Morristown Police Enact Winter Weather Policy

Morristown, Tennessee during this week's snow storm - Staff Photo by Robin Archer

Morristown, Tennessee during this week’s snow storm – Staff Photo by Robin Archer

The Morristown Police dept. enacted their severe weather policy Late Thursday Afternoon. Around 3 pm the rain turned into a slushy wet snow and it came down fast by four filling the streets and causing hazardous driving conditions.

The MPD urged everyone to avoid unnecessary travel due to the hazardous weather conditions. During this time, police responded only to crashes which included injuries. All other minor traffic accidents had a total of 72 hours to report an accident.

The city of Morristown did a great job spreading the word of the police dept across social media to help inform citizens of the current weather conditions as well as keep everyone up to date with current status of the government.

There were power outages reported across Hamblen, Sevier, Jefferson, and Cocke counties sporadically where fallen limbs had taken out power lines. Some of the hardest hit areas were Bean station and Copper Ridge in Hamblen County where many residents were without power when a transmission feed was lost.

On top of power outages, some resident’s lost cellular service, as AT&T had difficulty with a high volume of calls. Verizon was also reported to be out in Knoxville. All services were restored within a few hours of the problems being reported.

Source: Robin Archer, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer