By TOMMY BRYAN
Dr. Sharon Roberts, Director of the Lebanon Special School District since 2005, has resigned that position effective Jan. 1.
Dr. Roberts, who received her undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, has accepted a position as Chief Operating Officer of Tennessee SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education).
Tennessee SCORE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization chaired by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. SCOREs mission is to work with state and local governments to encourage sound policy decisions in public education, and to advance innovative reform on a statewide basis.
"The move is not one that I had sought or anticipated at this point in my career," Dr. Roberts said in a prepared statement emailed to administrators and faculty members in the LSSD earlier today.
"However, it provides an exciting opportunity to serve as a resource for information and implementation on state level reform, especially the work tied to our state's First to the Top initiatives. I will continue to be heavily involved in the TIGER teacher evaluation work which will allow me the opportunity to stay somewhat connected to LSSD."
Prior to accepting the LSSD job, Dr. Roberts was a special education and middle school teacher, consulting teacher, elementary school principal, and Assistant Superintendent in the Knox County Schools System.
"It is a bitter sweet opportunity for me because I cherish this school system and I truly care for each person," Dr. Roberts said in the email.
"Together, we have accomplished so much for the boys and girls of Lebanon! I am incredibly proud of the leadership within our system and in awe of what you do each and every day! I am excited to have been a part of the rich history of this great school system and eager to see the wonderful things that lie ahead! Forever, I will consider you my family and LSSD will always be in my heart.
"We have been so fortunate to have such a supportive Board of Education. Please know that the Board has every intention to continue to ensure you have what you need to continue the great work that you are doing. I am sure that they will move quickly to provide the leadership needed. I urge you to keep moving forward in helping our children be successful. The work is too important".
From Post staff reports
John Patrick Edwards, 39, a former Wilson County Sheriffs Department Lieutenant, was indicted Monday by Davidson and Wilson County grand juries with multiple charges for offenses allegedly committed while serving as a police officer.
Edwards, of 931 Bass Lane, Mt. Juliet, was indicted by the Wilson County grand jury on one count of attempted first degree murder, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, seven counts of money laundering, two counts of official misconduct, two counts of fabrication of evidence, three counts of theft over $10,000 and one count of tampering with evidence.
On March 22, 2011, the 15th Judicial District Attorney Generals office requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate allegations of theft and domestic violence against Edwards.
TBI originally arrested Edwards on March 24, on one count of theft over $10,000. At that time, Edwards was booked into the Wilson County Jail and posted a $50,000 bond. The investigation also determined that in March of 2011, Edwards attempted to kill his wife by poisoning her.
Further investigation revealed that Edwards also committed multiple criminal acts over the course of several years. Edwards is accused of claiming to witness a drug deal between two men, then proceeded to hold them at gunpoint, falsely arrested them and seized their vehicles and cash. Other vehicles that were legitimately seized by the Wilson County Sheriffs Office, Edwards forged documents on in an attempt to claim ownership.
In another instance, Edwards checked out an unknown amount of marijuana from the Wilson County Sheriffs Office evidence room and arranged for it to be sold for his personal gain. He also provided sensitive or confidential information to the target of a drug investigation in exchange for $15,000 cash.
On March 24, the 20th Judicial District Attorney General in Davidson County also requested a TBI investigation on Edwards. It was determined that in October of 2007, Edwards burglarized the residence of his former girlfriend and then gave the stolen items to his wife as gifts. The Davidson County grand jury indicted Edwards on May 3, 2011, for one count of theft of property over $60,000 and one count of aggravated burglary for that incident.
The TBI, State of Tennessee Comptrollers Office, the 15th Judicial District Attorneys Office and the Wilson County Sheriffs Office were involved in the state investigation. Edwards is currently incarcerated in the Robertson County Jail on a federal charge. In Wilson County, the case is being handled by a special prosecutor.