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Frigid cold doesn't stop work for many in Middle TN

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The coldest temperatures in decades left a layer of ice in Middle Tennessee, but it was the below-zero wind chill that had many people piling on layers if they had to be outside.

The icy deep-freeze settled in with no relief until later in the week, and the morning sun did little to warm folks like Preston Adams, who huddled at an east Nashville bus stop after his doctor's appointment.

"I'm no driver. I don't like to drive at all," Adams said.

There were scattered power outages across the area, and fortunately, Stan Lawrence's electricity was only out an hour or two.

"We woke up this morning, and it was colder than we expected. We went to turn on the coffeemaker and realized we had no power," Lawrence said.

It's a good thing power came back quickly. His back-up plan was to start a fire.

"But I just had the fireplace inspected, and the chimney is not useable," Lawrence said.

Stephen Nichols sells The Contributor newspaper and said taking a day off is not an option. It's too cold in the homeless camps, anyway, he said.

"I've got long johns, two or three sweatshirts, a couple of coats and some handwarmers," Nichols said. "Lot of us go in, got to get something to eat for a while, then get back out and try to make a profit off these papers."

Business was slow for people selling The Contributor, because when they could, commuters heeded the warnings and stayed home.

Those lucky enough to stay home might have found less to watch on TV. Cable equipment doesn't work so well at these temperatures, so Comcast added extra workers to make repairs.

"Just give us a little time. We should probably have everybody back on by this evening," said Comcast employee Dennis Hill.

The brutally cold weather complicates life unless you're in school. Winter vacations are being extended at least another day for many school districts.

"Bundle up, drink hot cocoa. It's a lifesaver," said Nashville student Frederick Behaylo, 14.

The temperature is forecast to remain brutally cold for days, so emergency management officials will continue patrolling the streets starting Monday at 10 p.m. for anyone still outside.

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