- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - A Middle Tennessee school board chairman is apologizing for a controversy over his involvement in a business that created a novelty bottle opener shaped like a woman’s behind but says he won’t step down.

Williamson County School Board Chairman Mark Gregory told The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1v1omHf) that he has the support of other board members and stands by his nearly decade of work on the panel. He was first elected in 2004.

Since he was elected chairman by fellow board members this month, more than 800 parents have signed a petition seeking his resignation and board member P.J. Mezera resigned Monday as vice chairman.

Gregory said he understands why some people find the ButtleOpener objectionable and apologized, but says he is no longer involved in the company, which dissolved in 2012.


Information from: The Tennessean, https://www.tennessean.com

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