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Friday, February 15, 2019

Wilson charges are certified
The Cocke County School Board meeting Thursday evening voted unanimously to certify the charges against Keith Douglas Wilson. Wilson a Cocke County High School teacher was arrested in December on charges he had a sexual relationship with a 17 year-old female student. The 27 year-old Delta Alley, Newport man is charged with Aggravated Statutory Rape, Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure, Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure and Solicitation of a Minor. Newport authorities say the two met on a social media site "Tinder", the female went to Wilson's home where a sexual encounter took place. The teen admitted that she did portray herself as being eighteen years old. Wilson has been on suspension without pay since his arrest. The Charges for Dismissal presented to the school board, allege that Wilson is "unfit to be a teacher in the Cocke County School System, and for the benefit and welfare of the students in our school system,...the dismissal is recommended." Wilson now has 30 days to appeal the decision of the board. The board also accepted two checks to be used to upgrade the Cocke County High School auditorium. Clay Blazer presented a $30,000 donation from the Newport Theater Guild and Cocke County High School Principal Gail Burchette presented a $62,000 check from the Charlotte Nan Mims Estate. The board also accepted a bid of $139,413 from CESMB for work on the auditorium. Director of Schools Manney Moore reported that schools in the system will be fumigated today, while they are closed, in an effort to curtail the spread of the flu virus which has affected students, teachers and substitute teachers.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

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  • Ellison vindicated
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  • Cocke schools absenteeism
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