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Archives 03-15-2000


Crockett's Camp Monument Restored

Station Robbed, Suspect Caught
Davis Given 3-Year Contract Extension


Crockett's Camp Monument Restored

For years a monument was located on Old Highway 42 marking the location of Robert Crockett's death at the hands of Native Americans while hunting in Overton County. The old monument was destroyed in an automobile mishap and was almost forgotten. Now the monument has been restored on Highway 111 through the efforts of Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce, Overton County Historical Society, Rep. John Mark Windle's Office, and the State Historical Society. On hand for the monument rededication were, from left, Anna Ruth Qualls, Livingston Mayor Hosea Winningham, Rita Looper, Mayma Swallows, Paula Stover and Morgan Robichaud, Claudine Bilbrey, Wanda Robbins, Gerry Tollett, and in back, Sue Eldridge, Elmo Garrett, and Ronald Dishman. (photo by Alisha Finley)

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Station Robbed, Suspect Caught
By Dewain E. Peek

The Scott Oil station on East Main Street was robbed at approximately 4:15 p.m. Saturday, March 11.

The Livingston Police Department was called to the scene and promptly broadcast a description of a full-sized Ford pickup seen leaving the market.

At approximately 5:30 a.m., members of the Livingston Police Department and Overton County Sheriff's Department reportedly took David James Smith, 25, of Alvin Garrett Lane, Livingston, into custody. Approximately $50 in cash believed to be stolen from the market was recovered.

The truck used in the alleged robbery did not belong to the suspect and was used without permission of the owner, but was not stolen, according to authorities. Authorities did not seize the truck.

Smith was taken to Overton County Jail to await a hearing.

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Davis Given 3-Year Contract Extension
By Dewain E. Peek

Director of Schools Eldon Davis was given a three-year contract extension in the Thursday, March 9 regular meeting of the Overton County Board of Education.

Voting for the contract extension were Board members Donald Brown, James Hunter, Donald Wells, Larry Looper, Tommy Simcox, Melody Williams, and Melvin Johnson. Voting against extending the contract were Board members David Langford, Russell Gray, and Milton Raines.

After receiving the extension, Director Davis said, "I appreciate working with the Board and the input that everyone has had this year. This is certainly not an easy job, and it's not a job that any one person can do by themselves, and any credit that might be directed my way should also be directed towards this Board of Education because, I think, everybody's worked very diligently this year and had a common goal in mind."

Before the motion to extend Director Davis' contract, the results of the Board's evaluation of Davis was presented. Dropping the highest and lowest scores, Davis received a 4.35 on a 5.0 scale, which factors to an 87 on a 100 point scale, a B+ in many classes.

The Board approved the 2000-2001 calendar.

Local Amendment #17 Safe and Drug Free 99.01 carryover budget was approved, as was Local Amendment #18 Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) original budget in the amount of $2,500 to pay the D.A.R.E. officer.

The TAPS program grant was approved. It requires no matching funds.

Two Goals 2000 grants were approved for Wilson Elementary - Building Better Readers and Bridging the Gaps. One requires no matching funds, the other will require $423.23.

The Board agreed to take bids for lawn care at each school and the central office.

Caroline Burchfield was given a leave of absence while she pursues a degree in special education.

In executive action, the low bid for a software program for TAPS at Wilson and Allons was accepted at $9,500.

The low bid for lunchroom equipment from Tennessee Restaurant Equipment Company, Nashville, of $726,000 was accepted after receiving approval from the architect.

David Sells was hired to survey property at A.H. Roberts School for the building program. The survey was requested by the architect.

Dale Keisling's letter of retirement from teaching at A.H. Roberts School was accepted.

Lisa Ramsey was hired to replace Keisling the remainder of the year. The position will be posted at the end of the school year.

Tammy Shelton was hired as a non-certified substitute teacher.

Medical leave was approved for Carol Gilpatrick from March 1 to April 5.

Goals 2000 grants for Allons Elementary approved were the following: Math Technology Lab Grant; Adventures in Reading; and Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, 3 R's to Success. No matching funds are required.

A Coca-Cola foundation grant for Allons Elementary was also approved. It required no matching funds.

The Director's Report was issued to the School Board. Director Davis reported that the handicap ramp at the Livingston Academy baseball field has been completed.

Livingston Middle School Principal Melinda Beaty addressed the Board to give a report on the school. Beaty told the Board of the many recent accomplishments of the school's students.

Teacher Mike Elder addressed the Board to ask why Livingston Academy will change from the four block system back to the six period system next year.

Board member Larry Looper said the change is an attempt to improve test scores.

The meeting adjourned.


Man Pleads Guilty In Forgery Case
By Robert Forsman



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