Fentress County schools close Monday due to weather; officials will monitor conditions Tuesday

CLARKRANGE (WATE) – Some parts of East Tennessee were affected by wintry weather Monday morning.

The Fentress County School District first called for a one hour delay because of a dusting of snow.

Then, the temperature dropped, leading to reports of black ice on some roads. As a result, Director of Schools Mike Jones decided to close school altogether.

The Fentress County School District first called for a one hour delay because of a dusting of snow.
The Fentress County School District first called for a one hour delay because of a dusting of snow.

“It was 26 degrees at 7:30 a.m. We got reports of black ice. For the sake of safety, we closed,” Jones explained.

South Fentress Elementary School students Mattie and Collier Bush spent the day at home drawing and playing.

Then, the temperature dropped, leading to reports of black ice on some roads. As a result, Director of Schools Mike Jones decided to close school altogether.
Then, the temperature dropped, leading to reports of black ice on some roads. As a result, Director of Schools Mike Jones decided to close school altogether.

“I woke up and figured out we had no school. I was super excited, because school is… alright,” Mattie said, smiling about her day off.

The district includes routes on several back roads that wind and go up mountains. The potential for ice and snow on those roads is not just a concern for buses, but parents and teens who drive into school as well.

There’s a possibility weather could cause school to close on Tuesday as well.

Director of Schools Mike Jones
Director of Schools Mike Jones

“They’ll be up, very vigilant and checking highways. If there’s any danger whatsoever, we will just cancel,” Jones said, explaining how his staff would be closely keeping an eye on the weather.

The Bush kids are not complaining.

"I woke up and figured out we had no school. I was super excited, because school is... all right," Mattie Bush said, smiling about her day off.
“I woke up and figured out we had no school. I was super excited, because school is… all right,” Mattie Bush said, smiling about her day off.

“Because my Nana is coming and we can spend time together,” Mattie said.

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