Damaged Pines Removed From Dale
Hollow Lake Area
Truancy Board Established With Help Of Juvenile
Pines Removed From Dale Hollow Lake Area
Becky Meredith/OCN staff
Southern Pine Beetles have ravaged many of the pines
in the Lillydale and Willow Grove areas, forcing the U.S. Corp of
Engineers to remove vast numbers of the dead trees.
Destroyed pine forests within the Lillydale and Willow
Grove campgrounds at Dale Hollow Lake are currently being removed
to make way for healthy hardwood replacements, according to Ronnie
D. Smith, Dale Hollow Lake resource manager.
The Southern Pine Beetle, part of a pine tree epidemic
sweeping through the southeastern states, has ravaged the mature,
non-native loblolly pine forests. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
now must remove vast numbers of dead trees in these parks as a matter
of safety and environmental stewardship.
Southern Pine Beetles have always been present; however,
the current severe outbreak is due to several warm winters together
with several years of drought. The beetles bore directly through
the bark and the females construct long, winding, S-shaped tunnels
that eventually girdle the tree, stopping the flow of water and
nutrients. The pine trees are damaged beyond their ability to survive,
and the infested trees fade to yellow and then bright reddish brown
before losing their needles and dying.
Nearly all of the pine trees throughout Lillydale
and Willow Grove campgrounds are already dead, and the infestation
continues to quickly spread. Limbs from the dead trees are currently
falling onto the campsites in these popular campgrounds, and all
of these dead and dying trees are being removed to provide for the
safety of the Dale Hollow Lake campers, who will soon be returning
for the upcoming recreation season.
Once all of the infested pine trees are removed from
Lillydale and Willow Grove campgrounds, the staff of Dale Hollow
Lake will begin a tree restoration plan to include a mix of healthy
hardwood trees native to this region.
Due to the overwhelming cost of both acquiring and
replanting the hundreds of trees in these two areas, Dale Hollow
Lake urgently needs the support and involvement of communities from
throughout this regional area to help restore these two devastated
campgrounds. The greatest immediate need is the donation of native
hardwood nursery-stock trees. Public-spirited volunteers will also
be needed to help in cleanup efforts and assist with the planting
of new trees this coming spring and fall planting seasons.
To be a part of this important restoration effort
contact Dale Hollow Lake Resource Man-agerŐs Office at (931) 243-3136,
from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Board Established With Help Of Juvenile Court
Judge John Officer and Director of Overton County
Schools Bill Needham, along with other officials, met recently to
discuss the topic of school attendance.
Meeting state attendance goals and dropout prevention
were targeted areas of discussion.
Judge Officer, Director Needham, and committee members
all agreed it is fundamental that these laws be addressed in a positive
and forthright manner that can help build toward the success of
every student. Judge Officer and Director Needham agreed to establish
the Overton County Truancy Board to address the issue of truancy
and compulsory attendance laws. The Truancy Board will be made up
of members who work in the area of youth services.
Matters of attendance can be addressed informally
and without the costs related to an appearance in court. Records
will be maintained and follow-up services provided to help students
and parents work toward improved school attendance.
The Truancy Board will operate as an extension of
the Overton County Juvenile Court.
Overton County Schools Attendance Supervisor Mike
Gilpatrick was appointed to serve as chairman of the Truancy Board.
The state of Tennessee has many laws dealing with
education and with school attendance. By law, a child is required
to attend school until age 18.
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-3007 requires that the
parent be notified in writing that:
1. The child has been unlawfully absent, which means
without an adequate excuse (unexcused absent), for five or more
days this school year.
2. The child, parent, guardian, or other person in
parental relationship has three days after the receipt of written
notice to comply with the law.
3. After the three days, if the child is not back
in school on a regular basis, the law requires that charges be brought
against the parent/guardian and/or the child in accordance with
the provisions of the law.
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-3007 also states that
the parents or guardian of K-6 children who are absent more than
five days during any school year without adequate excuse may be
fined up to $50 or assessed five hours of community service at the
discretion of the judge.
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-3009 states that any
parent, guardian, or other person who has control of any school-age
child or children and who shall violate the provisions of this part
shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
Each day's unlawful absence shall constitute a separate
misdemeanor. A Class C misdemeanor is punishable by a $50 fine and/or
30 days in jail for each offense.
Parents or guardians should maintain contact with
their child's school in regards to attendance. Written notes must
be turned in to the appropriate school official within three days
of an absence.
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