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For some, work goes on despite snow

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

CONYERS — For some, work calls despite the amount of snow and ice on the ground in Rockdale and Newton counties.

Both Newton and Rockdale Medical Centers were open Monday, albeit with smaller staffs.

Some of the management team at Rockdale Medical Center came in and spent the night at the hospital Sunday to work in order to be at work Monday, according to RMC spokeswoman Marsha Terry.

She said some medical procedures and surgeries were rescheduled thanks to the early weather forecasting.

"We have a full house, and we're open to deliver babies or anything else that may come up," Terry said.

Local grocery stores contacted were open Monday, but encouraged employees and customers to stay home if at all possible.

"We have a few customers coming in buying staple items," said Horace McCullough, manager of the Conyers Kroger at Ga. Highway 138 and Flat Shoals Road. "We have a limited number of employees. If they call and say they are having troubles, then encourage them to stay home because their safety is important to us."

McCullough said the gas pumps closed because a clerk was unable to get out of his driveway. He planned on picking up another employee willing to come in.

"I drove my Tahoe in, and I plan on picking up a clerk from home and will need to drive her home this evening," he said. "We're dealing with it."

Lt. Ken Malcom with the Covington Police Department reported the QuikTrip gas station and just a handful of businesses open.

Both Walmart stores in Covington and Conyers were open Monday. Also, managers at the Publix at Milstead Crossing opened for regular hours Monday.

"We're fine," said Dexter Henfield, manager at the Milstead Crossing Publix. "It's very quiet, though. We've had a few people come in."

Waffle Houses also were open across Rockdale and Newton counties. And some were apparently busy. A server who picked up the phone Monday morning at the Waffle House on U.S. Highway 278 in Covington said her restaurant was full.

"We're Waffle House. We never close," she said.

For other stores and businesses, the advice is to call ahead. Or better yet, stay off the roads as Georgia Department of Transportation officials and law enforcement have suggested.