Burn Victim Dies Saturday
Woman Bitten By Poisonous Snake June 28
Elderly Woman Seriously Injured In Collision
School Board Meeting Held
Victim Dies Saturday At Erlanger
The third victim of a June 30 oil tank explosion has died.
Kelly Jack Daniels, 25, of Allons, died Saturday, July 10 in Erlanger
Hospital where he was being treated for severe burns sustained in
the explosion, according to reports.
Daniels was working with Marty Geesling and Johnny Garrett when
an oil tank they were repairing exploded, apparently from gas built
up in the tank. Geesling and Garrett apparently died instantly.
Funeral services for Daniels were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July
13 at Martin's Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial was in Fellowship
Cemetery. A detailed obituary from Livingston Funeral Home was not
available at press time.
Woman Bitten By
Poisonous Snake June 28
A copperhead snake bit a Livingston woman recently.
While Tammy Smith, 35, was working in her flower bed around 4 p.m.
Monday, June 28 when a snake struck from underneath a plant.
Smith called Dr. Michael Cox's office and described the bite marks.
He told her to go straight to the emergency room.
According to Smith, swelling had already set in when she arrived
at the hospital. At the emergency room, Dr. Fields cleansed the
wound, administered a tetanus shot and gave her antibiotics. She
was then able to go home.
Smith said she was nauseated through the night and into the next
day. After that, her condition returned to normal.
Smith said that seven copperheads have been seen in the last three
years, while a number of her dogs have also been bitten.
Elderman Woman Seriously
Injurted In Collision Last Wednesday
A 77 year-old Cookeville woman was seriously injured in a two-vehicle
collision on West Main Street around 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 7. According
to the police report, Marsha F. Kirby, 38, of Cookeville, was driving
a gray 1993 Buick in the right lane of the two-lane one-way street
when she apparently attempted to turn left onto Oak Street, turning
into the path of a green 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven in the
left lane by John L. Billings, 19, of Livingston. The Jeep struck
the rear driver's side of the Buick, sending it spinning into a
light pole and street sign.
Evelyn Kirby, 77, a passenger in the Buick was seriously injured.
Marsha Kirby and John Billings apparently received only minor injuries.
Billings was wearing a seat belt, but the Kirbys were not, according
to the report.
Livingston Patrolman Bobby Anderson investigated the collision.
School Board Meeting
By Dewain E. Peek
The Overton County Board of Education held its regular monthly
meeting on Tuesday, July 6, with Board member Milton Raines absent
because of a death in his family.
Before the business of the meeting got underway, newly appointed
Director of Schools Eldon Davis made a brief statement. "I
just want to tell everyone here that I take this job very seriously,
the position you have placed me in, and I want the people of the
county to know that I'm going to work as hard and as diligently
as I can to fulfill my duties," Davis said.
In new business, Director Davis informed the Board that he had
met with Sheriff Kelly Hull and Police Chief Roger Phillips to discuss
school safety issues. Davis said he is supplying local law enforcement
with floor plans of all the schools. He said law enforcement officers
will be walking through the schools from time to time to familiarize
themselves with the layout of the schools.
"When parents see police cars at our schools, that does not
necessarily mean something bad in the future, because we want those
deputies to become acquainted with out teachers," he said.
"We want those to know about the floor plans, about the exit
doors, emergency doors.Ó
Sheriff Hull was present at the meeting and asked that the drug
dog be used on occasion. The Board did not object.
Sheriff Hull said, "We're not out there to harass the kids.
We love the kids."
He went on to say, "We want them to get on a first name basis,
to get to know they can trust us, but we want them to know also
that if they get out of line they're going to have to answer for
The Board voted to give County Executive Richard M. "Ossie"
Mitchell the authority to issue bonds for the school building program.
The amount is not to exceed $15,000,000.
The Board agreed to consolidate some of the supervisory positions
of the Central Office staff and change the salaries to 11-months
instead of 12-months, with Board members David Langford and Tommy
Simcox voting no. Vocational and technical directors were combined,
child nutrition and family resource center directors were combined,
supervisor of instruction and curriculum coordinator and the federal
projects Title I, II, and VI supervisor were combined, supervisor
of attendance and maintenance supervisor were combined, and supervisor
of transportation and Title IV Safe and Drug Free Schools supervisor
Amendment #3 IDEA 99-01 Project was approved.
The comprehensive plan for providing special education services
IDEA project 2000-01 was approved.
A position in school psychology was approved, to be funded totally
with SPED monies.
Steve Daniels was hired to represent the Overton County Board of
Education in mediation and to represent the School Board if due
process of a Special Education case against the school system goes
forward. Lynda Simmons, who had previously been hired by the School
Board, cannot represent the Board in the case because of a conflict
The Board adopted the Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement
with Tennessee School Boards Liability Trust.
The bid of Greenwood and Austin of $15,923.70 was approved for
renovation of two portable classrooms at Livingston Middle School
for Early Childhood.
The Board approved $2,143 for a Goals 2000 grant.
Guidelines for a signature machine were approved.
Non-teaching raises were approved effective 7-1-99.
Amendment #1 98-21 Title II Project was approved.
The Safe and Drug Free Schools Program and its budget for 2000-01
The low bids were approved for the school nutrition program. Accepted
bids were Lewis Bakeries - bread, Purity Dairy - milk and ice cream,
Universal Pest Control - pest control, and Institutional Wholesale
- food supplies.
Negotiated contract items were ratified.
Medical leave was approved for Judy Goodpasture for six weeks beginning
Donald Brown was elected chairman for the new year beginning September
1. Board member David Langford voted no.
In executive action taken prior to July 1, Local Amendment #25
Special Population Amendment #1 and Local Amendment #26 Single Parent/Displaced
Homemaker State Amendment #1, were approved, as were Local Amendment
#27 School to Career Amendment #1 and Local Amendment #24 Title
The low bid from W&O Construction Company of $124,359 for reconstruction
of the damaged section of Allons Elementary School.
Hired as substitutes for the school nutrition summer program were
Baxter Hughes, Judy Bowman, Anna Bowman, Bonzela Phillips, and Kathy
In executive action taken after July 1, the 1999-2000 insurance
package proposal for property, general liability, automobile liability,
and workers compensation from Swallows Insurance Agency at $118,710
was approved. The insurance is through Tennessee School Board Trust.
The insurance cost for 1998-1999 was $134,835.
The meeting adjourned.
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