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Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN – Twenty years ago, on January 22nd, 1999, a powerful E3 tornado ripped its way across the Austin Peay State University (APSU) campus, causing millions of dollars in damages that, according to the Tennessean, resulted in “The largest single property loss in state history.”
When the winds finally stopped, hundred-year-old trees were uprooted, and iconic buildings such as Harned Hall stood in ruins.
In the weeks and months that followed, Austin Peay State University’s Office of Public Relations and Marketing worked to inform the community about the campus’ recovery efforts.
Here’s a look at some stories to come out of that office during the Spring 1999 semester.
January 23rd, 1999
APSU President calls Sunday meeting for Faculty, Staff
January 25th, 1999
APSU ‘Operation Restoration’ is full steam ahead; classes resume January 28th
January 27th, 1999
WAPX, APSU’s radio station, is on air 24 hours, seven days a week
January 29th 1999
APSU clock still chiming
“The winds took off the cupola on top of the building, but the clock is still operable,” Coke said. “When you think about the force (of the tornado), we were very lucky.”
February 18th, 1999
APSU’s Bosendorfer piano damaged, another to be bought
Three of APSU’s piano faculty – Dr. Jeffrey Wood, Dr. Patricia Halbeck and Anne Glass – traveled to Vienna from February 27tth-March 3rd to pick out and purchase a replacement from the Bosendorfer factory showroom. Tennessee Risk Management state insurance defrayed the cost of faculty travel and the new piano.
March 3rd, 1999
APSU hosts Sawyer Brown for benefit concert
About 4,000 people filled the APSU Dunn Center for the concert, which raised $13,342.86. The money was divided between APSU and the City of Clarksville.
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