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The Southern Democrat, November 16, 1983

Station leveled

A heap of twisted rubble and a concrete foundation were the remains of the Pine Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department building following an early Tuesday morning twister that skipped across northeast Alabama.

The tornado touched down at the southwestern site somewhere around 1:30 a.m., with volunteer fire and rescue units arriving on the scene immediately to stop a leakage of gasoline from nearby tanks and to begin salvage work. The departments two fire trucks received minor damage at the site and the unit’s new rescue truck was undamaged as it was parked at a member’s home.

The community’s center was untouched by the storm, and there were no other reports of damage or injuries in the county.


Quick action by Oneonta firemen kept two minor fires last week from developing into major blazes. Firemen extinguished a box of smoldering ashes left on a local resident’s porch Thursday, and put out a minor blaze caused by cigarette ashes falling on a stuffed couch at another residence later that evening.

Panthers shut out Eagles 28-0 in playoffs

Blount County’s only team to make the playoffs didn’t last long. Collinsville showcased 4.6 speed at several positions in the backfield and defeated Appalachian 28-0 last Friday night.

Although the Eagle defense has proven itself capable throughout the season, the speed of the Panther backfield was too much to overcome.