Grant Presented To Livingston-Overton Co.
School Calendar Changed Because Of Construction
Boy Hooked In The Neck Kneeboarding
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
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,"
"Our matching grants program is another way to
support these communities and to encourage their continued economic
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
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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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.Ó
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
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
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
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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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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