Grainger County schools close early Tuesday

Grainger County schools close early Tuesday; classes canceled Wednesday

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School administrators worried about buses making it through flooded roads. School administrators worried about buses making it through flooded roads.
we wanted to get our students home in daylight and the earlier, if we did have an issue that we could respond and have additional time to do that," Grainger County Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin added. we wanted to get our students home in daylight and the earlier, if we did have an issue that we could respond and have additional time to do that," Grainger County Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin added.
Parents were back at schools around midday Tuesday because of the early dismissal. Parents were back at schools around midday Tuesday because of the early dismissal.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

RUTLEDGE (WATE) - Parents and bus drivers lined up early to pick up kids from school in Grainger County after the threat of flooding forced students back home at 11:30 Tuesday morning.

Grainger County Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin says he checked the roads Tuesday morning at 4:15 and at that time, roads were clear.

"We felt like we were in pretty good shape, but I was actually going to a meeting in Knoxville, and I had received a couple of phone calls and then also was listening to the radio and saw the creek along past Joppa School," explained Jarnagin.

Jarnagin wanted to make sure everyone had lunch before they were sent home.

"Conditions were worsening and I knew the longer we waited it wasn't going to get any better according to the forecast, so at that point we wanted to get our students home in daylight and the earlier, if we did have an issue that we could respond and have additional time to do that," Jarnagin added.

Some parents were surprised when they first heard about the early dismissal.

"But then as I was traveling down here a little bit, I had seen the water look like it was coming up closer to the road, and that's pretty bad for right through there. The buses could hydroplane pretty easy on the back roads, especially could be getting flooded," explained parent Tina Greenlee.

Not everyone in the carpool line was caught off guard by the decision to close early.

"I used to live back on a back road and it was pretty hard when roads would flood like that," said Aaron May, who picked up his sister from school.

Classes in Grainger County were canceled for Wednesday as well.

Jarnagin says the two basketball games scheduled for Tuesday evening will be rescheduled.

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