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Kingsport man arrested in investigation at technical school

October 29th, 2013 9:35 am by John Thompson, NET News Service

Kingsport man arrested in investigation at technical school

Joseph T. Churchwell

ELIZABETHTON — Two teachers of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology — Elizabethton were arrested Monday as a part of the ongoing investigation of some faculty and staff members by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department.

David Scott Simerly, 45, 722 Woodland Drive, was charged with communicating a threat to a school employee and Joseph T. Churchwell, 33, 2601 John B. Dennis Highway, No. 409, Kingsport, was charged with theft under $500.

“These charges are a result of the investigation of allegations of misconduct and alleged criminal activities at the school,” Sheriff Chris Mathes said. The investigation was triggered by allegations that the college director, Dean Blevins, had used student and faculty resources and school materials and resources to renovate a houseboat Blevins owns on Boone Lake. 

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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