By ALEXIS ZOTOS6 News Reporter
ALCOA (WATE) - The roads were wet, icy and dangerous in many areas of East Tennessee Friday, but people still needed to fill up their tanks and their stomachs.
"The few customers we've had are the die hards. Those that have to go to work, they knew we'd be open. We knew they'd be coming in," said Starbucks employee Jordan Wells.
Starbucks employees in Blount County didn't have too much difficulty getting into work Friday. But leaving meant about 20 minutes of defrosting.
"I've never seen it all iced over like this," said Starbucks worker Judy Chin. "I mean icicles hanging all off the front, completely iced over."
Over at the Fairfield Inn, employees were prepared to work through the storm.
"Majority of them actually stayed in the hotel last night to ensure they were in for work," said General Manager Heather Buck.
But the weather still prevented many from making it in.
"We are working on a smaller staff today. A lot of our housekeeping department weren't able to make it in today," she said.
So everyone is pitching in where needed, even the general manager.
"I'll be helping with laundry today, just whatever needs to be done," Buck said.
With so many drivers braving the icy roads, many were thankful so many places remained open.
"It was wonderful to be able to have a nice hot lunch and of course we needed gas to get to the airport," said driver Nedra Neely.
Marathon Manager Kathy Huskey gave her self plenty of time to get to work to ensure she was able to be there for her customers.
"I manage the store here so its my responsibility to be here first," she said. "It's kind of hard on us to pull a double, but we're prepared to do it."