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Archives 07-11-2001




Grant Presented To Livingston-Overton Co.
School Calendar Changed Because Of Construction
Boy Hooked In The Neck Kneeboarding


Grant Presented To Livingston-Overton Co.


Rita Reagan, left, assistant director of Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce, and Livingston Mayor Hosea Winningham recently accepted a check for $1,500 on behalf of Livingston and Overton County, as part of Governor Don Sundquist's Three-Star Program. Jimmy Earle, representative of the governor's office, presented the check.

Governor Don Sundquist and Alex Fischer, state commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), recently announced a $1,500 matching grant for Livingston-Overton County as part of the Governor's Three-Star Program.

"Tennessee's Three-Star communities have gone the extra mile to prepare and compete for economic develpoment opportunities," Sundquist said.

"Our matching grants program is another way to support these communities and to encourage their continued economic growth."

Livingston-Overton County is one of 62 Three-Star communities statewide. The community has been certified under the Three-Star Program for 5 years.

The $1,500 matching grant approved for Livingston-Overton County is to be used for such projects as beautification programs, leadership training, and the development of marketing plans and marketing materials. These include websites, brochures, publications, and initiatives that may be beneficial to businesses seeking to relocate or existing industries looking to expand.

The Governor's Three-Star Program was created nearly 20 years ago to encourage Tennessee communities to prepare and compete for economic development opportunities.

The goals of the program are to preserve existing employment, create new employment opportunities, improve family income and create a strong leadership base for economic development.

Since its beginning, the program has steadily grown each year as new communities work with the state to enhance their appeal as locations for businesses, industry, or other economic enterprises.

Fischer said, "The Three-Star Program is a valuable and effective tool to assist communities in developing the necessary leadership and infrastructure to become vibrant business locations and to encourage community prosperity."


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School Calendar Changed Because Of Construction

By Dewain E. Peek and Deborah Forsman

Overton County Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, July 3, with Board member Joey Smith absent.

A revised school calendar was approved. Construction still underway at the schools caused a need for revising the calendar.

Director of Schools Bill Needham said, "There were two schools that did not feel like that they could guarantee that we could meet the deadline of August 13th or 15th that we had previously planned in our school calendar.

Hilham Elementary and Livingston Middle School are the two schools unable to meet the deadline.

In the revised calendar, Livingston Academy, Rickman Elementary, A.H. Roberts, Allons Elementary, and Wilson Elementary will now have registration day on August 17. Their first full day of school is August 24.

According to Needham, the gap between the registration day and the first full day is needed to place furniture into classrooms.

Labor Day is a vacation day, and the Thanksgiving holiday vacation days will be November 22 and 23, with November 21 being an abbreviated day.

The Christmas holiday vacation days will be December 24 through 31, with December 22, a Saturday, an abbreviated day.

School will resume on January 3. Martin Luther King Day on January 21 and President's Day on February 18 will be vacation days. Spring break will be March 25 through 29.

The last full day of school for these schools will be May 22. The last day of school will be May 24.

For Livingston Middle School and Hilham Elementary, registration day will be September 4, with the first full day of school being September 10.

The Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas holiday will be the same as for the other schools, with the rest of the vacation days also being the same throughout the school year, with the exception of Memorial Day, May 27, which will be a discretionary day with no students attending.

The last full day of school at Livingston Middle School and Hilham will be June 6.

A statement issued by Director Needham reads: "Revisions were made to the school calendar after each building contractor informed the school board of the earliest date they could have buildings ready for student occupancy. The changes were made to ensure that Livingston Academy can complete the first semester prior to the Christmas break and each elementary school can complete the year by the end of the first week in June.

"Should unforseen circumstances occur which would require additional changes, every effort will be made to inform the public as soon as possible. "I realize the building program has caused inconveniences and will continue to do so for a time, but when completed I believe we will have facilities we all will be pleased with."

The Board approved the 2002-01 Class Size Reduction Project.

Approved were Math for Foundations textbooks, published by Glencoe/McGraw Hill, Glencoe Pre-Algebra: An Integrated Transition to Algebra and Geometry, Price, et al, 2nd Ed., 1999, as recommended by the LA 1999 Math Textbook Adoption Committee.

The Board approved State Amendment #1 IDEA Pre-School 2000-01, Budget Amendment #2, IDEA Part B 2000-01, and Local Amendment #23 2000-01 Title II 2001-01 State Amendment #2.

The Board approved IDEA Part B and IDEA Pre-School 2002-01 original budgets.

Debbie Peterman was granted a leave of absence for the 2001-02 school year.

Greg Strong's letter of resignation was accepted. He stated he is pursuing other interests.

Sheila Bush's letter of resignation as a Special Education teacher at Wilson was accepted.

Sada Jane Thomas' letter of resignation as a cook at Hilham Elementary was accepted. She stated she is taking a job in Putnam County to be closer to Tennessee Technological University where she is enrolled.

The 2002-01 Safe and Drug Free Original Budget was approved.

In executive action, the low bid was accepted for HVAC of the Early Childhood area of the Central Education Office building at $15,600 from H&H Commercial Refrigeration.

The low bid was accepted for ceiling insulation and installation at the Early Childhood area of the Central Education Office building at $19,124 from Alpine Construction.

The low bid was accepted for HVAC for the Rickman gymnasium at $75,690 from Carwile Mechanical.

Director Needham issued the Director's Report to the School Board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:

Gail Martin was hired at Allons.

Elizabeth Woodard was hired at Livingston Academy.

Christina Green was hired at Rickman.

Rick Cross was hired at Wilson.

Shawn Hale was hired as a non-certified substitute teacher.

Board member David Langford asked about the class pictures at LMS that had been placed outside the building.

Director Needham said, "Those were brought over here. They are located down the hall in the office. There are, I believe, 24 of those large class group pictures.

"They don't appear to be damaged, as far as the pictures, in any way. Some of the glass is broken, in the frames, there are several of those where there's broken glass. Right now they are back there and are safe and secure."

Some of the Board members expressed concern that the class pictures should be displayed in the school again when the construction is completed.

The meeting adjourned.

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Boy Hooked In The Neck Kneeboarding

A 13 year-old boy was injured Friday morning, July 6 while kneeboarding in Mitchell Creek near Livingston Boat Dock on Dale Hollow Lake.

According to reports, Jon Davis of Spruce Street was kneeboarding behind a wave runner driven by a friend when a boat came close and the wave runner swerved toward the bank. As they turned to come out, they traveled under a big tree with a deep limb line attached, which was apparently unmarked. The hook on the limb line came up and slashed the boy's neck, entering near the collar bone on the left side and exiting the upper part of the neck.

The boy's mother took him to the emergency room at Livingston Regional Hospital where he was treated and released. They later returned to the lake.




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