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Crews demolish Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School

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After nearly 80 years, Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School is now a pile of rubble but feet away sits a brand new school ready for students in the Fall. 

The sound of construction equipment replaces the laughter that once filled the hallways of Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School. 

Instead of children's footsteps, mangled metal and crumpled bricks now cover the grounds. 

It's a sight that's hard to take in for former students like Deanna Shelton, who attended GMVES more than 70 years ago. 

"All of them on the street there, they all want there and people over here went there too. Back then you could go there and then later on you could go to Hixson or Soddy Daisy, but they all started here. It was such a good school, it really was," Shelton said. 

Tearing down this building helps make way for a new, bigger elementary school that will combine students from GMVES and Falling Water Elementary. 

The new Middle Valley Elementary School will no longer bear the name of Shelton's grandfather. 

"We loved it. But the whole family is kind of upset over changing the name but there wasn't anything that we could do," she added. 

Most of the material here will be recycled and the space will be the new school's parking lot. 

Middle Valley Elementary will house about 950 students and will open in the Fall. 

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