October 22, 2014
JACKSON, MS– April 28, 2014, a series of tornadoes hit Mississippi ravaging the lives of many including Randy Hodges. Like many, his family lost their home that day. Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s (MPB) original documentary “Mississippi by Storm” looks back at the devastation and how the power of the human spirit led to the recovery that continues six months later. The hour-long program premiers on MPB TV at 8 p.m. on Oct. 28.
“One of our jobs at MPB is to tell stories,” said MPB Executive Director Ronnie Agnew. “This story is one of devastation and heartbreak as well as the recovery that’s occurred since. The recovery in Louisville and Tupelo has reaffirmed the faith in the human spirit and the Mississippi people.”
“Mississippi by Storm” visits several towns around the state affected by the storms. One of the communities hit the hardest was Randy Hodges’ home of Louisville. The east Mississippi town suffered substantial damage with most deaths occurring in this area but like many who call this place home, Hodges and his family are here to stay and rebuild.
“We are going to get this thing cleaned up and we’re going to build a house right here,” said Hodges. “It won’t be the same house but it will be our home.”
For more information about “Mississippi by Storm”visit www.mpbonline.org.
Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) provides instructional and public affairs programming to Mississippians through its statewide television and radio network. MPB enhances the work of educators, students, parents and learners of all ages by providing informative programming and educational resources. MPB’s locally-produced programming focuses on the people, resources and attractions that reflect Mississippi’s unique culture and diverse heritage. Children’s television programs constitute a major portion of the daytime and weekend morning schedules. MPB provides a valuable resource to Mississippians in disseminating information as part of the state’s emergency preparedness and response system. Since 1970, MPB has won over 400 national, regional and statewide awards, including Emmy®, Edward R. Murrow and Parents’ Choice® Awards. For more information on MPB, its programs, mission or educational resources, please visit www.mpbonline.org.