Election winners announced
Livingston Academy Prom held Saturday evening
Roadway across dam to remain closed
City Council meeting held Monday night
School Board meets in regular session
Unofficial winners in the Tuesday,
May 7 Overton County Democrat Primary are Kenneth Copeland for County
Executive, Peggy Clark Smith for County Trustee, and Bud Swallows
received 3,138 votes in the County Executive race.
Clark Smith received 3,432 votes in the County Trustee race.
received 1,854 votes in earning the Democrat nomination for Sheriff.
Kelly Hull received 200 votes in earning the Republican nomination
Circuit Court Clerk Johnny Brown, County Clerk Hugh L. Ogletree,
and Register of Deeds Peck Smith were unopposed.
totals are unofficial until they are certified.
the Overton County Primary Election Unoffical Totals click here.
Academy Prom held Saturday evening
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
The 2002 Livingston Academy Prom was held at the Cookeville
Holiday Inn on Saturday evening, May 4. Transportation modes varied
from cars and trucks to Hummer and Excursion limousines to this
mule-drawn carriage bringing Livingston Academy students Candace
Copeland and Lance Smith to the event.
Arriving for the 2002 LA Prom are OCN staffers Lyndsey
Johnson, Mike Kinnaird, Ashley Hunter, escorted by Ben Rose, and
Lyndon Johnson, escorting Anna Brown.
James Clouse and Lora Brady were crowned 2002 Livingston
Academy Prom King and Queen.
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across dam to remain closed
The roadway across Dale Hollow Dam, previously closed
for security purposes, will remain closed for maintenance, according
to Lake Resource Manager Ronnie Smith, with U.S. Corps of Engineers.
Access to the dam is also restricted to road pedestrians and sightseers
approaching the area by water.
The area will remain closed for approximately four
months to allow the Corps of Engineers to perform maintenance on
the bridge portion of the dam.
During maintenance, the entire roadway across the
dam will be blocked by large equipment. For this reason, and the
safety of the visiting public, the roadway and adjacent access areas
of the dam must be restricted. The roadway was previously closed
for security reasons following September 11.
The tailwater area, popular with trout fishermen,
is now open. The Dale Hollow Dam Day Use and Campground opened May
1. Visitors may access the campground and day use areas through
Celina. Those travelling from Livingston should continue on Highway
52 toward Celina, turn north on Highway 53, drive approximately
three miles north of Celina, and turn right onto Dale Hollow Dam
Road. The campground and day use area will be located on the right.
For more information call the Dale Hollow Lake Manager's
Office at (931) 243-3136.
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meeting held Monday night
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting
Monday, May 6, with all aldermen present.
In old business, speed bumps were approved to be placed
on Chestnut Street for the summer city park season, as has been
done in year's past. Alderman Robert Jolley voted against the action.
Alderman Jolley asked that a police officer be assigned
to the Livingston City Park area to write tickets to anyone speeding
through the area.
Water Department Supervisor Tim Coffee gave an update
on the water survey. He told the Council that 24 leaks have been
detected and repaired, but so far no large leak has been found.
In new business, the first reading was approved on rezoning Alfred
Ballinger property, the old bowling alley building, from I-1 to
C-3. A public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 24.
The Overton County Cable TV contract was extended
for 7 more years. The contract extension allows the cable provider
to obtain loans to upgrade equipment.
Alderman Curtis Hayes asked if the contract was exclusive
and was assured that the town cannot legally exclude other cable
Mayor Hosea Winningham informed the Council that the
town was applying for a grant to build a sidewalk on North Church
Street to the Highway 111 bypass.
Sentinel Trust Company was hired as financial consultants,
and, as the company suggested, a bond resolution was adopted to
consolidate the town's debt into a bond issue. This action is estimated
to get the town out of debt 10 years earlier and save the town $465,000
in the long run.
The meeting adjourned.
Board meets in regular session
By RACHEL SMITH, OCN staff
Due to Primary Elections Tuesday, May 7, the Overton
County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday,
In executive action, the Board approved bids from
Ricky and Paige Dodson Lawn Mowing and Landscaping for lawn services
at Overton County Schools as follows: A.H. Roberts, including soccer
field on Zachary Street, $220; Allons Elementary, $120; Livingston
Middle School, $119; Livingston Academy, $322; Rickman Elementary,
$135; Wilson Elementary, $144; and Central Education Office, $20.
Hilham Elementary was awarded to Barnes Environmental at a cost
Director of Schools Bill Needham said, "The bids
were all bids as a package for all schools and separately and were
based on mowing each location twice per month throughout the mowing
"Barnes Environmental has done Hilham the first
time, and I think they've declined. We've gone to the next lowest
bidder and they've accepted. Provided they show proof of insurance,
we will approve them the next time."
In new business, the Board approved quarterly reports
for the period ending March 31, 2002, for General Purpose School,
Federal Projects, Central Cafeteria, Education Debt Service, and
Education Capital Projects.
"We presented these to the County Commission
committees last week, and they seem to be fairly well pleased with
where we are now. We're much closer to budget than we could have
hoped for with the way things have been with the economy.
"Through the third quarter, we're within 0.5
percent of the overall budget to what we said we would be,"
He went on to explain that the biggest danger to face
now is a shortfall of revenue from the state, if, due to the current
deficits projected by the state legislature, the final quarter's
BEP payment is withheld from the county or reduced in amount.
"Of course, we have enough reserve to take care
of it this year, but next year, if there's not some revenue and
they have to cut us even more, we'd be looking at a bare bones budget
and the elimination of a lot of programs and services for the students,"
In other new business, the Board approved the following
An overnight trip to Sevier County on May 5 for the
eighth grade at Wilson Elementary.
A trip to Lake Winner and Chickamauga Park on May
10 for the fifth and sixth grades at Wilson Elementary.
An overnight trip to Louisville, KY, on May 9-10 for
the eighth grade at Rickman Elementary.
An overnight trip to Cherokee, NC, on May 17-18 for
the seventh grade at Livingston Middle School.
A trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL, leaving on
May 11 and returning on May 16, for the 2002 senior class at Livingston
An overnight trip to the Space Center in Huntsville,
AL, on May 16-17 for the eighth grade at Allons Elementary.
Also approved was the Summer Nutrition Program for
May 29 through July 26 and the Summer Environmental Education Kamp
at Hilham Elementary for May 28-31.
The Board accepted and approved letters of resignation
from Allons Elementary Principal Dolphus Dial and Rosalie Mayer,
cook at Livingston Academy.
In Dial's letter, he informed the Board that "I
am pleased ... to have been given the opportunity to serve and work
with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and members of
the Overton County School Board.
"Working with the students has been my most appreciative
experience. Watching students grow, learn, and develop into responsible
citizens has been most rewarding.
"Overton County school system will always be
a part of my life when I retire. I will be retiring in June 2002."
After Dial's resignation was approved, Board Member
Russell Gray stated that he wished to express his thanks to Dial
for his years of service to the schools.
"He will be hard to replace," Gray said.
"He's worked good with the students and the teachers."
In Mayer's letter, she informed the Board, "Due
to reaching retirement age, I will be resigning on the last school
day of this school year. Upon retiring, I will take with me many
pleasant memories of the years I have worked here."
Director Needham issued the Director's Report to the
School Board. Actions taken by the school director were as follows:
Hired Sue Phillips to replace Drena Wilson who is
taking a medical leave.
Hired Glenna Guffey as lunchroom monitor to replace
Approved maternity leave for Kari Copeland, effective
April 26 through May 24.
Hired Lisa Parrigin, Genora Eldridge, Johnnie Robbins,
Jodi S. McDonald, Tabitha Winningham, and Kendra Grijalva as non-certified
Before adjourning, Needham advised the Board of actions
taken as a result of the joint work session meeting held with county
commissioners April 30.
"We discussed the football stadium and the state
of repair that it's in at Livingston Academy. The next morning,
Commissioner Johnny Webb, Terry Webb, myself, Board Member
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