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Sprinkler malfunction damages Sullivan North band equipment

December 28th, 2013 9:42 pm by Rick Wagner

Sprinkler malfunction damages Sullivan North band equipment

KINGSPORT — When it rains, it pours, and when a sprinkler malfunctions and spews out thousands of gallons of water that has been in metal pipes for years, it leaves some stains.

That’s the situation now in the Sullivan North High School band room, where a failed sprinkler sent water into the band room between 6:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. on Nov. 21.

During a tour of the room earlier this month by the Sullivan County school system’s Facilities Committee, Principal Brent Palmer gave school board members and others on the committee a firsthand view of the aftermath.

The room still had an odor of a mix of musty/ rusty pipe smell with a hint of chlorine.

“It made a pretty good mess of things,” Palmer said. “The day after, it stunk.” 

Palmer said an “army” of about 25 maintenance workers from the school system, helped by teachers, some parents and students, helped in the immediate aftermath of the sprinkler break.

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