John Clore, vp marketing Curb/Word Entertainment
Shortly after his house was hit by a tornado in Mt. Juliet, Clore and his wife, Sarah, met with Billboard at their home.
Days earlier, the couple and their eight- and 10-year-old sons and two dogs hid in a closet on the first floor in the early hours of the morning as a tornado ripped through their street. “That was the first time in seven-and-a-half-years in this house that we all actually got in there -- dogs included,” John says.
“As soon as I got in [the closet] and closed the door, almost immediately the doorknob hit me in the back of the head where that [window] blew open and pushed the door in,” Sarah says, pointing to the window behind her. “We spent the rest of the time just pushing the door closed.”
The side of their home took the brunt of the tornado. The roof is now covered in a blue tarp, while the destroyed garage and side of the house are held up by two temporary support posts. The fence in the backyard is gone, as are a number of trees, yet the basketball hoop still stands.
While the frame of the house is intact, the family’s prized possessions and irreplaceable mementos were stored in the garage, as they had staged their home to sell it. “We sold our house on Friday and it blew away on Monday,” Sarah says. “We bought a house in this neighborhood and it’s totally fine. We broke the contract today and found an apartment.”
One treasured keepsake that survived is the Clore family piano, once owned by John’s great-grandparents, that now sits in his office on Music Row. In an enormous gesture of goodwill, the neighbor whose house the Clores had bought helped with the move. “I don't know a better way to show the full picture of good people caring and helping than that,” John says.