published Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Col. Tom McConnell reinstated to position

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Col. Tom McConnell (Ret.), director of Hamilton County School’s Junior Reserve Office Training Corps, is back on the job, effective this week.

McConnell was arrested on March 4 after witnesses accused him of fondling his 5-year-old granddaughter at a local restaurant. He faced a charged of aggravated sexual battery, but a Hamilton County grand jury decided not to indict McConnell, who doesn’t appear to face any further charges.

After the grand jury’s finding last week, McConnell was reinstated to his position. He had been on suspension without pay since his arrest.

Hamilton County Board of Education Chairman Mike Evatt said the colonel will receive back-pay for his time missed.

about Kevin Hardy...

Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a ...

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