Campbell County Middle School Teacher Charged With Inappropriate Contact With Student

Monday, July 14, 2014
Lonnie Vann
Lonnie Vann

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for a middle school teacher accused of inappropriate contact with a student.

At the request of 8th District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones, TBI Special Agents, along with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, began investigating Lonnie Vann last Nov. 4. During the course of the investigation, agents said they developed information that on Oct. 22, 2013, while working as a teacher at LaFollette Middle School, Vann took a 13-year-old student off school property to Coolidge First Baptist Church. While in the church building, Vann hugged the juvenile and attempted to kiss her, both without consent, it was charged.

Investigators further developed information that Vann tampered with evidence in the case by altering images on a recording device at the church, agents said.

Last Wednesday, the Campbell County Grand Jury returned indictments for Vann, charging the 43-year-old with solicitation of a minor, tampering with evidence, and assault.

Vann on Monday turned himself into the Campbell County Jail, where he was later released after posting $10,000 bond.


Police Blotter: Undercover Officer Nabs 2 Women Who Respond To Escort Service Ad; Swindle Involves One-Sided Copy Of $50 Bill

An undercover officer said two women reported to a motel on Shallowford Road after he responded to an escort service ad on Backpage. He said the women matched their photos in the ad. They agreed to "full service sex" for $260. The women, Holly Carney and Sabrina James, said they live at the Hamilton Inn. A search of their room there turned up meth, syringes, scales and ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: EPB Unveils Annual Holiday Window Displays

Lawlessness At Heritage Park

As a frequent visitor at Heritage Park in East Brainerd, I must say that the situation is becoming slightly out of control.  To start, parking is atrocious.  The unpaved lot contains nothing but loose gravel which has naturally given way to divots in the ground assuring you a few bumps.  Why isn't this area smoothed out?  It's not worth parking there anyways ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Am Thankful 2014

Over 40 years ago I was a young sports writer when I came up with the notion of setting daily things aside, just for one day, and writing about why “I Am Thankful.” Every Thanksgiving I come up with my list and it is as much about me as it is about my gratitude for all things great and small. I can’t imagine approaching this day in any other way. Here we go … I AM THANKFUL for ... (click for more)

Alcoa, A Prep Football Gold Standard, Up Next For Irish

Notre Dame almost had a crack at powerful Alcoa in the 2013 TSSAA football playoff semifinal round. But, in the quarterfinals, Alcoa beat Christian Academy of Knoxville, 42-14, but the Fighting Irish dropped a 19-10 decision to Upperman, which was crushed, 75-18, a week later by the Tornadoes. Alcoa clipped Christ Presbyterian Academy, 25-7, in the state championship game. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Women Shock No.4 Tennessee, 67-63

Before the season started some people across the country called Chattanooga women’s basketball coach Jim Foster crazy for scheduling three top 10 teams – Notre Dame (national runner-up) Stanford and Tennessee - before Christmas. After Wednesday night’s UTC shocking 67-63 home win against No.4 Tennessee before 4,160, those same folks might believe coach Foster is crazy like ... (click for more)