Snowfall across East Tenn. closes schools early

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm •  Published: January 28, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Snowfall across East Tennessee led several school districts to call off classes early Tuesday, but slippery roads complicated getting the students home.

Media reported several districts sent students home late Tuesday morning as the snow began to fall. By early Tuesday evening, districts were starting to cancel classes for Wednesday.

Buses in Sevier County were having trouble as road conditions worsened, and some turned around and carried students back to school. Sevier County Assistant Superintendent Debra Cline said for children whose parents were unable to pick them up, the district was using four-wheel-drive vehicles from various agencies to get the students home.

All the affected children had made it home by Tuesday afternoon, according to media reports.

In Knox County, several buses had trouble, sliding off roads, and one collided with a car. Dispatchers said no one was hurt.

Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre said the district decided to close schools as soon as they could.

"When I went to bed last night, after watching the late news, it wasn't forecasted," he said during a news conference Tuesday.

Several flights to and from McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville were canceled Tuesday. Closure of the federal courthouse in Knoxville because of snow forced postponement of a sentencing hearing for an 83-year-old nun and two other peace activists convicted last year of sabotage after breaking into the nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.

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