Marion County Coach Gets Court Date

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Updated: 11/14/2013 6:37 pm
JASPER, TN, (WDEF)-Michael Schmitt will go to court in two months time facing charges of involvement in the vandalizing of his own school's sports buildings.

Both towns only 7 miles apart are still in shock.

Football fan and Marion County Clerk Dwight Minter says football is an integral part of the community here in Jasper.

County Clerk, Dwight Minter,"Signs and such all up and down the valley, pep rallies as far as what happened, yes sir I am surprised"

Minter feels that children from both towns are the ones who will suffer.

"Folks who have done this or supposedly have done this ought to be setting an example for the young folks I feel that's not a good example by all means"

Head Coach Tim Moore of South Pittsburg Pirates says there is now a sense of relief among the student body.

"Hoping it wasn't anyone you knew or in your community, it does feel like it has cleared the air and its a lot easier to breath"

Some Jasper residents told news 12 that they believe large quantities of certain colored paints were made at a WalMart in Dunlap prior to the incident two weeks ago.

For Jim Dunwoody a former South PitTsburg Player and four time state champion the relationship between the two historic towns should only ever be heated when on a playing field.

"Boyfriends, girlfriends, marriages from both towns, you have a lot of intertwined and so forth, it's a huge rivalry but personally we like each other"

The estimated damage done to the school property is between 1 and 10,000 dollars.
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