Saturday, November 09, 2013
TCAT Instructors Fired After October Arrest
Last month the Carter County Sheriff’s Department arrested 45-year old David Simerly and 33-year old Joseph Churchwell over issues stemming from their jobs at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. Simerly is accused of threatening a co-worker. Churchwell is charged with stealing nearly 1,500 pounds of scrap metal. State officials say the two instructors have since been fired and although they normally don’t comment on a teacher’s job status, their arrests made their employment a public issue and warranted a statement.