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JCHS roof collapses after heavy rain

Published: 10:21 AM, 07/09/2013 Last updated: 10:22 AM, 07/09/2013

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

JEFFERSON CITY-A portion of Jefferson County High School's roof collapsed around noon Sunday after heavy rains dropped several more inches of precipitation on East Tennessee.

Approximately 5,000 square feet of the vocational building's roof caved. The incident was reported by a passerby.

Upon their arrival, emergency responders also found more than a foot of water still standing on another portion of the roof, along with a debris-clogged drain, leading officials to suspect the weight of the water led to the roof's collapse.

When contacted Monday morning, Anne Marie Potts, chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Education, said, "We have a meeting scheduled later today with school administration, our construction manager, the fire marshall, and others. We're waiting on our insurance adjustor."

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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