Nashville was hit hard this year with a tornado in March that plummeted down on Jefferson street, a vital artery that linked historical Nashville to the new Nashville. Tennessee State University (TSU) and many of its neighboring small businesses felt the brunt that left buildings with their roofs ripped off and classrooms in ruins.

“Three of the four buildings on the TSU main campus were totally destroyed, and the welfare of the animals and greenhouses are still in question,” says Professor Fitzroy Bullock of the TSU Department of Agriculture and Environmental Science. “The entire agricultural farm [on the main campus] was basically wiped out to the ground. That includes about eight greenhouses, eight cookhouses, the farm shop, our conference center, the educational building, about 450 acres of land… all of those were completely wired out to the ground.”

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