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Mayor, schools chief at odds over alleged threats

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CLARKSVILLE. (AP) - The head of Montgomery County Schools claims he was threatened by the city's mayor when he refused to rescind a decision to reassign his wife, who is a school system psychologist.

The dispute came to light last week when director Mike Harris released a written account of the conversations to The Leaf-Chronicle.

Harris said when he told Mayor Johnny Piper that he wasn't going to change the assignment, he said Piper told him that he knew people at the local and state level, and he could make things difficult for him.

Said Harris: "I asked if that was a threat, and he said yes."

Piper told the newspaper that he did not threaten Harris, but characterized their conversation as him asking a favor.

He said the transfer of his wife, Donita, was causing her to contemplate resigning, which she did not want to do.


Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle,



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