Tennessee air monitor coming to Kingsport's Johnson Elementary

Rick Wagner • Sep 13, 2018 at 9:33 PM

KINGPSORT — An air quality monitor is to be placed at a local elementary school again.

The Kingsport Board of Education at its Thursday meeting voted 4-0, with member Karen Reed-Wright abent, to allow the Tennessee Division of Air Pollution Control to place a sulphur dioxide monitor in a 12-by-8-foot building at Johnson Elementary School at no cost to the school system. It will be between the track and a fence.

Bill Shedden, supervisor of maintenance and custodial services, said the request came after the Eastman Chemical Co. explosions at its coal gasification operation Oct. 4, 2017. Such a monitor once was at Johnson, but Shedden said the state removed it before he came to work for Kingsport School Schools.