Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:00 CST
Homeowner Brad Thelen said the noise of the sinkhole opening under the in-ground pool awakened his wife Chemene on Wednesday night, according to The Johnson City Press.
The hole was about 10 feet across Thursday afternoon. By Thursday evening, it had tripled in size and was not far from the Thelans' home. The family removed valuables and was staying with relatives until the sinkhole stabilized.
A playground at Love Chapel Elementary School, adjacent to the family's property, was roped off until seismologists examine the hole.
Source: The Associated Press