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Lincoln Co. tornado survivor thankful for gift of life

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Jewel Koonce turned 82-years-old Sunday and is thankful for the gift of life. Jewel Koonce turned 82-years-old Sunday and is thankful for the gift of life.
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FAYETTEVILLE, TN (WAFF) -

The eastern side of Lincoln County caught much of the fury from tornadoes.

Homes along Price Lane in Fayetteville sustained heavy damage. Much of the Koonce family lived there.

Many crowded into a storm shelter with just a wooden door keeping them safe. Others went to Jewel Koonce's house where seven people crawled under a table while the house tore up around them.

"It's a miracle," said Koonce. "I know I had the lord laying on that table with me, or I wouldn't have been here."

She turned 82-years-old Sunday and is thankful for the gift of life.

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