Teacher Gets 2nd DUI
|Greenback teacher and coach, Kenneth R. Wheeler was
arrested March 22nd for DUI. The arresting officer followed Wheeler's
vehicle noticing that he was weaving from side to side on Hwy. 411. The
officer stopped Wheeler on suspicion of drunk driving. Wheeler preformed
poorly on sobriety tasks. Wheeler was arrested for DUI. Wheeler's breath
test on the intoximeter showed his blood alcohol to be .13. The legal
limit in Tennessee is .08.
Wheeler was indicted last year for DUI and is awaiting a grand jury hearing on his first arrest. Wheeler's first arrested was July 1,2007. The arresting officer found Wheeler parked in the middle of Sugar Limb Road around 12:00 midnight. When the officer approached Wheeler he made a U turn and sped away from the officer. The officer followed Wheeler a short distance till he pulled over. Wheeler was arrested for DUI.
Just last month at the recommendation of school director, Edward Headlee, BOE members voted to grant tenure to Wheeler. Headlee and at least several board members were aware of the first DUI arrest prior to their vote to grant tenure. Freddie Gene Walker was the only BOE member to vote no on the tenure. The second arrest came two weeks after the vote.
Just after the second arrest, Headlee was asked in an
email how the second arrest would affect the recently granted tenure for
According to Headlee's email, Wheeler will not be retained to teach for Loudon County next year.