On The Carpet
The expression on the carpet, meaning 'being rebuked or closely questioned by a person in authority', is often found in the full phrase to call on the carpet 'to summon for or administer a rebuke, close questioning, or the like'.
This is exactly what happened at the last Loudon County school board meeting. At the end of the meeting, board chairman Scott Newman, addressed accusations made by fellow board member, Gary Ubben, at a previous meeting in October where Mr. Ubben accused other board members of violating state law by, according to Ubben, violating the state Sunshine Law. Mr. Ubben provided no corroboration or evidence for his accusations.
Newman stated that he and he was sure other board members took their reputations seriously and for someone, especially another board member, to make such baseless allegations against their character was beyond the pail. Newman reported that the board now has an Ethics Committee and he expected Mr. Ubben to take his charges and evidence to the Ethics Committee or to make a full and public apology to the board. Mr. Newman also noted that News Herald publisher, Kevin Burcham, had written an editorial in his paper insinuating that Newman had violated the Sunshine Law based on discussions at the same previous meeting.
Newman clarified this matter by explaining that board member Bill Marcus, had called him prior to the meeting, when Ubben made his accusations, and had pretty much said the same thing Ubben later said at the meeting. Marcus also suggested to Newman that he, as board chairman, should go to school director Wayne Honeycutt and tell him the votes were not there to extend the director's contract. Newman told Marcus that he sure didn't know how the rest of the board members would be voting and he certainly would not be telling the director anything.
After Newman's address to the board a short pause was taken for any board members to comment. With no other comments, the board adjourned. As of now, Mr. Ubben has not asked for a meeting of the Ethics Committee.
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Vicky Newman News Herald