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The sun was down and the wind was roaring Wednesday night but Nashville Rescue Mission head chaplain Ed Grimes patrolled the night, in search of the homeless in the coldest parts of downtown Nashville.
Grimes picks up the homeless and brings them back to the downtown mission, where they can sit in one of 400 seats in the chapel and sleep in one of 800 beds.
"In these freezing temperatures, we want to get them out of those freezing temperatures and get them into a warm place where they'll have a bed or a place to sit and for sure some food to eat," Grimes said.
Grimes says for those who don't have a roof over their heads, freezing temperatures can be deadly.
"We're very conscious of the fact that there are people out there who could suffer frost bite," Grimes said. "We want to try to avoid that and possible hypothermia and somebody being out there and even dying."
Which is why for Grimes, patrolling the streets is so important on cold nights, and no matter how many people he can bring in for the night, even one lost life, is one too many.
"Thankfully we have a place like the Nashville Rescue Mission and other shelters where people can go but it does happen," Grimes said.
Wednesday, Grimes said he expected all 800 beds to be full for the night.
Wednesday, December 26 2012, 10:34 PM CST
Courthouse in line for repairs, updates
May 25, 2013 15:50 GMT
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials in Coffee County are looking to update their historic courthouse instead of replacing the 141-year-old structure.
After all, they said the building is in pretty good shape. As far as repairs, it just needs some new paint and molding, as well as work to repair some water damage. But county maintenance director Robert Gilliam says the entire structure needs updating in order to make it last until the next century.
Gilliam and County Mayor David Pennington told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/19ivpQ6 ) that officials have taken care to maintain the building and it hasn't had any major renovations in decades.
Historical society spokeswoman Joanna Lewis said the group is trying to come up with fundraising ideas for the project.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
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