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Inclement weather closes schools for the eleventh day

By Angie Gambill
Mother Nature has been playing quite the drama queen with area weather since the beginning of 2013. Last week alone Johnson and surrounding counties were inundated with a wide variety of extreme weather. Within a five-day period in mid-winter, the high country experienced temperature variations from a high of 70 degrees all the way down to the low teens. Unseasonably warm weather and sunny skies quickly gave way to torrential rainfall, flooding, high winds and tornado watches. Then as the mercury plunged, she threw a new curve with freezing rain and sleet which turned to a major snowstorm over the weekend. Outlying areas of Johnson County reported up to a foot of snow that fell Saturday and Sunday.
Built-in snow days in the Johnson County Schools’ calendar are quickly dwindling with students missing Thursday and Friday of last week and Monday and Tuesday of this week. According to Angie Wills, Elementary Supervisor of Education, schools have been closed a total of 11 days this winter due to inclement weather. At press time, seven days remain before other measures must be taken to insure the necessary 180 days of instruction required by the State of Tennessee. If more than seven additional days of school are missed and circumstances dictate, President’s Day which is February 18th, may be used as an instructional day.