Trailer Home Destroyed In Blaze
County Sets Record With Voter Turnout
School Board Meeting Held Monday Night
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.
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
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
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.
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
Application for a Sliver Grant for IDEA in the amount of $9,036
Local Amendment #9 School-to-Career Original Budget 2000-01 was
Local Amendment #10 Title I Carry-Over 2000-01 Original Budget
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 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
Anita Burnette's job description was changed from temporary to
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
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
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
Construction for the building program is now underway.
The meeting adjourned.
Overton County News
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