Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Pray for Union University

Tornado strikes Union University
By Staff

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Union University in Jackson, Tenn., sustained heavy tornado damage Tuesday evening at approximately 7 pm when a line of heavy thunderstorms rushed through the area.

At 8:15 central, news and information director, Tim Ellsworth, reported that students were still trapped by debris in their dorms. At least four of those students have been rescued. Dorms in both the men's and women's areas have been destroyed.

"We currently have no serious injuries that we know of and rescue operations are still continuing," Ellsworth said. "Many buildings sustained heavy damage."

The Union University Web site is down and Ellsworth said the school is trying to find an alternate means for posting information. Currently Ellsworth said the school is working on an alternative means of trying to provide parents with information but that power was completely out on campus.

Ellsworth reported that many cars on campus sustained damage. The roof on Jennings Hall was nearly completely gone as well as other buildings having sustained damage.

Classes have been cancelled at least for the rest of the week.

More information will be released as it becomes available.
Compiled by Chris Turner, media relations manager for LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.


Shannon Kish said...

This is difficult to hear as this is my alma mater. I was a student during the Nov. 2002 tornado that hit Jackson and Union and remember how horrible it was then. I cannot imagine being there now, as many students are now homeless and the damage is so much more severe.

My heart goes out to the students/families/faculty of Union University.

Union University '05

M. Inman said...


I am a student at union and am trying to continue updating photos from the campus wreckage. I was able to post some last night here:

obvisouly the jackson sun (local newspaper) and major news stations are also posting as many photos and as much information as possible.

I believe they are working to get the websight back up, as many parents and frineds are trying to find out other information.

Thanks for reprting this for us, and thanks for your work and prayers.


Thomas Clay said...


You need to delete the pic at the website you gave as a link that is offensive!

Shannon Kish said... is a website set up by the IT dept of Union for communication while their website is down.

Thank you for the pictures Mark!

B Nettles said...

Thanks for posting the info. Everyone is asking "What are you going to do about the semester?" Please remember this is just day two. Please give us more than 6 days. Dockery is a sharp fellow, but even he has human limitations ;)

by the way, I met the Olives last Sunday.

Tom said...

Thanks for the updated info and pictures. Bill, I was relieved to learn that you and all the others in the Union family were spared--though no doubt many are suffering severely in the wake of the storms. We are praying and want to be a part in the rebuilding effort.

Glad you met the Olives. We miss them.