Basketball Homecoming held at Livingston
Cameras top issue at Board meeting, work session
Hilham area man dies in house fire
Homecoming held at Livingston Academy
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Livingston Academy Basketball Homecoming was held
Tuesday, Feb. 4. The 2003 Basketball Homecoming queen and her court
are, from left, Freshman Attendant Amanda Gilliam, daughter of Kenny
and Carla Gilliam of Rickman, escorted by Luke Eldridge, son of
Ronnie Eldridge and Jackie Brown of Rickman, Junior Attendant Katrina
Beechboard, daughter of Kenneth and Carol Beechboard of Allons,
escorted by Jamie Gurley, son of Jill and Gary Sells of Monroe,
2003 Basketball Queen Christen Cates, daughter of Jamie and Connie
Cates of Willow Grove, escorted by Rob Medley, son of Gene and Maura
Medley of Livingston, and Kyle Copeland, son of Mike and Rita Copeland
of Monroe, Senior Attendant Frankye Crouch, daughter of Carrie Smith
of Alpine, escorted by Cody King, son of Terry and Deanna Melton
of Rickman, and Sophomore Attendant Whitney Sells, daughter of Butch
and Teresa Sells of Livingston, escorted by Dustin Ferrell, son
of Ricky and Debbie Ferrell of Rickman.
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top issue at Board meeting, work session
By RACHEL SMITH, OCN staff
Overton County Board of Education members met Tuesday,
Feb. 4 for their regularly scheduled board meeting, immediately
followed by a lengthy work session.
With no executive action items to be addressed, Board
members voted to approve the purchase of land adjacent to Allons
Elementary from Larry Spears in the amount of $32,000.
Also approved was the quarterly report for the second
Director of Schools Bill Needham said, “It’s still
a little early to tell. By the end of next quarter, we’ll have a
lot clearer picture of where we stand. Basically, things are about
where we projected.”
Needham issued the Director’s Report to the School
Board. Actions taken by the school director were as follows:
Medical leave was approved for Leta Wilson beginning
January 13 until March 14.
Intermittent leave was approved for Charlotte Phipps
beginning January 6 and continuing until March 1.
Maternity leave was approved for Traci Smith beginning
March 7 and continuing until May 23.
The following non-certified substitute teachers were
hired: Tonya Neal, Rhonda McCoin, Katie Bilbrey, and Pam Dunn.
Prior to adjourning the regular meeting, Director
Needham recognized the attendance of several Livingston Academy
sophomores – all members of the 2002-2003 Leadership Overton Youth
Academy. Each student must attend a school board meeting as part
of their class requirement for the program.
Wanda Krantz, Youth Leadership advisor, thanked board
members for allowing the group to attend and giving them an opportunity
for a question-and-answer session after the board meeting.
Derek Clemow of Upland Design Group Inc. in Crossville
reported to Board members, “The subsurface investigation of the
property that was favored (for the Central Education project), immediately
next door, showed that five of the six holes dug revealed very,
very soft subsurface conditions, the consistency of sour cream,
frankly, and really not very good as far as a stable foundation
He further stated that his company had evaluated what
would have to be done on that site to make it feasible for building,
and realizing that the board might want to look at other options,
he would present preliminary reports during the work session on
three other optional sites for the Board’s consideration. With nothing
further on the
agenda, the meeting adjourned. After a short break
for questions and answers to the Youth Leadership group, the work
session began with two concerned parents from Allons Elementary
addressing the Board with several questions regarding the investigation
of the locker room camera incident at Livingston Middle School.
With a list of several questions, Kim Smith and Michelle
Meadows asked Board Chairman Jerry Glasscock if the investigation
had been completed.
Glasscock asked Director Needham to answer the question
because he is working closely with Inquisitor Inc. of Memphis, the
company conducting the investigation.
Needham replied, “It’s not totally completed. A good
portion of it is complete. We’re waiting for some information back
now to see if any additional investigation is required."
When asked if a computer forensics specialist had
been hired to check out the computer, Needham indicated that one
had not been hired as of yet, but it is still a possibility when
he receives more information from the company performing the investigation.
“That’s not been determined completely at this point
on how that would be done, but that’s certainly a consideration,”
Meadows then asked Needham, “When this investigation
is complete, will the findings of the report of the investigator
be made available to the parents involved?"
Needham replied, “I don’t know how to answer that
yet. That is something for our attorney to decide. Of course, this
investigation is one that the Board has requested and paid for,
so it’s their property at this point.”
Needham indicated that although he did not know for
sure, he expected this step of the investigation to be completed
in just a few days, giving them more information on how to proceed
at this point.
“While the investigation is going on and under advisement
from the Board’s attorney, we were advised not to comment any more
than just general knowledge," Needham said. “Everything that
happened up until the beginning of the investigation is pretty general
“When the decision was made to have a full investigation
done, it became a little bit different as far as releasing information."
Smith told Needham, “We’re just counting on the Board
to take care of this."
Needham said, “I understand that fully, and I can
assure you, like I have anyone that’s asked that question, that
there’s 10 board members here, along with myself, who intend for
this to be resolved in the proper manner."
Glasscock further assured Smith that several of the
board members are directly affected by this issue, either as parents
“We’re as concerned about this as you are," Glasscock
Board Member Melody Williams added, “We don’t intend
for this to be swept under the rug."
Needham assured the two parents he would be available
to answer any other questions they might have, as long as he is
legally released to do so.
Derek Clemow, with Upland Design, addressed Board
members once again, detailing the preliminary floor plan for the
proposed Central Education office building. Indicating the plan
is by no means final, he stated the biggest problem with the current
“We still don’t have a property to build on,” he said.
He went on to present three optional building sites
for the project, with each of the properties being located in the
same general area as the current building. With projected costs
ranging from $940,000 to more than $1 million, Board members seemed
to agree to drop the original building site and further pursue what
is being referred to as “Site C”, property across from A.H. Roberts
Elementary and adjacent to the bus garage.
With this property currently serving as a playground
area for A.H. students and soccer fields for 14 and under children,
Board members asked Upland to further study this site for the Central
Education office and present layout/cost options at the next work
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area man dies in house fire
A Hilham area man died early Saturday when fire engulfed
According to Chief Investigator Max Goodpasture of
Overton County Sheriff’s Department, E-911 dispatched authorities
to Greenbrier Road shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
Firefighters from Hilham Volunteer Fire Department
were assisted first by Hardy’s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department,
then by Rickman Volunteer Fire Department because the water was
freezing. Firefighters fought the blaze for more than four hours,
but the house was a loss.
Lynn Rogers, 52, was found dead in the home.
Overton County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating
the incident, and will receive assistance from the Tennessee Fire
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