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Complaints from Hawkins County BOE dispute dropped

January 12th, 2014 9:27 pm by Jeff Bobo

Complaints from Hawkins County BOE dispute dropped

ROGERSVILLE — As of Thursday night, a heated exchange that occurred in October between a member of the Hawkins County Board of Education and a school employee had escalated into complaints filed by both parties.

By Friday, however, both complaints had been withdrawn in the interest of the school system putting the incident behind it and moving forward.

The board member, Chris Christian, and the employee, Maintenance Director Bill Shedden, were involved in a verbal altercation prior to the October BOE meeting that included shouting and finger-pointing on the part of both men.

The Times-News witnessed the altercation shortly before it ended, and later learned how it started.

Prior to the meeting Christian and another board member were discussing an ongoing issue at Volunteer High School.

There had been complaints from people in the community, as well as county commissioners, about the gym not being cleaned up after events and staying dirty for long periods of time. School  custodians are under the direction of the principal, not the maintenance department.

Shedden overheard Christian’s version of events regarding that issue, and expressed to Christian that he disagreed with Christian’s version.

As tempers began to rise, the two men agreed to step outside the bus shop meeting room to discuss their differences, at which time the shouting and finger-pointing occurred.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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