Chemical Cleanup Still Underway
Write-In Candidate Wins Alderman Post
Board Of Education Meeting Held Thursday
Cleanup Still Underway
Cleanup of a chemical solution believed to be dry
cleaning fluid is still underway on South Church Street in Livingston.
The solution is believed to be from underground tank at the old
Three dwellings were initially evacuated on Tuesday,
June 6 after the Livingston Fire Department responded to South Church
Street on a report of fumes in a house. The occupant, Kristian Mansell,
had already called Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)
as well as the underground storage tank people. They found an approximately
500 gallon storage tank at the back of the Mansell home.
The tank was thought to have perchoroethylene, a chemical
used in the dry cleaning business, in it. The EPA was notified about
the leaking tank.
Personnel from EPA Region IV, out of Atlanta, were
called to the scene to assess the situation. They collected air
samples Monday from the old laundry location and nearby home. Residual
samples have been taken from the tank and the soil, but the results
are not available yet.
All contamination is thought to be contained to a
one block area. People have been allowed to returned to two of the
dwellings, but the third will be vacant for weeks or months, according
to Ted Walden, the on-scene coordinator for EPA Region IV.
First Response, of Nashville, is currently grading
and loading dirt into roll-off containers for removal later. The
area still affected will be fenced off with a chain link fence and
marked "Restricted Area". The soil will be hauled to a
location specifically for dumping contaminated soil.
Other agencies involved in the investigation of the
incident were Livingston Police Department and the City of Livingston
gas department and sewer department.
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Candidate Wins Alderman Post
By Dewain E. Peek
A write-in candidate has won an elected position
in the City of Livingston for the first time in the townÕs history.
Write-in candidate James Perry "Pug" Lee
defeated "unopposed" Ward II incumbent alderman Harold
Watson with 97 votes to WatsonÕs 35.
By the official ballot, the only contested position
appeared to be for Ward I alderman. Curtis Hayes cruised to an overwhelming
win, receiving 197 votes, more than incumbent Johnny Stover, 58
votes, and Bill Linder, 74 votes combined. He also made city history
as the first black man elected to the Board of Aldermen.
In Ward III, Bill Winningham was truly unopposed and
received 38 complimentary votes.
Hosea Winningham was unopposed in the mayoral voting
and received 373 complimentary votes.
A total of 510 voters turned out for the June 7 municipal
election for the Town of Livingston.
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Of Education Meeting Held Thursday
By Dewain E. Peek
The Overton County Board of Education held its regular
monthly meeting Thursday, June 8.
The Board approved the minutes of the May 11 regular
meeting and the minutes of the May 30 called meeting. Three actions
were taken in the called meeting. The Board approved the 1999-2000
Education Debt Service Budget, approved the 1999-2000 General Purpose
Budget Amendment #3, and approved the General Purpose, Federal Projects,
and Central Cafeteria Funds Quarterly Report for the period ending
March 31, 2000.
In executive action, the low bid for asbestos removal
was accepted at $34,105 by Helton Associates. The bid is for all
The low bid was accepted from Low Cost Heating and
Cooling to relocate a walk-in freezer/cooler from Wilson Elementary
to Livingston Academy at $3,500. The bid includes a concrete slab
at Livingston Academy.
In new business, the Board accepted the resignation
of Mike Elder at Livingston Academy.
The Board also accepted the resignation of Mascle
Phillips at Hilham Elementary.
The 2001 Title I Project was approved, with Board
member Larry Looper voting no.
Also approved were 2001 Title II Project, 20001 Title
VI Project, and 2001 Class Size Reduction Project.
The Board voted to allow each school to use the low
bid on mowing or to continue the current means of getting the mowing
done, whichever costs less.
Director of Schools Eldon Davis issued the DirectorÕs
Report to the School Board. Actions taken by the school director
are as follows:
James Street was hired for the extended school year
program, at 70 hours, and Spring Choate was hired for the extended
school year program, at 35 hours.
Non-tenure teachers hired were Shirley Ashlock-Kirk,
Donna Beaty, Phillip Bowman, Leigh Caldwell, Bridgett Carwile, Jacob
Carwile, Tim Copeland, Edith Cunningham, Vanessa Farris, Jenny Geesling,
Misty Huddleston, Gennie Jackson, Jamie Loftis, Vickie Matthews,
Tricia McCarty, Mandy McCormick, Richard Melton, Christy Miller,
Lori Mosley, Carla Pierce, Kelly Rose, David Sadler, Cynthia Sells,
and James G. Strong.
Tammy Melton, Lisa Reed, and Teresa Ogletree were
placed at Wilson Elementary.
Tonya Phillips was hired for two hours as lunchroom
monitor at Wilson Elementary.
Darlene Crenshaw was hired as a certified teacher
from April 26 to May 24 to replace Teresa Ogletree at Wilson Elementary.
Diane Mabry was hired for Early Childhood.
Robin Bowman was hired as Gifted coordinator.
Lisa Ramsey was hired and placed at Livingston Middle
Christy Miller was hired and placed at Rickman Elementary.
Dawn Neely was hired half-time at the Central Office
and half-time in janitorial.
Kelly Brown was hired as school nurse.
Rhonda Mainord was also hired as school nurse.
Dale King was hired as a custodian at Livingston Academy.
Anita Burnett was hired as a temporary secretary for
the 2000-2001 school year.
Hired for the Summer Nutrition Program were the following:
manager - Phillis Robbins, assistant manager - Barbara Stewart,
Joyce Ledbetter, Agnes Hamilton, Birdie Jackson, Patricia Reagan,
Dale King, Kathy Sullivan, monitor - Billie Rooker, manager - Cornetta
Brown, Anna Ramsey, and Drenia Wilson.
Substitute personnel hired for the Summer Nutrition
Program were Anna Lou Bowman, Bonnie Phillips, Tim Copeland, Becky
Hammock, Treva Wilson, Carolyn Maxfield, Julia Wright, and Brenda
Director Davis announced that Melinda Beaty had been
named the Middle School Principal of the Year by the Middle Tennessee
Association of Middle Schools.
The meeting adjourned.
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Jerry Glasscock Announces Candidacy
Jerry Glasscock has informed the NEWS that he is a
candidate for election to the Overton County Board of Education
for the First District in the Thursday, August 3 election. His statement
is as follows:
"I feel I have the necessary experience and insight
to provide leadership in our school system for the new millennium.
We need to provide a basic education to all our students in academics
and technology, so as to prepare them to either enter the work force
or continue a post secondary school education upon graduation from
"The standards need to be raised to challenge
students both in the academic area, including math, science, and
reading, and in the technology area. A strong career education program
needs to be expanded to provide for skills necessary for the work
place, including technology, dependability, honesty, team work,
communication, and social skills. As your elected member of the
School Board I will serve in the best interests of all the students
of Overton County."
Glasscock has been an employee with the Overton County
School System for 28 years. He has served as a teacher and an administer.
He also served as statewide secretary of the Tennessee Vocational
Directors for 12 years until his retirement following the 1998-99
A 1963 graduate of Livingston Academy, Glasscock
served in the U.S. Army for three years before attending Middle
Tennessee State University where he received a B.S. degree. He continued
his education at the University of Tennessee receiving a M.A. degree
He is the son of Paul and Maurine Glasscock, of Allons,
and is married to the former Janie Webb of Overton County and has
two children, Lori Thompson and Leigh Caldwell. Lori is married
to Bennie Thompson, of Livingston, who owns Thompson Masonry. Leigh
is married to Mark Caldwell, of Kingsport, who is currently employed
by Carwile Mechanical of Cookeville. Glasscock has four grandchildren,
all of who are school age.
Key Announces Candidacy
Edith Key has informed the NEWS that she is a candidate
for election to the Overton County School Board for the Third District
in the Thursday, August 3 election. Her statement is as follows:
"I Edith Key, would like to announce my candidacy
for School Board Member in the 3rd District.
"I am the daughter of the late Gentry Key and
Bertha Looper Key. I am the sister of the late Rick Key who worked
for the Department of Transportation. I am also the sister of Laddie
Key of Hanging Limb.
"I have worked in both Overton and Putnam County
School Systems since 1966. I have been a paraprofessional, a cook,
a janitor, a school bus driver, an elementary teacher, an adult
education supervisor, and an elementary basketball coach. I have
worked at Wilson Elementary, Alpine Elementary, Rickman Elementary,
and as County Adult Education teacher and supervisor at the Central
"I will try to visit all voters in the 3rd District
to discuss education with each person. If I miss you, I would greatly
appreciate any help and support you can give me.
"My campaign platform is to put "Kids First,"
cut waste in the school budget, and listen to all employees and
citizens of Overton County who have complaints or praise. I wish
to do away with vendetta and get back to the basics. I believe that
a happier employee makes a better employee.
"Any support will be greatly appreciated. Most
of all, go to the polls and vote for someone."
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Overton County News
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P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570