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County paying for guards to prevent more vandalism at Valley Pike, Cedar Grove

November 19th, 2013 10:01 pm by J. H. Osborne

County paying for guards to prevent more vandalism at Valley Pike, Cedar Grove

BLOUNTVILLE  — The public auctions of two former Sullivan County elementary schools  — Cedar Grove near Kingsport and Valley Pike near Bristol  — have been scheduled for Dec. 14, county officials said Monday.

The final bid on each property must be approved by a majority vote of the full Sullivan County Commission.

 That could take place on Dec. 16.

The county has been paying for each building to be guarded to prevent further vandalism or future potential liability for cleanup of illegal drug activity.

Valley Pike has been heavily vandalized and also been found to have been used for methamphetamine production.

The county had to foot the bill for cleanup of the drug activity.

On Monday, Administrator of County Buildings Claude Smith told county commissioners Cedar Grove has been broken into three times.

Smith said some vandalism occurred during one break-in, while copper building materials were stripped from a portable classroom at the school during another incident.

For more on this story read Wednesday's print edition of the Times-News or the expanded e-edition.

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