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When temperatures drop below 32 degrees, even a thin layer of water on the road can freeze into a deadly sheet of ice.
"Anytime there's black ice forming on a bridge, there's instantly wrecks," said Jim Gregory of Goodlettsville Driver Training.
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," Gregory said. "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," Gregory said. "And 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," Gregory said. "Usually that makes the situation worse than it was before."
He says there s no good way to try and fight the ice or change direction and says the best way to survive simply to stay calm and ride it out.
"Reduce your speed by letting off the accelerator and you'll make it over the ice," Gregory said.
Wednesday, December 26 2012, 10:34 PM CST
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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