Mudslide causes highway closure after rain

From Staff Reports


   A mudslide Sunday evening foced the closure of U.S. Highway 321 in Johnson County as crews worked to removed the mud and rocks from the roadway.
   The stretch of highway remained partially closed on Monday as work crews continued the clean up effort which is expected to last through today.
   According to Anthony Newton, a crew supervisor for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, crews had been working on clearing the road since aproximately 8 p.m. Sunday. By approximately 10 p.m., he said, they had cleared the northbound lane of the highway and were able to open it up to allow traffic through.
   Heavy rainfall over the weekend was the cause of the mudslide, according to Newton.
   The mudslide happened around highway mile marker three in Johnson County, just a few miles outside of the community of Elk Mills, in Carter County.