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"Anytime there's black ice forming on a bridge, there's instantly wrecks," says Jim Gregory of Goodlettsville Driver Training.
That's why Gregory is teaching student drivers how to survive if they find themselves sliding out of control in winter weather. Gregory spends most of his time helping teens get their driver's licenses, but says even the most experienced drivers can be caught off guard after the first winter storm of the year.
"It's very dangerous because you can't see it before," says Gregory. "Usually you're on top of it before you know it's there."
He says you can't always predict where ice will be or when it will form, but there are ways to be prepared just in case.
"Keep your speed down," says Gregory. "Be looking far ahead so that if other cars are having trouble in an area then you'll see it before you get to it."
Gregory says if all of a sudden your car does start to skid, it's important to keep the wheel straight and avoid the instinct to stop.
"You'll want to not use your brakes and not to panic because most people do panic whenever something happens and usually that makes the situation worse than it was before," says Gregory.
He says there's no good way to try and fight the ice or change direction, and says the best way to survive is simply to stay calm and ride it out.
"Reduce your speed by letting off the accelerator and you'll make it over the ice," says Gregory.
TDOT offers even more winter driving tips. You can find a complete list of those by visiting our website. Just go to Fox17.com and click on FOX LINKS. Parts of the Midstate only got flurries, but when the next round of winter weather strikes, TDOT says it will be ready. COMING UP TONIGHT on FOX17 NEWS, the new system that will make treating the roads a lot easier.
Wednesday, December 26 2012, 09:57 PM CST
Alexander: TVA to help fish hatchery stay open
May 18, 2013 16:33 GMT
ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says the Tennessee Valley Authority will help keep a federal fish hatchery in East Tennessee stay open for at least three more years.
The Erwin National Fish Hatchery has faced closure in the past due to federal budget cuts.
The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/11MN6tv) cited a statement by Alexander that says the TVA has entered into an agreement with state and federal wildlife agencies that has the agency purchasing fish from both of Tennessee's national fish hatcheries for fish mitigation. That also includes the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery.
Meanwhile, the statement says TVA officials will work with state and federal authorities to find a permanent solution.
The TWRA has said the two hatcheries are responsible for raising 60 percent of all trout in Tennessee.
Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.