BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County commissioners said they were impressed with what they saw on a Friday afternoon tour of the under- construction West Ridge High School.

“I can’t wait to see students on the West Ridge campus and witness their reactions. It is exciting for the future of our school district,” Commissioner Angie Stanley said after the tour.

Still, what the officials and students won’t see this year — a new access road or driveway — remains the elephant in the room.

The nearly 300,000-square-foot, $65 million facility is slated to open Aug. 9 with a projected enrollment of 1,900

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