Sevier County schools lockdown lifted

Sep. 09, 2013 @ 03:26 PM

All Sevier County schools were on lockdown this afternoon after officials learned of a threat that proved to be unfounded. In Sevierville, the lockdown started shortly before 2 p.m. and was lifted around 2:30 p.m.

The schools issued the following statement: 

"The Sevier County School System was briefly on lockdown this afternoon at the request of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department received a third party call about a potential threat. The threat was investigated and determined to be unfounded. Schools were dismissed on regular schedule. Media questions about this matter should be forwarded to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department."

The Mountain Press is still trying to get a comment from the sheriff's office.