School Board approves new calendar
Thefts investigated by Sheriff's Department
Curtis Hayes announces bid for city mayor
Board approves new calendar
By RACHEL SMITH, OCN staff
Overton County Board of Education held the regular
monthly meeting Tuesday, April 2, with all members present.
As discussed during the March meeting, board members
were to meet with school PTOs to get community feedback to the proposed
2002-2003 school calendar, in which Overton County students would
attend school for nine weeks, have a two-week break, then go back
to school for another nine weeks. The new calendar would put all
schools on the same nine-week grading period that the high school
has been on for a few years.
According to Director of Schools Bill Needham, school
principals indicated at their recent mid-month meeting in Hilham
that everything they had heard from parents in the community about
the proposed calendar had been extremely positive.
"I've had a few calls myself inquiring about
the calendar. Most all the comments I've received have been very
positive" Needham said.
After Needham's comments, the Board voted unamiously
to approve the proposed 2002-2003 calendar as previously submitted
by the Calendar Committee.
In other new business, board members approved Title
VI Local Amendment #16 State Amendment #1 Reduced Size Classroom
and Special Population Local Amendment #17 State Amendment #1.
Permission was granted to allow second, third, and
fourth grade Accelerated Reading students from A.H. Roberts to travel
to Dollywood on May 6. Also approved was an overnight trip to Gatlinburg
for eighth grade Hilham students on May 3-4.
In a letter addressed to Director Needham, Wilson
Elementary Principal Alice Reed notified the board of her plan to
In her letter, Reed stated, "I'd like to express
my thanks to the Overton County Board of Education for allowing
me to serve my community for over three decades. I've enjoyed almost
every day of my employment at Wilson Elementary. Thank you again
for your support, kindness, and cooperation."
After hearing her letter, Board members voted to approve
her planned retirement date of July 31.
Other new business approved by the board included
a change in the current year's school calendar, in which a May 14
discretionary day was changed to May 7 to accomodate the Overton
County primary elections.
The final action of new business was to grant tenure
to 14 teachers currently in the Overton County school system. Approved
for tenure are Shirley Ashlock-Kirk, Donna Beaty, Phillip Bowman,
Jacob Carwile, Tim Copeland, Vanessa Farris, Tricia Hix, Misty Huddleston,
Ginnie Jackson, James Loftis, Mandy McCormick, Richard Melton, Christy
Miller, and Cynthia Sells.
Director Needham issued the Director's Report to
the School Board. Actions taken by the school director were as follows:
Hired Sue Phillips as lunchroom monitor at Wilson Elementary to
replace Louise Phillips who is on medical leave.
Hired all tenure teachers, including those listed
above, to be placed at a later date.
Hired Peggy Hibbs and Donna Sweezy as non-certified
substitute teachers and Cindy Melton as substitute cook.
Approved maternity leave for Kelli Hayes effective
April 15 approximately) until May 10 (approximately).
Needham then recognized members of the 2002 Youth
Leadership Academy who were attending the meeting to fulfill one
of their class requirements.
Needham also informed the School Board of a "Mock
DUI Program" for LA seniors, which will take place Friday,
April 26 beginning at 9 a.m.
Needham said, "This is part of our Safe and Drug
Free Schools Prom Promise, and is sponsored by the Overton County
"All county emergency agencies will participate
in this drill, and I think it's something that will really have
an impact on our seniors.
"It's all make believe, but extremely realistic.
Hopefully, it will help to save young lives and give them something
to think about and see how real things are in this world."
When the floor was opened to other comments, Board
member Donald Brown addressed the group with his concerns about
the current status of the building program.
"We've been in this building program for a while.
I try to tell parents at PTO meetings to have patience. It's hard
to tell them that anymore, because I don't have any patience either."
Brown went on to say, "We need some results.
If we need to take legal action, then we need to do something."
Brown's concerns, along with many others in the county,
are primarily directed toward the problems being experienced at
Allons and Rickman.
With the end of this school year not too far in the
future, these schools have been without proper lunchrooms for almost
two years. Students are being fed in portable classrooms, hallways,
and classrooms, while meals are prepared off-site and transported
to each school's campus.
The general contractor for these schools, as well
as Wilson Elementary, has been under a contractual penalty since
October 26, 2001. At a cost of $150 per day per school, Wallace
Construction Company of Fayetteville has accumulated penalty charges
for each day since that time, including weekends.
Needham explained that he has already contacted Board
attorney Chuck Cagle to determine what legal options are available
at this point.
As early as December 2000, subcontractors notified
Needham that Wallace Construction was not meeting their payment
obligations. At that time, Architect Richard Williams began requiring
subcontractors to sign a waiver of lien, basically stating they
had been paid although they had not.
Checks to Wallace have been sent registered mail,
return receipt requested for some time now, according to Needham,
in order to prevent any claim of checks not being issued by the
School Board. To further protect the School Board, future checks
will be issued in the name of both Wallace Construction and the
subcontractor, requiring both to endorse and, therefore, ensuring
the subcontractor gets paid.
Needham explained, "It's extremely frustrating.
We're all very unhappy about the situations with those two schools
"However, we have been told that if the bonding
company takes over it is extremely likely they would hire the same
contractor to finish the job, but the bonding company would be responsible
for writing the checks. This could result in even more delays, which
we don't want."
Due to the many issues still unresolved, the Board
will hold a mini-work session with the architect Thursday, April
11 at 6 p.m. to outline what is still to be done at each school,
and what legal steps, if any, the Board needs to take.
The meeting adjourned.
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investigated by Sheriff's Department
Becky Meredith/OCN staff
Capt. Frank Dial with Overton County Sheriff's Department
displays items recovered recently from two thefts.
A theft on Bethlehem Road was reported to Overton
County Sheriff's Department on Monday, April 1.
Captain Frank Dial arrived at the scene and learned
that approximately 250 to 300 wall studs, 2 boxes of #8 nails, and
a box of metal clips were missing.
He, along with Dep. James Harris, went to a residence
on Highland Mountain where an informant said the stolen goods might
"When we approached the location, we noticed
a stack of what appeared to be the same type of lumber," Capt.
Dial said. "Then we saw a car with some of the same type of
lumber in the trunk. We talked to the two gentlemen who were building
a house with this material, and one of them, Jonathan E. Dial, admitted
taking the lumber."
Jonathan Dial was transported to the Sheriff's Department,
where he completed a written statement to present to Overton County
Dep. Harris loaded the material onto a truck and took
it to Overton County Justice Center for evidence.
Also investigated by Capt. Dial was a theft Friday,
April 5, when he travelled to Sumner County to question Terry D.
Henry and Sherry Staggs Henry regarding a break-in and theft in
the Rickman area.
Terry Henry reportedly admitted to breaking into the
home and taking the items in question: a box of medication and a
"He also told me the location of where he put
the items after the theft,"
Capt. Dial said. Capt. Dial and Dep. J.D. Masters
went to a location on East Howard Road, where Henry allegedly threw
out the medication. They also reportedly found the rifle that had
been reported stolen.
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Hayes announces bid for city mayor
Curtis Hayes has informed Overton County News he plans
to run for the office of Livingston Mayor in the upcoming municipal
election. His statement is as follows:
"I am a lifelong resident of Livingston. I am
the son of Curtis Hayes Sr. of Algood and Christine Hayes of Livingston.
I have been married to Julie (Hill) Hayes for seven years. We have
two sons, Creed, who is 7, and Carter, who is 3.
"I am currently employed by Tennessee Technological
University as a painter. I have been employed at Tech for approximately
four years. My wife is employed at Livingston Regional Hospital
as the director of administration.
"I am very proud to be involved in numerous Overton
County youth sports. I have been coaching football and baseball
for the past 10 years. I am president of the Overton County Outlaws
and the Middle Tennessee Youth Football Conference, which contains
8 counties and 10 teams.
"I am a 1993 graduate of Livingston Academy.
I attended Roane State Community College, before leaving to enter
the law enforcement field. I was employed by Livingston Police Department
and Overton County Sheriff's Department.
"I currently serve on the Livingston Board of
Aldermen. I am also a member of several local boards and committees.
I am a proud citizen of Livingston and plan on spending the rest
of my life here. "I feel that Livingston has missed out on
several vital opportunities in the past. If elected, I will strive
to keep the taxes low and continue to help in aiding our senior
I feel that the city has the opportunity to provide
some important youth services for children in our community. I feel
that an effort needs to be made to bring in more industries, so
that the people of Livingston will not have to travel to other cities
or counties to find a decent job.
"I make this promise to each and every person:
I will work hard for you every day and go the extra mile to provide
better services through the City of Livingston. My goal is to make
a positive impact on Livingston, and to strengthen the ties to the
community. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned
citizens can change the world. It is the only thing that ever has.
Let's work together for a better Livingston.
"If you would like to discuss any issues involving
the city, please feel free to stop by my home at 515 North Goodpasture
Street, or call (931) 823-7637.
"Your vote and support are greatly appreciated."
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