LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Mayor Will Hill and other city administrators held a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the Louisville Shelter to the community Thursday.
They held the ceremony in conjunction with the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet.
The banquet recognizes notable businesses and business professionals in Louisville.
A list of awards were given to deserving folks, such as Man of the Year, Woman of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hill said he was excited to honor those affected by the deadly tornado on April 28, 2014 and to celebrate excellence in the community.
He said the idea to build a storm shelter was discussed even before the deadly tornado happened.
Eight years ago, an EF-4 tornado swept through Louisville and killed three people. Another EF-4 tornado hit Louisville in April 2014 killing 10 people.
The shelter sits on the corner of West College Street and North Columbus Avenue near Fair Elementary School.
The shelter has a wide-open floor space, accommodates almost 2,000 people and will be used as a community center in addition to its primary use as a shelter.