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As winter shows Tennessee Valley its worst; the Valley’s people show their best

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT)-- Interstate 65 may have been essentially a parking lot Friday, but Saturday it was all about recovery.

Roads opened up late in the morning and emergency responders continued to warn drivers to be careful upon venturing out again.

Police and tow teams worked to get abandoned vehicles off the roads.

The Best Western in Athens was packed with stranded drivers Friday night and into Saturday morning.

"The old saying, there was no room at the inn," said the hotel's General Manager Lynn Horn. "But we made room for whoever we could."

She and the staff found room in the lobby, breakfast area, and anywhere with spare space to get those seeking shelter in from the cold.

"We got pillows, blankets, rollaways, to help these folks out," said Horn.

It turns out that Saturday's big story was human kindness.

"They ate breakfast. We fed them this morning. We didn't charge them a dime," said Horn.

She sent us video of stranded motorists staying in the hotel's lobby, thanking them for their kindness.

Many other displays of kindness came shining through the rough weather on Friday, including a group towing an 18-wheeler as you can see in the video below:

Now, people are getting on their way after a long night.

"I would hope that someone would do that for me, or my family member if that were to happen again," commented Horn.

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