Thursday the Anderson County Finance Committee held a special called meeting to hear from newly-hired Purchasing Director Tony Foreman. The meeting was called after a routine background check of Foreman turned up a criminal battery charge from Florida in January. After rumors began to circulate about the incident and the charges, officials called the meeting so that Foreman—whom the committee had hired just a couple of weeks ago—could explain his side of the story.
Foreman explained that the charge stemmed from an incident after the University of Tennessee’s bowl game against Northwestern in Tampa in January. Foreman’s son Malik is a starting defensive back for the UT football team and after the Vols’ 45-6 win over the Wildcats, Foreman headed for a dip in the pool at his hotel. There, he encountered some Northwestern fans, and a discussion of the game turned into a heated argument, but never became physical. Foreman, in fact, thought the issue was done once the encounter had ended, was later surprised to be arrested on a battery charge. In Florida, a battery charge can be leveled even if no physical contact was made and the Northwestern fans opted to press charges.
Foreman pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge, which he expects to be removed from his record within the next few weeks.
Apparently satisfied with the explanation, the committee took no action and moved on to other business. Foreman was hired to succeed Pamela Cotham, who stepped down after the county voted to change financial management systems earlier this year, citing uncertainty over her position with new policies, procedures and supervisors.