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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.
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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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