Thaw begins, lights back on in Sadieville

SADIEVILLE — The town of a few hundred started quiet Saturday morning as the sun shined and melted some of the ice that had clung to tree branches for days.

An electric company truck was parked across the road from a short row of businesses and homes. A train carrying Hummers roared down the tracks along Main Street.

The rolling streets, mostly cleared of snow and ice, began to see life as the word spread: Sadieville, much of it anyway, had power. That would be for the first time since power went out Wednesday.

The whole town, the town hall, the one grocery store, had gone dark when the storms hit.

Jack Donovan, director of the Georgetown-Scott County Emergency Management Agency, was checking on the status on power in northern Scott County and stopped by the Sadieville Grocery and chatted with the owner.

Donovan said he was worried about more outages Sunday as ice melted from power lines and tree limbs.

"If they all start breaking, it's not going to be pretty," he said.

Joyce Turner carried clothes on hangers and some plastic sacks filled with personal hygiene items from her car to her apartment above the grocery store.

She'd been staying with a relative in Georgetown, about 10 miles south, since her power went out Wednesday.

"In the movie Wizard of Oz, Dorothy says 'there's no place like home,'" Turner said, removing her belongings from her car trunk. "Girlfriend ain't kidding."

She closed the trunk and marched up the stairs — the hallway was filled with the aroma of white bean soup cooking on the stove in the grocery — into her apartment where her three cats had survived the cold under a blanket on Turner's bed.

The few people Turner passed on the way to her friend Miriam Reese's house on Main Street were in good spirits.

She needlessly proclaimed that power had been restored as Amanda White, who works at Sadieville Grocery, was leaving the store.

White knew.

Turner and the man who runs Whitaker Bank on Main Street embraced like schoolchildren excited to see each other after a summer break. He told her the bank would reopen Monday.

Reese, a Sadieville city commissioner, said one of the first things she did when the lights came on in her house was turn on the television to watch a news broadcast.

She listened to the state's lieutenant governor discuss conditions following the storm, and she thought about all the people without electricity who were unable to hear his comments.

"We were inconvenienced, but life was still normal," Reese said.

Her family, including two children ages 7 and 9, played board games, talked and learned to cook soup with the kerosene heater.

Returning home, Turner's shoes crunched in the snow on the sidewalk.

"It's coming back to life," she said of the town.