the floods, mudslides, fires, earthquakes and other disasters that happen all over the country, and the world? Do those people matter less than Nashville?

  436. d-roy

    May 5, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Well said!!! I haven’t lived in Nashville for a while but it is still home to me and I am more proud than ever to say that. God bless everyone there.

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  438. Lissa

    May 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I have to agree with a few others: We were on the national news, and not just for a minute. My family and many others have been receiving telephone calls and emails from friends and family across the globe, not just the States, inquiring about our safety. Whatever time was spent in the news regarding covering the floods in Middle Tennessee seemed to be sufficient enough to catch most everyone’s attention.

    A lovely article, for sure, but poorly grounded.

    • TNOne

      May 6, 2010 at 11:56 am

      I think everyone also needs to look at the published date of this article and the date of their post..Lissa, your post comes in at over TWO days after this blog was posted…we had more attention by then..

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  440. Tom O

    May 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Mice to hear that there aren’t any criminals in Nashville. Must be pleasant to live in a place with no crime.
    I can assure you however that although the media loves to concentrate on looting stories in New Orleans post Katrina the vast majority of us also pitched in to help each other.
    We’ve actually had 2 hurricanes since then and you probably didn’t see any tv coverage of those for much the same reason . TV sells stories about people hurting each other not helping each other

  441. Gordon Harmon

    May 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you for putting into words what I have been struggling to say for days. My family was fortunate – no, damn lucky – to have survived with nothing more than a soaked yard. I’m a life-long native of Nashville, and I know the rocky road ahead is nothing more than just bumps in the road. We will survive, and we will be a stronger community for it!

  442. Suzie

    May 5, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Who gives a crap about slavery and all that? That was many years ago. People need to shut up and have a heart. Imagine if you lost everything you had and people in CA, MI, IN, and everywhere across the US didn’t even care to know you and all of your city lost their homes. Man up and help already! A few dollars isn’t going to hurt you…goodness. I’m not even from TN and I know how they feel. Seriously, let’s go.

  443. Luis Morales

    May 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    You’re damned right…..well said….thank you…

  444. Bnpositive

    May 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    As a former Nashvillian, it makes me proud and I’m a better person for having read this. Thank you for sharing.

  445. Steve

    May 5, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Well Said!! Thank you for that Im so very proud myself to call Nashville
    home!! Amazing article!!! And to Mike A and two these other people who are using this article to hop up on their soapbox and complain and bicker and badger one another GROW UP people! Are you seriously going to nit pick and turn something so tragic into your own personal bi**h fest!! Theres one in every crowd!! Unbelievable!!!
    Hang in ther Nashville we love u!!!!

  446. Duckie

    May 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Yes, there really are horrible, deadly, costly natural disasters that don’t get names like Katrina or Andrew or Ike. You don’t have to live on the coast to be at risk for losing your home, your job, or your life. We choose to live here and we know the risks. Not everyone knows the risks where they live. Not everyone gets it. Not everyone thinks “disaster” unless it has a name attached to it. My thoughts and prayers to the people of Tennessee and Kentucky affected by the floods. It may not seem like the national news is watching, but some of us are and we understand. Take care…..

    • GalvestonDuck (Duckie)

      May 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm

      Grrrr…that made little sense since my email address didn’t show up. I’m in Galveston. So, when I said we choose to live here and we know the risks, I meant those of us on the coast.

  447. Jenn

    May 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Well written – put tears in my eyes. We are Nashville and we will survive. Thank you for reminding us.

  448. Kim

    May 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks to social networking sites, there are millions of us that DO KNOW. We are stunned as well. How could this happen to the capital of Country Music? How could this happen to history? How could this happen to Opryland and the Grand Old Opry? Correct, it was a flood…no finger pointing. But applause rendering is the action, reaction and response of the titans who are Nashville. I don’t live in Nashville, don’t live in Tennessee…I’m way out here in Californiiiiaaa…But I love Nashville, Nashvegas…I’m praying, doing what I can, and soon coming back to one of my favorite places on earth.

  449. NancyB

    May 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I lived in Nashville/Antioch from 1989-1998. I have been glued to the Weather Channel and trying to keep up with the latest. I am doing what I can to spread the word and to encourage donations to the Red Cross from here in FL. I think the overshadowing of this story by the other news is due to the unbelieveable factor: people just couldn’t believe it would get so bad, until it did. My <3 is in Nashville!

  450. Daniel

    May 5, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you so much Patten. This is what I would like the world to know about Nashville…that we are caring individuals that work as a team in times of need.

  451. Nicole

    May 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Having relatives go through the floods in North Dakota in 1997 and watching my friends in Cedar Rapids, IA in 2008 go through the floods here, I hope you know that there are legions of people with you, Nashville. You’re not forgotten. We spent our spring break this year in Nashville and are very saddened to see all the beautiful things we saw destroyed. Be strong you guys will make it. Prayers with you all

  452. Nancy

    May 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Well said. I live out in California and really didn’t know how bad it was. I am sending prayers and hope for a bright future to Nashville. You seem to have an indominable spirit!!

  453. Marsha

    May 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    New Orleans was on the national news for WEEKS with their flooding, asking for money, asking for food, asking for security, asking for help. Nashville’s flooding is just as devastating, if not moreso, and the damages will well exceed what happened in NO, however Nashville is not getting remotely close to the news coverage because, as the writer said, it is not drawing attention to itself with vandalism, looting and people going on television begging for others to take care of them OR accusing the country of not caring about the. When NO happened I cannot tell you how many times I saw someone make the statement that the United States was ignoring them, that they were not getting enough attention and that they needed more help, more money, more more more of everything, while in the background you saw vandals running the streets stealing from the same city that we were supposed to be saving. I truly feel for the families that were hit in the NO flooding, but the point is that even with what has happened here in Nashville, the people here are not begging, stealing or demanding anything.
    Yes, the oil spill deserves national coverage, however so do the United States people here in TN.

    • David Stewart

      May 5, 2010 at 9:39 pm

      It saddens me to see such blind ignorance. It does a disservice to us Nashvillians. The flooding here is no where near the scale of the New Orleans flooding and has cause no where near the damage of Katrina.

      By the way, there has been looting and this very site is full of people begging for attention for Nashville. However, part of the reason the situation has been so calm is that very few lost power and very few lost water; grocery stores and restaurants continue to function and gas stations are open and have gas to sell. The conditions for mass looting simply haven’t occurred.

  454. Elisson

    May 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    The Atlanta area had a similar flood last September, so we empathize with our brethren to the northwest. There’s nothing nastier than a flood, a disaster that leaves death, broken hearts, and incredible filth in its wake.

    As far as the media are concerned, we’ve had fairly thorough coverage of the Nashville floods in the Atlanta area… but probably not an amount commensurate with the scope of the disaster. I don’t think it’s regional prejudice so much as it is other distractions: the deadly Gulf rig fire and oil spill, and the near-disastrous attempted terror attack in Times Square. Alas, those are the kind of stories that sell papers and boost TV ratings – more so than flood stories – and selling papers and ad minutes is really all the media care about.

  455. christina

    May 5, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I moved from Nashville ten years ago, but still consider it my second home. My heart breaks for you. I know you’ll get through this because of your strength and willingness to lend a hand to those around you. Much love and prayers.

  456. Carrie C. Stone

    May 5, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this. I lived in Nashville for 8 years and consider it home. When I heard of the incredible devastation ON FACEBOOK, I immediately went to the news to see more. I have friends there whom I care for deeply and I wanted to know they were okay, but what did I find? NOTHING! I have been so troubled by that. What you wrote is so true. Nashville is one of the greatest places in the world to live. The people are kind, generous and caring. The community is still alive there and southern hospitality is deeply ingrained into the residents.
    We were there during the tornadoes and we watched as neighbor helped neighbor; each one along side the other, working towards a common goal. So we have no doubt that this time, the people will do as they have done before. They will love one another, help each other through the hard times and they will come out of it stronger than they went in. Because that is what the people of Nashville are all about.

  457. R. Beymer

    May 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I’m from Boise, ID and was visiting for a business. TN people did handle the situation very well and it should go noted they “took a lickin’ and kept on tickin.”

  458. Robin Bittner

    May 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Maybe this should be forwarded to Katie Couric or 60 Minutes. Tennessee volunteers always leave Nashville and go wherever they are needed to help. Check the news reports about all disasters. You will find Nashvillians in the thick of it helping out. Bottom line is we know who we are, you need us we’ll be there. Give us a couple months and we’ll be back together. Then we’ll be back to helping others

  459. Vito

    May 5, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Some years ago, in the 90’s, I have the chance and the pleasure to go to Nashville to attend Fan Fair. Since then, part of my heart just felt in love with the city ant the nashvillians.

    All my best wishes to Nashville from a country so far away from yours; Spain, right at the other side of the ocean.

    Love always.

  460. David Card

    May 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Wow! Keep of the good fight, quasi sister city!

    This Dallas/Texan is aghast and in awe of the destruction that only a 1/2 millennium flood can do,
    and looking for something more concrete he can do to help.

    Carry on and– Illigitimus Aqua Non Carborundum: Don’t let the Bastard Flood Grind you down!

    you ARE Nashville!


  461. Robbi Shaffer

    May 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I live in Illinois and have family in Nashville. They have been keeping me posted as to the devastation of all the flooding. I would just like to say AMEN to the article and also my thoughts and prayers are with all of you in Nashville!!

  462. Sam

    May 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    This is so sad. I’ve been trying to bring up the fact that “Yeah, the bomb was a big deal, but Nashville is under water… and no one cares.” I’m from Connecticut, where the guy who set up the bomb is from, and right now… I care more about Nashville. Not only because one day I want to live there. Not only because I know people that live there. But because, no matter how people in the area react, no matter if there is looting or not… people were killed/injured, houses and buildings were destroyed, and there is so much damage. The worst part? No one knows enough to care.

  463. Jack

    May 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I live in Australia and a friend sent me this url.
    I was really touched by your article and by the spirit of the people who live in Nashville.
    I wish you all a speedy recovery from this disaster and I am sure the experience will serve to increase the bond you all share as residents of this beautiful city.

  464. Kelsey

    May 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Let me just say that is the best well spoken thing I have heard so far brought tears to my eyes I’ve lived here since I was born I didn’t just come here for work or college, but I went to the animal shelter yesterday an you literally knew that we do live in the volunteer state we got up went Into work the first day able and go and do non stop volunteering any free time we get it’s the great state of Tennessee we are truly the volunteers of america

  465. Krista MacNeil

    May 5, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Wow! You have articulated exactly what I’ve been thinking over the last few days. Nashville is an incredible city and should be praised, not ignored. I am jealous that you live in such a great place and wish I lived there too!

  466. Phyllis Hertling

    May 5, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Nashville, Listen Up…I am in Kansas and love your city!
    Just know we are praying for you and tomorrow will be a new day…hang in there and hang together

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  468. Nash35

    May 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    “We are Nashville”, put that on a t-shirt, proceeds going to relief efforts. This was most likely stated, thought of or commented on, but too many posts to read through.

  469. Cristy Boothe

    May 5, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I want everyone in Nashville to know the people of Memphis DO care about you! We are so sad and upset about all the devastation there. It truly breaks my heart to see that beautiful Opryland Hotel under water. What a shame. And, of course, the people who lost their lives, their homes, cars, family, pets, etc. are in our thoughts and prayers. Something similar happened in Memphis a few years ago when 90 mile an hour winds virtually destroyed a 20 mile path down the heart of Memphis. Huge trees that were 80-100 years old were uprooted, some landed in the middle of homes. We were without power in the city for over 3 weeks in the middle of the summer. Yet, we got barely a mention on the national news. That was the day Huessein’s sons were killed in Iran, so our devastation seemed trivial to the national newscasters. Just know there are still a lot of good people that do know about what happened and you will find out soon when the telethons begin and money to help begins to pour in. God Bless Nashville.

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  471. Steph in Cleveland

    May 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Sending up major prayers for all the citizen of Nashville. God Bless and Keep you all and return your beautiful city back to it’s former glory!

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  473. cwhitehouse

    May 5, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    This artical is very good. But, what we really need is a lot of prayer!

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  476. David Hooper

    May 5, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Well said! Crazy situation, but it makes me proud to see so many people coming together to help each other!

    I know we have a lot of musicians here, so I hope you don’t mind me posting this link… If you had instruments or other musical equipment that was damaged, has info on getting free damage estimates.

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  478. Vic Kitchens

    May 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Good story! You are exactly right! Our churches are stepping up to deliver food. We have strangers helping strangers and becoming life long friends. Tn has stepped up with leadership and attainable short term goals and ideas. We will come back!

  479. Tammy Clark

    May 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Patton you ROCK!!! Tammy~ Row P 303 😉

  480. Taylor

    May 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Can we please make a shirt that says this? I feel like I want to wear it on my back for the rest of my life, how proud I am of this city and how proud I am of the communities outreach for one another. You won’t find that anywhere else.

  481. rod

    May 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    My wife and I were both moved by your article and at the same time were proud to be Tennesseans. By the way, this is the first post like this that has EVER moved me enough to post a reply.

  482. Plain Jane

    May 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I live 100+ miles from N’ville, but one of my sons lives in Bellevue as well as numerous relatives in the Metro area. I’m proud of the overall response to this life-changing event all over our state. As our capital, Nashville is the “face” others see from the media, but the damage/destruction is much broader—Memphis, Jackson, Dyersburg, all the smaller communities in West Tennessee, then eastward toward Nashville, Franklin, the ‘Boro and beyond—52 of the 96 counties in this state disaster assistance has been requested for. We pull up the socks, put on the boots, and go to work to take care of what needs to be done. We are survivors, we are volunteers, we are Tennesseans!

  483. Shelley

    May 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    What a good article!! It just saddens me seeing the devestation around Middle Tennessee…but brings a smile to my heart knowing that people are pitchin in to help their neighbors (everyone but Mike, that is!!). I am from Murfreesboro but live in Southern New Mexico now–but it’s still my home. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Proud to be a from Middle Tennessee!!

  484. Lorie

    May 5, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Very well said. So very well said. I grew up in Nashville and now live in East TN, and it has broken my heart to see places of wonderful childhood memories destroyed.

  485. Wanda

    May 5, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I live in the Houston, TX area. I have many times seen, heard, and experienced floods of this “too much rain too fast”…we call them flash floods…they occur here more than I would like to count…people die in their vehicles, trapped under bypass tunnels, and just trying to out run the rain. However, they can’t or don’t. They fall to the thundering rain that wets the roads and everything in its sight. I feel for those in Tennessee to have to experience this type of pain and diaster. In all things thanks can be given. God has promised us that the world will not end again with floods over the nation. Pray for those who have lost their family members, homes, businesses, and any other loss. Give thanks for those who survived. I have family members living in the Nashville area. They sent me pictures and emails about the flooding. I heard it on the national news. I am thankful they were not harmed and I thank them for keeping me updated on the once in a lifetime flooding in Nashville. May God bless all of you and thanks Patten for this interesting news update.

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  487. Frank Gregg

    May 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I witnessed the riots in Detroit back in the 60’s, and again in Los Angeles after the Rodney King incident. Both were harmful to the image
    of the respective cities. Nashville’s roots are based on the Bible Belt
    philosophy, and whether you agree with it from a faith perspective or not, I applaud the original writer that we didn’t witness riots, looting, setting fires, etc. City pulled together and will re-build the same way. Frank Gregg, Gallatin, TN

  488. Patty Page

    May 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    You know… I was born and raised in Nashville, and I am proud of my hometown. Anybody, from the North OR the South.. if you don’t like the way we take care of our people… LEAVE! We watch each other’s back, we’re there to help, we are southern lovin’ folks. I don’t care if you are white, black, from the south, or the north. We are family here… and if you can’t say something nice..don’t say it at all! Get on outta here!

  489. Kim

    May 5, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    AMEN!!! I was not born in Nashville, but might as well have been. I am so proud of my city, the volunteers that came together to protect our city and so proud of you for writing this blog!

  490. James Whiteaker

    May 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I have to say that I’m devastated for what has happened. Such a beautiful city underwater all those people homeless and so much destruction. People have died lost homes cars everything and yet we pull together and help each other out. I don’t know if any releif efforts have came from anywhere yet but if they have thank you very much. I don’t live in Nashville but I’m there a lot. It would be a shame for no one to come and help. I seem to remember when Katrina hit Nashville and the state of Tennessee sent many volunteers to assist in efforts of relief and I was one of them and would do it again of I could. I haven’t been to Nashville since the flood been out of town but if I could have helped out I would have came from Sparta and helped out. To all the people in Nashville my prayers go out to u all and may God take u in and bless u with his blessings of love and compasion. For all who have lost loved ones lost ur homes just lost everything my heart goes out to u all. God Bless You and all the people of the flooded areas even thought u can’t hear our prayers we are praying for u all.

  491. Craig Bell

    May 5, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Wonderful article! Many of us have been praying for you all. I am so proud of Nashville for showing the country how a city and state should act in an emergency. Love your gorgeous state and city. God bless!

  492. babs

    May 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    It breaks my heart to see the damage. As a former resident of Nashville I know it has come down to neighbor helping neighbor…The media has paid little or no attention to this situation…you have elderly people who have drownded in thier own living rooms, many who are displaced and most will never have the money to repair they will have to walk away from the only home they have ever known. WTF peolpe this is nit some 3rd world sh*t hole is is the USA we are supposed to help our own!!!! we send millions of dollars to help people across the world and here at home we do nothing. It is amazing how many people do not have any idea this has even happened…..SNAP OUT OF IT FOLKS let’s take care of us here in the US of A what can we do to get them help>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>now

  493. Jane

    May 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    And they called them Christians first at Antioch.

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  495. Melissa

    May 5, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Very nice read…….about a very unique disaster! Way to go Nashville, from Clarksville, Tennessee. I’m proud to call Middle Tennessee home.

  496. Lori B.D.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    As someone born and bred in Nashville, this piece inspired me. However, when I realized that my home,which sustained over 2 feet of flood damage,had been looted – I was heartbroken. I was heartbroken because the flood was an act of a loving God who will show His glory in His ultimate plan. The looting of my home was an act of my neighbors. I miss the Nashville that you described, and yes, what a blessing those stewards of or community are. I would like to see the tone of this become a larger movement to take Nashville back. Though we reside,unfortunately at this time, in the Great Basin, let us not forget that once we were the “Athens of the South” and a City on a Hill.

  497. Greg (not the news guy)

    May 5, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Great post and my heart goes out to those of you dealing with the flood..but instead of the “We are Nashville” headling..try this..”We are Americans”…..Are the folks in Nashville really handling things any different than the folks in Mississippi that are dealing with devastation from the tornados, or the folks in Rhode Island who less than 60 days ago had their 500 year flood? I doubt it. In times of trial and community need we see the best in this country..people pulling together to help people.

  498. Christy

    May 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you for writing this. I went and volunteered at a neighborhood in Antioch today. I was honestly touched by the devastation these families have gone through and the charity of the volunteers. One lady even made arrangements to take a mom and her 3 girls to Walmart after she was finished working and buy them food and an outfit and toy for each child. Amazing love.

  499. Julie Davis

    May 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I lived in Nashville for four years and have been back in California for 14. I go to TheTennessean website to check out the news and have been keeping posted on the flood. I don’t understand why we aren’t reading about anybody putting together funds to help out the State and it’s people….like they do every time there is an earthquake or tsunami in another country. Hey all you people out there in other countries, it’s time to start helping out here in America. I am so sad to see what happened to the Opryland Hotel and the Grand Ole Opry House. I stood in the wooden circle on the state there 14 years ago and so I am feeling the sadness as if I was a current Nashville resident. My thoughts and prayers are with “ya’ll” out in Tennessee.

  500. Winnie E. Peterson

    May 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Patten you told them and I am for you 100%. We need more people like you in this world spreading good news about the action of people rather than stories about murder, rape and looting. God Bless you! Maybe that is why Nashiville faired so well. They have not forgotten God is first in this world. Bless you again. Winnie

  501. Jonathan Sanders

    May 5, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I love this town! Thanks for posting your thoughts.

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  503. Rebecca G from Texas

    May 5, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    I just want all of you Tennesseans who have been affected by this horrific flood to know that y’all are in my prayers. I cannot imagine the devastation y’all are dealing with and while I can’t be there to help, I understand that y’all are stepping up to help each other. We’d do the same thing here in Texas. I’m a lifelong Texan and I’ve always felt an affinity for all Tennesseans. I know that both sides of my family lived in Tennessee way back when but the real reason that I care is that I know that y’all are good people. I’ve known people who were from Tennessee and I was fortunate enough to visit Tennesse many years ago. I’ve been to Europe and all over the US but my number one wish is to visit Tennessee again.

    Again, y’all are in my prayers and while I know that y’all will overcome this tragedy, I pray that y’all will come out on the other side in better shape than ever!!!

  504. Willie Mac

    May 6, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I am so sorry that has happened to your city. A friend of mine lives in Nashville and I had the privilege to visit your city two years ago and enjoyed myself immensely. I think it is tragic that so little has been done to cover this awful tragedy. Just know that many, many people are praying for all of you and many more will come to help you. God bless.

  505. stacey

    May 6, 2010 at 1:19 am

    I have lived here in Clarksville 2005.I love being in TN. We decided to make this our home after my husband got out of the military.We love going to Nashville and taking our kids there.This is such a huge shock to see Nashville and the surrounding areas so affected like this.Ive seen the tornadoes come through and the many other storms we have had but never a flood like this.My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Middle TN. It may take some time but things will start to get better.TN is strong and will always continue to be strong.

  506. Charles McNeil (ET)

    May 6, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Proud to be a Tennesseean. Well said. Take care of your neighbors and hang on to what you truly have – you can’t loose faith, integrity, honor…

  507. deborahjennette

    May 6, 2010 at 4:27 am

    thank you for what you is true we will make it cause we are strong.

  508. Rodney

    May 6, 2010 at 5:24 am

    What? No one bashing FEMA for not preventing this flood, or rescueing people who were warned to leave, but didn’t? I say Hooray for the people of Nashville!! This city embodies what it means to be an American. We take care of ourselves and our neighbors. Heck, we’ll even take care of a stranger. My prayers go with you, Nashville, and it is with great pride that I speak of you as True Americans- not as heroes, but as the spirit of the American people, just doing what needs to be done.

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  510. Mari

    May 6, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Makes me proud of my hometown to read this. God Bless you all. Nashville will be even better than before as you recover.

  511. JS

    May 6, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Patten, Your article was amazing! I just wanted to say my husband and I were born right here, almost 54 and 56 years ago, so we are TN. thru and thru. We live in Franklin now, and we just can’t believe the widespread area in middle Tennessee that has been devastated by this massive flood. We appreciate you writing this and saying how we all feel !! We are praying for all those affected by the destruction this has caused, and especially our family members, church friends, co-workers and neighbors. May God bless you all !

  512. Linda

    May 6, 2010 at 8:01 am

    We in Michigan mourn and pray for all of you, we know what it is like to experience “disasters”, …….right now it is our economy.

  513. Slamskie

    May 6, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I think we are all missing the point here, if we were a impoverished city/community that relied upon the Federal Government to take care of us and were a stronger voting base for the current administration we would be getting all the coverage we could ask for! Instead we are a self reliant community that takes care of it’s self and does not wait for others to come to it’s rescue.

    • mattw

      May 6, 2010 at 8:12 am

      Right. You guys are wealthier and whiter. We get it. You dislike Obama and black people. Get it.

      • Slamskie

        May 6, 2010 at 8:17 am

        Din’t say that at all Matt….are you saying that people of color don’t take care of each other? That money makes people kinder and harder working? Seems like you just did…..

      • mattw

        May 6, 2010 at 8:18 am

        By the way, you have the facts wrong. Wikipedia says “In 2008, Barack Obama carried Nashville with 60 percent of the vote even as John McCain won Tennessee by 15 points.”

        • Slamskie

          May 6, 2010 at 8:28 am

          Still we are a very conservative state and “oh those poor people” doesn’t apply unless you are a blue state…and I am quite sure at this point that Nashville would vote in a significantly different manner….we learn from our mistakes.

        • Slamskie

          May 6, 2010 at 8:34 am

          and BTW in 2008 TN as a whole voted for 57% Conservative compared to 42% Other…..

        • Zach

          May 6, 2010 at 12:17 pm

          Cities ALWAYS vote more liberal. The fact that only 60% of Nasvhille voted democrate is proof that TN is a very red state.

  514. Matt

    May 6, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Found you through Andrew Sullivan. Not a reader, never been to TN, and consider myself a Devils fan, so for what it’s worth: excellent post.

  515. Matt

    May 6, 2010 at 8:11 am

    “How are you say” nonsensical things like this post.

    • mattw

      May 6, 2010 at 8:17 am

      I am simply asking why he is comparing NO to Nashvilel when the order of magnitude is completely different. As another commenter pointed out, no one in Nashville lost power, which is the prime ingredient to enable looting.

      But I see you’d rather look at a typo, and therefore call the post nonsense. When in fact, this post is petty at best, racist and petty at worst.

      • Jackie

        May 6, 2010 at 9:38 am

        FYI, power was lost in Nashville, and one main difference in New Orleans, and Nashville was the time difference. NO residents had plenty of time to get out, most of the people in Nashville had 30 minutes to 1 hour of warning before there house was flooded. I know of multiple school buses that were used all weekend to help people, why wasn’t this done in NO. I think if I had 3 days to get out of the city and didn’t have transportation then I would start walking.

        • David Stewart

          May 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm

          Yes, some people lost power, but very, very few. NES says there are around 3,000 people without power now, which is a very small number in a city this size. Likewise, water has worked (there is a call to conserve, but we are far from a critical situation in that regards either). Grocery stores and gas stations are open for business and road are open. In short, there really isn’t a crisis situation here. Homes and businesses were devastated, but virtually no one is in a life threatening situation from lack of basis necessities. That’s what causes looting, desperation. That is largely absent in Nashville.

          It is a mistake to feel morally superior about this situation and such comments only reinforce the worst stereotypes of Nashvillians (as ignorant, self-righteous and judgmental people). Let’s show a little grace in our pride.

          • Andrew

            May 7, 2010 at 2:13 am

            David, I believe it is a crisis situation to those who lost everything in the flood. Im not going to get into the looting argument. I also believe if we downplay this deadly flood we are doing an injustice to the people who lost everything. How are they going to recieve the aid they need if we act like it wasnt the biggest flood this city has seen in 40 years? You would bascially be saying I know you lost everything but I just dont feel like your life is threatened

          • David Stewart

            May 7, 2010 at 8:47 am

            When I say “crisis” I mean a life threatening situation. Yes, people are devastated (as I said), but there is no shortage of food or water. Those who were devastated were able to be evacuated and are being taken care of. The saving grace here is that the damage is highly localized, so there are lots of relatively unaffected areas which can house and support those who needed to be evacuated.

            It would be foolish to say this isn’t the biggest flood we’ve seen in 40 years, that’s a clear fact (it’s probably the most extensive flooding in a much longer time). But it is equally foolish to believe this is equivalent to Katrina or is the largest non-Hurricane disaster in US history (as has been claimed), it is clearly not.

          • mattw

            May 7, 2010 at 11:19 am

            This is the actual truth. The original post and almost all of the comments are so graceless and chest thumping– it’s not flattering. From the sound of it, you’d think 9/11 hit Nashville.

          • TNOne

            May 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm

            Actually David and entire county, Hickman, is still without water. I beleive that could be life threatening. Too bad they’re not receiving much attention. A
            nd I believe most miss a vital point: Patten is saying that in times of turmoil people’s reactions and perceptions of others differ. Are those becasue of the location of the turmoil? Or possibly the way the people or location are perceived? I think it is greatly possible. Please refer to the outrageously prejudiced comments on cnn blogs of how Tennesseans are only southerners who celebrate the confederacy and deserve second class citizenship and do not deserve the help of the rest of America because we don’t pay enough money into the national economy.
            Hopefully, by the time this posts those horrible comments will be removed… I have flagged each one numberous times in hope those horrible comments would be removed…

          • TNOne

            May 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm

            Sorry for the misspelling and grammar errors…those drive me batty!!!

          • jennifer travis

            May 7, 2010 at 11:35 pm

            Who are you? I would love to see you have lost everything and then come back here and see how your opinion changes.

        • Diane

          May 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

          You hit the proverbial nail on the head Jackie!!!!

      • Slamskie

        May 6, 2010 at 10:27 am

        All Kids of people are out of power here still…..don’t know where you heard or saw that? I think the prime ingredient to looting is a persons set of morals, not electricity….your comment on that might be the most inane thing I have ever heard.

        • Slamskie

          May 6, 2010 at 10:28 am


      • TNOne

        May 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm

        Matt…power in downtown nashville is still out as of Thursday afternoon at 1:20pm…if no power outages is on the news you have been watching, you just now proved the point of the news coverage is not adequate..

      • Andrew

        May 7, 2010 at 2:01 am

        Check your sources, as of May 5th 10,000 people had no electrcity. Electricity was just returned tonight, to the area covering from 1st Ave to just past Bridgestone Arena

        • mattw

          May 7, 2010 at 11:20 am

          Fine, let’s say 10,000 which is the larger estimate. From Wikipedia: “Almost 900,000 people in Louisiana lost power as a result of Hurricane Katrina.” So for the math impaired, that’s 90 : 1. That doesn’t include the people in Mississippi either. Read David’s comments. It’s on point in a less aggravated way than mine. I’m sick of you idiotic southern bible belter morons.

          • TNOne

            May 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm

            Thanks Matt for just proving my point!! Tennessee did not receive as much needed attention (I’m not saying it didn’t receive any but on Monday morning it was a 7.2second soundbite for the 7am news on CNN) because of the prejudices people view on people from the South…and I quote “idiotic southern bible belter morons”…so can I now take potshots at you, your home, your history, your religion, and your intelliegence?

          • David Stewart

            May 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm

            I don’t even have cable, but I walk by TVs showing CNN every day and saw the Nashville flooding mentioned prominently many times over the course of the weekend. It was also on CNN’s homepage, as well as the NYTimes and even BBC News.

            I would also direct you to the many comments here calling the citizens of New Orleans morons and idiots and the not so subtle insinuations that the rest of the country is somehow inferior to us here in Tennessee. There are bigots everywhere. If you want to respond to them, do so, but they are not the majority, not here in Tennessee and not elsewhere in the country.

      • Kathryn Fiske

        May 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm

        Actually matt – many, many people lost power … some may still be without it. Where were YOU? And what myth are you already making up about this disaster? You might check in with yourself to see whether or not you are writing all these comments just to get a little attention for yourself … you’re certainly getting a lot of feedback. Try not to let your ego distort the truth!

  516. Maegan

    May 6, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Thank you for putting this on here!!! I toally agree with you just because Tennessee people came together, helped each other out and didn’t cause a riot the media doesn’t want to have anything to do with it. But the thing is shouldn’t we focus on the good things that happen in this world instead of all the bad. I mean I would think that it would be refreshing to hear about people coming togther and offering a hand instead of some stupid iran person! I love Tennessee and everything about it I believe it is GOD’S COUNTRY and I love all of the amazing people that live in Tennessee. Even though I had to move to Indiana for my husband’s job I will always and forever will be a Tennessean! My thing I always say is “if the north and south ever fight again I will find a row boat and cross the Ohio and go down through Kentucky to defend my Tennessee home!!!!

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  518. Joe

    May 6, 2010 at 8:22 am

    As a New Orleanian who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, the smug self-righteousness of this article (and it’s implicit condemnation of the citizens of New Orleans) is extremely offensive. To conflate the two floodings as analogous events is beyond ignorant.

    Feel good about yourselves. I hope you get back on your feet. But you reveal an apalling ignorance about what occured in New Orleans, and why.

    The citizens of Nashville may be a virtuous tight-knit community, but the vicious comments about poor black people sitting on their “lazy *sses” waiting for “daddy government” to come bail them out reveal what lies under the veneer of your civility. And it ain’t pretty.

    • Slamskie

      May 6, 2010 at 8:49 am

      Thousands of Nashvillians have lost everything…Billions of dollars of damage, if had been during the work week the the death toll would have been atrocious. What happened in New Orleans was absolutely terrible and deserved every bit of the coverage it got….and that is what this Article is about, there just isn’t anything exciting or controversial to cover so they are giving it minimal coverage. And like it or not mainstream media has proven it’s self to be very liberal and will go out of it’t way to cover it’s voting base and ignore events that do not further their agenda.

  519. JIB

    May 6, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Then again, maybe nobody cares because you’re Nashville, and perhaps nobody was looting because the devastation was nowhere near what happened in Katrina, and the government didn’t ignore you because you’re not all black people. Honestly, if you’re going to pat yourselves on the back for something, at least do it honestly instead of this false smugness that emanates from this horrible, awful piece.

  520. Shea1035

    May 6, 2010 at 8:37 am

    My hearts and prayers go out to all those in Nashville. WE are the UNITED STATES and it’s time we a start treating one another as such. My insurance company, USAA, arrived today with aid for families. Regarding the article, I would like to point out that I had a few friends stranded in the unnamed city where looting happened in the aftermath of a catastrophe. All three of them helped to rescue families rooftops and other areas as well, but there was only coverage of the looting. They teamed with other people who were doing the same. If there’s anything I learned while study Journalism in undergrad, it’s that the media can be very biased (which you eloquently implied). I live in Texas, and it was so easy for us to say “We are Texas, we handle ourselves better.” However, the truth is we learned so much from a previous disaster in neighboring Louisiana that enabled to react differently. At this point, I see that I’ve stooped to the level of comparing and contrasting disasters, which is not constructive dialogue during this recovery stage.

    My hearts go out to all those affected. Perhaps the next article could focus on where we can send relief funds?

  521. Zack DB

    May 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Hey down there… As a New Yorker who Loves Music City:

    Please stay strong Nashville.
    You are definetly in our thoughts all day. All that wondorous and legendary music gear & all the lively hoods connected to it…we are standing beside you all. Stay strong & know that as Americans we will get through any hardship we face Together. Just because the news & attention span of the Modern Age can’t pay attention does not mean those that love Nashville have forgotten you.
    See you next month at Roo. You’ll make it. You’re Nashville. Music City can never be destroyed. The Music can never die. Peace & Love to you all.

  522. In the middle of it...

    May 6, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I’ll start by saying I am so grateful for being spared by the flood waters… so, I’m not complaining… just sharing one of the many small details from Sundays’ storms that never hit the news. I think it’s healing to share your individual story. Since your blog provoked my writing it down, I’m sharing it with you.

    We live on the Harpeth River (very, very near the southern tip of Bellevue). When we purchased this house two years ago, we were told it is in the 500 year flood plain. Who knew the specific 500-year flood would come during my lifetime? We woke up at 7 on Sunday morning… the water was rising and was higher than we’d ever seen it (we’ve been near this location for 15 years). My husband felt uncomfortable and uneasy about ‘the situation’ and said we needed to evacuate. I didn’t realize I would be one of those who wanted to stay… but, apparently I am. However, my husband wanted to leave… so, I moved as quickly as possible to pack a few clothes, medications, dog food and pets and was ready to go. I’d already loaded our 85 pound golden retriever into the car. All I had left was to fill a few milk jugs with water (isn’t that what they tell you to do??) and put the cat in her kennel and we were ready to go.

    I was at the kitchen sink filling my milk jugs when the rain shifted from simply torrential to moving HORIZONTALLY… and then a tree flew by. I candidly cannot say whether I thought of my husband or my dog or both… but I ran into the garage and was greeted by debris flying everywhere, including our neighbors fence panels peeling off their brick foundation one panel at a time. I was frozen in my tracks… torn between wanting to comfort my certainly terrified dog, finding my husband and knowing I needed to duck for cover.

    My husband decided for me… I heard him scream from the back of the garage, where I later learned he was pinned from the wind gusts, “Get Down!! Get Down!! It’s a tornado!”. Although I don’t really remember moving at all, I later remember got up from the safety of the door jamb and running to get my dog out of the car. All with my husband yelling to get in the house and get under the stairs. Moments later we found ourselves… dog, cat, husband and wife… in the bedroom closet praying for our safety and believing the worst had to be over. All of this lasted less than a minute… probably a lot less.

    We waited about 10 minutes and came out to assess the damage. As we walked through each room… we determined things looked ok… master bedroom, master bath, hallway, living room, dining room and then we got to the kitchen. We didn’t see any damage but we could hear water running… lots of water. My husband commented that it sounded bad… and then noticed the kitchen faucet was running. He queried “how in the world did the kitchen faucet get turned on??”. I can honestly say I know exactly what I was doing when the 2010 tornado hit our home… filling gallon jugs with water so we could evacuate.

    We went outside… it was still pouring down rain. We lost SIXTEEN beautiful trees in the front yard…several completely uprooted. I’m sure some of these trees sheltered soldiers as they prepared to defend whatever their position during the Civil War. It is a huge and very sad loss.

    Unlike so many others, we heard our insurance company say they would pay for damage since this was the result of a tornado and not flooding water. That was the good news. The bad news is we’ve had three quotes exceeding $10,000 (they are very large trees) and the insurance company has a maximum of $1,000 for tree removal. Wow… $10,000 v. everything I own… I am currently unemployed and yet I am grateful. Monday night, we went to bed with no power… oblivious to what happened across the rest of our beautiful home town. Tuesday, our neighbors rallied together and cleared all the driveways and our road with incredible camaraderie and stamina. For the first time, we saw the evening news. Tuesday night we went to bed very sad and thankful for our good luck over the weekend.

    Wednesday morning, I cleaned out my closet of anything I thought would benefit others in need. I added every towel and blanket that was not essential to our family’s needs. Then I cleaned out my pantry as well. While doing so, one of my neighbors – I only know his name is Tommy – knocked on the front door. He is from one of the farms down the road… he offered to help clean up… in exchange only for the firewood. Shortly thereafter, another friend came over with his tractor to help push up the magnificent old stumps that will eventually fuel a bonfire that will certainly burn an image into our memories that will last forever.

    We are Nashville… and we are grateful.

    • Marvel

      May 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story. Reading of your bravery and your wonderful attitude is a gift to me. I do think it is healing to tell your story, and it is reassuring for me to read it after worrying about you folks all week. I wish you all the best.

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  525. Brenda

    May 6, 2010 at 9:04 am

    TN “IS” the volunteer state and not only that, it’s residence have shown they have class too. We were all too busy taking care of each other to have time to do any looting and committing crimes. Even the common man was a hero in alot of situations. We, for the most part, still believe in God and his almighty power and the power of prayer. This tragety was bad, but it could have been so much worse.

  526. cindy

    May 6, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I am so glad to live in Nashivlle. And so pround of all the peolpe that is helping Down town and all over the other places.

  527. Josh

    May 6, 2010 at 9:17 am

    well said.

  528. Brandee

    May 6, 2010 at 9:22 am


  529. Walt Freund

    May 6, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Thanks for saying what I was thinking. It seems Nashville folks are not having a pity party or are owed anything special . Way to go. That’s why I love you guys.

  530. Jackie Vanatta

    May 6, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Like my grandmother always said, “no since crying over spilled milk, pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get to work”. Just like an old nashvillians advice, that is exactly what this city is doing and will continue to do until we are back to normal. You can’t expect other people to do what you are not willing to do yourself. No matter how many disasters come our way, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

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  532. doug in franklin

    May 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

    your well-written piece and passionate piece did not fall on deaf ears. anderson cooper on cnn, publicly apologized to middle tennesseans last night, admitting that even he did not realize the severity of the floods because of the gulf coast and times square news. he is bringing his crew to nashville thursday, so that the whole world will know what has happened.

  533. mike norton

    May 6, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Excellent and chilling article. Thank you!

  534. Jimmie

    May 6, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Thank you for verbalizing my feelings about Nashville and the people who live here. We are a blessed people! I am so proud of our people and the way they have responded to this disaster.

  535. Julian

    May 6, 2010 at 9:48 am

    There was no was looting, mass killing, mass raping in New Orleans. That was a fabrication blown up by 24-hour news cycle reporters from one photograph and the fact that it is a majority black city with a reputation for loose morals. I’m glad that this author and his readers are proud of their city and their state, and proud of their fellow citizens for stepping up and helping, but it isn’t anything the folks of New Orleans didn’t also do, or try to do, without the help of an effective federal response or state government. You mar that laudable civic pride, and whatever good you members of the Volunteer State did during this calamity, with such smug, back-handed insults of “Other” places with “Other” people.

  536. Paula

    May 6, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I live about 30 minutes east of Knoxville and would just like to let the people know that all at least 2 of Knoxville’s t.v. stations have been taking donations live on the air for Nashville. Also on 103.5 WIMZ, “Billy The Kid” has been announcing/talking about it most of the time on his show. Monday, he announced that the Red Cross is getting a team together to come to Nashville. He stated people had to be trained first and that started Tuesday. I think it is beyond words for me to be able to express how I feel that this did not get national media attention until a week later for MAYBE 5 minutes, or so I heard. The thing that makes me the most proud is that WE ARE THE VOLUNTEER STATE!! We do, especially for each other ’cause we’re all “family” what needs to be done. We also do for the whole world because we are THE Volunteer State, not just by name! Know that everyone around here is praying for you, getting local teams together and coming to help, sending money thru reputible organazations, churches are taking up donations and praying for you. The national media may have dropped the ball but you can bet your home state neighbors WILL NOT! I WILL forward this to everyone I know! God Bless everyone affected by this. My heart and prayers go out to you!

  537. Patrick

    May 6, 2010 at 10:06 am

    We are concerned and watching what little news there is on this disaster. Patrick from San Diego, CA.

  538. Lisa -Franklin, TN

    May 6, 2010 at 10:24 am

    My thoughts exactly! It was sad that the Nashville radio stations were having to contact other national markets during their shows yesterday (Wednesday) to get any attention and say Hey! we are drowning and could use some help. The great aspect of Middle Tennessee is whether or not it comes will not stop neighbor from helping neighbor and moving on as the South has always done.

  539. Kelly R.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Nashville rocks! While the media is consumed with NY because it’s all it cares about, we here in Nashville will show much strength and unity and show the media we don’t need them to rebuild, we have each other instead. We don’t need big brother Gov’t, we have the Mighty Hand of God and He’s already at work in this area and many miracle stories continue to pour in.

  540. GMM

    May 6, 2010 at 10:34 am

    This is not directed at Patten. This is not directed at many of the commenters on the article. This is directed to a few of the commenters on this the article. You know who you are.

    The last disaster NYC went through was the blackout of 2003. There was NO looting, NO rioting and NO hysteria. I was here. Everyone helped their neighbor throughout the metropolitan area.

    I’m sure you’re shocked by this. How did we ever manage to be so neighborly to our fellow citizens? I mean, everyone knows “values” stop at the Mason-Dixon line and the Ohio River.

    Nashville, you are supporting each other because you are AMERICANS. Surely you can recognize your fellow Tennesseans without bashing the rest of us. Surely you can recognize that neighborliness and hospitality is not restricted to a particular geographic area. Surely you can recognize that people raising their children in other places — yes, even in Massachusetts and California — teach them morals and ethics.

    Nashville is beautiful city that is suffering great devastation, as are its residents. Feeling good by sharing stories of the support you are giving each other is a great way to get through this difficult time. Feeling good by comparing yourselves to the rest of us and finding us wanting, is, frankly, beneath you.

    • Marvel

      May 11, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      GMM, that was well said. I’m a New Yorker, too, I had to evacuate after 9/11, and I went through the blackout. So I know where you’re coming from. I’m also a Nashville native, and what you’re seeing here isn’t the real Nashville. Of course Nashvillians didn’t have a clue about life after 9/11 or the blackout, but they would have given me their last dime if I needed it. Southerners were prominent among the volunteers who arrived in droves after 9/11. So I know they are good people.

      Maybe they are still in shock, or maybe they don’t realize how they sound to the rest of the world. Or maybe the internet just brings out the bad in people.

      Having grown up in the South, I am surprised at how few of them have expressed respect for the deceased or gratitude for being alive.

  541. Kate

    May 6, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Well written. I can say- you are in our hearts during this time of recovery and rebuilding. Many of us have been there. My own city- Raleigh- was flooded and ripped up by Hurricane Fran. The people of Raleigh cleaned up, helped each other out, and recovered- just like the people of Nashville will. As awful as Mother Nature can be- imo it is times like these that often bring out the best in people.

  542. RicO

    May 6, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I truly appreciate the story. However, lest we forget it is not just Nashville that was affected. And in some areas like Cheatham County they were hit with an astounding 1000 years flood plain in some areas! Wow.

    The author should have included all affected areas rather than just Nashville to show the expanse of this loss. The author speaks of minimal national news coverage, yet has done the same thing by greatly shortchanging the extent of damage and loss in communites and counties outside of Nashville. People in other states think Nashville alone is considered a very small community. If the coverage can speak to the 10+ affected counties and growing, then may be we WOULD get the coverage.

  543. Kat

    May 6, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I do not know about the local news, but here in Houston, the Nashville story has been on the news DAILY and we completely sympathize with the loss. Having gone through this almost annually, we do know how many families are suffering from losses in standstill traffic, and cars swept away in flooded creeks. Our hearts go out to you and yours in Nashville.

  544. Kate

    May 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Some of ya’ll can keep on arguing but it will not change the fact that Nashville is enduring a natural disaster unlike anything that city has seen before. Imo- they need our positive thoughts and prayers- not arguments.

  545. jean

    May 6, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Nashville has always made my heart sing and now even more so…I too, have been distressed over the lack of coverage for this wonderful City..But Nashville will rise again even if it is only the Volunteer State that steps forward..East Tennessee is helping in any way possible

  546. Johnny Orr

    May 6, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I have definitely been disappointed in the friggin News/media covering this event. I travel there every 2 months for music business and have friends and a heart that is there constantly. I’ve been searching the web, tv stations, and everything I can think of to get the true story of what’s going on there for clean-up because the stupid news isn’t talking about it but for a second. I couldn’t agree more with this out-rage. I’m proud of Nashville for not having the Loooter problems that most places have during a crisis like this. It says so much for Music City. I love this town and pray for it, support it, and am continuing to post things on myspace-facebook-crackbook-yourbook-mybook and whatever else we can think of to expose the news & information about what’s going on out there. Thank for this story. God Bless all of those who were effected by this flood… (which was EVERYONE) -Johnny Orr

  547. Debra DeHoyos

    May 6, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Nashville has a very special place in my heart as my daughter lived there for 5 years and has some very special people in her life, and mine still living there. Seeing the damage and knowing what is in store for the city makes me sad and want to do whatever possible to help…. Know people care and are willing to help….

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  549. Zach

    May 6, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Hands on Nashville is inundated with tens of thousands of volunteers! Every time a new request for aid is submitted, it is immediately filled. The other day, they requested 100 volunteers to sign up and clear debris. Their website was immediately shut down because so many people were trying to sign up at once.

    We truly are the Volunteer State! I’ve never been more proud to be a part of Nashville! Tragedy has not always brought out the best in other cities hit by disaster, but the saying is more true than ever for our beloved city!

  550. Daisy

    May 6, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I wholeheartedly agree that the loss of lives due to the flooding in the Nashville area is a TREMENDOUS tragedy, buildings can be replaced/restored, people’s lives cannot. The devastation it has created for so many people is very sad as well, but the unfortunate reality is if you build in a flood plain,you will eventually be flooded. Places like the GOO house, Opryland hotel, the Mills and all the other businesses in that area have always been at risk. While I can understand that is very frustrating for the people of the Nashville area because the national media coverage was not or is not what they think they should be getting, when the historic flooding of the St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas happened in 1993, and again a couple of years later, there was about the same amount of national media coverage, almost none. Do any of the people who live in or around the flooded areas in Nashville area remember the devastating flooding in Missouri? Most likely not, but that doesn’t make it any less devastating to the people who experienced it at that time. The people of Nashville will eventually recover from this, hopefully with the help from the rest of the nation even though it seems our country seems so eager to help out everyone else in the world but has problems taking care of their own. I pray Nashville recovers quickly and becomes an even stronger city than it was before. May lessons be learned to help prevent such devastation in the future.

    • TNOne

      May 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

      People: Please, please, please take into your minds that where MOST of the flooding happened was NOT IN A FLOOD PLAIN, let me repeat, NOT IN A FLOOD PLAIN. Including the previous mentioned areas in the last post. Those areas were moved outside the 100 year flood plain after the flood of 79. That is why officials are saying this is probably a 500 year flood. How many times does it need to be said about the flood plains before people understand????!!!!!

  551. Roy Roper

    May 6, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I just heard this article quoted at length by Rush Limbaugh (Thurs 1:15pm CST). Great article! Thank you.

  552. Ashley Beard

    May 6, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Great job! You and your blog were even on Rish Limbaugh today as he was commenting on the lack of coverage on Nashville and the message of your blog. #wearenashville

  553. Netizen Kane

    May 6, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    NAILED IT! Great work!

  554. gennifer

    May 6, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Mike A. you are an asshole to put it nicely, nobody is feeling sorry for themselves. There are families out there who lost everything and most of them can not afford to start all over!!!! As far as the blog is concerned, Im very proud to live in Nashville, everyone that has been hit by the flood is in my prayers!!!

  555. JSmith

    May 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Rush Limbaugh just read this article on his show today around 1:15 this afternoon…so millions of people are now aware of the situation here in TN. Right on, right on, right on

  556. Edith Watson

    May 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Since I was born and reared in TN and lived in Nashville during WW2, I love the city and was heart broken to hear details of this disaster. It is hard to comprehend how the news media could have ignored such a happening!! It almost seems like the area is invisable. Even when the story came out it almost seemed like a Ho Hum rather than a national disaster!

  557. Edith Watson

    May 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I am a native of TN and this breaks my heart !! Both the disaster and the lack of attention it has gotten by the News Media !! How could this happen !! Can somebody explain??

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  560. GSW

    May 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Obama doesn’t care about white people

  561. Mia

    May 6, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Very well said. Some parts of TN have suffered a great loss. Loss of lives, homes, jobs, and much more. I work in an area that was damaged by the flooding. However, I am trying to have a positive outlook. As we all should. Some peoples lives and TN has changed dramasticly from this natural dizaster. It will take some time to get back to ‘normal’. But we will bounce back and God will provide.

  562. Helena

    May 6, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    A good friend of mine lives in Nashville. Purchased her condo in late Jan. 2010 and finished extensive remodeling last week. The flood has taken everything she owns and worked sooooo hard for. She is so grateful to all the volunteers helping out including Red Cross and her church. Nashville is a beautiful city as we visited her in Feb.this year. She is numb from all that has happened. It’s an overwhelming experience for anyone to go through. These people need all the help they can get.

  563. PatBattle

    May 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Dude, Rush Limbaugh read this blog post on the air today. Rush frickin’ Limbaugh! Love him or hate him, that is big time national coverage thanks to you. Great job…

  564. Dustin

    May 6, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Great article Patten! I have heard that this article is gaining much needed national attention.

  565. Karen B.

    May 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Well looks like you spoke too soon, there has now been looting – I personally recommend that peple get publically flogged as an example what a person should not be.

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  567. Peachfuzz

    May 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Has Obama showed up there…


    They were howling at the moon when Bush didn’t show up on their schedule in New Orleans. Where is all the uproar now?



    • David Stewart

      May 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm

      I have to point out that Katrina was many, many times bigger than this flood. The damage from Katrina was close to $100 billion all told and there were 1,800+ confirmed deaths. That’s roughly 100 times worse than the flooding here.

    • mattw

      May 7, 2010 at 11:12 am

      FEMA did a good job on the cleanup. So did the Tennessee National Guard. That’s part of the reason it has been relatively smooth. You may now go back to your meaningless, racist, acronym-based proganda.

      • TNOne

        May 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm

        I just want to state for the record: I am from TN and absolutely detest this acronym. No matter what party you are associated with, you are American, respect the office, debate policy.

  568. Todd

    May 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Its amazing how Nashville has pulled together in this time of need to help one another.

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  570. Mike

    May 6, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Where were you when the mammoth storms struck Oklahoma City in 1999? Where were you for Hurricane Rita in south Texas and western Louisiana in 2005?

    The rest of the country DOES INDEED sympathize with you, but stop with the “woe is me” crap. Seriously?

    The fact is, the failed bomb in NYC and the oil accident in the Gulf of Mexico is CERTAINLY more important to most Americans. Why are you complaining or pretending to think otherwise?

    You will get your aid, you will bring your city back. But to pretend your story is THE STORY is completely asinine.

  571. Barbara Barfield

    May 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I couldn’t have said it better.

  572. Bo

    May 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I am not a Nashvillian but I do love Nashville! This story touched me when I read it. I have tons of friends that either live in Nashville, Franklin, and all over the city. It saddens me to see that all of these people lost their homes, jobs, and even loved ones. I hope to become a Nashvillian one day!

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  575. Tami Freitas

    May 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I am also SO proud to have lived in Nashville for the past 10 years and TN my whole life! We are definitely the “Volunteer” state and we look out for each other – We are a PROUD city and state!!!

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  577. Laura

    May 6, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Well said from Cellblock 303!! What a fantastic read! I was out of state when the flooding started and had a terrible time trying to get any news about Nashville, and like others resorted to Facebook & twitter, which was much more effective! It is a shame they didn’t get the coverage going in time, but as annoyed as I am about that I am also just as proud of our city and it’s beautiful residents for banning together so quickly and doing so much to help each other! Thanks for writing that!

  578. Hope W. Snowden

    May 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    “We Are Nashville” was beautifully written. I am a native Tennessean and lived 7 years in Nashville. I would never have believed that it could be hit with such devastation; especially from flooding. I’ve also wondered where the coverage was and I think you are completely correct in your speculation.

    I hope to find a way to help. God Bless my beloved Tennessee and Tennesseans.

  579. Beth

    May 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you for this! I live in NYC, and my parents live in Nashville, so it was an eventful weekend for all of us. I was appalled that I had to go online to Nashville stations to find anything about the flood. 🙁 It’s AS if not MORE important than the failed mess up here. I actually yelled at some friends who were in Times Square on Saturday night and have spent the better part of the week being all “OMG! What if…?” and told them “You know what? There are people who are LIVING a “what if” right now, but no one even knows about it, so SHUT UP!”

    I <3 NYC, yes. But I also <3 Nashville!!

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  581. Missy Blades

    May 6, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I would just like to say, yes this is the biggest flood that Nashville has seen but it was not a 500 year flood, the last rain fall on record was back in 1937. I know there were alot of fatalities and alot of destruction, I do feel sorry for those people who lost someone or everything. I live in Kingston Springs and alot of people I know had no house to go home to or had to stay with me because they could not get to their house due to there not being any road to get there. Yes it was bad but we are pulling through and will survive!

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  584. Jolene

    May 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I have never read your blog, was linked there by another. I may not have relatives or a close personal tie to Nashville myself, but I am a proud American. Therefore, I too feel a sense of loss for the folks of Nashville. My thoughts and prayers go to those who are finding their way to, or sifting through the rubble of home.

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  589. Al

    May 6, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    This is a nice little pick-me-up article for the put-upon people of Nashville, just as the people of North Dakota do to pat themselves on the back after a god-forsaken blizzard or the those of us who picked up after the tornado that devastated Princeton Indiana. The simple fact is that you and we are no different from any other community, large or small that has suffered a disaster. If is unfortunate that some have taken this as a knock against NOLA, which I am assuming it was not meant to be.

    For after all, you had easy to reach high ground where there was none to be found after Hurricane Katrina. The lack-luster response to NOLA’s disaster has meant that, for awhile at least, subsequent disasters such as yours will receive heightened attention from government agencies. You haven’t been without civilization long enough to need to loot for survival’s sake. So please, after congratulating yourselves for all you did for each other, count your so very lucky stars that you aren’t New Orleans.

    • Diane

      May 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

      Speaking of higher ground; why the heck would anyone CHOOSE to live in a city below sea level anyway? Just the fact that a person chooses to live there KNOWING the dangers say tons about them to me.

  590. NashvilleBulldawg

    May 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    This reminds me of how MS was basically drown out by NOLA during Katrina. It was always “NOLA has been devastated. Oh, and MS got hit too.”
    I’m proud of my city.

  591. Sue Headc

    May 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    As a former Nashvillean, I am not surprised that the PEOPLE of that great city have pulled together and are helping each other. That is real community and an example for our nation. Please know that people across the country are praying for you in your time of distress and will continue to as homes and lives are rebuilt.

    From a friend in Branson, Missouri

  592. lary

    May 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I live south of Nashville and luckily wasn’t affected by any flooding. It was heartbreaking to see Nashville under water. It’s a beautiful city with beautiful people. It really is charming. There’s no doubt in my mind that things will be cleaned up and repaired and be even better in no time! My heart goes out to those who have lost their loved ones and their belongings.

  593. Fish

    May 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Well written, old friend.

  594. Kelly P

    May 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    This did not effect my home by much but a lot of those that I care about. After I helped my sister clear her home from EVERYTHING that she cared about, I went to her neighbors home and I helped them. Tomorrow, I will do the same. I havent seen my daughter in two days because I am busy helping people clean their home before the rain comes in a few days. Unlike Mike, I have seen many strangers pull together to help one another. I may spend Mothers day, not with my two year old daughter, but with a community of victims cleaning their homes out before the mold sets in. More than half of these people do not have flood insurance because they werent allowed and if they did, they were denied the coverage or given little to nothing coverage. Its horrible. People like Mike will never be happy with themselves so they try to infect other people with it. The police couldnt get to this elder woman because of the flood and her son SWAM with a trash can to her house to be with her and assist her. Two days later, he was able to get her to a safe place and he came back with a truck to help others in the neighbor hood. THATS american. THATS Tennessee. THATS Nashville and if its not something that you can carry with you proudly, then maybe its time that you move somewhere else because you are not going to bring this great state of VOLUNTEERS down!

  595. Natalie

    May 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Hi.. I just ordered two tees and stickers. I lived n Nash 9 years but I am now on the west coast in portland, or. there are a few of us here with varying ties to nashy. Im sick to be so far away from my beloveds during this crisis. Love from way up here is burning strong and the message is getting across.

    Great design. i am so proud of us, Tennessee.. nashville. I will wear it with love and honor.
    Send soon!


  596. Lauren

    May 6, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Two words: Thank You!

  597. sadpanda

    May 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I think it’s pretty sad that this has turned into a pissing contest. Bringing shit up from the past, is that really neccessary? Perhaps some people are over reacting and some are under reacting. Either way emotions will always run high during disasters. God bless all the people steping up to help out, and those that can’t or won’t. It sucks something like this could happen to anyone. I’m thankful the rain stopped when it did. My heart and prayers go out to the families that have lost someone or something during any type of disaster.

  598. Chris

    May 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I posted this on another website, but I thought it would be appropriate here as well. I am from Louisiana and have been following this story as it unfolds. I hope the residents of Tennessee know that there are millions of us out here in “flyover country” that are praying for you. You will survive and prosper because of God and the strength of your character. Enjoy the following rant: 😉

    I wanted to throw this out for the forum members. Where IS the national media 24/7 news coverage of the incredible flooding in Tennessee?

    And where is the President speaking out offering his assistance? Where is FEMA? Where is Geraldo Rivera standing in waste deep water holding a baby with a week old diaper screaming about how the “President needs to do something to HELP THESE PEOPLE!” Where are the telethons with noted thespian Kanye West offering his “unique” insight into race relations? Where is all the sound and commotion that would be happening since this is basically another Katrina?

    Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot. We have a Democrat in office now. There will be no scenes like that. The media will make sure of it. They have a messiah to protect. Besides, it’s only Tennessee. Nothing but a bunch of white, bible-thumping, inbred, bitter gun and religion clinging Republicans. No story here. As far as the dinosaur media is concerned, Tennessee is flyover country.

    And for those of you who just took offense at that last statement, I’m just saying out loud what most Democrats/liberals really think about Tennessee (and the South for that matter). You know it’s true.

    Also, a more relevant reason is that the citizens of Tennessee (unlike the night and day response of New Orleans to Katrina) are helping themselves. They are actually taking individual responsibility (*gasp*) for themselves and their neighbors and taking care of business. They are not waiting for big daddy government to clean up and rebuild. The governor of Tennessee is not on television crying about how difficult things are. The proud citizens of Tennessee are not rioting at the local sports stadium and breaking into every store they can find to steal flat screen televisions and Playstations, because as we all know, that’s the first thing you need to rebuild after a major national disaster even though you have no power and no HOUSE TO PUT THEM IN.

    In other words, the citizens of Tennessee are behaving exactly like Christians should. They are helping their neighbors. They are keeping the faith. They are not sitting around complaining about where their government assistance checks are. They are behaving like ADULTS. And sadly, they are paying the price.

    Because the media and current administration cannot abide a situation like this. They will never reward people, especially Republicans, for showing how pathetic and inept the response of New Orleans was to Katrina. And let’s not forget that Hurricane Katrina also caused massive damage to areas of Mississippi. Once more, the citizens of Mississippi got short shrift by the media because they did not advance the media template of victimhood. The great citizens of Mississippi got out over the next few days after the storm and began rebuilding the area. Thankfully, also they had a real governor in Republican Haley Barbour who demonstrated what real leaders do in times of crisis. Again, I only hope that some of the people who voted for Obama see how Obama’s “Ready from day one” rhetoric has matched up with the reality of his actions. And not just this situation, but the attempted terrorist bombing in Times Square and the continuing oil spill in the Gulf. Where is the President? Where is our leader? No, I don’t expect the President to go out and personally dive down the the sunken oil well and cap it himself. But I do expect him to do something more than go on television and whine that “It’s all BP’s fault!” Hey, Obama, it doesn’t matter right now whose fault it is. There will be plenty of time later on to assign blame for what happened. Right now, we just need you to Man UP and show some leadership in helping handle the crisis. You signed up for the job, now do it.

    So what have we learned here? Well, for starters if you live in a “red” state then don’t expect much help from the Obama administration if you are struck with a natural disaster. And certainly don’t expect the media to show up either. Of course, those of us who live in “red” states probably would not notice. We’ll be too busy rebuilding, cleaning up and working to help our fellow citizens to riot, complain, whine, steal and destroy other people’s property. We let the blue areas of the country do that.

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  600. Jan Fansler

    May 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Very well stated….Middle Tennessee is filled with awesome people. My deepest sympathy to families who lost loved ones and heart felt empathy to all who lost homes.. But you are so right..we will go on..Because that is who we are….

  601. Jan Fansler

    May 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Very well stated….Middle Tennessee is filled with awesome people. My deepest sympathy to families who lost loved ones and heart felt empathy to all who lost homes.. But you are so right..we will go on..Because that is who we are….we are people who always show up to help no matter who..we are people who will go out of our way for each other. Nashville Tn and surrounding towns are known for country music..but we are so much more than that… We do what we are put here to do…love one another. Nashville and all of middle tn. ROCKS.

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  604. Randall

    May 6, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    We ARE….

  605. Chris Cutler

    May 6, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    You hit the nail right on the head.

    As a former Nashville resident (Our former Bellevue neighborhood was hit hard.) and the wife of retired NC5 news director, I am appalled by the lack of coverage by the national media. As you said, there were two other “big” stories last weekend. However, as I have been preaching to people, we learned NOTHING NEW from any of the coverage of those two stories, yet the breaking news banners were reserved for the Gulf and failed bomber while the devastation increased in Nashville.

    Our prayers are with our fellow Nashvillians.

  606. brandie

    May 7, 2010 at 1:29 am

    This really touched my heart, i live in Hopkinsville KY and we all knew about it, but like you said no one is really helping out or making it well known as they should, hopefully soon it will but it should have been well known the day of…..great to see everyone stuck together and got through this terribe time, My prayers are with u all and your familes i hope everythign gets better, what a great town Nashville is!!!!

  607. Andrew

    May 7, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Well written piece and very true. It makes me proud hearing how much my city, being a native Nashvillian, has touched the lives of so many people!

    People who have issues with this article must be missing the point I am pulling from it. People in the middle Tennessee area are not saying the oil spill in the Gulf and the failed terrorist attack in New York are not news we just want people outside of Tennessee to be informed of the disaster. Being that I am a college senior studying Electronic Media Journalism I know why it is more appealing to report the oil spill and failed attack and if you are not sure Patten Fuqua touched on both in the article.

    We can and will bounce back; we have already shown how great of a community Nashville is. If you think we are overreacting and just complaining about media coverage you are tremendously mistaken. I would like to meet one person in middle Tennessee not affected either directly or indirectly by this disaster.

    I have friends and families who have lost everything, but they are grateful to be alive. I have driven in the city and seen the damage first hand, from places of my past that helped shape me into who I am today to places that make Nashville “Music City.”

    We are not asking for anything we can do or get on our own. Nashville is not a city that looks for handouts, that is not the Southern way of life. The people who need help have lost everything but their spirits.

    If you can help out, we could use anything! If you cant or just don’t want to, then don’t. Nashville will survive! Just remember the people who need help do not need the help to go away in a month or two, if you have seen the damage you know this will take a lot of time and money to restore. Being a college student I have little of both but you better believe every minute I do have will be spent helping my neighbors; because I know if I needed their help they would be their for me

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  610. Jonathan Riggs

    May 7, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Thanks, Patten. Great perspective. Go Nashville!

  611. Clyde

    May 7, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Nashville & Tennessee are not forgotten here. Money contributions sent from Maine.

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  613. Steve

    May 7, 2010 at 7:07 am

    This is not about whose disaster is worse. On the scale of bad maybe Katrina was worse, maybe other hurricanes were worse. The point he is making is that the Nashville flood is VERY BAD and ranks up there with other VERY BAD disasters. His second point is that maybe in Nashville the darker side of humanity didn’t come out as much as it did in New Orleans. Hmmm…, maybe but the bright side of humanity shined in both events.

  614. Gertie Toups

    May 7, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I don’t know about the rest of the nation, but here in Houston the New 93Q country radio station is definitely spreading the news of the catastrophe that has hit your city. We totally understand the devastat