Summerville steps down from education committee - WSMV News 4

Summerville steps down from education committee

Posted: Updated:
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

State Sen. Jim Summerville is resigning from the Senate Education Committee after being stripped of his subcommittee chairmanship over an email that insulted the Legislature's black caucus.

Summerville did not give a reason for his resignation in a handwritten letter to Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey on Friday.

Earlier Summerville told reporters in a brief interview that perhaps he should have said he didn't give a "rat's posterior" about the black caucus concerns, rather than the cruder word he used in his one-line email sent this week.

"His choice of words, I think, is his sentiment that he really doesn't honor the Tennessee black caucus or the people we represent or the work that we do that he doesn't value his colleagues on equal standing on him," said State Rep. Brenda Gilmore, D-Nashville.

Gilmore said the black caucus was invited by Summerville to add to his report about allegations of grade changing at Tennessee State University. When asked why he so rudely dismissed the black caucus' response, Summerville said "the matter speaks for itself."

Democrats have demanded an apology but Summerville hasn't issued one.

"I think he should offer a formal apology to the Tennessee black caucus in honor of the work we do. Just as he's a legislator, so are we. And second, I think the report needs to be pulled back," Gilmore said.

Even with his resignation from the education committee, Summerville will still be a member of two other committees: the energy and environment committee and government operations.

Copyright WSMV 2012 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mayor's proposed $5.2B transit plan includes light rail, downtown tunnel

    Mayor's proposed $5.2B transit plan includes light rail, downtown tunnel

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 11:23 PM EDT2017-10-18 03:23:59 GMT
    Mayor Megan Barry and city officials announced the transit plan on Tuesday morning. (WSMV)Mayor Megan Barry and city officials announced the transit plan on Tuesday morning. (WSMV)

    Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and other city leaders unveiled Music City's long-awaited mass transit plan on Tuesday.

    More >>

    Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and other city leaders unveiled Music City's long-awaited mass transit plan on Tuesday.

    More >>
  • Police: Man admits to drowning 6-year-old boy, putting body in trash bin

    Police: Man admits to drowning 6-year-old boy, putting body in trash bin

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 8:58 AM EDT2017-10-18 12:58:48 GMT
    Authorities searched for Dayvid Pakko, 6, for hours after the boy went missing on Monday. (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office)Authorities searched for Dayvid Pakko, 6, for hours after the boy went missing on Monday. (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office)

    A 19-year-old man is accused of drowning a 6-year-old Lynnwood boy he was watching and dumping his body into a trash bin. 

    More >>

    A 19-year-old man is accused of drowning a 6-year-old Lynnwood boy he was watching and dumping his body into a trash bin. 

    More >>
  • Police: Woman who feared deportation drowned 2 boys

    Police: Woman who feared deportation drowned 2 boys

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 7:08 PM EDT2017-10-17 23:08:38 GMT
    (Wilmington Police Department via AP) This undated photo provided by the Wilmington Police Department shows Kula Pelima. Police in Delaware's largest city have charged Pelima with drowning her infant son and the baby's 5-year-old half brother.(Wilmington Police Department via AP) This undated photo provided by the Wilmington Police Department shows Kula Pelima. Police in Delaware's largest city have charged Pelima with drowning her infant son and the baby's 5-year-old half brother.
    (AP) -- A woman drowned her infant son and his 5-year-old half brother in a bathtub hours after she called police and told them she was worried about being deported, a Delaware police chief said Tuesday. Kula Pelima, a native of Liberia who has lived in the U.S. for two decades, called 911 about 3:45 a.m. Monday, fearing that her visa had lapsed, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said at a news conference. It's not clear why Pelima was worried. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...More >>
    (AP) -- A woman drowned her infant son and his 5-year-old half brother in a bathtub hours after she called police and told them she was worried about being deported, a Delaware police chief said Tuesday. Kula Pelima, a native of Liberia who has lived in the U.S. for two decades, called 911 about 3:45 a.m. Monday, fearing that her visa had lapsed, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said at a news conference. It's not clear why Pelima was worried. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...More >>
Powered by Frankly
WSMV
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WSMV; Nashville, TN. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.