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Enchanting sunrise glows on town of Livingston
Route chosen for Hwy 52 improvement
School Board meets in regular session
City Council holds monthly meeting

Enchanting sunrise glows on town of Livingston

Becky Meredith/OCN staff

Autumn has just begun, and with the fall season comes brilliant sunrises and vibrant shades of nature, like this magnificent multi-color sunrise that glowed down on Livingston last Friday morning.

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Body found in submerged pickup

Bobby Graves/OCN staff

A rollback sits ready to load the Ford Ranger a man's decomposed body was found in near Star Point Resort.

A man's body was found Sunday morning, Oct. 6 in a black Ford Ranger pickup submerged in Dale Hollow Lake.

The truck was in approximately 7 feet of water near a boat ramp at the end of Star Point Resort. The body was decomposed beyond recognition.

Two fishermen reportedly found the man's body and contacted Pickett County Sheriff's Department. The body was upside down in the water, with the feet just below the water's surface.

Authorities transported the body to Livingston Regional Hospital for X-rays on Sunday afternoon, then transported it to the medical examiner's office in Nashville for an autopsy.

The truck had no permanent license plate, but a temporary tag was found nearby. Authorities speculated that the vehicle went into the water in the early part of the year when the water level was much higher.

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School Board meets in regular session

By RACHEL SMITH, OCN staff Overton County School Board met in regular session Tuesday, Oct. 1 with all members present. In executive action, Board members approved a class trip to Sterns, KY, for the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students at Wilson Elementary. Originally scheduled for September 29, the trip was postponed until Tuesday, Oct. 1 because of inclement weather.

Low bids approved by the board included the following: Video flex cameras from PC Mall at a cost of $541 for a quantity of one, and $455 for a quantity of 20 or more.

IBM compatible computers from Dell Computer Corporation at a cost of $827 for a quantity of one and $798 for a quantity of 25 or more.

Gutter replacement for the gymnasium at Rickman Elementary by R&W Construction at a cost of $6,900. Director of Schools Bill Needham said, "That also involved replacement of quite a bit of the rotten timbers and wood in behind those gutters. They've been neglected for some time, and there's quite a bit of deterioration. So that's to replace all that damaged wood and they'll cap that with either aluminum or vinyl."

The low bid for interior painting of Rickman Elementary gymnasium by Davis Painting Unlimited was approved at a cost of $15,300.

Also approved in executive action was Livingston Academy Principal Gary Ledbetter's trip to San Antonio, TX, from December 6 through December 10 to attend the annual meeting of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In new business, items approved by the Board were as follows:

Approved Local Amendment #5 Special Population Original Budget 2003-01.

Approved Local Amendment #5 State Amendment #1 IDEA Part B Sliver Grant Budget 2003-01.

Approved Local Amendment #6 State Amendment #1 IDEA Pre-School 2003-01. Approved Local Amendment #7 State Amendment #5 IDEA Part B 2002-01.

Approved textbook certification of compliance with Tennessee Code Annotated Section 49-3-310(4)(A).

Approved Report of School System/School Compliance based on Tennessee Statutes and State Board of Education Rules, Regulations, and Minimum Standards for

Approval of Schools Grade PK-12.

Approved the following Textbook Adoption Committee members for the 2002-2003 school year:

Secondary Science and Wellness Kelly Grimes, Mark Lee, and Deborah Sells.

Vocational/Technical Education Gerald Maynard, Jan Gilbert, and Sarah Bilbrey.

Middle Grades (6, 7, 8) Science and Health Gwen Smith, Tammy Smith, Linda Reed, Patty Dale, and Sonny Parsons.

Elementary (K-5) Science and Health Sherry Hall, Rebecca Jenkins, Ginnie Jackson, Faye Franklin, and Roxie Phillips.

Approved Drenia Wilson's letter of resignation from her positions of special education bus driver and teacher's assistant at CLUE.

Approved 21st Century Learning Center Grant.

Director Needham said, "This is a pretty aggressive, very competitive grant. They're large dollar grants. We had a one-day workshop at Standing Stone where all the principals and others from the schools went to begin working on that. Tennessee Tech furnished us a professor for a full day to work with our folks on this.

"There are two times to apply. One is this Friday and the other is in January. Two of the schools are ready now, for the first go around. Some of the others won't be ready until January. It doesn't matter which time you are funded, if you are funded, the programs will still be implemented about the same time.

"Even if you're not successful in the first round, you're still eligible to reapply in January, so maybe we'll learn a little bit from these first ones that are ready to go.

"One of the reasons this is important to us is that we've lost our TAPS program in our schools because the funding is no longer there from the state. Most of the schools are looking to this to help do some of those things that the TAPS program was doing. It's a community based support program also."

Director Needham issued the Director's Report to the School Board. Actions taken by the director were as follows:

Approved intermittent medical leave for Jennifer Harris from September 4 until May 31, 2003.

Approved maternity leave for Bridgette Carwile effective October 21, 2002, until March, 31, 2003.

Hired Coleen Meade as special education assistant for the duration of Margaret Collins' medical leave.

Hired the following as non-certified substitute teachers: Delores Presley, Janie Simmons, Betty Qualls, Stephanie W. Thompson, Lola Cantrell, Amy Webb, Minerva Steele, Erik Hammock, Lesley Wilborn, Tonya Hunter, and Robbie Berta.

Hired the following certified substitute teachers: Brandi Curry, Julie Hanson, Mildred Neely, Vicki Tayse, and Jami Sparks.

Hired Mary Jane Young as bus attendant for one hour per day on Kevin Vaughn's bus effective September 24.

Hired the following substitute cooks: Christine Norrod, Dalphine Carmack, Wanda White, Zinnie Bilbrey, Betty Eldridge, Nell Dickerson, Rose Mayer, Virginia Holland, Coleen Meade, Tonya Phillips, Peggy McCowan, Shawn Brown, Renee Wilborn, Lola Cantrell, Janie Sue Rogers, Eunice Bilbrey, and Fredia Waddell.

Hired Lessia Smith to replace Lori Presley who left her position at Early Childhood on September 13.

Hired Dan Varbel part-time at the bus garage to replace Jerry Carmack who declined the position.

The meeting adjourned.

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City Council holds monthly meeting
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff

Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 7, with Alderman Thurman Langford absent.

In old business, Mayor Hosea Winningham informed the aldermen that Rebecca Crowder has purchased an unused alley from the town for $200.

First reading of Ordinance 2002-10-1 was approved. The ordinance is an amendment to the zoning ordinance pertaining to temporary structures. Aldermen Bill Winningham, Johnny Halfacre, and Curtis Hayes voted for the ordinance, and Aldermen Robert Jolley and James "Pug" Lee voted against. A public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

In new business, the City Council approved appropriating $400 for the Christmas Parade.

The aldermen voted to order 16 light poles for the square. The Court Square Committee will pay for the poles.

A surplus sale will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Livingston Regional Hospital will be allowed to install rumble strips on Oak Street in front of the hospital to help control the flow of traffic.

Mayor Winningham informed the aldermen that a traffic light for the junction of Main Street and Bilbrey Street will be let to bid on Friday, Oct. 25.

The meeting adjourned.

 

 

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