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Residents react to first snow system

Farragut High School students Brad Timmis, Tyler Brewer and Brandon Timmis, l-r, braved early morning temperatures in an effort to clear snow and ice on Harbour Way, the entrance to Bridgewater subdivision, on the first Knox County Schools snow day t- Dan Barile/farragutpress
Negotiating the area’s snow and ice early Monday morning, a handful of shoppers at Kroger Marketplace in Farragut Dec. 13 seemed unfazed by the inconveniences.

“You know, I grew up in Michigan so this is not too bad,” said Bonnie Cadotte of Concord. “I know if you’re from the south, people kinda stay in.

“It’s nice to see the snow, it’s great,” she added. “But it’s also nice to be running around in shorts, which we can’t.”

Charles Meyer of West Knox County, who said he “spent 55 years in Wisconsin,” added with a laugh, “This is basically nothing.” Meyer added. “Even in Wisconsin they have some problems.”

But in dealing with conditions such as those faced by East Tennesseans early this week, “As long as you take it slow and don’t push it too hard, it’s no big deal,” Meyer added.

However, “I can understand why they don’t run the schools because the hills are so steep,”

Parans Paranthaman of Farragut said the snow and ice “was a month early,” but added, “it was easy” to deal with traffic-wise.

“Only our subdivision was bad,” Paranthaman added. “But the children are really enjoying it; enjoying being out of school, too.”

Whitney Crowe of Dandridge, who was visiting family in Farragut, said the snow and ice “is just a normal, everyday thing. People are not out as much. It’s less crowded.

“I grew up in Gatlinburg, so we had a lot of snow when I was learning to drive,” Crowe added. “And my husband’s from Canada; he’s used to snow.”


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