Board Holds Monthly Meeting
Director's Report Issued
To School Board
Legislative Body Holds
Monthly Meeting Monday
Grand Jury Indicts Dr. Richard Miller
Pedestrian Struck On Main
Board Holds Monthly Meeting
By Dewain E. Peek
The Overton County Board of Education held its regular monthly
meeting Thursday, Aug. 12 with all members present.
In new business, fundraisers and booster club activities in the
schools will require the approval of the director of school.
Director of Schools Eldon Davis read, "Beginning July 1, all
booster clubs in the county, all fundraising activities that go
on in the school system, must be approved by the director."
The move was said to be necessary to make the fundraisers legal.
"Booster clubs are perfectly legal, but there's just some
regulations that we have got to follow concerning booster clubs,"
Director Davis said. "For example, if we have a booster club
that is constructing a facility on school property, they must now
enter into a contract with the respective school boards." Director
Davis said packets containing the necessary forms to be filled out
will be available at the Central Education Office.
A resolution was adopted to commit funds to paying the $14.5 million
Amendment #1 to the 99-2000 general purpose school budget was approved.
Steve Robbins was hired as principal for CLUE and the position
was increased from 10 1/2 months to 11 months.
Creation of a behavior management teaching position and aide position
A temporary secretary position was approved for the Central Office
until the full-time employee returns to work.
The Board approved adding another driver's education position including
the purchase of an additional driver's education car.
Creation of a homebound teaching position was approved.
A full-time speech therapist position was approved to replace all
contracted speech services.
A school health nurse position was created with the pay scale the
same as a teacher with all benefits.
Creation of an LPN position was approved to replace all contracted
LPN services. The position pays $11 per hour plus benefits.
The Board approved changing the Livingston Academy assistant baseball
coach's supplement to two weeks instead of the current four weeks.
The Board approved a contract with Watkins Cab to transport a student
from Cookeville to Livingston every Friday. The student attends
the Tennessee School for the Blind.
A contract was approved with Ron Huitt for physical therapy services
for school year 1999-2000, to be paid from special education funds.
A contract was approved with Rabbit Ridge Rehab for occupational
therapy services for school year 1999-2000, to be paid with special
education federal funds.
The contract with Asbestos Abatement West was approved for asbestos
maintenance in the amount of $5,500. The contract runs from July
1, 1999 to June 30, 2000.
The Board approved changing the teacher evaluation process to use
the state standard. The change was made to reduce paperwork.
District 1 Board Member James Hunter was elected to serve on the
county-wide planning committee.
The general funds nutrition and federal quarterly report was approved.
Letters of retirement were accepted from Bill Needham and Jerry
Letters of resignation were accepted from Joey Hoover and Shawn
In executive action, the low bid for the 1999-2000 audit of schools
was approved at $4,500 from Kim Blaylock, CPA.
The low bid for carpet installation at Rickman was approved at
$5.45 per square yard from D&D Floor Coverings.
The low bid for 250 cases of copy paper was approved at $18.80
per case from American Paper and Twine Co.
The low bid for 50 cases of Mita 3060 toner was approved at $46.85
per case from American Paper and Twine Co.
The low bid for a case of Mita 3060 toner was approved at $48 per
case from N&L Business Systems.
The low bid for cool white 4 foot fluorescent light bulbs was approved
at 87 cents each from Williams Wholesale Supply.
The low bid for heat and air units for Rickman Elementary was approved
at $699 each from Johnstone Supply.
The bid for 1999-2000 year pest control for all schools from Universal
Termite and Pest Control Co. was approved at $4,895.
The bid for 1999-2000 year fire extinguisher service from Creech
Fire Control Systems was approved.
Hill Bros. Excavating's bid was accepted for installation of a
field line at Wilson Elementary at $4 per foot and installation
of a 4,000 gallon septic system at $3,500.
The emergency bid for a 4,000 gallon septic tank was approved at
$2,200 from Plateau Septic.
Overton County's use of Wilson County Schools' bid prices from
Dell Computer Corporation as allowed by Tennessee Purchasing Law
The meeting adjourned.
Issued To School Board
Director of Schools Eldon Davis issued the Director's
Report to the Overton County School Board during the Thursday, Aug.
12 meeting. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:
Hired as bus attendants were Erin Brown, Jennifer Ruth Smith, and
Jake Crabtree as a substitute.
Tim Copeland was hired as school psychologist.
Rhonda Maynord was hired as a licensed practical nurse.
Kelly Brown was hired as school health nurse.
Cynthia Sells was hired at Rickman and Shirley Kirk was hired at
Livingston Middle School.
Shirley McDonald was hired as vocational rehabilitation counselor,
and Sandy Looper was hired as vocational rehabilitation secretary
from July 1, 1999 to September 30, 1999.
Casey Windle was hired as a substitute aide.
Dawn Neely was hired as an aide for REACH and CLUE and as a custodian
for Adult Education, CLUE, Adult High School, REACH Academy, and
the Central Office from July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2000.
Melanie Staggs was hired as a bus driver to replace Larry Winningham
Randy Brewer and James Dishman were hired as bus drivers.
Hired as substitute bus drivers were Jason Guffey, Daryl Hoover,
David Sadler, Kenneth Dodson, Larry Winningham, Zinnie May Bilbrey,
Benny Sells, Gene Medley, William Sells, and Steve Cooper.
Zelpha Walker was hired as a substitute in the summer nutrition
Tricia McCarthy was hired as a full-time speech therapist to be
paid with IDEA federal funds, pending approval.
Hired in new positions were the following: Gary Ledbetter from
Rickman to LA as principal; Robin Gaw from Hilham to LA guidance;
Pat Austin from LMS to LA guidance; Danny McCoin as LA boys basketball
coach; Jennie Jackson to Rickman Elementary K-3; Melissa Masters
to Rickman Elementary guidance; Cynthia Sells to Rickman Elementary
Special Education; Mandy McCormick to A.H. Roberts; Gail Martin
from CLUE/REACH to A.H. Roberts Special Education; Bobby Gore from
LMS to A.H. Roberts; Tim Copeland to Central Office psychology;
Kelly Brown to county-wide school health nurse, pending approval;
Terry Melton from CLUE to Central Office transportation, Title IV
supervisor; Robin Bowman from LA to Central Office gifted county-wide;
Donna Matthews from Central Office psychologist to Central Office
vocational and technology supervisor; Ben Oakley from REACH Academy
to Central Office maintenance/attendance supervisor; Diane Sadler
to instruction/curriculum supervisor; Pam Bowman to lunchroom at
Rickman Elementary; Greg Strong to LMS; Kelly Rose to Rickman; Jacob
Carwile to LA; and Misty Huddleston to Rickman.
Hired were Tonya Vaughn as a temporary secretary for the Central
Office, pending approval, and Shirley Ashlock-Kirk at LMS, Donna
Beaty at LMS, Richard Melton at Allons, Vanessa Farris at LMS, Melissa
Masters at Rickman, and Christy Miller, pending approval.
Hired to the non-certified substitute teacher list were Betty Dodson,
Phyllis Hix, Janet Ann Gore, Jeanina Cobb, and Joyce Ann Norris.
Mildred Neely was hired to the certified substitute teacher list.
Hired as aides were Donna Elder at A.H. Roberts and Jennifer Harris
Hired as custodians were Reda Ezell and Billy R. White at Livingston
Pam Bowman was hired as a part-time cook at Rickman.
Director Davis informed the Board that REACH Academy will henceforth
be referred to as G.E.D. Academy.
Holds Monthly Meeting Monday
By Dewain E. Peek
The Overton County Legislative Body held its regular monthly meeting
Monday, Aug. 16 with all commissioners present.
Three budget amendments were approved for the Sheriff's Department.
One provided for the repair of two patrol cars with $1,565.05 coming
from insurance and $143.99 from reserve. The second provided for
equipping three new patrol cars using money from the Drug Fund.
The third provided for the purchase of a new repeater to replace
the inoperative radio repeater owned by the county using $13,000
from the justice center construction fund. The county has been using
a borrowed repeater since the old one quit working, according to
County Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell.
The County General quarterly report for the quarter ending June
30, 1999 was approved, as was the school system quarterly report
for General Purpose, Federal Projects, and Central Cafeteria funds
for the same period.
A resolution was adopted approving the bylaws of the Overton County
Regional Planning Commission, and a resolution was adopted for floodplain
zoning. The actions are necessary to allow residents to qualify
for flood insurance, according to Executive Mitchell.
The Commission approved giving the county executive the authority
to approve change orders up to $7,500 on the construction of the
new justice center.
Houston Robbins and Sheriff Kelly Hull were appointed to the 911
A resolution was adopted allowing James C. Bilbrey to pledge his
cable franchise to First National Bank of the Cumberlands for security.
Approved as notaries were Judith E. Buford, Cora Allen, Gary Smith,
Yvonne Davidson, Donna J. Beason, David Howard, Tammy Keylow, and
A resolution was adopted to commend the Overton County Fair Board
for its hard work and financial responsibility in making the Overton
County Fair a success.
Overton County Librarian Janet Gann informed the Commission that
the Overton County Public Library is in line for a Gates grant to
Executive Mitchell informed the Commission that, with their approval,
a portion of a county building in Hanging Limb would be leased for
two months. No one objected.
The meeting adjourned.
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Federal Grand Jury
Indicts Dr. Richard Miller
An Algood doctor who formerly practiced in Livingston
was indicted by a federal grand jury in Nashville last week, according
to Wendy H. Goggin, United States Attorney for the Middle District
An 11-count indictment, handed down Wednesday, Aug. 11, charged
Dr. Richard C. Miller, 42, with illegally dispensing Schedule II
narcotics. The charges resulted from a joint federal, state and
local investigation into unlawful prescription writing, according
Dr. Miller is charged in a conspiracy with other unnamed individuals
with unlawfully dispensing oxycodone, a Schedule II narcotic sold
under the brand names of Tylox and Percocet. Each of the charges
against Dr. Miller carry a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment
and a $1 million fine, according to Goggin.
An indictment is a statement of the charges brought by the grand
jury based on their finding that probable cause exists as to the
charges in the indictment. All defendants are presumed innocent
of the charges against them unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable
Miller was arrested by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration
on Thursday, Aug. 12. He was to appear before a federal magistrate
on Monday, Aug. 16.
Dr. Miller operated a general practice in Livingston for a time,
and served in the emergency room at Livingston Regional Hospital.
The investigation of Miller reportedly began while he had his Livingston
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On Main Street
An 81 year-old man was struck while crossing East Main Street around
6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11.
According to reports, Mose Worley, of Livingston, was apparently
attempting to cross East Main Street from near a car wash to a gas
station on the other side. He stepped off the sidewalk in front
of a blue 1993 Ford Ranger driven by Tony R. Conner, 23, of Monroe.
Conner applied the brakes, leaving approximately 26 feet of skid
marks, but could not avoid striking Worley.
Worley was transported via Life Force to Erlanger Medical Center.
Conner was apparently uninjured.
Patrolman Johnny Stover of the Livingston Police Department investigated
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