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January 20, 2018

Eclipse lunch planned

Barbara Womack
Grainger Today Correspondent
RUTLEDGE – Although school will be out in Grainger County Monday for the solar eclipse, students will observe the historic event with a special lunch Thursday before the long weekend.

Classes will also be dismissed Friday for in-service for faculty and staff.

Amy Orrick, supervisor of food services, said Thursday’s lunch will consist of “rocket” hot dogs, Sun Chips and Moon Pies. The Moon Pie is a Tennessee creation and is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017. The board of education approved an inclement weather day for the eclipse. Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin said there are potential legal and safety issues that factored into the decision. Some younger students would be on the way home at the peak of the eclipse between 2:30 and 3 p.m., when it will be darkest. He said the system originally planned to provide special glasses to view the eclipse, but the plan was abandoned following a recall of the product by Amazon.com.

Classes will resume Tuesday.

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