Graham appears in Superior Court Tuesday

Cherokee County Schools, News

MURPHY, N.C. – Thomas Graham, the Murphy High School principal charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a student stemming from incidents occurring in January and February of 2016, appeared before Judicial District 30A Judge William H. Coward in Superior Court Tuesday, March 6, in Murphy.

On Tuesday, the next court date for Murphy High School Principal Thomas Graham was set for July 2.

Graham is represented by Murphy attorney Gerald R. Collins, and Judge Coward set Graham’s next court appearance for July 2.

Graham, 45, was indicted by a grand jury and arrested by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Thursday, Feb. 8, and later released from the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $2,500 bond. According to the Cherokee County School System, the principal was suspended with pay Jan. 26, prior to the arrest. Since then, Jason Forrister has served as acting principal of Murphy High School.


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Superintendent Dr. Conley makes a statement

Cherokee County Schools
Cherokee County Schools NC
Superintendent Dr Jeana Conley

Dr. Jeana Conley

Downtown Murphy, N.C.-  Superintendent of Cherokee County Schools Dr. Jeana Conley made a statement concerning the counties September 12, 2017, school day.

“Cherokee County Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The delay will give bus drivers enough light of day to see any potential debris in the road. The wind gusts, according to current weather models will have rescinded to acceptable speeds for buses. Thank you for your continued patience. We realize that disruptions to established schedules are hard on families and parents who work.” – Superintendent Dr. Jeana Conley,, &  LIVE Broadcasting on Mon.- Fri. 8-10 a.m.

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