Winds damage Gatlinburg-Pittman High School gym roof

Gatlinburg

GATLINBURG (WATE) – Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Principal Tony Ogle said there is damage to the roof of their gym after strong storms.

The gym building is separate from the main building. Ogle said they are allowing parents to pick up students and most students have already been picked up from the school.

Assistant Superintendent Debra Cline said there was significant damage to the gym roof and other parts of the school, but no injuries were reported.

Sevier County Communications Coordinator Perrin Anderson said Pi Beta Phi and Pittman Center Elementary schools are also allowing parents to pick up their children. Buses were not running at any of the three schools, but students were taken home in county-owned four-wheel drive vehicles when necessary.

Gatlinburg-Pittman, Pi Beta Phi, and Pittman Center will be closed on Friday. All other Sevier County schools are on a one-hour delay.

The Pigeon Forge Community Center opened as a shelter but closed later. There have been reports of brush fires, downed power lines and trees.

The Sevier County Electric System is reporting over 12,000 customers lost power. Anderson also said one person at LeConte Medical Center was treated for injuries sustained due to a tree falling on a house.

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