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Burn Victim Dies Saturday At Erlanger
Woman Bitten By Poisonous Snake June 28
Elderly Woman Seriously Injured In Collision Last Wednesday
School Board Meeting Held Thursday

Burn 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.

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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.

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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.

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School Board Meeting Held Thursday
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.

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 that."

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 were combined.

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 of interest.

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 was approved.

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 August 25.

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 I 99.01.

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 Sullivan.

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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