Letter to the editor: Warm memories of cold night in Cherokee
February 05, 2014 12:00 AM | 1156 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print

We are five little old ladies who spent some time with you during the Great Traffic Jam of 2014, and although the event was cold and scary, we want you to know our memory of Cherokee County is warm and grateful.

We spent Tuesday night, Jan. 28, at the Chevron Food Mart on Howell Bridge Road, where Rebecca Johnson took care of us like guests in her home.

At daybreak we (foolishly) figured the big problem was south of us, and since we were going east to Gainesville we hit the road. That is how we ended up at Revolution Church. They did more than merely open their doors. They came and got us and one at a time took us on a 4-wheel ATV to the church.

At the church we had hot coffee, breakfast, a place to take a nap, and fellowship with the 75 or so other stranded souls who were already there.

Chad Elliott kept us informed about road conditions and when Highway 20 became passable, Zip Cain took our driver back to our vehicle on his ATV and led us safely to the open highway.

The memory of that frigid storm is already growing dim, but we will always have a warm spot in our hearts for the good people of Cherokee County.

Thank you, and God bless you.

Jean Sawyer, Pam Kuchler, Caroline Silcox,

Kathy Haynes
and Jan Smith

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