Voters out early Election Day
Board allocates money for maintenance building
City Council meeting held Monday night
out early Election Day
Ward I voters were out early Tuesday, Nov. 5 to cast
votes on Election Day. Overton County residents went to the polls
to elect a new governor, state senator, U.S. senator, congressman,
and to decide the fate of a lottery amendment and an amendment to
lift the limit on fines levied by towns. Overton County had 2,058
ballots cast in early voting.
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pleads to vehicular homicide
By RACHEL SMITH, OCN staff
Overton County School Board members approved allocating
$75,000 for the purchase of a maintenance building and the land
it sits on, described as the Crowder property, during its Monday,
Nov. 4 meeting. Board member David Langford was absent.
This money, along with $3,793 for the Livingston Academy
stadium project architect's fee and $11,662 for a water tank, were
not seen as increases in the overall budget as the Board approved
decreasing BEP Non-Classroom Reserve account by $90,455. These actions
were documented in General Purpose School Budget 2002-2003 Amendment
In executive action, board members approved the low
bid for entrance and bus canopies from Dixie Docks Enterprises at
Also approved during executive action were a trip
to Stearns, KY, for the Overton County Adult Education Class and
reimbursing Livingston Academy Quarterback Club for sod replacement
on LA's football field in the amount of $1,500.
In new business, Board members approved the following
Character Education Budget for 2002-2003.
IDEA Part B, Budget Amendment #6 2002-01.
Quarterly Reports for period ending Sept. 30, 2002,
for General Purpose School, Federal Projects, Central Cafeteria,
Education Debt Service, and Education Capital Projects Funds.
Chairman of the Board and the director of schools
were authorized to contract with Upland Design Group, Inc. for architectural
services on the Central Education office project. The fee is to
be 5 percent.
Changes were ratified to the Memorandum of Agreement
between O.C.E.A. and School Board.
Director of Schools Bill Needham indicated that the
changes were what was discussed in the work session.
"The chairman of their negotiating team and myself
initialed those this afternoon,Ó Director Needham said. "We
cleaned up a lot of the language that hadn't been worked on since
the change from superintendent to director of schools.
"The way this works, for the newer members on
the school board, once we initial and come to an agreement, we bring
that proposal to the Board to be ratified. Then it goes to the teachers
and they ratify it before it goes into effect."
Director Needham issued the Director's Report to the
School Board. Actions taken by the director were as follows:
Hired Lori Tinch as special education bus attendant
for three hours per day.
Hired the following non-certified substitute teachers:
Mildred Wright, Jennifer Harvey, Tammy Ledbetter, Sue Huff, Keith
Parker, and Christy Hill. Hired Shelia Winningham in Early Childhood
to replace Carol Bilbrey effective Oct. 14.
Hired Angel White Hastings as a temporary special
education attendant effective Nov. 4 until Dec. 6.
Before closing the meeting, Needham indicated that
he had received a letter from Livingston Academy's baseball players
and coaches thanking the board for recent improvements to their
Board Chairman Jerry Glasscock took a moment to thank
PTOs at each of the schools for their work and dedication toward
improving the quality of education in Overton County schools.
Along these same lines, a concerned parent who has
two daughters at A.H. Roberts Elementary School addressed the Board
with his concerns about the education his children are receiving.
"I feel like the teachers need to spend more
time teaching our children instead of spending so much time trying
to raise money,Ó he said.
Chairman Glasscock expressed his understanding at
this parent's concerns and suggested that he work with Director
Needham and the school to work through these issues. Glasscock requested
that Needham report back to the Board with the results of their
The meeting adjourned.
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Council meeting held Monday night
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Livingston City Council held the regular monthly
meeting Monday, Nov. 4, with Alderman Thurman Langford absent.
The Council agreed to hire Conoco Inc. for construction
consulting for the planned airport expansion. The fee will be $2,600,
of which the state will pay 90 percent. A construction consultant
is required by state regulations.
Ordinance 2002-10-1 was adopted on second reading.
The ordinance limits the use of a temporary structure for primary
commercial use to 6 months, with an extension available for no more
than another 6 months.
Mayor Hosea Winningham informed the Council that the
traffic light for the intersection of West Main and Bilbrey streets
has been let, with S-W Construction Co. being awarded the project.
Mayor Winningham also informed the Council that a
car the town donated to the Shriners has been returned to the town.
A resolution was adopted to make application for a
$500,000 home grant. Jimmy M. Eldridge and Tracy Lynn Langford were
hired at Livingston Police Department. A list of reserve officers
were also approved.
When asked about requirements for reserve officers,
Police Chief Roger Phillips said, "The requirements for a reserve
officer is the same as a certified full-time police officer. The
requirements and qualifications are the same. The only difference
is they volunteer their time. They just can't be paid for it."
Chief Phillips listed the qualifications saying, "They
have to be the right age; they can't have been convicted of a felony;
they have to be certified with firearms; they have to go through
psychological and physical evaluations."
Jeremy Morris was transferred to the sewer plant.
Billy Daniels' letter of resignation was accepted.
The aldermen voted to respond to a letter on which
City Attorney Kelly Williams was asked to present a written opinion
to the City Council. No details of the letter or what it concerned
were divulged in the meeting.
The meeting adjourned.
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