Tommy Layne had hoped to retire after this school year with fifty years of service, including the past twenty-four as principal of Sequatchie County High School.  Those plans are up in the air after what is being called a "surprise" transfer to a teaching position.  Director of Schools Pete Swafford said, "I can't give the reasons, except to say the move is in the best interest of the school."

Swafford said Layne is being transferred to a "yet to be decided" teaching position within the school system.  Layne was the longest-serving high school principal in the Tennessee Valley by a lengthy margin, prior to his transfer.  Layne also has served for many years as an official with the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA). 

The school was recently involved in a controversy with Grundy County High School after an incident in which Sequatchie football players apparently held up the jerseys of teammates who were not allowed to play in the Sequatchie-Grundy game.  The students were reportedly Grundy transfers who may have been involved in an assault which led to their dismissal from Grundy County High.  Sequatchie school officials would neither confirm nor deny the players' participation in the incident.

Layne said he could not comment on the advice of his attorney, and said he planned to meet with Swafford on Tuesday to learn about his new assignment.  

Several parents and students tell WRCB that Sequatchie County students plan to protest Layne's transfer after school on Tuesday at the central office.