OAK RIDGE SCHOOLS SETTLES WRONGFUL TERMINATION CASE. JUDGE RULES FOR FORMER TEACHER’S AIDE AND FOOTBALL COACH.

Attorneys for Don Colquitt, the former assistant coach at Oak Ridge High School under Coach Joe Gaddis, have announced that the lawsuit filed by Colquitt has finally been settled for an undisclosed amount. Colquitt had been the head football coach at Jefferson Middle School before being hired by Gaddis to lead the freshman squad and help Gaddis coach the varsity football team in 2013. Colquitt also worked for the school system as a teacher’s aide for special needs students.

In 2014, Colquitt was suspended and ultimately terminated for what the school board said was “inappropriate contact with a student.” Colquitt, however, was never given any hearing on the alleged complaint and there appeared to be no real investigation into the allegation by the school board. Unable to make sense of the allegation and now without employment, Colquitt sought legal counsel and filed a complaint against the school board in the Anderson County Circuit Court. Ultimately, Circuit Judge Mike Pemberton from Roane County, sitting by interchange, ruled that the school board’s termination of Colquitt was without good cause,

stating the school board “did not follow or really even attempt to follow” its own policies and procedures. In that same ruling, Judge Pemberton found that the school board was liable to Colquitt on his claims. Colquitt was represented by Bob Knoelton and Bruce Fox.

After that ruling, the parties were able reach a settlement. Attorney Bruce Fox states that the settlement is a recognition that Colquitt was treated unfairly. “I am happy that we were finally able to resolve the case. It certainly helped that Judge Pemberton had already ruled that Don’s rights were violated and there was no cause for his termination,” says Fox. “Don certainly wanted to just get this behind him and move forward with his life. His hope is that he can get back to working with and mentoring kids in Oak Ridge the way he has done most of his life. My hope is that the school board has learned that it can’t drag someone through the mud for no reason and expect no consequences.”

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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3 comments

  1. About damn time!!!!

  2. I’m going through the same thing would like to have number of the lawyers that represent Mr Colquitt please thank you or past my name and email on to attorney

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