published Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Cursing ball coaches in Bradley County have parents complaining

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Coaches should not be cursing around young Bradley County athletes, County Commissioner J. Adam Lowe said Monday.

"I have had more than a dozen phone calls from parents," Lowe told fellow commissioners, "specifically about coaches who coach children on our football teams. One call is hearsay. Two calls are suspect. Twelve calls are evidentiary."

Callers have complained about coaches in county recreation leagues, not school coaches, he said.

Lowe said he will ask the county's recreation board to consider some kind of anti-profanity policy.

"Within that policy I would like for us to have a system of dismissal in place for violating that policy a number of times," Lowe said.

A former high school athlete himself, Lowe said the coaches who became his own role models were those who avoided such language.

"I understand it's football, and it's sports," Lowe said. "But 7- and 8-year-old football is too early for that."

Commissioner Terry Caywood, a former school principal and coach, agreed.

Children are sent to the principal's office for that kind of language, he said. Adults should not be using profanity around children, he said.

"It is a contradiction when a role model uses that kind of language," Caywood said. "There are ways to express yourself without using language we would punish the kids for using."

Contact staff writer Randall Higgins at or 423-314-1029.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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