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January 16, 2018

Washburn School parking lot at  11:13 a.m. Thursday, January 4.

Courtesy photo

Weather gives students extended break

Barbara Womack
Grainger Today Correspondent

RUTLEDGE – Grainger County schools were scheduled to open on time today, ending an extended Christmas break for students.

Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin had hoped to resume classes Tuesday, but an outbreak of black ice, creating dangerous conditions around the county and forcing the closure of Hwy. 92, forced schools to remain empty.

“I consulted several times with Sheriff James Harville and decided we had to close,” Jarnagin said.

Last Thursday was the scheduled end of Christmas vacation. But a snowfall that blanketed Rutledge and Washburn caused dangerous conditions in several areas. Extremely frigid temperatures throughout the weekend delayed thawing.

With classes just resuming today, the system has only five official inclement weather days. One day was spent for the solar eclipse in August, plus the four days just used. The schools can also use three administrative days in the event of prolonged bad weather.



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