Water problems close schools for thousands in E. Tenn. - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Water problems close schools for thousands in E. Tenn.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Water line problems in East Tennessee have caused several schools to close for the day.

In Jefferson County, just east of Knoxville, all 8,000 students got the day off because a pump failed.

That left the Shady Grove Utility District without water. Schools facilities director Bill Nolen says the problem is worse in the southern section of the county, but pressure was low throughout the county.

The decision was made to close all 5 of the county's schools. Nolen says the pump should be replaced today and classes should resume tomorrow.

Water line problems also caused officials in Sevier County, south of Knoxville, to cancel classes at the middle and high schools in Pigeon Forge.

A similar problem canceled classes at Knoxville Catholic High School.

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