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Old School, Schools Out! - 12/10/13

  I live in Sumner County and got up at 5:00a.m. to see if my oldest had to go to school today because of the snow.  I turned the tv on to Fox 17 and there scrolling at the bottom of the screen were the school closings.  Being impatient before it got to Sumner County, I already had the I-Pad opened and had the full list at my fingertips at fox17.com.

  After I walked upstairs to tell my teenager she could turn her alarm off and relax, school had been cancelled, I turned on the radio to help me get back to sleep.  As I listened, I remember when I was a child growing up in Kentucky.  The radio was how we found out whether we had school.  There are 120 counties in Kentucky and a big snow event meant a long list of counties provided by the Associated Press.  The radio stations read them county after county.  Sometimes it would take several minutes to get through them all.

  I couldn't help but smile as I thought about that.  If you tuned in late, you'd have to wait for the next school closing list to be read at the bottom of the hour.  The old days certainly stand out in my memory but it sure is convenient to go to the web and get the information you're looking for in seconds.  You can be back under the covers and back to sleep which is exactly what I did this morning. 

 

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