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Kingsport music school hit by car

By Callan Gray, cgray@wcyb.com
Published On: Jan 26 2014 05:58:19 PM CST
Kingsport music school badly damaged in car accident
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

A Kingsport man is picking up the pieces after a car crashed into his music school, knocking it to the ground.   The accident happened early Saturday morning.

Owner and teacher Scott Gould told us building the Violin and Fiddle Instruction School of Music has been a labor of love.

"We've had a wonderful 10 years being in business here," he said.

But it was all gone overnight.

"Around 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning, a drunk driver came down Memorial Boulevard and sheared off a utility pole," Gould described.

He told us the car continued to travel across the lawn before hitting the school and leaving a gaping hole.

Gould said the impact knocked the building off it's foundation, causing the other side to collapse.

"Thought I was dreaming," he said. "I thought I would wake up and find out it had never really happened."

Gould has been teaching guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjo for 35 years and for the last 10 years, he has been building his school from the ground up.

"This is Scott's life work," said Nathan Shelton, a teacher at the school.

Shelton started as Gould's student when he was 13-years-old. He's now 23-years-old. Shelton is one of many students who became a teacher at the school.

"Most of them are just part time," said Gould. "Most of them go to college and they just do it in their spare time."

They were at the school on Sunday, helping him go through the wreckage.

"It's pretty difficult to see, especially because I spent years of my life in here with Scott," said Shelton.

Gould has been renting the building space and told us he has insurance for everything inside. He told us they'll have to tear down the building but he said the most important things were saved.

"Fortunately, we got all of the instruments out, most of which were not destroyed," said Gould.

He also told us that no one was in the building when it was hit.

Gould said he now has to tell his roughly 200 students what happened but he says he's not giving up.

"I'm determined to rebuild or relocate to continue this business," he told us.

Gould will have his students and teachers by his side.

"I'm going to help Scott anyway I can," said Shelton. "He's more than just a teacher, he's a good friend."

We talked to Kingsport police who said the driver was Bobby DePriest, 36, of Blountville. DePriest has been charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license.