Loudon County Schools teaching assistant charged with theft

A Loudon County Schools teaching assistant has been fired after her arrest on a charge of theft, officials said.
Christi Cullen, an assistant at Greenback School who also coaches the middle school girls' basketball team, was dismissed with cause Wednesday, Loudon County Schools Superintendent Jason Vance said.
The Loudon County General Sessions Court Clerk's Office confirmed Thursday that Cullen was arrested for theft, although further details were not immediately available.
The arrest follows allegations of abuse involving staff members at two Loudon County Schools last month.
The state Department of Children's Services is investigating separate complaints against Lisa Hale, a special-education teacher at Easton Elementary School in Lenoir City; and William Michael Olds, a teaching assistant at North Middle School.