Two Bradley County school board members to step down over residency issue

Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Bell filed resolution calling for their removal

NASHVILLE - Two Bradley County school board members said Tuesday they will resign their posts at next week's meeting.

The move comes after state Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Bell said they had forfeited their elected positions by moving out of the districts from which they were elected into other areas within the county.

Bell, R-Riceville, drew attention to the issue Tuesday by introducing Senate Joint Resolution 1528, which would direct District Attorney General Steve Crump to remove both men if they won't step down.

"I am not doing this lightly," Bell told the Times Free Press on Monday night as he prepared to file the resolution. "I think the rule of law is important, and we wouldn't allow a legislator to continue to serve if they moved out of the district."