Davis Resigns As Director, Needham
LA Football Affected By Realignment
DHS Launches Child Care Web Directory
Resigns As Director, Needham Named Interim
By Dewain E. Peek
With no official explanation, Eldon Davis resigned
as Director of Overton County Schools effective Thursday, Dec. 7.
The Overton County Board of Education appointed Bill
Needham interim school director during the Monday, Dec. 11 regular
monthly meeting, with all members present.
Chairman Milton Raines read Davis' letter of resignation
to the Board, which simply stated his immediate resignation as director.
Raines said, "There's no reason. Mr. Davis has
resigned as director of schools. We have to have an interim director
of schools to carry on, because the interim director of schools
is going to have to sign the payroll."
After accepting the letter of resignation, the Board
voted to have an internal audit by the State Comptroller's Office.
Board Member Jerry Glasscock said, "I just think
it would be a matter of good business. I don't know that there is
anything, but I'm sure that the director of schools that's coming
in, everwho it would be, would want it, and I think too it would
be good for the Board to know. And everwho is coming in they'd come
in on an even keel, not inheriting anything."
Nominations were taken for the interim director, with
Ken Dodson and Bill Needham being nominated.
Dodson received yes votes from Larry Looper, Donald
Brown, and Melody Williams, all other members voted no.
Needham received yes votes from Edith Key, Jerry Glasscock,
David Langford, Milton Raines, Russell Gray, Tim Coffee, and Joey
Smith, and the other three members voted no.
After being appointed, Needham said to the Board,
"Well, I don't need to say a lot, but I do appreciate the confidence
the Board has just shown. I pledge to all of you that I'll do my
best to earn your confidence to see that the administrative part
of this system moves forward and that all the intent is placed toward
providing the best education we can for the students of this county."
Amendment #4 General Purpose School Budget 2000-01
was approved for an educational assistant for the fourth grade at
Wilson Elementary, for a Board secretary at work sessions, and for
a temporary secretary's salary increase for full benefits.
Quarterly reports were approved for the period ending
September 30, 2000 for General Purpose, Federal Projects, Central
Cafeteria, Education Debt Service, and Capital Projects Funds.
The first reading of the Overton County Pedicullosis
(head lice) Plan of Control and Procedures was approved.
The Board approved the School System/School Compliance
based on Tennessee statutes and State Board of Education rules,
regulations and minimum standards for approval of schools.
Drenia Wilson's request for a one-year leave of absence
was approved, beginning November 2, 2000.
Local Amendment #13 IDEA part B 2000-01 Amendment
#1 Sliver Grant was approved.
The regular monthly meeting day was changed from the
second Monday of each month to the first Tuesday of each month.
The Board voted to take bids on central heat and air
for the Central Education Office building.
The minutes for November 13 were amended to state
that Anita Burnett is to receive full benefits, excluding health
In executive action, low bids for Microsoft Office
2000 from CDW Government Inc. were approved as follows: Office standard
version, new license - $45 each; Office standard version, upgrade
license - $35 each; Office professional version, new license - $57
each; Office professional license, upgrade license - $45 each.
The low bid for a double-stack convection oven from
Tennessee Restaurant Equipment was approved at $6,514.79 each.
The bid for two-way radios with a repeater and control
station, including installation, from Wireless Solutions was approved
The Director's Report was issued to the School Board.
Actions taken by Director Davis before his resignation were as follows:
Hired as non-certified substitute teachers were Jill
Robbins, Leigh McAlpin, Christy Nivens, and Cindy Henley.
Jeff Webb was hired as a technology technician, beginning
November 27, 2000.
Kirby Boles was hired as a substitute janitor at Livingston
Kaye Killmon was hired to replace Kay Holbert as secretary
at Board work sessions.
The Board discussed a possible solution to the mold
problem at A.H. Roberts and Rickman Elementary.
The meeting adjourned.
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Affected By Realignment
By Dewain E. Peek
The TSSAA has released its classifications for the
2001-2005 period. Classification changes will have a direct effect
on Livingston Academy football.
Four area schools elected to move to Class 3A from
Upperman, Jackson County, Smith County, and Cannon
County, and York Institute, which would have moved down out of Class
3A, elected to stay.
After the smoke cleared, LA's region, 4-3A, had gone
from 8 teams to 10 teams.
LA Wildcats Coach Matt Eldridge said, "They've
split it into 5 team subregions, and you'll play 7 region games
out of 9 possible. "They had you draw, just the luck of the
draw, the other three from the other region." Post-season eligibility
still remains the same.
"They'll still take the top four teams just like
normal," Coach Eldridge said.
The subsections shook out with Portland, Macon County,
Trousdale County, Smith County, and Jackson County in one subdivision,
and Livingston Academy, Cannon County, DeKalb County, Upperman,
and York Institute in the other subdivision.
Don't get too excited about 2000 State Champion Portland
being in the other subdivision. Remember that "luck of the
draw" thing? Though LA was not required to play them, Portland
fell into Livingston's schedule.
"And in two years it may change," Coach
Eldridge said. "We wanted to play everybody, because that's
kind of the only fair way. Apparently, three or four teams didn't
The new schedule has caused the Wildcats to have to
get in shape in a hurry next season. Because of the new scheduling,
the first game will be August 17 against Crossville.
"We're going to start zero week, we don't even
start week one," Coach Eldridge said. "So it's really,
This will cut preparation time down a week.
"You're allowed to start with pads on the 1st,"
Coach Eldridge said. "We'll get about two and a half weeks
After Crossville, LA will host Donaldson Christian
Academy, then travel to Macon County the next week. The Wildcats
will then travel to Sparta, then host Cannon County before having
a bye week.
LA will restart the season at Upperman, then host
The Wildcats and Blue Devils haven't faced off in
football since 1992.
The Wildcats will travel to DeKalb County the following
week, then host Portland. The 'Cats will close the regular schedule
at Jamestown against York Institute.
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Launches Child Care Web Directory
Parents looking for child care may now find information on-line
about providers in Tennessee.
First Lady Martha Sundquist recently joined the Tennessee Department
of Human Services in launching a new directory via the state's official
web site www.TennesseeAnytime.org or www.state.tn.us/humanserv featuring
a user-friendly listing of all licensed and registered child care
providers in the state.
Parents in all regions of the state or country may access general
information, including addresses, hours of operation, type of facility
and capacity. The information is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week on any computer with Internet access.
Human Services Commissioner Natasha Metcalf said, "Parents
will be able to click on a specific county, and then a zip code,
and review basic information on the facilities within that zip code.
We want to give parents basic information on licensed and registered
providers in order to better assist them in locating and making
child care arrangements. This is another step toward that goal and
we hope parents will be as excited as we are about the project."
Anyone who needs additional information about providers, such as
how long they've been in business or how many complaints, if any,
have been filed against them should contact their county DHS office
or the Child Care Resource and Referral/Complaint Line office. The
toll-free, statewide number is 1- (800) 462-8261; in the Nashville
area, the number is (615) 313-4820. The Resource and Referral office
is open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. central time, Monday through Friday
to help parents without Internet access find and learn more about
child care providers.
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