Police: Teacher had less than ounce of pot

by Celia Shortt

Johnny Holloway, the former chorus teacher at Evans Middle School, had less than one ounce of marijuana in his possession when police searched his home, according to the police report.

Newnan Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs said during the week of Aug. 17, Newnan Police officers “developed information” that Holloway was in possession of marijuana at his residence. The police department obtained a search warrant on Monday and executed it around 1 p.m. that day.

According to Riggs, less than once ounce of marijuana was found at Holloway’s home. Holloway was not there at the time of the search, and an arrest warrant was issued for him possessing less than one ounce of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor.

Holloway resigned from the school system on Monday.

In a letter sent home to parents of Evans Middle School students, Coweta County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker said the school system had recently heard concerns from parents and students about Holloway’s professional conduct, “including the potential use of illegal substances.”

“Following his resignation, Mr. Holloway was charged on Tuesday for possession of marijuana,” said Barker. “Because this matter is still under investigation, we cannot comment further at this time. We regret this has occurred.”

In June 2013, Holloway was named a quarterfinalist for the inaugural national Grammy Music Educator Award. He was among the 217 music teachers chosen as a quarterfinalist from the more than 30,000 initial nominations.

Holloway did not make the semi-finalist round for the award. Evans Middle and CCSS are currently looking for a qualified replacement for Holloway’s former position.



More Local

Governor's widow to be buried today

The widow of Gov. Ellis Gibbs Arnall will be buried in Newnan today. Ruby Hamilton Arnall, 96, Friday. Her funeral service will be today at ... Read More


Fighting fires was CCFD chief’s dream

“I loved it,” said recently retired Coweta Fire Chief Johnny Teeters. “It was a passion that hit me in the back of the hea ... Read More


Buy One, Give One

Local clinic receives $10,000 grant

Local New York Life agent Warren Budd, with the help of his colleagues, recently secured a $10,000 Community Impact Grant from the company t ... Read More


Regional leaders taking fresh look at TSPLOST

The regional TSPLOST for this region was rejected by voters five years ago, but new legislation has regional leaders looking at options for ... Read More


NTH Turns 150

Historic local newspaper photos sought

The Newnan Times-Herald is asking readers to share stories related to the newspaper’s history as the Times-Herald’s 150th birthd ... Read More

Department of revenue Chief shares info on tax fraud crackdowns

The Georgia Department of Revenue saved Georgia taxpayers over $33 million in fraudulent tax returns in 2014, according to Revenue Commissio ... Read More