Stormy weather and a preponderance of people feeling puny were reasons given by Marshall County's schools spokeswoman for why classes were called off on Wednesday.
"Storms, high water, trees down and flu" were all cited by spokeswoman Rhonda Poole, who attributed her information to Interim Director Nancy Aldridge and Glenn Ezell, transportation director for the system.
"We've had a lot of teachers out because of sickness," Poole said. "There is some kind of intestinal bug going around. I've heard of people suffering from strep throat and flu."
Meanwhile, tornadoes ripped across Tennessee on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
The resulting reports of fatalities attracted words of condolences from political candidates who, under normal circumstances, would be on local TV stations' presentation of network news shows about presidential primary results on Super Tuesday. Instead, the stations' forecasters were reporting on storms of a different sort.
See Friday's Tribune for the complete story.