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Couple sues school district, chemical companies over carpet replacement

March 4, 2010

FARRAGUT, TN — A former assistant principal and her husband have filed suit against Knox County Schools and two chemical companies for what they claim are health complications related to a school carpet replacement, according to the Farragut Press.

According to the story, Veronica Glover and her husband Walter are seeking a total of no more than $6 million for health problems including shortness of breath and hoarseness, night sweats, an itchy throat and bronchitis.

The suit claims that faculty and students complained of a chemical odor and dust from the February 2009 carpet replacement, and that Glover made several complaints before officials attempted to detoxify her office — but not before she was diagnosed with of progressive degenerative motor neuron disease, the story stated.

Para-Chem Southern Inc. and Dependable Chemical Company Inc. were also named in the suit, which claims its products were used during the carpet replacement, the story noted.

Knox County Schools Public Affairs Director Melissa Copelan could not offer comment on ongoing litigation, the story added.

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