Carter County Transportation Officials and Residents Brace for Another Snowstorm | WJHL


CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Tri-Cities residents are gearing up for a third winter season in just a few weeks.

The road teams prepare the trucks and the inhabitants stock up on groceries.

Despite recent snowfall in Carter County, Highways Superintendent Roger Colbaugh said they are prepared for another round of winter storms.

Colbaugh said the county has about 1,600 tons of salt in storage.

“We’re trying to get our 18 trucks together, ready to go, completely check them for all fluids,” Colbaugh said.

As transportation crews brace for another storm, so do the citizens of Carter County.

“They come in and stockpile, I had a guy come in last night and got three days worth of food,” said Johnathan Kent, manager of Brown’s Hardware & Grocery. “The most popular products, milk, bread and eggs. It’s always that no matter what. We sell every time.

Kent said not only are people stocking up on food, but all other snow essentials, and like many products in demand these days, prices are high.

“Salt right now we can’t get salt,” Kent said. “What we have on hand is that. Similarly with sleds, once they are gone they are gone for several weeks to a month. So for now, just get it while you can.

Long-time customer James Smith said he was ready for the flakes to start falling.

“It’s January, it’s bound to snow,” Smith said. “There’s nothing I can do about it, so I’m taking advantage of it.”

Transport crews are asking people to take advantage of the snow from home and stay off the roads so they can clear them faster.


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