MADISONVILLE-The first of four Vonore teachers to be arrested starting last September had her charge dismissed in Monroe County General Sessions Court this past week.
Emily Pennington, 29, Wind Chase Drive, Madisonville, a first-grade teacher at Vonore Elementary, completed drug rehab and paid her court costs, leading Judge Dwaine Thomas to dismiss her charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Pennington was pulled over on Sept. 25 on a suspicion of intoxicated driving, but was only charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a hypodermic needle was found on her and she allegedly admitted using it to ingest Opana pills.
She was on unpaid leave at that time and had been since a few days before her arrest.
Of the other three teachers arrested, Kelly Robinson, 46, Oak Grove Road, Madisonville, pleaded guilty to her charge received the standard punishment for a first DUI offense, including a $365 fine and losing her license for a year. She was sentenced to serve seven days in jail. She took a breathalyzer test and blew a 0.229, well above the legal Tennessee limit of 0.08, police said.
Andi McCallie, was cited for shoplifiting in Loudon County during the summer break. She was placed on three days administrative leave after Director of Schools Tim Blankenship was notified she failed to appear in court on the shoplifting charge. Her charges have since been dropped in Loudon County.
And Kristin Leeann Cochran, 33, Sherman Street, Madisonville, who is listed as a special education teacher at Vonore Elementary School, was arrested in early January after a Madisonville Police Officer spotted her car parked in the emergency lane at the intersection of New Highway 68 and Old Englewood Road.
She was charged with public intoxication and is still awaiting her day in court.