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TSSAA votes to require background checks for game officials

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Officials wanting to work Tennessee high school games through the TSSAA will need a background check starting immediately.

The TSSAA Board of Control voted unanimously Thursday to require the background checks for all officials before registering with the association.

Officials registering with the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association must pass a national background check through the organization's online registration system, and the background check will be performed annually.

Executive director Bernard Childress tells The Tennessean they felt the time had come to require the background check before someone can register as an official.

The TSSAA suspended an official in September after an incident with a high school football player.