Snow draws people outdoors for fun in the flurries


JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- The Tennessee Emergency Management System maintains that the volunteer state is under a state of emergency Saturday, as many backroads still remain covered in snow and ice.

While many people are taking TEMA’s advice and staying home, News Channel 11 found a few others venturing out to brave the weather … in search of a little fun.

Shaunah Scott said, “We’ve got food, we’re ready to go and now we’re finding ways to get out of the house.” “We have cabin fever and we’re looking for things to do… So, we’re here (at Liberty Bell Park).”

Fun in the fresh powder is what Scott and her family found at their favorite sledding spot at Liberty Bell Park in Johnson City on Saturday and they were not alone.

Christy Helm also brought her family out to enjoy the popular sledding spot. H

elm said, “We just live in the neighborhood, just right down the road… So, we’re trying to get out and enjoy the snow. “ “My girls love to sled and so, we’re here,” she said.

Scott said, “We never get this so we love it.”

Congressman Phil Roe was also passing by Liberty Bell Park as he was out for a walk in the flurries. Roe is in town, as the legislative session is postponed, due to the blizzard-like weather that folks are facing in Virginia.

Roe said, “Since I’ve been there (in D.C.), this is by far the most snow they’ve had and I’m glad that I’m here at home, getting to enjoy this, and not stuck in a small apartment.”

Most people seem excited about our current conditions like Scott. She said, “I hope it stays … I hope it keeps going.”

Joseph Molanphy didn’t share Scotts opinion about this winter weather. He said, “This is the South … It’s supposed to be 80 degrees and sunny.”

Helm said, “I work on Monday … So, I’m ready for this to melt so I can get to Kingsport on Monday without a problem.”

While most main roads are being cleared, some side streets could be a hazard. Roe said, “People be safe too …. There aren’t too many cars out, I noticed on the roads, but people need to be safe.” “It is slick out there,” he said.Copyright 2015 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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