Power outage closes South, Rock Springs, but football game a go

Rick Wagner • Aug 23, 2019 at 4:42 PM

KINGPSORT — Sullivan South High and Rock Springs Elementary schools dismissed at 9:30 a.m. Friday because of a power outage, but Friday night’s season-opening football game of Daniel Boone High at South is going on as scheduled.

Sullivan County Director of Schools David Cox said the outage occurred because of a lightning strike to a transformer about 6:10 a.m., after buses already were on the road to school. Students arrived at both schools, he said, and for a while AEP officials told school officials they thought the power could be restored. South football players were on hand as planned at Rock Springs to meet elementary students Friday morning.

However, Cox said the large transformer at the school, feed by power lines that go through woods behind the schools, has to be replaced and that the estimated arrival of the new transformer from Roanoke, Virginia, would be 6 p.m., with power restored about midnight or 1 a.m.

“We had a lightning strike to a transformer,” Cox said Friday afternoon. “The power supply to the stadium is separate.”


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