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Vonore teacher arrested for DUI on administrative leave
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A Vonore teacher accused of driving drunk has been placed on administrative leave without pay for three days.

Madisonville police arrested Kelly Jenkins Robinson Friday and charged her with DUI. Officers said her blood alcohol content was 0.299.

"It was an off duty Monroe County Sheriff's deputy who actually called it in," said Madisonville Police Chief Gregg Breeden. "He had followed a vehicle that had run several other vehicles off the road or had almost run them off the road.

Robinson is listed as a media specialist and technology instructor on Vonore Middle School's website.

On Tuesday, Tim Blankenship, director of Monroe County Schools, sent WBIR 10News an email, confirming that Robinson was placed on administrative leave. He said Robinson must also meet "expected conditions" to continue to work at the school.

Blankenship said the school board is "aware of this situation with Ms. Robinson and are in the process of gathering the facts surrounding the incident."

Robinson is the second Vonore teacher arrested in less than a month.

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In September, police arrested Emily Pennington, 29, for possession of drug paraphernalia. She was a first grade teacher at Vonore Elementary School.

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WBIR reached out to the school board about her status. Blankenship said, "The investigation into Miss Pennington is ongoing. She was on unpaid leave at the time of her arrest. She remains on unpaid leave at this time."

Both cases are currently pending and will be seen in court.

Police said its a situation they see far too often and driving under the influence of anything needs to stop.

"A message to the people out there drinking and driving, get yourself a designated driver. You've got a buddy. Someone is willing to drive you," said Chief Breeden.


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