ATLANTA – Snow and ice storms that struck Atlanta and the rest of Georgia, Tuesday, left motorists stranded, kids sleeping over at schools and hundreds of abandoned cars on expressways. The city was still recovering from the initial impact of the storm, which left 3 inches of snow over Atlanta’s metro area and suburbs, in a region largely unfamiliar with snow. Gov. Nathan Deal declared the Georgia in a state of emergency.
Mayor Kasim Reed also faced criticism for not warning people from going about their day Tuesday and letting kids attend school when meteorologist reports as early as 3 p.m. the day before the storm warned of snow and ice that would likely paralyze the city.
Several motorists left their vehicles abandoned on highways and neighborhood roads after getting stuck in patches of ice or losing control completely and not being able to navigate back onto the road. The Georgia Dept. of Transportation originally stated vehicles abandoned in the middle and sides of the freeway would be towed, but later changed its stance to vehicles would be towed out of traffic lanes for later pickup. Stranded vehicles will not face tickets and the numerous vehicles involved in accidents are being asked to remember notes about the incident and take a number from their corresponding agency to be resolved later. Georgia Fire, Emergency and 911 services were inundated with never before seen amounts of distress calls causing cell towers and communications lines to buckle under heavy traffic Tuesday evening.
Roads were still icy, but somewhat more manageable Wednesday but expressways and through-roads still had dangerous spots of black ice. Many businesses, stores and agencies closed or operated short hours of business.
GDOT is asking people in the state to stay home and only use the roads in emergencies. As of Wednesday night, most of the expressway roads and neighborhood surface streets had been treated with salt, gravel or a mixture of the two allowing at least somewhat stable lanes of travel, often down to just one or two.
EDITOR’s NOTE: Everyone in the Atlanta area please be cautions during the winter storm. Be safe and smart when driving on the roads or in the event of picking up your vehicles from stranded locations.
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Professor’s Response to the Progress Made as a Nation
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! My school put out a very interesting article on MLK Day with responses from several Georgia State University Professors sounding off about the progress we’ve made, and how MLK would feel about this day if he were here. I believe it started with the second professor referencing that infamous or highly hilarious (depending on your viewpoint) episode of “The Boondocks” (and also highly controversial) where MLK was actually in a coma and re-awakens in the late 2000s only to find he can’t vote, is criticized for his nonviolent approaches (in a post 9/11 MUST GET AL-QAIDA) world, and has to deal with some ‘less-than-savory” black people.
I actually didn’t have much problem with the episode when it aired, though I was younger then (ehh maybe a freshman or sophomore in college as opposed to a 5-year senior) but I thought only the ending where King cursed and uses racial epithets was slightly over the line. This episode while controversial, was not banned on US television airwaves (only an episode about Tyler Perry and BET studios were banned in this season of ‘The Boondocks’).
While we still have far to go, we can at least admit some change has happened. Everyone likes to point to what’s still wrong with America, but how ’bout we look at what’s still right? How ’bout we smile at all the little kids who have multi-racial friends, the little white boy who is best friends with a black kid, the now white teenager who dates a teenage black girl (some don’t even like this!!) the white person who has grown up in an urban environment, knows all the rap songs and more slang than I do. The reverse side, the black kid or family who has grown up in the country and embraces every part of it just as much as their white counterparts.
Though we still have changes to make, these scenarios happen more and more everyday. And not necessarily even because people want to, but because of moves, economics or other reasons they have to, and these days we have more people going along with it, then stirring conflict because of this integration. Take a moment and think about something you are grateful for that may or may not have been possible without the work of Dr. King.
Had a great nap a few min ago, and said on my social media accounts essentially, “I’m awake, now wassup” or as one of my favorite characters from Family Guy would put it, “NOW HOW U GONNA ACT.” Don’t ask me what possessed me or what fucked up mental demons I have that made me think of this, just laugh at it.