County schools closed because of snow

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Marshall County schools are closed Monday because snow and subfreezing temperatures threatened road safety, the schools director said Sunday evening.

"We'll be closed Monday," Schools Director Roy Dukes announced from the school system's central office at about 5:23 p.m. Sunday.

Dukes had been out on the public roads and concluded, "It's treacherous."

So, his reason for suspending classes was "road safety...

"And I just hope that people get home safely from church," Dukes continued. "They need to worry about safety... And also keeping warm and safe at home. It's going to be cold tonight."

At about 5 p.m., Dukes had arrived at his office on Jones Circle where he anticipated receiving more information on the snow and its effects on Marshall County roads.

Highway Superintendent Jerry Williams said the roads "got a little dusting on them and we've got some boys out there putting salt on the hills... Yell Hill and places like that trying to make things safe for the people."

Bridges and overpasses "are where it will be the slickest," Williams said. "If people take their time and think about what they're doing, and giving themselves more time to get from Point A to Point B, then they'll be alright.

"They got more snow than we did north of here," he said reporting information from an observer who'd just returned from Williamson County.

In the south part of Marshall County where there are hills, Williams suggested drivers be especially careful as conditions worsen overnight.

"Places where it's flat are ok if you don't go acting up," he said. "Give yourself a lot of extra time, but if you don't have to go anywhere, stay home. Be careful if you have to go."