Appeals court weighing arguments over Knox County Bible study Posted: Feb 29, 2012 6:41 AM EST Knoxville News Sentinel: Local Knoxville, Tennessee News Delivered Throughout the Day. CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal appeals court is weighing whether a Knox County student should have been allowed to read and discuss Bible passages during recess. A three-judge panel from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday took up the case brought by Samuel and Tina Whitson, who sued Knox County Schools in 2008. The Whitsons claim that Karns Elementary School Principal Cathy Summa infringed on the rights of Luke Whitson by telling him he could no longer hold Bible study on the playground. School officials argued that policy barred Bible discussions during recess and school hours but allowed students to study the Bible on their own. A federal jury in Knoxville ruled in favor of the school district in 2009. The court took the case on the briefs. The litigants are involved in the appeals process.