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