HACKLEBURG, Alabama- It has been a year since a tornado tore through the small northwestern Alabama town of Hackleburg, wiping out all but one of its commercial buildings and most of its jobs.

There are still many obstacles for the town as it tries to rebuild itself into what the CMT television network once named the "Best Hometown in America." There are signs of a comeback, too.

The city hall has been being rebuilt and there are plans for a new police and fire station. The town's largest employer, a distribution center for Wrangler jeans, is building a new plant at the site where the old one was destroyed.

And the town plans to move forward Saturday with the annual festival that was canceled last year because of the destruction.

BOB JOHNSON Associated Press