Close election results in no change
Livingston man injured in tractor-trailer
Holmans arrested on arson charges
Board of Education meeting held June 4
Water Dept. investigating water
leaks and thefts
election results in no change
The Livingston Municipal Election resulted in no changes,
though the voting was close in all categories. A total of 1,391
city voters went to the polls.
Hosea Winningham retained the mayor's seat with a
95-vote margin over challenger Curtis Hayes. Winningham received
730 votes to 635 for Hayes.
Winningham led in Wards II and III and in early voting,
but Hayes received more votes in Ward I, leading the precinct 188
to Winningham's 154.
The mayor's race was the closest since 1992, when
Hosea Winningham defeated Gerald Maynard 459 to 396.
The liquor referendum was defeated with 683 votes
against allowing package liquor sales in the city. A total of 534
voters favored allowing liquor sales.
Johnny Halfacre, Thurman Langford, and Robert D. Jolley
retained their aldermen seats in more close voting. Halfacre received
687 votes, Langford received 606, and Jolley received 581.
Challenger James Randy Smith received 553 in his unsuccessful
bid for alderman. Former alderman Gerald Garrett received 502 votes.
Sean Allred received 285 votes.
The 1,391 total voters going to the polls for the
Livingston Municipal Election was the highest turnout for the election
in more than 20 years. The highest turnout in that span was 1,173
in the 1994 municipal election.
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man injured in tractor-trailer collision
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
A Livingston man was seriously injured when his truck was struck
by a tractor-trailer Tuesday, June 4.
According to reports, Charles L. Cravens, 67, was driving a red
1988 Ford Ranger from 1st Street across the bypass to Upper Hilham
Road around 11:23 a.m. and crossed the path of a 1996 Kenworth driven
by Roger W. Parris, 36, of Cookeville. The Ranger was hit in the
unoccupied passenger side. The trailer of the Parris Logging & Lumber
rig was empty at the time.
Cravens was transported by Overton County Ambulance Service, then
flown by helicopter to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. Parris
was apparently uninjured.
Livingston Police Department was assisted by Tennessee Highway
Patrol and Department of Transportation Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
in investigating the collision. The investigation is still underway.
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arrested on arson charges
Livingston Police and agents from the Tennessee Division
of Bomb and Arson Investigation arrested Douglas Holman and Dana
Jo Copeland Holman on Wednesday, June 5 in connection with the February
28 destruction by fire of a business building on Main Street in
Overton County Grand Jury indicted the Holmans on
Monday, June 3 on charges of arson and burning the personal property
of another. The Holmans were arrested at their home without incident,
according to reports.
The Holmans were released on $100,000 bond. They are
scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on Monday, June 17 in Overton
County Criminal Court.
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of Education meeting held June 4
By RACHEL SMITH, OCN staff
Overton County Board of Education held its regular
monthly meeting Tuesday, June 4, with Board member Larry Looper
Executive action items approved by the Board included
Approved the lawn services bid for Hilham Elementary
School from Double Precision at $90 per mowing. Barnes Environmental
(low bidder) declined acceptance of the bid award.
Approved the sale of portable classrooms as follows:
Allons, classroom #1, to John Cole for $750; Allons, classroom #2,
to David Thrasher for $779; LMS, classroom #1, to Rocky Dial for
$350; LMS, classroom #2, to David Thrasher for $265; and Early Childhood
portable to David Thrasher for $1,226.
Director of Schools Bill Needham informed the Board,
"Once the portables are vacated and notice is given to the
bid winners, they will have 10 days to remove the portables from
Allons, but the others weren't given that stiff a limit."
Also approved was the low bid for a 1995 Chevrolet
maintenance truck in the amount of $9,800 from Henard Motors.
In new business, Board members approved the following
programs: Title I, Part A, Improving Basic Programs Operated by
L.E.A.; Title II, Part A, Teacher and Principal Training and Recruitment;
Title II, Part D, Enhancing Education Through Technology; Title
IV, Part A, Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities; Title V,
Part A, Innovative Programs; and Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2, Rural
and Low Income School Program.
Numerous year-end budget amendments were approved
by Board members. These items included Amendment #4, General Purpose
School Budget 2001-2002; Local Amendment #18 State Amendment #4
IDEA Part B 2002-01; Local Amendment #19 State Amendment #2 Safe
and Drug Free 2002-01; Local Amendment #20 School Court Community
Grant 2002-01; Local Amendment #21 State Amendment #2 Vocational
Education, Carl Perkins; Local Amendment #22 Title VI Original Budget
2002-01; and Local Amendment #23 Original Budget Title II 2002-01.
Director Needham said, "I know that it seems
like this is unusual with all these amendments, but this is the
time of year when you make your amendments to finalize the budget
and close out the books. We're just shifting from one line to another,
it's not new money."
In other action, Board members voted to approve the
posting of the Ten Commandments in Overton County schools pending
current court proceedings elsewhere in Tennessee. Although they
expressed a unanimous feeling this would be beneficial for Overton
County students, Board members wanted to await the outcome of pending
litigation to insure no legal issues would arise when the document
Referring to discussions from previous meetings and
work sessions, Board members approved the creation of a half-time
band instructor position for the county. This position is intended
to assist the current band instructor with recruitment and training
of elementary students throughout the county.
Board member David Langford said, "With the 3,000
kids we've got in our school system, there's no reason in the world
we can't have 75 people or more out there marching on the field.
We just have to start teaching them in elementary school. You can't
wait until they're a freshman to start teaching them."
Board members approved the resignations of Agnes Hamilton,
Debbie Peterman, Barry Moody, and Tammy Smith from the Overton County
school system. In other action, Board members approved abolishing
the position of an administrative assistant at Livingston Academy
and creating the position of a transition and curriculum administrator,
a new position with an 11-month contract.
Needham said, "The high school teachers have
begun feeling some of the same pressures of state-mandated tests
as elementary school teachers."
He went on to say, "With the advent of the Gateway
test at the high school level, the accountability has increased
quite a bit.
"We're trying to be sure that we're following
the curriculum standards that are provided by the state."
He further stated, "We feel like this position
will make quite a difference in what we see coming out of the design
of the curriculum.Ó
The meeting adjourned.
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investigating water leaks and thefts
Livingston Water Department is continuing efforts
to locate water main leaks in the area and theft of water from the
The department has recently discovered many situations
where persons have "bypassed" the meter or obtained city
water by tampering with meters without authorization from the city.
These individuals are in effect stealing from the city, according
to a city spokesperson.
Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-14-104, theft
of services, prohibits such conduct and provides for fines and punishment
that increases based on the value of the services stolen up to a
$25,000 fine and 8 to 30 years in prison.
Officials from the Water Department will be investigating
such conduct, locating all "meter bypasses" and tracing
the line to the wrongdoer's home or business.
Anyone who knows of such conduct should report the
crime to the Water Department immediately. Those illegally using
city water and not receiving a bill should report the matter so
city officials can correct it. According to officials, those who
self report will not be prosecuted.
Loss of water from leaks or theft is a serious problem
for the City of Livingston, according to the Water Department. A
major effort is in progress to repair, correct, or minimze the loss
of Livingston's taxpayers.
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