Winter weather halts Cherokee County, NC
Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter
CHEROKEE COUNTY, NC. (WRCB)-- The snow has just about disappeared here in Chattanooga.
But, that's not the case a little further east.
In Cherokee County, North Carolina it's the second time in less than a month the area has been hit with more than a foot of snow.
Monday, students returned to the classroom on a day they expected to have a holiday.
Students have taken seven snow days this school year already, which is why the district sent kids back to school on a holiday.
They're also considering holding classes on Saturday to make up for lost time.
"So all together over those few days there was like, in the yard, 14 inches," says Rita Garcia.
People in Cherokee County have had more than their fair share of cabin fever since Christmas.
"We live in marble and there's a lot of side roads and a lot of hills and curves, so I couldn't get out period," says Garcia.
Rita Garcia is back at work for the first time Monday, after being stuck at home for more than a week.
"It's been extremely slow because of the weather," says Allan Mercer.
The lunch rush is unusually slow at the No Name Deli, but come rain, shine or snow, owner Allan Mercer is determined to stay open.
"We're fortunate. I have experience driving in the snow, so we could get in and still operate," says Mercer.
So, during a week when most Murphy businesses were closed, No Name Deli stayed open.
"We definitely feel the crunch, there's no question about it," says Mercer.
Cherokee County Schools are back in session after missing all of last week, but still on a two hour delay Monday.
With time already lost at Christmas, school officials are scrambling to hit the 1,000 classroom hours they need by law before June 10th.
This means North Carolina kids might have to go to school a few more holidays to make up for time lost.
"Sometimes give up our holiday, our spring break and we are considering going to school Saturday," says Jeana Hardin.
Bus routes also had to be reorganized Monday morning to avoid those still slick, mountainous roads.
The make-up days aren't set in stone yet. School officials are still reorganizing the official calendar.