JOHNSON CITY — The Washington County Board of Education handed over a $700,000 check to the circuit court clerk’s office this week so a judge can determine how it will be distributed among 39 students on a bus that crashed and rolled last month.
The check was filed along with a court document called an interpleader by attorney Earl Booze, who represents the Tennessee Risk Management trust. Because of the multiple victims and potential lawsuits, the interpleader allows the school system to put the issue into a judge’s hands.
In the document, the Tennessee Risk Management trust, which carries risk insurance for governmental bodies, asks that a judge determine which victims are entitled to part of the money.
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