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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
Prince Edward presents Edinburgh's awards in Tenn.
May 23, 2013 22:00 GMT
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville on Thursday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.
About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, LEAD Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy or the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
Following the event, Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam invited the awardees and their families to tea inside the governor's residence. Later on Thursday, the prince was scheduled to headline a black-tie gala at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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