A snowstorm brought Dickson County to a standstill last Thursday, closing many government offices and businesses and keeping countless residents at home through Saturday afternoon.
Dickson County Schools and the Dickson campus of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology closed Thursday and Friday.
According to Nashville National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Rose, affiliated weather spotters in southwest Dickson County reported four inches of snow between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday. Weather spotters in Vanleer reported 7.8 inches of snow.
Dickson County Emergency Management Agency Director Rob Fisher said there were around 50 motor vehicle accidents through the course of the snowstorm. There were no reported fatalities or major injuries.
A few residents across the county briefly lost electricity during the storms, but there were no widespread power outages according to Cumberland Electric Membership Cooperative Member Services Manager Seth Rogers and Dickson Electric System Assistant to the General Manager Elizabeth Kuhns.
The Dickson County YMCA opened a temporary shelter and warming station on the nights the temperature fell below freezing.
According to Dickson County Highway Department Assistant Superintendent Jackie Hodges, the county’s snow removal equipment consists of three graders, three snowplows, and three salt trucks. The county was responsible for clearing the county roads, while The Tennessee Department of Transportation worked to clear the state roads and interstates.
Dickson County Sheriff Tim Eads said his office got reports of over 40 snow-related incidents Thursday, such as multiple cars in ditches. According to Eads, the big challenge for the sheriff’s office was gathering the resources to respond to the calls.
Divisions of the sheriff’s office that don’t normally work traffic, such as the investigative division, were sent to respond to drivers in distress.
“ If they had a badge, a car, a gun, and equipment, we were out there. They were helping people get out. Our main goal was to get the roadways and arteries opened as soon as possible,” Eads said.
The worst snowstorm to hit Dickson County was Jan. 1, 1918, when the City of Dickson received 15 inches of snow, according to Rose.