As temperatures rise, Knoxvillians try to beat the heat

As temperatures rise, Knoxvillians try to beat the heat

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At Atkins and Son Transmission on Rutledge Pike, industrial fans and lots of water were the order of the day. At Atkins and Son Transmission on Rutledge Pike, industrial fans and lots of water were the order of the day.
On a hot day like this, there were no hard feelings over a few busted water balloons. On a hot day like this, there were no hard feelings over a few busted water balloons.
Players made sure to stay hydrated after a day in the sun. Players made sure to stay hydrated after a day in the sun.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Temperatures shot up into the low 90s Wednesday, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

Some Knoxville workers told 6 News they have to brave the heat while working without an air conditioner all day long.

"We have fans and that's pretty much it," auto mechanic Darrell Flanagan said.

Flanagan has worked at Atkins and Son Transmission on Rutledge Pike for more than two decades and said he knows all too well about working in the heat, even coming up with a system to stay cool.

"You kind of pick your times when you're working outside so the sun will maybe be on the other side of the building you can over here or do it early in the morning," Flanagan said.

Flanagan said it's not practical to have an air conditioner because they work on the cars in the shop.

Instead, they rely on fans, plenty of water, and occasional breaks in the main office, which is much cooler.

"We're out here in the heat pretty good at least nine hours a day," auto mechanic Ricky Tipton said.

But despite the heat, the workers said they're used to it and have few complaints.

"This is hot but this ain't that bad yet," Flanagan said.

6 News also caught up with a youth baseball camp at the University of Tennessee which includes children ages 5-12.

Director of baseball operations, Gregg Wallis, said the key is to keep the kids hydrated with gallons of Gatorade and water, even spraying the kids with water if they become too hot.

"We'd like it to cool down a little bit, but it's definitely better than the rain and not being able to get outside at all," Wallis said.

Wallis said they have an athletic trainer on staff in case something does go wrong, but so far, he said the hot temperatures haven't slowed the kids down a bit.

"They did pitching, infield and outfield," Wallis said. "They were also doing some base running out in the outfield and we just make sure we give them a lot of water breaks and they were over at the Gatorade station when they needed to be."

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