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Sinkhole discovered outside Lowe’s

An area business is trying to determine the best way to fix a sinkhole discovered late last year by Jonesborough building inspector J.W. Greene. According to Greene, he was conducting an inspection of the stormwater retention pond on the property of Lowe’s Home Improvement store off Highway 11E when he discovered the sinkhole last fall. “It’s big,” Greene said. “At one place it is three stories deep.” The sinkhole is long and narrow, running approximately 200 feet in length and 25 feet in width. The depth of the hole ranges between 10-30 feet. While the ground above portions of the sinkhole has started to collapse, much of the sinkhole remains underground and is not visible from above ground. A geological study was conducted a few weeks ago, the results of which were reported to Greene last week. “There are two fixes to it,” Greene said. “Lowe’s has it out for bid now.” Sinkholes are not uncommon in East Tennessee, according to Town Administrator Bob Browning. “It’s just the nature of the area,” he said. “It happens in this area because of the topography.”