School board pays tribute to former principal Thompson

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By Damon Lawrence

Members of the Roane County Board of Education expressed condolences at the passing of former Rockwood Middle School principal Bill Thompson.
“I was fortunate to play ball for Coach Thompson,” Mike “Brillo” Miller said at Tuesday’s board meeting. “He was a great educator and he was a great coach, but the thing that separated Mr. Thompson was he was a better man.”
Thompson passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
He was 75. 
“The whole town of Rockwood, you lost a tremendous asset to that community,” Hugh Johnson said.
Thompson coached high school basketball at Rockwood.
The school board approved a resolution in 2009, naming the middle school gym in his honor.
“He was a principal for many years, but he was first of all a teacher,” Wade McCullough said. “He enjoyed teaching children, and he enjoyed teaching us the difference between right and wrong.”
Thompson retired in 2011, but he was still involved with the town of Rockwood.
He was a member of the city council at the time of his passing.
“In Rockwood, yes, we lost a great asset,” McCullough said. “My heartfelt condolences and sympathy go out to his family. He will be truly missed.”