JARRELL, Texas (KXAN) - Locals rarely talk about the F-5 tornado that killed 27 people in Jarrell on May 27, 1997. These days, conversations center around the big changes coming to the small town.
A lot of it can be spotted while driving down Interstate 35. A new water tower stands tall above the city on the west side of the highway. On the east side, drivers can see the roofs of new homes littering the landscape.
The city, which was an unincorporated township in 1997, now has its own sewer system and is working on a new water system.
"We've come to accept the city is definitely growing," said Mayor Pro Tem Larry Bush.
He says the changes are attracting companies, jobs and a growing tax base. New schools and population numbers prove more families are moving to town.
In 2010, there were 9,281 people living in the Jarrell Independent School District boundaries. In 2012, that number was 10,100.
Kevin Aaronson and his wife moved to Jarrell three years ago
"As soon as we got married we moved up here," said Aaronson. "I work in Georgetown and she works in Temple. So it's a good middle place."
His father owns the construction company in charge of building homes in the Sonterra subdivision -- which claims to be the second fastest-growing subdivision in Williamson County. Kevin does the accounting for the business.
"We do maybe five houses a week," said Aaronson.
The city does not see the growth slowing down anytime soon. Economic experts predict by 2015, there could be as many as 14,000 people who call Jarrell home.
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