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Thanks to responders of Midway brush fire

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On behalf of the Roane County Board of Education and the staffs of Midway Elementary, Middle and High schools, I would like to express appreciation and gratitude to all the fire departments and other emergency agencies that worked the brush fire near Midway Elementary School on Sept. 1.

The fire was noticed about noon, and as soon as I received the information, we started making plans to evacuate the elementary school and others if needed.

Bus drivers were put on stand-by and were later called in as the fire seemed to be progressing nearer to the school. 

We were ready to move all the students and staff to a safe place. Fortunately, the excellent work of the forestry department, the South Roane County, East Roane County, and Midtown volunteer fire departments ensured that the fire did not encroach on the school. 

We were able to dismiss at the normal time and not upset our students with a sudden evacuation.

A special thanks goes to these volunteers who risk their lives for the safety of others. Roane County Schools and I thank you for helping keep our students and staff safe.

Toni H. McGriff
Director of schools