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Archives 10-20-99


Three Teens Injured In Head-On Collision
Legislative Body Meeting Held Monday
School Board Meeting Held Thursday




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 photo)

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Legislative Body 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 purposes.

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 Home Committee.

Executive Mitchell was elected to continue in the position of chairman of the Overton County Legislative Body, and Wayne Sells was elected chairman pro-tem.

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 Rick Lytton.

The meeting adjourned.

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School Board Meeting Held Thursday
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 included.

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 grades K-12.

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 Amendment #1.

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 said.

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 night.

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 budget.

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 School Computer.com.

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 was approved.

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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