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Schools sold at auction

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By Damon Lawrence

Two closed Roane County schools were sold at auction on Wednesday.
Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Dyllis Elementary School sold for $105,000 and Walnut Hill Elementary School sold for $44,000. Proceeds will go into the school system’s capital projects fund.
Dyllis, at 510 Dyllis Road, Harriman, closed after the 2011-12 school year.
Walnut Hill, at 215 Maple St., Harriman, closed after the 2010-11 school year.
In September, the Roane County Board of Education voted to sell the schools at auction.
Aytes said Dyllis was purchased by Brandy Justice, a former student who lives in the Dyllis community. 
Nick Hill, the pastor of Courts of Praise Church in Harriman, bought Walnut Hill. 
“I was just glad that people in the community were able to purchase them,” Aytes said. “That’s always good if you can keep them in community hands.”