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Archives 08-16-2000



Sunset Casts Picturesque Glow Over
Beautiful Dale Hollow Lake

Commission Raises Litigation Cost $10
Board Of Education Meeting Held Thursday
Pioneer Days Planned For August 24-26

Sunset Casts Picturesque Glow Over Beautiful Dale Hollow Lake

As the sun silently sinks slowly away on scenic Dale Hollow Lake, a number of geese move in to spend the night. The geese, according to local Ducks Unlimited member, David Howard, are giant Canadian geese that have become plentiful in this area. The birds average between 10 and 15 pounds and have, over the years, dropped out of migrating flocks due to the ample food and shelter available for them here. They seem to have taken a liking for the area and are now staying around to raise their young, either on Dale Hollow or local farm ponds.

Someone might want to let them know that the Canadian geese hunting season begins in early September.



Commission Raises Litigation Cost $10
By Dewain E. Peek and Robert Forsman

The Overton County Legislative Body held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 8, with Commissioners Donnie Bull, David Dorminey, and Wayne Sells absent.

A resolution was adopted to levy an additional privilege tax in the amount of $10 on litigation in all civil and criminal cases instituted in the county. According to County Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell, the tax can only be used for the purpose of paying for the new jail.

"So, this is just a little something to help counties pay for the expense of jails," Executive Mitchell said.

The second reading of the non-profit funding resolution was adopted. Appointed to the Library Board for a term through 2003 were Elmo Garrett, Jennine Huddleston, and James B. Hunter.

A budget amendment was approved for the Sheriff's Department and the Overton County Public Library to shift money within the General Fund budget, and an amendment was approved for containers for the convenience centers at a cost of $13,750 from the Fund Reserve. The containers are for collecting metal, which can then be sold by the county.

Approved as Notaries-At-Large were Kim Smith, Beulah Miller, Johnny W. Paul, Janie Glasscock, Judy Greenwood, Mary Frances Fleming, Bennie Oakley, Elizabeth Gail Cravens, George M. Allen, and Sue Masters.

Owen Savage has been placed in the county maintenance position created in the last County Commission meeting, according to Executive Mitchell.

The meeting adjourned.


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Board Of Education Meeting Held Thursday
By Dewain E. Peek

The Overton County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Thursday, Aug. 10, with Board members Larry Looper and Melvin Johnson absent.

In new business, a proposal to make all supervisors 12-month employees failed to receive a motion. Randall Dial, Diane Sadler, and Shelia Pemberton are already 12-month employees; the proposal would have moved Terry Melton, Ben Oakley, Sara Hogue, and Donna Matthews up to 12 months.

A proposal to create an assistant bookkeeper position to assist with the building program also failed to receive a motion.

The Board accepted Edith Key's letter of resignation as a teacher, effective 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Key will be the 3rd District School Board member beginning September 1.

The Board voted to reject all building bids received for Livingston Middle School, Allons Elementary, and Rickman Elementary. The Board approved increasing pay for night class Adult Education teachers from $11 to $15 per hour, to come out of the Adult Basic Education budget.

A contract with Watkins Cab Company was approved to provide transportation for a disabled student from Cookeville to Livingston each Friday for the 2000-2001 school year, at $45 per trip. The student attends Tennessee School for the Blind.

A contract with Physical Medicine Center was approved for physical therapy services in the amount of $50 per visit for the 2000-2001 school year. Currently 15 students would be receiving the services two times each month.

A contract with Cumberland County Board of Education Occupational Therapy Services was approved in the amount of $13,722 for one and one-half days per week for the 2000-2001 school year.

Hiring of bus attendants was approved at $5.15 per hour.

Bruce Brown and Dianne Maynard were hired as substitute bus drivers to provide transportation for a disabled student during the school day.

Local Amendment #2 Special Population Original Budget 2000-2001 was approved.

In executive action, low bids were approved as follows: bus tires - Brad Ragan Tire and Appliance; recapping - Coleman's; recharging, refilling, and repairing fire extinguishers - Creech Fire Control; school audit - Mechelle Nivens, C.P.A.; color televisions - Puckett's Furniture and Appliance; anti-freeze, oil, brake fluid, oil filters, and batteries - Coleman Oil Company; pest control - Universal Pest Control; and School Nutrition bids: bread - Lewis Bakery; milk - Mayfield Dairy Farms; ice cream - Purity Dairies; food and supplies - Institutional Wholesale; and snack items - Lance Inc.

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

Jan Hill was hired as an assistant for the Behavioral Management class two days a week.

Kelly Hayes was hired to replace Eula Garrett.

Tammy Abston was hired as a substitute for the summer nutrition program.

Hired as non-certified substitute teachers were Lori Presley, Casey Windle, Phyllis Hix, Bernie Barton, Lisa Gore, and Betty Bowman.

Tammy Colson was hired as a custodian at Livingston Middle School.

Richard Evans was placed at Livingston Academy.

The meeting adjourned.


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Pioneer Days Planned For August 24-26

Final plans have been made by the Pioneer Days Committee for the Pioneer Days Bluegrass Festival to be held on the square in Livingston Thursday, Aug. 24 through Saturday, Aug. 26.

The featured guest of the festival will be The Larry Stephenson Band. They will perform on stage Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Programs for the festival are available at businesses around the town.

The square will be roped off early Thursday morning to allow the vendors and craft booths to be set up for the festival. The square will be reopened early Sunday morning, after the vendors are gone and the square is cleaned up.

Booth space around the square is still available for rent by calling Helen Dishman at (931) 498-4685. All merchants around the square have the first chance at renting booth spaces in front of their businesses; after that, booth space is on a first come basis. The booth rentals are used to help pay about two-thirds of the cost of the festival, according to the organizers.

For more information, to give comments or suggestions, or to make a contribution contact Herman Phipps at (931) 498-2945, or Gene Snowden at (931) 498-3302.




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