Athens Police Officers Give Basketball Players Warm Welcome

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – If you need a warm story to melt your heart on this cold winter day, this should do it.  Shortly after midnight, Athens police got a call saying a large group was walking on Interstate 65 near Huntsville Browns Ferry Road. Traffic was at a standstill because of the winter storm that moved across the Tennessee Valley Friday afternoon. When police arrived on the scene, they discovered that group was the Middle Georgia State College basketball team from Macon, Georgia.

They got stuck in traffic on their way to Pulaski for a game at Martin Methodist Saturday afternoon. The players got off the bus and were walking to their hotel about three miles away. But Athens police decided the safest thing to do was take them to the Hampton Inn. That’s exactly what they did.

Athens police chief Floyd Johnson says if the roads improve, his officers will try to get the team back to its bus in time to get to their game at Martin Methodist at 2 p.m.

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