I have received multiple phone calls from individuals concerned about a rumor that if Conley Underwood is elected that Carter Elementary School construction will be pulled. Finally, last night I received a phone call saying that retired Knox County Assistant Principal Alvin Taylor is repeating this information to people that are supporting Underwood for Eighth District Knox County School Board.
I immediately called Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and asked him about the rumor. His response was instant and matter of fact. Burchett said "that is a lie" This morning I contacted Knox County's Purchasing Director Hugh Holt and asked him if the project could be pulled. He said this agreement has been consummated by the Knox County School Board, Knox County Commission and the Knox County Industrial Development Board. Dirt should be moving in three weeks. I then contacted Melissa Copelan the Knox County Schools PR Guru, I asked her to obtain a response from Dr. Jim McIntyre. Dr. McIntyre said both bodies (Schools and Commission, I presume) have given the appropriate approvals and the project is moving forward.
So, those of you in the Carter community. Do not fear the unknown, the Carter Elementary project will carry forward when you elect Conley Underwood to the Knox County School Board representing Carter, Gibbs and all the communities of the Eighth District.