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State Route 81 temporarily closed for rock slide

Jonesborough Road at Walnut Street is closed due to a rock slide.

UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. - A rock slide has completely closed down State Route 81 at Walnut Street in Erwin.

State Route 81 is also called Jonesborough Road.

According to Sheriff Mike Hensley, the slide happened about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi says downed trees and power lines are also blocking the road.

TDOT estimates the road reopening by 6 a.m. Thursday (July 20).

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