(Laura Simon) [Order this photo]
Ninth-grader Kelly Hahs and several friends went to her grandparents house on Route B west of Oak Ridge, where they helped friends and family gather large, crumpled metal sheets, shards of wood and broken poles from the yard and surrounding fields after the storm's winds ripped apart a shed and barn.
Hahs said she was glad to be out of school for the day but was disappointed she wouldn't be able to attend district basketball championship playoffs that were to be held that night in the high school gym. She also said she wished school was out for a reason other than the storm. The school canceled classes after wind caused two large air-conditioning units to roll across the roof of the high school gym and punctured holes in the roof. The damaged units lay in the grass near the gym Wednesday morning. Her softball practice was also canceled because of damage to ball fields at the school.
Other students from the high school, middle school and elementary school, parents and school staff were out on the school grounds by 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and cleaned debris from the baseball, softball and T-ball fields. Wind tore off the roof and severely damaged the concession stand and sports equipment storage room. Fences and bleachers were also damaged.
"It's really destroyed," said Serenity Ponder, a kindergarten student, as she lifted a large board from a pile of wreckage that was once the concession stand roof.