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One Critically Injured In Monday Wreck
Eldon Davis Named Director Of Schools
Aldermen Meeting Held Monday

One Critically Injured In Monday Wreck
One person was critically injured in a one-vehicle wreck on Standing Stone Highway shortly after 11 a.m. Monday, June 7. According to reports, Brandy Spriggs, of Jamestown was driving a 1988 Mazda RX-7 GXL north toward Hilham when she apparently lost control of the car approximately a half-mile past the intersection with Campground Road. The car went through a fence and into a field, overturning as it went.

A passenger in the car, Jason Street, was ejected from the car and sustained critical injuries. He was transported to the Livingston Regional Hospital heli-pad where he was then transported to Erlanger Hospital via LifeForce helicopter. Spriggs was transported to LRH where she was treated and released.

THP Darryl Winningham, who initially investigated the wreck at the scene, said Spriggs indicated that she was unfamiliar with the road. The incident is currently under full investigation, but alcohol was not involved, according to THP Winningham.

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Eldon Davis Named Director Of Schools
by Dewain Peek

Eldon Davis Named By Dewain E. Peek Eldon Davis was named the new director of schools for Overton County in action taken during a called meeting of the Overton County Board of Education on Tuesday, June 1 with all members present.

The Board chose Davis from seven candidates by using a process of elimination that required six Board member votes to elect the director. Other candidates were John Alcorn, Bobby Gore, Gary Ledbetter, Rick Moles, David Sadler, and Terry Webb. Two previously named candidates had taken their names out of the running, Harold Watson and Mike Elder. The final voting came down to Gary Ledbetter and Davis.

Before deciding on a new director of schools, the Board settled with the current director, Dolphus Dial, who had recently been given an 18-month contract. The agreement called for paying Dial $38,759.69, the difference between his pay as a tenured teacher, a former principal, and the 18-month contract amount. The amount is to be paid with one year coming out of the current budget, and six months out of next year's budget.

Board member David Langford opposed replacing Dial, saying, “If we go ahead and switch the director of schools for $38,000, we're going to be paying for two directors and that could have paid for a school room, or a bus, or even to hire another teacher.”

He went on to say, “The County Court said that, you know when all this deal came up, that $30,000 was too much for an election, once we get here, then turn around and spend $8,000 more just to get rid of the man.”

The Board voted for the settlement, with Langford, Russell Gray, and Milton Raines voting against it.

Dial signed the agreement.

Dial then wanted to know where he would be placed next year.

The Board indicated that they could not place him anywhere.

Dial suggested placing himself and asked Board member Donald Wells, “Donald would you have a problem with me going back to Allons?”

To which Wells replied, “I have.” Wells indicated that people from the area opposed it. Dial asked how many. Wells replied, “Well, there've been several of them.”

Pressed for a specific number, Wells responded, “Two or three hundred probably.”

Gray, who represents the Second District along with Wells, asked, “Two or three hundred?”

Wells said, “That's right.”

Gray, seeming in disbelief, questioned it.

Wells said, “I've been in that community a little while Russell.

“I've talked to a lot of people.”

Dial asked why his name had been brought up about going back to being the principal at Allons.

Wells said since the restraining order.

Dial asked, “It was brought up for me not to go back to Allons?”

Wells answered, “There was nothing said about it, but there's been word out.”

Gray asked again, “Two hundred people contacted you personally?”

Wells answered, “Well they've not called me, but the people I've talked to represent that district, the voters of that district.”

The Board, having no authority to place personnel, left Dial's placement to the incoming director.

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Aldermen Meeting Held Monday
By Dewain E. Peek

The Livingston Board of Aldermen held the regular monthly meeting Monday, June 7 with all members present.

The Board went with recommendation by Police Chief Roger Phillips concerning city streets.

Instead of adding another traffic light on the square at Spring Street and Broad Street, Phillips suggested and the Board agreed to stop southbound traffic from Hinson Street up Spring Street to Broad Street. Chief Phillips said another traffic light would back up traffic on the square. Anyone wishing to go from Hinson to Broad may go over to McHenry and up to Broad.

Another suggestion approved was increasing the speed limit on Highway 52 toward Celina to 55 mph northward beginning at Allred Street.

The Board adopted a resolution asking for a feasibility study on elevating Standing Stone State Park from a rustic park to a resort park.

John Roberts, executive director of the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce, said, “Standing Stone and Pickett State Park are examples of rustic parks. They hardly ever have a restaurant, they have no hotel facilities, they do have some cabins, they don't have any convention facilities, they don't have a golf course.”

According to Roberts, if Standing Stone receives resort park designation, it could ask for those facilities.

The Board approved giving the Merchants Association $2,600 for its Christmas lights project.

Earl Hughes was hired to replace Mike Clark, and Gary Heady was hired to replace Jason Coleman at the water department.

The Board agreed to take bids on a layout plan for the Livingston Airport. The state will pay 80 percent of the cost and the county has agreed to pay half of the remainder. The airport layout plan is necessary to apply for federal and state grants.

The meeting adjourned.

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