Teens Injured In Head-On Collision
Legislative Body Meeting Held Monday
School Board Meeting Held
Three Teens Injured
In Head-On Collision
One of three Overton County teen-agers injured in a collision Friday,
Oct. 15 is transported via LifeStar to the University of Tennessee
at Knoxville Trauma Center.
According to reports, Amanda Hargis, 17, of Rickman, was driving
a 1991 Pontiac Sunbird north on Rickman Road (Old Highway 42) around
7:10 a.m. when approximately mid-way between Pennington's Muffler
Shop and the Overton County Industrial Park her car crossed the
center line of the road into the path of a 1993 Nissan driven by
Kelly R. Johnson, 17, of Livingston. The vehicles collided head-on.
Hargis was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital then flown
by helicopter to the UT Trauma Center in Knoxville. Johnson sustained
less serious injuries, and a passenger in the Sunbird, Jessica A.
Hawn, 17, of Rickman, received minor injuries. All were wearing
seat belts. THP Jimmy King investigated the incident. (OCN staff
Meeting Held Monday
By Dewain E. Peek
The Overton County Legislative Body held its regular monthly meeting
Monday, Oct. 18 with all commissioners present.
The County Commission approved constructing a new building to house
the Overton County Ambulance Service. The new building will be built
just off Bradford-Hicks Drive on Poindexter Drive with direct access
to the bypass instead of making a new driveway, according to County
Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell. Another concern
voiced by Public Safety Committee Chairman Commissioner Randall
Boswell was that the armory building was too close to the new justice
center, creating an inconvenience.
According to Executive Mitchell, construction of a new building
will cost approximately the same, or possibly less, than renovating
the old armory building.
The Commission approved trying to settle the lawsuit between Donna
Beaty and Overton County as recommended by the attorney for the
county's insurance carrier. The county's deductible is $10,000.
The Commission approved the second reading of a resolution to clarify,
amend and designate the proceeds from the motor vehicle privilege
tax (wheel tax) for school purposes. According to Executive Mitchell,
the resolution obligates the wheel tax money to be spent for school
The County Commission adopted a resolution pursuant to sections
13-7-101 through 13-7-115 of the Tennessee Code Annotated for the
purpose of regulating the flood plain area of Overton County to
minimize the danger to life and property and to establish eligibility
in the National Flood Insurance Program. Committee appointments
for 1999-2000 were unchanged from last year.
The Legislative Body voted to appoint Frank Martin, Grant Pennington,
Billy Sullivan, Billie G. Phipps, and Donnie Bull to the Nursing
Executive Mitchell was elected to continue in the position of chairman
of the Overton County Legislative Body, and Wayne Sells was elected
The county quarterly report was approved, as was the school system
quarterly report and budget amendments.
A resolution was adopted to authorize the execution of an agreement
with Tax Management Associates Inc. for the purpose of performing
a personal tax audit required by the state. The audit will cost
the county approximately $7,200 and will take about two years to
complete. The audit is only concerned with corporations, not private
individuals or businesses. According to Executive Mitchell, Overton
County has only seven corporations that fall under the audit requirement.
Approved as notaries-at-large were Sheri Dishman, Donna Alsip,
Joan Melton, Wanda C. Lowe, Timothy T. Sells, Betty McCormick, and
The meeting adjourned.
School Board Meeting
By Dewain E. Peek
The Overton County Board of Education held its regular monthly
meeting Thursday, Oct. 14.
In new business, the minutes were approved of the June 1 called
meeting, the July 6 regular meeting, and the September 9 regular
meeting. The minutes of the August 3 called meeting were approved
with a change; a bid credited to Fasser Inc. should not have been
The Board approved the 1999-2000 report of school compliance,
which is based on statutory and state Board of Education rules,
regulations, and minimum standards for approval of public school
The Board approved the certification of compliance with TCA Section
49-310 (4) (A), which verifies that students have been furnished
all necessary textbooks.
Textbook adoption committees were approved for art, music, theater
arts, spelling 1-8, literature 6-12, driver's education, health
science education, business education, marketing education, technology
education, and trade and industrial education. Committees are as
follows: grades 1-5 - Gail McCormick, Deborah Parsons, Ann Seifert,
Nancy McCormick, and Sharon Sevier; grades 6-8 - Patricia Dale,
Sonny Parsons, David Harris, Kim McDonald, and Brenda Choate; and
grades 9-12 - Loy Dorminey, Mala Terry, Greg Dingwall, Betsy Stockton,
Terry Webb, and Eddie Linder.
The first reading of a commuting policy was approved. The policy
allows certain school personnel, such as maintenance workers, to
take school vehicles home with them so they have equipment at hand
if called out after normal working hours, according to Director
of Schools Eldon Davis. Those who choose to drive or ride in the
vehicles will be taxed by the federal government as if they made
an additional three dollars per each day they took the vehicle home
or rode to work in it. Under the policy, the vehicle could not be
used for any personal use.
The Board voted to eliminate the assistant baseball coach position
at Livingston Academy for the time being. No one held the position
and no one was requested to fill the position. Board member Milton
Raines voted no.
The Board approved the general purpose, educational capital projects,
federal projects, and central cafeteria funds quarterly report for
the period ending September 30.
Maternity leave was granted to Shelly Gilpatrick from September
13 through October 25.
Medical leave was granted to Samantha Stephens from September 30
through October 31.
Local Amendment #9 School to Career 1999-2000 original budget was
approved, as was Local Amendment #10 IDEA Part B 1999-2000 State
The Board approved the Title I 99-21 Budget/Project carry over,
Amendment #1 to the Title I 2000-01 Budget/Project, and the Title
II 99-21 Budget/Project carry over.
Livingston Academy Principal Gary Ledbetter gave a report on the
school. Principal Ledbetter said improvements were currently being
made to the school such as paint and blinds.
"We're trying to give it a welcoming appearance," he
He said parents had expressed a desire to help out at the school
with things such as tutoring, and that a project such as PATS (Parents
Assisting Teachers) may be implemented at the school.
Principal Ledbetter also announced plans to begin recognizing LA
students who have achieved excellence in academic courses.
Along with telling of the good things going on at the school, Ledbetter
expressed two areas needing attention, a need for new lunch room
tables and the potential problem of so many Vol State classes operating
at Livingston Academy.
He said the tables need replacement after more than 20 years of
use. He suggested fold-up roll-away tables as are in other county
schools would be the best replacement if the money can be found
to purchase them.
Ledbetter said the partnership with Vol State was very good for
Livingston Academy students, but expressed concern that too many
classes are being held at Livingston Academy, inhibiting some activities
that would be held at the school and creating a parking problem
if other school related activities fall on a heavy Vol State school
Some of the Vol State classes may move to Livingston Middle School
and possibly A.H. Roberts School to alleviate the potential problem,
according to Director Davis.
In executive action, Local Amendment #5 Safe and Drug Free 99.01
carry over budget was approved.
Local Amendment #6 Title II 99.01 carry over budget was approved.
Local Amendment #7 IDEA Pre-school 99.01 carry over budget was
approved, as was Local Amendment #8 IDEA Part B 99.01 carry over
The low bid for IBM compatible notebook computer of $3,185 each
from Dell Computers was approved.
The bid was approved for computer repair for Macintosh laptops,
printers, and monitors at $85 per hour with delivery charges at
$50 for pick up and delivery from School Computer.com.
The low bid was approved for digital cameras at $522 each from
The low bid for VHS camcorders was approved at $369 each from Puckett's
Furniture and Appliances.
The low bids of Puckett's Furniture and Appliances was approved
for 19-inch color televisions at $169, 25-inch color televisions
at $239 each, and 31-inch color televisions at $569 each.
The bid of Puckett's Furniture and Appliances for video cassette
recorders at $79 each was approved.
The low bid for color scanners at $265.36 from School Computer.com
The Country Patchwork bid for sewing machines at $599 each and
$499 each was approved.
The low bid of School Computer.com was approved for HP DeskJet
710C printers at one for $145.75, quantities of five for $144.75
each, and quantities of 10 for $143.75 each.
The low bid of School Computer.com was approved for HP DeskJet
810C printers at one for $198.75, quantities of five for $197.75
each, and quantities of 10 for $196.75 each.
The low bid of School Computer.com was approved for HP 51629A ink
cartridges at quantities of 5 for $24.95 each, quantities of 10
for $24.88 each, quantities of 20 at $24.75 each, and quantities
of 50 for $24.49 each.
The low bid of School Computer.com was approved for HP 51649A ink
cartridges at quantities of 5 for $25.58 each, quantities of 10
for $25.45 each, and quantities of 20 at $25.31 each.
The low bid was approved for IBM compatible computer systems from
Fasser Inc. at $923.90 each with a one-year warranty, $993.90 each
with a two-year warranty, and $1,038.90 each with a three-year warranty.
Director Davis issued the Director's Report to the School Board.
Actions taken by the school director are as follows:
Hired as substitute aides for the 1999-2000 year Marrian Harvey,
Carol Walker, Patricia Gore, Barbara Allen, and Dewona Henderson.
Hired as tutors for the TAPS Program for the 1999-2000 school
year April Harris, April Cantrell, Julie Ledbetter, Kara Dial, Chasity
Hamlet, Julia Strickland, Kristen Stringer, Anthony Webb, Kimberly
Wright, Mike Kinnaird, David Knappenberger, Sarah Walker, Tonya
Sears, Lindsay Cooper, Julie Boles, and Misty Vaughn.
Hired as substitutes for the School Nutrition Program for the
1999-2000 school year Zinie Bilbrey, Bessie Carmack, Roxanne Carmack,
Fredia Finch, and Clara Glasscock.
Hired as non-certified substitute teachers for the 1999-2000 school
year Pamela Dixon, Philip Bowman, Penny Johnson, Chrishena Hargis,
Regina Boykin, Rebecca Walker, Dewona Henderson, Melissa Winningham,
Lou Nell Wilborn, Caren S. Johnson, Amy Webb, Tammy Abston, Carla
Key, Lisa Gore, and Toni Ferrell.
Hired Diane Sadler as federal projects director for Title I, Title
II, and Title VI.
The meeting adjourned.
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