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Archives 01-10-2001



Kennedy Spencer Prue Is First Born In 2001
Board Of Education Meeting Held Jan. 2
Aldermen Meeting Held Jan. 2
Auto Accident Claims Life Of Livingston Man


Kennedy Spencer Prue Is First Born In 2001

Becky Meredith/OCN staff

Livingston Regional Hospital's first baby born in the year 2001 was Kennedy Spencer Prue, son of Steve and Vicky Prue. Dr. Tonya Grun, right, delivered the baby boy, who weighed 7 lbs. 6.6 oz. and was 20 inches in length. Welcoming home the new arrival were his siblings, Alexander and Madison Lindsay.

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Board Of Education Meeting Held Jan. 2

By Dewain E. Peek and Deborah Forsman

The Overton County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 2 with all members present.

In executive action, bids were accepted as follows: HP Jet Direct 600n 10 Base T printer at $229 each from MicroWare-house; HP Jet Direct 600n 10 Base T printers at $228 each from MicroWarehouse when purchased in a quantity of 12 or more; HP 610n 10/100 Speed Fast printer at $289 each from MicroWarehouse; and HP 610n 10/100 Speed Fast printers at $283 each from MicroWare-house when purchased in quantities of 12 or more.

The School Board approved the bid of Gary Spears House Moving for moving a portable classroom at Allons Elementary School at $1,500 for the building and $150 for the porches for a total of $1,650.

The bid from Pug's Septic Systems was approved for moving of sewer, electrical, and water for portable classrooms at Allons Elementary at $75 per hour. The bid includes all digging and labor. Spears Construction's bid was accepted for moving of debris to clear the site for the portable classroom at Allons Elementary at $350.

Spears Construction's bid was also accepted for underpinning of five portable classrooms at Allons Elementary at $199 per classroom unit, plus the cost of the materials for underpinning. The cost of the materials is $6.25 per 4X8 sheet of 1/2 inch OSB. Approximately 80 sheets will be needed.

The School Board voted to allow Overton County Ambulance Service to share use of the fuel tank at Hanging Limb. They will reimburse the school system for fuel used.

The bid of Country Patchworks was approved for a Husqvarna-Viking sewing machine at $4,995. The sewing machine will be placed in the diversified technology classroom at Livingston Academy.

In new business, the Board approved a request by Ben Oakley to be relieved of all attendance duties.

First reading was approved on amending the School Board's Bid Policy DJED to change the amount on line two and line seven from $2,000 to $5,000. This will change the policy to read as follows:

"All purchases of supplies, materials, equipment, and contractual services in excess of five thousand dollars ($5,000), including those of individual schools, shall be based on competitive bids. These bids shall be solicited by advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation in the district. However, said newspaper advertisement may be waived by the purchasing agent in an emergency. The purchasing agent shall advertise for bids and receive quotations. The principal shall serve as purchasing agent in each school.

"All purchases of five thousand dollars ($5,000) or less, including those of individual schools, may be made in the open market without newspaper notice, but shall, whenever possible, be based on at least three (3) competitive bids."

A position was approved at Wilson to provide a replacement for Mike Gilpatrick who was transferred to the Central Office.

A contract was approved with the Tennessee National Guard for a place to cook lunches for the students at Hilham Elementary School.

Kim Dillon's letter of resignation as an assistant teacher in the behavior management classroom was approved. She is returning to school at Tennessee Technological University to complete her degree in elementary education.

Former Director of Schools Eldon Davis' final Director's Report was issued to the School Board. Actions taken through December 7 were as follows:

Donna Reeder was transferred from Allons Elementary to Livingston Academy as a temporary replacement for Kim Colson.

Patricia Gore was hired as an educational assistant at Allons Elementary, replacing Donna Reeder.

Clara Glasscock and Elizabeth Cravens were hired as substitute cooks.

Bruce Brown and Glenna Guffey were hired as substitute bus drivers.

Hired as substitute teachers were Lori Looper, Kim Matthews, Trisha Eldridge, and Amy Cooper.

Lesley R. Wilborn was hired as a substitute aide.

Interim Director of Schools Bill Needham issued his Director's Report to the School Board. Actions taken beginning December 11 are as follows:

Mike Gilpatrick was transferred from Wilson Elementary to the Central Office as attendance supervisor.

Meghan McMahon was hired as an eighth grade teacher at Wilson Elementary School to replace Pam Merlone who transferred to Allons Elementary.

Jeanina Cobb was hired as an educational assistant at Wilson Elementary School.

The meeting adjourned.

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Aldermen Meeting Held Jan. 2

By Dewain E. Peek

Livingston Mayor Hosea Winningham and the Board of Aldermen held the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 2 with all members present. The Board usually meets on the first Monday of each month, but the meeting was held the first Tuesday because of the New Year's Day holiday.

The Board voted to buy a front-end loader, provided the city sells the big garbage truck. The loader will cost $78,994. A capital outlay note was also approved to pay for the loader.

The Board voted to send a letter to the state of Tennessee to request a public hearing should a certificate of need request for a methadone clinic in the town of Livingston be filed.

First reading was approved on a beer permit for Carr Gas Company and also for a beer permit for Upper Cumberland BP Shop. A public hearing was set at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 for both beer permits.

Jonathan Story and Max Goodpasture were approved to be hired at the Livingston Police Department.

A resolution was adopted for a CDBG block grant application for $500,000 to check for water leaks.

The Board voted to renew the contract with the current operators of Livingston Airport for five years, with two five-year options. The Board also approved entering into a contract to become a BP dealer.

Mayor Winningham informed the Board that water has been running over the dam for about two weeks.

The meeting adjourned.


Auto Accident Claims Life Of Livingston Man
An automobile accident near Senora, TX, on Tuesday, Jan. 2 claimed the life of Rolan Cross Robbins of Livingston and sent his wife, Bennie Ruth Robbins, to the hospital with cuts and abrasions.

The Robbins' were returning from a holiday visit with their son, Jimmy Robbins, in Phoenix, AZ.

Leaving Phoenix on Monday, Jan. 1, they had driven all day and spent the first night at a hotel near the highway. The next morning, they had started traveling again with plans to drive to Houston, TX, to spend the second night of the return trip.

One to one-and-a-half hours into the trip, at between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. (CST), the Robbins' 1996 Chevrolet Blazer apparently hit black ice on Interstate 10 and skidded into a guard rail and overturned two and a half times.

Robbins died at the scene. His wife was transported to a nearby hospital and was kept overnight for observation. She was released around noon the following day.


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