Enchanting sunrise glows on town of
Route chosen for Hwy 52 improvement
School Board meets in regular session
City Council holds monthly meeting
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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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
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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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
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
Approved Local Amendment #5 Special Population Original
Approved Local Amendment #5 State Amendment #1 IDEA
Part B Ð 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 Ð Kelly Grimes, Mark
Lee, and Deborah Sells.
Vocational/Technical Education Ð Gerald Maynard, Jan
Gilbert, and Sarah Bilbrey.
Middle Grades (6, 7, 8) Science and Health Ð Gwen
Smith, Tammy Smith, Linda Reed, Patty Dale, and Sonny Parsons.
Elementary (K-5) Science and Health Ð 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
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
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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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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Livingston, Tennessee 38570