published Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Rick Smith named interim schools chief

by Adam Crisp

Hamilton County school board members have voted to appoint Rick Smith as interim superintendent.

The 5-4 vote will install Smith after June 10 when current Superintendent Jim Scales leaves.

Rhonda Thurman, Everett Fairchild, David Testerman, Mike Evatt voted for the appointment. George Ricks, Jeffrey Wilson, Linda Mosley voted no.

See Friday’s Times Free Press for complete coverage.

about Adam Crisp...

Adam Crisp covers education issues for the Times Free Press. He joined the paper's staff in 2007 and initially covered crime, public safety, courts and general assignment topics. Prior to Chattanooga, Crisp was a crime reporter at the Savannah Morning News and has been a reporter and editor at community newspapers in southeast Georgia. In college, he led his student paper to a first-place general excellence award from the Georgia College Press Association. He earned ...

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crow1033 said...

Well, Rhonda saved her boyfriends job at a cost of $282,000 to the taxpayers! Hope the voters show her how we appreciate it!

May 26, 2011 at 9:07 p.m.
Roy said...

This whole mess is like a bad joke. When will they ever mature. I think that some of the students may be much more intelligent and that isn't saying much. It is getting old.

May 26, 2011 at 9:41 p.m.
SavartiTN said...


May 26, 2011 at 9:50 p.m.
trucker1955 said...

don't think they should pay him. if he wants his money then make him work for it. as far as rick smith go i think they made a wise choice.

May 26, 2011 at 10:06 p.m.

You get what you pay for. Politicized education. A sad day for students.

May 26, 2011 at 11:12 p.m.
chet123 said...

Trucker...that why you driving a truck...please get an professional...and not a boonie....maybe the outsider can help Hamilton County...too much good ole boy..and girl friend bs going on here...that what you get with under qualifies butts running the school systems

June 7, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.
chet123 said...


June 17, 2011 at 7:36 p.m.
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