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Archives 07-19-2000



Livingston Crowned Fairest Of The Fair
Head-On Collision Kills Four
Board Of Education Meeting Held July 13


Livingston 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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Head-On 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 car.

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 Ambulance Service.

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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Board 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 teaching positions.

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 may return.

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 Association.

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 was approved.

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 model.

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, Melton said.

In executive action, Local Amendment #20 Special Populations 2000-01 Amendment #1 was approved.

Local Amendment #21 State Amendment #1 Title VI 00.01 was approved.

Local Amendment #22 School to Career Amendment #1 was approved.

Local Amendment #23 Title VI State Amendment #1 was approved.

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 voted no.

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 Academy.

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 Development class.

Judy Bowman was hired as a substitute for the summer nutrition program.

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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