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Leaking like a sieve? Cordell Hull building closed due to water line ruptures

A Senate committee meets on March 16, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The legislative office building is closed Tuesday due to flooding from a water line rupture. The complex has been having intermittent plumbing issues for a week. At one point, ceiling panels were removed in the ground-floor press corps suite to access pipes. Reporters are accustomed to be on the receiving end of leaks, but don’t usually expect them to be so literal.

The shutdown at the Cordell Hull comes as the rumor mill is kicking into overdrive about grand jury activity related to federal agents’ January raid on the homes and offices of three state House members and those of current and former staffers. Nothing official has yet to come forth.