Snow makes daily life slow in Morristown

Snow makes daily life slow in Morristown

The snow had a big impact on daily life in Morristown area. The snow had a big impact on daily life in Morristown area.

MORRISTOWN (WATE)— The Morristown and Hamblen County area was hit hard by a round of snow Tuesday afternoon that made it extra difficult for many drivers, since road crews weren't able to treat many of the roads right away. 

The snow had a big impact on daily life in Morristown area.

Hamblen County Schools were canceled, and the City of Morristown and Hamblen County offices closed early. 

Monique Garcia, a Miami based attorney was in Morristown on business, but arrived at the Hamblen County Courthouse minutes after it closed early. 

"The snow is impacting businesses I have to do here. It's nice on the other hand and will give me an opportunity to come back to this nice town," said Garcia. 

For those living here, the roads proved to be treacherous. 

"So far, I've seen every road encountered is bad--- even the state roads and the county roads," said Morristown resident Doug Ramsey. 

Emergency officials reported to close to a dozen vehicles ending up off the road and others involved in minor accidents 

By noon Tuesday---- emergency officials in Hamblen County were telling people they can only respond to priority emergency calls.

Officials say they were no major accidents or injuries, but many had trouble getting around. 

"It's really slick out here, we came off our driveway and went across the road into a field, couldn't get stopped," said Morristown resident Jennifer Price. 

City and county crews only treated primary roads, and decided to wait until snow accumulated before treating secondary and side streets.  

County road crews say they can't treat roads as frequently because of a low supply of a rock salt. 

"They will get the salt out, but they're going to wait until it heaviest snow hits and then put the salt out after that--- because of the shortages we've experienced because of several instances of snow," said Morristown-Hamblen County EMA Director Chris Bell. 

Hamblen County Road Superintendent Barry Poole says he feared his department wouldn't have enough rock salt to last through the day.

Poole says  700 tons of rock salt were delivered on an emergency basis in the afternoon to the county late afternoon. 

Road crews expect to work late into the night. 

Officials say a large percentage of business-- mostly smaller ones sent their workers home early.

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