Forest Fire In Crawford Area Leads To Death Of
School Board Meeting Held November 6
Veterans Day Celebration Held On Livingston
Fire In Crawford Area Leads To Death Of Fireman
Firefighters took a few minutes from fighting the
forest fire in the Crawford Community Sunday afternoon to discuss
their next steps to battle the flames. Volunteers from all over
the county and state arrived to put out the fire.
Smoke could be seen from miles away as more than 700 acres were
scorched in the forest fire that spread through the Crawford and
Sunk Cane communities this weekend.
By Becky Meredith, OCN staff
A 46 year-old Celina man was killed in a forest fire
authorities suspect could be arson Saturday night, Nov. 10 in the
Crawford Community of Overton County.
According to reports, Hairold Junior Strode, with
the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Forestry Division, lost
his life battling the fire, and a few others were severely injured.
On the scene, along with 40 firefighters from the
State Department of Forestry, were volunteers from Muddy Pond, Alpine,
Monroe, Mountain, and Hilham fire departments. Fire jumpers from
Ft. Apache, AZ, were also reportedly brought in to assist, and a
tanker was provided by a Putnam County fire department.
Members of Overton County Ambulance Service and Overton
County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene and offered help.
The fire, which was started Friday night, Oct. 9,
was reportedly thought to be contained that night, but sparked back
up Saturday evening and spread through the Crawford and Sunk Cane
Officials reportedly remained on site all the night
and continued to fight and keep watch of the fire.
On Sunday afternoon, fire-fighters were once again
called to the scene to try and control the flames that had broken
out, and by evening, the fire was reportedly contained.
By Monday morning, more than 700 acres were said to
Throughout the firefighters' efforts to put out the
fire, members of the community and volunteers from Mountain First
Responders, Calvary Church, Crawford Head Start, and Monterey Save-A-Lot
provided food and water for the firefighters and carried water to
the scene for the workers.
Chief Bobby Bowman, of Mountain Volunteer Fire Department,
noted his appreciation to everyone who helped in any way.
"As the fire chief, I would like to say a special
thank-you to all the firefighters for all the hard work and dedication
to the community and our department," he said. "I'm glad
to know that in times of need that we, as a community, can pull
together and make things happen."
On behalf of the Mountain Volunteer Fire Department,
Bowman extended condolences to the family of Strode.
The person or persons responsible for the fire have
not yet been located. An officer with Overton County Sheriff's Department
suggested the fire might be related to several that were set Halloween
night near the Muddy Pond Community and in the Cub Mountain area.
Those with information regarding arsonist acts should
contact Overton County Sher-iff's Department or the Tennessee State
Fire Marshal at 1-800-762-3017. Anyone with information leading
to the conviction of an arsonist can qualify for up to $1,500 through
the state fire marshal's office.
Before conducting any open, outdoor burning between
October 15 and May 15 each year, Tennessee citizens are required
by law to obtain a burning permit from the Department of Agriculture's
Division of Forestry.
Additional burning restrictions might apply by local
governments and residents of the state should contact the local
forestry office or fire department before burning.
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Board Meeting Held November 6
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff
Overton County Board of Education held the regular
monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 6, with Board Member Larry Looper
In executive action, the low bid for a diesel engine
was approved at $8,345 from Dixie Diesel Service Inc. The engine
is needed for a bus that has a blown engine, according to Director
of Schools Bill Needham.
Board Member David Langford asked, "Have we ever
tried to overhaul any of our engines?"
Director Needham answered, "I don't know if they've
done a complete overhaul on one or not."
Langford said he wondered what the cost difference
Some of the Board members expressed the belief that
purchasing rebuilt engines might be better than in-house rebuilding.
Board Member Donald Brown said, "They have a
pretty good warranty on them."
The low bid was approved on computers from Dell Computer
Corporation at $875 each.
The low bid on lockers was approved at $38,871 from
Scott Equipment Company.
The low bid was approved for garbage roll-off boxes
at $2,870 each from Wastequip Holt.
The low bids were approved on floor scrubber machines
as follows: Kel San for 20-inch at one for $3,560 each, four or
more at $3,400 each, and 24-inch at one for $5,950 or four or more
at $5,800 each; and Mercury Chemical for 26-inch at one for $4,743
each or four or more at $4,743 each.
Director Needham said, "We asked each school,
the ones that are going to be using them, what they wanted to meet
their needs, and the 24-inch was the ones that all of them chose."
Low bids were accepted on each size so the schools
would have a choice, according to Director Needham.
The Board approved the Safe and Drug Free carryover
IDEA 2002-01 Amendment #1 was approved.
The Report of School System/School Compliance was
Quarterly reports were approved for the period ending
September 30, 2001 for General Purpose, Federal Projects, Central
Cafeteria, Education Debt Service, and Education Capital Projects
Director Needham said, "Pretty much, we're on
target. Our revenues are holding up much better in some areas than
we anticipated they might, especially with the way the economy's
been lately. All in all, we're looking pretty good right now."
Bids were approved for roofing projects at A.H. Roberts
Elementary and Rickman Elementary Schools. Turner Roofing was awarded
the project at A.H. Roberts, and Dixie Roofing was awarded the project
Board Member Edith Key brought to the Board's attention
the requirement to appoint a committee to work with the supervisor
of transportation and maintenance. The school board chairman has
authority to appoint the committee. Chairman Milton Raines said
he would speak to those he wished to appoint before officially naming
them to the committee.
Director Needham issued the Director's Report to the
School Board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:
Liz Sells was granted leave from Livingston Middle
School from October 9 to November 20.
Kirby Boles was hired as a full-time custodian at
LMS to replace Liz Sells until she is able to return to work.
Lisa Gore was hired as a temporary kindergarten aide
at A.H. Roberts through November 20, at 20 hours per week.
Melissa Robbins was granted medical leave from A.H.
Roberts from November 2 to November 20.
Rhonda Delk was granted medical leave from Wilson
Elementary from November 2 to November 20.
Jason Murphy was hired as a bus attendant on Mark
Non-certified substitute teachers hired are Joann
Phillips, Ciara Cross, Holli Halfacre, Amy Honeycutt, Amanda Bowman,
Kristy Poindexter, Jennie Jones, Carol Pennington, Lance Stevens,
Marie Bush, Kerri Story, Lessia Smith, Shawn Brown, Janie Jolley,
Marilyn Gore, and Kathy Allred.
The meeting adjourned.
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Day Celebration Held On Livingston Square
Pam Wood/OCN staff
Buddy Poppy Princess Heather Thomas led the pledge
of allegiance during Veterans Day ceremonies held Monday. Saying
the pledge along with her are Coco Snowden, Pete Peterman, and guest
speaker Lt. Matthew Smith.
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