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Vonore teacher arrested for public intoxication

Monroe County Schools suspended a teacher without pay after she was arrested and charged with public intoxication.

Monroe County Director of Schools Tim Blankenship said Kristin Cochran was arrested early Saturday morning. Cochran is a special education teacher at Vonore Elementary.

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After Saturday's arrest, the school system suspended Cochran without pay for three days starting on Tuesday. Blankenship said Cochran will remain on probation with the school system for a year. As part of her punishment, Cochran can't transport students in her personal vehicle.


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The school system has also required Cochran to enter a substance abuse program by May 1. To keep her job, she must also immediately apologize verbally and in writing to the Monroe County community.


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Officials arrested three Vonore teachers in less than a month. In October, Madisonville police arrested Kelly Jenkins Robinson and charged her with DUI. Robinson taught at Vonore Middle School.

In the same month, Monroe County deputies arrested Andi McCallie and charged her with failure to appear in general sessions court in Loudon County. Blankenship said McCallie was arrested for shoplifting in June 2014.

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


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