Livingston Crowned Fairest Of
Head-On Collision Kills Four
Board Of Education Meeting Held July 13
Crowned Fairest Of The Fair
The Overton County Fairest of the Fair Pageant was
held Saturday, July 15 at Overton County Fairgrounds. Pageant winners
were, from left, First Runner-Up Beth Brady, 18 year-old daughter
of Herman and Diane Brady of Livingston and Lesia Brady of Rickman,
2000 Fairest of the Fair LaShawn Livingston, 17 year-old daughter
of Jimmy and Donna Beaty of Livingston, 1999 Fairest of the Fair
Airica Smith, and Second Runner-Up Ciara Danielle Cross, 19 year-old
daughter of Butch and SaraLee Cross of Allons.
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Collision Kills Four
By Dewain E. Peek
Four persons died from a head-on collision near the
Monroe Fire Department around 2:40 a.m. Sunday, July 16. According
to reports, Ronnie W. Conner, 38, of Pickett County was driving
a 1991 Chevrolet Lumina south on Highway 111/42 North when a 1992
Chevrolet Corsica heading north pulled into the southbound lane
to pass a tractor-trailer. The two vehicles collided head-on.
Conner, a bus driver with the Pickett County School
System and a special deputy for the Pickett County Sheriff's Department,
was killed in the collision. The driver of the Corsica, Marcos Alonzo,
26, of Cookeville, and a right rear passenger, Domingo Gomez, 22,
of Burkesville, KY, were also dead at the scene. The front seat
passenger in the Corsica, Pascual Garcia, 29, of Cookeville, died
enroute to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. Pedro Villarreal, 30,
of Burkesville, KY, was in the backseat of the Corsica and was thrown
through the windshield when the cars collided. He was transported
via LifeForce to Erlanger Hospital where he was listed in critical
condition at last report.
Conner and Garcia were the only occupants wearing
seatbelts, according to reports. Alcohol was listed as a factor
in the Alonzo vehicle; no evidence of alcohol was reported in Conner's
THP James Sells investigated the collision with assistance
from THP Sgt. Jimmy Beaty, the Pickett County Sheriff's Department,
Overton County Sheriff's Department, and units of the Overton County
A fund to aid the children of Ronnie Conner has been
established. Donations may be made at the Pickett County Sheriff's
Office. For more information on donating call the Pickett Sheriff's
Office at 864-3210.
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Of Education Meeting Held July 13
By Dewain E. Peek
Letters of resignation from two Livingston Academy
coaches were accepted in the Thursday, July 13 meeting of the Overton
County Board of Education.
A letter from Steve Robbins said he was resigning
from the head baseball coach position because of a conflict with
A letter from Shane Qualls said he was resigning from
being the cross country coach because it conflicted with football.
The Board accepted the letter of retirement from Allons
kindergarten teacher Eula Garrett. She has taught for 34 years.
Livingston Academy teacher Michael Savage was granted
a one-year leave of absence while he starts a law practice.
Livingston Academy teacher Sue Preston was granted
a one-year leave of absence. She is moving to another state, but
Wilson teacher Sheila Bush was granted a one-year
leave of absence for personal reasons.
The School Board's negotiation team, made up of Diane
Sadler, Sheila Pemberton, Donna Matthews, and Terry Melton, was
named as management, as recommended by the Tennessee School Board
Director of Schools Eldon Davis said, "There's
no salary that goes along with this."
The 2000-2001 bus driver pay scale for extra trips
The Board approved the combination bus driver/high
school bookkeeper pay rate for Charlotte Dillon at $101 per day.
The low bid for relocation of eight portable classrooms
was approved at $1,500 each from Sullivan's.
The Board approved Amendment #3 to IDEA 99.01 for
Special Education, as well as IDEA 00.01 budget for Special Education.
The Board approved Pre-School carry over 99.21 budget
for Special Education.
Local Amendment #1 to the Safe and Drug Free Schools
budget was approved for the TAPS program.
The 2000-2001 non-teaching raises were approved.
Non-teaching pay rates by job title were approved
for the 2000-2001 school year.
Diane Sadler informed the Board on the performance
Though the Overton County School System currently
has a good evaluation, she cautioned, "We can never ever let
down our guard."
Transportation supervisor Terry Melton informed the
Board that all school buses have passed inspection.
"We have all those buses ready to go,Ó Melton
In executive action, Local Amendment #20 Special Populations
2000-01 Amendment #1 was approved.
Local Amendment #21 State Amendment #1 Title VI 00.01
Local Amendment #22 School to Career Amendment #1
Local Amendment #23 Title VI State Amendment #1 was
Local Amendment #24 Special Population 2000-01 Amendment
#2 was approved.
The minutes from the June 22 called meeting was approved.
In the meeting, the 2000-01 General Purpose, Education Debt Service,
and Central Cafeteria School Budget was approved with Board Members
David Langford and Russell Gray voting no.
The minutes from the July 3 called meeting was approved.
In the meeting, the revised 2000-01 school budget was approved with
the $30,000 put into the budget for a vehicle for the office of
Director of Schools removed from 72320-701 Office of the Superintendent,
Administration Equipment, and put into the fund balance. Board Member
Milton Raines passed on the vote, and Board Member David Langford
Director Eldon Davis presented the Director's Report
to the Board of Education. Actions taken by the school director
are as follows:
David Looper was hired as head baseball coach at Livingston
Anna Ramsey was hired to replace Jason Guffey as
Special Education bus driver.
Zinnie Bilbrey was hired to replace Jerry Carmack
as bus driver.
Angela Dickerson was hired to replace Betty Smith
at Rickman Elementary.
Tonya Little was hired as a teacher in the Behavioral
Judy Bowman was hired as a substitute for the summer
Roy M. Rooker and William B. Rooker were hired to
relocate kitchen supplies at minimum wage.
Dale King was hired four hours per day as a custodian
for the Livingston Academy Summer School.
Director Davis informed the School Board that the
asbestos removal from all the schools has been completed.
The meeting adjourned.
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