Attorney for former Ooltewah coaches wants to add more evidence to lawsuit

Attorney Curtis Bowe, right, argues that his client, former Ooltewah High School head basketball coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery, should have charges of failure to report child sexual abuse thrown out while appearing before Judge Don Poole on August 31, 2016.

An attorney for former Ooltewah High School employees claiming they were wrongly mistreated during a 2015 rape case wants to beef up their lawsuit with more evidence pointing to the man who was the Hamilton County Schools superintendent at the time.

Attorney Curtis Bowe did not expand Thursday on what he plans to add about Rick Smith, the former superintendent and one of many public officials named in his clients' June lawsuit.

But Bowe must make the changes before early January as attorneys move toward an Oct. 30, 2018, trial date that U.S. District Magistrate Judge Christopher Steger set Thursday.

"That needs to be a very tight timeline," said W. Carl Spining, an attorney representing Smith and the school district.