Cranberries Singer Mourned as ‘Voice of a Generation’

She was ‘full of life’ in voicemail hours before death

By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2018 4:05 AM CST
Updated Jan 16, 2018 5:44 AM CST

(NEWSER) – Fans, family members, and fellow musicians are mourning Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, who died suddenly in London Monday. Dan Waite, manager of rock label Eleven Seven International, says he is stunned by the death of his longtime friend, who left him a voicemail just hours before her death. He says she told him she was looking forward to seeing him in the studio Monday, when she was to have recorded vocals for hard rock band Bad Wolves’ cover of the Cranberries hit “Zombie.” “She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week,” Waite tells People. “The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children, and her mother,” he says.

O’Riordan was found dead at a hotel Monday morning and police in London say the death is being treated as “unexplained,” the AP reports. She had suffered from both physical and mental health problems for years and had to cut short a Cranberries tour last year because of back problems. She spoke openly about her battles with depression, saying last year: “You get ups as well as downs. Sure, isn’t that what life’s all about?” Among the many fans paying tribute Monday was Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. “For anyone who grew up in Ireland in the 1990s, Dolores O’Riordan was the voice of a generation,” he tweeted. “As the female lead singer of a hugely successful rock band, she blazed a trail and might just have been Limerick’s greatest ever rock star. RIP.”

http://www.newser.com/story/254155/oriordan-was-full-of-life-in-message-hours-before-death.html

The texts loved ones sent during the Hawaii missile alert mishap

By Paul P. Murphy; Video by Luke Rotzler and Samantha Guff, CNN
Updated 10:25 PM ET, Mon January 15, 2018

(CNN)Hawaiian residents and vacationers spent 38 horrific minutes preparing for an incoming ballistic missile and possible death on Saturday, until the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency corrected a false alarm message.

Some of their family members tried to warn others of the impending danger they thought was headed to the islands; others said their goodbyes.
Sara Donchey, in Hawaii

“I was in a bit of a stupor because I had just woken up from a nap,” said Donchey, an anchor at CNN affiliate KPRC in Houston who was visiting Hawaii. “The first thing I noticed was nine missed calls from my dad, then my mom’s texts telling me to take shelter and that she loved me.”

“Perhaps the most upsetting part came several hours afterward, when I realized the agony my mother went through for those 38 minutes,” she says. “She thought her daughter was going to die alone. No one would console her. That’s what I felt the worst about.

Stephanie Warner, family in Hawaii

“When I read the text, Ben, Abbey and I were just watching TV so we started Googling looking for answers,” says Warner. “Sarah didn’t know any more than the alert she received so she didn’t have many answers either.”

“I think we were too shocked to react emotionally,” Warner remembers. “I just wanted to know why I couldn’t find any information on what was happening. … Sarah sent us a picture of a sleepy Emmalinn to calm us down, which was appreciated.”

“I don’t think the reality of what was happening hit me until a few hours later when she FaceTimed me with Emma,” Warner says. “I went into a panic mode of how do we fix this? Can they come home? Can Blaine find a new career? Would it matter if they did any of that if this is what the world is coming to? I felt very small and helpless. I’ve been reading most of the articles that have been released since and I think it really hits home knowing this is a reality. It could happen at any moment and again, there’s nothing we can do about it but pray that everything is in control.”
Lori Citro, daughter in Hawaii

“[The other family members] had the wherewithal to check if it was a hoax,” Citro said. “I just melted down and cried and sobbed. Couldn’t even think straight. Seemed like an eternity.”

“I had a total meltdown at the restaurant sobbing crying and barely able to read the rest of the messages,” Citro said in a Facebook post. “The good-byes, ‘I love yous’ and finally quite thankfully, the message it was a mistake or a hoax.”

“My daughter was going to die, today, alone,” Citro remembers thinking. “I wanted to run from the restaurant and fly to Hawaii to be with her.”
Kimberly McMurray, in Hawaii
“My first initial thought was pure fear at the idea that my 2-year-old daughter’s life was going to be instantaneously cut short,” said McMurray. “That melded into the thought on what was it going to feel like – would I die in the initial blast or get lingering affects from the radiation exposure and die later on?”

“I wasn’t sure if I should text my family because I was honestly more worried about the fear and helplessness they would feel,” McMurray remembers thinking. “I debated sending a text at all, but felt that if I only had minutes left, I wanted them to know we loved them.
Chris Sutherland, daughter in Hawaii
“Helpless,” Sutherland wrote on Facebook. “The feeling you have when your daughter sends you the following text…”

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/15/us/texts-hawaii-missile-alert-mishap-trnd/index.html

Hawaii: Employee Sent False Missile Alert With 2 Clicks (with NO way to cancel!)

Worker has been ‘temporarily reassigned’

By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2018 5:16 AM CST
Updated Jan 15, 2018 6:33 AM CST

(NEWSER) – After Saturday morning’s missile scare, Hawaii says it’s changing procedures so that it’s no longer possible for an employee to accidentally terrify the entire state with two clicks of a mouse. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi explained Sunday that the inbound missile alert was sent by a member of his team during a routine test that happens at the start of every shift, NBC News reports. Miyagi said he took responsibility for the error and the 38-minute delay in issuing an all-clear. Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza explained that an employee chose the wrong option from a drop-down menu, activating a missile warning instead of a test alert, Reuters reports. The employee then clicked “Yes” when the system asked whether he wanted to proceed, Rapoza said.

Rapoza said the employee responsible has been “temporarily reassigned” to other duties. Miyagi said procedures are being changed and from now on, activation of the test and a real incoming-missile alert will require two people, and a command that can cancel a mistaken activation within seconds will be created, USA Today reports. He said the reason it took so long to cancel Saturday’s alert was because no such button was in place. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, whose agency is investigating the incident, said Sunday that it appears “reasonable safeguards” were lacking. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that President Trump praised Hawaiian officials Sunday for taking responsibility. “I think it’s terrific,” he said. “They took responsibility. They made a mistake.”

http://www.newser.com/story/254097/hawaii-employee-sent-false-missile-alert-with-2-clicks.html

Trump Says Durbin ‘Blew DACA’ With Accusation

The president also says the Democratic senator ‘blew DACA’
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 15, 2018 7:15 PM CST

(NEWSER) – President Trump is accusing Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of misrepresenting the discussion on immigration during a recent meeting at the White House. And he says the Illinois senator is threatening prospects for a deal to protect certain immigrants, per the AP. Trump tweeted Monday: “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military.” It’s at this meeting last Thursday where Trump is said to have used a vulgarity to describe African countries.

Durbin—the only Democrat in attendance—told reporters that Trump made the comments that were attributed to him. Trump and fellow Republicans have disputed public accounts of the discussion. Some say Trump did not use the word. Recently some sources claimed the president used a different, but similar-sounding, vulgarity. Trump has said comments attributed to him weren’t made.

http://www.newser.com/story/254148/trump-says-durbin-blew-daca-with-accusation.html

Why no one should believe Trump’s ‘shithole countries’ denial

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large

(CNN) On Friday morning, 15 hours after it was first reported that Donald Trump had referred to various sovereign nations as “shithole countries,” the President took to Twitter to deny it.

“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” he tweeted. “What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!” Minutes later, Trump added: “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”
CNN’s Jake Tapper has reported that Trump did not specifically use the word “shithole” with regard to Haiti but rather with regard to countries in Africa.
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat who was in the Oval Office on Thursday for the now-infamous immigration meeting, spoke out publicly Friday morning to insist that the reporting of what Trump said (and about whom) was entirely accurate.

You’ve seen the comments in the press,” Durbin said at an event in Chicago. “I’ve not read one of them that’s inaccurate. To no surprise, the President started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. It is not true.”
So, here we are. Who do we believe: the President of the United States or a sitting Democratic senator — and loads of media outlets (including CNN) that have confirmed that Trump used the word “shithole” to describe certain countries that were sending immigrants to the US?
We are now certain to see the disagreement play out.
The problem here for Trump is that he has a massive — the biggest! — credibility problem of his own making.

By The Washington Post’s count, Trump has made more than 2,000 false or misleading statements since being sworn in as President. That’s more than five lies or distortions a day — ranging from his insistence that he had the biggest inauguration crowed ever (he didn’t) to his oft-repeated claim that the US is the highest-taxed nation in the world (it isn’t) to his insistence that he ended Obamacare (he didn’t).
Trump’s casual relationship with the truth extends back well before he became President. His claims about Mexico sending “rapists” and “criminals” across the border, his insistence that he saw Muslims celebrating in northern New Jersey on the night of September 11, 2001, his suggestion that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father might have been involved in the assassination of President John Kennedy, his alleged initial support for the war in Iraq, his longtime belief that President Barack Obama was not born in this country — all provably false. And that’s the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Trump’s lies on the campaign trail. How about his accusation Friday that it was Obama’s decision to move the US Embassy in London? That decision was made during the Bush administration — a fact easily obtainable for Trump. He used the embassy accusation as an excuse to cancel an upcoming to trip to London, where massive protests against him were likely.
Trump's 'shithole' remark was a shocker, but hardly a departure
Trump’s ‘shithole’ remark was a shocker, but hardly a departure
This behavior also predates Trump’s career in politics. Never forget that Trump created a character — named “John Barron” — from scratch so that he could brag about the virility and sexual appeal of Donald Trump (aka him) to New York reporters in the 1980s.
Even the specific timeline of events surrounding the “shithole countries” comment undermine Trump’s claim this morning that he never made the comment.
Almost immediately after The Washington Post broke the news on Thursday night, White House spokesman Raj Shah was out with a statement that not only seemed to confirm that Trump had said what he said but also worked to defend it.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” Shah said.

Then, soon after Shah’s comment, came this from an anonymous White House official to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, “The President’s ‘shithole’ remark is being received much differently inside of the White House than it is outside of it. Though this might enrage Washington, staffers predict the comment will resonate with his base, much like his attacks on NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem did not alienate it.”
According to Collins, Trump spent Thursday evening making calls to friends and associated to gauge how they believed the “shithole countries” story was playing. One White House official told Collins that Trump’s calls amounted to a “victory lap.”
If Trump had really not used the word “shithole” (or something very like it), then why would the White House not come out and issue a blanket denial and a condemnation of the reporting? Why, rather than doing that, would they issue a statement that sought to own his “shithole countries” comment and make political hay out of it?
The answer, of course, is because he said it.
Trump's comments threaten already-delicate DACA talks
Trump’s comments threaten already-delicate DACA talks
Trump is someone who is has spent his entire adult life telling himself a story of that life in which he is always the underappreciated hero. Whether that story he tells himself comports with accepted facts — and it often does not — is entirely besides the point for Trump. And, he surrounds himself with people who tell him that whatever he says or does — up to and including “shithole” — is “right on, boss” and “great move, Mr. President. Nailed it!” So, his own tendency to live in a world of his own creation is reinforced by a positive feedback loop — the worst of all possible scenarios for someone who is the President of the United States.
In short: Nothing in Trump’s political or professional life lends him the sort of credibility that should convince you he didn’t say what we all know he said on Thursday in the Oval Office. In fact, everything we know from even the most surface-level study of Trump’s 71 years on Earth suggests he absolutely, 100% said “shithole countries.”

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/12/politics/durbin-trump-shithole-analysis/index.html

International Blues Challenge 2018: One of the blues world’s biggest gatherings returns to Memphis

Bob Mehr, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

In just a matter of days, 232 acts from 40 states and 13 countries will arrive in town for the annual International Blues Challenge. Presented by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, the event — which marks the 34th edition of the competition — has become one of the blues world’s most important gatherings.

In addition to the main IBC competition — which will run for three nights on Beale Street before the finals at the Orpheum — the annual five-day extravaganza includes youth, international and regional blues society showcases, film screenings, panels, symposiums and the Keeping the Blues Alive awards presentation.

► More: Blues Music Awards: Don Bryant, Mavis Staples among nominees

The IBC is expected to draw an average of 2,500 to 3,500 attendees each night when it begins Tuesday.

For those wishing to attend, the Blues Foundation is selling a $100 pass that covers all events, and is available at blues.org. Single-day wristbands on Tuesday and Wednesday are available for $10. Thursday and Friday wristbands are $15. Tickets to the Saturday finals at the Orpheum are $55.

Here are some of the highlights from IBC week schedule:

 

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17

Pacific Northwest Showcase

11:00 a.m., Club 152 (1st floor), 152 Beale Street

The Pacific Northwest acts entered in the 2018 IBC will appear as part of a showcase hosted by the Pacific Northwest Affiliated Blues Societies.

Roots & Blues Showcase presented by Blind Raccoon & Nola Blue

Noon (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), Purple Haze Night Club, 140 Lt. General W. Lee

A variety of acts will perform as part of the Roots & Blues showcase daily from Wednesday through Friday. The event will also feature Benny Turner signing copies of his new book. All proceeds benefit the HART Fund.

John Oates will be discussing his memoir, “Change of Seasons,” and his new folk-blues album “Arkansas” during an event at the Blues Hall of Fame Museum on Wednesday.
John Oates will be discussing his memoir, “Change of Seasons,” and his new folk-blues album “Arkansas” during an event at the Blues Hall of Fame Museum on Wednesday. (Photo: Rick Diamond, Getty Images for IEBA)
A conversation and book signing with John Oates 3:15 p.m., Blues Hall of Fame Museum, 421 S. Main St.

Singer/songwriter John Oates will discuss his memoir, “Change of Seasons”, and his new album, “Arkansas,” a tribute to Mississippi bluesman John Hurt, which includes his interpretations of classic Delta blues songs as well as original tracks. “Change of Seasons” will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to The Blues Foundation.

International Blues Challenge

4:30 p.m., various venues on Beale Street

The first round of the International Blues Challenge kicks off on Wednesday afternoon. A full schedule will be available at blues.org. IBC Pass or Wristband required for entry to all clubs and venues.

THURSDAY, JAN. 18

Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase

11:30 a.m., Kooky Canuck Restaurant, 87 S. 2nd St.

Downtown’s Kooky Canuck will host the Ottawa Blues Society as they showcase some of the many Canadian acts performing at the IBC. Free.

The Women in Blues Showcase

11:30 a.m., Alfred’s, 197 Beale St.

The Women In Blues House Band will back a number of female blues artists — including Rae Gordon, Bridget Kelly Fik, Kathy & The Kilowatts and Marija Gasparic, among others — with a special closing performance by Redd Velvet. Donations will go to The Blues Foundation’s Generation Blues Scholarship Fund, providing resources for youth musicians to attend summer blues camps and workshops. Donations accepted.

Mississippi Fred McDowell is the subject of “Shake ‘Em on Down,” a documentary screening as part of the IBC on Thursday.
Mississippi Fred McDowell is the subject of “Shake ‘Em on Down,” a documentary screening as part of the IBC on Thursday. (Photo: Submitted)
Shake ‘Em on Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell

1 p.m., Blues City Café, 138 Beale St.

A documentary film by Joe York and Scott Barretta, this one-hour film tells the story of Fred McDowell, who was first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959, mentored Bonnie Raitt, and served as the cornerstone of the unique and enduring North Mississippi style of blues music. Barretta will attend and hold a Q&A after the screening. Wristband entry.

Panel: Blues and Social Action

2:45 p.m., Doubletree Hotel (Grand Ballroom), 185 Union Ave.

This panel will explore the use blues music to create a better world. Panelists include Mike Kappus. “Little Steven” Van Zandt, Jim Pugh and Dr. Janice Johnston. The event will also include a Q&A session. Free and open to the public.

International Blues Challenge

4:30 p.m., various venues on Beale Street

The second round of the International Blues Challenge takes place Thursday afternoon.A full schedule of performers will be available at blues.org. IBC pass or wristband required for entry to all clubs and venues.

FRIDAY, JAN. 19

Keeping the Blues Alive Awards luncheon

11 a.m. Doubletree Hotel (Grand Ballroom), 185 Union Ave.

The annual Keeping the Blues Alive Awards luncheon will recognize the behind-the-scenes figures who “work to share, promote, and bring greater awareness to the blues genre.” $50.

Youth Showcases

4:20 p.m., various clubs on Beale Street

Developing blues talent will be highlighted during the IBC Youth Showcase. Youth Showcase performances will lead directly into the semifinal rounds of the IBC.

International Blues Challenge semifinals

5:20 p.m., various clubs on Beale Street

The semifinal round of the International Blues Challenge.

Former Muddy Waters sideman Bob Margolin leads the VizzTone showcase at Beale’s Rum Boogie on Jan. 19.
Former Muddy Waters sideman Bob Margolin leads the VizzTone showcase at Beale’s Rum Boogie on Jan. 19. (Photo: Special to the Free Press)
VizzTone’s Blues Party on Beale

Immediately following the IBC semifinals, Rum Boogie Café, 182 Beale St.

Led by Muddy Waters’ guitarist Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, this showcase will feature VizzTone and BratGirlMedia artists. All proceeds to benefit Generation Blues.

Saturday, Jan. 20

International Blue Challenge Finals

Noon, Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St.

The doors to the Orpheum Theatre will open at 11:30 a.m. for seating for the 34th Annual International Blues Challenge finals. Pre-purchased premium seating will be reserved in the center front of the Orchestra. The finals will begin promptly at noon. IBC pass or finals ticket required for entry.

Generation Blues Play-It-Forward Fundraiser

Immediately following the IBC finals, Hard Rock Café, 126 Beale St.

The music continues once the finals are over with the Andy T Band and surprise guests. All donations ($10 suggested) benefit Generation Blues.

2018 International Blues Challenge

The event runs Tuesday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 20 at various venues on and around Beale Street.

The Blues Foundation is selling a $100 pass that covers all events. Single-day wristbands are available for $10 for Tuesday and Wednesday events. Thursday and Friday wristbands are $15. Tickets to the Saturday finals at the Orpheum are $55.

To purchase, go to blues.org or call 901-527-2583. For a full list of acts, venues and more information, go to blues.org.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/entertainment/music/2018/01/11/international-blues-challenge-2018-memphis-schedule-events-finals/1014210001/

Activist files $1 million lawsuit against county commissioner Terry Roland

WREG -MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local activist is seeking $1 million over comments reportedly made by Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland.

The lawsuit, which names both Roland and the Shelby County government, was filed on behalf of Black Lives Matter activist Pamela Moses just last week over comments reportedly made during a June 2017 commission meeting.

According to the lawsuit, Commissioner Roland stated “Homeland Security needed to watch that lady Pamela Moses” after calling her and BLM terrorists.

When asked for an apology, the lawsuit states Roland stood by his statements.

“I did say that about Miss Moses and I stand by it. Ms Moses has threatened judges and she has threatened everybody but I can tell you this dog ain’t gone run, and I stand by everything I said the other day other than that I have nothing else to say.”

In a statement released Monday, Moses stated, “I have never been accused or convicted of an act terrorism. At this point, I am only concerned about clearing my name which has been continually defamed. I am being persecuted for my activism. Mr. Roland’s statements were without merit and disrespectful to me as a woman, and making me a public spectacle. All I wanted was a retraction of his statements and a public apology, but he refused and slandered me again.”

Since then, Moses said she’s suffered emotional and mental distress. She also stated she’s now in fear for her safety and is receiving undue police attention due to the comments.

WREG tried to review the files from the June 2017 meetings, but video and audio records were unable.

Moses was listed as being allowed to give remarks during the proceedings, but the notes do not go into detail about what was said.

Roland said that he would let the county attorney handle the case, but did not offer further comment Monday.

 

Activist files $1 million lawsuit against county commissioner Terry Roland

Salt, brine mixture can cause serious damage if not cleaned off

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The roads are covered in salt and brine ahead of more snow expected late Monday into Tuesday. It is also coating many cars across the Midstate.

When you are driving on wet roads that have been treated with salt and brine, it sprays nearly the entire undercarriage of your car or truck. If that mixture is not cleaned off, it can cause some serious damage.

At the White Bridge Auto Wash, folks are getting the gunk cleaned off their rides.

“I’ve seen videos of what can happen, and I just got this car last month,” Nashville resident Austin Frisch said.

“The brine (TDOT is) using today is more effective melting the snow, but it’s actually harsher on the cars. It’s magnesium chloride,” said Paul Budslick, owner of White Bridge Auto Wash. “Also, the salt itself is abrasive. It rubs against your car and it’s most likely going to cause scratches on your car.”

At Midas, automotive technician Justin Boldus showed just what happens under a car when the salt and brine does not get cleaned off.

“You’ll get a lot of buildup underneath the wheel wells,” Boldus said. “A lot of times, the brake lines are the first things to go. Some of them are rubber coated, but if they’re not rubber coated and that rust starts eating on them, it’ll start cracking and leaking brake fluid.”

Boldus pointed out areas on a car’s suspension that can take a hit.

“Under the car, it stays wet so long and that salt gets packed in there,” he said. “That takes a very long time to dry out.”

As for paint, salt has to go through the coating, through the e-coating, through the primer, and into the bare metal before it can have an effect.

Just to be safe, car care experts say the best thing to do is just go get your car washed. If nothing else, at least the undercarriage.

“The rust really starts on the inside and works its way out. A lot of it you can’t see until it’s too late,” Boldus said.

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/37269242/salt-brine-mixture-can-cause-serious-damage-if-not-cleaned-off

I-55 pre-treated, but no pre-treatment for DeSoto County roads

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — Salt and sand trucks stood at the ready throughout DeSoto County Monday afternoon, but the county’s road department has no plans to pre-treat roads ahead of Monday night’s forecast snowfall.

Interstate 55 and other state-controlled highways, however, have been pre-treated.

A spokesman for the Mississippi Department Transportation confirmed as much to WREG late Monday after another MDot representative told WREG earlier in the day that the agency had no plans to pre-treat.

That second MDot representative had said interstates like I-55 would be assessed once snow started to fall.

The update was welcome news to drivers.

“I-55 is one of the most busiest back and forth areas, you know, of stretch of interstate,” said Kylen Darden.

But many were disappointed to learn the county wouldn’t be doing any pre-treatment on its roads.

“It just means we’re gonna be slipping and sliding all over here,” said Krupal Patel.

The DeSoto County Road Department told WREG it has plows available to scrape up any snow and will also be applying salt and sand to roads if needed.

It isn’t stopping some drivers from wishing for more.

“Obviously, the weather forecast is kind of hard to see, but this one you can see on the radar. It’s definitely coming, so I wish they’d put something out,” said Joe Saia.

I-55 pre-treated, but no pre-treatment for DeSoto County roads

CLOSED: Schools, businesses close ahead of second winter storm

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – Another round of winter weather is scheduled to arrive in the Mid-South on Monday night and last into Tuesday.

CLOSINGS

A handful of school districts have already announced they will be closed Tuesday, including Shelby and DeSoto County school districts, as well as University of Memphis.

Our full list of school and business closings can be found here. 

MEMPHIS PREPARATIONS

Memphis crews prepared roads for snow, spreading salt brine on the roads around 7 a.m. Monday.

The snow will not be preceded by rain. That sequence of events caused major road problems Friday, because rain washes away salt brine, leaving the roads unprotected from the ice.

“Today is a much better day to put the brine down,” Shelby County Roads Manager Michael Bonner said. “We put the brine down mostly on our bridges and overpasses. We try to treat some major intersections.”

Bonner said he believes the roads won’t be as dangerous as they were Friday, thanks to the salt brine.

Shelby County crews have four snow plows, City of Memphis has six, and TDOT crews have around 30. Those snow plows will be out in force if we receive more than 2 inches of snow.

Meanwhile, Memphis Rotary Club postponed Mayor Jim Strickland’s Tuesday speaking engagement. At that engagement, the mayor was supposed to give the State of the City address. Strickland’s administration said the speech will instead be delivered Wednesday at Kiwanis Club of Memphis.

DESOTO COUNTY PREPARATIONS

Latest models suggest DeSoto County could see as much as two inches of snow.

Like Memphis, Mississippi crews are thankful this system will bring more snow than rain or ice. If that holds true, crews expect conditions to not be as dangerous as Friday.

Mississippi Department of Transportation crews were out pre-treating the roads Monday. MDOT said even with the roads treated and conditions expected to be more favorable than Friday, drivers must still use extreme caution on the roads.

To stay up-to-date with road conditions in DeSoto County, sign up for the county’s text alerts. Text your zip code to 888777 and you’ll begin receiving texts about important closings and conditions in your area.

A WARNING FROM POLICE

Memphis Police Department is once again warning people against cranking up their cars and leaving them unattended as they warm up.

Temperatures will be in the teens Tuesday morning, so many people may be tempted to stay inside as their car warms up, but this is exactly what some criminals want. MPD has responded to multiple car thefts where the criminals targeted cars owners who were warming up their vehicles.

MPD said leaving your car cranked but unattended can even result in the car owner getting fined.

To check area road conditions:

– In Tennessee, call 511, or click here.
– In Arkansas, call 1-800-245-1672, or click here.
– In Mississippi, call 601-987-1211, or click here.
– In Missouri, call 1-800-222-6400, or click here.

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/37267932/closed-schools-businesses-close-ahead-of-second-winter-storm