Schools and government officials are not the only ones faced with
tough decisions related to cancellations or delays when this area is hit by snow or other forms of weather that make for hazardous conditions. Local business owners feel the need to keep the wheels of commerce turning, but know that the safety of their employees comes first.
Shorter University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will face Union University in Gulf South Conference action tonight in Jackson, Tennessee. Tip off is set for 7 pm for the women and 9 pm for the men. Coverage of the games will be provided on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com.
Students in the Pepperell School district did not have to spend the night at school last night after all. School and county officials determined that there were too many obstacles in the area to dispatch the school buses. Initially, 130 students were to be housed at Pepperell High and Elementary Schools. Thanks to some assistance from the Floyd County Police, all of those students were able to make it home. According to Tim Hensley, Assistant to the Superintendent for the Floyd County Schools, police picked up the last student at Pepperell High School around 8:30 pm last night.
The Paradise Garden Foundation has announced that it will host a reception at the Paradise Garden Visitor Center this Saturday, February 1st from 6 pm until 8 pm. The reception, which is free and open to the public, will spotlight the newest exhibition at the Center, The Arts of Life: Traditional Craft in Chattooga County. The exhibit will remain on display through March 1st.
The Atlanta Hawks game against the Detroit Pistons scheduled for last night at the Philips
Arena has been postponed due to severe weather conditions in the Atlanta area. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
The Floyd County Emergency Management Agency has a message for those who are thinking about taking a drive through the winter wonderland that has covered Floyd County – don’t. Bone-chillingly cold temperatures overnight were predicted to make roads even more dangerous this morning than they were yesterday. Floyd EMA Interim Director Tim Herrington says that snow and ice (particularly black ice) is expected to be prevalent during the early morning hours. And the not-so-good news is that high temperatures today are not expected to exceed the freezing point by much at just 33 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Governor Nathan Deal has signed a state of emergency declaration related to yesterday’s winter storm for the entire state of Georgia, following a consultation with Georgia Emergency Management Agency Director Charley English and other state emergency heads. The governor has delayed the opening of state government until noon today.