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Mike Atwood resigns as JCHS football coach

By Lacy Hilliard
Michael Atwood, head coach for the Johnson County High School football team, has resigned his coaching position. When reached for comment, incoming Director of Schools Dr. Mischelle Simcox told The Tomahawk that Mike Atwood resigned his coaching position effective Thursday, June 12. Dr. Simcox went on to say that Atwood “still holds his teaching position” at Johnson County High School. When asked whether or not the resignation of his coaching position is a result of Atwood’s recent brush with the law, no comment was given.
Michael Atwood was recently charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage and failure to report an accident. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Saturday, May 24 at approximately 3:00 a.m. at `McDonald’s on South Shady Street in Johnson County.
According to the official police report, Officer Ken Lane and Officer Chris Brown were dispatched to McDonald’s following a report from an employee that a vehicle had damaged the stock building behind the restaurant. Officer Lane began to process the scene and during his search he noted vehicle parts as well as a single “Miller Light beer can in the grass near the destroyed building.” Officer Lane then procured the surveillance video and wrote in his report that he observed a Chevrolet Avalanche occupied by a Caucasian male driver go through the first drive-thru lane and maintain a straight line of travel toward a blue dumpster and the stock building. The vehicle then allegedly struck the blue dumpster at such a force that it sent it careening into the stock building several feet away. The driver of the Chevy Avalanche was unidentifiable in the surveillance video but the evidence led local police to familiarize themselves with the vehicle in question.
Following the McDonald’s incident a Chevy Avalanche with visible front-end damage was reported on Spear Branch Road. Deputy Joe Greer was dispatched and upon arrival Deputy Greer noted that the damage on the Chevy Avalanche was consistent with the damage that may have been sustained during the incident at McDonald’s. Upon further investigation it was found that the Chevy Avalanche was registered to Michael Thomas Atwood.
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