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"It's very tough," says Juan Cruz, who is homeless. "It's very tough. You can wake up frozen or sick."
They're hungry, and they're homeless.
"I've been out here a few months," says Dustin Ellison. "I know where to go, some people don't know where to go. They try to find a blanket and sleep on the sidewalk."
Come 5am, those that do know where to go come to Room in the Inn Homeless Shelter and Day Center in downtown Nashville, and in record numbers. Over 200 people showed up. Their only defense against the cold? Dressing in layers and bundling up the best they can.
"I have 3 sweaters on, thermals, 2 jackets, and I'm warm right now," says Cruz.
The weather today was unbearable. Inside temperatures are much warmer than that. Homeless men and women are finding comfort. For the program's founder, Father Charles Strobel, it's heartbreaking to watch so many who are suffering.
"In the worst time of the year, in winter, as it is right now, it exposes people to death, disease, and extreme conditions of frost bite," says Father Strobel.
There is comfort in knowing there is a place these people can go, at least for a little while, to escape the numbing reality of the winter cold. Back in 2010, the shelter underwent a $13 million expansion to help meet the growing need of services for the area's homeless population. Our coverage of the cold is far from over. Barak will have the latest on the forecast TONIGHT on FOX17 NEWS. TENNESSEE MORNINGS will also help you get out the door with what you need to know starting at 5am.
Tuesday, January 22 2013, 09:13 PM CST
Work beginning on Civil War park in Knoxville
May 18, 2013 13:12 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Civil War landmark in East Tennessee will soon become a low-impact park that allows public access and preserves the area's historical integrity.
High Ground Park is being created at the site of Fort Higley in south Knoxville, which was manned by Union soldiers during the Siege of Knoxville in 1863.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/11Vb6XJ) reports the park is scheduled to open on Nov. 27, which is the 150th anniversary of the construction of Fort Higley.
Bob Young, who has been involved in the effort to preserve the site, says it is "a treasure."
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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