COLD SNAP-TENN FATALITY
Authorities: Fatal crash partly due to icy roads
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say icy road conditions are partly to blame for a fatal car accident in Davidson County.
According to WTVF-TV, investigators say the driver was crossing a bridge in Nashville then lost control and struck a utility pole. They say the driver was speeding. The identity of the victim has not been released.
Weather officials say there are still patches of ice on some roads across the state, but that it's starting to melt as temperatures rise above freezing. The icy conditions have also caused some power outages.
Officials are predicting rain for the middle and eastern part of the state overnight, but don't expect any problems because temperatures will be above freezing.
However, parts of West Tennessee could see frozen precipitation, as temperatures will be around freezing.
Students at elementary school to garden
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Students at Apison Elementary School in Hamilton County will soon be gardening.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the students recently broke ground on the 4,000-square-foot space between the wings of the school.
Part outdoor classroom, part sustainable garden, Principal Ron Hughes says the development will give students a hands-on approach to their learning.
School officials say the garden also will demonstrate the importance of environmental sustainability, a problem they say future generations will continue to face.
Memphis orchestra reaching out to community
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is going to jail - to perform, that is.
Memphis Symphony's community outreach started with visits to schools, neighborhoods, community organizations and other nonprofits.
Some have become well known, such as the music mentoring program at the Soulsville Charter School. Another is the business-oriented Leading from Every Chair workshops on teamwork and leadership.
Rhonda Causie heads MSO's community engagement program and she says new projects are underway or under development.
One is collaborating with Elaine Blanchard's Prison Stories Project. Blanchard, a minister, writer and performance artist, has been working with women inmates at the Shelby County Correctional Center to develop their stories into plays.
Children raise money for food pantry
ALCOA, Tenn. (AP) - A couple of East Tennessee youngsters are making a difference in their community by raising money for a food pantry.
The Daily Times reports Lucah Daugherty and his sister, Bella Grace Daugherty, have been selling bracelets that say "Love Others" for $1 each to students, teachers and staff at the Alcoa schools. All proceeds from the sales go to the Empty Pantry Fund, a food pantry for the poor.
The children's mother, Christy Daugherty, who is a teacher at Alcoa High School, said they got the idea after receiving mail about a charity in Knox County raising money to help feed the hungry during the holiday season.
After some research, they found the Empty Pantry fund in Blount County and decided to raise money for it.
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