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Archives 01-19-2000


Wife Dies, Husband Critical After Explosion
Hilham Resident Seriously Injured In Collision
School Board Meeting Held Last Week



Wife Dies, Husband Critical After Explosion

An explosion inside a car killed a woman and critically injured her husband late Sunday night.

According to reports, Tim and Christy Reagan were sitting in a black 1995 Ford Contour in front of his parents' home on Tom Smith Lane near Crossover Road around 11:45 p.m. when an explosive went off inside the car. The top of the car was blown some 61 feet away.

Tim, 31, and Christy, 29, were both transported to Livingston Regional Hospital. Christy Reagan died approximately an hour after arriving at the hospital.

Tim Reagan, suffered critical injuries and was flown to Vanderbilt Hospital.

Preliminary investigation has indicated the explosive to have been dynamite, according to reports. The explosion is currently under investigation by Capt. James D. Harris of the Overton County Sheriff's Department, TBI agent Russ Winkler, and ATF agent Michael Knight.

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Hilham Resident Seriously Injured In Collision

A Hilham resident was seriously injured in a head-on collision in Putnam County last week.

According to reports, Jerri A. Smith Winningham, 29, of Old Union Road, Hilham, was driving a red 1990 Mazda pickup east on the Gainesboro Grade in Putnam County around 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13. The truck apparently crossed the center line and collided head-on with a brown 1986 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Kenneth W. Jones, 23, of Cookeville.

Winningham, who reportedly was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered severe head and leg injuries. After being taken to Cookeville Regional Hospital, Winningham was flown to the University of Tennessee trauma center at Knoxville.

Jones, who was wearing a seatbelt had minor injuries. Two passengers in the Jones truck were more seriously injured. Nicole L. Schneck, 11 months, was in a child restraint but sustained a broken wrist and a cut on the head; and Jammi L. Schneck, 21, who was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt, suffered severe injuries.

The Cookeville Police Department is asking that anyone who witnessed the collision call them at (931) 526-2125.



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School Board Meeting Held Last Week
By Dewain E. Peek

The Overton County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 13 with Board member Russell Gray absent.

In new business, the Board approved the purchase of two 1999 72-passenger school buses and ordering a 48-passenger bus.

Bus supervisor Terry Melton explained that the school would save money by buying the 72-passenger buses on the old bid and that the service time for the buses will not begin to count against them until the buses are registered to be put on the road, not by the year of the bus.

He also explained that buying a 48-passenger bus would be more useful than buying a 19-passenger bus, which is currently being used for the route, because a 48-passenger bus could be used as a substitute on a regular route if needed and the 48-passenger bus will cost about the same as a 19-passenger bus.

The Board approved a class trip for Wilson Elementary School's eighth grade to go to Washington D.C. on April 15, returning April 19. A county school bus will be used for the trip, with the class paying for the cost of the fuel and for the driver's service.

Medical leave was approved for Mascle Phillips, from January 3 to May 24. Medical leave was also approved for Lisa Parsons, from January 5 to February 16.

In executive action, the low bid was approved for a floor scrubber machine from Kelsan Inc. at $4,100 each.

The low bid from School Computer.com was approved for 810c and 812c HP DeskJet printers as follows: quantities of 1 to 9 - $156.19 each; quantities of 10 or more - $154.31 each.

The low bid from School Computer.com was approved for 832c HP DeskJet printers for quantities of 1 to 4 for $204.58.

The low bid from Micro Warehouse was approved for 832c HP DeskJet printers as follows: quantities of 5 to 9 - $202 each; quantities of 10 or more - $199.99.

The Bridges Group bid on video observation equipment was approved. The approved prices were as follows: 17 inch black and white monitor with built in quad - $725; indoor black and white camera - $235; indoor black and white camera with wide angle lens - $250; outdoor black and white camera - $245; telephoto lens 21 ft. X 28 ft. field of view - $50; telephoto lens 28 ft. X 16 ft. field of view - $50; quad processor with video, audio and alarm input and output - $250; line amp for use with CCD cameras - $199; TV wall mount for 20 inch TV and VCR bracket - $205; K0300 300 ft. cable - $90; K0101 100 ft. cable - $32; K05 5 ft. cable - $6.95; K060 60 ft. cable - $17.50; and K0700 connector box - $7.50.

A.H. Roberts Elementary is scheduled to receive four outside cameras and a quad processor. Allons Elementary is to receive four outside cameras, a quad processor, and a VCR. Hilham Elementary is to receive four outside cameras, a quad processor, and a VCR. Rickman Elementary is to receive four outside cameras and a quad processor. Wilson Elementary is to receive an outside camera and three inside cameras. Total cost including cable and installation will be $12,087.80.

Director of Schools Eldon Davis presented the Director's Report to the School Board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:

Tammy Keylon was hired to replace Sandy Looper as the Vocational Rehabilitation secretary.

Kim Dillon was hired to replace Anita Burnett as an educational assistant.

Anita Burnett was hired to replace Tonya Vaughn as a temporary secretary. Herman Sullivan was hired to replace James Dishman as a bus driver.

Cory T. Looper was hired as a bus attendant.

Sharon Sevier was hired as a half-time custodian at Rickman Elementary to replace Paul White.

Sue Reeder was hired to replace Billy White as a custodian at Livingston Academy.

Donna Smith was hired as a substitute cook and substitute monitor at Allons.

Glenna Holkam was hired as a substitute cook at Rickman.

Hired as non-certified substitute teachers were Tonya D. Miller Cantrell, Donna Lamb, Anna Marie Beaty, Janice Korth, David Clouse, Clara Hunter, Suzanna Norrod, Andrea Raines, Brent Shake (Hilham only), Frank Bost, Jeanie Johnston, Betty Monday, Jennifer Hudson, Sarah Camp, Joyella Hudson, and Scarlett Hamilton.

Certified substitute teachers hired were Jenny Reed, Lora Franklin, Lisa Ramsey, Tosha Walker, and Spring L. Choate.

Director Davis gave an update on the TBI background check for potential hires. Davis indicated that those seeking employment with the Overton County School System will have to pay for the background check.

Director Davis also informed the Board that four water wells are being drilled at the school bus garage as required by the state's environmental department.

He told the Board that bids for lunchroom equipment will be let this month.

He informed the Board that Richard Williams and the engineers went to all the schools on January 6-7.

Wilson Elementary Principal Alice Reed addressed the Board to give them an overview of how well the school is running. She said the school has 221 students, and every student receives free meals.

The meeting adjourned.


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