Storm may force retiree back to into workforce

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Half an hour after midnight, there was a loud pop, then a second and then it hit the house.

That's how Curtis Davenport, 518 Maple St., described how his home was damaged by one of the big storms that swept across Middle Tennessee late last month.

His 23-year-old daughter, Rachel, also heard the pop, and has come to realize the hardships that have followed.

Her father's been retired from teaching and now feels as though he has little choice but to go back to work to have money to pay for the repairs his house needs.

He called his insurance agent, and because the house burned a couple of years ago, the company's agent felt he had to be clear about the situation with Davenport, the homeowner said.

"'If we file the claim,'" Davenport said quoting his agent - who he declined to name publicly - "they'll probably drop you.'"

The tree broke a chain link fence, bent the rain gutters and may have damaged the roof, Davenport said.

Meanwhile, he said, Lewisburg continues to feel the recessionary effects of the national economy.

Davenport said the tree limbs and trunk were to be hauled away by men who will use it for fire wood.