Counselor Who Was Suspended After Chaperoning Signal Mountain Seniors On Bahamas Trip Picks Up DUI

Monday, January 28, 2013
Dr. Anne Elizabeth Cushing
Dr. Anne Elizabeth Cushing

A county school counselor who was among Signal Mountain Middle/High School faculty members suspended last April in connection with inappropriate alcohol use on a senior trip to the Bahamas is now facing DUI charges.

Dr. Anne Elizabeth Cushing was arrested following a wreck in the 3400 block of Taft Highway at 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Dr. Cushing, 49, of 22 Majestic Oaks on Signal Mountain,  is also charged with violating the implied consent law after refusing to have her blood-alcohol level tested.

A sheriff's deputy said he was dispatched to the accident scene and found Dr.

Cushing outside of her 2008 Jeep trying to walk out of some woods. He said she could not keep her balance and he helped her to her vehicle. She said she was not injured.

The officer said he could smell an odor of alcohol on her. He said she failed several field tests, including the walk and turn in which she "could not keep her balance and missed heel to toe on every step."

She was taken to the Hamilton County Jail.

Five of the faculty members on the Signal Mountain trip were suspended for 10 days without pay. Dr. Cushing and Dr. LeAnn Welch were suspended without pay for the remainder of the school year. Officials said infractions against them also involved alcohol on school property.

 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BATES, JOE EDWARD     2472 ELLA DR CLEVELAND, 37323     20     Hamilton County          Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) BELL, AQUANTIS JACKEE     8881 MILLER LEE LN APT 101 CHATTANOOGA, 37416    ... (click for more)

Corker Says Russian Move In Ukraine Must Be Met With Strength

Senator Bob Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding reports of a Russian convoy entering Ukraine with military artillery and personnel: “Reports of further Russian movement into Ukraine bear all the hallmarks of Crimea and must be met with strength, including broader, more crippling sanctions, appropriate ... (click for more)

Mackey Should Be Thankful For The State Troopers On Highway 153

This is in response to a statement made by Warren Mackey at the commission meeting.  His question was to the mayor regarding the state troopers writing tickets on Highway 153, saying they were on a rampage.   It is apparent that Mr. Mackey doesn’t travel this highway.  His only concern was that the ticket money was going into state funds and not into county funds. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Must-Read For Parents

If you have a child or if you love one, what you are about to read could be one of the most important lessons in your life. I have a great friend in Dallas – Sandy Pohfal – who regularly shares stories with me that are moving, inspirational or important. This is all three. This story was written by a celebrated author, Christie Craig. She has written hundreds of articles for ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain "Grounds" East Hamilton, 28-19

Signal Mountain was determined to run the football and take time off the clock Friday night in the second half of its 28-19 non-district victory over rival East Hamilton before a standing-room-only crowd at Hurricane Hill. “That’s our kind of football,” Eagles coach Bill Price said after the season opening game for both teams. “It was a tough football game and we just got out ... (click for more)

Maynor Leads Soddy Daisy Past Hixson, 49-36

If you wanted to see a lot of offense in a high school football game, then you should have been at  Soddy Daisy's Robert Talaska Field Friday night. Defense was all but non-existent on either side as the host Trojans took advantage of five touchdown passes from southpaw senior quarterback Hunter Maynor to outlast the Hixson Wildcats, 49-36. The last two minutes of the ... (click for more)