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Archives 05-08-2002






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



Election winners announced

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 for Sheriff.

Copeland received 3,138 votes in the County Executive race.

Peggy Clark Smith received 3,432 votes in the County Trustee race.

Swallows received 1,854 votes in earning the Democrat nomination for Sheriff.

Incumbent Kelly Hull received 200 votes in earning the Republican nomination for Sheriff.

Incumbent Circuit Court Clerk Johnny Brown, County Clerk Hugh L. Ogletree, and Register of Deeds Peck Smith were unopposed.

All vote totals are unofficial until they are certified.


See the Overton County Primary Election Unoffical Totals click here.

Livingston 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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Roadway 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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City Council meeting held Monday night


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 providers.

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.


School Board meets in regular session


Due to Primary Elections Tuesday, May 7, the Overton County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday, May 6.

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 of $75.

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 season.

"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," Needham said.

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," Needham explained.


In other new business, the Board approved the following school trips:

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 Academy.

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 Sue Phillips.

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 substitute teachers.

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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