BY JIMMY ESPY
Chattooga County Board of Education Chairman John Agnew filed an appeal on Wednesday with the Superior Court of Chattooga County, asking that a judge deny and dismiss a recall petition targeting him.
Agnew is also asking that the petition chairperson, Allan Baggett, be required to pay all Agnew’s attorney’s fees and pay Agnew damages for untrue and libelous allegations made in the recall application.
The filing by Agnew requests that his case be heard by a Superior Court judge from this district, but not this circuit. Agnew wants the assigned judge to “expedite a review” of the grounds for recall and of the “legal sufficiency of the alleged fact or facts” of the case.
Agnew, who is being represented by attorney C. King Askew of the firm Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson and Davis of Rome, has drawn the ire of some county residents because of support for returning the county school system to a five-day school week. Opponents of that idea have verbally attacked Agnew and the three other school board members who voted to switch from the current four-day school week. They have threatened to pursue recall efforts against Dr. Julia Houston, Brad Hayes and Sammy Ballard.