By Elizabeth O’Farrell
Amid the shade-covered paths winding through Greenwood Cemetery outside of Clarksville there are graves of veterans of every American conflict since the Civil War. The graves of farmers lie downhill from those of merchants. The cemetery shelters all interred here from time, but could not protect the trees which line those paths from the fury of a pair of thunderstorms which ripped them apart this summer.
Greenwood Cemetery, which is owned by the city of Clarksville, has been plagued by the same issues as many other small town cemeteries, according to Helaine Mackey, a resident of the area.
The first storm, which hit in July, did some damage to the cemetery, according to Mackey. But, the second storm, which hit on August 6, did significant damage, downing some trees and sending large branches crashing across roads.
The volunteer Greenwood Cemetery Board mustered enough people to clean up the damage from the first storm, but the second storm is “totally out of our capabilities,” Mackey said.
As a result of the August 6 storm, the cemetery was closed. “The gates were shut and locked,” said Janie Busch, a resident.
“It was dangerous. There were trees blocking roads and branches hanging down everywhere. I knew they wouldn’t have closed the gates if it weren’t necessary,” she said.
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