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.



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