COLDEST IN 47 YEARS, SAY OLD TIMERS: The mercury plummeted to anywhere from 20 to 2 degrees below zero here today, depending on the location and accuracy in thermometers, but undoubtedly 16 to 12 below readings were accurate in view of the fact that so many residents report these sub-zero recordings. Tennessee Nursery company’s thermometers, government tested, recorded a low of 14 below at 6 a.m. They stood 10 below at 8 a.m. and 4 below at 9 a.m. Charleston reported a low of 13 and from Dry Valley G.L. Ledford reported 20 degrees. U.S. River Gauger Tom Bates in Charleston said that ice floes are floating down the Hiwassee, but that due to the rise and fall of the river by Parksville dam flow, there is no chance for the river to freeze.
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