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Sunday, May 9, 2010

HOUSTON CO. SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED AT LEAST 2 MORE DAYS

By TERESA SETTLE NORRIS
Tennessee Express News Writer
- Well, it's official. Like it or not, Houston County Schools will be closed at least for two more days—Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 11.
- Houston County Director of Schools Cathy Harvey made the all-call today, Saturday, May 8, 2010.
- In the call, she said that clean-up should be completed by next Tuesday, May 11 for the three affected school buildings: Houston County Middle School, located at 3460 West Main Street, and Erin Elementary School and the Houston County Board of Education building, both located on Hwy. 13 near the crossroads in Erin.
- While HCMS was the least affected of the three buildings, there was some flooding in the sixth grade building and three seventh grade rooms. However, on Friday, Principal Ray Busey said cleaning had been done and fans and dehumidifiers were running throughout the buildings.
- EES and the board offices, of course, were hit much harder. Some said there was a mud line in the EES classrooms two feet deep. Teachers were able to get into their classrooms this past Wednesday to get a first-hand look and to salvage items from their rooms.
- On the the all-call, Harvey said the buildings will have been professionally cleaned and should be ready for use again by Tuesday.
- The biggest concern right now, however, is transportation. With all of the back roads, creeks, and bridges in Houston County, the transportation department will wait until Monday to start assessing whether or not it will be safe for buses to transport students.
- Elsewhere in the county, there is still much evidence in the way of flood clean-up to area homes, businesses, and churches. If you have been affected and need assistance, the Red Cross has a temporary set-up in the basement of Erin First Assembly of God Church, 700 Arlington Street, or call Red Cross Hotline - 931-289-244

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