Power outage delays activities at TJC
By KELLY GOOCHkgooch@tylerpaper.com
A power outage at the main Tyler Junior College campus today prompted the cancellation of an SAT exam and postponement of men’s and women’s basketball games.
About 20 students were evacuated from the Genecov Science Building because of smoke caused by the sudden loss of power to electrical motors, TJC spokesman Fred Peters said. The power outage occurred about 11:20 a.m.
Peters said students taking the SAT exam in Jenkins Hall were asked to leave since there wasn’t sufficient lighting and the exam was canceled.
The power outage, which involved a main power line near the intersection of Baxter Avenue and Lake Street, did not impact Hudnall and Bateman halls, both of which have full electrical power. Peters estimated that about 1,000 students are living on campus at this point in the semester.
Men’s and women’s basketball games against Paris Junior College are rescheduled for 2 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. on Sunday in Wagstaff Gym.
According to a news release, maintenance crews indicated that initial repairs will take until at least late tonight.
Peters said repairs will be temporary in nature, and the school is waiting for parts from out of town to make permanent repairs. He said the school hopes to have power restored by midnight. However, a news release states that further electrical work will need to be completed at a later date because the power outage caused significant damage to underground power lines.
All scheduled classes and activities for the day have been canceled.
Students in halls without power will be offered the opportunity to move temporarily to Bateman and Hudnall halls.