Crossville Woman Killed In Highway 111 Collision
School Hirings Announced, Eldridge Rehired
Overton County Escapee Caught In Oregon
Woman Killed In Highway 111 Collision
A Crossville woman died Saturday, June 9 from injuries
sustained in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway
111 and State Route 293.
According to reports, John Moore, 82, of Crossville
was attempted drive his 4-door 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass from the
turn lane of Highway 111 onto State Route 293 toward Rickman around
11:30 a.m. when he crossed into the path of a 4-door 1988 Chevrolet
Corsica driven by Teddy Russell, 39, of Pall Mall. The Corsica struck
the Olds in the passenger side door.
Ruby Moore, 75, a passenger in the Olds, was pronounced
dead at the scene. Both drivers were transported to Livingston Regional
Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.
THP James Sells investigated the collision.
top of page
Hirings Announced, Eldridge Rehired As Coach
By Dewain E. Peek OCN staff
The Overton County Board of Education held the regular
monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 5.
In executive action, the Summer Nutrition Program
was approved to begin June 4 and continue to July 27.
Hilham's eighth grade's trip to Dollywood on May 11
In new business, Barry Moody's request for a leave
of absence for the 2001-2002 school year was granted. Moody will
be attending University of North Carolina to pursue a Ph.D. in developmental
psychology, focusing on the field of autism.
Maternity leave was approved for Julia Poston from
the start of school to six weeks later.
Donna Beaty's request for medical leave for the remainder
of the 2000-2001 school year was granted.
Betty Wells letter of resignation as a kindergarten
teacher at Rickman Elementary, effective May 24, was accepted. Wells
was in the teaching profession for 25 years.
Her letter stated, "I want to thank the parents
of this community for allowing me the time spent in the lives of
Local Amendment #21 Special Population Amendment
#2-2000-2001 was approved.
The Board approved Local Amendment #22 Title I 2000-2001,
The Board also approved Amendment #10, Amendment #11,
and Amendment #12 to the General Purpose School Budget.
The Board approved Title I, Title II, and Title VI
projects for 2001-2002.
The 2001-2002 Extended Contract proposal was approved.
Director of Schools Bill Needham issued the Director's
Report to the School Board. Actions taken by the school director
are as follows:
Matt Eldridge was hired as football coach at Livingston
Academy, effective May 24.
All tenured teachers were hired at their current location
for the 2001-2002 school year with the following exceptions: Lisa
Langford – Allons Elementary; Brenda Capshaw and Ben Oakley – Rickman
Elementary; Eldon Davis and Steve Robbins – Wilson Elementary; Esther
Maynard – Livingston Middle School; Donna Matthews – County Wide
IEP Specialist with location at Livingston Academy; David Sadler
– Alternative School; Lydia Flatt – 1/2 time at REACH and 1/2 time
at A. H. Roberts Elementary effective May 22; Tonia Little – Alternative
School effective May 22.
Teachers who recently received tenure were placed
as follows: Lori Mosley and Kelly Rose – Rickman; Jeri L. Caldwell
and Bridgett Carwile – A.H. Roberts Elementary; Edith Cunningham
and Jenny Geesling – Hilham; Vickie Phillips – LMS.
Non-tenure teachers were hired and placed as follows:
Meghan McMahon, Billy Heady, Lora Allison Harris, Phillip Bowman,
Jenny Reed, and Deborah Autry – Wilson; Angela Dickerson, Misty
Huddleston, Ginnie Jackson, Christy Miller, and Cynthia Sells – Rickman;
Donna Beaty, Vanessa Farris, Shirley Kirk, and Lisa Ramsey – Livingston
Middle School; Kelly Hayes, Richard Melton, and Pam Vaughn – Allons;
Spring Choate and Traci Smith, – Hilham; Tricia Hix and Mandy McCormick
– A.H. Roberts; Jacob Carwile, Michael Johnson, Jamie Loftis, David
Looper, and Robin Potter – Livingston Academy; Billy Maynard – Adult
Delores Turnbull and Tim Copeland were hired as school
psychologists for the 2001-2002 school year.
Randal Dial was hired as Adult Basic Education supervisor.
Rhonda Mainord and Kelly Brown were hired as system-wide
Libby Allen was hired as an art instructor for the
2000-2001 school year.
Heather Bowman was hired as a certified substitute
Lori Presley was hired as an aide for Early Childhood
Education, effective May 17.
Bill Phipps was hired as a security officer at Livingston
Academy May 18 through May 24.
Teachers hired for extended school year programs are
as follows: Referrals from Allons and Hilham — Patty Dale, located
at A. H. Roberts;
Referrals from A. H. Roberts — Janie Carter, located
at A. H. Roberts;
Referrals from Livingston Academy — Cindy Smith,
located at LA;
Referrals from Livingston Middle School — Shirley
Kirk, located at LA;
Referrals from Rickman — Julie Poston, located at
Referrals for Speech — Tricia Hix; Referrals, county-wide
preschool language — Amelia Peavyhouse, employed as an aide for
the preschool language program — Kelly Stover.
Rick Sells was hired as a Summer School Social Studies
teacher 9-12 (4 weeks), as recommended by Gary Ledbetter.
Non-teaching employees were hired for the 2001-2002
Central Office, as recommended by Director of Schools
William Needham: Karen Cowan – bookkeeper/budget director; Catherine
M. Holbert – federal bookkeeper; Patricia F. Hughes – accounts payable;
Brenda K. Killmon – secretary-receptionist; Joan Masters – school
nutrition bookkeeper; Judy Goodpasture – payroll/assistant budget
director; Anita Burnett – secretary; Jeff Webb – technician; Dawn
Neely – custodian/aide.
A. H. Roberts as recommended by Teresa Johnson: Doris
Cooper – attendance secretary; Heather Melton – secretary; Teresa
Sells – bookkeeper; Sue Ledbetter – part time/custodian; Melissa
Linder, Greg Phillips, Ruby Phillips, and Nell Spivey – custodians;
Kim Curd – library aide; Tina Dillon – Writing-to-Read aide; Sheena
Garrett – Special Ed. preschool aide; Joyce Ledbetter and Donna
Elder – Title I aides; Lue Reeser – CDA aide; Melissa Robbins –
kindergarten aide/part time; Inogene Smith –kindergarten/first grade
aide/part time; Kelly Stover – education resource aide; Linda Vaughn
– kindergarten aide; Kim Cantrell – aide; Kathy Sullivan – 8 hr.
per day cafeteria manager; Brenda Colson – 7.5 hr. per day assistant
manager; Janice Faye Hill, Claris Jackson, Phillis Robbins, Frances
Sells, and Tonya Wright – 7 hr. per day cooks; Willetta McCormick
– 5hr. per day cook; Brenda L. Reeser and Tina Dillon – 1hr. cashiers.
Allons Elementary, as recommended by Dolphus Dial:
Mary Ledbetter – secretary/attendance; Mildred Melton – secretary/bookkeeper;
Junior Beechboard and Loleta Wilson – custodians; Susan Curtis –
3hrs. custodian/2hrs. lunchroom monitor; Donna Hillabrand – teacher's
aide; Patricia Gore and Patricia Reagan – resource aides; Georgia
Gray – 7 hr. per day cook; Deloris York – 6 1/2 hr. per day cook;
Juanita Dial – 6 hr. per day cook; Barbara Stewart – 8 hr. per day
cafeteria manager; Agnes Hamilton – 3 1/2 cook/part time.
Hilham Elementary, as recommended by Shirley Myers:
Ida Sada Gore – secretary/bookkeeper; Susan Ledbetter – secretary/attendance;
Shirley Riley and Karen York – Special Ed. aides; Beth Phillips
– Title I aide; Lisa McCoy – 8 hrs. cafeteria manager; – Imogene
Geesling – 7 1/2 hrs. cook; Rita Goodpasture – 7 hrs.cook; Edwina
Coffman and Villa Maxwell – 4 hrs.cooks/part time; Janie Thomas
– 3 hrs. cook/part time; David Pigg – custodian; Brenda Phillips
and Betty Green – custodians/part time.
Livingston Academy, as recommended by Gary Ledbetter:
Lorraine Whited – secretary/attendance; Kimberly Colson, Brenda
Pemberton, and Marla Dailey – secretaries; Charlotte Dillon – bookkeeper;
Shelly Gilpatrick and Jan Hill – Special Ed. aides; Janice Brown
–Special Ed. aide/bus driver; Charlotte Masters, Billie Smith, Reba
Ezell, Dale King, and Sue Reeder – custodians; Barbara Qualls –
7 hrs.cafeteria manager; Wanda Thurman – 7 hrs. assistant manager;
Bobbie Thurman, Rose Mayer, Carolyn Maxfield, Rita Qualls, and Linda
Gilpatrick – 6 1/2 hrs. cooks; Becky Hammock – 6 hrs. cook; Julia
Wright – 4 hrs. cook; Bee Nivens and Jean Tayse – 4 hrs. cooks/part
Livingston Middle School as recommended by Melinda
Beaty: Loretta Raines – secretary; Joann Winningham – attendance/secretary;
Bess Street – bookkeeper; Cindy Robbins – Special Ed. aide(CDA);
Margaret Collins and Kay Savage – Special Ed. aides; Elizabeth Sells,
Wanda Gore, Dean Boles, and Tammy Colson – custodians; Billie Rooker
– 8 hrs. cafeteria manager; Evelyn Sidwell – 7 hrs. assistant manager;
Deanna Linder, Jimmie Masters, and Brenda King – 7 hrs. cooks;
Rillie Hill and Louise Matthews – 4 hrs. cooks/part time.
Rickman Elementary, as recommended by David Linder:
Cindy Bailey – bookkeeper; Heidi Brown – secretary/attendance; Barbara
Gilliam – secretary; Anita Lacy and Marilyn Vaughn – Special Ed.
aides; Tammy Smith – Special Ed. assistant; Anita Norrod – aide;
James Livingston – custodian/bus driver; Reba Phipps and Floid Vaughn
– custodians; Sharon Sevier – 4 hr. custodian; Allean Andrews –
8 hrs. cafeteria manager; Karen Prichard – 7 hrs. assistant manager;
Eunice Bilbrey, Betty Mackie, and Faye McCowan – 7 hrs. cooks; Judy
Nave – 5 3/4 hrs. cook/part time; Ellie Woolbright – 3 1/2 hrs.
cook/part time; Pam Bowman – 3 1/4 hrs. cook; Johnnie Dial – 3 hrs.
Wilson Elementary, as recommended by Alice Reed: Anna
Bowman – secretary/bookkeeper; Terry Morgan – secretary/attendance;
Anita Phillips – regular aide; Carolyn Burchfield – pre-school aide;
Marlene Harris, Nancy Tinch, and Jennifer Harris – Special Ed. aides;
Robert Judd and Ray Norrod – custodians; Louise Phillips – 2 hrs.
lunchroom monitor; Cornetta Brown – 8 hrs. cafeteria manager; Judy
Bowman – 7 hrs. cook; Wanda Hoover and Drenia Wilson – 5 1/2 hrs.
Early Childhood, as recommended by Diane Mabry: Vickie
Windle Watson, Lesia Franklin, Barbara Harris, Carol Bilbrey, and
Lori Presley – aides; Teresa Carr – 2 1/2 hrs. custodian/part time.
Maintenance, as recommended by Bill Needham: Ed Walker,
Rick Hinson, and Bennie Sells.
Mechanics, as recommended by Terry Melton: Scott Stover
and Noah Hinson.
Bus drivers, as recommended by Terry Melton: Paul
Burgess, Jack Choate, Pal Coleman, Nancy Cooper, Lonnie D. Ford,
James Gambrell, Randy Smith, Baxter Hughes, Larry Smith, Ina G.
Hunter, Dale King, Kenneth Laycock, Dewey Masters, Randy McCowan,
Grady Phillips, Brenda Ramsey, Helen Reeser, Billy O. Smith, Grady
Speck, Donald Staggs, Chesley E. Stephens, Curtis W. Taylor, Paul
White, Keven Vaughn, Barbara Winningham, Charlotte Dillon, Melanie
Staggs, Janice Brown, Mark Carmack, James Livingston, Randy Brewer,
Herman Sullivan, Anna Ramsey, Zinie Bilbrey, Dan Varbel, James Dishman,
and Bennie Sells; 1/2 time – Roger Wright, Daryl Hoover, Randall
Dial, and Drenia Wilson.
Adult Education: Crystal Nelson and Carolyn Looper
– educational assistants.
Vocational Rehabilitation: Shirley McDonald and Tammy
The meeting adjourned.
top of page
County Escapee Caught In Oregon
A man who escaped from Overton County Jail in September
2000 has been caught in Oregon.
Roy Scott Fritts, of Cleveland, TN, reportedly fled
out the back door of Overton County Jail and ran into the wooded
area behind the jail on September 28, 2000. A search of the area
by officers of the Sheriff's Department and the Livingston Police
Department, with assistance from a tracking dog and a Putnam County
K-9 unit, failed to find the then 22 year-old Fritts.
Now Fritts is back behind bars. According to a report
by the La Grande Observer, an Oregon newspaper, Fritts was apprehended
after a guns blazing, high-speed pursuit Tuesday, June 5.
According to the Observer report, the Union County
Oregon 911 dispatch center received a call at about 2:30 p.m. of
two people in a silver two-door Honda threatening passengers in
Sheriff Steve Oliver spotted the Honda and followed
it. During the pursuit, a male passenger fired shots at Oliver from
the Honda, according to a statement from the Oregon State Police.
The sheriff said the car was doing about 105 mph when
the passenger was firing. None of the shots hit Oliver or his patrol
Two other sheriff deputies soon joined the pursuit,
along with several Oregon State Police troopers from both Baker
City and La Grande, and members of the La Grande Police Department.
The Honda's driver was reportedly weaving among traffic
and passed trucks by going into the gravel on the left side of the
highway. As the pursuit neared an interstate overpass, the Honda
again went onto the gravel shoulder to pass, but this time crashed
and rolled several times into the median.
When the vehicle rolled, the passenger apparently
lost the weapon he allegedly fired at Oliver. The two people in
the Honda were ejected. They then fled on foot into a nearby field.
Oliver and deputies Chuck Anderson and Roger Washbond
followed the two on foot for nearly a mile, according to reports,
finally taking both into custody.
A white male initially identified as Alex X. Davenport,
23, possibly of Tennessee, and the female driver, identified as
Holly Lynn Ervin, 22, also possibly of Tennessee, were taken to
Grande Ronde Hospital with injuries.
Ervin reportedly had minor injuries and Davenport
was hospitalized with what were reported to be multiple facial fractures.
Ervin was booked into Union County Jail at 7 p.m.
After later being taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital
in Portland to have his facial fractures evaluated, Davenport was
returned to Union County Jail.
Fingerprints clarified that Davenport is Roy Scott
Fritts. Fritts is now charged with two counts of attempted aggravated
murder, first-degree theft, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon,
menacing, recklessly endangering another person, and pointing a
firearm at another person.
In addition to those charges, Fritts was also arrested
Thursday, June 7 and charged via a warrant from the Overton County
Sheriff's Office on a charge of escape. He was in jail in Overton
County on charges of possession of a handgun for the purpose of
going armed, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and felony
Overton County News
415 West Main Street
P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570