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Archives 12-15-99


Figures Taken From School Exhibit
School Board Meeting Held Thursday
Third DUI Checkpoint Scheduled
THP To Hold Sobriety Check Friday



Figures Taken From School Exhibit

Christopher Robin is looking for his missing friends in the Pooh Christmas display at Livingston Middle School. The Livingston Police Department is investigating a theft complaint from the school on Bilbrey Street where someone apparently took seven wooden figurines, valued at over $350, in the early morning of Saturday, Dec. 4. Missing are Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Owl, Eeyore, Piglet, and Rabbit, along with Schroder playing a piano from the Peanuts exhibit. Though taking the items may be a prank, the school wants the items returned. The figurines were made by the seventh and eighth grades at the school to celebrate the holidays. Anyone with knowledge of the whereabouts of the items are urged to contact the Livingston Police Department. (OCN staff photo)

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School Board Meeting Held Thursday

The Overton County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Thursday, Dec. 9.

In executive action, Robin Gaw and Debbie Strong were hired as high school cheerleading sponsors effective November 10. They will split one-week supplement pay.

The low bid for quantities of seven laserjet printers was approved at $889 each from Computability. The low bid for quantities of one laserjet printer was approved at $910 each from DataComm Warehouse.

The low bid was approved for IBM compatible notebook computers at $2,924 each from Computability.

The Board approved payment of $2,155 to the state for the registration fees of underground storage tanks. In new business, West Abatement was hired for the labeling of asbestos for all Overton County Schools.

The Board approved Local Amendment #13 Safe and Drug Free 99.01 Amendment #1. Director of Schools Eldon Davis issued the Director's Report to the School Board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:

Susan Sperry and Francis Conner were hired as substitute cooks.

Teresa Carr was hired as a custodian for Early Childhood for two hours per day effective November 18.

Hired as non-certified substitute teachers were Ronald L. Strong, Angela Ledbetter, Betty Bowman, Shawn Hughes, Patsy Seaman, and James Steele.

Allons Elementary School Principal Donnie Holman addressed the Board to give an update on the school's progress. The meeting adjourned.

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Third DUI Checkpoint Scheduled

With two previous DUI blitzes netting more than 100 drunk driving arrests, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be back on the road in December with this year's third and final Checkpoint Tennessee effort.

During Checkpoint Tennessee, DUI roadblocks are held simultaneously in each of Tennessee's 95 counties. Drunk driving arrests during checkpoints in October and November totaled 111. All together, 137 people were placed under arrest on charges ranging from DUI to felony drug violations.

Safety Commissioner Mike Greene said, "This is an important program and one we will continue to use as we move into the next century. We've seen the percentage of traffic deaths caused by alcohol decrease since we started Checkpoint Tennessee in 1994 and we're committed to seeing that trend continue. This program is an important tool in that effort."

Statistics show the percentage of alcohol-related deaths in Tennessee dropped from 44 percent in 1993 to 38 percent in 1997. And while impaired drivers are the focus of Checkpoint Tennessee, the sobriety checkpoints produce other results as well.

THP Col. Jerry W. Scott said, "So far, we've seized eight weapons during Checkpoint Tennessee roadblocks, made 26 felony arrests and filed 60 drug-related charges. Looking at these numbers it's easy to see how an aggressive traffic enforcement program can not only reduce crashes and drinking and driving, but can result in a reduction of crime overall."

Scott said more than 20,000 vehicles passed through roadblocks during the two earlier blitzes, and a total of 1,653 citations were issued.


THP To Hold A Sobriety Check Friday

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety check Friday, Dec. 17. The THP will be assisted by the Overton County Sheriff Department and the Livingston Police Department.


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