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February 2016

School board to hire new superintendent from temp agency

in Education
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The Hamilton County Board of Education announced yesterday afternoon that it would seek a replacement for Superintendent Rick Smith by using a local temp agency. Smith was criticized for his handling of the Ooltewah High School rape case, and his attorney negotiated a half-million-dollar buyout package that was opposed by…

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Gatlinburg detective to host new TV show “Kids Do the Stupidest Things”

in Education/Politics
Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns

Gatlinburg Police Detective Rodney Burns, who became a controversial figure in the Ooltewah High School basketball hazing case for his statement that what happened was not sexual assault but “something stupid kids do,” announced that he accepted a job as a host of a new television show called “Kids Do…

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Coaches believed accused Ooltewah basketball players “just really bad at pool”

in Education/Sports/Rec
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Before charges against Ooltewah High School boys’ basketball coaches and athletic director were sent today to the Hamilton County Grand Jury, due to the failure to report suspected child abuse that occurred last December, including the alleged sexual assault of a freshman by three of his teammates involving a pool…

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