Water Leak Repair Leads To Tickets
School Board Meeting Held Thursday
Art Studio Open House Set For Sunday
Leak Repair Leads To Tickets
Officials with the Livingston Police Department conducted
a speed enforcement effort on West Main Street on Friday, Sept.
According to the LPD, the effort came as city utility
workers were attempting to repair a water leak on Main Street, but
were put in serious jeopardy by speeding motorists.
Officers, using radar, monitored traffic for approximately
three and a half hours, and issued 51 citations for speeding. The
citations ranged from 34 mph in a 25 mph zone to 45 mph in a 25
Police Chief Roger Phillips stated, "It is a
well known and established fact that there is a direct relationship
with the frequency of traffic accidents, their severity, and speed.Ó
Most fatalities happen within 25 miles of home.
"The number of citations indicate that more speed
enforcement check points are needed, so please drive the posted
speed limit,Ó Chief Phillips said.
Board Meeting Held Thursday
By Dewain E. Peek
The Overton County Board of Education held the regular
monthly meeting Thursday, Sept. 14. The meeting was the first for
newly elected members Jerry Glasscock, Joey Smith, Edith Key, and
In new business, Milton Raines was elected chairman
of the School Board, and Jerry Glasscock was elected vice chairman.
Former Overton County School Board lawyer Charles
Cagle was hired as additional legal counsel, with Board members
Donald Brown and Larry Looper voting against. Board member David
Langford said, "He works for the Tennessee School Board Association.
He's a professional in school board law. We've used him in the past.
Unless we use him, we won't owe him anything. I just think he needs
to be made available in case we need him."
Lynda Simmons is still the primary legal counsel for
the School Board.
The Board approved the first reading on adopting a
vision and hearing screening policy.
The policy requires all students in grades 2, 4, and
6, any referrals, and all Special Education students to be evaluated
during the coming school year with screening for both vision and
hearing. Students who do not pass the screening process will be
given a letter to take home to parents, which will explain the screening
process and recommend the child be taken to a medical doctor for
further testing in the area of the suspected problem.
First reading was also approved to adopt a policy
for county-wide gifted screening. All students in grades 3 and 5
and any referrals will be screened for possible certification as
gifted. The Tennessee Department of Education mandates this process.
Extended Contract Proposal 2000-2001 failed approval
when brought up, but was brought up later in the meeting and passed.
Lois Brown's resignation from the Adult Education
Program was accepted.
Maternity leave was approved for Tonia Little effective
Maternity leave was also approved for A.H. Roberts
Principal Teresa Johnson effective September 18. Quarterly reports
were approved for the General Purpose, Federal Projects, Central
Cafeteria, Education Debt Service, and Capital Projects Funds for
the period ending June 30.
Local Amendment #7 Safe and Drug Free carry over budget
2000-01 was approved.
Local Amendment #8 IDEA Part B carry over budget 2000-01
The Board opted to wait until next month before approving
the Certification of Compliance with TCA, Section 49-310-(4) (A)
that verifies that students have been furnished all necessary textbooks.
The Board wished to have further assurance that this
The textbook adoption committee in the area of Basal
Reading in Kindergarten is Myra Dycus, Shirley McCormick, Tammy
Dailey, Leneda Linder, and Melissa Smith.
The Math Technology I book was approved.
An award from the Tennessee School Board Association
was presented to Board member Milton Raines. He received a pin signifying
Level I recognition for achievement in excellence in boardsmanship.
The possibility of creating an elementary golf team or teams was
brought before the Board. No action was taken. Board member Edith
Key brought up the need for a policy committee. John Phillips addressed
the Board to voice concerns about the building project at Wilson
The meeting date and time for the regular monthly
meeting was changed to the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m.
In executive action, low bids were approved as follows:
Copy paper - American Paper and Twine Co. at $20.80 per case.
Mita toner - N&L Office Systems at $46 per carton.
Pest control - Universal Termite & Pest Control at
$5,115, which includes all county schools and the Central Office.
HP Laser Jet 2100m printers - P.C. Connection at $735
each or $723.95 each when ordering 12 or more.
Color televisions - Puckett's at $169 for 19 inch,
$239 for 25 inch, $525 for 31 and 32 inch, and $781 for 35 and 36
Video cassette recorders - Puckett's at $74 each.
HP Desk Jet 840 C printers - P.C. Connection at 1
to 10 for $143.50.
HP 5162A ink cartridges - P.C. Connection at 5 or
more for $26 each, 10 or more for $25.85 each, and 20 or more at
HP 51649A ink cartridges - P.C. Connection at 5 or
more for $27 each, 10 or more for $26.75 each, and 20 or more for
Kodak DC240 digital cameras - Micro Warehouse at $454.
Sony Mavica FD73 digital cameras - P.C. Mall at $442.08
each, 5 or more for $437.28 each, 8 or more for $436.89 each, and
10 or more for $436.73 each.
Sony Mavica FD85 digital cameras - Micro Warehouse
at $679 each, 5 or more for $646 each, 8 or more for $637 each,
and 10 or more for $623 each.
Sony Mavica FD90 digital cameras - P.C. Connection
at $737 each, 5 or more for $730 each, 8 or more for $721 each,
and 10 or more for $713.50 each.
Color scanner Scan Jet 2400C - P.C. Mall at $132.41.
VHS camcorders - Puckett's at $322.
Computer equipment repair for Macintosh - JCS Computer
at $75 per hour with a two hour maximum, $75 per hour with two hour
maximum for laptops, $40 per hour with two hour maximum for printers,
parts at 15 percent above dealer cost, and pickup and delivery at
Computer equipment repair for IBM - H&L Data at $40
per hour with $40 pickup and delivery. Football field lights - Williams
Wholesale & Supply at $6.15 each.
Cool white bulbs, F40 four foot - Williams Wholesale
& Supply at 87 cents each.
Heat and air units, Ice Cap - Islander at $1,096 each,
10 or more at $1,006 each.
Heat and air units, Friedrich Corp. - Hughes Supply
at $620 each.
Asbestos maintenance - Asbestos Abatement West at
The resignation of Donnie Holman from being principal
of Allons Elementary School was accepted.
Rick Moles is the dean of the Gateway Institute program
for the period July 17-27, his stipend is $1,000.
Christy Neely was paid for 6 hours of work to help
Tanya Phillips' resignation as lunchroom monitor at
Wilson Elementary School was accepted.
Georgena Smith's request for a leave of absence was
approved as of August 11.
The Director's Report was issued to the School Board.
The meeting adjourned.
Studio Open House Set For Sunday
The arts in Overton County are a growing area of interest, and
Budd Harris Bishop is at the forefront.
"Overton County is an area of exceptional beauty," Bishop
Bishop's art will be on display during an open house to be held
Sunday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at his studio at 106 East
Broad Street, Livingston.
Paintings and drawings depict hills, trees, lakes, ponds, rocks,
round hay bales, and vibrant colors of grass and skies in the Upper
"A lot of the qualities of this area are visually satisfying,"
he said. "I was influenced by the colors, shapes, lighting,
and reflections, as well as the gentle rolling dimpled landscapes.
"The blues and greens are interesting and specific."
Bishop said every artist has his own inspiration.
"You try to represent your view in a work that fully explains
the feeling of that moment from your perspective," he said.
"The landscapes I paint are not wilderness landscapes; they
have been tamed.
"Also, I'm not trying to record the area. If so, I would have
to include man-made structures. I prefer to use natural settings.
"I like organizing a visual experience that gives me pleasure,
and for others to find visually interesting."
Bishop admires the essence of the work of Joseph W. Turner, Winslow
Homer, Edward Hopper, and Neil Welliver.
Director Emeritus of the Harn Museum of Art at the University of
Florida at Gainesville. Bishop returned to painting after a hiatus
of 32 years, during which he directed art museums in Chattanooga,
Columbus, OH, and Gainesville, FL. He also taught art and art history
in Nashville. He moved to Livingston in 1999 with his wife Julia,
who is the daughter of the late Freeman Lee Crowder Sr. and Tommie
Roberts Crowder. She is the president of Livingston Chocolate Company,
a family business.
Bishop earned an M.F.A. degree from the University of Georgia,
where he was a student of Lamar Dodd and Howard Thomas.
Bishop continues to advise collectors and institutions on art acquisitions,
administrative, and architectural planning, and museum issues. He
recently served as guest curator for two museum exhibitions in Tennessee
and Florida on American and regional art.
For more information call (931) 823-1106.
Overton County News
415 West Main Street
P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570