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Archives 9-15-99


Watertown Teen Dies In ATV Wreck
School Board Meeting Held September 9
Director's Report Issued To School Board
Runaway Boat Blocks Highway
Woman Escapes Serious Injury In Collision

Watertown Teen Dies In ATV Wreck

A Watertown teen is dead and another Watertown teen is seriously injured after a four-wheeler wreck Saturday, Sept. 11.

According to Deputy Marty Philpot of the Overton County Sheriff's Department, who investigated the incident, a 17 year-old boy was driving a Yamaha all-terrain vehicle in the Dry Hollow Community around 3 p.m. with a 19 year-old girl as a passenger. Over a steep private drive off Shiloh Road, the ATV failed to negotiate a curve at the bottom of the hill and hit a tree head-on.

The teens were thrown from the vehicle, both sustaining head injuries. The girl was pronounced dead on arrival at Livingston Regional Hospital. The boy was transported to LRH, then transported via Life Force to Erlanger Hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition in the trauma unit at last report.

According to other sources, the teens involved in the incident were James Roger Rittenberry and Leslie Seaton, who were visiting the area during a family reunion.


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School Board Meeting Held September 9
By Dewain E. Peek

The Overton County Board of Education chose Coca-Cola over Pepsi during the Thursday, Sept. 9 regular meeting. Member Tommy Simcox was absent.

The School Board awarded a 10-year exclusive contract to Coca-Cola for vending, concession and lunch rooms. The contract was awarded on condition that scoreboards also be provided in the contract.

The school system's tobacco policy was dropped and a new state policy was adopted. The new policy is stricter in that any student caught with a tobacco product will be petitioned to appear before the juvenile court judge.

The entire Board was appointed to serve on a grant review committee and to serve on a policy developing committee.

The director of schools was given authority to represent the school system in dealings with Jefferson Pilot insurance.

School Director Eldon Davis was also given authority to set a date for selling surplus equipment. According to Davis, outdated buses, a couple of trucks, and a tractor and bush hog are to be sold at auction.

Teresa Ogletree's request for medical leave for the 1999-2000 school year was approved.

The Board approved an extended contract proposal concerning career level II and III teachers.

The Board approved local amendment #1 I.D.E.A. Part B 2000-01 original budget, local amendment #2 I.D.E.A. preschool 2000-01 original budget, and local amendment #3 Safe & Drug Free School 2000-01 original budget.

The Board approved the bid of H&L for computer equipment repair at $35 per hour and $35 per pick up of equipment.

The Board approved the bid of $1,038.90 for an IBM compatible notebook computer from Vasser. A bid for a pressure washer was approved at $2,480 from Walter Sharp Equipment.

A bid for heat and air units was approved at $1,056 and $1,093 from Islander Inc.

In executive action, the low bid of Lowe's Home Centers Inc. was approved for 35" color televisions at $775 each and 36" color televisions at $799.

An emergency bid was approved for installation of a fire alarm system for two portable classrooms at Livingston Middle School at $3,248 from Gallagher & Associates.

The meeting adjourned.


Director's Report Issued To School Board

The Director's Report was issued to the Overton County Board of Education by School Director Eldon Davis during the Thursday, Sept. 9 meeting. Director Davis' report is as follows:

Steve Robbins was hired as principal for CLUE.

Teresa Johnson was hired as coordinator at GED Academy.

Rick Moles was hired as assistant principal at LA.

Barry Moody was hired as SPED teacher at Wilson.

Mike Gilpatrick was hired as an elementary teacher at Wilson.

Lydia Flatt was hired as a SPED teacher half-time at CLUE and half-time at GED.

Judy Dillon was hired in SPED at LA.

Carol Bilbrey was hired as a teacher's aide at Early Childhood.

Anita Burnett was hired as an aide for the behavior management class.

Phillip Bowman was hired half-time as a consulting teacher at Wilson and half-time as a teacher in ABE.

Jamie Loftis was hired as a SPED teacher at LA.

Gary Beaty was hired as a teacher at LMS.

Tammy Smith was hired as a SPED assistant at Rickman.

Jason Guffey was hired as a bus driver.

Darlene Crenshaw was hired as a certified substitute teacher to replace Teresa Ogletree at Wilson.

Shirley McDonald was hired as a case manager for GED Academy from 10-1-99 through 6-30-00 with the salary set by the state at $2,378 per month.

Sandy Looper was hired as a secretary for GED Academy from 10-1-99 through 6-30-00 with the salary set by the state at $1,710 per month.

Sarah Hogue was hired as supervisor of Child Nutrition.

Mark Carmack was hired as a bus driver.

SPED assistants Margaret Collins and Cindy Robbins were changed to half-time at LMS and half-time at A.H. Roberts.

Hired as substitutes for the School Nutrition Program for the 1999-2000 school year were Deloris York, Debbie Wright, Diane Phillips, Brenda Phillips, Reba Clouse, Tammy Colson, and Christine Norrod.

Angela Dickerson was hired as a certified substitute teacher to replace Deanna Savage who is on leave.

Approved as non-certified substitute teachers were Lori Thomas, Cathy Ruper, Jennifer Young, Cindy Wilson, Diane Phillips, Toni Sells Ferrell, Amy Rhoten, Julie Carwile, Darrell Hoover, Charlotte Watson, Barbara Allen, Mickey Miller, Sammy Norrod, Tabatha Sears, Anita Phillips, Erica Pierce Clark, Mildred Maxwell, Debbie Hargis, Susie Norrod, Teresa Hedgecough, Peggy McCowan, Vickie Walls, Bernie Barton, Patricia Gore, Karen White, Jan Hill, Lisa Gore, Mary Swallows, Eva Savage, Michelle Shoe-make, Debra Allred, Freda Waddell, Craig Cantrell, Marilyn Vaughn, Carol Walker, Patty Smith, Wayne Taylor, Lisa Ramsey, Marla Dailey, Valerie Maynord, Becky Maynord, Beverly Tucker, Della Walker, Karen Johnson, Clara Hunter, Tammy White, and Peggy McCowan.

Approved as certified substitute teachers were Delta Jo Wright, Dawna Michelle Shoemake, Sandra J. Lawson, Jennifer Young, Shawn Carman, Darlene Crenshaw, and Isabel Garrett.

Tanya Phillips was hired half-time as an aide at Wilson.

William Norrod was hired half-time as a bus driver.


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Runaway Boat Blocks Highway

Runaway Boat Blocks Highway A runaway boat sits in the middle of Highway 111 North after it flew loose from its trailer on Friday, Sept. 10. According to reports, Dennis L. Cutcher, 38, of Dayton, OH, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet pickup towing a boat southbound toward Livingston around 3 p.m. when, near Monroe School Road, a 1994 Dodge pickup driven by James D. Norrod, 68, of Monroe, pulled onto the highway ahead of him, also traveling south. Cutcher apparently swerved to avoid hitting Norrod's truck. The Chevy skidded around and threw the boat forward off its trailer, damaging the driver's side of the truck as it came past, and the boat landed on the pavement and came to rest in the southbound lane. No one was injured in the incident.

Deputy Ryan Allred of the Overton County Sheriff's Department investigated the incident.


Woman Escapes Serious Injury In Collision

A Livingston woman escaped serious injury when her car collided with a dump truck around 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9. According to reports, Bea M. Coleman, 75, failed to stop her 1993 Buick at the intersection of Roberts Street and East Main Street and pulled into the path of an Overton County Highway Department dump truck driven by Clifford B. Smith, 68, traveling west. The dump truck tore off the nose section of the car.

The Overton County Ambulance Service transported Coleman to Livingston Regional Hospital for treatment of apparently minor injuries. Smith was apparently uninjured. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Patrolman Randy Boles of the Livingston Police Department investigated the collision.

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