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School canceled Wednesday due to anticipated bad weather

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By Damon Lawrence

With more inclement weather in the forecast, Roane County school officials decided to cancel classes Wednesday.

“We just called it off,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. “We thought it was best to let people know as early as possible, so they could make arrangements.”

The National Weather Service said a significant winter storm is expected to hit the area Wednesday through Thursday morning.

“We waited until after 5 to call them to make sure,” Aytes said. “They are pretty certain now that we're going to get hit.”

Aytes said they considered going to school for a half day on Wednesday, but didn't want to take the chance and have to transport students home in inclement weather.

Roane County Schools will have just two snow days remaining after Wednesday.

“I've been here 15 years and we've never got close to that,” Aytes said.