A majority of the often unruly crowd packed into the Loudon County Courthouse Annex meeting room Thursday evening for a Loudon County Board of Education meeting arrived with their minds made up.

Angry words flew from the audience, upset over claims Loudon County Director of Schools Jason Vance abused the power of his office and tried to pressure Loudon High School boys basketball coach Josh Graves into dressing Vance’s son for varsity play. Vance, in a statement released to social media Thursday night, characterized any rumors that he told Graves which players to dress or “bullied the coach” as “completely inaccurate and unfounded.”

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