Memorial sculpture for Cookeville tornado victims to be built at park

A memorial sculpture for the Cookeville tornado victims is planned to be built at Dogwood Park.
A memorial sculpture for the Cookeville tornado victims is planned to be built at Dogwood Park.(City of Cookeville)
Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 10:03 AM CDT
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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A bronze sculpture, aimed at memorializing the lives lost when an EF-4 tornado ripped through Cookeville, will be built at Dogwood Park, Mayor Ricky Shelton announced on Facebook.

The tornado killed 19 people on March 3, 2020.

Shelton said members of the Leadership Putnam Class of 2022, Emily Gibson, Geoff Root, Tyler Mitchell and John W. Smith, raised $85,000 in donations for the sculpture project, which costs about $105,000 in total. The Cookeville City Council voted to contribute the final $20,000 at its last meeting.

A memorial sculpture for the Cookeville tornado victims will be built at Dogwood Park, Mayor...
A memorial sculpture for the Cookeville tornado victims will be built at Dogwood Park, Mayor Ricky Shelton said.(City of Cookeville)

Artist Brad Sells designed the sculpture and sculptor David Fricke is constructing it, Shelton said.

It will be installed at the park next year before the third anniversary of the March 3 tornado.

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