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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

With just 18 days before Hamilton County students return to classes, the countdown is on to finish $50 million worth of new school construction.

Construction on the mammoth new Ooltewah Elementary School and replacement Red Bank Middle School is winding down. On Thursday, the new Ooltewah school was filled with the sound of power drills and hammering. Power flickered on and off.

"There it goes again," Principal Tom Arnold said. "That's the third time."

Ooltewah's titanic, 136,000-square-foot schoolhouse will be the largest elementary school in Hamilton County. Workers have installed lights with cherry pickers, painted drop-off lanes in the parking lot and checked classroom inventories.

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