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The University of Tennessee announced today that it has terminated its employment agreement with head men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall for cause. The decision was made based on information the university received during the NCAA’s investigation of another institution. The university concluded that Tyndall is highly likely to be found responsible for serious (e.g., Level I and/or Level II) violations of NCAA rules that occurred during his tenure as head men’s basketball coach at another institution. “It is disappointing that we have to take this action,” said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “It is highly likely that Coach Tyndall will face significant penalties at the conclusion of the NCAA’s infractions process. We believe that this decision is in the best interests of the University of Tennessee.”
A lengthy agenda was before the Board of Education on Thursday. Board members heard from legal counsel regarding a lawsuit filed by Hamilton County and 6 other school systems, against the state. The suit claims that the state has breached its duty under the Tennessee Constitution to provide a system of free public education for the children of this state. Counselor Patton was not asking the local board to participate, but wanted to bring it to their attention. The board did not move on the issue, but reserved judgment for a later time. In other action, board members voted to instruct the Athletic Committee to pursue the creation of a county-wide Athletic Director position.
The Cumberland County Board of Education recognized and honored county-wide teachers during their session on Thursday. Stacy Moody was chosen as the K-4 Teacher of the Year. In the 5-8 category, Kim Smith was recognized, and in the 9-12 category, Tracy Sinclair was chosen as the recipient of the honor.
The controversial dress code for students passed on 2nd and final reading during Thursday's Board of Education meeting. The new code, to go in effect in the upcoming school year, narrowly passed in a 5-4 vote.
Crossville police are investigating the theft of items from two semi trucks that were parked at J & K Truck Repair on Tabor Drive. A Crossville man reported that someone had broken the passenger side window to gain entry to his big rig. Taken were Cobra CB radio and a Cobra GPS. Loss and damage was estimated at $800. The passenger side window was broken out of another semi on the lot and a CB radio amp was stolen. That truck is reportedly owned by an Arkansas man. Loss and damage was estimated at $700.