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Archives 8-18-99


School Board Holds Monthly Meeting
Director's Report Issued To School Board
Legislative Body Holds Monthly Meeting Monday
Federal Grand Jury Indicts Dr. Richard Miller
Pedestrian Struck On Main Street

School 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 bond issue.

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 were approved.

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 Glasscock.

Letters of resignation were accepted from Joey Hoover and Shawn Carmon.

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 was approved.

The meeting adjourned.

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Director's Report 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 who resigned.

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 program.

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 at Wilson.

Hired as custodians were Reda Ezell and Billy R. White at Livingston Academy.

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.

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Legislative Body 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 Board.

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 Ginger Walker.

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 receive computers.

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 of Tennessee.

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 to Goggin.

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 doubt.

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 practice.

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Pedestrian Struck 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 the incident.



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