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Calendine removed as Cherokee football team doctor due to P.I. arrest

Jeff Bobo • Dec 15, 2016 at 9:35 AM

ROGERSVILLE — As a result of his arrest for public intoxication Saturday at Volunteer High School, Rogersville pediatrician Dr. Chris Calendine will no longer be permitted to serve as the Cherokee High School football team physician.

Director of Schools Steve Starnes said Wednesday the Hawkins County Board of Education and Cherokee High School have ended their relationship with Calendine as a nonpaid volunteer.

In addition to being the Cherokee football’s team physician, Calendine also helped organize and provide physicals for student athletes who attend Cherokee and its feeder middle schools.

Starnes noted that Calendine doesn’t fall under the zero tolerance school policy for alcohol use among school employees on campus or while working.

“We have a right to control who accesses our school facilities,” Starnes said.

Starnes added, “Additionally, he will be banned from all Hawkins County Schools property for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year and the 2017-18 school year. Employees and volunteers alike are held to a high standard and expected to be free from the effects of drugs or alcohol while on school premises, in or upon any school-owned or school-approved vehicle, or while in attendance at school-sponsored events.”

Calendine was arrested during the Cherokee versus Volunteer boys varsity basketball game Saturday evening.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Draine, who was working the game, stated in his report that shortly after 7 p.m. he was told by several people about an intoxicated spectator who was later identified as Calendine.

“Upon making contact with Mr. Calendine, I smelled a strong odor of alcohol about his person,” Draine stated in his report. “While walking Mr. Calendine outside, I observed he was swaying and could not walk straight.”

Calendine, 45, 261 Rivergate Manor, Rogersville, was booked into the Hawkins County Jail at 9:58 p.m. and released shortly after 11 p.m.

He waived arraignment Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court. A new court date has yet to be scheduled.                                                                                                 

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