'This is probably the worst we've had:' Newspaper carriers talk about working the route during snowstorm

Brandon Paykamian • Dec 10, 2018 at 4:21 PM

During their eight years on the job, Johnson City Press newspaper carriers Charles and Marcia Lovejoy have worked together to deliver the daily newspaper through some tough weather conditions.

Some days are harder than others, though. On Sunday and Monday, the local couple had to spend hours slowly and carefully driving through the snowy streets of Johnson City to make their route. Charles also had to help other carriers who got stuck in the snow.

On Monday morning, Charles spoke with the Johnson City Press to tell readers about the difficulties that come with delivering the daily paper during a snowstorm.

What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered during your route Sunday and Monday?

“Once it started getting icy, we really had no control of the car. It was sometimes going sideways. Then, of course, you have to worry about the idiot drivers out there, but there weren’t as many cars this morning.”

Compared to working during previous snowstorms, how tough was this one?

“This would be at the top. This is probably the worst we’ve had. All the other ones have been a little bit at a time.”

Have you had to help any other carriers out of a bind during the storm?

“I’m helping another carrier today, as I usually do for people who can’t go further out. I go after them. I think every year I’ve had to help somebody. It can be a lot to keep up with.”

Which areas of your route were the most difficult?

“Acorn and Hickory. You have to be cautious, especially if you’re in the middle of nowhere or around sharp curves where you don’t know where it’s at. You definitely have to slow yourself down.”

How long did Monday’s route take?

I started at 12:30 and didn’t get done until 6:30. I got blessed out by one customer for going out. She said, ‘You better not be delivering that paper today!’”

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