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Gov. Bill Haslam declared Tennessee in a "state of emergency" last week following the systems of ice and snow that moved thru the state on Wednesday and Friday.

Although the weather provided the "snow day" - or four - school-aged kids were hoping for, it wreaked havoc on local roads.

By Sunday, January 24, there had been 71 motorist assists; 96 vehicle wrecks on the roadways; and 20 wrecks on the interstate, according to reports from Wilson County Emergency Management Director Joey Cooper. Injuries were minor to moderate and no life-threatening injuries were reported.

Cooper said Wilson County accumulated 6-7 inches of snow. A Level 2 Guarded advisory was activated on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and escalated to a Level 4-High advisory on Friday.

Wilson County Schools used four of their 10 snow days built into their 2015-2016 school-year calendar - on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday. Lebanon Special Schools used four of their six snow days in the 2015-2016 school-year calendar. Both school systems were back in session on Tuesday - with Wilson County Schools opening two-hours late.

Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Donna Wright explained that it is not only main highways that are concerning to school officials. "Wilson County, which covers 571 square miles, has a lot of rural areas. A lot of people may not realize that even a small snow or ice accumulation may make some rural roads impassable for days after roads have been cleared in the more populated areas - especially if temperatures remain low," she said Monday, adding that the safety of students and staff is "paramount."

Clean-up in the city was also an issue in the storm's aftermath. City of Lebanon Public Works Commissioner Jeff Baines issued a statement on Monday explaining to residents that sanitation crews were "still working to recover from Friday's snow storm."

He said that crews had completed Thursday's route and a significant portion of Friday's route on Monday - and hoped to complete Friday's route on Tuesday in order to move on to the regular sanitation schedule.

He asked that citizens be patient and reminded them that the local convenience centers near the James E. Ward Agricultural Center and off Powell Grove Road were open for trash disposal.

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