New sinkhole found at closed school in Erwin

ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Another hole has opened up on the property of a closed elementary school in East Tennessee.

Unicoi County Director of Schools Denise Brown told the Johnson City Press ( ) the newly discovered hole will be filed with rock, as was a much larger hole that caused officials to shutter Love Chapel Elementary School.

A deputy with the Unicoi County Sheriff's Office discovered the new hole earlier this week. It is about a foot wide and 16 feet deep. The shaft was half full of water.

The first hole opened up near the school building in August 2012. It was 120 feet deep and grew to 25 feet in diameter.

Classes were relocated to other schools and, in February, the school board voted to permanently close Love Chapel, which is 60 years old.

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