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Archives 11-15-2000



Trailer Home Destroyed In Blaze
County Sets Record With Voter Turnout
School Board Meeting Held Monday Night


Trailer Home Destroyed In Blaze

Livingston firefighters were called out around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, to fight a fire in the Hidden Valley Trailer Park. The owner of the trailer had reportedly only been gone from home a short time when neighbors noticed the smoke and called it in. The interior of the trailer was completely destroyed by the time the fire was extinguished.



County Sets Record With Voter Turnout

The Thursday, Nov. 7 General Election drew the largest voter turnout ever in Overton County, with 7,626 votes cast. The previous record was 6,729 in May 1998.

Nationally, the Presidential race is still up in the air with recounts being conducted in Florida and planned for other states. Texas Governor George W. Bush garnered 51 percent of the vote in Tennessee, but Vice President Al Gore received 59 percent of the Overton County vote, with 4,507 to 2,876 for Bush.

Green Party candidate Ralph Nader received 46 votes, Reform Party candidate Patrick J. Buchanan received 29, Cathy Gordon Brown 12, Harry Browne 12, Howard Phillips 10, and John Hagelin 5.

In the race for the United States Senate seat, incumbent Bill Frist won. Overton County voters narrowly preferred Frist, a Republican, with 3,022 votes to Democrat challenger Jeff Clark's 2,938.

Bart Gordon was re-elected to the United States House of Representatives 6th Congressional District seat. Overton County supported Gordon with 5,195 votes to Republican challenger David Charles who received 1,344 votes.

Lincoln Davis was re-elected to the Tennessee Senate 12th Senatorial District seat. Overton County gave Davis 4,908 votes to Republican challenger Ralph G. Deporter's 1,328.

Unopposed State Representative John Mark Windle received 5,630 complimentary votes from Overton County.




School Board Meeting Held Monday Night

By Dewain E. Peek

The Overton County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 13 with all members present.

In executive action, an emergency bid was approved for fire alarm systems to bring the five Allons portable classrooms up to fire code using existing equipment. The bid was awarded to Pioneer Communications Inc. at $10,163.

An emergency bid was approved for moving a portable classroom at Allons Elementary at $1,500 from Gary Spears.

The low bid was approved for the least of a portable building for one year for use as the Allons Elementary principal's office at $2,915 from Acton Mobile Industries Inc. The price includes delivery, setup, and return.

In new business, Amendment #1, General Purpose School Budget 2000-01, was approved for teachers 3.5 percent state raise.

Approved was Amendment #2, General Purpose School Budget 2000-01, for addition of one maintenance position and one computer technician.

Amendment #3, General Purpose School Budget 2000-01 transfer of BEP Reserve Funds, set aside for the building project, to the Capital Projects Fund in the amount of $766,866 was approved, with Board members Donald Brown, Larry Looper, and Melody Williams voting no. The amendment calls for $344,186 estimated to purchase lockers, chalk boards, marker boards, technology raceway, and classroom furniture for existing classrooms, and also calls for $412,680 estimated to build and furnish six additional elementary classrooms.

Brown had suggested the two items be in two separate amendments instead of one. If the County Commission rejects one of the two items in the amendment, then neither item would be approved and new amendments would have to be brought back before the School Board before going to the Commision for approval again.

The low bid for a pass through refrigerator and a pass through heated cabinet for the kitchen at A.H. Roberts School was approved at $5,424 and $5,273 from Scruggs Incorporated. Janis Faye Hill was granted a leave of absence. A trip was approved for Wilson Elementary's eighth grade class to go to Washington, D.C. on April 21, to return on April 25.

Blood pressure screening was approved for seventh graders on November 15-16. The screening will be conducted by school nurses and volunteers from the Overton County Health Council.

The Board approved 00.21 Budget Carry-Over to IDEA Part B Local Amendment #12.

Application for a Sliver Grant for IDEA in the amount of $9,036 was approved.

Local Amendment #9 School-to-Career Original Budget 2000-01 was approved.

Local Amendment #10 Title I Carry-Over 2000-01 Original Budget was approved.

Local Amendment #11 Title II 2000-01 State Amendment #1 was approved.

Mechelle Nivens request to be relieved of the audit duties for the 2000-01 school year was granted.

Kimberly B. Blaylock, CPA, was approved as the school auditor for the 2000-01 school year at a cost of $4,950.

Wording of resolutions adopted in the previous School Board meeting was corrected and reapproved.

The Board approved a trip for the Rickman eighth grade class to visit Biltmore Mansion on November 28.

Wilson Principal Alice Reed's request for an educational assistant to help teach the fourth grade was granted.

The parents of a Livingston Academy student who has allegedly been harassed by another student addressed the Board to tell about the problem.

The Board approved adding work sessions to the Board secretary's duties, to be paid the same as for regular Board meetings. Though willing to carry out the added duty, Board Secretary Kay Holbert said that since no voting takes place in work sessions, nothing would be able to be put into the minutes.

Board member Edith Key said a secretary is needed to take minutes if the Board directs the school director to carry out an action.

Board member Melody Williams resigned from the Early Childhood Committee.

Anita Burnette's job description was changed from temporary to full-time.

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

Karen Ledbetter, Mick G. Barnes, and Elizabeth Harris were hired as certified substitute teachers.

Chris Johnson was hired as a bus attendant on Janice Brown's bus at $5.15 per hour.

Hired as non-certified substitute teachers were Tamara Brady, Diancy Perdue, Tessa Seber, Lance Stevens, April Hughes, Valerie Maynord, and Susan Curtis.

Traci Smith was transferred to Hilham from Allons.

Pam V. Merlone was transferred to Allons from Wilson.

Adam Westmoreland was hired as the School/Community Partnership Program assistant.

Hired as extended contract personnel were Matthew Smith as a tutor at A.H. Roberts, Faye Franklin as a tutor at A.H. Roberts, Barbara Garrett as a tutor at Livingston Middle School, Roger Smith as a tutor at Livingston Academy, Gail Liebreich as a tutor at Allons, Melissa Savage as a tutor at Allons, and Kelly Grimes as Interact coordinator.

Kathy Hammer was hired as a substitute cook.

Carolyn Officer was congratulated on being selected for the program "Apple for the Teacher Award" of the Middle Tennessee area. The award is scheduled to be shown on the November 21 Channel 4 News.

Construction for the building program is now underway.

The meeting adjourned.



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